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King Ronard

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King Ronard


King Ronard (0 - 583 TMSK) was the first of the Magic Sword Kings. His magic sword is of little relevance, as they were fairly common in that day, even though most people had no real use for them beyond slicing bread and shaving their beards (which, it should be noted, is not the best application for a magic sword. It did, however, become a socially fashionable thing to do for the members of the upper classes as a method of demonstrating their utter diseregard for their current magic sword because they had so very many of them). In fact, Ronard's sword was weakly enchanted and not particularly large or deadly, and his self-proclaimed title of "Magic Sword King" has been seen by some as compensation for this weakness. In fact, it has been noted by many historians that Ronard came to power primarily through the liberal use of his Very Large But Unenchanted Spikey Hammer. The year of his birth would not have been marked as the year zero had it not been for his Proclamation of Superiority, made at Ronard's celebration of his thirty-third birthday, which stated thusly:


"Yea, verily, I art better than thou, and, to this effect, thusforth, and forevermore, the day of my birth shallst be marketh'd as the zeroth year. If thou doth protest this proclamation, feel ye free to deliver a treatise to my Very Large But Unenchanted Spikey Hammer on the matter forthwith."


-- Spoken in the royal Proclamiton language by King Ronard in the novel Ronard Beknighted


Not surprisingly, few protested, and among those, none survived.


Early Life


His birth ended the horribly bloody and drawn-out conflict between the Low Elves and the Men of the Covenant, although there is disagreement as to the reason why. Many have speculated that Hygrad the Mighty's prophecy is borne out by the birth of this first Magic Sword King (as it calls for a man who will identify himself as a "King of Sparkling Swords"), although a few are not quite convinced.


(It has been suggested that High Superintendent Robins was in fact the "first" Magic Sword King, as his exploits as a magic-sword-wielding ruler actually served to inspire Ronard's own exploits. This is easily dismissed, however, as High Superintendent Robins was not a King, but a Superintendent. Besides, that alcoholic wife-beater was nowhere near as Epic as Ronard, no matter how many Wangs he beat.)




Nonetheless, Ronard's placement ended the war, and elevated to King in Mandleclang for it. As King, through coercion, political and economic pressure, and a big hammer, Ronard united most of the leaders of Battal and formed The Kings Council. He also married the princess Caliodora and with her had two sons, both of which were also named Ronard, Ronard the Shorter and Ronard the So-Very-Short.


With the help of his best friend and advisor, Magic Sword King Lord Greylord, Ronard was able to forge a veritable empire which stretched across all of Battal. With Kings of the line of Ronard as their high king, The Kings Council would be the controlling rulers that governed most of Battal for over 900 years, although in-fighting among the members was common, it was not until the Vampyric Wars that the alliance began to weaken, and ultimately collapse.




Ronard's death during a game of Agash is described by the Monk, Brother Dranor in the first of the Chronicles of the Magic Sword Kings. Years later the religon of Ronardity was to be built around his legacy.




Ronard was succeeded by his son, Ronard the Shorter, whose comparatively brief reign was noted solely for the king's excessive bouts of flatulence and, of course, for the destruction of the kingdom in the Vampyric Wars. Botard the Great and Judicious and Such rebuilt the kingdom; his reign marked a peaceable and prosperous time for the people. After reigning for less than a year, he was executed for having proposed a tax on the possession and use of magic swords, and was duly replaced by his second cousin, who was known only as Frogeater Notapuppet. Incidentally, Frogeater immediately dropped the idea of this tax, instead raising taxes on plows and gruel, much to the joy of the magic-sword-beard-trimming nobility. Some historians speculate that Frogeater may have been a figurehead for some form of shadow government run by one or more of these nobles, but these theories are obviously unfounded.


Kings of Ronard's line, such as King Zonard, would continue to surface in Mandleclang where the bloodline was still royal. Sometimes they even rose to larger prominence as a high king among allied nations, but it was not until the Ronard the Medium took the throne 22,000 years later that the line would again rule over all of Battal. See Book 12 of The Elemenstor Cycle for more information on these events.


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Comments (4)

Anonymous said

at 1:44 am on Feb 9, 2006

Hey, love this magic sword king history, but I have a nitpicky chronological question- this page says the MSK rule ends in 1,003, but the Ronard the Shorter page lists his rule from (583 - 1,019 TMSK), and Botard the Great and Judicious and Such from 1019-1021, followed by lots of other kings. The easiest fix is probably to change the years those two rulers ruled.

Anonymous said

at 2:24 am on Feb 9, 2006

The year 1,003 is when the *epic glory* of the Magic Sword Kings is diminished when the Kings Council is broken. The end of the "Ronard Dynasty" (as stated on the page) can be considered to be 1,003 when the twelve realms were toppled by the vampyres, for none of Ronard's line would reclaim this former glory until the events of book 12.

Anonymous said

at 6:17 am on Feb 9, 2006

I've always felt that the way this entry was written was a little confusing. Careful reading of many entries I think gives a good idea of what happened, but things should probably be cleared up explicitly. The Ronard Dynasty really extends until about the year 10,000 with a line of kings passing roughly familialy down through the ages.. only 2 kings seem to really have defined the architypes of the magic sword kings (Ronard I and Ronard II) and Ronard II seemed really to be basking in reflected glory. The line of rulers that came after that ruled tiny feifdoms for a while during the wandering age (which exagerates when it claims there were no goverments in battal)

Anonymous said

at 8:09 am on Feb 9, 2006

Eh... after the Vampyric wars it's not much of a "Dynasty" though. "Dynasty" conjures images of the Emperors who ruled a unified China, not the shattered kings that made up Ronard's line after the fall of the twelve kingdoms in 1,003.

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