Hallowvale or Hallowland are ancient names referring to the region that would later be renamed Morytania. It was ruled by a Saradominist race from New Domina on Hallow known as the Icyene from as early as the Second Age of Gielinor, and eclipsed to the Vampyres during the Third Age, after which it was renamed Morytania. The kingdom was heavily wooded but arable, containing forests such as Humblethorn and Hallowglade. The capital was the large city that is currently known as Meiyerditch. The names Hallowvale and Hallowland are used somewhat interchangeably, Hallowvale seems to be the name of the actual main settlement in south-east Morytania and Hallowland being the whole land, but Hallowvale is still used to refer to the region as a whole.
History[edit | edit source]
|“||Eight centuries and score into the history of our land there came a darkness which fell about the land once called Hallowvale. The Queen of that sad time, an Icyene of once formidable power, became to be deposed by ‘his-dark-self’ and his hordes. Against all of her considerable will she was forced to kneel and attend ‘his-dark-self’ in order that she might save her loving husband Ascertes.||”|
|— The Sleeping Seven|
Hallowvale was founded some time in the Second Age. It encompassed much of what is now south-eastern Morytania, with a small portion of the north-western side, containing the fortress of Kharyrll, falling under the control of the Empty Lord Zaros. For much of its history, it was ruled by the Icyene Queen Efaritay Hallow, and as a result most of the inhabitants of the land were Saradominist. The kingdom is suspected to have been named after the legendary queen.
The end of Hallowvale came about around during the God Wars - around eight centures after its founding - when Lord Drakan and his fellow vampyres invaded the region with the assistance of Zamorak. He captured Efaritay's husband Ascertes, and forced the Queen to surrender and attend him so that he may be saved. He then converted Hallowvale's cities into ghettos, where humans were farmed for their blood, and subjugated the northern parts to Blood tithes. By the modern day, due to the influence of the Vampyres, the formerly wooded region has become a large swamp, and renamed Morytania.
Government[edit | edit source]
Hallowvale was a monarchy with Queen Efaritay ruling over it for its entire existence under Saradomin's authority. The monarchy was imported from the Icyene homeworld Hallow and continued on Gielinor. Saradomin held the highest authority in the queendom and could ultimately overrule any decision, but given Efaritay's loyalty and Saradomin's respect there are few examples of Saradomin taking authority on any other subject than war. Amongst the Icyene it was tradition that the ruling monarch married a military leader, and Queen Efaritay was expected to be wed to Archon Bable, however Efaritay came to Gielinor unwed, but eventually married the human Ascertes out of genuine love, with Saradomin's blessing.
Culture[edit | edit source]
The cultue of Hallowvale was primarily the culture of Hallow, the Icyene homeworld.
Language[edit | edit source]
Similiar to how the culture was imported, the language of Hallowvale was also the Icynic language spoken on Hallow. Icynic replaced the various languages of the people who were subjected to Saradominst rule, although the common tongue was exceptioned. During the God Wars Zarosians who converted to Saradominism also replaced their Infernal language with that of the Icyene. The Icynic language is almost forgotten with very few traces of it today. Saradomin's banishment at the end of the God Wars as well as the near-extinction of the Icyenes on Gielinor probably resulted in the decline of the langauge with the remaining Saradominists returning to the common tongue.
Art[edit | edit source]
Before the reemergance of Everlight, there were preciously few pieces of Hallowvale art and architecture left. The most notable example is Efaritay's palace, which survived Drakan's invasion as well as the royal family's mausoleum at the Icyene graveyard. It was not till the Everlight rose from the ocean again and with that levelled large pieces of land, that had been submerged beneath the shallow waters east of Meiyerditch, that many lost buildings and artefacts of Hallowvale were rediscovered. A broad variety of artefacts was discovered including ceramics, marble sculptures, weapons, musical instruments, paintings and texts.
Hallowvale contained various places of culture including a theatre, a sports stadium and an acropolis. The acropolis of Everlight was home of academics, philosophers and poets. Public readings, talks, presentations and debates took place here.
Sports[edit | edit source]
The Dominion Games were a huge sporting event, whose original goal was to train the Icyene for battle through competition. Various disciplines were held including sparring, javelin and discus throwing and flight races. As the games were brought to Gielinor they were expanded with new disciplines to include the many new races that allied with Saradomin such as humans, centaurs and sirens. Foot races, archery and swimming were included to accommodate these races, but anyone who had the function to participate were allowed to. Even followers of allied gods such as Armadylean humans and aviantese were invited to participate as a gesture of goodwill.
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References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Unknown, "The Sleeping Seven", RuneScape. "Eight centuries and score into the history of our land there came a darkness which fell about the land once called Hallowvale."
- ^ Jagex. Mod Ana's Twitter account. 19 August 2014. (Archived from the original on 28 September 2014.) Mod Ana: "As far as I can remember Hallowvale is the whole of Morytania, so I guess you'd be right."
- ^ Histories of the Hallowland, "author unknown", RuneScape. "One such tale is of a Queen from far away land of considerable power and revered by the peoples. It is also claimed that the peoples named the land 'Hallowvale' after her, though there is no true record of this."