A major civil war that recently split the Aulesiri Empire in two, the War of the Pale Brothers was an enormous conflict fought between the Forgotten Emperor, who was the first son of Emperor Tares III, and his younger brother, Auren I. With the Forgotten Emperor supported by religious and conservative elements in the Empire, and Auren by a combination of reformist and mercantile factions, the war raged for nearly a hundred years, primarily pitting the houses Luseysi, Dyre, and the Lords of the Vein against houses Reinar, Godhart, Sotulyn, and Anlan on the usurper's side. After a long struggle, of course, Auren was triumphant, and pushed most of his brother's supporters from their seats of power -- not to mention erased his brother's very name from the history books.