Overview[edit | edit source]
For the playable Caledor faction, see Knights of Caledor.
Description[edit | edit source]
The Kingdom of Caledor is a thinly populated, mountainous realm. Its sparse population has ever belied its power, for it is here, beneath the blazing peaks of the Dragon Spine Mountains, that the Dragons dwell. Here, long ago, came Caledor Dragontamer. Mightiest of the ancient mages, he bound the fearsome Dragons to his will, using harnesses of enchanted truesteel smelted in the fiery heart of Vaul's Anvil. His descendants named their kingdom Caledor in his honour.
In the centuries that followed, great granite fortresses sprang up in the misty vales, and from them, Dragon Princes rode the thermals over sullen volcanoes. None could stand against them in battle, for the nobles of Caledor were fearsome mages as well as mighty warriors, borne upon Dragons that were terrible to behold. Though the Dragon Princes were few, the destruction they wrought was unmatched, and few dared court the wrath of Caledor. Eventually, the mountains cooled, and the fury of the volcanoes ebbed.
As the peaks lost their fire, so did the Dragons lose theirs. One by one, they drifted into slumber, becoming ever more difficult to rouse. As the strength of the Dragons waned, so did the power of the Caledorian princes. Their grip on the Phoenix Throne slackened, and the old realm of Caledor was eclipsed by other kingdoms. Yet even in their weakened state, the Caledorians are still formidable, and their voices carry much weight at the Phoenix Court.
Caledorians are haughty even by the standards of other Elves. Indeed, 'Prince of Caledor' is a byword for arrogance amongst Elves of other lands. The banners of the Dragon Princes remain upright whilst all the others are dipped to acknowledge the rule of the Phoenix King prior to battle. When forced to remark upon it, Dragon Princes claim that this stems from the reign of Caledor the Conqueror, who granted them this as a sign of respect for their noble sacrifice. They say that it is not for them to countermand the word of Caledor. Such an act would be to offer far greater disrespect to the lineage of Phoenix Kings than ten thousand erect standards could ever achieve. Others point out that even before Caledor granted this boon, the Dragon Princes refused to lower their banners anyway.
Starting territory[edit | edit source]
- Eye of the Vortex
- Mortal Empires
Diplomacy[edit | edit source]
Strategy[edit | edit source]
- They are the initial target and threat to Count Noctilus of The Dreadfleet, however if one does not want to get involved in Ulthuan it is best to sack and raze or simply ignore them.
- Eataine will often have to fight Caledor because they start off as very unfriendly to each other. This gives Tyrion an opening towards Western Ulthuan and the Dark Elves.
- Imrik and the Knights of Caledor gain the ability to confederate with Caledor via a dilemma after capturing a certain amount of territory. This is useful, as it gives his faction a foothold on Ulthuan, however Caledor as a faction will either be destroyed by Dreadfleet or confederated by Tyrion generally, so Imrik should act fast.