The state of Blackenridge was founded by Lord Cyphrus Blackenrudge. Cyphrus was a noble of Calcadon, prior to being exiled following a failed coup. As punishment for this attempt Cyphrus his family, and his followers were exiled. Those exiles travelled north through what is now known as the Blackenridge forest. Eventually, they settled in the Ogrefell mountains, and, in order to protect themselves from the ogres which gave the mountains their name, Cyphrus made pacts with unfathomably ancient beings, giving him terrible and mysterious powers. Using these powers, he and his family subjugated teh ogres, using them as a military and workforce. Cyphrus rules still, his life extended unnaturally by his pacts, and now that a descendant of the one who exiled him is on the throne of Calcadon, Cyphrus prepares the army of House Blackenridge for war.