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The first Emperor of Tolnedra from the Borune dynasty was Ran Borune I. A former Grand Duke of House Borune, he ascended the throne in approximately 2537.

The other Great Houses of Tolnedra nominated the Grand Duke in an attempt to thwart efforts by the Honethite family to bribe the Council of Advisers and place one of their nobles on the Imperial Throne.

Ran Borune I was "a very capable Emperor", and one of his first actions was to deploy the famed Imperial Legions and construct a highway between the coastal cities of Tol Vordue and Tol Horb.

This also resulted in the Legions being in place to repel Cherek raiding parties which had been plaguing Tolnedra since the Empire's disastrous invasion of Maragor in 2115.