Fathred the Great
|Birth||Unknown, some time around ~1170 BEKE|
|Death||Unknown, some time between 1110 BEKE and 1107 BEKE|
|Age||Assumed to be around ~60 at time of death|
|King of Etrand|
|Successor||Interregnum, eventually Guthbard|
Fathred the Great (Etrandish: Fathred ; IPA: [fɑðrɛd̥]; Proto-Human: FADRIDDAZ ; IPA: [ɸɑðridːɑz]) - known as Fadriddaz when he was actually alive - was the very first ruler of a unified Etrand, reigning from 1138 BEKE until his death some time around 1110 BEKE. He is considered a national hero and the nation's founder by the people of Etrand, while he is viewed as little more than a barbarian overlord by the High Elves and the Wood Elves.
Little is known about Fathred's early life. Since pretty much all aspects of the long-dead ruler's life have become mythologized, it has become nearly impossible to separate myth and legend from reality. Not even his place of birth is certain to begin with, but if we are to believe contemporary sources, then we can assume that Fathred was born in one of the war-torn regions of North-Western Etrand, in a time of conflict between the various human tribes and the indigenous halflings.
Fathred was supposedly born to the northern Gusmolth clan.
It is assumed that the young Fathred was first-born son of the chieftain of the northern Gusmolth tribe, and have personally fought in his father's battles from a young age. He must have became the chieftain of his tribe at the age of 25-30.
Unification of Etrand
Some time before 1138 - pretty much the only precise date from his life - he began fighting a series of wars against the various other tribes of Etrand. Having subjugated and effectively vassalized several tribes by force, he has also managed to peacefully convince many smaller tribes to swear an allegiance to him in exchange for protection. By 1138, he has not only unified most of Etrand, but has also consolidated and solidified his rule for the first time, with all opposition to his Etrandish unification reduced to but a few irrelevant mountain tribes that lacked the strength to challenge Fathred's empire, but also lacked any resources that would have made Fathred interested in subjugating them.
Consolidation of power