Welcome to Origo Mundi, a game about creating your own alternate nation in an unknown world.
In this game you will create your own alternate nation, starting from the dawn of its creation. Players will be able to explore to find new players and uncover the rest of the map, spread their culture and practices, and create the foundations of new empires.
The main features of the game are as follows:
- Completely alternate nations, cultures, religions, etc., that are all player created and developed.
- Fictional world map that is unknown to each player at the start. Each player will receive a map of only what their nation has discovered so far, and must explore the world to piece together the bigger picture.
- Computer programs for easy war algorithms and realistic statistics tracking, which will be run by the moderators.
Currently being expanded.
- At the start of the game each player will receive their own personal map (PMed from the mods via Discord), which will show you where your starting location is situated. You will not be able to view the entire world map, only what you have discovered so far.
- Each turn players may choose to explore the area around them. The mods will then send you a new map, expanding upon what you have knowledge of. Remember to be specific about where you send explorers.
- No sharing your map with other players that you are not in contact with. If you have discovered another player you may arrange to trade maps in-game, at which point the mods will update each of your maps with details from the other person’s.
- The population of each nation will be tracked by the moderators, by tracking each individual city, rural area, and their individual classes. The exact population of your nation will be unknown to you.
- To find out the approximate population of your nation you can conduct a census, but keep in mind that this will require an investment of time and money for your nation. Additionally, how accurate the census information is will be based on a number of factors, including amount of money spent, technology level, your nation’s infrastructure, and overall area.
- When you select the population of your city/nation in the nation creation section, keep in mind that you are only selecting the male population (or female if a matriarchy), so your total population will be approximately double what you select.
- Cities and nations should have a plausible amount for each class. Noblemen represent the ruling elite and wealthiest inhabitants, citizens typically represent your middle-class or lesser property owners, and the third tier represents the majority of your inhabitants. Noblemen should be the smallest fraction of the population, with most of your nation’s inhabitants being landless poor or serfs. (A generic city might have 1,000 nobles, 2,500 citizens, 6,000 landless poor, for example.)
- Recruiting armies will be based on the manpower you select. For example, infantry will be drawn from your landless inhabitants typically, elite cavalry will be drawn from your noblemen, and any foreign auxiliaries will be drawn from your foreigner section. Keep in mind that this limits how many of each type of unit you can recruit into your army.
- Your population will grow as turns pass, based on a growth rate determined by the moderators. This growth rate will be set based on the actions you take in your turns to either positively or negatively affect your population, as well as your climate/biome, random chance, and other factors. Additionally each class of your society may have different growth rates depending on your actions.
- At the start of the game no currency exists, however, each player may invent their own forms of currency as the game progresses.
- The starting wealth section of the nation creation represents how much money your nation has saved in its treasury, in either gold or whatever valuable you choose to use.
- Your income in the form of taxes will be based on your government type, level of administration, infrastructure, classes, legislative policies, and other factors, and will be tracked by the moderators.
- Anything undertaken ordered by the government, buildings, ships, armies, or other projects will require money to be spent, and if too many things are built at once expect it is possible to exceed your income.
- Player nations must be added to the nations page before players can enter the game.
- Players can create their own nation by following the below rules, or signup as a nation already established in the game if it does not have a player. If you wish to do the latter, contact a moderator for more information.
- Nations and cultures should be fictional. Although it is okay to base your nations on real life counterparts, make sure they are still alternate. No real life nation or place names should be used for nations. Real life names for people can be mixed in ("Game of Thrones style"), but it is encouraged that all people have fictional names as well.
- Nations will be created with a point system, with points being spent on your nation’s starting attributes. Each new nation is limited to 175 points, which can be spent as follows:
- City’s Start Location (guarantee that you will start in a certain biome):
- Subarctic climate/tundra: 5 points
- Desert: 5 points
- Rain forests, Monsoons, tropical: 10 points
- Savannas, Grasslands, Steppes: 10 points
- Continental, Oceanic: 15 points
- Mediterranean: 15 points
- Location bonuses:
- On Body of Water: 10 points
- On Coast/Ocean: 20 points
- On River Delta:10 points
- On Navigable River Delta: 15 points
- On River: 10 points
- On Navigable River: 15 points
- Near mountains: 10 points
- Major Island (e.g., Britain): 20
- Small Island: 15
- Starting resources (guarantee that you start with an abundance of something):
- Rare Commodities: 30 points
- Precious Metals: 20 points
- Precious Gems: 15 points
- Tin: 10 points
- Iron: 10 points
- Copper: 5 points
- Religion Organization (if any):
- Animism: 0
- Disorganized polytheism (Germanic Paganism): 5
- Formalized traditional (Hinduism): 10
- Semi-monotheistic/henotheism (Atenism): 15
- Full monotheistic (Judaism): 20
- Starting Buildings
- Granary: 2
- Town Center/Forum: 5
- Temple: 3
- Government Center: 5
- Harbor (requires Sailing; Coastal or on a Navigable River/Lake): 10
- Library (requires Writing): 10
- Walls: 5
- Barracks: 5
- Sailing: 5
- Ships (requires Sailing): 10
- Calendar: 5
- Bronze Working: 5
- Iron Working (requires Bronze Working): 10
- Horseback Riding: 10
- Writing: 10
- Basic Mathematics: 5
- Advanced Mathematics (requires Writing and Basic Mathematics): 5
- Advanced Astronomy (requires Writing and Calendar): 5
- Hostile native population (e.g., Sparta): -15
- Hostile neighboring natives: -10
- Disease rife area: -10
- Unpredictable flooding: -10
- Drought prone:
- Volcanism/Seismic Instability: -5
- Federal government:
- Theocracy: 15
- Empire: 15
- Monarchy: 10
- Feudal: 5
- Republic: 20
- Tribal: 5
- Unitary: 15
- Feudal: 10
- Republic: 20
- Oligarchy: 10
- City-state: 5
- Nomadic: 0
- Urban population:
- Noblemen: 10 points per 1000
- Citizens: 5 points per 1000
- Landless poor: 1 point per 1000
- Foreigners: 0.5 points per 1000
- Slaves: 0.5 per 1000
- Rural population:
- Citizens: 4 points per 1000
- Poor/serfs: 1 point per 1000
- Foreigners: 0.5 point per 1000
- Size of Empire (everyone starts with one urban and four rural, measured per px):
- Urbanized Area: 20 points
- Rural area: 1 points
- Loosely claimed: 0.5 point
- Starting gold/currency supply: 1 point per 1000 kg/gold, or an equivalent value
- City’s Start Location (guarantee that you will start in a certain biome):
This chart is to give you an idea of what each government system and administration level might entail:
|Unitary||Persia||Egypt (New Kingdom)||Modern French Republic|
|Feudal||Caliphate||Holy Roman Empire||Egypt (Old Kingdom)||State of Lu||Ancient Ireland|
|Republic||Roman Republic||Great Britain||Novgorod||America|
|Oligarchy||Roman Empire||Triumvirate France (?)||Venice||Xiongnu|
|Nomadic||Israelites||Mongols||The Huns (?)|
Around the Known World a series of catastrophes has unraveled the old civilizations, leading to the creation of new nations.
On the island of Linelsey three distinct groups emerge opposing the dominance of the city of Darna. In the west the town of Obelis is formed, in the north the town of Strafen, and in the highlands a tribe known as the Calendians.
In the city of Bangor discontent emerges from the large foreign-born population, almost all of which belonging to the Anglenite minority (who also inhabit the island to the north), or the Franic minority. Several Anglenites and Bangorians are killed as a result of a skirmish.
A large band of nomads named the Saemonites launch an invasion of the plains south of them, hoping to carve out a new home in the more hospitable terrain.
- Yannis Empire: According to the historian Calips’na Ryonda the Twinned-Tongued, the Year Lion-Moon-Flower (Year One) began with the Re-anointing, when the God King slew the sun (possibly a reference to a total solar eclipse). He writes. “The king wore long braids dyed blood red. His body was painted white in chalk, and his eyes covered by the pale bandages. The priests drew the eyes upon his bandages with the blood, and once opened they dripped to his toes. The body of the king known as Visnaphonpa (the king’s father) was laid out on the shores of the river, alongside the chained slave man, both secured with two chains. The king grabs their chains and drags both men into the water with him until all three are submerged, and the river runs white. The Hydra Mother (a sort of underwater deity) takes the chained man (euphemism for drowns), and a spirit is paid for the king. The dead king’s face is covered with 1000 flowers (invoking the deity of Yetelonephes who is depicted with endless faces).” Also around this time the Obelisk of Catulaes was erected in the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis, decorated with carvings of the Anointed One and his edicts. At the source of the Soloney River stone and ore is mined that depict this: the Anointed One leading a ravaging part to the lowland of Casphe’tenan, where tribute and slaves are extracted. The king comes to the Bosnatonda River, the river west of the Holy City, and marches along its length, placing marker stones detailing his great deeds. He does a similar action in the east, at the Gon’hanphan Delta, where the native men are stripped of their wilderness attributes. They are baptized by Holy Men in the chalk and smoke of the elders, with the eyes of the gods (stars) as witness. To commemorate the site of the conversion, the anointed one orders the building of a fort along the western estuary of the delta, called Sinsedel’locnon. The loyal servant Eons’tulcan is appointed the head of the town. After a few years the small town and its walls are complete, but the natives of the delta marshes, the Burned Men, strike and attempt to expel the holy inhabitants. The anointed one prays to high deity Nysetoph the Slime to bring a plague upon them and turn the river black with their flayed corpses. 1000 holy screamers of the War Band of Yaro descend upon the river, armed with iron-tipped spears and clubs. They each extract a blood payment of two heads, and paint holy mazes in the fields with their remains. By the end of Sparrow-Ocean (Year Ten) the river has west of the central estuaries has been purged or assimilated, with many fleeing east. But the anointed one’s eldest son, Yuys’vestenuph, is killed. A pyre burns his remains at the beginning of the delta, called Yuyshan. Holy Men dressed in the bandages of the gods patrol that land with ten-foot long sticks and with black flags. The distraught king travels to the northern ends of the kingdom in search for a suitor who will produce an heir. Meanwhile, the natural philosopher Fano’yetoc the Binded-Hands is dispatched with a contingent of priests to travel by boat and chart the course of the coast both to the west and east. He diligently does this task for a number of moons and years, and on a number of occasions is also blown off course and far to the south as well.
- City of Azoz: ... about 300 years later, the city of Azoz was first founded, or at least first appeared in historic record. It is uncertain what the etymology of this name originates from. It has been conjectured to be connected to a number of different words in the local dialects with no concrete theory. According to local mythology, Azoz was named for its first ruler, King Azoz, who first constructed the walls of the city around the Bronze Age collapse. Not much is known, however, of this first ruler. Azoz is listed first in most king lists, as well as the patriarch of many later dynastic trees, but otherwise has barely any information attributed to him. Several ancient historians refer to Azoz as responsible for building the walls of the city that bears his name. The Old City of Azoz itself is one of the largest archaeological sites today. It was built and organized on top of the ruins of the older city of Non, after Non was virtually abandoned during the Bronze Age collapse. The older catacombs once used to house the royal cemetery of Non was repurposed to be a royal residence and government center. The older religious monuments were still venerated by the Azouri Priests, but for the most part its core purpose was fundamentally changed. It is believed that this was the beginning of the Azouri priests' rise to power over people's individual lives, as the soul intermediary to the gods. The priests also formed the upper literate class, and kept an extensive library of books, all of which are now lost. In spite of constant issues with diseases and hostile attacks, the early city of Azoz seems to have expanded quickly, with artifacts of similar culture found scattered all the way to the banks of the Ashe River. Azoz probably capitalized on the lull in peace at this time to annex these regions, converting it to farmland that was ultimately loyal to the main city. In addition to annexed farmland, further archaeology has noted how the early city-state established two main trade routes going outward: one following the Ashe River going south, and the other following the southern ridge of the mountains extending west. The main crop produced at this time was corn and tomatoes.
- Darna: Danslan the Chief decrees over the ceremonial altar that the unity of the rival islanders must be broken. Petty chiefs are dispatched to the three of them, demanding that they bend the knee to the supremacy of Darna or face extermination. They are told of the vast riches of the slave trade hub, and promised an equal place upon the empire if they comply. But the worst is feared, and preparations are made should they resist. In the meantime, we send a raiding party across the Smanislan Strait (small area of sea directly south of our island), and establish camps there for a season of slave capturing, hunting, and festivities. Danslan arrives to the tent city of Gosnofoles at the end of the year for the Festival of Damisna the Shadow, and is ritually buried underground up to the neck on the shore and left there until the sun fully sets. After the ritual Three moons of celebration commence as the year ends, and the ships wait on the small island, christened Danslansey after the great leader. When spring comes word reaches us of the highlander raids all along the Rakkan River, nearly to the doorstep of Darna, and the chief departs with 200 noblemen and 500 infantry to engage with them, chasing an enemy party to the southern valley between us and Obelis. The rest of the year is spent strengthening the people of the city should war come to us. Smaller raiding parties are sent out, exploring the area far to the south of Danslansey and capturing as many slaves as possible. Needing to keep men close to the city, Danslan orders a focus toward logging and mining, creating new defenses and buildings in the city. Iron begins to be incorporated into our weapons and tools.
- Makuku Kingdom: The New Year starts out with the sun rising and the Makuku people still performing their traditional rituals like every hanana morning (Hanana is a two-day holiday that is very important and celebrates the foundation of the Makuku religion, known to the Makuku simply as “beliefs” or “values”). Today is the last of the two days the Makuku celebrate Hanana for, and it will be an exciting one. Usually on the final day of Hanana, huge festivals are held that are routed and the most ancient of Makuku culture and showing off numerous religious and cultural symbols. Kingdom-wide religious gatherings and rituals are held as well, that usually involve the entire settlement and numerous religious figures and officials. The last day and Hanana ends with everyone going to bed early, as it is believed that if you go to bed early on the second day of Hanana, you will wake up with good energy and be super healthy. The rest of the year sees the Great Tatu build up the kingdom’s infrastructure, and expand along the coast. The main settlement is also expanded with their walls being destroyed and rebuild a couple miles away for more paths, buildings, and guard barracks to be built. The main settlement is finally given a name called the “Gahunalakata” (lit.The Great Center) for its Center Position in the Kingdom. A tournament called the “Fishititi” (lit. Fishathon) is held as it has been 100 years since the last one; the Fishititi is a competition between fishermen from families all across the Makuku Kingdom to see who can catch the most fish. The Fishititi is secretly used as a way to get a months supplies of fish in one day by the nobility of the Kingdom. In the middle of this year, the actual New Year’s Day is celebrated, known as the Ga Maguta as this is the actual start of the New Year in the Makuku Calendar which starts from the very first “Date 0" recorded by the early Makuku people and has been going on since then.
