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January 9th, 2020, 13:00
We have crapload of lore and background to share, and the perfect days for that occasion are Tuesday and Thursday when we have our so-called weekly #ArkLoreTuesday and #ArkBlogThursday. Well, since there is much more lore to share, this Thursday we'll share more of it, instead of some technical stuff about the gameÖ

Anyway, this article is more about the previous leaders in the animal kingdom, and King MichaŽl was the first one to find the Ark FantasticÖ Sort of.

Itís hard enough figuring out the politics of the Animal Kingdom. Even though, we decided to clue you in on a bit of history as well. So in January we are going to go through the rulers of the Animal Kingdom one by one.

The lions ruled the Animal Kingdom for millennia, but the elder line of kings has been mostly lost to history. The past few centuries, though, are very clear. This is due to several factors:
  • the influence of Dabrovit, a scholar who worked at the court of King MichaŽl
  • the relative peace and prosperity that ensued after King Marius
  • the invention of the printing press which helped preserve historical manuscripts

So we will start with King MichaŽl, the first king of whom most information is known without doubt. Like all kings, scholars posthumously gave him an epithet defining his rule Ė King MichaŽl the Zealous.


King MichaŽl

The King Who Found the Ark!

MichaŽl inherited the kingdom in great unrest from his father Marius. However, MichaŽl actually spent less time dealing with the unruly nobles and more time obsessed over the ark myth. At the time, a young scholar beaver named Dabrovit has popularised the scholarís method in the Kingdom. The scholarís method (similar to the scientific method in our world) is a methodical way of approaching the Kingdomís mysteries. Inspired by Dabrovitís method, MichaŽl funded many scholars and explorers and tasked them to find the mythic Ark Fantastic.

Eventually, after many failed attempts, one scholar returned with good news. He found the wreckage on an island shore southwest of Pride, with evidence suggesting it is the Ark Fantastic. Along with its great historic significance, this had a surprising effect on quieting the kingdoms unrest. Many historians believe this discovery was what ushered in centuries of peace in the Kingdom.

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That is one beautiful game. Love the graphics!
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That is one beautiful game. Love the graphics!
Thank you! Our artists will be very happy to hear another positive comment about their work :-)
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WE HAVE MOAR ANIMAL KINGDOM KINGS LORE!!!!

As we wrote about MichaŽl the Zealous in our previous lore article about the Kings of the Animal Kingdom, today we are continuing the saga with King Valent the Scholar, the longest-ruling king. His biggest legacy is finding a huge unexplored region whose location was lost in history.

Prince Laurent was oft ill and short-lived, and so he died before he could succeed to the throne. His son, Valent, took on the Kings mantle at a very young age, and was thus the longest-ruling king in historical memory, being known as The Scholar King.

King Valent the Scholar


Even as a child, King Valent was tutored by Master Dabrovit, and fell in love with science and exploration from an early age. He funded many great expeditions to all sides of the Kingdom during his long reign and remade the kingdom in the image of science.

He funded academies in every regional capital, and built the largest library in Blackbark, holding copies of every book found in the Kingdom.

His biggest legacy, however, is finding the southern continent, a huge unexplored region whose location across the sea was lost in history.
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In the continuation of our Ark Fantastic lore, we talk about probably the strangest of the recent kings, Vincent the Explorer. As the only son of Valent, the king who found the southern continent, he was less interested in ruling than in the vast unexplored reaches of the newfound land.

Nevertheless, denizens of the Animal Kingdom adored him, and his exploits were the talk of tales all over the Kingdom. He oversaw much of the Kingdomís exploration and mapping. Indeed, most of the maps in his expeditions are in use to this day. Many feel that his early demise in the southern jungles was the end of an era.

While still a prince, Vincent grew up with tales of strange animals and cultures in the southern continent Ė monkeys and crocodiles, mysterious jungles and wild riversÖ


Vincent the Explorer

Some say his father financed the first colony in the south, Valencia, mostly to please his son. And indeed it was but it was King Vincent who made it into the huge town it is today. He was so enamoured with the colony, he spent more time ruling from there than from the capital, Blackbark.

He died relatively young, contracting a strange disease while leading an expedition into the heartlands of the colony. His most enduring legacy is his deathwish. On his deathbed, he decreed that his castle be remodeled into the central hub for exploration in the colony. Thus Vincentís Keep becomes the Explorerís Guild, a crown funded organisation tasked with exploring and mapping this new continent.

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The most brutal King of them all, also known as "The Tyrant King" reigned over 30 years ago, but the Kingdom still resonates from the consequences of his reign.

King Leopold, The Tyrant

The steam engine changed much of the industrial landscape of the KingdomÖ This, along with the vast resources coming from the newly discovered colony, all gave rise to new powers. Not all of these new powers were satisfied with their newfound wealth, and some wished to secure even more power.

Feared of being usurped, and to secure his hold on the Kingdom, Leopold, the Tyrant tightened his grip. He slowly transformed the royal newspapers into a mouthpiece of the monarchy. In his later years, he also funded a secret spy network that operated throughout the Kingdom.

Read the whole story about Kingdom's Tyrant King on https://www.tripthearkfantastic.com/…-king-leopold/
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