From the markings of long past history, the Laharyens have ruled the Seven Kingdoms since the beginnings of the written word. Legend has it that the first Laharyen ancestor, Aegaran the Great landed upon the island of the Pearl, founded the legendary fortress of Lasitahfek. From there, Aegaran, his brother Rhamaes and his two sisters Visnasi and Leharya proceeded to the mainland and conquered the primitive tribes settled within. As time passed, the citadel of Lasitahfek was abandoned and the capital moved to along the banks of the mainland river known as Gyr. To preserve their noble blood and lineage, the Laharyens adopted the custom of intermarriage of brother and sister. Aegaran himself took both his sisters to wife and fathered several sons to each. From then on, the Laharyen dynasty grew into a powerful kingdom that knew dominion over all the land. From the blood of the Laharyens rose lords and princes who achieved dominion lesser houses and ruled as subservient kingdoms. Through the passing of time, the Houses of Baronn, Rhoke, Arch, Xannis, Dorynn and Sartell came to be. As lesser houses and subservient kingdoms rose, blood ties were lost and newer families were born. Countless years and seasons have passed since Aegaran's landing. It is at a time of conflict and war that the Clash of Kingdoms unfolds.
I loved it! The maps are beautiful and excellently done. Most scenarios require planning , not to mention skills and good use of units -- especially priests. Missions are varied, but often require buildup after some inital battles, where you really need micromanaging. It is fiction, and the story was at times hard to follow but I was eager to play more :) Definitely try this one if you are looking for some fine design and a good challenge.