The history of Zylphania goes back more than two centuries to the mightiest matron of the Great House Bombastus, Queen Zylpha the Great. It was she who wrested the land from the hands of the vile daemonspawn known as the Umberhawk. The Umberhawk was a ferocious demonic bird with deep onyx plumage and seven-eyes that glowed red like the blood of lost souls. Its shadowy claws were colder than the grave, and its piercing cry could shatter a mann's heart into shards of black ice. None dared to claim the area for habitation by mannkind. None, that is, apart from Countess Zylpha Tymorica Mariezeiram Dalmonicus Bombastus Tinth. She led a small force of brave volunteers from among her vassals in combat with the beast.
They fought for a fortnight, neither side giving the other any hope of reprieve. Casualties on both sides brought the match to a near stand-still, until, in a moment of carelessness, the Umberhawk exposed one of its fagile, nebular eyes to the tip of Countess Zylpha's longspear. The beast was consumed by black flames, and a thick, oily smoke rose from the corpse for more than three months. During this time, Zylpha commissioned the settlement of the freshly liberated lands from among her people. Over the proceeding decades, Zylpha expanded and solidified her realm, eventually claiming the title of Queen. She died without a clear heir, and her triplet sons destroyed much of the kingdom squabbling over its remains. In the end, only one realm was left standing: the Duchy that had come to be known as Zylphania.
The House managed to maintain the Duchy for nearly 80 years under the benevolent rule of Duke Maixent Felisidous Abercreston Didisonn Bombastus before an offshoot family of the House rose in rebellion and ousted House Bombastus from power, destroying all record of the Bombastus claim to Zylphania. In recent years, the last scion of the House was able to recover documents proving his family's right to the dukedom and, with the aid of his closest allies, has ousted the despotic interlopers from the realm, but not without great cost.
Our family crest bears the ancient symbols of the Bombastus line, the twin Pegasi salient on a burgundy field flanking the eight-pointed star; a symbol of the far-ranging explorations of the family's progenitors. Since the reign of Zylpha the Great, this traditional family crest was placed in chief above a depiction of the constellation known as the Umberhawk, which first appeared in the sky after the daemon's defeat at her hands, on a slate field representing the death shrouds of those lost defeating the beast.