User:Vincentius1/Fiction/The Royal Lineage of House Ra'athim
The Ra'athim Clan hail from the Kingdom of Ebonheart, the oldest city-state in Morrowind, as well as, the largest settlement in the region of Stonefalls. Both the clan and the city's history dates back to the Merethic Era when Veloth guided his people to the promised land of Resdayn. The earliest known member was Orvas Ra'athim, who founded Ebonheart on the estuary of the Thir River, along the shores of the Inner Sea. Because of the city's location, Ebonheart had become the first capital of Morrowind, and the Ra'athim Clan had expanded their territory east from Ebonheart, and south into the Deshaan Plains and the rest of the Thir River. By the time the High Velothi Culture had declined, the Kingdom of Ebonheart had been established and held control significant control before the creation of the Great Houses. Only noble families were ruling distinct nations, such as the Veloth family that ruled from Narsis, or the Redoran family of Blacklight. The Ra'athim Clan have their origins in mining, and so the Kingdom of Ebonheart held lucrative Ebony and Glass mining land, held in fief by a wealthy businessman in Ebonheart. Early Ra'athim nobles had become aligned with the minor House Mora, a group from the Valus Mountains, they have a connection to the Cyro-Nords of the Nibenay, and because of this, they acquired the Staff of Chaos. This Staff would be given to the Ra'athim Clan, as their symbol of power. It was because of this, the Ra'athim Clan had been given the High Kingship, beginning with Ivulen Ra'athim III. House Mora was behind the scenes, while the Ra'athim was at the forefront. By the early-first era, Ebonheart was one of the strongest Kingdoms in Tamriel, with the Ra'athim Clan retaining the High Kingship of Morrowind. In the transition to the First Era, High King Savarak Ra'athim was the leader of Ebonheart. According to myths, the Morag Tong had made their name in the Ra'athim region because of the Night Mother's background in the Ra'athim Clan.
In the first half of the First Era, House Ra'athim had made a notable impact in Morrowind's history. High King Savarak had three children, the eldest had died in infancy. The second child was Yoriss. Despite being the oldest child, she would not be designated to be the High Queen. Instead, she was trained to be a warrior by the Arms Masters of Blacklight. The youngest child was Kronin. Kronin was known as the Scholar-Prince of Ebonheart, very reserved to his studies and was physically-feeble. Regardless, High King Savarak passed away and the throne was passed to Kronin Ra'athim in 1E 224. It was peaceful times in Kronin's early reign, that was until in 1E 240, when the High King of Skyrim, Vrage the Gifted had initiated the Nordic Conquest. Within a few years, the Nordic Army, under the command of Jorg Helmbolg, laid waste across the southern-half of Morrowind, including Ebonheart. With a large fleet of Nordic longboats and the power of the Thu'um, Ebonheart had fallen to the Nords. Despite the mass resistance, Stonefalls was captured by the Nordic Empire. King Kronin and his family retreated to Firemoth Island where they would rebuild and prepare to take action. In the waning years of the Nordic Occupation, a General of what is now known as the Kingdom of Necrom, Indoril Nerevar had defeated Derek the Tall, who had laid claim to Necrom's realm. Nerevar had built a rebellion with the former Queen of Necrom, Almalexia. And the word of the cause had spread like wildfire. King Kronin took the opportunity to appear out of hiding and retake Ebonheart from the inside. The Liberation of Stonefalls began with the death of Jorg Helmbolg and the sudden uprisings from Kragenmoor and Davon's Watch. King Kronin's final attack against the Nords had occurred in the Black Isle, along Azura's Coast. Olmgerd the Outlaw had laid waste across the southern coast and proved to be a threat across the southeast of the Inner Sea. The Battle of Tukushapal was one of the deciding battles of the Nordic Occupation. Kronin utilized powerful magic that proved to be equal in Olmgerd's talents in the Thu'um. In the end, both passed away in battle. To honor Olmgerd's death, Kronin's eldest son, Cruethys had organized a proper burial with Olmgerd's generals. House Marvani had buried the Nord with his battleaxe, underneath the Marvani Ancestral Tomb. All the while, Kronin was buried at the Ra'athim Ancestral Tomb in the Velothi Mountains.
