"For Honor, Order and Duty"
|Country/Kingdom||The Holy Griffin Empire|
|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|
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.
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
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”
– 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.
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
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
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.