The reigns of King Cristonton and King Cotinasath signaled a change in how Nox and Jeutontic saw themselves. Both cities moved forward from being individual city-states to true kingdoms with more than a single urban center. The two kings also set up a new dynamic for the two kingdoms as they became natural rivals for control of Western Cimmeria.
King Cristonton of Nox succeeded his father, King Forigata. At Forigata’s death only three Senators remained in office due to his refusal to appoint new Senators. King Cristonton continued his father’s policy towards the Senate. A few years later the last Senator died. All legal power in Nox laid with King Cristonton.
King Cristonton ensured that he had the support of the people of Nox before enacting his agenda. He declared war against King Cotinasath of Jeutontic, the grandson of Queen Jasaetuparth. The line of Xorius and the line of Sadroston were once more at war. Nox’s army made good headway in the field, but they were unable to approach Jeutontic without constant harassment by the aerial cavalry of the southern city. To deal with this issue King Cristonton trained archers and ballista crews to declutter the skies. Unfortunately, the Nox army could not be everywhere at once. The Jeutontic raiders took advantage and Nox’s economy suffered.
To better defend his people King Cristonton directed the communities around Nox to resettle in a single fortified location. For the foundation of this new city, Cristonton picked Hades’ Hilltop, three days travel east of Nox. The city would be named Petar. While overseeing the digging of new wells for Petar, King Cristonton noticed the glint of gold at the bottom of one of a well. He went down into the well himself and confirmed the presence of a gold deposit. That well was immediately turned into a mine for the Xorian crown.
Although the construction of Petar allowed for a robust defense of the citizens of Xoria, King Cristonton still could not make offensive progress towards Jeutontic. King Cotinasath’s aerials were too great an advantage. With no way forward, Cristonton and Cotinasath signed an armistice.
Free from war with Nox, King Cotinasath of Jeutontic declared war against the town of Cecilia. A port would allow for greater trade income for the crown. After a lengthy siege, a group of merchants opened the gates of Cecilia and betrayed the city to King Cotinasath. Cecilia joined the Kingdom of Jeutontic.
Both kings focused on affairs in their own kingdoms for many years afterwards. King Cristonton concerned himself with the developing colony at Petar while King Cotinasath ensured that the original occupants of Cecilia were suitably pacified. The occasional raid by the Amazons of Dradelden kept both kingdoms on their toes, but full-fledged war did not return during the reigns of Cristonton and Cotinasath.