Darius Flavius, Summary
Darius Flavius was born to King Faustus Flavius and an unknown consort presumably between two an three decades before the first comet, in the kingdom of Caesony. Nothing is known about his childhood, though it is known that Darius was a well liked, popular figure among the lower class and the slaves, who later joined him in his rebellion against King Flavius. At the dawn of the first comet, Darius had slain his father, and led his rebel forces northward before settling in what would eventually become New Haven, Myralis.
Darius achieved enlightenment around the time following the defeat of his father, tapping into the Aether. His enlightenment came with a great presence, of which led to intimidation and control over those within his greater influence. Darius learned to manipulate life essence, to manipulate the very fabric of human existence and human will to fuel his own life essence. He devised the concept of Dankasha, using his influence over his constituents and a newfound church to propagate the religion, writing stories and tales rooted within greater Myralian culture to ease the public into the practice. Through Dankasha, Darius was able to tap into the life essence of the Myralian peoples, granting him immortality, leading him to be the longest living individual throughout the history of the Dwytir.
Darius ruled over Myralis as a seemingly benevolent king, with the best interests of the people in mind. To an extent, this was true. Darius was an intelligent, well thought, witty individual who led politics, war, and the economy very well, bringing forth a booming economy, and a growing nation with a prosperous people. However, to those closest to him, Darius was a nasty, horrible monster. He had many undercover agendas, oppressing the people of Myralis, hiding the truth, “disposing” of threats to his perfect vision. He had slain many powerful figures, or those who learn too much. Through writing and distributing through the church, “A Prohibitio Legis Magicisent”, Darius prohibited the use of magic throughout Myralis, to prevent enlightenment and rebellion.
Throughout his reign, Darius did well to protect Myralis from threat, and to make it one of the most powerful forces to be reckoned with. During the Patka revolts, many Myralians fell, though Darius was relentless, continuing to send soldiers to their death, as many Myralians suffered ad perished from disease, to ensure the eradication of the Patka threat. All the while, preparing and acting upon his easily foreseen war with the Dyndi, the Yellow Wars. During this time, the order was formally established, and many great leaders arose, with Darius as commander in chief. After a large decline in population due to disease, the remaining, immune individuals of Myralis fought valiantly against the Dyndi, to suppress their magical influence.
Unfortunately for Darius, his reign did not last forever. Little to his knowledge, for some time before the second comet, Caeson forces from the south had been plotting an advance on Myralis. With inside assistance, including Demiphius Surato, the Caesons breached Myralis, granting access for an assassin to finish Darius. While his immortality kept him youthful, he was not protected from fatal advances. The Caesons then turned on Demiphius, leaving him in charge of bringing together a shambled nation, and beginning a long fought war against Caesony.