Duchy of Dawn
The Duchy of Dawn was created in strife, and it ended its current existence in strife.
The Duchy was created in 284 YK, after the War of Succession ended. After the rebel Duke Oscar Felix was killed in battle, the Southron Duchy was split in half and the Duchy of Dawn created for the Yuligan family, as a reward for them having remained loyal to the tradition of succession and the overall Kingdom.
Dawn has suffered the largest brunt of Orc attack, losing all of its territory and its ruling family. The Yuligan family had long held the Duchy, but in almost simultaneous losses, King Piotr Yuligan II died the same year as the Doom, and the Yuligan family was killed in an attack on Yuligans Keep in 6 AD. Since then, relentless attacks by the Orcs and Goblyns have swept over the Duchy. As a result of the leadership vacuum, the Duchy of Pisces formed in the southern stretch of the Duchy of Dawn, breaking away under the protection of Duchess Caro Childress.
In the Summer of 58AD, the city of Reach evacuated north to the city of Ancturin. Towards the end of summer, Ancturin and Reach refugees commandeered all available ships and fled the Duchy, sailing south to the port of Amfrey's Point in the Duchy of Pisces. A few other refugees fled east to Elven Lands. Dawn is now essentially abandoned and conquered by the Bestials.
The Duchy is framed on the north and west sides by the Sithasten Mountains. Its eastern edge is the Reaches Seas and its southern border is now the Foamflow River. Prior to the formation of the Duchy of Pisces, Dawn extended all the way south to the seas.
Dawn is historically identified as being a sanctuary for runaway slaves from The Dark Ones. Ancturin is one of the oldest cities, comparable to Greyrock in age. It was first established by elves and slowly populated by humans as elves moved away.