Lander (c.61 HC to c.132 HC)

Lander is the founder and first King of Sigard, and patriarch of the dynasty that bares his name. In fact, Lander holds the distinction of being the first King in all of Ahlonia, and even today his dynasty was the only one to rule the nation of Sigard as kings.

Early Years c. 61 HC - c. 80 HC


Lander was probably a native of Forthest, born into an influential steader house based in the far south of the Earldom somewhere around modern Dollow. He was probably not an heir of any kind, unless he was descended from a ranking freeman warrior. Whatever his social status he was certainly of a rank above serf, as upward social mobility was almost unknown in this time. Lander was enlisted into the professional fighting forces in the direct employ of the Earl of Forthest, and was clearly active and had earned some distinction in this group. Some tales speak of him killing a sea monster with his javelin, and others suggest he may have saved the Earl from an assassin, but there is little confirmed information about this part of Lander's life.

War Chief of Forthest and the Coming of Vodon, c. 89 HC - c. 92 HC


What is known is that after a number of years leading the personal guard of the Earl of Forthest Lander was awarded the post of warchief of all of the forces of Forthest. He had scarcely held this post two years when Vodon led the vagrant uprising in the central Earldoms. After a number of engagements with rebelling serfs and militarized vagrants Lander actually managed to lull Vodon into a false sense of security, and was able to draw the agitator out and meet him force for force. Everyone expected that Vodon would be killed and the rebels routed by professional warriors with little trouble, but evidently Lander and Vodon had had meetings earlier and Lander with all of his warriors joined with Vodon and marched south into a no mans land of vagrant settlements in the south of Reddown.

The Accord of Ennis and King of Sigard, 92 HC - c. 100 HC


In 92 HC a momentous event took place at Ennis. Vodon, Lander and the leaders of the local vagrant communities all came together to sign the Accord of Ennis, a document that pledged their loyalty to Lander on the grounds that he proclaim all goblyns the enemies of landsmen and that he abolish the vagrancy laws. This Lander gladly did, and until the centennial Lander spent his time penning laws, and uniting the disparate settlements of the land he called Sigard into some semblance of a Kingdom. He took his warriors from settlement to settlement, assessed the local leadership, and either offered them title or had them swiftly removed. If they hadn't signed the accord they were usually swiftly and efficiently slain. Lander was careful to make sure to make a great show of force to the people, and then redistribute the goods of the defeated regime amongst them, to at once make them feel cowed but also that Sigard recognized them as citizens. The Arls Council even offered Lander all of the lands he controlled, and the title Arl, and a seat of his own, but Lander declined because this would require him to compromise his stance on goblyns and vagrancy, the reason he broke away in the first place.

During this time Vodon wanted to launch an all out holy war against the goblyns of Reddown, and agitated heavily to do so, to the extent of demanding that Sigard take the siele as their allies against Reddown's evil regime. There was a movement to declare Vodon an Oracle for his service in the name of the Dioune, however Lander controlled the armies, and it was he and not a fanatical zealot that the people of Sigard had bowed to, and Lander was strong enough that he no longer needed to entertain Vodon's zealotry. He refused to commit any forces to a war, was careful to speak out against Vodon's oracledom, and in return only offered him a post reforming the extensive Gruna cultists to the worship of the Dioune. In disgust Vodon took a small party on a diplomatic mission into siele territory to meet with the Siele King. He was never seen again.

Religious Settlement and Death c. 100 - c. 132 HC


The bulk of Lander's reign would be occupied with a complex and lengthy religious settlement within Sigard that all of the great centers of landsman culture were dealing with. August, the man who would posthumously be named the third oracle demanded that men from Sigard be allowed to study the books of Algomar in Harkfal, and this meant that Lander could make Vodon a martyr of sorts in the interests of slowly, gently, expunging the cult of Gruna from Sigard and introducing the Dioune, so as to have a shared moral ground with his northern kinsmen. Lander named the Dioune as his own faith, and required that all of his agents devote themselves to the church, but chose not to enforce this on the common folk, to whom the cult of Gruna's fear based following was too popular.

Lander further cemented his position as a nation that would stand alongside Reddown during the siele siege of Daultin when he ordered the towns under his rule along the south of Lake Dale to supply the besieged Daultin in 131 HC, and his reward was that the council was essentially forced to recognize Sigard as a sovereign nation since it was acting as a lifeline to their proud capitol, and they would sooner be rescued by a nation and a King than an outlaw. Lander died the next year, leaving his son Dolan Lander to take his place. He had taken Sigard, in his forty year reign, from a loose amalgamation of outlaw settlements to a proud and powerful Kingdom, that all could see would soon be a rival to all the lands of the council combined.