The Holy Order of St Francis Xavier
“The ancient Kingdom of Gwynedd is situated at the heart of the Eleven Kingdoms, being surrounded by the Kheldish Riding on the North, Torenth in the East, the Southern Sea in the South, and Meara, The Connait, and the United Kingdoms of Howicce and Llannedd in the West and Southwest.” Codex Derynianus p.109
In 822, King Ifor Haldane and all his family (except his youngest son Prince Aidan) was killed by an invading army from Torenth led by the man who became King Festil I – a younger son of the Torenthi King. The dynasty he established ruled for 5 generations until overthrown by the last remaining Haldane King Cinhil I, having descended into decadence and inbreeding.
In the early years of King Cinhil’s reign, Gwynedd nearly doubled in size, which led to an conflict with Torenth that lasted for 2 centuries. Torenth and it’s ally, the Principality of Meara, feared the expansionism of the human Kingdom.
King Cinhil and his successors often shared power with their Great Lords, who used the threat of the Deryni to consolidate their power and established an anti-Deryni movement that also lasted nearly as long.
Meara was defeated in 1025 by Gwynedd in one of the most bloody campaigns seen in the Eleven Kingdoms and conquered in 1027, but the rugged terrain made it impossible to hold without continuous military intervention.
King Kelson attempted to resolve the situation with Meara by marriage to Sidana, Princess of Meara. Unfortunately, her murder before the bride had even left the cathedral led to the execution of her brother on Traitor’s Hill and the continuation of the military campaign. Currently, Meara is a peaceful part of Gwynedd.