The Landless Knight and His Braves Companions
The original fortification at Sarkum was built by Gemalan tribes, independent allies of Aleathia. In 384 the tribal chieftains swore fealty to King Calin. The original castle was built by Xuaka in 435.
Sarkum nobility survived the Theocracy, founding the Kingdom of Gemala in 596. The Rethemi invaded in 688, and Sarkum was held by them until 692 when it surrendered to the Kandians after a major fire broke out. During the occupation, two kings of Rethem, Puril and Kabe, died at Sarkum. Ranald Milaka, who had been king of Gemala, swore fealty to Andasin III and married his daughter Mirelael. When Sarkum was recaptured, Ranald was made the Earl of Sarkum by Queen Eriel. After Mirelael became queen in 694, Ranald, as consort, played an active role in rebuilding Kanday.
In 707 Mirelael and Ranald’s son became Andasin IV. The earl maintains a strong influence over his son, which has caused jealousy among other great nobles, notably the Earl of Heroth. Ranald has named his second son, the king’s younger brother Anaflas, as heir to the earldom. Anaflas is also the heir to the throne until Andasin produces an heir.