We goblinoids are just like you humans, except our empire lasted eleven thousand years.
— Lhesh Haruuc Shaarat’kor
Before humanity ever dreamed of leaving their birthplace on Sarlona, goblinoids ruled the continent of Khorvaire. Known in their tongue as dar, “the people”, the goblinoid races established an empire that controlled most of the continent. Governed by hobgoblin emperors, the Dhakaani Empire lasted for 11,000 years. However, this empire would not last. In -8,000 YK, the daelkyr, lords of Xoriat, began an invasion on Eberron in the area now known as the Shadow Marches. The Dhakaani were eventually victorious with the assistance of the druidic sect known as the Gatekeepers and sealed the rifts the invaders had ripped between the planes. The war left the Dhakaani Empire weakened, and the Dhakaani government collapsed to internal power-struggles and civil strife. Goblinoid city-states and smaller nations endured, but lacked the political and military cohesion of the earlier empire. But, the legacy of Dhakaan lives on in dar culture and in the songs of the dur’kala, hobgoblin bards.
For thousands of years, the dar lurked in the shadows, hiding deep within the Seawall Mountains and venturing out only to engage in an occasional raid on Brelish or Cyran settlements. But during the Last War, in 878 YK, Lord Cail of House Deneith came to the scattered tribes looking for mercenaries to hire out to the warring nations. The success of these goblinoid mercenaries was massive and Deneith became incredibly wealthy. But, while the war continued to rage, a hobgoblin general of the Rhukaan Taash (razor crown) clan named Haruuc was gaining allies within the goblinoid tribes and among the mercenaries. Then, in 969 YK, Haruuc led a revolt against the people they were supposed to be protecting and laid claim to the area. Harruc named the place Darguun and claimed the title Lhesh Haruuc Shaarat’kor, “High Warlord Haruuc of the Scarlet Blade.”
The dar are separated into three unique races which all share a common ancestry and the proud history of Dhakaan.
- Golin’dar, “the quick people”, known in common as goblins
- Ghaal’dar, “the mighty people”, known in common as hobgoblins
- Guul’dar, “the strong people”, known in common as bugbears