Tor'qim

Tor'qim the Builder
King of Trellin and Emperor of Hysera
Reign20 August 1502 – 21 January 1551
Coronation29 August and 8 September 1502, respectively
PredecessorPerendur
SuccessorAzara III
Born7 April 1480
Mar'theqa, Trellin
Died21 January 1551(1551-01-21) (aged 70)
SpouseMoruza, Duchess of Emla
IssueAzara III
Rahauk, Duke of Emla
Full name
Tor'qim Enkrihnë Kazdorir
HouseHouse Kazdorir
FatherPerendur
MotherArtxa, Countess of Betria
ReligionLadath Thaerinë

Tor'qim (7 April 1480 - 21 January 1551), often known as Tor'qim the Builder, was the son of Perendur. He was King of Trellin and Emperor of Hysera from 1502 to his death. His marriage to Duchess Moruza in 1529 paved the way for Emla joining the Trellinese Empire three years later. He is perhaps best remembered for beginning construction on the Palace of Tor'qim, the royal residence in Mar'theqa. Though he was criticised in his own rule for extravagance and what some regarded as excessive expenditure, historians remembered him as a long-term planner who stabilised the empire, preventing numerous revolts and providing the basis for the successful reigns of his daughter Azara III and granddaughter Zerama II.

Historians of high politics for up to a century after his death tended to dismiss Tor'qim's reign as uneventful and stable, ignoring the fact that his father's rule had been marked by three decades of almost continual revolt in the aftermath of King Minrir's disastrous campaigns. It was only during the rule of King Varemz that writers began to note the miraculous turnaround in the country's situation, and indeed the first of these writers petitioned for Tor'qim to be canonised by the archbishop of Mar'theqa. The discovery of numerous journals and records in the move of the royal library to the new palace revealed his great talent for subtly managing people; plans for a coup against him were discovered in 1658, but Tor'qim had granted the plot's main conspirator with a title and new estates a week before the coup was to occur, in 1537, and this caused the plans to be dropped. When he did finally die in 1551 it was of natural causes and he was succeeded by his daughter Azara.