Long ago on Earth, a group of pirates and women from islands in the Pacific that they had taken for purposes of intermarrying, discovered an island with a cave inside that led them to Narnia. The part of Narnia they had found had in fact originally belonged to a group known as the Calormenes, but they had earlier been wiped out after being turned into destructive beasts by Aslan as punishment for prior misdeeds. With the whole place to themselves, the future Telmarines prospered until famine struck. Left with no other choice, the Telmarines went deeper into Narnia, where they discovered the various inhabitants of the place. Fearful of them, they attacked them, driving most of Narnia's inhabitants into hiding and killing and marginalizing them over many years until soon most of Narnia was theirs for the taking.
Not taking kindly to their treatment, the surviving Narnians formed a resistance against the Telmarines. Ironically, the Telmarine's own rightful heir Prince Caspian X became their leader after his uncle Miraz tried to kill him so he could have power for himself and his own son. Caspian promised the Narnians an end to hostilities if they helped him take his throne and kingdom back. When the Pevensie children returned to Narnia, they also assisted in the fight to take Narnia back. Eventually, the efforts were a success, and the Telmarines were forced to surrender. Caspian became king of his people, the Telmarines ceased their cruelties against the Narnians, and peace prevailed.
- They are some of the only human villains in the franchise, and ironically, prompted various Narnian races that normally opposed one another to work together against them.
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