The goliath Cyr left the Ochre Mountains as the instrument of the Patrons' revenge against the ghilan Nebu for killing a Patron. Cyr raised an army from Nebu's mortal enemies and besieged Dragonseye until Nebu died. With the withdrawal of Dragons, the residents of the Dragonlands begged Cyr to stay and, with the blessing of the Titans, be stayed and founded the Middle Empire, so called because it existed in the middle of Patronage. To commemorate this new Empire, he commissioned the construction of a mighty and magical seat of power called the "First Throne".
The Empire existed peacefully for 70 years as the sole and first Free Kingdom until Waros, Cyr's great-grandchild, decided to extend his reign over the free cities of halflings and sparti that had formed in the south beyond Imperial borders. This, apparently, awoke the Dragons and they returned in force, destroying the Middle Empire and scattering the goliaths into the Barrens to hide. The withdrawal and awakening of the Dragons, as well as subsequent examples, leads scholars to speculate that the Mists were created by the Dragons.
Monarchs of the Middle EmpireEmperor Cyr (711-721)
Emperor Cambis (721-728)
Empress Daria (728-764)
Emperor Waros (764-771)
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