- Syres: The reign of Nephi III continues in the united communes, as the city recovers from the period of civil strife that nearly destroyed the city. Around this time the city commissions one Omer den Bethal to (re)write the history of the city, after its records were effectively destroyed a couple decades prior. Known as the Folansvos, or “Founding Saga”, the record created at this time would later prove to be one of the only primary sources of early Syresian history. The chronicle begins with reference to the community’s origin myth, namely that a leader known as Erian traveled to the island with a large following of settlers from the south or southeast, known as the Darians. After a year of writing, having only completed the first few chapters of the Folansvos, Omer den Bethal recited the chronicle before the city’s leadership. Thoroughly unimpressed by his progress, the city had the writer replaced by Osti aud Phos, as indicated by a brief chapter detailing the events at the end of the Year 120, according to the Syresian calendar. It is likely that this sacking was politically motivated, as the early chapters took a more neutral point of view, speaking of Erian and the initial settlers at Syres, while the ruling members at that time, who came from a separate branch of nobility, wished to have the story focus on themselves instead. Whatever the case, the next chapters detailed the life of Nephi, who was allegedly called “the Great”. Sometime after Erian, and the reign of his brother, Yiyis, the crown was taken by Erian’s brother-in-law, Holanilefsana Cando, or Holan I. Little remains of these kings’ existence, but it is known that turmoil fell upon the city, leading to the Compact of the Ages and the ascension of Nephi. This agreement officially united the five towns of the island (Syres, Fensport, Maritis, Loreo, and Dolis) into one, and created the framework for the city’s odd political succession. It is likely that Holan I ruled from Maritis, while the Nephites were able to gain a majority with Nephi in Syres, and his brother, Niephan den Eron, who was also the father of Erian, as a chieftain of one of the other towns. Nephi’s successor, Vandenhessana Tors, is believed to have governed during the class struggle that uprooted the city. The rule of the Marani, the original settlers and their immediate descendants, was replaced by the Raphani, the class of new settlers. After the Marani return the city’s assembly, the Hensa, would henceforth elect the next ruler, although traditionally every ruler would remain related to the previous in some way. The branches of the Erianite family tree became competing dynasties for the governance of the city. The Nephites remained a powerful force, producing one of the next leader to the restored government, Nephi II ans Cala, although they faced opposition from the Holani, namely Demi “the Ancient Pretender”, and his son, Zolon the Elder. Both houses were opposed by the descendants through Nephi’s sister Dane, whose grandson Vanden secured the throne after Nephi II. His house also included several other notable statesmen, such as Demi “the Young Pretender”, and Phiro den Vontis. By the time Osti aud Phos reached the present, he continued with a chapter on the current affairs of the nation. The dynastic pretenders included the son of Nephi III, Akis aud Slon, from the Holani the statesman Zolon the Younger, the nephew of Vanden, Vanden aud Crosis (although the writer notes that he died of unknown causes a few years later), the descendants of Dane’s daughter Sene, Corior den Shul (who died of old age around the time of writing), and his son Herthomiscassa, along with other more distantly related claimants. It is likely that many of the early trade expeditions commissioned by the state were actually motivated by individual claimants requiring wealth in order to run a successful election campaign, as it is known that the settlement of the nearby Acrissa Islands was spearheaded by Herthomiscassa’s clan. The city of Syres itself saw notable expansion into the many islands jutting between the marshes that surrounded the primary hill of the city, with individual clans sponsoring many of them. This is evident in the names that marked these areas, such as the main island of Zolonsgof, extending Zolon the Younger’s property line approximately 25 miles north. It is unknown to what extend Nephi III was aware of these practices, as the records indicate that he spent the last 18 years of his reign campaigning on the remainder of the island. The small island of Ersgof, that the Syresians called home, was believed to be sparsely settled west of the settlement on the eastern tip, allowing the Syresians to stake claim to the remainder of the island with relative ease. Although it should be noted that in 125 the city’s attempts to tax the existing properties on the western edge of the island effectively caused a decade’s long rebellion, with Nephi III leading a periodic effort into the hinterlands to fully establish the Syresians there. Despite the effort largely being a financial drain, the Hensa spearheaded an investment in a trade fleet, which by the time of the Nephite campaign in the west was making routine expeditions to the nearby coast in the north. “The coastline of 100 Rivers”, Zoramivera, became home to numerous trading posts along the coast. Similarly, around this time the Nephite camp on the western tip of the island formally became a town with the Hensa’s blessing, known as Vestibayan. At the end of 129 Nephi III and a proper mob of loyal noblemen and infantry depart from the town and cross the narrow strait west of Ersgof. They arrive at the mouth of a river, and settle a camp known as Niephnaron, which functions as a fortified position for trading with the western natives. Particularly crafty traders also use the camp as an outpost for scouting ahead along the coast, both north and south.
- Aurelia: Joseph Shakespeare, the great grandson of Shakespeare the Great sets forth on an Aurelian warship to explore and claim the lands around the Andromedin Bay. Meanwhile, bureaucratic issues within the capital city led to a local Nobleman/Senator charged for corruption. Whatever money he has is seized by the state as part of laws established during the rule of the late Osanian Period. The so-called Osanian Law's were established by King Victor Hamlet of Osania around 200 years ago. These anti-corruption laws kept the nobles in their place with the threat of the state seizing their land and riches or offenses as corruption, treachery, or crimes against Aurelian's. In the Kings Senate the Jagger Mandate is accepted, the mandate proclaimed that Aurelia was the true ruler over the lands of the Osan River Valley and should establish itself as the true claimants of the land.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: The tsar makes his yearly trip to the shrine of the Dodo. The tsar establishes the Dodo's law, which makes it illegal to hunt any animals of the island (food is grown). The tsar begins sending a small expedition northwest and does so. The tsar holds a speech in front of the harbor to celebrate the completion of it.
- Principality of Qera: The year starts with the annual rainy season, where the harvests of the dry season are offered to the gods in the Temple of Uon and a celebration of five nights and days is held in the city, to welcome the "fertile" season and pray to give the farmers and fishermen a good harvest. Prince Ygran II calls in an Ogzâj in Year Three, an irregularly called meeting of the upper-classes, priests and intellectuals of Qera to discuss the plans for the next wet season. There, a wealthy merchant with the name Ynoj claims, that he has seen ruins on a small island of the Uogver (the great vein), after his fishermen was interrupted by a crocodile who attacked one of the canoes. The men fled on the beach and found a ruin of an old stone building. Hearing this, the prince sends the merchants with some men back to find the ruins and bring as much information as possible. He comes back with only some stone tablets with weirdly shaped pictures, simplified due to the use of straight lines. The priests and intellectuals assume that the fishermen found the legendary palace of the first tribesmen. The Ogzâj in this year is the first after a long period of diseases and civil unrest which striked Qera for decades. Children born in these dark times are called the generation of suffering because many have still marks and scars from an epidemic around 60 years ago. But only very few of the elderly are part of this group. Qera was only a former outpost of the greater Ueqera Empire, before the majority of the population was killed by different epidemics and war with strange tribes, but these stories faded to be legends by now. Meanwhile, Ygran II marries his third woman in the 12th year of his period (Year Seven in the game) in the age of 27. His wife gives him a son who is named Ygran III. Ygran III is his first legitimate son, as his other wives only gave birth to girls. Ygran III will be crowned and made king in a ceremony when he reaches the age of 15 and by law a grown man. A priest with the name Ycceg is told to create a way to preserve spoken words for future generations, to keep record of law, religious rules and discoveries around the world.
- Bangor: Kening Kruger, seeing a race war as a possibility within his rule, takes immediate action. In a statement made at the Bangor Square, he states “ our people can no longer continue down this path of violence and kill each other. Although we may have some cultural differences, racially we are similar. What leads to these circumstances is fear and fear itself. Fear of the unknown, fear of knowing. We as a nation are terrified yet speak similar languages and since the nation's founding, have been unifying our culture into something stronger and for the better of our people. We must love each other as people love their own families because in this nation, we are all a family”. Mixed results come out of this. Some see the Kening as a traitor to the Bangorians while others see him as a peacemaker with racial discrimination lowering. An organization against the minorities within our nation form known as the Harlet Warriors named after the Bangorian Village of Harlet outside the city. That year, Harlet experiences the worst flood ever. This was seen as an omen showing that the gods were displeased by the racial tensions. Trails and walkways are expanded beyond city limits while the Age of Discovery kicks off with sailors going out to sea to explore the unknown with many going to the homeland of the Franics. Missionaries are sent to spread our faith to the Anglenites while a Prophet named Handel begins to spread his beliefs of the leading two gods of the world. One that rules during day and the other during the night. Each of whom live on the sun and moon and watch over our people and making their judgment by such. This religious belief picks up massively following what is recognized as the Sky Wars when the sun was overlapped by the moon (solar eclipse). Many were terrified wondering the fate of our people but once things calmed down, followers of Handel exploded to the thousands. Kening Kriger remains curious of the faith and begins to question his beliefs as well. Prince Zachëry is born. Festivities are held near the end of the year to celebrate our nation's greatest moments and to cherish one another. Race mixing becomes more tolerated although some remain against it. The Bangor state remains to hold its dominance of trade within the channel. A few hundred people head to the valleys and hills seeking riches from precious metals.
- Gyt: Years 287-296 - Patriarch Kyrkius, with the support of the other patriarchs, launches an expansion the likes of which have never seen before. The years 287-291 are marked with a decisive campaign against the uncivilized barbarians surrounding the city. Gyt deploys an army of mounted skirmishers to drive the hunter-gatherer nomadic tribes away from the Tythies south of the city (6 px). The army then turns north and strikes against the tribesmen of the Mynethos where they seize more land along the north bank (3 px). These men, typically of the landless poor, are given land in exchange for their service, and the area is quick to become populated. The population, which is typically distributed in groups of eight to 20 in hamlets, spreads rapidly into the new land, raising money for the state through purchases of land. This money is used to begin construction of a harbor to facilitate trade along the great Tythies. With the harbor completed in 293, a new Patriarch, Myrkius, captures the support of the Council of Patriarchs. He and his allies institute a major works program to construct a series of canals for the irrigation of the farmlands north of Gyt and the confluence of the Tythies and Mynethos Rivers. These works, built by the collective labor of the state, as mandated by law, take the remainder of the decade and are finally completed by winter’s eve in 296.
- Draka: Archon Erik Von Schrakenburg continues to solidify control of the capital. The agricultural grasslands are exploited. War is launched on the tribes, whom the Archon describes as "subhuman" and their lands are taken, their people are enserfed to the Draka. Drakan children are trained from birth to fight, and immigration is encouraged from neighboring white tribes.
- Bátur-Ríki: In the Battle of Baturq, forces of Arelia are decisively defeated by the combined armies of the Batur peoples and the Ríkivan clans. In another surprising turn of events, the Arelian navy of 31 Triremes with a force of 14 triremes. The Arelian gate is left wide open, and soon K’árinnar is in the palace of the Arelian king, negotiating a peace with him, as an equal. The Batur and the Ríkivans decide to share this new state. K’árinnar is crowned as Kunrour of this new kingdom. Seeing as the Arelians still surround Bátur-Ríki on land, expeditions are sent. Three triremes are sent out of the Jiarjvik Sound, to turn south at the opening, and five canoes are sent up the Runor River.
- Tesardya: Emperor Pius Dalavi I dies under mysterious circumstances, and is replaced by the Noble-elected Romanus Navathe. Under the Tessayd council, Emperor Navathe begins expansion across the coastal rivers, as well as urbanizing the primary region. The caste system of the state continues to keep some level of prosperity. Writing upon large stone tablets continues, allowing for information to be spread across most of the entire state. A calendar is created to better time farming. The calendar consists of 20-day/night cycles within each month, there being a total of six. The military continues to increase in size, as more rural citizens begin taking to its offer of rising in the caste via a minimum of 15 years of service, but due to hostile natives and un-doctrined military tactics, most are expected to die. Due to the meditative nature of the primary religion, many citizens and serfs convert as to be accepted into the general society, which happens to be specifically religion-orientated as Lords and Bishops are leveled high within the caste. The process of successful fishing is worked upon.
- Emalia: The Emalites have united under the banner of Prophetess Nysia, conquering the collapsing civilizations of old. With the former kings dead, Nysia declares the new state of Emalia, uniting it under her rule and making the worship of the creator goddess Ema mandatory, forming culture, law, and government around Ema. To worship Ema, the goddess of life and fertility, both the land and people must be fertile, having as many children and food as possible. To increase fertility, many women bathe naked in the River Ema ritualistically, both to gain Ema's properties and attract a male. The collapse of the old city-state and kingdom, combined with the subsequent Emalite conquest of the Ema Delta decimated the male populations of the Native Kingdoms and the Emalites, falling to war and chaos. This shortage of men naturally creates a matrilineal society and sends Emalia into crisis, the first of many for the new state. In response, Nysia quickly assembles two group of young females accompanied by a small mobile army on a holy mission to find men and continue the lineage of the Emalites. The groups name themselves the Nysians, giving honor to the one who sent them. The first group goes south down the Ema River, the second goes north up the Ema Delta. A few of the Nysians go into the Ema River to bathe and entice wandering tribal men, then the army leaps from hiding and captures them, sending them back to Emalia. The absence of males causes a close knit sisterhood within Emalia, one of love, care, and compassion, forming the bonds of community and further uniting Emalia under Nysos, with most females becoming priestesses, the previous pagan temple being converted to the worship of Ema, and writing acquired by the fallen being employed to write the Emali, primarily by the Prophetess Nysia, who also learned writing from her homeland, Aea. In order to defend the emerging state, Nysia forms The Emalite Holy, the army sworn to defend Emalia at all costs. These women warriors gain fighting experience via battles with the Natives, who are enraged by their civilization's collapse. This war with the Natives led to the construction of walls and the attempt of Nysos to integrate the Natives into Emalia by converting them.
- Weritsz: In the Year 30 of Weritsz' Age (30 years after the founding of the city of Weritsz), King Eizen I Drunga dies. His son, Eizen II Motiesa is named Delneyar (or "King") of the city-state, and orders progress in the construction of a larger fleet of basic boats. Eizen II then sends a small group of intrepid sailors to explore the direction of the sunrise (east), along the coastal region. These sailors exit the Bay of Dachyna, still following the coast, and proceed to explore the region. Meanwhile, as the population - which is quite urban - begins to reduce the food store in Weritsz' granary, Eizen II offers incentives to the population to move to the surrounding countryside (including rights to ownership of the land that is homesteaded). Later in the decade, the King orders an exploration party along the Pacvisti River. Within the city, priests to the Afnear gods begins to develop a system for recording the verbal epics and myths of the faith by writing down their respective stories. However, each major god's priests develop their own method for writing (i.e., separate alphabets). This leads to some disturbance among the nobles of Weritsz - who tend to favor one of the Afnear gods over the other. By the end of the decade, the cult of Poro (the creator god), has the most extensive codification of myths and epics including a lengthy written copy of the Syneric (the primary religious epic). Finally, specialization of labor continues to take root as a cultural norm of Weritsz life.
- Phorintheon: Long has Atnosia been a center of civilization. From the noble, ancient architects who built the Black Pyramids to the warring city-states that spattered the ebony shores with crimson blood, all have fallen by the will of Mt. Atnosis. The Seekers, who famously kept a fragile peace while looking for the reincarnated king Taranoch, have scattered to the ashen winds as fiery apocalypse rained from Mt. Atnosis. Atnosia needs its king back, now more than ever. With new pretenders to Taranoch's soul, the peace once kept by the Seekers is long gone. To the north, the Citadel of Kaiyoshor has become home to opportunistic pirates. Power — or what could be called such in these times — is in the hands of these hellions. A particularly wealthy pirate has seized control of the city and has begun a series of campaigns for land, power, and glory. To oppose them, the labyrinth city of Klao has formed an impromptu alliance against Kaiyoshor. As the ash from the recent eruptions settles and crops sprout once more, each city-state in Atnosia struggles to regain their footing. The city of Phorintheon — noted for the gems that grow in its rich mines, is a small city ruled by a trio of Kings. This triarchy seeks to protect Phorintheon from the greedy hands of Kaiyoshor and Klao and begins constructing a number of defenses against each city. With each passing spring more and more crops grow and the population of Phorintheon explodes. Winters remain harsh. As the decade wraps up, Phorintheon is in a position in which it could stand an attack against the greedy hands of Kaiyoshor or the self-righteous spears of Klao ...
