Viran the Unifier Uth-Rallis

The man known as Viran 'The Unifier' Uth-Rallis, Dawnchild, Highest King, founder of House Rallis and unifier of the High Kingdom of Ralstaa, reputed to be a direct blood descendant of the divhi Rallah, is probably the most important figure in the history of modern Ralstaa. Viran is credited with taking the disparate and warring city states of Ralstaa that were all that remained after the rule of the Devil Dukes and forged them together into the High Kingdom, and returned the almost extinct faith of Rallah to the people who bore her name.

Early Years (891-923 D)

The unifier was born Viran of Alendel in the city of Tohl Alendel, now known as Tohl Maralkar. The son of a local ruire, who was said to be descended from the original rulers of Tohl Alendel, he was indeed part of the royal household, though as a cousin and thus with little real power. Viran was especially close to his father, and one day while they were at prayer in the then unpopular and declining temple of the sun the elder man imparted to his son that they were descended directly from the blood of the divh Rallah, elder patron of the Ral, who was widely believed to have abandoned her chosen people. His father explained that the divhi had not abandoned her people, merely left them to forge their own destiny, and watched over them still from afar, but that most of the people had lost their way. Indeed the temple to which Viran and his family belonged was outlawed in the city, and their attendance in secret, while noted, was tolerated only because of their relation to the royal line.

In times before the High Kingdom a noble son who was not an heir was left to his own devices, and Viran split the bulk of his time between making a study of war and of the old faith of the Ral. He was not his father's heir any more than he was the rightful heir to Tohl Alendel, and so upon the marking of his fifteenth year Viran rode out with a mercenary company that was in the employ of the King of Tohl Alendel as a squire. What the name of these mercenaries was when Viran rode with them in those early days is a detail lost to history, but clearly Viran made good of his employment and his studies, because when they again resurfaced around 114 D during a campaign in the Clanlands under the King of Talladale himself they were known as the Lances of Dawn and were under the command of Viran himself, who had taken to using the name Viran Uth-Rallis, and riding under the old royal arms of Ralstaa; the emblem of a sun on a green field. His mercenaries were some of the finest to be encountered in all of the world.

Viran in the City of Widows (923 D)

When Viran Uth-Rallis did return home, it was to mourn the death of his father, however when he arrived in Tohl Alendel Viran was told that a sizeable company of armed men not allied to the King could not enter the walls of the city. Appalled that a member of the royal house, and direct descendant of the royal house of Ralstaa should be asked to leave his men camped outside his ancestral home, especially during a time of mourning, and even more horrified that his father's death rites were being carried out by one of the usurper-priests of the King's house cult Viran demanded that the King surrender his father to him, along with a sizeable tribute in recompense. When the King of Tohl Alendel unceremoniously dumped Viran's father at the gates and refused any tribute at all Viran ordered his men to lay siege to the city.

The siege of Tohl Alendel lasted for three months, hardly a long time for a sizeable Ral city, especially a heavily fortified one, but at the time Tohl Alendel was suffering from a famine, and it's supplies were almost non-existent. So it was that on the third month, while the King was surveying the walls with his sons a mob rose up and cast the men from the walls to their deaths, then threw open the gates and hailed Viran Uth-Rallis as their new ruler and father of their new faith, calling him King-Priest of Tohl Alendel.

Viran's first act was to ride to the temple, and reconsecrate the alter of the heathen cult to the divhi Rallah, then he interred his father below the alter itself. For centuries afterwards this was the holiest place in all of Ralstaa, and even now people come on long pilgrimages to Tohl Maralkar to visit the tomb and lay their hands upon it and weep. Within a few weeks of Viran taking the throne and converting the populace to the worship of Rallah crops began flowing through the gates from farms to the south, and the people hailed Rallah as a true provider, and real divhi, and Viran as her earthly incarnation and servant. But the young king was not about to settle for a mere city when his birthright was all of Ralstaa! And so it was that a mere six months more after taking the throne of Tohl Alendel Viran took all of the able bodied men of the city and joined them with the Lances of Dawn, and rode out of the city to reclaim all of his ancestral kingdom under the banner of the High Kings and in the light of Rallah.

Viran in the Lleweith Kingdoms (924-936 D)

Determined to take all of the Lleweith Kingdoms under his banner, and presumably to eventually subjugate the Shaeish and Dunsain kingdoms at some later date, Viran Uth-Rallis rode out of the city of Tohl Alendel, which was re-dubbed Tohl Maralkar, City of Widows, after the number of able-bodied men that Uth-Rallis took with him. In those days Talladale was a loose confederation of city states, and all knew that Viran and his followers would be coming, for all had heard of the fall of Tohl Alendel and the mad claims of Rallis that he was the rightful King to all of Ralstaa.

