Distant Past

This region was one of the lands that never came under Oiran control, and the religion of its native inhabitants is believed to be very similar to the religions that existed on the Continent and in Werkland before the cultural and political dominance of the Oiran caused their replacement by the Oiran religion.

There is evidence that shortly after the collapse of the Oiran Empire, there was a large migration from the Archipelago into Werkland, a violent invasion which pushed the Oiranic language speaking natives northwards, into the region now known to Werklanders as the North of the North, to become the wild people popularly called Blue Demons, but who call themselves the Nirchorulbe. This theory is supported by the worship by inhabitants of the far North of Werkland still worshiping Archipelagan gods (Albeit with slightly different names).

1 N.A. to the Beginning of the Exodus

After the massive, fast growth of the Faith of the Three, both on the Continent and in Werkland, attempts were made to convert the wild Archipelagans to the new faith. These attempts were violently opposed, with several notable missionaries, one of which had managed to convert the Kingdom of the North, being violently martyred or mutilated, with at least two becoming sacrifices (their skulls can still be seen in the temple of Gudarnashem.)

At this point, most of the Archipelago had been divided up among various warlords (Jarls), who would gain authority over islands by force of arms, and fight between each other for power. There was no higher authority, no king or historical capital as there was on the continent when the Konigtum fell into civil war (As it did several times, with rival families fighting for power. These very rarely did anything to the Emperor, who tended to remain neutral when his vassals fought).


In the 500s N.A., however, things began to change. The climate began to slowly get colder, and islands that had previously been hard to live on soon became almost impossible to farm. People began moving southwards onto neighbouring islands, and Jarls began fighting to gain control over more islands, in order to allow their people a place to live and farm. Ships of roving warbands began moving out of the Archipelago, into the Continent and Werkland, stealing gold, food and slaves, then selling the slaves and gold in the Southlands. They would then bring the food back to their homelands for the winter. Often these roving warbands were then used as mercenaries by the Jarls, trying to gain advantages over their opponents.

The situation grew steadily worse, with the Archipelagans becoming know to Continentals and Werklanders alike as "Dragon-men", and in 817, in collaboration with the Blue Demons, they invaded and nearly successfully conquered the North. It took three years, and one of the North's greatest kings, to throw them back into the sea. Just a century later, after an abortive invasion of the Swamplands and an attempt at invading the Low Kingdom that resulted in the first major defeat at sea that they had ever experienced, three brothers leading their entire coalition of islands' population, as well as a large contingent who had settled in the Southlands, succeeded in overrunning and holding kingdoms of the North, of the Swamplands, and the Middle Kingdom, and holding them for about forty years before being pushed out again in 975 N.A.

It was shortly after this, in 983 N.A., that the son of one of those brothers crossed the Sunnesea with his followers, and founded Solenjord (See here[1] ).

End of Exodus

Around 1040 N.A. the climate slowly stopped worsening. While people continued migrating to Solenjord, it was in fewer numbers. Control of the Archipelago consolidated into the hands of about ten Jarls, all of approximately equal power. With encouragement from both Werkland and Solenjord, the Jarls agreed to form a single kingdom, with the one of the islands in the centre of the Archipelago as its capital. A king was elected by the Jarls (Who would later form the basis for the house of Ten, the electors of the King and part of the Upper Chamber).

This union would grow in power and unity over the years, though it didn't have any official name (The king's title was merely Kung av Båtflyktingarna) until 1647 N.A., when they adopted the name under which they are known today: The United Archipelago.



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