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Amahl III was noted as being the official founder of the Shoon Imperium, although the Imperium was in actuality the result of the result of the machinations of Akkabar Shoon the Elder over many decades.
Amahl III was a clever man. He feared betrayal and, because of this, was rarely seen in public over the two decades of his reign over the Imperium. He maintained a seemingly erratic schedule of meetings with the nobles and his advisers, which made it difficult for his underlings to plan a rebellion against him.
Born Amahl yn Amahl el Shoon, he was the only son of Amahl Shoon II and a great-great-grandson of Akkabar Shoon the Elder, whom he looked up to as a mentor. His youngest sister, whose name was lost to history, was married to Rahman Cormal, who was puppet king of Tethyr after Amahl took the throne of the Imperium.
|“||From this point, we shall spread our armies across the lands, and all shall bow to Shoon or die. Around this spear, an empire shall grow in my name and in the name of my fathers.||”|
|— Qysar Amahl Shoon III, in the Year of the Vow Manifest|
Amahl III was born in −14 DR, the only son of King Amahl II of Tethyr. Amahl became king of Tethyr in the Year of Glittering Glory, 15 DR, when his father died. Around this time, Amahl's great-great-grandfather, Akkabar, the syl-pasha of Calimport moved his court to recently built Shoonach, which was within the borders of Tethyr. In this way, Akkabar was able to keep a close eye on Amahl during the next twelve years and effectively control both countries.
However, Akkabar died unexpectedly in 27 DR, while crafting magical items in his chambers. Amahl III took up his mentor's crown and became the ruler of both Tethyr and Calimshan. He named himself qysar and officially called his empire the "Shoon Imperium".
Amahl himself then moved to Shoonach, where his great-great-grandfather had ruled. This angered the Calishites, who wished for the central seat of government to return to Calimport. In 32 DR, three families among the nobles of Calimshan planned two elaborate "hunting accidents" that slayed the three eldest sons of Amahl. In revenge, Amahl had every member of the hunting parties executed. He then replaced all of the nobles with his own loyalist. After this, none dared challenge his authority again.
The most famous event of his reign was remembered in history as the Casting of the Spear Imperious. In the Year of the Vow Manifest, 44 DR, Amahal III launched a spear from the top of the Imperial Mount in the city of Shoonach and declared a prophecy that the Shoon Empire would spread from the point of its landing.
Amahl III died six years after the throwing of the spear, and his youngest son took the throne in his stead.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 24. ISBN 978-0786912377.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Steven E. Schend (October 1998). Calimport. (TSR, Inc), p. 20. ISBN 0-7869-1238-3.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 23. ISBN 978-0786912377.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue. (TSR, Inc), p. 28. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book One: Tethyr. (TSR, Inc.), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
- ↑ Steven E. Schend (October 1998). Calimport. (TSR, Inc), p. 33. ISBN 0-7869-1238-3.