Lord Baxtorian Cadarn
|Released||25 July 2019 (Update)|
|Quest NPC||Song of the Elves|
|Examine||Former king of the elves.|
Lord Baxtorian Cadarn was a powerful elven king of the Fourth Age, best known for establishing a kingdom east of Tirannwn. He was married to Queen Glarial and namesake of the Baxtorian Falls. He is the father of Eirlys.
History[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
When the God Wars ended and the Edicts of Guthix were put in place, the elven goddess Seren was forced to shatter herself into crystals in order to avoid leaving Gielinor. As a result, it fell to Baxtorian and his wife, Glarial to comfort the elves, and rebuild their shaken society. Despite this loss, the elves saw an opportunity to expand their domain. With the Western Sea to the west and south, and them being unaware of the existence of Zeah, the only way to expand was east, into a land that was still recovering from the God Wars.
Baxtorian, head of the Cadarn Clan, the elves' primary military clan, lead the elves to a time of peace and security. Travelling through the newly constructed Arandar mountain pass, elven settlers began to settle all throughout modern-day Kandarin.
Establishing a kingdom[edit | edit source]
Baxtorian and the Cadarn Clan were dedicated to protecting the other settlers during the expansion. Baxtorian soon established non-aggression pacts with several of the local races. The gnomes, who had only recently returned to the surface, were more than happy to re-establish ties that had been lost for over 4,000 years. The human tribes, who were much more divided, eventually agreed to a treaty. The ogres and local goblin tribes that inhabited the Feldip Hills, however, were locked in a bloody civil war due to Bandos' absence. Deciding that two out of three alliances was enough, Baxtorian established the elves as a powerful, but peaceful, force. For almost 1,900 years, his kingdom prospered.
Fall from Power[edit | edit source]
Even as Baxtorian's kingdom reached its peak, disaster struck. All contact with Tirannwn ceased; none sent through the Arandar Mountain Pass returned, and his efforts to scry beyond the mountain range were unsuccessful. The mysteriously sealed Arandar Pass left the settlers with only one feasible route back to their homeland: the Underground Pass, a long-forgotten series of tunnels that had been excavated by the first elves as a means of transport via the Well of Voyage.
Baxtorian sent five of his best scouts through the Pass, but only one returned. Adwr Cadarn, the sole survivor of the scouting mission, told the settlers of what had happened in the capital city of Prifddinas. The Iorwerth Clan, knowing that most of the elvish military had left the city, claimed control of Prifddinas; a bloody act that left thousands of elves dead and the city in Lord Iorwerth's hands. They had originally wanted to show the other clans what they were capable of, but lost their way and became obsessed with the Dark Lord.
This news caused a massive uproar amongst the settlers. Many ideas were put forward, but ultimately Baxtorian decided that the Iorwerth Clan must be forced from the city. Baxtorian led a five year campaign into Tirannwn, where he attempted to defeat the Iorwerth Clan. He and his army fought their way to the walls of Prifddinas, where he besieged the city to no avail, as Seren had made the walls to withstand the assaults of the gods. Despite this, Baxtorian's men were able to find a secret entrance to insert a small team in to rescue the other clan elders held hostage by Lord Iowerth.
On the night the rescue would begin, Baxtorian was informed that his kingdom in the east had collapsed. Baxtorian was filled with grief, as he had left behind Glarial to oversee the kingdom in his place, but knowing he would not have another opportunity, continued with his plan. He spent several weeks with his team finding and freeing the clan elders, reverting the city into seed form and forcing Lord Iorwerth to settle in a camp outside of its walls. Baxtorian then sent them into hiding and rushed what little remained of his army back through the Underground Pass, only to find his kingdom destroyed and Glarial missing. Though he could have stopped the human rebels, he was too obsessed with finding his wife and by the time he admitted she was probably dead, the human kingdoms had grown too strong for his weakened army to deal with them.
Legend says that Baxtorian's grief was so great that he would not live without her. After building a monument to Glarial east of Baxtorian Falls, it is said that he travelled to their home under the falls and sealed himself within a room. Baxtorian performed his own burial within the chamber, sealing himself with his wealth and a monument to Glarial.
Aftermath and return[edit | edit source]
With Baxtorian dead and enemy forces continuing to attack, the elven settlers were forced to retreat to their kin in Tirannwn. There, they reunited with the survivors of Iorwerth's betrayal, wandering Isafdar and fighting against the Iorwerth Clan at every turn.
The Baxtorian Falls was so named in honour of the great elven king. Legends of his treasure have only grown, prompting many to travel to the greater Falls area in search of it, although rumours suggest that the treasure was found by dwarven miners some years ago. Others travel to the area simply to admire the natural beauty of the area.
During Song of the Elves, Baxtorian is freed from his self-imprisonment in stone, and assists the rebel elves in defeating Lord Iorwerth, restoring Prifddinas in the process. He is then made leader of the Cadarn Clan after the city's restoration.
Dialogue[edit | edit source]
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