Bandits from the River Kingdoms and Issia nearly spelled the end of the Taldan colony of Rostland in its early years. Sirian First’s reputation as a duelist drew the attention of a bandit chieftan, who offered the baron a wager: half his fortune against the bandit leader’s head if Sirian could best him in a duel. Baron First accepted and lost. He paid his due and disappeared, too ashamed to show his face any longer, most assumed. Yet Sirian returned years later as Baron Aldori and, in a highly publicized rematch, defeated his foe in seconds and reestablished his rule in Rostland. Baron Aldori then issued his own wager; 100,000 gold pieces to anyone able to best him in a duel of blades. Thousands flocked to Rostland to answer his challenge, and the “Sword Baron” defeated them all. He founded the Aldori school of sword fighting and established the influence of the Aldori swordlords over Rostland for centuries.
With the change in regime, many swordlords fled Brevoy to other realms. A few became sell-swords, prostituting the Aldori School for the coin needed to buy them food and shelter. The rest primarily settled in or near the free city of Restov.