The Silver Chalice
Long before the the Sedarg Principality was created a tyrant named Morigar ruled the land. He subjugated hobgoblins, orcs and goblins to his will. Then he used them to war upon the other races, subjugating humans and halflings to his will. The dwarves in the east stood firm against the forces of Morigar. But then the nobles resisted and the races fought back against Morigar. Legend says he was killed then rose again. And did so every 100 years. Finally 816 years ago he was sealed by the Holy Armaments. But it seemed a terrible price had been laid upon the orcs and goblinoids. Being his first victims they had become brutish, and crude, suited for war alone. The other races shook their heads. Such a shame they thought, and left the orcs to their misery. In the west a small trading post named Trier began to form. An orc bard, rare among his race, traveled to Trier and found the landscapes surrounding it to be beautiful beyond measure. He formed a musical hall in Trier called the Hall of Lyricism and trained some of his fellow orcs and goblinoids in the arts of music. Then they rose up and traveled among all the tribes of the orcs, teaching music and beauty. Their efforts opened the eyes of the orcs and they remembered beauty again. The orcs set aside their more warlike natures and their tribal differences and fashioned a new land of united orcs and goblinoids. In his name they erected the City of Lights, Sedarg and named him king. Declaring King to be too high a title, he settled for Prince and he continued to teach them arts. This began a period called the Orcish Renaissance. The Renaissance sparked a new flame of peace among the nations, and Sedarg’s Son initiated the first Aachenvald Conventions, leading to the creation of the Aachenvald league.
The orcs and goblinoids found they enjoyed arts that used their hands and physical prowess most. They began to learn smithying from the dwarves and taught themselves architecture. The orcs then built a college of arcane power in Trier and soon after the orcs learned how to mesh the art of blacksmithing and magic.
The orcs and goblinoids now profess to be the heart of architecture and culture in the Aachenvald, a claim that is well founded.