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was settled by the great empire of Raurin, in the height of its power.
When the empire was destroyed, it endured centuries of barbarism. Warchiefs
united the country several times during this period. They fought many
skirmishes with other barbarians, particularly those in Durpar and Var
the Golden. In 202 DR, the barbarian tribes were nearly wiped out by the
forces of Mulhorand. In 348 DR, a group of outlaws, fleeing the justice
of the priest-kings of Mulhorand, came to Ulgarth. There they found a
fertile, almost unoccupied land. They settled down, and began raising
children and crops.
This new society in Ulgarth gradually grew in power, while its neighbors
grew apace. But while Durpar grew as a result of its commerce and its
philosophy of balance, Ulgarth concentrated on agrarian pursuits. The
Ulgarthians developed a highly structured caste system of lords and peasants.
In 1002 DR, the centuries long skirmishes between Durpar and Ulgarth came
to an end, as the two countries finally reached a balance of power. There
were too many centuries of warfare between the countries for them to completely
trust each other.
With their mutual border well defended on both sides, both countries have
given up on the idea of conquering the other. Trade between the Ulgarth
and the Shining Lands has become a vital factor to both nations. Ulgarth
produces many of the items that Durparians trade throughout the world.
In return, Durpar trades many exotic items to Ulgarth. Of course, the
Durparian merchants usually get the better of any trade. The current king,
Drasna the Fortunate, has continued on his predecessor's policy of non-aggression
with the Durparians.