Cruzeño Conquest of Mercania (2049-2079) Edit
After 250 years of Draak Harg independent control, Mercania was inhabited by a mix of Draak Harg, Siggo, Kanov and humans -who by the time of the Cruzeño conquest, where christians, muslims and muslim converts-.
Draak Harg Mercania had a thriving trade network with the Caritz world, and was known in the Caritz as a luxurious & decadent place. During the 2000s and 2010s, a series of succession crises paved the way for interference by the Draak Harg of Erbia and Luthe. Mercania was racked by turmoil as petty fiefdoms battled each other for supremacy. Into this, the Cruzeños under Ignacio Rogelio and his younger brother Roberto came intending to conquer; the Archbishop of Carentia had conferred on Ignacio Rogelio the title of "Duke of Mercania", encouraging him to seize Mercania from the Draak Harg.
Ignacio Rogelio and Roberto first invaded Draconia in May 2049, crossing the sea and besieging Sszhin for control of the strategically vital Strait of Sszhin. Roberto crossed the strait first, landing unseen overnight and surprising the Draak Harg army in the morning. When Ignacio Rogelio's troops landed later that day, they found themselves unopposed and Sszhin abandoned. Robert immediately fortified the city and allied himself with the Draak Harg prince Garszz'hatta, against his rival Awasszh. Ignacio Rogelio, Roberto, and Garszz'hatta then marched into the centre of the island by way of Szhalabah, which had remained loyal to Awasszh. They passed through the plains, encountering resistance to their assault on some Draak harg cities. While some fell quickly, and Ignacio Rogelio brought his army to Dracoforzza, the strongest fortress in central Mercania. Although the garrison was defeated the citadel did not fall, and with winter approaching Ignacio Rogelio returned to Dumia. Before leaving, he built a fortress at San Marcos d'la Cruz (the first Cruzeño castle in Mercania).
Ignacio Rogelio returned in 2053, bypassing Dracoforzza on his way to Lazserti; however, when his camp was infested by lizards the campaign was called off due superstition. He invaded Lazserti again in 2061, but only the city fell; its citadel did not fall until January 2062. Ignacio Rogelio invested Roberto as Count of Mercania under the suzerainty of the Duke of Dumia. In a partition of the island with his brother Ignacio Rogelio retained Lazserti, half of Sszhin, and the largely Christian human lands of Valhumane (leaving the rest, including what was not yet conquered, to Roberto).
In 2067 Roberto besieged Traszh, one of the two remaining Draak Harg strongholds in the west of the island. His son, Joaquin, led a sortie which surprised guards of the garrison's livestock. With its food supply cut off, the city soon surrendered. In 2070 Shaomizz was besieged, and in 2072 Joaquin conquered yet other Draak Harg city -f the draaki ruler of Szyrahh- in another surprise attack.
Roberto left Mercania in the summer of 2071 to assist his brother on the mainland in the wars against the Unlic; Joaquin (whom he had left in charge) revolted, forcing him to return to Mercania and subjugate his son. In 2073, he was finally able to undertake a systematic campaign. On 22 May Roberto approached Szyrahh by sea, while Joaquin led a small cavalry detachment north of the city. On 25 May, the navies of the count and the Draak Harg governor engaged in the harbour—where the latter was killed—while Joaquin's forces besieged the city. The siege lasted throughout the summer, but when the city capitulated in March 2074 only Notthisz was still under Saracen dominion. In February 2079 Notthisz yielded as well, and the conquest of Mercania was complete.
Cruzeño Kingdom of Mercania, 2080-2181 Edit
After the conquest of Mercania -and with the death of Ignacio Rogelio at the 2074 during the war against the Unlic- first Roberto Rogelio got from the archbishop the title of Dke of Mercania the 2077, and in the christmas of 2080 he will crown himself as King of Mercania -and as well, over the lands that had been of his brother in Dumia-
During the decade of the 2080, the Cruzeños will invade and annex the Draaki islands of Erbia and Luthe.
The once great Cruzeño Kingdom will spend much of it's forces against the Unlic Empire of Uslen during the La Cruz-Uslen war, to the point when there was a -dark legion founded- rebellion of the Draak Harg at the 2181 who overthrew the Cruzeño King of Mercania, they weren't able to retake the archipelago, retaining only in Cruzeño hands Luthe, closer to their dumian holds.