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House Kundarak is a Dwarven house with services focused in security and banking. Their primary customers are those who have enough coin to buy something worth protecting including the wealthy, the powerful, other dragon marked houses and even state governments. They are the wealthiest Dragonmarked House by far and their banking establishments can be found all over Khorvaire.
During its early years Kundarak was but a small clan in an ancient underground Dwarven empire. During these times whole clans were exiled to the surface if they were found to be guilty of serious crimes. House Kundarak volunteered and took it upon themselves to guard the entrance, Korunda Gate, from these twelve rebellious clans from returning, they even went as far to settle above on the surface. Kundarak spent many centuries guarding this gate and even sealed it.
The Mark of Warding first appeared around 2500 years ago, not long before Karrn the Conqueror and seized what is now the Mror Holds and subjugated the exiled Dwarf clans. With the consent of the Kundarak’s the sealed gates were opened once again though, it was too late. The Dwarven empire was decimated by the Daelkyr leading to it’s imminent collapse. This tragic event meant that the Kundarak’s had become redundant, it is not officially known if Kundarak holds a grudge against Karrnath for essentially abolishing their duty.
With the aid of the Gnomes of Zilargo and House Sivis, Kundarak found purpose again when they formed an official Dragonmarked House in 106 YK. One of the conditions for earning the Dragonmarked House status was for Kundarak to cease all mining operations within Korunda Gate. Kundarak agreed though they bargained for the right to lease their ancient hereditary lands to others who wish to mine.
House Kundarak played an essential part during the Last War but preferred to take a financial role rather than a direct military presence which gave way to Kundarak becoming the banking establishment it is to date. Largely part to a financial infusion between House Kundarak and the Mror Holds, twenty years into the war the Mror Holds declared its independence.
When years of war became decades the nations of Khorvaire quickly became heavily indebted to House Kundarak relying on large loans to pay for equipment and provisions. At the end of the war all nations owed Kundarak a large sum and to make sure they all pay their debts Kundarak demanded that an order be placed in the Treaty of Thronehold demanding the nations to settle them.
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