- Malekan of Edom: Maleka Shama aze Lana, in the fifth year of her reign, gathers the wisest from among the nobility of Edom, and gives them the task of devising a more standardized version of basin irrigation, which was in more widespread use in the latter days of the Elameran Ankum, in order to better increase the efficiency of the farms along the Meran, taking advantage of the river's seasonal flooding, when it deposits fertile silt upon its banks. The Maleka also orders a small party of river boats to sail down the Meran and chart the banks of the great river, so as to begin her mandate in the prior year, where she declared that the city of Edom would once again look outward and reclaim its former glory. Along with the river boats, she also sends a minor scouting party into the eastern desert, in order to search for oases to mark on maps of the surrounding region, so as to allow for further exploring in the future. Not many weeks before the floods of the Meran begin, the group of nobles assembled by the Maleka go before her with their plans for the implementation of a standardized system of basin irrigation among the farmers, who looks over their plans and agrees that they shall be tested in the coming floods. It is clear later on that the plans drawn up by the nobles worked, and Maleka Shama aze Lana decrees that within the lands controlled by Edom this method of irrigation will be put into standard use by the farmers of the land, sending out administrators to put her will into motion. In the following years, until the 14th year of Maleka Shama aze Lana's reign, much stays the same in the city of Edom and the surrounding lands, with the Maleka continuing to send scouting expeditions in the same directions, charting the land and returning, then going back out again to travel farther along the best routes that have been previously established. However, in the middle of the year Maleka falls severely ill, and dies within the month, being succeeded by her first child and daughter, Nava aze Shama, who is crowned by the priests of Edom as Maleka Nava aze Shama. With little of the year remaining by the time of her coronation, she simply continues the general policies of her mother for the rest of year, with the first year of her reign not officially beginning until the following year.
- Anakadeham: Maxius III sends explorers to the north, along the river to explore new land. To prepare for the conquest of the new land that will be discovered that has already been part of other states, Maxius III decided to build an army. (Before that, his predecessors just have to kill the chief of each tribes that they wanted to conquest to unite the tribes into theirs. But Maxius knows that there will be states or tribes that has good armies and the people are absolute loyal to the state, so building an army is a must.) Therefore for the first time in Anakadehamese history, a proper army (of 140) is built to protect the state and invade other tribes (more will be recruited if there's war). Iron is spent to made armors and weapons (swords, spears, etc.) Soldiers are not required to do the farming or collecting woods, but to train instead. A New Year festival is celebrated at the first day of the New Year according to our moon calendar, called "The Festival of the Sun". In this festival, all working duties are delayed to enjoy the festival. The people kill cattle to make grand feasts and play bronze drums over the night. After the festival all people are required to do their duties again.
- Gahren: In the city-state of Gahren, Lont is elected as High Judge. As per his duty as High Judge, he approves the new High Priest of the Temple of Sidakla, one of the major faces of the Supreme God Tuň. A feast then commences to celebrate this, although many sects exist which do not explicitly follow the same sect. The Council begins discussing plans of expanding the city-state, though they would need to scout the area properly before further actions can be taken.
- Government Spending
- Tax Collection (Cap. 25 kg; remaining goes to treasury)
- Mod response needed as to how much is collected.
- Safria (Cap. 2500 kg + 75% of collected taxes; remaining goes to Archria spending) (Mod response needed as to what buildings are made. Bold the ones that have been made).
- Construction of city
- Government center
- Town Center
- Archria (Cap. 500 kg + remaining Safria spending, remaining goes to technology) (Mod response needed as to what buildings are made. Bold the ones that have been made).
- Town center
- Zanphorian Royal Navy (Cap. 200 kg)
- 20 new ZRN ships, 10 kg per ship
- Technology (Cap. 100 kg + remaining Archria spending, remaining goes to treasury) (Mod response needed as to what technologies are researched. Bold the ones that have been researched).
- Basic Mathematics
- Tax Collection (Cap. 25 kg; remaining goes to treasury)
- Dashon I is coronated as Zanphorsis on the first day of 1 N.E.
- Safria gets built (see spending)
- A five percent tax on all goods going toward the building of Safria is instated (see spending: tax collection)
- All land west of the Archr and east of the farthest north point of the Cheher bay are claimed by Zanphoria
- A government center, harbor, temple/monastery, town center, and barracks are planned to be constructed in Safria, although some may not be constructed in the next ten years.
- Archria gets more buildings.
- A renovation of the city includes the construction of a new town center, temple, and barracks.
- Zanphoria is separated into Lians and Whians.
- Lians (provinces, usually ends with "wha")
- Consists of all land between the east and west branches of the Archr River.
- Whians (territories; usually ends with "cha")
- West Archrcha
- Consists of all land west of the Archr River and 2 px east of the farthest out part of the Safr River.
- East Archrcha
- Consists of all land east of the Archr River
- Safrcha is expected to become a Lian after the Safria is constructed.
- Consists of all lands east of Safr until the West Archrcha border and west of the farthest north part of the Cheher Bay (the bay west of the Safr).
- West Archrcha
- Lians (provinces, usually ends with "wha")
- The Safr Act is instated.
- Foreigners, landless poor, and citizens may claim up to 30 acres of land west of the Archr River and east of the Safr River. The only exception is where someone has already claimed and the site of the new city of Safria, where homes will be built. (Mod response needed as to how many take up the offer)
- Nobles and wealthy people may move to Safria to vote in a Zanphorian council called a Donaha, the first of its kind, for the new Whaiansis/Lainsis of Safria. (Mod response needed as to how many take up the offer)
- Dashon I founds the Zanphorian Royal Navy (ZRN). (see spending)
- 20 new ships are commissioned and finished. (see spending: Zanphorian Royal Navy)
- Seven ships go east to map the coast.
- Seven ships go west to map the coast.
- Six ships go south to explore the Zanphorian Ocean.
- All ships are ordered to maintain peaceful relations unless attacked and to await further orders from the Zanphorsis if they come in contact with foreign people.
- Ten older ships are entered into the ZRN.
- Five ships stay in Archria.
- Five ships go to supervise and help supply the building of Safria.
- 20 new ships are commissioned and finished. (see spending: Zanphorian Royal Navy)
- Government Spending
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The city of Weritsz receives an influx of foreign settlers migrating from the west, causing a mild boost in population. They also bring warnings of the fall of their homeland back to the west of Weritsz.
On the island of Linelsey the ruling elite Obelis agree to peacefully unite with the city of Darna, as long as their people are respected as full citizens. The Strafenians reject the offer from Darna, while no envoy returns alive from the Calendians.
The mines of Azoz discover several precious materials under the mountain, including a whitish rock with apparent uses for dying and as a commodity (OTL Alunite), however, the discover does come at a cost. The poor living conditions in the mine cause a drop in the population of the city’s poor, with men in particular disproportionately affected. Should the city continue to exploit its mines, a source of manpower or change in policy will need to be addressed. Meanwhile, although a large number of neighboring tribes along the Ashe River peacefully join the city of Azoz, settlement farther east along the river is momentarily thwarted by hostile natives.
The pillaging carried out by the Yannians of Ya’gothna-Vis upon the Gon’hanphan Delta leads to countless deaths, and many more fleeing eastward. Those who remain band together and form a confederacy under High Chief Asteraca and launch attacks on both Sinsedel’locnon and Yuyshan, the latter of which is successfully raided, leaving its small population dead. Also, the Lowland of Casphe’tenan launches a revolt against Ya’gothna-Vis, killing a number of royal administrators and Yannian settlers.
The ban on the hunting of animals causes discontent and slowed growth in the Tsardom of Algeorgia. A large group migrates from the city westward to settle a town on the southwest side of the island, where hunting is plentiful.
The policy undertaken by the city of Bangor causes mixed results. Although violence ends in the city proper with many assimilating to Bangor’s culture, many of the city’s minorities choose to migrate elsewhere. They largely come to a city north of Bangor called Cerdica, which becomes the center of an Anglenite Confederacy far to the north of Bangor territory.
Ships arrive in the Makuku Kingdom from around the coast to the west from a city called Teninukal, offering to trade for the nation’s surplus supply of fish.
A tribe north of Draka, centered around a small city on the coast, decides to peacefully submit their rule. However, they speak of a nation north of them that is hostile to Drakan expansion.
Attracted by the city's great wealth and apparent lack of population, the Makuku Kingdom is easily conquered by the tribes surrounding it. They settle the city with thousands of people, although much of its initial wealth is lost.
- Gyt: 297-306: The irrigation networks of last decade prove more than valuable in enriching the fertile black soil of the the Plains of Gyt. The tribes around Gyt begin a series of sporadic raids but the army responds to hold back the disorganized rabble. Wheat, Oats, Rye, and Hops are produced en masse in the newly irrigated fields as cattle production spreads into the less developed regions to the north and south. Growth northward continues as the rapidly growing population demands more land. The Army of Gyt sorties northward to subdue the natives there who are given the choice between surrendering and joining Gyt as workers of the land or death as sacrifices to Bysulus (Mod response for this). The settlers then pour in and seize a vast track of land between the rivers (17 px). The Great Council of Gyt determines it should continue the military policies of the past and maintain a standing army of javelin and spear armed horsemen. Furthermore, all boys shall be trained in the art of war for the barren season from their 12th harvest season. Having completed four years of this training, they will be given a spear and shield and become part of the Gytan Militia until they reach the age of 30 seasons. The arming of these soldiers becomes an issue as many are equipped with the bare minimum that can be produced. This prompts the council to commit the yearly tithes of labor to the construction of a great armory. The organization of this process becomes increasingly problematic without a way to track the numbers of men and equipment. Thus the council gathers the wisest and most respected men from the hamlets and asks them to develop a new form of writing to codify numbers and their interactions. With the buildings completed in 302, the elders and wisemen begin their work on numerical logic. The wisemen, headed by elder Jyntius, present their findings to the council and demonstrate the additive, multiplicative, subtractive, and divisative properties of numbers. Following their lead, the armory is able to determine how many supplies it will need and how much to produce. With the city's influence growing, barges become the central form of transportation. In 305, Low Patriarch Cyclius, a young man of significant inheritance, determines that he shall go out and discover the greater world beyond the Plains of Gyt. Thus he sets sail to the south with a crew of rivermen in search of trading partners and new lands. The Temple of Tykus, father of Gytus, expands its flock through conversions. However, Bysulus, Goddess of the Hunt and War, grows the most in popularity as the soldiering of the recent decades sees her temples expanded with great earthen walls built as offerings to her might.
- That natives that are approached with the offer accept the offer to join.
- Yannis: Deep in the Hosho’nantec Mountains, at the place where the Soloney River is birthed from the earth, there lays an enormous black stone, weathered away by the years of time. On its face is carved the song of the Pilan’notuc, which reads, “Curse the servants of the Bug King, who sends out his servants the mosquitos to plague this land. They suck the blood of the holy and take it to their hellish land, as it pleases the demon of the Bugs. The Anointed One travels these lands defiant of the servants and was wed to Nonabda here.” So it is inferred that at the start of this time the king was still in the far north, having successfully remarried. The marriage brought the northern tribe up to the mountains into the kingdom, and was celebrated by an enormous feast. The blood of the enslaved was spilled to bless the earth there, with Holy Men dancing the traditional walks of fertility. But in the south the situation had become dire. On one misty morning, in the dark land where the king’s first son had been slain, the priests of Yuyshan patrolled. They wandered in all white robes that hanged over their faces. Attached to their feet are the traditional five-foot stilts of mourning, and to the arms the ten-foot poles that knocked around the cursed ground day and night. The land was religiously purged with constant ember at the royal death site, blanketing the sky with complete smoke, and so the Holy Men could not see the approaching heathens. The battle was swift, each priest giving his life and tasting the ashy dirt with their final breath, their blood soaking the holy lands. And so the Burned Men enter our lands in the north, walking across the river in columns of armor-clad warriors. Governor Eons’tulcan receives the news and swiftly rides with 100 cavalry to the edges of the city of Ya’gothna-Vis, collecting 200 Lion Men heavies, and 500 peasants and religious fanatics. In the forests to the northeast they engage the Burned Men, scoring a much needed victory in the homeland. Word is sent immediately to the king and his retinue in the far north, and 1000 light troops from the assimilated tribe is gathered, although they do not arrive for a few months. The Holy City raises men as well, and by that time the rebellion in the west becomes evident when the tax collectors vanish. High Priest Yahna’taenic is blessed with the task of the retribution. His men are coated in ceremonial chalk and painted in the sacrificial blood. They are then covered in vines, leaves, and tree branches, and their spears are covered in greenery, officially assembling the Hatucnahyncapa, or the Forest Army. They march into the lowlands and slay any tribesmen who refuse to submit. Their bodies are dragged behind the army to paint the landscape red. Before the decisive battle of the war, bare horses are ordered to charge at the enemy lines towing a dozen bodies each, and the Hatucnahyncapa marches along the blood lanes to engage in the enemy. Unbeknownst, a diplomat meets in the rebellious capital and negotiates their surrender, taking their weapons and a large number of their people as slaves or concubines. The Forest Army is planted, or in other words, the men settle that land by taking several wives each, and plant their roots into the valley. The rebellion ends two years after it began, all the while the nation struggles with the eastern Burned Men. With the arrival of the Anointed One and his army back in the Holy City, they depart to subjugate the delta once and for all, and avenge the desecration at Yuyshan. A swift conquest of the western half commences, with that land being declared a hunting ground for the Burned Men. The first attempt to take Asteraca’s capital at Kuscisiwa fails, with some 500 Holy Men dying at the river banks. Attacking that fortified place proves too costly, and instead the king orders 500 Lion Men and 2000 light foot to cross the river north of Yuyshan and circle around, hoping to provoke the Burned Men into abandoning their advantage, or to surround it. The far eastern towns are razed, with any captured slaves or treasures being sent to Yuyshan - but this land, too, is well-defended due to the eastern migration away from us. Thirdly, the small ships of the nation ferry groups of men to the southern shores of the delta and raid the coastal towns, which proves more fortuitous. Year Lion-Grass-River (Year 19) ends with most of the Burned Men’s homeland captured, but the fortress of Kuscisiwa remaining defiant. In the meantime the northern and western parts of the kingdom are to be connected with new settlements in the Yannian style. North of the Holy City the temple of Hasneyaganda is founded about one-half way between the Holy City and the mountains, while the temple of Ninoda-Vis at the base of the mountains becomes the center of the province. In the west the temples of Calak’tikpan (on the southeast tip), Coroyamul (on the western river), and Q’amnaktan (in the bend of the river) are turned into the major settlements of these regions. Natural philosopher Fano’yetoc the Binded-Hands continues his mission of exploring east and west, and also along the new landmass in the south. He builds a modest baptismal place on the tip of the new land, to convert the foreigners and to trade.
