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Ilďaneas [il ða ˈne as] was a Caďinorian emperor, the son of Ervëa.

For the city in Sarnáe named after him, see Iďanieĥa.

He was born in 1644, during the siege of Ctesifon. He grew up in the capital raised by his mother, Melinoctis, but joined his father on the front in 1657, at the age of thirteen. With only brief leaves, he stayed with the campaign till the war ended in 1667, by which time he was an officer and had a reputation for bravery and for faithfully serving his father.

Like many soldiers, he was at first ill fitted for a life of peace, and spent his twenties amusing himself, playing games of chance with his army friends, and chasing women. Eventually Ervëa decided he needed to settle the boy down, found him a wife (a noble named Peoneicte, whom he married in 1676), and gave him a series of official positions.

Ervëa encouraged Caďinorian settlement east of the Ctelm mountains, in the region he renamed Sarnaure (Sarnáe); he began construction of a new capital which he named after his son. Ilďaneas himself was governor of the province from 1677 to 1681; his own son Belgovileas was born in Sarnáe in 1677.

The last of these positions was overseeing a complete revision of Caďinorian Law; this project continued into his own reign, and the resulting law code is known as the Code of the Crown Prince (Amaraum sadui). It was not completed till 1708.

Ilďaneas finally succeeded to the throne in 1692, at the age of 48. He emphasized public works and public safety, finishing his father’s chain of forts, connecting the cities of the empire with well-maintained roads, and continuing the process of Caďinorization in Sarnáe. He managed a campaign to conquer Koto and Kebri in 1695-97, perhaps so that his own name would be attached to at least one great deed. The war was fairly routine and the Caďinorians mostly confirmed the local lords in their estates, though they did take some of the best land, and build a new capital, Caďincaer.

He is remembered most fondly in Sarnáe, even more so than Ervëa. He was said to be punctilious about his duties as head of state, fair but firm with his subjects, and most comfortable with soldiers; artists and philosophers flourished during the prosperity of his reign but he had no personal interest in them. His one particularity was a persistent case of sciatica, for which he sought relief from all manner of physicians, herblorists, and magicians, and which interrupted his work for months at a time. It’s said that an iliu offered to cure him if he came to Telarsanië, but he never made the trip.

He died in 1725, at the age of 81, during a hot spell, while visiting Aites.

Etymology: Caď. Ilďaneas (said to be imitative of an iliu word), Ver. Ilďanea, Sarroc Iďanieĥa.

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