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the Lost King
long under the dominion of Cormyr, for a time became the center of a swordsman's
empire. This swordsman was Gondegal, the Lost King, who in the Year of
the Dragon (1352 DR) attempted to carve a kingdom for himself centered
on Arabel. It was to extend north to the Desertsmouth Mountains; south
and west of Wyernwater and the farms outlying from Eveningstar; and east
to Tilver's Gap and the mountain passes. In the years following, people
would say that Gondegal's reach was no longer than his blade. He could
not hold any of the territory against the might of Cormyr, Sembia, Daggerdale,
Tilverton, and several of the other Dales -all of whom he drew the blood
and ire of in the making of his throne.
Gondegal ruled for less than a season, though he reigned officially for
scarcely eight days. The remainder of his rule was spent fighting here
and there against one foe or another in the lands he claimed. His troops
were largely mercenary, and his treasury of seized goods was small and
soon gone. One night Gondegal's force simply melted away before the advancing
troops of Cormyr, and was gone. King Azoun IV retook Arabel on that morn
without wetting a blade. No one has ever found the body of Gondegal; he
is known to have fled north and then east via Teshwave, but then his fate
becomes a matter of conflicting rumor and legend.
Some believe he still lives with a score or more of loyal followers, keeping
court in the wilds somewhere, a careful and ruthless bandit who takes
care that none survive his attacks to carry tales anywhere. When entire
caravans vanish at times anywhere between the High Dale and far-off Impiltur,
he is blamed by talk in the taverns. Gondegal was said to be a tall, gray-haired
warrior of considerable personal skill and intelligence. His badge was
a gray wolf's head, face on, with red eyes. Caravan guards often warn
merchants to beef up the escort on a particular caravan; " else thy gold'll
soon be gilding Gondegal's throne."
Gondegal was an impeccable swordsman and somewhat chaotic in his self
professed neutral alignment. If he does indeed yet live, the magic or
treasure he carries, and who his allies might be, are all unknown. Gondegal's
reign had a great influence on the King of Cormyr, at that time in his
second decade of rule. Not only was Azoun forced to put down an effective
rebellion in his own country, he was forced to pay more attention to matters
outside Suzail, to become the ruler of a nation as opposed to a city-state.
Further, the bloodless assault on Arabel was Azoun's first true experience
at the head of his army, and the joy of "freeing" the people of Arabel
is one that remains with him.