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The Ascended Kings [the ascend-ed kings]:
The Ascended Kings are the kings and queens of Doljinaar believed to have ascended into godhood and are now worshiped among the many deities of Doljinaar. Each god-king or god-queen has taken on a pattern of emanating the qualities that characterized their life. The Ascended Kings, also called Ascendants, or the Council of Jaril are believed to convene together about the goings-on of Doljinaar. Many people make daily sacrifices at the temples to the Ascended Kings to curry their favor, receive the blessings of an individual god or call down a curse on one’s enemy. More Ascendants will be revealed in later books.

Argnor, god of pestilence and famine [arg-nor]:
King Argnor is one of the few kings of the royal line believed not to have ascended into godhood and is therefore worshiped as no god, or occassionally as the god of famine and pestilence. He has a few temples that accept gold offerings to bring Argnor's Curse down on another person's head. King Argnor was the son of King Arodius who had a very long and prosperous reign. Argnor was never able to escape his father's shadow. Argnor's reign was marked by plagues, famines and war giving him the name of “the Cursed”. Duke Shaltear later assassinated Argnor and stole the Doljinn throne from the rightful line of kings during the Black Reign.

Arodius, god of life and forture [a-road-e-us]:
King Arodius had a long and prosperous reign and is now worshipped as the god of life and fortune. Miraculously, his reign was marked by no war. Doljinaar's population and its economy boomed. The grandeur of Doljinaar, City of Kings, doubled in size and scope. Arodius was able to devote much of his time to erecting great monuments all over Doljinaar. He built the Trail of Majesty and lifted a prayer to his forefathers to divinely guard the winding mountain valley into the capital for all time. He also made major breakthroughs with diplomacy with the Elves and Dwarves. Elves finally permitted Doljinaar to build outposts on the borders of its lands. Arodius also was the first to grant executive power to his council, whom he entrusted to further expand the kingdom's growing splendor.

Desmoana, goddess of beauty and pleasure [dez-moan-a]:
Queen Desmoana ruled Doljinaar after the death of her husband after he fell victim of plague. Some historians allege it was not the plague that killed the king, but poison. Desmoana was said to be the most beautiful queen in all history, but she was incredibly vain, promiscuous and unfaithful. She seized hold of her rule unlike her ancestor Queen Izadora, the Compassionate who took the throne reluctantly, but ruled better than many kings.

Queen Desmoana grew known for his cruelty, cold indifference and shockingly black heart. Desmoana and Izadora are the only queens to have ruled Doljinaar and are now worshipped as goddesses. Many scholars still compare the stark contrast painted by these two historic women. The women are believed to be in even more at odds in death as goddesses.

Doljinn, father and king of the gods [dole-jin]:
The father of the Doljinn gods and the founder of Doljinaar. High King Doljinn was a man with a dream. Born under abnormal circumstances, Doljinn was born with majestic glowing white eyes and given the name of his clan when Doljinaar was just a small city state. The Doljinns believed the boy was the God of Light incarnate, who they worshipped from the early tribal eras. The Doljinn clan crowned the boy king when he came of age like enemy city states who were starting to embrace civilization.

High King Doljinn was the first to dream of a united kingdom of men. His dream infected his people and spread to other nations and tribes of men. Doljinn campaigned across the West conquering human nations and winning some over through peaceful negotiations. Doljinaar was first formed at his marriage with the Durnish Queen of their ancient enemies. The Durnishmen joined Doljinaar and helped unite the divided world of men in the West. Doljinaar drove out pockets of night races and evil nations out of the West, inspiring even a few non-human tribes to swear their allegiance.

High King Doljinn is now worshipped as the king and father of the gods. He lived four times longer than normal men, which strengthened the belief in his godhood. He is believed to have ascended into Jaril, which has become the Doljinn word of heaven, at the peaks of the Jaril Mountains upon his death. His sons carried on his legacy. His divine blood granting unusually long life and glowing white eyes have become the mark of Thanedom.

Mydrian, god and father of magic [mi-dree-an]:
Prince Mydrian was the firstborn son of High King Doljinn. He was Doljinaar's first wizard and is now worshipped as the father of magic. Mydrian amazed his father with his spells and the combat effectiveness of magic. Also called the First Wizard, he is revered by magicians of all colored robes and some believe prayers to Mydrian enhances the powers of their spells or help one gain Magical Ascendency. Prince Mydrian helped his father win many battles in the Kingswar.

Mydrian gave his life at the Battle of Deadmoor, in the final battle of resistance against Doljinn's dream of a united world of men. This was Doljinaar's bloodiest and final battle against the last few violent tribes of men in the Kingswar. The loss of human life on both sides was catastrophic. Doljinaar won, but King Doljinn refused to bury the dead, so now Deadmoor stands as a grim testament regarding the grave costs of war among men. High King Doljinn also renamed the moor to Deadman's Moor as a further statement against humans taking human life.


Shaltear, god of dominion and death [shall-tear]:
King Shaltear, the Blackhand also called the Usurper, stole the Doljinn throne from the rightful line of kings. Earl Shaltear, a pureblooded Doljinn who had married into the royal line, assassinated King Argnor and ruled for six hundred years. King Shaltear's reign, also known as the Black Reign, was marked by tyranny, oppression, over-taxation and mass executions. It was considered some of the darkest days of Doljinaar, also sometimes called the Black Days. King Shaltear was eventually overthrown by an insurrection led by the rightful heir of Doljinaar, who was stashed away on a secret island in the Haraglace that became known as the Isle of the Hidden King.

Ironically, King Shaltear is one of the only non-Thanes to be worshipped as a god in Doljinaar. He claimed to have obtained godhood by washing himself in the blood of a god namely Argnor whom he assassinated. He is worshipped as the god of dominion and death. Temples and shrines have been built in his name. His worship is permitted even in Doljinaar which celebrates freedom of religion. Modern depictions draw Shaltear with solid black glowing eyes, although historians claim this is pure mysticism. The Shaltearan Brotherhood, cults and other dark worshippers claims Shaltear as their god.

 
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