In 876 Unity (574 YK), the Inspired became interested in acquiring dragonshards, crysteel-grade crystal, and other resources that were plentiful on the shattered continent of Xen’drik. A century later, in 674 YK, the Inspired established the fortress-city of Dar Qat on the western coast of that land, sparking regular contact between the people of Khorvaire and the Riedrans. The Inspired had long spurned the overtures of the Kingdom of Galifar for trade and commerce, but now the two nations’ ships met on the open seas. Initially, the Riedrans were prey for the pirates of Khorvaire and Xen’drik who plied the Sea of Thunder. But as Galifar established its own presence on Xen’drik, the city of Stormreach became a neutral ground for the two empires, and open trade began.

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