Talladale (924-926 D)

It took Viran only two years of hard campaigning to subjugate the land of Talladale. He rode on Tohl Raen and besieged it for a further four months, striking quickly before their stockpiles were returned to full strength, slaying their King when he surrendered, and implanting one of his own mercenary captains on the throne, then enlisting all of the able bodied men he could and moving on to do the same to Tohl Annwn, and again slaying their King, but leaving the rest of the nobility untouched, and mass enlisting the able bodied men, so that each casualty he took besieging a city was replaced threefold. Word of his methods spread so fast that when the army arrived at Tohl Talla the nobles of that city had already overthrown their King, and delivered him to Rallis in chains. Viran had worked in the man's employ many years ago, and so in the name of justice he instead took all of the King's sons as hostages and had the King locked away in the royal suites for the rest of his life. Henceforth Viran would always make a habit of taking the heirs to the Kingdoms he conquered hostage and enlisting them in his army, ensuring their adoring loyalty when they eventually returned home. Viran spent a further six months consolidating his hold on Talladale, making his new capitol at Tohl Talla, drilling and expanding his army, and giving him time to empty the armouries of all of his conquered territories to equip his army.

Branddale (926 D)

In the summer of 926 D, as campaign season began Viran Uth-Rallis and his glorious host rode down the coast into Branddale. Branddale was a single unified kingdom, and Viran's scouts had reported that King Brand, nineteenth of his line to bear that name, had arrayed his army at the north of the Spearmarches determined not to be caught in a prolonged siege as the Kings of Talladale had. The Unifier came around the top of the mountains so as to have the advantage of the high ground when surveying his enemy, taking close to a month extra to make the trip. Battle was joined in the foothills in the first real challenge of Viran's conquest, and Viran was very aware that the longer that this battle raged the less likely he was to have sufficient forces left to continue his conquest, and so it was that scarcely an hour into the bloodshed Viran Uth-Rallis and the Lances of Dawn broke away from the army in seeming retreat, and the Branddale host paused to cheer their success before pushing the battle home against the enlisted peasants. However using his seeming retreat as a distraction Viran rode his mercenaries hard around the hills and fell upon the rearguard of the Branddale force, scything through them as massacring Brand's command before seizing their banner and proclaiming the day won. Viran then offered Brand mercy, and the two met to negotiate. A pavilion was quickly erected, and Viran, knowing the king would never surrender, had Brand poisoned as they sat at the diplomat's table. Awed that he could slay their indomitable king, and fearful that this was a sign he truly did command Rallah's favour, the arrayed noblemen proclaimed Viran king of all Branddale, and he took their sons, and their soldiers and left his captain, wounded severely in the battle against the rearguard, to rule Branddale in his stead.

Avalaigh (926-929 D)

Leaving his new allies to consolidate the now leaderless and largely armyless Branddale Viran made haste to ride to new pickings to replenish his force and supplies before campaign season ended. To this end he rode west into Avalaigh, the kingdom of House Avalaigh and one of the great trade ports of central Ralstaa. Here he was met by envoys from King Baroun of Avalaigh who invited Viran and his guard into Tohl Avalaigh to speak in peace as one King to another. Viran was much pleased at being recognized as a King rather than merely a conqueror, and even gladder to have a chance to avoid a conflict he could ill afford, and so he agreed and went to Tohl Avalaigh, and to Baroun's Caer. However Baroun betrayed him and tried to take Viran prisoner on the steps of his Caer. The commoners gathered to see Viran executed, but Viran and his soldiers were fierce and experienced and Baroun underestimated their might. Massacring his ambushing force Viran beheaded Baroun before he could run, but when he made to take the King's heir into his army as was his tradition he found that Baroun had only a daughter; Haiyle. Viran ordered a priest to be brought to him, inducted that priest into the temple of the sun and then ordered him to perform the marriage ceremony. When the ceremony was done he took the girl's virginity before the people of Avalaigh, telling them that his seed had sired their next King, and demanding that they recognize him as the progenitor of his royal line. Shocked and afraid, the assembled noblemen went on their knee before him and proclaimed him King of Avalaigh.

