Gods and Giants
The modern history of Ustalav began during the Age of Enthronement around 2361 AR when numerous Varisian families settled the unclaimed land north of Lake Encarthan in the shadows of the Hungry Mountains. Ustalav did not become a true nation, however, until its ancient hero, Soividia Ustav, united the disparate Varisian settlements and drove out the native orcish, and barbaric Kellid Numerian, and Sarkorian inhabitants. Thus he created the land that would bear his name: the Kingdom of Ustalav. For five centuries after Ustav’s conquest, the Kingdom of Ustalav existed ruled by kings of the Ustav line. However, near-constant feuding among the clannish Varisian families began to dominate the kingdom. To prevent a civil war, King Kaldemov decided to split the nation into sixteen counties in 2862 AR. He divided up the land, and assigned it in perpetuity to the various noble families. Each county’s ruler possessed significant autonomy, but they in turn owed their allegiances to the monarch (descended from Ustav). This change eased tensions and led to a rare Ustalavic golden age of growth and prosperity for some centuries thereafter.