Signs and portents
Clan Julor was originally one of the patrician families of the Second Republic of Aleath. Sir Vordi Julor was among the young knights of Aleath to be accepted into the service of Andasin II, King Of Kanday. A bright and ambitious knight, Sir Vordi was appointed the Baron of Ohetis by King Ashenan Of Kanday in 655.
When King Ashenan died in 659, Sir Vordi was quite naturally viewed as an ally of the Alethian republicans. As such, he never held the trust of the ambitious Earl of Heroth. During the first two years of the Five Year War, Sir Vordi was carefully kept out of the fighting.
In 663, the Earl of Heroth died at the Battle Of The Teb Marshes. Having few experienced military men, Queen Arelora soon turned to Sir Vordi for advice in military matters. Sir Vordi served Arelora well during the remainder of the war.
In 665, the Kingdom of Kanday routed the Thardic armies near Eidru Keep. Sir Vordi quickly led a band of knights to cut off the routed army from escape across the Thard River. To their great fortune, the defenders of Kuseme Castle panicked in the confusion and failed to close the gates, allowing Sir Vordi to capture the fortification.
In 667, Sir Vordi’s daughter, Elayne, was married to Queen Arelora’s heir, Andasin III, King Of Kanday. Following that, in 669 Queen Arelora made Sir Vordi the Earl of Kuseme, holding Kuseme, Ohetis and Eidru. Sir Vordi died peacefully in 679, leaving the earldom to his son, Jalo.
Earl Jalo served the crown loyally, but not notably, during Ezar’s War. Primarily, Earl Jalo was instrumental in ensuring the Thardic Republic did not take action during the war, though this was in doubt through much of the war. In 701, Earl Jalo died, leaving the earldom to his son, Ernald.
Sir Ernald was among those concerned that Andasin IV was too young to be an effective king when he succeeded to the throne at age 17. In addition, Sir Ernald did not feel Andasin IV’s father, the Sir Ranald Milaka, Earl of Sarkum, truly understood the dangers and difficulties of dealing with the Thardic Republic.
This view become a somewhat self- fulfilling prophecy when, in 712, the Earl sent a band of knights to assert control over two disputed villages east of Eidru. The Thardic senate responded by ordered the taking of Kuseme, and the Earl retreated to Eidru while appealing for aid from the crown.
To his surprise, the Thardic forces bypassed Kuseme and proceeded to Eidru which was quickly forced to surrender due to insufficient stores. During the subsequent winter, Andasin IV made peace with the Thardic Republic, ceding both Kuseme and Eidru. Ernald Julor was reduced back to the Baron of Ohetis, and spends considerable time and effort trying to find a way to recover his lost lands.
In 716, Ernald’s eldest son, Sir Eredir, was killed in a joust. The opposing knight was a Laranian knight from the Thardic Republic. While it is known that the two men exchanged heated words before the joust, most witnessing the event said it was clearly an accident. King Andasin IV has chosen to ignore Baron Ernald’s demands for justice and regard it as a private matter.
In spite of all these setbacks, Baron Ernald remains an influential figure. Three of his sisters are married to other prominent nobles, while his brother, Sir Cherist, is the Lord Architect for Kanday, overseeing the maintenance of royal fortifications.