In Avalaigh the time for harvest came about, and Viran was forced to allow much of his army to return home to their fields or have his new Kingdom starve. Viran was unsettled by the delay in taking his birthright but at the same time he was pleased to be able to stay and see the birth of his first son, the future King of Avalaigh. And so Viran was forced to settle for a time, and gather new resources, and find men from amongst his mercenary band who were too wounded or too old to fight, sending them with their own forces to placate those lands that, in has absence, had dared stop paying him tribute or calling him King. Also in Avalaigh Viran began training priests, sending missionaries to all corners of his new domain to spread the world of the old faith. Meanwhile the Kings of Haeliard and Lammornia to the south marshalled their forces and prepared themselves for the inevitable attack from the immense host of Viran Uth-Rallis.

Haeliard (929-936 D)

Haeliard would prove the biggest challenge to Viran until his disastrous campaign in the Clanlands eleven years later. After the harvest Viran was so eager to again begin to march that he set out in late spring, with a much increased host of men who had been drilled and armed over the intervening years, and while they were still farm hands and labourers they were more soldiers than the conscripted forces of any other kingdom, and at their heart were the dwindling remains of the Lances of Dawn, now under the dour warrior Voere. Riding south and crossing into Haeliard Viran was faced with lightening attacks from longbow armed forces using their knowledge of the rough, forested terrain against his force. Viran, determined not to be distracted by small bands who could not break his force, did not slow his march nor waste time fruitlessly pursuing them.

Haeliard was ruled by a union of three mighty warrior Kings, and while they were proud and noble men they were also wise in the ways of war, and were willing to fight in very un-Ralstaan ways in order to thwart their attacker. The Kings of Haeliard had erected a number of fortified tors along the march to their cities and caers in the south, and each of these had a small garrison in it. Viran had to stop and besiege each of these as he came upon them, or either try to pass around them or lose men simply marching past them, and face a rear attack. Furthermore garrisons would happily abandon a Tor in favour of one a mere day or two distant, and then return when Viran had moved on, meaning that he had to leave a small garrison in every tor he took. This slowed his vast army to a crawl, and slowly depleted it's numbers as he had to leave more and more soldiers behind. It took Viran's force two long years to press south, by which time the Kings of Haeliard had forged an alliance with King Amork of Lammornia, and their combined armies along with that of Amork were encamped outside Tohl Claeren waiting for Viran's tired and poorly supplied force.

Viran's arrival was heralded by a falling star, and Amork, who had long been a secret initiate of the old faith, took this as a sign. Stealing into the camp of Viran the night before the battle he asked if Viran was truly the son of the sun divhi and Viran told him he had no doubt. So it was that when battle was joined and all seemed lost, the armies of Lammornia turned on the forces of the Kings of Haeliard, cutting them off from their caer, and their force, depleted by garrisoning the tors and scouting the woods, were easily crushed by the fresh Lammors and Viran's weathered by massive force.

Lammornia (936 D)

Viran mercilessly wiped out all of the noble houses of Haeliard for standing against him, and then rode east to Lammornia to replenish his armies, bringing with him the spoils plundered in Haeliard. Amork was waiting form him, and hailed him as High King and Viran underwent another coronation with Amork crowning him personally. In return Viran let Amork retain his reign over Lammornia, and asked him also to find a steward from amongst his houses to govern Haeliard. He also made Amork a priest in the temple of the sun, and charged him with personally training missionaries and spreading the faith throughout Viran's kingdom. Restoring the old faith, collecting it's lost and plundered relics, reclaiming it's temples and rededicating it's holy places. Amork took this great honour, and became the father of the modern temple, commissioning many modern adaptations of the sun scrolls personally.

Viran in the Shaeish Kingdoms (936-941 D)

During his time in Lammornia Viran recieved word from Alan, Prince of Caldare, entreating that he come to the ancient port of Tohl Caldare, to talk with him about his plans. Caldare was concerned as to whether Viran sought to be King of the Lleweith, or if his hunger was to take control of all of Ralstaa by force, and his letter intimated that he wished to open diplomatic channels with this enormous new kingdom emerging in the east. Viran, determined to make a pilgrimage to Ralsholm, decided to accept the prince's offer, but remembering Baroun of Avalaigh's betrayal ten years earlier, he demanded that Caldare meet him on the eastern coast of that kingdom after Viran had landed a sizeable army there. Caldare sent an envoy signalling his agreement and inviting that Viran bring as great a force as he wished to feel safe.