As the Liberation of Stonefalls continued across the land, Yoriss Ra'athim had led a battalion of warriors to retake Kragenmoor, which was the Nord's last foothold in Stonefalls. At the time, Kragenmoor was ruled by House Sadras, a cadet branch that hails from House Hlaalu, who were in constant competition for the city-state. Yoriss had established order to the kingdom and slain the Nordic general. Yoriss had essentially served the role of a Provisional Governor in the kingdom but was recognized as the Queen of Kragenmoor by others. House Sadras had become close friends with House Ra'athim. When the Kingdoms of Morrowind were united, the ruling leaders declared him the Hortator. King Cruethys Ra'athim was among these leaders. Ebonheart would participate at the Battle of Sheogorad Strait, which ended victoriously for both the Chimer and the Dwemer. The various leaders of both groups gathered at the citadel of Dagoth-Ur where they founded the First Council. Chimeri Kingdoms and Dwemeri Districts would unite together to rule portions of Resdayn. In Stonefalls, these two nations were the Kingdom of Ebonheart, and the District of Hendor-Stardumz, which currently sits on the coast of modern-day Bal Foyen. King Cruethys Ra'athim and Councilor-Queen Bluthunch VI had reigned over Stonefalls throughout the early years of the First Council. All the while, Queen Yoriss of Kragenmoor, and the Councilor-King of Raled-Makai ruled over the historic region of Shadowgate. According to the old text, the District of Stonefalls was a thriving group. The relation between both city-states was exponential and it is said both leaders were in very good terms with each other. All the while, the District of Shadowgate was militaristic and defensive. Knowing that the First Empire were on good terms with the former Nordic Empire, they felt an invasion would occur at any time. Regardless, time in Resdayn was peaceful.
Years later in 1E 668, the War of the First Council had broken out between the Chimer and the Dwemer after Hortator Nerevar discovered the Dwarves' plans to build the Brass-God, Numidium. King Cruethys had passed away before the conflict had occurred, and so his younger brother, Moraelyn was named the King. The middle-child, S'ephen had been given the title of Priest-King in the town of Mournhold, which is House Ra'athim's hold in Deshaan. S'ephen, now going by Ephen was given the title of godhood, as well as the reserved protection of the Staff of Chaos after Moraelyn's death. This was because S'ephen was not considered a member of House Ra'athim. [But for continuity, we will cover his story] Ebonheart, led by Moraelyn was able to overwhelm the Dwarves at the Battle of Starved Plain, and eventually besiege Hendor-Stardumz in 1E 673. The mainland Dwarves had lost contact with the Dwarves of Vvardenfell. King Ephen's forces, in a conjoint attack with Narsis and Tear were able to attack the Dwarven Council capital of Bamz-Amschend, breaking their hold in the southern-half of Morrowind in 1E 679. When the conflict reached its climax in 1E 700, the Battle of Red Mountain occurs. King Moraelyn and King Ulseth Hlaalu I of Narsis broke the Dwemer's hold at the city-state of Nchuleftingth. All the while, King Ephen's forces, alongside the Kingdom of Blacklight, fought the Dwarves on the Bitter Coast. It was here, King Ephen had fallen in battle. The Battle of Red Mountain ended with the sudden disappearance of the Dwemer, and the arrival of the Tribunal. In his honor, Ephen was one of the first to attain Sainthood in modern Morrowind religion. King Moraelyn, along with the King of Blacklight and Queen of Tear were initially on the fence regarding their sudden uprising. This is speculated to be the reason of Moraelyn's disappearance in 1E 703, after his daughter, Lian Ra'athim was old enough to rule Ebonheart and after the Kingdom contributed to Vvardenfell's colonization. This lead to the foundation of towns such as Fort Samarys and Suran.
Lian Ra'athim had twin children with an unknown member of House Mora named Ilver Ra'athim-Mora and Tethis Ra'athim-Mora. Because Ilver was born slightly before Tethis, he was named the Crown Prince of Ebonheart.