- Phorintheon: The city of Phorintheon itself is built on the ruins of an old palace/Megaron-like structure. However, this structure has long-since crumbled and been carried away to make walls, palaces, or anything else needed in times of turmoil in Phorintheon. However, the most recognizable landmark is the Gates of Phorintheon. These gates, which once guarded the north entrance of the city, tower above the sprawling city. With the return of agriculture to the area, the urban area of Phorintheon itself begins to grow. It's a seller's market across Atnosia. The most powerful men in Phorintheon open a series of stables around Phorintheon as they conduct trade across Atnosia. They intend to build a harbor later this decade, but a storm dissuades them. In the meantime, the Triarchy of Phorintheon gains a new king as the other passes away of natural causes. This king proves to be unpopular with both the Phorintheonians and the other Triarchs - he does not survive the decade and is forgotten by time. Triarchs Thorus, Asinor, and Urami sit on the throne by the end of the decade. Their reigns have seen Phorintheon rise from a city that barely survived the eruptions to an agricultural center for miles around. This catches the attention of Kaiyoshor. Their marauding pirates make their way into Phorintheon and burn a number of farms before trying to sack Phorintheon. To a certain degree, they succeed. The pirates make off with a heap of artifacts and gems, though they suffer heavy losses at the hands of the Phorintheonians. The city-state wants revenge and they launch a revenge attack against Kaiyoshor. Though they only sack a few fortresses rather than the Citadel itself, it remains the first Atnosian attempt to resist Kaiyoshor. Phorintheon offers its banner to fight alongside Klao as they attempt to sack the Citadel of Kaiyoshor. By the end of the decade, King Asinor has made a rousing speech in the Megaron of Thessinoch, earning Phorintheon reknown for its skill in rhetoric and audacity on the battlefield. Furthermore, his desire to see blood in such a way is held in high regard by other Atnosians. The people of Atnosia worship a pantheon of Elder Gods, each of whom preside over life and death. While there is no chief diety of this religion, each city holds at least one Elder God as the patron god of the city. Phorintheon holds Phorinos - god of all plants that grow from and return to the soil - as its chief god. Phorinos is a harvest god, depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in a floral robe with fiery hair. She carries with her a scythe and an hourglass to mark the end of a being's life and, therefore, the beginning of ten beings' lives. When word of this speech reaches Phorintheon, many males of fighting age become interested in picking up a spear in service of the city and Her Elder Goddess ...
- Sillas Republic: The 15th decadal elections results in the election of Ma Yezi as the President of the Republic. She negotiates trading agreements with neighbouring tribal polities, trading cash crops and manufactures (textiles, porcelain, jewelry) for excess grain, furs, and butchered meat. She also establishes a universal tax rate of ~12.5%, which is levied on one's income (measured in grain or gold bullion). In order to monitor the activities of the populace, effectively conduct population counts, and to enforce taxation laws, a household registry is established. Identification tags are also issued to every individual. In order to increase the population, slave raids are conducted and the seized slaves are emancipated and assimilated into Sillan society, being encouraged to intermarry with the ethnic Sillans. She also introduces tax incentives for families bearing at least five children. In order to further encourage the formation of families, infanticide is banned and wages for midwives and physicians specializing in childcare are increased. Abortion (via abortifacient herbs) is permitted but must be done by approved physicians. Meanwhile, she sends exploration missions to explore the river and to establish five small fortified colonies comprised of 40 families each (~200 individuals). The census shows the population at ~32,000, consisting of 2000 nobles, 6000 merchants, artisans and/or craftsmen, 20,000 commoners, and 4000 foreigners (mainly foreign merchants and diplomats) or emancipated slaves. The wall encircling the settlement is reinforced. It consists of rammed earth, with a maximum width of 30 meters (at the bottom) and a minimum width of ten meters (at the top). It is also approximately 30 meters tall, with four fortresses on each direction of the settlement.
- Makuku Kingdom: The Mysterious visitors shock the Makuku people, and even surprise the thought to be all knowing and brave Great Tatu, who greets the visitors with open arms and accepts their trade proposal, in exchange they must give them the location of their magnificent “city” they speak of and some of their animals.(MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). The Makuku Kingdom continues to thrive both culturally and economically with national wide trading of newly-found goods increase the flow of goods across the nation, feeding the population. This year, a new sport is created in the kingdom, called “Malulu”, which involves the throwing of a fish in a nearby body of water to each other and to not allow it to re-enter the water. The Makuku religion has a form of organization which allows for certain traditions and prophecies to be confirmed or preserved through the ages and establishes guidelines and rules to the religion, which the religion does have established figures to enforce and promote these rules, and to also confirm any recent religious discoveries. For the Makuku people, culture and religion is what the hold dearly and to very strictly adhere to their culture and beliefs which have influenced their lifestyle for so long. Small statues are created along the coast, statues that represent the various entities and deities the Makuku believe in, these statues are called “Kalahatas” and are a form of art, I suppose, for the Makuku which express various religious and cultural things of Makuku life and can be found in the houses and buildings and numerous families and local administration. Expansion of coastal territory continues, while expansion inland (as we do have a good amount of land in the tropical forest) isn’t really advised to a historically hostile rival group of people that have challenged the Makuku for centuries, but some little expansion is done to collect discovered food and natural resources.
- The traders from Teninukal explain that they followed the coast from the west, and offer to trade whatever crops or wares they have with them, although they do not possess any animals, after which they will be able to return to their homeland and create a proper trade of goods.
- The Makuku agree to trade any crops the foreigners have in exchange for the Makuku’s fish, and so a trade deal is established. Meanwhile, the Great Tatu plans for a visit to the city next year.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: The tsar this year orders the construction of a ship for the navy. In the town of Alexiaville the construction of a giant Dodo statue is ordered. The tsar even helps the people finish it. With a large group of the population leaving for the southern island the tsar allows hunting on fish and birds that have a big population. How many are to be allowed to be killed is regulated by the tsar.
- City of Azoz: Of course, some historians consider that Azoz was never an actual ruler of the city, but merely the ancestral patriarch retroactively designated as the first king. Regardless, the first king of which we have any detailed information is Roshtam the Old. Roshtam had many children, each being the epynomous ancestor of each of the traditional cities of the Pentapolis. The most prominent of these children is Jamshid, a focal point among the earliest hero cycles. Although the story takes many different forms over the years, the basic outline goes as follows: Jamshid's sister, Hanida, ventured out to the River Ashe, but was suddenly accosted and raped by the son of a preminent barbarian chief. Hanida was so horridly dishonored by this act, she was transformed by the gods into a crow, or in other versions a winged cow, and was able to escape living a life of shame by flying off to the far north, never heard of again. When Jamshid heard of this news, he was infuriated, and set out with a large expedition to conquer and enslave the barbarians once and for all. Details of this story vary across different versions: some describes different ways, ranging from the realistic to the fanciful, of how Jamshid learned of the incident. Others describe in great detail how Jamshid rode about the city of Azoz, recruiting many men by their courage and sense of honor to gather an army under his banner to subjugate all the barbarians. Jamshid's army was said to be 5040 men, although this number might be of a more mystical meaning. Archaelogically, we know that the vassalized regions around Azoz grew very rapidly at this time, and the slave population almost tripled within 20 years. Whether the story of Hanida's rape is based on fact or imagined is not known, but certainly the city had ulterior motives. Alummite mining was first discovered at this time, and although the precious dye was a very lucrative form of trade, the people of Azoz preferred designating this dangerous activity to the foreign slave class. The kind of military would have used is known from weapons stored in prominent soldiers' graves found on site, including bronze-tipped spears and javilins, iron swords, arrows and chariots. Further trade envoys continued to be sent as well, exploring the river that forks south as well as trekking through the mountains due west. Two stelas reference these specific expeditions of Roshtam: one at the fork of the two rivers, and the other at the strait between the western mountains.
- Malekan of Edom: In the first year of her reign, 267 VM, Maleka Nava aze Shama marries Lanun umo Arela, her cousin through both her father's younger brother, Harun umo Nava, and her mother's younger sister, Arela aze Luna. In Elameran society, men traditionally do not rise to important roles, with inheritance being strictly enatic. However, Lanun umo Arela does take a fairly important place in the royal household, due to him already being a member of Edom's royal family through Arela aze Lana, the Maleka's aunt through her mother. After the marriage ceremonies and celebrations, Maleka Nava aze Shama continues in a fashion her mother's policies of again exploring the outer world, but instead of sending boats down the Meran, she instead decides to send two expeditions along the western and eastern coasts of Pal Umagh, the bay to the north of Edom. However, she does continue her mother's expeditions into the eastern desert, using the oases discovered in the reign of her mother to explore deeper into the desert. The Maleka also encourages more of her people to settle farther along the Meran, hoping to increase food production and further take advantage of the development of the standardized irrigation systems a decade ago, and with the increased food production allow the city of Edom to grow further and rise to new heights. In the second year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 268 VM, much continues the same as the prior year, except the birth of a daughter to Nava and Lanun, who is named Arela, after her paternal grandmother. Arela aze Nava is declared the official heir to the Malekan of Edom by her mother, in order to officially secure the succession. In the third and fourth years of her reign, Maleka Nava aze Shama continues the prior policies of her reign, continuing to explore along the coasts of Pal Umagh and along any farther coasts as well, along with continuing to send explorers into the eastern desert. In the fifth year of the Maleka's reign, 271 VM, another child is born to the Maleka and her husband, this time a son, named Arelun umo Nava, after his maternal grandfather. In the sixth year of her reign, 272 VM, Maleka Nava aze Shama redirects the ships from the coasts and again sends them along the Meran, as they went during the reign of her mother. In the seventh year of her reign, 273 VM, nothing much occurs and the policies of the Malekan as well as the expeditions continue as in the prior year. In the eighth year of the Maleka's reign, 274 VM, she gives birth to her third child, another daughter, who is named Shama aze Nava, after her maternal grandmother. As is custom among the Elameran nobility, the second daughter of the Maleka is given to the city's priesthood, to be raised among the ummu, as the priests of the pantheon are known in Elanma, as the language of the Elameran is called. In the ninth year of her reign, 275 VM, the Maleka continues her prior policies, with river boats continuing their charting of the Meran and the scouting parties continuing their charting of the eastern desert and the oases within, as well, encouraging further rural settlement along the Meran. In the tenth year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 276 VM, the fourth child of the Maleka and her husband is born, a third daughter, who is named Nava aze Nava, after her own mother. Along with Nava aze Nava's birth, little else occurs in the Malekan of Edom in the year of 276 VM.
- Principality of Qera: Fascinated by the idea of an extinct former civilzation, Prince Ygran II sends more men to discover the rivers of the forest and if they exists, build up relationships with other peoples of the jungle. The jopurney of the men is set up to give the Uehâtlem more space to live and relieve the overcrowded capital. The mission led by the supreme warrier Occitl is sent along the known river into by now undiscovered parts of the jungle (15 px). In Period 15, Year 19 of Ygran II's reign (Year 14 in the game) the scribes have formulated the basic laws of Qera into a script that was easyly understandable to learn and write (carved into polished wood). They came up with an alphabet of 23 symbols, where high and low vowels are distinguished and consonants can be "throated". The basic laws of the kingdom clearify rules for taxation, what duties, liberties and restrictions the merchants have as well as the duties for the vassals in the smaller rural towns, to prevent rebellions, the daughters of Ygran's most loyal soldiers are married to the vassals sons.. But also what and how criminals should be punished. The punishments reach from simple dispossession to gladiator fights against crocodiles. New farming techniques are created to make rice harvests even more productive, thus fertelizer is invented in the form of ashes. A myth starts to emerge among the peasants, where another advanced civilization lives deep in the forest, speaking a strange language and having no respect fo feeling animals. Ygran II's son is raised to be the next ruler of Qera, and the first prince to learn reading. The Lyv Rhatjâhâtl (seeing priests) predict him a great future in the traditional clairvoyance every prince gets when he is 10 years of age. He is predicted to find new worlds with unimaginable wealth, as the scribes write it down. A religious dispute starts at the annually meeting of the priests, when the question came up if reptiles should be allowed to eat, as they show now emotion or care about their breed, thus can't feel pain. After a long debate, the consumption of eggs is allowed. The banning of alcohol is also enforced, even though the population of Qera seems so careless, because the production of said drinks are costly and the blossoms of the "hand herb" are way easier to get and to consume.
- Draka: The nation that peacefully submits is integrated into Draka society, and are given farmland and slaves. Erik Von Shrakenburg is concerned about this Northern Hostile nation, so a militia is raised. Primitive shields are used from animal hide, while axes are carried. Physical conditioning occurs daily for this force. There was recently a serf rebellion, but this was crushed due to the rapid response of Drakan authorities. Meanwhile, alcohol is declared a threat to the Master Race, and banned. Getting ready for the inevitable clash with these hostile Northerners, the Archon advises these men to show no mercy for the enemy, and take joy in killing. He says "yalll shawwlll spaireee noaaa daimnnnn adduuaaalttt theeereee, boooaat enseeerrrrfff theee yinger wonzs" (rough making out of the Draka dialect of English.) Meanwhile, some serfs are offered to be Jannisaries, giving them both superior privileges are free loot. The program begins just now.
- Weritsz: In Year 40 W.A., a number of foreigners begin to enter the city of Weritsz from the direction of the setting sun en masse. These foreigners claim that their homeland has fallen victim to collapse. Delneyar Eizen II Motiesa decides that, given the numerous warnings provided by the foreigners, that he must investigate the causes of the societal collapse. Acting cautiously, the king sends a contingent led by a few nobles to accompany some of the fittest new arrivals back to the direction of the setting sun. The scouting party - equipped with iron weaponry - is told to follow the paths created by the fleeing foreigners. Meanwhile, Eizen II Motiesa decides to increase the defenses of his city and the surrounding countryside. Recognizing the natural advantages of the Pacvisti River delta, the king amends his previous homesteading decree such that only those who settle on the side of the rising sun (see: eastern side) will be entitled to property protection. He, therefore, encourages settlement along the Bay of Dachyna. Elsewhere, the Delneyar decides to send his naval explorers to the south for explorations during this decade. Religiously, the priests continue to squabble over the proper form of writing, but the priests of Poro - given their extensive royal support - are able to convince most other priests to learn their methods in addition to their sect's teachings. Thus, the Werita alphabet and writing system was largely codified.
- Bangor: Kruger passes on at the age of 46. The next in the line of the Reich's family is Zachëry. As a result of Kening Zachëry rising to power, the title of leadership is altered to King meaning high leader in the Bangorian Language. We begin ten years of exploration abroad focusing on minor inland expeditions with the government paying sailors to travel outside chartered zones and sailing along the shores. Settlements are expanded further with incentives given to slaves who choose to go and settle to have freedom to take out to the frontier. The population begins to blow up further and interest in discovery and exploration set out a campaign to fund an expedition to settle to the south of the channel led by the Franics, Anglenites, and Bangorians. A small group of race mixed people begin to take shape known as the Cosians named after the word Cosia meaning mixed. Farming and agriculture is expanded while libraries and such continue to spread with marble being used to build the new Palace for the king.
