The Even-Tongued Conquest began after Aspex the Even-Tongued, a Taldan governor, consolidated the armies under his command, and declared Cheliax's independence from Taldor in 4081 AR. He did this in the wake of a Qadiran invasion of southern Taldor two years earlier, knowing that Taldor would be unable to marshal any serious opposition so far to the west. In the following years, Cheliax annexed the Taldan provinces of Galt and Isger,[1] and convinced Andoran and the winged men of Devil's Perch to join his cause.[2]