Arabel was briefly an independent city, ruled by the usurper Gondegal, the “Lost King.” At its height, Gondegal’s realm stretched over much of Cormyr. However, he attempted to contain too much territory against the opposition of Cormyr, Sembia, Daggerdale, Tilverton, and others. In fact, Gondegal’s rulership from his base in Arabel lasted only eight days and ended without bloodshed. Gondegal fled before capture, and his whereabouts and condition are unknown, but oft talked about in taverns whenever caravans disappear or bandit activity surges.
Although Gondegal’s empire did not last, it had a hand in birthing the Kingdom of Cormyr. One of the faults of the young King Azoun IV was his reluctance to attend to matters outside Suzail, the capital city. But when there was an armed rebellion within Cormyr, the king was forced to take notice and act. He personally led his troops against Gondegal’s self-disintegrating force. This was Azoun’s first showing with his troops, and his liberation of Arabel from Gondegal’s rule is a pleasant memory and feeling that he keeps close to his heart even today.