Caldare (936 D)

Sending much of his army home to harvest as he had done at the close of every war, Viran took his still sizeable remaining contingent and boarded a ship in Lammornia, spending the next couple of months making the crossing to Caldare with his men, forming a beachhead and taking control of a fortified tor that the Prince of Caldare had abandoned for his arrival, leaving only a household of servants for the High King's use. Once enough of a force was encamped on the east coast of Caldare that he felt safe Viran himself sailed over with Voere his commander and met with Alan Caldare at the tor. Most historians agree that this meeting sealed Viran's conquest, for far from wanting to negotiate surrender or ensure his boarders, Alan Caldare - known for wealth even then - wanted to welcome Viran as his King and offer him the vast wealth of Caldare and it's armouries. This would allow Viran to build a professional paid army and campaign full time while his farmers returned to their fields. In return all Alan wanted was for the Irians to be driven from Ralstaa, and for no Ralstaan to be allowed to trade with an Irian by law. Viran, who had had little dealing with his western neighbours anyway agreed readily and the accord was signed there, and the two formed the most lasting and formidable friendship of their age. Voere for his part was slighted by Viran's ready and warm embracing of this new ally, but while the two became rivals for the High King's friendship the competition never truly came to a head. Still, it has been a lasting source of resentment by the Voeres for the Caldares to this day.

Donnaigh (936-937 D)

With his new army training, Viran was still hungry for conquest, and upon the eve of his forty-fifth year in the world he felt that time was now against him in the formation of his great kingdom of the sun. Voere counselled that Viran should wait for his glorious new army, but Alan Caldare said that he had weak neighbours to the south who had long been his enemies and the idea that weaklings should sit in the halls of Ralsholm infuriated Viran. So taking Alan Caldare's army - one of the first professional forces in Ralstaa - he marched south against King Alric Uth-Donnaigh, King of Ralsholm. Alric met Viran at three separate engagements, first at the border, the second when Viran's army moved to the coast when he bombarded their march from boats just off the coast and finally at the gates of Ralsholm where his dwindling force mostly deserted him. Viran massacred his army and the King himself.

Before the final battle however Alric sent an assassin into the pavilion of Viran Uth-Rallis while he slept. Slaying the guards in the night the assassin crept in and was poised with an envenomed dagger above the throat of the High King, when by pure chance Alan Caldare happened by and seeing the guards missing burst into the pavilion and with a mighty throw cast his heavy sword clear through the heart of the assassin. At the battle that followed, Alan rode at the High King's right hand, and he would remain there either physically or in spirit until the final days of Viran's reign. The campaign lasted into the new year, and with Ralsholm captured Viran stopped for a time and made a great festival at the return of his line to sacred Ralsholm, and stayed to oversee the foundations of a great temple built, giving a lock of his own hair - a great prize indeed for a Ral warrior to surrender - as a relic to be laid with the corner stone. It is said that when he first rode through the gates of the city it was the black that comes before the steady grey of dawn, but as he rode through the gates the dawn rose, despite being hours early.

Rhuovaith (938 D)

After all of Viran's kingdom had celebrated the changing of the sun, one of the key festivals of the temple of the sun, and made offerings of thanks for Viran's "liberation" of the city of Ralsholm, Viran again began his march south into the swamps of Rhuovaith. Here the various Shaeish kings were weak, and most came and prostrated themselves before Viran once he crossed the border, offering him their sons in their finest battle raiment as they had heard was the custom, and Viran accepted graciously and left them a steward who would be king over them in his stead and made his leave. In Donnaigh again he boarded a ship and made his way north towards the kingdom of Coulbaigh, for the High King had finally set his gaze upon Rallah's old capitol, the fastness of Rallah's Keep in the mighty city of Tohl Lora.

Coulbaigh (938-341 D)

Alan Caldare went ahead to Coulbaigh for he knew the King there and hoped that such a city and its resources would not be wasted in battle, and Viran went to port with his army in the east of Caldare where he awaited his lieutenant's return. When he did he carried with him invitation from King Allenhargh of Coulbaigh to meet at his port city of Tohl Sonneth to negotiate. When Viran arrived he demanded no less than Coulbaigh's surrender to his rule, and in return he would let the line of Allenhargh continue to rule, though Allenhargh himself a young king must leave a steward of Rallis' choosing and join him on campaign. The young king was inexperienced, and this worked against him, but he was also sorely pressed by the kings of Bradenthyr in the north and so he extracted a promise from Viran to do what, unbeknownst to Allenhargh, was Viran's plan already. He agreed in return for Viran's promise to overthrow the kings of Bradenthyr. This gave Viran control of the largest navy in all of Ralstaa, and the ability to reach any part of the knives with his entire army. With Tohl Lora under his control Viran could finally take all of Ralstaa under his banner within his lifetime!