- Syres: Around the city there is a growing call for representative reform in the Hensa, as the five original communities begin to be surrounded by additional ones. The matter is settled for now by decreeing that the smaller communities will be included under the authority of the commune that their population originated from. This gives Zolon the Younger’s faction a sharp increase in power, due to his settling of Zolongof, and a race begins among the other noble families and communes to population the surrounding islands. Approximately 5000 people migrate to these areas, or are compelled to by their communes. West of the Niedian River, where the commune divisions officially end, the rest of Ersgof remains under the authority of the king’s direct control. Giving an unprecedanted amount of additional income directly to the office itself for the first time.The Hensa responds by dividing the remaining unclaimed parts of the island into direct income properties to the Hensa, to be divided equally. The result is a beaurcratic arms race and legal battle, with the original settlers of the inland area caught in the middle. In Year 135 the king is finally forced to address the matter by traveling back to Syres, and an agreement is made effectively setting the rate at which the taxes of new rural areas will be split, with the king largely losing in the agreement. Later that year Nephi III dies of old age, and the election begins to decide his successor. Despite being a frontrunner in the king’s eyes, his son Akis aud Slon fails to rally many votes behind him. Fearing the growing power of Zolon and the other main investors in the settlement gambles, instead Lavi den Tors is selected, the son of Corior den Shul, becoming Tors II. The trading posts along the southern tip of the new land prove successful, with the city’s larger trade fleet acting as middle men for many of the tribes that hadn’t fully interconnected, despite their close proximity. Additionally, ambitious traders begin to round the tip of Zoramivera for the first time, exploring the coast northward. The contingent planted by the previous king across the straits to the west is placed in jeopardy by the new king, who seeks to limit the Nephite powerbase. Akis aud Slon travels to Niephnaron creates an agreement with the local tribes outside the legal system, arranging for wine to be shipped from his property in the Acrissa Islands to them in exchange for goods of their own, initially at a monetary loss to him personally. Akis then makes a major contribution to the Hensa, which combined with the apparent profits arriving from the west, the camp is elevated to town status begrudgedly. The result is that while the surrounding area around Syres proper is easily dominated by the other communes and families, the Nephites establish an effective monopoly on the western area. A fish-based sauce/condiment is developed in the town, due to the early settlement’s largely fishing-based dependency, which is named Naphrun (OTL Garum). Naphrun begins to be sold in the markets of Syres, slowly becoming a popular part of the city’s cuisine.
- Qaryaat: Qaryaat has been prospering from the incense trade. An irrigation system reaching the entire kingdom is built, drawing water from Lake Al'Muyadi. Exploration expeditions are sent in both directions along the coast to explore and settle the areas and one more is sent to explore and claim the land along the western shore of Lake Al'Muyadi. A library and barracks are built in the capital of the nation, Makra. Settlers are sent to consolidate Quryaat's claim on the loosely claimed territory in the east of the nation. Qahsik Najrim sends an ultimatum to a tribe living southeast of the kingdom. They can peacefully join him and be treated the same as the residents living in the empire, or else he will conquer and enslave them. (Mod Response Needed)
- Tesardya: Expansion is authorized inward by Emperor Navathe, and the city-state is expanded by 5 px eastward and 3 px northward. The process of successful fishing is worked upon. The process of extracting papyrus from the papyrus plant is successful, and soon information is spread via papyrus paper, eliminating the use of stone rocks and plates. Although papyrus becomes the normal use of writing after six years, stone plates are stored in major temples primarily due to their religious-held nature and the tradition around it. The Pantheon of Udaetheoa is worked upon, and is expected to be finished in the Year 56. The horse is tamed.
- Darna: The agreement with Obelis sparks celebration in the city, and the nation orders a series of marriage alliances, trading of goods, and gifting of slaves and other trinkets to cement the pact. Over the course of the next several years skirmishes persist with the highlanders. Fighting them on their own terms proves fruitless, so we elect to try to surround them and starve them out. As most of the island remains out of our control this proves a difficult process. It begins with a group of people from Darna and Obelis sailing to the western tip of the island and settling an outpost named Noanda. They begin working to secure the western side of the island, under the leadership of the king’s sons, Tosiman and Nolan. Raids are conducted in the north for the first time, landing on the islands scattered around Strafen, to establish a presence there. It becomes clear that that Strafen is likely aiding the highlanders, or at least has made it clear that they are not to on our side in the long run. As such in the eighth year war is declared. About 2000 men, mostly the light infantry, are placed under Nolan’s command north of Darna to deter raids. Tosiman and 3000 raiders are to attack from the west and raid the outlying Strafen farms and villages, while the King and 3500 men will lay siege to the city after approaching from the east. The war proves difficult, and with winter approaching after several months, the armies withdraw to make camp. The spring of the ninth year opens with Strafen surrounded and slowly bleeding, but we suffer a major blow when the King dies of disease outside the walls in late summer. Tosiman is crowned king in Darna, which causes the army to have to withdraw for the crowning, and stay withdrawn for the end of the year. Nolan is successful against the highlanders, capturing one of their chiefs around this time, which allows us some breathing room. In the tenth year Tosiman chooses to accept peace, demanding that the Strafen king send a large amount of tribute and slaves, but in exchange keeps his independence for now. The decision is not universally admired, but the treasure is distributed to the armies and nobles, which pacifies their bloodlust. The younger brother of the new king, Dosin, is sent to lead the slave raids toward the middle of the tenth year, choosing to travel far to the south and follow the coast as far south as he can.
- Aurelia: Armed settlements are created in claimed lands while Joseph Shakespeare continues his exploration and returns with maps of coastline to the west. The Arthur Bay is christened by him along with to the west he calls Josephenia (obviously to stake his claim on the land). Witch Trials occur at the settlement of Harlet. One man claimed a woman turned him into a newt, a mob believed they had found a witch and received a famous quote on the ridiculousness the situation got. "Well, we did do the nose, and that hat. But she is a witch!" Soldiers start to tame horses to have quicker travel.
- Anakadeham: The explorers that Mtao Maxius sent to explore across the Hauifg River have returned with discoveries: There is a holm in the Hauifg river, dividing the river into different routes. Knowing that, Maxius loosely claimed the territories and sent settlers there to build houses and farm on the delta. Maps of the state are drawn to make new settlers easier to navigate. Upon arriving there, the people found a large number of wild animals like horses, buffaloes and elephants, and have steadily learned how to tame them. Now many people can ride horses and buffaloes are used to plow fields. The chief had his first child with his wife.
- Gahren: An expedition is sent northward, ordered to travel along the coastline, while a mining task force is sent toward the mountain to look for new sources of precious metals. The High Judge discusses the idea of fortifying the city with walls, though it is suggested that the city's borders need to be properly defined, as well as a lumbermill and possibly even a quarry need to be established prior to building any walls. The High Judge also looks toward exploiting the sea, though the people are unsure how to do so other than some minor fishing on the coast.
- Exhula: Upon being elected Syvotr at the beginning of Year 10 (we don’t have a calendar currently so I’m using the one the turns are based on to measure it). I begin a major campaign to increase the size of the already impressive Exhulan navy. The navy already had 30 ships, but Jdáih sees a need for more if Exhula is ever to defend itself properly against the rest of the world. Thus, 30 more ships are commissioned to begin better patrolling Exhulan waters and defend against piracy, an order which costs 300 kg of gold to do. By the end of Year 20, 20 of the ships have been created, with the other ten still waiting to begin construction or currently under construction. We also begin operations to explore the uncharted ocean around us and send ten of our ships east to chart the area and search for lands, and another five being sent north for the same purpose. Many private sailors and merchants are hired to undertake boyages to explore west, a project that costs about 50 kg with all the voyages put together. The rest of the Exhulan Navy is left behind to patrol Exhulan waters and guard against piracy. This turn also sees Jdáih found the royal Serkoni (Praetorian) Guard. Made up of 100 of the best and most loyal soldiers in the entirety of Exhula armed in the best iron armor and with the best weapons money can buy, with their main goal being to guard the Syvotr at all costs, and obey his orders in any other case, and the arming of them costs 25 kg of gold. The reason for this soon becomes clear, as he increases taxes on the nobles by 10% and decreases those on the merchants by 5%, while elevating several of the most powerful merchant houses to nobility in exchange for 100 kg of gold each (out of four) while marrying the daughter of the powerful merchant Tiboz Httah, taking her as his second wife and fathering a son, who he named Nahhiir, and naming him his heir (his original wife hadn’t had any children). He also begins construction on a major port he names Tggrr, constructing a port, walls, a temple, and a barracks, and constructing many homes in the area, which he begins encouraging immigration to by lowering taxes on rural poor and some citizens who move there, and encouraging trade their by decreasing tariffs on forigen goods who trade there, with this endeavor costing about 500 kg of gold to do, and being moderately successful at creating a new port, which, as a city, named Vyath, begins to steadily grow in terms of population steadily. Taxes are also collected now, from both the merchants, the citizens, the rural and urban poor, and the nobility (Mod response for how much I get from this).
If you are a new player you may still post in the previous turn for the next 12 hours. However, the first turn is now closed.
In Edom a rare alluvial deposit of zinc oxide is discovered east of the central Meran, in addition to the already known alluvial gold deposits east of the nation, sparking interest in mining.
The Saemonites sack the city of Arazna and conquer its kingdom. They also conquer or secure the vassalage of Tunsna, Esurrans, and Mirtana, becoming the dominant hegmon of the plains, from the mountains in the east to the coast in the west, and continuing their conquests southward.
A new religious authority gains power in southern Zoramivera, that decrees foreigners and their goods to be unholy. The Syresian merchants in the area are killed or driven off, with a few outposts and towns razed. The town of Zedisladana becomes the movement's power base.
The ban on alcohol pushes all but the most loyal soldiers of Draka to revolt. In the city proper there is a revolt to depose King Erik, while outside the city the law is hardly followed, especially in the newly incorporated parts of the nation. Archon, not king.
In Qera a plague breaks out that targets people across the nation.
Although many of the Sillas Republic’s emancipated slaves are incorporated into the population without issue, in Year 21 a slave revolt breaks out causing a small loss of life for both sides, as well as an opportunity allowing some slaves/former slaves to flee from the nation’s control. Notably one of the nation’s five colonies is heavily damaged.
Along the river north of Gyt a new city is founded named Arudam. It serves as the center of a confederacy of tribes united by the threat of external expansion.
The Makuku continue to see an influx of people from the surrounding area, breeding new customs and ideas, but also necessitating that the city expand its infrastructure.
The Weritsz investigation westward uncovers the Kingdom of Kuscisiwa on its borders, and the Yannian invasion currently taking place there. Around the same time Yannis’ priest expeditions also lake landfall south of Weritsz’s territory, allowing the city contact with both nations.
Similarly, the Yannian expeditions make contact with the Zanphoria, arriving from the east. The westernmost Yannian outposts overlap with Zanphoria’s claimed territory.
A small number of Anglenites begin preaching a mysterious religion, talking about “Anointed Ones”, “Bug Kings”, and “Yannis”.
The Franics native to the area across from Bangor object to the settling of their lands, and a powerful chief named Bonadenhara leads an army to raze the new town.
The explorers sent by the Bátur-Ríki to explore up the Runor River encounter several towns upstream, as well as several migrating tribes fleeing north primarily. Further investigation yields that the area is under the vassalage of the Saemonites.
- Gyt: 307-316: With mathematics now practiced in Gyt, the armory, little more than a state-run blacksmith shop, begins producing spears, arrows, axes, and javelins for the people of Gyt. The subdued tribe, the Yazadin people, are loosely integrated and while much of their land is settled by Gytans, they retain autonomy in the remainder. However, the Gytan population overwhelms some of this land with new settlers (12 Loosely Held Become Rural). Partech (Patriarch) Cyclius, having won great fame for his voyage becomes a dominant force on the council, sharing power with an aging Partech, Lythius. The two, with their allies, determine that Gyt should continue its exploration. Another voyage is launched north along the Upper and Lower Tythies Rivers. The worship of Bysulus, now the second of all the gods in the Gytan Pantheon begins having significant effects on the culture of the nation. Militarism is on the rise, the power of the semi-formal military structure, along with the former members of the military, is readily apparent. In 309, Unarch (Legate) Rykius stages a coup. The Gytan Army dissolves the Great Council of Gyt, and arrests the leading members. The leading Partechs are stripped of land, property, and wealth, and it is all distributed to the burgeoning warrior class of Gyt. Immediately following this seizure of power, Unarch Rykius sent a delegation to the new city of Arudam seeking to establish a relationship with them. The delegation also queries them on the reason for their sudden organization, as the tribes in the Plains of Gyt have never been known to co-operate (Mod Response). Preparations are made to raise the Army of Gyt in the event that the city is arrayed against Gyt.
- Arudam is hesitant to work with the city of Gyt, as part of its population includes those who fled Gyt's conquests south of them, or have since learned of those events. But they inform Gyt of a sprawling military force to the north that threatens both of them, and offer a military pact for mutual defense.
- Gyt Continued: Hearing of the military force arrayed to the north, Unarch Rykius, himself, travels north to meet with the leaders of the Arudam. He accepts their offer of alliance after witnessing the variety of people camped in the city. Furthermore, with Gyt's considerable political might in the region, Unarch Rykius begins assembling a grand alliance of the tribe throughout the Plains of Gyt. With representatives from Arudam in tow he and his escort reach out to the tribes between Gyt and Arudam. The list of tribes includes the Provanti, the Fustars, the Antroan, the Valestorn, and the Kunfan, all are asked to join the alliance and are shown the potential consequences should they reject the offer (Mod Responses). Unarch Rykius also declares that in the 316th year of Gyt, the people of the many hamlets of Gyt shall be counted, reported, and recorded. All Partechs (Hamlet Leaders) must report the population of their hamlet. Furthermore, within the City of Gyt itself the people are counted by gathering the population into the streets and having them cross the bridges while being counted. (Mod Responses).
- The Provanti and the Fustars accept the alliance offer. The Antroan (northernmost tribe near the mountains) replies that they have already sworn allegiance Arudam in confederacy, so are already sworn to the alliance. The two remaining tribes reject to work with the Gyt, as they were the two remaining tribes most heavily affected by Gyt's recent wars of expansion, and look upon Gyt negatively.
