Haven

"For Honor, Order and Duty"

Country/Kingdom The Holy Griffin Empire
Capital City Talonguard
Patriarch Elrath:  The Dragon of Light (and its first servants ~ the Angels)
Core Philosophy "Law & Order" rather than "Good & Mercy"
Kingdom Colors Light Blue, White and Gold
Kingdom Symbols The "Holy Sun", The Imperial Griffin
Also Known As The Knights of the Light
Core Magic Realm Unknown
    

Haven

A feudal Holy Empire, the strongest realm of Ashan.  It is a kingdom of medieval knights and monks, with prevalent access to “Light / Life” Magic and “Angelic” elite troops.  The Empire chose the Griffin as its symbol. Tamed griffins are used by the nobility as “flying hounds”, and sometimes as mounts.  On the battlefield, Haven troops are known to be extremely resistant, relying more on the mighty power of brutal force than on the delicate art of magic. The heroes of the Haven faction will develop skills and abilities to support the hurricane of steel and fury that will rush into the enemy’s rank.

 BRIEF HISTORY

 The origins

3 YSD: Birth of the Falcon Empire

Falcon the Great unifies the human kingdoms (founding the empire that will one day become the Haven faction). A prophecy tells that the Falcon line shall endure as long as the world does. 

28-40 YSD: Wars of Fire

First great demon incursion.

Most of the Angels perish during these wars. The survivors take refuge in the Falcon Empire, which is increasingly turned away from the Dragon of Air – Sylath, and toward the Dragon of Light. 

48 YSD: the Falcon Empire becomes the “Holy” Falcon Empire

– Founding of the Free Cities of the East

Emperor Brian Falcon gives absolute power to the Church of the Dragon of Light. The Human kingdom is renamed “Holy Falcon Empire”. Dissent grows among many citizens who resent being forced to abandon their faith in Sylath. Many will leave the Empire’s territory to found the Free Cities of the East.

 The modern ages

843 YSD: 4th Eclipse - Falcon’s Last Flight

The Demons storm the capital of the Falcon Empire and massacre the royal house. As soon as the Demons are repelled, fighting breaks out as the various noble houses attempt to claim the throne. Duke Ivan of Griffin conquers the bloody crown. The Empire is renamed “Holy Griffin Empire”. 

951 YSD: 5th Eclipse - War of the Gray Alliance

Demon armies are confronted by a combined force of Haven Knights allied with two other factions. Emperor Alexei Griffin pursues the Demons into the very underworld, and is killed. His soul is rescued by a mysterious and legendary knight known as Tieru, and bound up in an artifact called the Heart of the Griffin. Alexei’s son Nicolai, aged 6, ascends the Imperial throne. 

969 YSD: 6th Eclipse - Queen Isabel's War

An eclipse not forecast on any calendar grips the Empire in a panic. The Demons emerge in force and march towards Haven’s capital. This war will be known as Queen Isabel's War and is the topic of Heroes V’s campaign.