King Kurth of Quana is a respected and beloved leader, admired by many, both within and without his own borders. His improvements in education and the kingdom’s infrastructure are impressive by any human measurements. His watchful eye against the rise of evil in the South has motivated him to build a standing army to rival any. The Order of the Lion, his specially-appointed guild of paladins, are ever vigilant, swearing loyalty to the king and the Eternal.
Perhaps Kurth’s greatest achievement thus far is also one of his most controversial – the annexation of Argona. When the royal family of Arkin was destroyed by Carn the dragon-lord, the kingdom fell into chaos. Various nobles tried to step in and claim the throne for themselves, but no one had sufficient backing to make his claim stick. As the political wrangling broke out into actual fighting, a number of groups were targeted for extermination, due to their association with the disaster. Any foreigners were questionable, and any creature who looked dragon-ish was immediately condemned, leading to wholesale slaughter of some very peaceful beings. (In retrospect, perhaps this outcome was exactly what Carn desired to achieve.) Seeing the need for a strong hand to establish order, King Kurth ordered the Quanan army to enter Argona’s borders and force the warring parties to cease. The weary people of Argona welcomed the army with open arms. In short order, King Kurth proclaimed Argona to now be wholly joined to Quana for all time (with the caveat that should a member of the royal family be discovered in years to come, they would have the option to re-establish the kingdom. Such an event is not likely to occur.).
King Kurth’s two children, Markove and Eudith, have become notable, as well, but for different reasons. Prince Markove is famous for his “adventures” – his journeys throughout the realms with varying companions, fighting evil in all its forms. Princess Eudith is famous more for her beauty, and the numerous suitors she has turned down. The failure of both his children to find suitable mates thus far is a cause of considerable concern for the aging King.
Perhaps Kurth’s only shortcoming is that in always looking for evil beyond his borders… he has neglected the spiritual health within his nation. The insidious nature of evil allows it to infiltrate even the most noble-minded of people groups. Should a war with the Shadow’s forces come, as many believe it will, Kurth may find himself attacked from within as well as without.
-from the memoirs of Machaira Ktistes, elven smith