- Yannis: Historians continue to this day to search for fragments in the south of what was the Yannis Empire. Once such piece of papyrus has been translated to say, “My name was Asdam. I was taken from the southern shore as a captive, but I became holy in the waters of the Soloney. I remember the Festival of the Sea, when they lined us up on the shore in a long line of hundreds. Chains connected us, man to man, woman to woman. They ordered us to walk forward until our heads were barely above the water. And then the chain fell, pulling me down until my face met the sandy soil below. ‘Open your eyes’, they cried. And I saw what they had told us. I saw the earth and the ocean as one being that came to embrace us. The waves were like fingers slipping around us. When we surfaced I saw clearly the men who had led us in the moonlight. They were dyed white, with the head of a great fish affixed over their faces. They had skins tied to their arms and legs, and blood running down their chest. From that day forth I prayed to the fishmen. They run the ancient cities under the sea, where the people rest should they be tossed overboard. I hope to one day join my brothers in the Ocean Place. After the ceremony my career began as a rowman. We charted the coasts and sailed in the raids against the Burned Men. I saw many lost in the fighting on those shores. By the time of the sieges on land I was of the Cloudmen. Our ships were covered in chalk and white rags, thousands of flags, and thousands of incense pieces, so that our ships moved like fog on the ocean when we attacked. I became a sideman. While the heavy soldiers remained on top of the deck to attack from the front, we would wade in the water alongside the boat, covered by a short wooden shield that extended from the side of the ship. When we reached the shore we swam under the water and attacked the enemy ships from the water itself. We grabbed their oars and stole them, and jumped onto the sides, covered with no armor or clothing. It was a dangerous mission on the Delta. And today we depart in a grand fleet. I will likely serve the Underwater Kingdom after this day.” After the descration of Yuyshan, the high priests returned in force, dressed in robes and heavy clothing armor, they carried spears and clubs with jagged iron embedded all along them. They obtained their revenge at the sacking of Sastenap, in which the village of some 1000 people are put to the sword as payment. They perform the Yynyd’ra posture dance while covered with the blood of the fallen as a declaration of power to the Burned God that these enemies pray to. One of their lesser idols is captured, and compelled to give his spiritual power to us as fair payment. A Hatucnahyncapa is sent to the east to settle the lands of the western delta, but for years that task is difficult with the enemy still afoot. It is not for another three years until Kuscisiwa is thoroughly besieged and successfully sacked. Thousands are killed, and thousands enslaved. At the temple there the Anointed One decrees that the Burned Men shall bow to the empire as subjects, with a puppet king named Vensvanavda being installed as a quasi-governor of the delta. For the eastern half of the delta many live their lives as before, although a large portion of the population is slowly forced to convert at threat of death in order to reach a quota. The rest pay a tax and send tribute in order to be spared. The eastern delta is to be centered around a town called Qinucna-vis, where 1,000 veterans and their families settle. To balance the scales of the Life and Death Gods the Annointed One decrees in the Holy City that the treasure of the campaign will be paid out to those who marry and bear children, and those who settle the conquered provinces, as well as soldiers and priests. The temple across the sea produces several hundred slaves, but also many freely converted people. An economy of selling slaves and soldiers to the kingdom from across the sea begins, with the priests trading goods with the natives. The priestly voyages also reach the new river to the west, called Bissogavi, and settle an outpost called Comoc’notuc. In the east they round the southern coast and continue on, converting or trading as they go. The philosopher Canicna'teahta meets as a diplomat with the Weritsz, offering that if they do not aid the Burned Men and help us in our crusade, they will be rewarded with gifts and a portion of the Burned Confederacy's territory. Priests also also sent to Weritsz in an effort to preach our religion to any who might listen. To Zanphoria we ask that the river on the east of their nation be treated as official border, and offer to trade. In the year Sparrow-Lion-Moon (Year 29) the Anointed One leaves this earth for the star realm. His eyes are closed for the last time, with a priest removing the eyes and sending them to the sea. They are offered to the ocean’s realm as payment for life. The king’s second son, from his marriage to Nonabda, named Oaximayalus, is brought to the riverbanks in the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis to conduct the anointing ceremony. The new Anointed One interprets the recent events as a sign that the kingdom must replenish and repay the earth for the blood that has been spilled upon it. The war against the Burned Men has ended, with the border set at the eastern edge of the Delta.
- Zanphorian Diplomacy: Dashon I of Zanphoria agrees to the river border and trade, and also offer to share our map of the known world if Yannis shares theirs (give me your email and I will send a google doc). We ask if Catulaes IV would like to visit Archria and meet Dashon I. We also accept any missionaries, as Zanphorianisim is a form of henotheism and does not deny the existence of other gods.
- Weritsza Diplomacy: Eizen II Motiesa welcomes the Yannian philosopher to Weritsz, and offers to exchange knowledge of the world ((trade maps)). He is intrigued by the prospects of war and expansion, and the priests of the Afnear mythology are more than willing to listen to the new religion, although they are more willing to adopt a syncretic approach rather than abandon the gods of the forefathers outright.
- Zanphorian Diplomacy: Dashon I asks to share maps of the known world with one another. Write down your email and I will share a google doc on which to upload your map.
- You don't have to exchange emails, rather I can add what is exchanged to the next map I send to each of you. - Vandenhoek
- Yannian Diplomacy: We agree to exchange the maps.
- City of Azoz: Of course, the only things we can confirm archaeologically is the continual growth of the city's influence at this time. The oldest incarnation of the free-standing forts have been found in four main locations: two at the mouth of the Occident Mountain Pass, and two at the forks in the Ashe River. All these places have long since been buried under the single Azozan metropolitan, but at one point these four places marked the frontier towns of the city-state. The oldest water mills were invented at Azoz as well, taking advantage of the nearby river sources for excess power. All the land in between was subjugated to the city, creating a healthy input of slaves for the Alumite mines. Alumite became the most lucrative trade of the city, with traces found among tribes that traded for a very far distance. Although most of the literature at this time has since been lost, the most we know come from both royal and religious stelas made in early iron age art. According to the Azozan foundation saga, prince Jamshid and his army of 5040 was largely responsible for subjugating this territory. In recompense for the rape of his sister Hanida, Jamshid rounded up the leaders of the conquered barabrians, burned them in public execution, scattered their ashes in the river, and compelled their former subjects to drink from said river. This is the assumed etymology of what was later known as the Ashe River. Jamshid's four brothers, the other sons of Roshtam, were each given dominion over each of the four border towns of the city-state, while Jamshid was given dominion over Azoz itself: Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, and Ishbak. Corn and tomato farming fills the countryside, with the new water mills churning cornmeal much faster. It is believed that around this time, the priestly order of the god Jiff began the arduous research in what makes the perfect sandwich. New expeditions continued to be sent, with trade routes appearing in the archaeological record going in four directions: two mountain passes in the west, and each of the two river branches in the south and east.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: This year the construction of two farms is begun. This will increase food production and decrease hunting even more. The tsar sponsors an expedition to the south. The Dodo statue is finished. The tsar marries Natasha Robodvski in a grand ceromony attended by nearly all people. She becomes the second queen of Algeorgia. The king begins to draw up plans for a new city.
- Phorintheon: (38th - 41st Years of Esinth, 1st - 7th Year of Sainos) Sing, O Phorinth, of your passed children. In battle, King Asinor, Son of Phyrosos, led a mighty charge. At the Battle of the Sainos Valley, 3200 soldiers aligned with Klao were ambushed along the shores of the Haidred Peninsula by Kaiyoshor's men. The Klaosian lines suffered heavy casualties and retreated into the Sainos Valley, where they suffered hit-and-run attacks in the scorching lands. As the Kaiyoshor approached the Klaosian lines, Asinor's forces arrived to rout the Kaiyoshor for a time. The coalition advanced to the Citadel of Kaiyoshor. However, after a long siege, the Klaosians could no longer push an attack for the year. They make camp along the Haidros Hot Springs for the winter before pushing again in spring. After what seems to be another unsuccessful siege, an earthquake struck the Citadel and, according to Atnosian legend, split the walls right open. The Kaosian forces, though shaken, rushed into the breach and punished the pirates of Kaiyoshor. Its oligarchs were beheaded, with each skull being taken by a king of the coalition. Asinor brings home the head of Hestrid, son of Hagor. A red beard still clings to his chin while empty eyes stare from a fearsome golden helmet. He travels back home with a carriage full oi texts from Kaiyoshor's library. However, the earthquake that brought down Kaiyoshor's walls did not just strike Kaiyoshor. Earthquakes are felt all over Atnosia, killing several. The quake is so prevalently felt, in fact, that the era of Esinth - the epicenter of the last major earthquake - ends according to Phorintheonian calendars. However, much of Atnosia is able to bounce back within a year or two. With the lack of pirates from Kaiyoshor, the prosperity of several coastal towns - including Phorintheon - booms. The walls of Phorintheon are reinforced. With the fame earned by Asinor, trade with Phorintheon flourishes once the rubble from the earthquake is cleared away. Mines are constructed along Mt. Hailinth along the borders of Phorintheon. With these mines, farms are constructed nearby as well as towns in order to support these mines. With the construction of these settlements, the effective control of Phorintheon expands by roughly 25 sq km. In the Fourth Year of Sainos, King Asinor returns home. Kaiyoshor's men have scattered to the wind, many of which form bandits seeking to attack Kaos and her allies. Phorintheon repels bandit attacks in the sixth year of Sainos. Later that year, Asinor dies of natural causes and is replaced by his son, Toraniphos. The Asinor Relief is the most notable work of art from this decade. This deep-blue and black pot details the events of the war with Kaiyoshor and the earthquake. A series of three are made to show the progression of the war and return home. With the increase in trade, the written language of Phorintheon becomes increasingly used by merchants and traders. This also means Phorintheonian numerals - which use simple characters as opposed to the Old and Middle Atnosian numerals - become more prevalent in other markets across the island. Though they are a marked departure from the near-pictographic detail on some mathematical calculations, they have a long way to go before they are ubiquitously used.
- Anakadeham: Upon reaching the place the river meets the ocean, many wooden ships have been built as settlers there sail out to the sea to fish, as the land isn’t suitable for farming. Mtao Maxius III looks forward to explore new land through the ocean, as there are no good ships to do that yet. Because of the natural resources and yearly abundant crops, the population steadily increases. Wild animals have been tamed and are now used as cattle. (We are trying to tame elephants and tigers.) Upon encountering bamboo forests, we have learned how to cook and eat asparagus and use bamboo stalks to cook rice in them. Mtao Maxius has his second child, this time a daughter, and is seeking an heir to the chief throne in the future as the nation follows matrilineally. The chief changes the capital’s name to Pagrata.
- Aurelia: Joseph Shakespeare moves on his final expedition to map the Eastern Coast after establishing a port settlement in Josephenia called Port Daniel. Colonization of claimed land continues as military expeditions continue to explore and claim surrounding lands. King Arthur goes on an adventure which goes down in the book called the "King Arthur Adventures" as legend. In one incident in the story, Arthur fights a black clad warrior to the point where Arthur cuts off all his limbs and he still wants to fight. "Your arm came off", "No it hasn't", "Look", (black warrior looks down) "Just a flesh wound" (Chapter 5 "The Black Warrior")
- Qera: Saddened by another outbreak of a plague, Ygran II calls in another Ogzâj in order to organize the formalities for solving a plague of this size. Ygrans words where Togajyv, qhua my Uehâtlemhqa. Tohjâvrevauav megahpleq. Uerathtoplyv! (I am highly saddened by the death of my beloved people. I will do everything to defeat it! May the gods help me!). Usually, the sick of the epidemic are given the choice for a Merccrehpy, a "mercyful end" which is a ritualized form of self-sacrifice in a temple, where the corpse is burned later on. Often people do this under the idea of helping the city, as they offer their own life to grant the life of others. On this Ogzâj in Period 15, Year 27, (Year 22 in the game), the priests and the prince are desperately searching for a cure, but quarantine and mass self-sacrifice are enforced. While the one that can still be cured are treated in so-called disease temples, others are deported on the island Qerixaxehe to start a new life in a sick colony. Expansion continues, as all of the estimated lake shall be claimed, sailors set sail along the coast to claim land in the southwest (explore 20 px to the east) and establish a settlement on a nearby river in the north after a second mission. Writing becomes a common practice among nobles and priests and even some merchants use it to keep track of their businesses. In Year 30 of the 15th period, the reign of Ygran II ends as his son is given a ceremonial coat of feathers, clams and crocodile leather. According to the tradition, Ygran II stays the closest of all royal advisers to the new prince.
- Draka: Alcohol is legalized again. (More to come)
- Darna: King Tosiman launches a large renewal of slave trade raids now that the conflict with the rest of the island has ended. A lucrative business begins in which slave women are used to breed new children for the nobility and citizens. This generation of half-slave children is not discriminated against, and instead is to be given over to a state run home, where they will train for warfare from an early age on. Much of the next several years is spent building the homes for this project around the nation. Many people are also sent to colonize the rest of the island and exert our claims to certain areas, including in Obelis. We continue to send traders and slavers as far south as we can along the coast, in order to discover new places for slave gathering. The northern coast running eastward is also explored.
- Tesardya: Emperor Navathe dies. He is succeeded by Tiberius Ashtikar, who renames himself Pius Pius Dalavi-Ashtikar II after the clans of Ashtikar and Dalavi are conjoined. Expansion is made northward after a large number of soldiers and settlers begin settling the region along the beachfront and surrounding forrest area. Any number of natives is encouraged into joining, and if they decline, they are forced into slavery or simply killed, depending on what the soldiers wish to do. With this, expansion is made by 15 px. The process of successful fishing is finished, and soon the fishing rod is produced and sold. With this, fishing and fish consumption become a largely focused region of food sourcing, competing with the agricultural sector. Canoes that can hold up to ten people are worked upon. Some level of mathematics is established due to the movement from stone tablets to papyrus, and the idea of addition and subtraction is created.
- Exhula: The explorers and ships sent out in the last few years return throughout Year 21, and bring with them news of newly discovered lands to the southeast and southwest of Haeeelos. To the east two small islands are discovered and claimed, with 500 soldiers and five ships being sent to conquer them if necessary, although native forces are first given a major show of force and offered the chance to peacefully join the Exhulan nation. However, the discovery to the west is far more significant. An expedition of hired explorers guarded by a small Exhulan ship discovered a major piece of land to the west, and mapped a significant portion of the coastline before they had to return to Exhul to resupply. This sparks a significant interest in further exploration and colonization of the region, and several more government-funded (and often run) expeditions are sent to map more of the region. Three small ports are built in the region to serve as bases for future Exhulan exploration and colonization of the region, with each port having city walls and a port, and a fair amount of homes and shops, built in it, although these walls are in temporary positions and future expansion of them is planned to take place beyond them. The biggest of these is the city of Hgulla, which receives a fairly large population of Exhulan settlers over the nine years of this turn after its founding, although its population is still small compared to Exhul's and still is only about one-half as large as Vyath. The other two are significantly smaller and mostly serve as bases for further exploration and to project our presence on these lands, and are not self-sufficient at this time, relying on resourse shipments from Exhul to survive at the moment, although the population does quickly begin to rise. These two settlements are named Yullanor and Aryya. Several native tribes are discovered in the region, and although they are relatively primitive, they are offered help in settling down and creating infrastructure and large settlements, iron weapons, and nobility status for their leaders in exchange for becoming Exhulan vassals. (Mod response needed!). Expeditions continue, exploring both farther inland and following along the coasts. Jdáih has two more children, both daughters, named O'rri and Tyyul, with Tyyul being born in Year 23 and O'rri in Year 26. The taxes this year refurbish much of the treasury, gaining 400 kg of gold, although the colonization efforts on the new coast cost 125 kg, with tariffs on trade bringing in another 200 kg. Vyath is expanded to accomadate for the increasing population, costing another 50 kg of gold. 1000 Exhulan soldiers are sent to both Yullanor and Aryya, with Hgulla being garrisoned by 5000 troops and a barracks also built for 25 kg. The remaining ten ships that began construction last turn are completed, and begin, along with much of the Exhulan fleet, anti piracy operations in and around Exhula. We begin surveying the lands we explore on that so far unnamed coastline for resourses.
- Bangor: King Zachëry continues to lead the kingdom into an age of prosperity. With the tensions developing in our Southern Channel settlements, Franician settlers urge the uncivilized Franicians to not attack while the Cosian settlers also urging no violence. Several 400 warriors with swords, armor and horses come down and engage in conflict. Discontent for the uncivilized Franicians develops even within the Bangorian Franician Populace. A new identified label is given between the Bangorian Franicians and the Uncivilized ones. The Old Franicians and New Franicians. The Anglenite Confederacy is seen as a threat to the Bangorian Kingdom and the question must be addressed in the coming years on further action. For now, peace is maintained. Expansions along the Southern Channel from both sides are mad with new settlers. Farming and agricultural expansion continues with the King claiming the Volcanic mountain as a monument to our kingdom. A minor eruption occurs from the volcano as usual and a small coating of ash settles across the grainfields. This is easily treated with dusting fortunately and only gives some a hard time with coughing being a common symptom of inhaled ash. Further exploration ia made along Kadiff and the shorelines abroad while land expeditions continue throughout the next ten years. Buchstadt is established as a mew trade hub between both sides of the channel for goods. Further settlement of the Cardiffian Valleys and streams are made. Another wet year at the end of the ten-year period brings heavy rain to many and minor flooding. A mild winter occurs. The baby boom continues with further economic prosperity. King Zachëry marries a Cosian. Slaves who had left to settle outside the towns see a slightly rough start in the frontier especially with the minor eruption but experience great growing seasons and some strike it lucky near the rivers with small amounts of gold and silver deposits found.
