Shroud of Etalos
‘Truly, a piteous and malicious folk, our Southern neighbors are bloody-minded ingrates, who are so blinded by their own presumed greatness to see the wonders and bounty that the gods have provided us already in nature. It would be a mercy for our warriors to obliterate the Eblans from the face of Etalos, for in doing so we might vouchsafe a better future for our lands.’ -Heard from the Speaking Stones left behind by Eoghann Abhainn
Ebla is an indulgent warrior nation. They started out spread out along the coast, but as they became more prosperous and advanced, population rose, and they began spreading out throughout the Southern region. They ran into other small groups of themselves, and fought for some time before uniting under one banner. However, they remained fascinated by war. They began a gladiator tradition that continues today.
As the Eblans continued to spread North, they encountered a peaceful people in the foothills to the North. They learned useful trades from these people, and vice versa, but the bloodthirsty Eblans could not remain at peace for long. They started a war and took their first slaves, which they decided would be better suited for manual labor than they were. However, fighting in the hills was more difficult than they imagined.
The Galls had the upper hand for the first few years of the war, before General Zarkus took over the Eblan forces, increasing the training and discipline of the warriors, as well as learning from the fighting techniques of the Galls. Over the next 15 years, the Eblans slowly turned the tide with their improved fighting abilities, regaining lost land and moving into Gallica. However, the victories came with a cost, and the Galls managed to sack Eblan cities on occasion, so the Eblans began to realize that they preferred to watch poor people and slaves fight from afar than to be involved in the bloodshed themselves. While morale was dropping, General Zarkus’ ambition could not be stayed, and his continual pushing into Gallica is what lead to his betrayal and assassination. Soon after, the Eblans simplay stopped attacking, too prideful to declare peace (and they still wanted slaves), but too lazy to continue the war. So the borders remain under slack watch, hoping the tenuous peace will last.