History of Derrin
The first human explorers of Derrin were sent by the Drakish Empire nearly 700 years ago. They settled, finding forests of good hard woods, fertile fields and good fishing. The Drakish viceroy, founded the town of Bray as the first (and still primary) port on Derrin.
From there slow migration gradually filled in some of the southern plains and a few coastal villages in the northern forests. Though the island never grew large they remained a respected and loyal part of the empire. After the collapse of the Drakish Empire 300 years ago Derrin found itself unintentionally independent. Obviously the viceroy stepped into a ruling role but without the might and wealth of the empire behind him he found it very difficult to rule. Seeing this weakness and united behind a strong warchief the goblinoids living in the northern forests captured the town of Mullingar and began a march to the south. The viceroy’s general rode forth, rallied the Derrinians, met this warchief on the field of battle, slew him in single combat and broke the goblin army. On returning to Bray, general Cormac declared himself the first king of Derrin and with the support of the people began his reign. His heirs retain the crown today.
To celebrate his victory, consolidate his power, and seek to prevent another goblin march he erected a great keep on the southern banks of Derg lake. This holdfast would bear his name and serve as a reminder of his military victory.
Following in his successors have sought to undertake great projects to unite the villages of the island and secure (as well as possible) the wilds. Roads and bridges provided cross-land travel between towns and ensured greater access to the crops of the southern farms. Monsters still pose problems, like the destruction of Youghal by a dragon almost 50 years hence, but Derrin has been largely safe and prosperous in it’s independence.