After the collapse of the Empire, the people of Tolgalen were united in their battle to cast out the leaderless remains of Athrintalec’s army. That unity, however, only lasted as long as the threat that spawned it, and within a couple of years the army of liberation that had fought so hard to free themselves from the Empress’s minions fell to bickering and ambitious infighting.
At first, there were only minor skirmishes over resources and territory, but in the year 3 CF, a warlord named Adula Tuomon presented a list of 13 of her fellow nobles (many of them, not coincidentally, her direct rivals) who she claimed had been willing collaborators with their oppressors. Adula claimed to have evidence, but little was needed, as the people swiftly rallied against the accused, who in turn implicated others. Accusations both earnest and spurious flew wildly, and the human warlords turned on each other like starving dogs. The Crownfall War had begun.
While the humans fought each other, the other races retreated to their own corners of the land. The Elves sealed themselves within the Wychpine Forest, the Dwarves in their vaults in the Spinestone Mountains. The Halflings struggled to rebuild their lives in the shattered remains of their homeland, and the Gnomes tried to settle north of the Kryntal Forest.
Eventually the land settled into a kind of ordered chaos: in 14 CF three factions -Adula Tuomon, Drenel Crage, and Nerala Sathirin -divided the land between themselves, warring constantly, while a score of lesser families served in a more mercenary fashion, changing allegiences as readily as the wind. None of the three factions could gain the upper hand, but none were willing to admit defeat.
In 17 CF, Adula Tuomon was killed by an assassin’s hand, leaving her 18 year old son, Alexar, to claim her position. Her followers were outraged, sure that Drenel Crage had engineered the deed. He denied the treachery vehemently, but still the Tuomon and Sathirin allied against him. With the magical support of the Arcane College and a coalition of lesser families, the Crage forces were able to stand their ground for years, but still hope seemed lost for them until the year 25 CF, when the allied army had Crage cornered in the city of Caron.
Crage led a desparate sally from the city’s walls, hoping to break the seige, when an orcish warhost appeared suddenly, hoping to take advantage of the chaos. The Tuomon army found themselves outflanked by an unexpected foe, trapped between the Crage and the Orcs, with their Sathirin allies tied up on the other side of the city. The Tuomons, and their idealistic young lord, would have been decimated, but Crage swiftly ordered his troops to aid their erstwhile enemies. Crage himself was killed saving his young rival from a pair of Giants; the Battle of Caron ended with the orcs in a rout and an uneasy truce between the three powers.
Hostilities began again over a border dispute between the Sathirin and the Crage, now led by a brilliantly efficient tactician named Mendel Carthulas. Despite the change in leadership, the 3 factions remained at a stalemate, which ground on for another 17 years, until the Gnomes organized the Red Blade Treaty and the founding of the High Council in 42 CF. The three factions, with the neutral moderation of the Gnomes and the other non-human communities, divided the mainland between themselves; Alexar Tuomon claimed the south for himself, naming it Releria after his half-elven daughter; Nerala Sathirin claimed the east, calling it Howlett in honor of the leader of the Red Blades; and Mendel Carthulas claimed central Tolgalen, naming it Carthia for his family; while a coalition of smaller families claimed the largely undeveloped island of Kaffrey for themselves.
After 40 years of war, the land was again at peace. The Crownfall War was finally over.