- 21-25 N.E: Dashon I organizes a diplomatic envoy to Yannis, crossing over the Fohar River (the river in the east). Learning that the river is named Bissogavi by the locals, the Fohar river is renamed to the Bissogavir. Dashon I requests that Yannis shares their map of the known world with Zanphoria, as we will share our map with them. (Yannis Response Needed; give me your email and I will share a google doc on which to add your map and I will add mine if you agree) all known coasts on the Zanphor Ocean (the ocean south of Archria) west of the Bissogavi (the river in the east) are claimed for Zanphoria. More settlers go to and settle lands between the Safr (the western river) and the Archr (the central river), and settlers move east toward the Bissogavi (the river in the east). Three expedition are sent; one upstream the Archr River (the central river); one upstream the Bissogavir (the river in the east); and one west from Safria to the river flowing into Cheher Bay. Ships that were going west keep on going. However, ships going east turn south to explore the Zanphor Ocean more. Taxes continue - 5% of all goods. Trades from Yannis bring in extra money in taxes, while merchants from Zanphoria trade in Yannis ports. 500 troops are recruited each year, drawing from landless poor and serf populations, as serfs service in the army can be payed as taxes instead of gold. We welcome Yannis missionaries, as Zanphorianisim is a form of Henotheism, which allows for other gods. Writing and basic math (which is done in Base 8) help immensely with trade tracking, and the calendar starts to get developed.
- 25-30 N.E: When the map sharing agreement is made with Yannis and ships report, Zedisladana is discovered. Dashon I announces claims lands up to the Zedisladanan river border, which is named the Halonr River. Expeditions are sent to map the course of the Jelar and Halonr Rivers (labeled on the map) and the land between the Shandor, Jelar, and Halnor Rivers (also labeled on the map), which should be fertile land. To back up the claim, cities with walled fortifications are built on the Halonr, Jelar, and Shandor Rivers by the coast. Along with this, a trading port called Bissogavria is built on Zanphoria's the Bissogavir River, also on the coast. The Zanphorian Royal Navy's older ships are sent directly south from Safria to escort settlers who are to settle on hopefully a closer part of the continent that Yannis discovered. The Safr Act is expanded, letting settlers claim up to 50 acres of land to farm anywhere from the Halonr River in the west to the Bissogavir River in the east (all rivers labeled on map), and settlers take up the deal on the coastline and river areas. After ten years into the army program, 5000 men are enlisted in the army. Most of the forces assemble near Zedisladana, ready to defend or invade, as Yannis, Zanphoria's other neighbor, is peaceful with us. (Updated Map Needed!)
- Syres: The attacks in the eastern parts of Zoramivera result in almost one-half of the trading posts in the region being destroyed, and most of the remainder heavily losing their profitability. After pressure from the merchants and families most heavily affected financially, the Hensa authorizes a small fleet with 500 men under the command of Drins aud Vensphanosa to land in Zoramivera, and see if they can resolve the issue. They land on the coast closest to Syres, and elect to build a fortified encampment named Losdensport. After fending off some light attacks from nearby natives, they march east into Zedisladana’s territory near a small river, named by the locals the Ciranida River. The group manages to raid several Zedisladana-aligned villages, but are ultimately driven back once the kingdom’s army arrives, directly under the command of the Prophet Emon. Drins aud Vensphanosa and his remaining men are driven back to a small town named Iobinadi, They defend against a besieging army, before managing to flee by sea when their fleet arrives as a rescue. With the native kingdom’s strength now clear, support for the trading posts in the region diminishes. The nation chooses to cut its losses and agree to peace, granting Zedisladana the eastern section of the region. The attacks force the nation’s merchants to turn elsewhere. The Nephite strongholds in the west see their first taste of competition, with the outpost of Gidonah being founded by Zolon’s faction on the northern tip of the western landmass. Similarly an outpost named Hezaram is founded on the eastern cape.
- Avsylann: The city at the mouth of the Umrais River was founded by the synoecism of several surrounding temple-states, as it has become common for them to trade with one another and engage in strategic alliances, and subsequently the commoners came to see the various gods as manifestations of one true godhead. However, as per the seventh decade of the city's founding, the various cults that formed the city still dispute control over the government. The city's unity is provided mainly by the middle-class of citizens, the descendants of those first merchants and temple functionaries who connected the temple-states, and the strongman that is, Kyrstad, head of the cult of Hastyyn (the god of fertility) and informal leader of the priesthood. Seeing as trade brought them together in the first place, and the city is rich in minerals and grain, various merchants organize an expedition of 20 ships upriver to find any viable partners. Fearing the duplicitous mountain tribesmen, Kyrstad allocates them a guard of 800 infantrymen, giving them the order to protect the convoy from any hostiles.
- Weritsz: Exploration continues to occur principally in the direction of the rising sun (east). Meanwhile, the codification of the writing system of the priests of Poro has become predominant among the other priests of the Afnear faith. It is now spreading to members of the court of the Delneyar, with applications to recordkeeping being made. With the Yannian diplomat's welcoming, we receive an expansive view of the wider world - and also hear of the threats posed to the Kingdom of Kuscisiwa. The aging Eizen II Motiesa decides that it would be in the nation's best interests - given the sizeable population of Kuscisiwa refugees - to prevent the further disruption of the Kingdom of Kuscisiwa, and announces that any expansion farther into the Confederacy by Yannis would be met with force. Our navy is mobilized, and with the decision by Yannis to stop expanding, we send the navy to the south - where we have been informed of the existence of a new landmass.
- Sillas Republic: Yezi reelected as Prime Minister. The Annals of Silla, an annual compilation of important events, is established. Meanwhile, each of the Five Colonies is replenished by ~200 nobles (the total population rises to a total of 600 inhabitants), with female nobility serving as politicians and civil servants while male nobility serving as a defensive garrison. The core of these five settlements is enclosed by a defensive wall, with the total area within these walls being a square mile. The Five Colonies are named (mentioned by their distance from Sillas City): Norfuer, Saufuer, Dazema, Erchigas, and Alaban. Prime Minister Yezi sends four expeditions in all four directions. Each expedition consists of ten riverine vessels (with 30 men and women each). She establishes a permanent embassy in neighboring tribal polities for the purposes of furthering trading relations, as well as entice immigration. Within tribal polities practicing slavery, she continues to launch slave raids, dispatching elite calvarymen and conscripts to liberate all slaves in hopes to assimilating them into Sillan society. These slave raids are aided by the superiority of Sillan military tactics (mainly the usage of horses), and the usage of armor and ranged weapons over melee weapons such as spears. A particular observation is made by military officials, however, that the people of the slave castes are culturally and physically similar to the Sillans – while the people of the upper caste could be distinguished by their tanner complexion and shorter stature. A population count is conducted.
- Makuku Kingdom: With the Makuku coming from other settlements to the main settlement, the main settlement sees massive expansion to compensate. We continue to expand along the coast. The Kingdom doesn’t really doesn’t have a formalized currency, as the trade of any items that another person values in exchange for another has worked since ancient times. Mtba
- Gahren: The expedition discovers a peninsula and is ordered to continue farther along the coast, while the land around the mountains continues being explored by the city-state to assume control of it. The High Judge begins writing down laws more strictly, leaving less room for free interpretation, which was the basis of the legal system so far. Plans for rockmines and lumbermills are prepared by the nation in order to gather resources for a wall.
- Malekan of Edom: In the 11th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 277 VM, the river expeditions along the Meran to the south continue. However, the scouting parties sent into the eastern desert are stopped, with the Maleka instead ordering a land expedition along the eastern coast of Pal Umagh. Rural settlement along the Meran along with the implementation of standardized basin irrigation methods in the newly settled areas continues to be encouraged as well. The Maleka orders the building of two outposts in the eastern deserts, one upon each of the oases, so as to better control the area for further expansion in the future, as well as to begin the mining of the alluvial zinc oxide deposits in the area between the oases and the Meran. The building of a new city upon the Meran's eastern shores, on the outskirts of Edom's territory, is also begun, with the city being named Shamadal, in honour of the Maleka's mother. In the 12th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 278 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. The construction of Shamadal continues, with peasants in the immediate area of the new city being encouraged to move there in exchange for housing and future work. Similarly, some noblewomen of Edom are offered administrative positions in the new city along with estates on its outskirts in exchange for moving there with their families. Mining of the alluvial zinc oxide deposits in the area between Shamadal and the eastern desert outposts is also begun, with the material being sent to Edom for storage and trade, as well as to study the mineral's potential uses. A second son is born to Malekan Nava aze Shama and her husband, who is named Navun umo Nava, after his own mother. In the 13th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 279 VM, the river expeditions along the Meran and the land expeditions along the eastern coast continue, along with the continued encouragement of further rural settlement along the Meran. A royal expedition is sent by the Maleka in order to further scout any ruins found in prior years along the Meran by other expeditions, and to return to Edom any items which have not already been looted in the past. The construction of Shamadal begins to slow, as it reaches closer to its end, with the new city having been designed with a layout similar to that of Edom. With more people now living in the area by the alluvial zinc oxide deposits, mining begins in earnest, with encouragement by the Maleka. In the 14th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 280 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. The Maleka orders the use of the outposts in the eastern desert as send off points for further expeditions into the desert to the south. The construction of Shamadal is brought to a complete close, with peasants in the new city's immediate area being encouraged to move into the city and work as miners for the crown. In the 15th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 281 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. The Maleka orders the beginning of the construction of a road connecting the cities of Edom and Shamadal, in order to better facilitate trade between the two cities. In the 16th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 282 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. Construction of the road between the cities of Edom and Shamadal is completed, with a few small villages beginning to form along the road's route. In the 17th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 283 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. Maleka Nava aze Shama issues a royal decree, declaring all land scouted by the crown along the shores of the Meran to be de jure territory of the Malekan of Edom. In the 18th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 284 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran, with nothing else of interest really occuring within Edom's borders. In the 19th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 285 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. The Maleka also sends another royal expedition to scout any newly found ruins along the Meran for any surviving cultural artifacts which have not already been looted. In the 20th year of Maleka Nava aze Shama's reign, 286 VM, river expeditions along the Meran and land expeditions along the eastern coast as well as into the desert south of the eastern desert outposts continue, along with the continued encouragement of rural settlement along the Meran. The Maleka holds a grand feast in the capital city of Edom, with a religious ceremony celebrating her 20 years as Maleka held by the city's ummune, with Shama aze Nava, the Maleka's second daughter who was given to the ummune after her birth, being given a prominent role in the ceremony.
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Slavetraders from Darna exploring the western coast south encounter traders from the city of Syres, leading to a brief altercation when the slavers attempt to capture the Syresian merchants.
The new coast recently discovered by Exhula proves to be relatively underpopulated, with few native tribes to speak of. Only one noteworthy tribe, located south of Exhula’s southernmost settlement, accepts vassalage.
The fall of Kuscisiwa itself leaves its kingdom in disarray. A large number of its inhabitants travel east and integrate into Weritsz society, or settle in the area around it.
Explorers from Azoz traveling through the mountains west of the city encounter a foreign people traveling from the north. They speak of a powerful kingdom centered around the city of Euskaladun.
The death of Saemon II causes a rift in the Saemonite holdings. Eventually Susaliya I ascends to the throne. The Kingdom of Kaughn, on the northwest border of the empire, manages to take advantage of the chaos to expand greatly in the region.
The Gytian census reports approximately 18,000 people in the city proper, of which 3000 citizens report themselves. In the countryside another 7000 citizens are reported, as well as some 50,000 people, although the nation is unable to count many of the nation’s foreigners or recently acquired tribes. At the same time, the census prompts some 400 of the richest citizens (typically members of the military) within the city to demand recognition as proper nobility.
The Sillas census concludes that the city proper consists of about 50,000 people, of which 5500 are full citizens. The countryside around the people counts another 5000 people, while the river region consists of at least another 10,000 people. The city of Norfuer, which was damaged earlier, notably has a significantly lower population than the other colonies.
A Franic kingdom forms around the city of Chandennes, located south of the territory generally more receptive to Bangor trade and settlement.
"The Ancient Capital of the Elameran Ankum is rediscovered by Edom, and it is found that the city is currently under the control of a southern, “barbarian” empire known as Susanylon.
Traders from the Mesallas region discover the city of Edom and begin establishing trade routes with the city. Edom's exploration of the coast encovers the southern most territory of the various Mesallian city-states."
- Unarchate of Gyt: 317-326: Unarch Rykius, beseeched to establish a class of nobility, determines the title “Partunarch” a fitting description of the influential military elites. As Unarch, Rykius retains the right to grant this title and the legal benefits it grants, as well as the right to strip those of their title. The production of arms has turn the Armory of Gyt into a fully fledged production center. The original forge is expanded with new bloomeries, forges, and anvils created to increase production. The Unar (Army, National Guard, & Police Force), now rests at a small standing force of 500 professional horsemen, augmented by another 2000 semi-professional horsemen who can be called to duty within two days, 5000 trained levies who can be called within a week, and 1000 auxiliaries from the allied and vassalized tribes. Weapons are stockpiled for another 10,000 levies in the event of disaster. The refusal of the Valestorn and the Kunfan is received poorly by Rykius, who now seeks a target to demonstrate and refine the military power of Gyt. However, with Arudam a begrudging partner in defense, the risk of war is deemed too great. Instead, in 322, Unarch Rykius turns southward, offering the Yyrans, a tribe to the southwest, an alliance against their rival tribe the Caetor. The terms of the deal outline that should they accept, Gyt will march with the Yyrans to destroy the Cartor, and the lands will be split evenly between Gyt and the Yyrans (Mod Response). The Gytan population continues to swell due to the irrigation projects, and some of the Yazadin land grows more integrated with new settlement (16 Loosely Held Become Rural). Wealthy and influential Yazadin are granted citizenship in Gyt in order to buy their loyalty and the loyalties of their people. The labor tithes are directed toward the expansion of the irrigation networks with the adoption of a standardized Basin Irrigation Network with Shadufs for moving water from the rivers into the canals. This network expands along all three rivers, and landowners are required to maintain these improvements after their construction. Grain production exceeds consumption with these improvements and a significant brewing industry appears in the countryside surrounding the city. By the end of the decade, a concentration of hamlets at a strategic location north of Gyt begins to form, the new settlement, known as Jynt, begins to condense in this location. The worship of Bysulus becomes almost fanatical as the militarism of the recent years swells and drives the people to activity. Her temple is expanded through offerings of money and labor so as to now constitute a minor walled fortress on the northern edge of the city of Gyt. A school of warfare, closed to men, is established within this walled temple and trains a force of 50 elite Bysula, female warrior monks trained in the bow, spear, and long-axe. The Bysula are famed for their skills and fanaticism in combat.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: The Queen gives birth to a son who is named Nicolas and is appointed to be the heir apparent. The tsar sends an expedition to the northwest to explore. We annex a small island under our island and name it Dodo Island. Our army numbers 200 and is kept small but professional. We begin to build a wall surrounding the temple.