Viran would remain in Coulbaigh for three years establishing a temple and gathering his new army, and sending out envoys to all of the crowned heads of Ralstaa, under the careful guidance of Alan Caldare, there was some hope that seeing his new found might, and ability to reach their lands, more kingdoms might join Coulbaigh in submission. Meanwhile Viran sent Voere into the west with a portion of his brand new professional army to conquer the Shaeish kingdoms in Breconn, Cannavin and Wynd, and drive the Irians from them, to meet the conditions of his agreement with Alan Caldare.

While his liege's vision was firmly on Bradenthyr, Alan's fears lay in the High Kingdoms of Tuarvael and Byrnham, still able to stand against even the hordes of the High King.

Viran in Bradenthyr and the North (941-946 D)

From Coulbaigh Viran Uth Rallis and Alan Caldare traveled through the lands already under Viran's reign to the edge of Talladale and looked out over the Kingdom of Bradenthyr, jewel of all Ralstaa, the land of seven princes who were each joined in blood and power and Viran was sure that should he take this kingdom and return to the throne on Rallah's Keep, so long vacant, that the rest of Ralstaa should surely fall on their knee before him. But Alan, long the wisdom to Viran's zeal counseled caution, for even in the face of Viran's vast horde were the Princes of Bradenthyr strong, and their caers ancient and mighty.

Treaty of Garynshae (941 D)

Before Viran could march on Bradenthyr however one of Alan's envoys returned from the far eastern kingdom of Garynshae, past the Clanlands. The land was occupied by the forces of the kingdom of Byrnham, which then incorporated the lands where Craigbyrn, Blackstone, Duncarrick, Strath Gorge and Byrnham stand today. The true king, a man called Kalten was holding the city of Tohl Graihaen against the attackers. He said that if Viran sent forces to aid him he would pledge himself to the High King. Viran assessed his forces against what he had heard of Bradenthyr, unwilling to put off taking the jewel of Ralstaa another year when he was so close, and at Alan's urging he sent Alan Caldare in command of a large contingent, and the bulk of his navy to aid Kalten while Viran himself remained to march on Bradenthyr.

Siege of Tohl Lora (942-943 D)

Parting with Alan and marching north with Allenhargh at his right hand, Viran set off to the north to meet with the Kings of Bradenthyr. Viran expected the seven kings to meet him in their own territories, as his fearsome sieges had driven most of his foes out to meet him in pitched battle, but he had never tried to take the likes of Tohl Lora. The seven princes all withdrew from their individual territories and combined their forces to fortify and hold the great city at the land's heart.

And so Viran was forced to besiege the city. For nineteen long months he held the siege, unwilling to suffer the cost in men he would suffer both in his own army and that he would win when its commanders were dead in an assault. So he blockaded the great city. In the meantime he recieved word that much of the west had fallen to Voere and Alan Caldare had signed an accord with Garynshae adding that kingdom to his mighty empire, and still Viran held the siege. However Viran's professional army did not need to return home for harvest, his funds were near endless, and they had the time to wait. Eventually the princes sent out an envoy under a flag of truce and asked that, were they to agree to Virans overlordship that they should be allowed to retain their kingdoms. Viran's reply was a simple one: he sent messengers to certain parts of the walls and left messages in letters dozens of feet long, written in white boulders stating that when the gates were opened and the heads of the seven princes displayed over them there would be peace, their new king would lift the siege.

Few soldiers were literate, but those who understood the messages soon understood their meaning. Within the day seven heads adorned the open gate, and Viran rode, victorious into the great capitol of old Ralstaa. To the gates of Rallah's Keep, thrown open to welcome their new king, he brought the throne that had not been occupied for eighteen centuries and was crowned for the first time claiming the title High King of all Ralstaa. Here in YEG 3897 he penned the first laws of the High Kingdom, establishing the temple of the sun as the faith of all kings and requiring all kings to serve him, never raise arms against him, provide him soldiers and make him tithes and offerings seasonally. In return they would be allowed to conduct their own relations with one another, make their own laws, keep their own armies and establish their own house cults under the temple of the sun.

