The Glory of Mhandelore
History of Mhandalore
THE HISTORY OF MANDALORE
Legend says that long before the age of rebirth a huge vessel which sailed the sky descended upon the land bringing a group of warriors from an unknown plane. These heroic figures taught the people their ways and helped in building a great city in their honor. Their magic was strange and powerful but ultimately lost to the ages. The city of Mandalore would be one of the only places to thrive in the difficult ancient times. After the waters receded the people found their city landlocked and facing an increasingly arid environment.
Before the desert claimed the central plains of Windaria were dominated by tribes of gnolls. These barbaric humanoids would constantly raid nearby communities until they attacked Mandalore, a grave mistake. The Mandalorian soldiers easily repelled the earliest attacks but grew tired of the harassment and struck back with tenacity, greatly suppressing the gnoll menace and establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with.
In 530 AR a large neogi society was discovered in the foothills near the Bellagor Jungle. The explorers returned to Mandalore telling of the horrors seen there and upon further investigation it was decided that these evil creatures were too foul to let live. The council mobilized its army and went forth to deal with the neogi, raining down death and destruction on their entire civilization. Even the powerful mind-controlling abilities of these creatures were no match for the strength of the Mandalorian forces, and they were completely eradicated from the area without mercy. This absolute display of genocide shocked the world, not so much in sympathy for the hated neogi but in the effectiveness of Mandalore in crushing their enemies.
When Bel began expanding their empire through force Mandalore was caught in the struggle with Nealon. Many soldiers were employed in Nealon as mercenary guards and as the war began to shift in Bel’s favor the Mandalorians were honor bound to commit more troops to the conflict. After a long war Nealon finally fell at the cost of many Mandalorian lives. They would not seek retribution for an all out war with Bel would be costly and would probably end in failure against the massive armies of the empire. Many clans felt that Mandalore was far too involved in the military affairs of other countries and took the amount of mercenaries allowed to commit to foreign lands into serious consideration in the future.
The somewhat new dwarven nation of Forgekeep made contact with Mandalore in 8647 and would be the first to establish a long and lasting trade agreement with them. The dwarves actually came to Mandalore to begin what would be a strong alliance and offered to help in commerce and supplies for a people they considered brave and honorable, unlike some others who only respect them out of fear.
In 939 AR the Mandalorian Council entertained the idea of expanding their nation and found suitable lands to the west but encountered some groups of desert nomads who opposed conquest of their territories. Guerilla warfare against Mandalore became common with these people and the Mandalorians did little to fight back, merely keeping them at bay. Seeing some amount of justice in the actions of the nomads, the council decided to withdraw their efforts and reestablish the policy of keeping their borders close and intact.
Recently Mandalore has involved itself in keeping stray monsters from Ünderbheit at bay, something their forces find all too easy for now since it is so far away and few real menaces come this far north.