The Five Nations were named for the eldest scions of Galifar the First. The new king granted his sons and daughters – his warlords – these portions of the realm to govern in recognition of the help they provided in establishing the kingdom. Galifar had a vision for a unified empire that stretched across Khorvaire, and he trained his family for the many wars of conquest that would be required to establish his dream.
Karrnath, the eastern region of the kingdom, was turned over to Galifar’s eldest scion, Karrn, to govern. This area was the original seat of Galifar’s power, and it was only natural that his oldest son would be granted control of the area.
For almost a thousand years, the great kingdom of Galifar rose atop the pillars of the Five Nations to create an unprecedented age of peace and prosperity. For almost a thousand years, the scions of the kingdom governed the Five Nations and followed the rites of succession as put forth by Galifar I during his forty-year reign. This honored tradition was abandoned a century ago, when the last king of Galifar, Jarot, died. For the first time in the history of the kingdom, the scions refused to honor the rites of succession. Each governor-prince eventually decided to claim the throne and the crown for himself or herself, and the kingdom broke apart in all-out war.