Nearly a thousand years ago, Taldor launched the Shining
Crusade against Tar-Baphon, the Whispering Tyrant, who
unified the orc tribes of Belkzen and ruled central Avistan
for five centuries from his doom-shrouded, haunted domain
of Ustalav. From all of Taldor’s provinces along the Inner
Sea crusaders assembled, dedicated to destroying the lich-king
and his minions. Commandeering the Ustalavic town
of Vellumis, the forces of Taldor (aided by the dwarfish
kingdom of Kraggodan and the Knights of Ozem) spent
twenty-six brutal years hacking their way to the lich’s capital of Gallowspire. Just outside the rotting city, the Shining Crusade met the forces of the Whispering Tyrant in a final titanic battle, achieving victory when Taldan General Arnisant sacrificed himself to imprison Tar-Baphon beneath his own tower at the evil city’s heart.
With the Shining Crusade victorious at last, Taldor decided in 3828 ar to create a permanent presence to watch over the lich’s prison in Gallowspire’s haunted ruins. This province became Lastwall—a bulwark against one of the greatest evils humanity had ever known. When Cheliax later broke away from Taldor, Lastwall declared its neutrality, citing the need to maintain its sacred duty free from political concerns. Cheliax quickly agreed while Taldor protested, but the crippled empire lacked the power to prevent its distant province from severing official ties and becoming an independent nation.
Over the last 700 years, Lastwall’s focus has shifted
somewhat away from Gallowspire and toward the savage
hordes of Belkzen. The fiercest action faced by Lastwall’s
defenders is typically found in the battle-plains on the
Belkzen frontier, but patrols still make monthly journeys
into the Hungry Mountains to inspect the ruins of
Gallowspire. Dismissed by some younger crusaders as
merely ceremonial, this mission resonates with veterans as the heart of Lastwall’s very reason to exist. Crusader doctrine holds that the troubles with Belkzen are simply the residue of the malice and menace of the Whispering Tyrant, and ensuring the seals on his prison remain inviolate is the uppermost duty of every crusader.