The Church of Pholtus and Almor
The Pholtan church had slowly gained strength in the courts of the Great Kingdom, their stringent interest in law and order being of interest to any ruling body. However, towards the end of the reign of Grand Prince Ferrend, a politically strong priest of Pholtus known as Dacar Mendhred was making a nuisance of himself to the Grand Prince.
Dacar was disturbed by the increasing power of the Solan clerics in Almor, and wished to have them stopped. Grand Prince Ferrend Cranden was also somewhat disturbed about his family losing its clout in Almor, but was not willing to give into Dacar’s insistent requests to hand the governorship over to the Pholtans. Unfortunately for Dacar and despite his political ties, he ended up being banished from the capital in -45 CY. This was not a deterrent, and he simply headed to Almor and established a Pholtan chapel in the small northern village of Narsel on the Harp River. The Nehronese of the area still held too many of their original traditions, and had resisted the push towards the Aerdy Sol.
Much to the chagrin of the clerics of Sol, the Pholtan flock under guidance of Dacar Mendhred began to grow in northern Almor; bolstered by many of the native Nehron Oeridian’s who were still unhappy about the Aerdy occupation of their lands. The original town of Narsel came to revere Dacar Mendhred. Much later, after an impressively large cathedral was created in his name, the town was renamed to Narsel Mendred.
Six years into the reign of the first Overking (6 CY), the problems between the Pholtans and Solans had to be dealt with. Zealots from both factions were coming to armed conflicts, and even the resident Cranden’s were deeply entrenched in the issues. Farms were no longer being tended, crops were faltering and rotting in place, and bands of armed men from both sides were wandering around being a nuisance in the name of Sol or Pholtus.
The Pholtans had been increasing in power throughout the Great Kingdom. They had just been granted the See of Medegia, and while Overking Nasran Cranden was privately annoyed that they couldn’t behave themselves, he also had to deal with the situation in Almor, an area where his family should have been able to take care of matters themselves. Realizing that the Almorian branch of the Cranden’s had become too deeply entrenched in the religious matters at hand (at this point some were even involved in the Pholtan hierarchy, as well as the Solan/Peloran), Overking Nasran decreed that the region would be governed by an ecumenical council.
The initial council was composed of members from the local Peloran and Pholtan religions, with the addition of Heironeans (to help bring order back to the region with their military clout) and Zilchans (to help bring organization to the council). The council was ultimately beholden to the Cranden House, and the head of the Cranden House in Almor (referred to as the Almorian House Regent) is granted a veto power for any action of the council, and can appoint people to seats on the council as they desire.
While neither of the original parties was particularly happy about needing to share power, the realization that they had no choice was easily to seen. Political maneuvering and deal making became important in the new council. As is typical for the Great Kingdom, individual personal agendas and ambitions also came to light, as various players on the council strove for personal power. The Pelorans, as the founders of the Aerdy Almor were allowed to choose the first Prelate of the council. The Prelate was granted governorship of Almor, but was still beholden to the council and ultimately the head of house Cranden. The Prelacy, once decided, was granted for life.