Balleymoore, Kileirey and Kentallen Wood (943-946 D)

Sorrowfully Viran left the city he had just reclaimed, for the turn of the century was closing near and he had less and less time to complete the conquest he had begun. Marching west to meet Voere in the last bastions of the Shaeish Kingdoms, like a hammer and anvil the forces of Viran and Voere smashed the lands of Balleymoore and Kileirey between them, meeting at Caer Nerendar and being reunited after three years of campaigning independently. After much feasting and celebration when these brothers of arms of three decades were united again, they marched together to the eastern border of Bradenthyr and crossed into Kentallen Wood where King Tallen met them with his small force and pledged himself and all that he ruled to Viran, showing that he had already build a new temple to Rallah at his caer. Much pleased Viran took his hostages as was his custom and turned south towards Uerenuell, intending to meet Alan in the north of Tuarvael and turn his attnetions to that southern land.

Uerenuell and Caer Yvengeist (947 D)

Uerenuell was a mystical and wild land even then, perhaps even more so that today, but Viran felt that it was also a place of great importance and he stopped and made pilgrimages to many sites seeking Rallah's blessing and making offerings to the local spirits as he crossed into the place where once the Dunsain lands began. At Caer Yvengeist he insisted upon stopping and making a sacrifice to the Red Hand in the hope of winning the favour of the spirit of the last overlord of the Dunsain in the upcoming campaign in the far east that he knew would press even his unequaled and glorious army. Viran had, up to this point, been followed by many portents of his success and his favour in the eyes of Rallah but at Caer Yvengeist he received no signs. The sky was grey and the sun hid her face behind the clouds. Viran was troubled and brooded for months in the heart of that empty land until eventually Voere was able to rouse him by insisting that the army had barely the supplies to march into Tuarvael let alone wage a campaign there, and that their choice was to march or to go back to Talladale. And so, still troubled but refusing to turn back to the point where his journey started - indeed he would never again return to Talladale in his life - Viran marched south.

Viran in Tuarvael and the Clandlands Campaign (947-969 D)

Part way through his march however something took hold of Viran Uth-Rallis, and he ordered the entire army to turn north east, passing into the Clanlands, he began engaging the fearsome Dunsain Clanlanders with a kind of violent zeal not yet seen in his conquest. Ordering Alan Caldare to march from Garynshae to meet them he put every resource he had into the Clanlands campaign. For thirteen long years Viran pushed into the clanlands, but the Clanlanders had no tohls, they were nomads and fierce warriors and their most ancient clans still commanded massive men of stone and magic who smashed through the High King's ranks heedless of how many blows felled upon their monstrous forms. Whenever Viran won a day the clanlanders would retreat, leaving him nothing more than another empty stretch of highland. Often they would lap back around behind Viran, join with other defeated clans and attack at full strength a few weeks later. Alan and Voere begged Viran to pull back and to move into the more immediate threats of Byrnham and Tuarvael but he would hear none of it and doggedly pressed his campaign from edge to edge of the Clanlands. Unable to claim any area greater than that which he currently occupied. Where he built and garrisoned tors he returned to find them sacked, and the garrison gone.

Alan Caldare left in the fourth year to continue the course of diplomacy he had begun, and in 960 D Viran himself rode briefly to Castrette to sign the treaty of Castrette which allied Tuarvael, and four years later the treaty of Byrnham placated all of that land's territories. But his advantage was gone and he could not bring these realms under his rule, merely extract a promise that they would not strike at him while he fought the Clanlanders. After each treaty was signed Viran rode back into the Clanlands to wage his fruitless war.

In 969 D at the age of sixty eight after twenty two years of fighting in the Clanlands Viran was finally too old and too tired to keep fighting. He took his spent and depleted army and marched back to Tohl Lora. His regal posture gone. His shoulders slumped. His eyes dull.

Return, Consolidation and Death (969-972 D)

In Tohl Lora Viran met again his wife Haiyle, and for the first time he laid eyes upon his son and heir Garrett now a grown man with a full beard and prodigious constitution. Unable to look upon his commanders any more he allowed Alan to return to his city he had been so long absent from, and granted to Voere a territory in the extreme west, watching the passes into the west in Cannavin. The he sat on his throne in Rallah's keep and let the world pass him by.

The high kingdom consolidated. Noble families were resettled and others displaced to end age old enmities and minimize the danger of uprising, in accordance with a plan drawn up by Alan Caldare during the Clanlands campaign. Scarcely three years after abandoning the Clanlands, and only two years after returning home, the listless Viran Uth-Rallis died. Alan, his elder but still a man of great vitality and life returned one last time to inter his friend alongside the other High Kings of Ralstaa, and to help Garrett to assume his father's throne. Ralstaa was a united kingdom again, but the cost to the High King was dear indeed and his memory would be forever marred by those final years.