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Valaria and much of the world was once under the oppressive dominationof dragons. To throw off the yoke of oppression, the elves createdpowerful beings by magically infusing a few chosen elves with the blood of dragons. The humans, with the aid of the dwarves, created a virtually impervious suit ofarmor that would protect its wearer from the awesome physical power ofdragons as well as their formidable magic. The armor was named after the primary smith, Dundalor Ironforger, and given to the greatest humanwarrior in the land, Magnus Ollander.
Magnus was declared the first king of Valaria and an Ollander has satthe throne for the last thousand years. Valaria had been at war with its southern neighbors for over a decade until King Jarvin ascended thethrone after his father's murder.
Jarvin ended the war, but being bastard born, was never fully accepted by the nobles of the land. His subsequent decrees gave more freedom and prosperity tothe commoners at the cost of the wealthiest and most powerful lords andmerchants. Many also feel that the war could have been won which ofcourse would have created even more wealth for those of means.
If Jarvin is simply overthrown by force, those usurpers may becomeembroiled in a civil war with not only the commoners that supportJarvin, but a feud between lords who would each want to stake a claim to the throne. By reclaiming Dundalor's armor, the possessor would notonly be a nearly unbeatable warrior, but possess the very symbol thatcreated the first king of Valaria and brought in a new age. It is hopedthat by claiming the armor, it's historical significance will make thecommoners more amenable to a new bloodline and its strength willdissuade military action by the other nobles.
If Jarvin learns that an unknown enemy is seeking the armor and if he is faced with a rival wearing the armor, he must have a weapon capable of defeating the wearer or at least create something of anequalizer if he cannot prevent the usurper from acquiring it. That iswhy Duke Ulric wants it, and that is why King Jarvin is trying to keep himfrom it or find another artifact to counter it if he fails.
Ultimately, the armor is a symbol to the people of the land and thereverence many still hold for Magnus Ollander will in part betransferred to the wearer. Or so it is hoped.