Bel Shanaar

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The Crowning of Bel Shanaar

Bel Shanaar the Navigator or the Explorer was the 2nd Phoenix King of the High Elves. [1a]

His reign lasted from -4419 to -2751 IC. [3b]

Bel Shanaar is noted as being both an outstanding sailor [2a] but also a skilled warrior in his Chariot, Silver Wind. [2b]


He and his charioteer gained a formidable reputation in the wars against the Daemons in Silver Wind, becoming known as the Wind Riders. [2b]

The death of Aenarion and the confinement of Caledor Dragontamer on the Isle of the Dead left the elves leaderless and although the dead kings children were discovered alive, hidden by the Treeman Oakheart and his people after their mother was killed. Yvraine was quickly confirmed as Everqueen and many thought that Malekith should be the next Phoenix King. The young prince confirmed his wish to rule for and on behalf of the elves but would accept the ruling of the council gathered to decide the issue. [1a]

The Prince of Tiranoc, Bel Shanaar was agreed to be the best candidate being both a proven warrior and diplomat, although Morathi screamed and raged, only being calmed by her son. The new king spent the next few centuries both rebuilding Ulthuan and begining to explore the rest of the world, establishing colonies in Lustria, the New World and what would later become known as the Old World. [1a]

Bel Shanaar vsited all the new colonies and even travelled to meet the Dwarf king Snorri Whitebeard at Karaz-a-Karak, swearing an Oath of Friendship between the two races. However as the centuries passed, the Cult of Pleasure arose in Ulthuan which the Pheonix King eventually grew more and more concerned. When Malekith returned from his long voyages he took charge of the war against the cult, even imprisoning his mother and stating that the corruption had reached the highest levels. [1a]

As Nagarythe rose in rebellion, Bel Shanar called a council of war but to everyones horror, Malekith now claimed that the Phoenix King had been a cultist and that he had taken poison before he could be interrogated. [1a]

His bloody death heralded an era of civil war and torment. [1a]

Notable Events of Bel Shanaar's reign

N.B. All dates are Imperial Calendar equivalents.

Date Events Sources
ca. -4419 Bel Shanaar is crowned following Aenarion's death at the end of the Coming of Chaos. A great period of rebuilding starts, in which many of the sacked and ruined Elf cities are rebuilt. [1a][2a][3b]
ca. -4164 The first Elven colonies are built in the Old and New World. Malekith defends Athel Toralien from Orc Warlord Gritok Redfang and wins. [1b][3b][2a]
ca. -4119 Dwarf High King Snorri Whitebeard is befriended by Malekith. Elves and Dwarfs ally to drive the remaining forces of chaos back into the Chaos Wastes. [1b][2a][3b]
ca. -3419 In Nagarythe the Cult of Pleasure takes hold. It seeps across all of Ulthuan. [1b][2a]
ca. -2839 Bel Shanaar journeys to Karaz-a-Karak to pledge eternal friendship between the Elves and Dwarfs. Malekith remains as ambassador. [1b][2a]
ca. -2789 Malekith wanders the world in search for Magical Artefacts of Elder Times. [1b][2a]
ca. -2775 In the ruined city of Vorshgar, Malekith finds the Circlet of Iron. [1b][2a]
ca. -2774 On his return to Ulthuan, Malekith denounces his mother Morathi as a worshiper of Cult of Pleasure. [1b][2a]
ca. -2751 Bel Shanaar is assassinated with poison. Massacre at the Shrine of Asuryan: Malekith tries to walk into the Sacred Flame but is burned and horribly mutilated. [1a][2a][3b]



We have vanquished the daemonic host and driven back the roiling clouds of Chaos that plagued the lands. Let the world rejoice for we have won its sanctity and the air bears not the foul tang of the Daemon. But at what cost to us the valorous and the brave of Ulthuan? What sacrifices have been made upon this, the altar of hope?

~ The Lament of Bel Shanaar. [3a]

The rulers of the High Elves
Phoenix Kings Aenarion - Bel Shanaar - Caledor I - Caledor II - Caradryel - Tethlis - Bel-Korhadris - Aethis - Morvael - Bel-Hathor - Finubar
Everqueens Astarielle - Yvraine - Alarielle


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