- Archonate of Draka: Archon Erik Von Schrakenburg's embarrassment is now mostly forgiven, and the war against neighboring tribes continues. He offers surrender for integration into the Draka. However, hostiles are wiped out. "YEEEEw CaaNNEEe Ssuubbmiiittt and assseemilate if yawllll WAWNT FAVVEROABLE TREEEAAAAAATEEEMENT" he says in his rough Drakan dialect. Meanwhile, the warriors, now energized on alcohol, get ready to attack.
- Exhula: With the conquest of the now named Sythri and Hakkran islands through either the surrender of the tribesmen or their forced conquest and enslavement, Exhulan settlers begin to arrive on the islands. Although not anywhere near as many settlers as those who are colonizing the newly named Etty's Coast (Etty's is the Exhulan word for empty, and since the coastline is so underpopulated we call it the empty coast). Significant efforts are made to integrate the locals who accepted the offer to join Exhula into the Exhulan culture, and these are very successful, as their children grow up surrounded by Exhulan culture, customs, and people they quickly assimilate, and although some locals are unhappy, they don't do anything, knowing they would be crushed if they did anything. However, the Exhulan settlers also mix with the locals and, although definitely still Exhulan culturally, they adopt many of the local belifes and customs as there own. Several prominent settlers bring several of these customs back to Exhul, and several practices and belifs from the islands culture, such as wall painting and bark art, become popular in Exhul. Meanwhile, on the coast, the settlement and colonization by Exhula continues. The tribe we vassalized, by far the biggest we have found so far, is settled into the peninsula that Aryya was founded on, which is named the Sarrthar peninsula in honor of the tribes name. The Sarrthari tribesmen are, as promised, taught how to smelt and forge iron weapons, and the chief of the tribe and his sub chiefs are raised to noble status, intermarrying with many of the nobles who have made Arrya their home. The common tribesmen are given the status of Vissrn, the same status as freed slaves. They can't run for government positions (outside their vassal city), be Jdim, or own slaves, but their children will be full Exhulan citizens with all of the rights inherent to the position, they may still own and operate lands and businesses, and they are protected by the Exhulan government and may take offenses to courts and receive equal consideration as any citizen. Thousands of them are given small patches of land and cattle to farm, while many also move into Arrya, which is a significant boon to the city and causes a huge surge in population growth, with Sarrthari becoming the majority in the city, although many Exhulan citizens are still obviously living there. Many thousands of Exhulan settlers from the home islands are also settled in the peninsula, drawn by promises of lands, slaves, and cattle of their own or the increasing prosperity and population of Arrya, which means Exhulans are still the majority in the countryside, although Sarrthari are obviously a significant minority. We also provide the leader of the Sarrthri, Syttro, with help in building a settlement where the majority of the Sarrthiri will live, with it and the surrounding lands for 4 px in all directions being a semi-independent vassal that swears loyalty to the Exhulan Syvotr, must provide warriors to Exhula to fight in times and war, and must gather tribute to be collected by agents of the Exhulan government every year. To seal this agreement Syvotyr Jdáih marries Syttro's only daughter, Malees, taking her as his third wife despite the 30-year age difference. She has three children over the five-year period after, a pair of twins, a boy and a girl, named Lellirri and Fyyot, and a girl named Yullanor. They also introduce a type of animal Exhulans have never seen before, the horse. We find the animal very useful and fast and soon begin buying large number of them from the Sarrthiri and learning how to ride them. Dedicated cavalry units begin training in Year 34 and they begin being heavily employed in our campaigns against those small tribes tha refused to join us in Year 38, significantly helping us to crush them. Colonization of the coast continues, with two more settlements being founded north of the current northernmost one named Rttur and Solmula, with city walls, barracks with 2,000 soldiers each, a number of small temples, and harbors, costing us 120 kg of gold. We also use the new settlers to construct six new settlements farther inland, with two built in the Sarrthari peninsula and linked by road to Arrya (Itrrkath and Forrlakk), two smaller settlements linked by road to Yullanor close to its location, both of which are also coastal cities (Rkklil and Sypax) and two close to Hgulla which are also linked by road to it and are again coastal cities (Ttyre and Norril). A number of smaller but significant and growing towns are founded farther inland, and a large number of small villages and hamlets are founded in all these areas, as Exhulan settlers arrive and settle the region, giving us a loose claim on 12 px around the areas that are firmly under our control around the cities, which also expand by 9 px around Hgulla and by 11 around Arrya, with Yullanor only expanding by 5. This costs about 100 kg of gold. Exploration continues following the coast for another 7 px in either direction, although this slows down significantly and instead exploration efforts are focused inland, with another 15 px mapped. We launch a major government funded expedition past the two islands we conquered and begin exploring the area between them and the coast we have discovered so far, intending to map that area completely, with this costing about 50 kg. We also build another city south of all the others, called Httcarron, which is very frontier and is heavily fortified as a result, with city walls, a barracks, and a harbor all constructed for 80 kg. The soldiers we have garrisoned in the cities we have founded are joined by a total of 4000 more men and we begin a major campaign to subjugate the remaining small tribes in the region, enslaving or killing many but integrating those who surrender. Taxes and tariffs this year bring in 400 kg of gold this year, as our settlement of the coast has been extremely profitable so far and we have gained a lot more money from it as a result.
- Gahren: The consolidation of the mountain base is near completion, and the rockmine location is decided, as well as the lumbermill location. Building begins by employing foreigners, promising them citizenship in exchange for their work, as well as employing some landless poor, promising them land in exchange for long-term work relations.
- Yannis: The Black Pillar of Onde’tenuc was a 14-meter tall obelisk in the courtyard of the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis. Its lengthy carvings partially tell the story of the Burned Man's war, and of the years that followed, stating, “The Anointed One Oaximayalus raised this pyramid in honor of the great victory over the Burned Men, in the year Turtle-Sun-Spear (Year 30).” Directly behind the obelisk is the Pyramid of Sun, a 75-meter tall pyramid that began construction at this time, but was likely not finished for many years, if not decades, after. The Anointed One continues the repaying of the earth through life, for the many deaths taken during the war. The Gon’hanphan Delta is heavily settled with Yannians, who intermarry with the locals and slowly convert them. In the Delta rice becomes a major crop, along with the Yannian crops such as peanuts, yams, maize, and beans. The Anointed One turns the nation, visiting the river border in the east. A temple is constructed where the Bissogavi River (western border river) meets the lake, which is named Lake Xbalan. The temple becomes known as Oaximayal, as it becomes a favorite resort for the Anointed One and his retinue. The eastern shore of the lake is claimed by the nation, with the Anointed One marrying one of the local tribe’s women in a royal marriage. A very large group of high priests are dispatched to Zamphora in the hopes of spreading information of our religion to that nation, and to convert any who may be willing. The same process occurs at a lesser extent in the east as well, as well as across the sea.
- Xüonai (formerly Zanphoria): Dashon I decides to change the official language back to a native language rather than the one used now, in which the current one was introduced by the king Halia I, who's great grandson was overthrown before Dashon's reign. This language therfore is much more known to the populace than Halia's introduced language. All differences and renamings can be seen here, and from here on out these terms will be used. A small island is discovered south in the Xüon Ocean, and is settled by one-eighth of the actual settlers heading to land on the new continent. The island is named Ensoyi. The ships who reached Ensoyi are sent to move southeast, while ten new ships move directly south of Oladanui to seek out new lands. Ships sent west to explore more of the coast are to continue mapping the coast for Dashon I. New provinces are made, one for each major city/river.
- Aurelia: King Arthur dies two years after returning home following his adventures (which are recorded into fiction). The last King Arthur novel is published which details his final fight against the "Evil Rabbit" in which he uses "Holy Fire Rock" to kill the beast. Crown Price Michael is crowned as King of Aurelia. An open settlement policy is implement which allows serfs and citizens to claim a plot of land (albeit very small) to increase the settled size of the nation. Lower outside tribes are fought with and absorbed with General Joseph Montgomery is tasked with assimilation of them.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Understandably, I'm sure many people in his situation would probably do the same. King Roshtam died after reigning 30 years, and willed the inheritence of the city. It was around this time that the oldest references to the cult of Ulm start to appear. A group of laymen teachers began a small community of people who only worshipped one god, although it is most probable this was a more henotheistic cult. According to the Book of Ulm, a cow was given the ability to speak two years after Roshtam died, giving prophesies of the coming Prophet of Ulm and subsequent upheaval in the city. Whether this is completely fictitious or an interpolation of actual events, we do not know. What we can guess, however, is that Jamshid probably never rested in his blood lust against the outer barbarians. Although the kingdom itself only expanded a little to the west and south during this time, archaeology shows constant conflict with neighboring barbarians, creating great antagonism and escalating tension to Azoz's neighbors. Artifacts of alummite and tin have also been found as far as Euskaladun, suggesting a direct trade route was established at this point in time. In fact, trade routes to neighboring tribes was abundant at this time in spite of the constant warfare, possibly resulting in the mutual exchange of technology. Two expeditions were sent farther: one due east along the river, and the other south along the coast, gauging if this new coastline is part of an ocean or just a lake. The priests of Jiff continue to research how to make the perfect sandwich.
- Bangorian Kingdom: With the old Franician State formed, we work with them to develop infrastructure and see them as a good trade partner. Ten years of further exploration along the shores and inland continue. This helps us understand our world further with the discovery of more fertile land. Ships continue to spread along the Southern Channel with farther spread inland while the Kadiffian territory is spread as much as possible with more people spreading out seeing a new future out in the valleys where roads and such are made and agriculture is expanded from the rivers with advanced irrigation. Vineyards are popularized as a source for business while wool and linen become popularized. Linen is seen as a more popular clothing item and widely more available compared to wool although both remain quite popular due to the winter and fall season while people near the mountains and high hills find the clothing more attractive due to the cooler climate. King Zachëry has a child named Ogusto. 250 warriors remain in the Buchstadt area while the economic value grows due to trade. We spend time spreading our influence and dominance abroad to uncivilized groups while also sharing our language. Large grain farms are placed abroad within the valleys to produce flax and other grains for multiple purposes. Zachëry orders meeting with the generals in his halls to discuss further action that could be taken against the Anglenites as they are seen as our greatest rival. Warriors on horseback with swords and bows and arrows are readied to be used with extensive training being made. Warriors are trained with armor on and face drill combat in order to achieve maximum performance. With the religious reformation near the end of its cycle, the temples are changed forever. We are blessed with a mild winter and minor floods throughout the year. A major eruption of the volcano occurs spewing ash and lava down the slopes causing moderate damage to a few dozen settler establishments although fortunately, the worst misses the settlements due to a strong wind heading toward the opposite direction taking ash away from our nation. The Bangorians are well-aware what the ash can do. It can take and bring back. Farmers take the chance to settle eastward in the coming years but for now wait for the conditions to improve.
- Weritsz: Early in this decade, Delneyar Eizen II Motiesa dies. He is succeeded as king by his eldest son, Junio. The new Delneyar seeks to provide stability in the neighboring Kuscisiwa lands, and to that ends proposes to marry his younger sister (Ineda) to the King of Kuscisiwa. Junio then mobilizes a large levy of men, including those refugees who fled Kuscisiwa during the Yannian invasion, to support his brother-in-law's efforts to restore law and order. Elsewhere, Delneyar Junio continues to explore around the oceans, particularly to the southeast. Territorial expansion continues along the Pacvisti River, and an expedition is sent to the northeast, to explore the source of the Pacvisti. Shipbuilding continues to be a major part of the domestic economy. Toward the end of the decade, Junio leads an expedition to the south, targeting the northern coastal lands of the Anglenite Confederacy. They raid the Anglenites and, due to fast ships and superior iron weaponry, tend to be successful. However, Junio dies of infection on the return voyage - placing the throne in the hands of his sister, Ineda - who has been ruling in Kuscisiwa. The two nations therefore enter into a personal union under Delneyar Asteraca and Delneyari Ineda.
- Sillas Republic: Qishe is elected as Prime Minister. In order to standardize the Sillan faith, she creates the Board of Scholars, which will not only revise/add to the Annals of Silla but are also tasked with transcribing Sillan oral myths into written text. She is convinced that these oral myths are vestiges of one monotheistic religion practiced early into her people’s history. This information is condensed into a 300-page booklet that is officially referred to as “Instructions of Faith”, but also referred to informally as the “Little Red Book”. This book serves as the new faith’s religious canon. It is divided into three sections: the first being the creation myth, the second being transcribed oral myths accompanied by comprehensive literary analysis, and the final section listing the Three Virtues and the Three Sins (identified by the scholars based on interpretations of the 13 Sages), as well as numerous prayers and rites. Meanwhile, due to the influx of many immigrants as well as available land, many ethnic Sillans rise to become citizens and purchase small family-owned farms–while the role of tenant farmers becomes increasingly filled by immigrants. Slave raids on tribal polities practicing slavery continue, with the slaves (noted to be culturally and physically similar to the Sillans themselves) being emancipated and assimilated into Sillan society with ease. This causes a surge in the population and labour pool. An expedition is sent to map out the Northeast, as well as a second expedition to scout the Northwestern coast. Diplomats are sent to establish friendly relations with our northern neighbor Teninukal, seeing them as the first urbanized society the Sillans have encountered. Another population count is conducted.
- Principality of Qera: The new settlement is now officially given a name, Tortla, meaning Turtle City. Attempts are made to secure the region along the coasts between the rivers, where some landless serfs who are seen as honorable and good-hearted are granted freedom to start rice farms and fishing villages along the coast. In Period One, Year Four of Ygran IIIs reign (Year 32), his first son is born. the boy is named Ycas and his birth is celebrated throughout the empire. A law is implemented to show young priests and scribes "proper writing" so that communication becomes easier. The texts are also not carved into wood anymore. This practice is replaced by a paper-like cloth made out of rice or palm fiber. Ever curious, the young prince tells the intellectuals on the court to find out as much as possible about the pre-Qeran age, less based on religious myths but real evidence. To get this evidence, a group of soldiers and some intellectuals travel west (15 px). An almost fully intact village is found with houses, tools and fields, but not a single person or animal can be found, but this mystery can't be uncovered, but is documented. the Hbeccuota (Nortwater, the most northern known river) is also completely claimed by Qera, to have enough land for the increasing population. New bureaucratic policies are invented also and a population count is ordered (MOD RESPONSE, PLEASE). "Possessing farmers" now have a general tax to pay, measured by their overall wealth, thus small farmers have to pay less than farmers with many servants working in their fields.
- Anakadeham: Mtao Maxius builds a harbor on the southwestern coast of Anakadeham. On that harbor, seafood is transported into the mainland of the country. When seafood is transported to the mainland, the people came up with new dishes, combining seafood with mainland food like beef and poultry. Mtao Maxius orders constructing several ships in order for explorers to sail out and explore new places through the ocean. Meanwhile, the chief's son become his trusted advisor. The chief divides the tribe into four prefectures (Kulakan) with the capital located in the first prefecture and the harbor in the third one. Mtao Maxius bans hunting or owning elephants or tigers.
- Darna: Although the slavers attempt to capture the Syresians, and plan to return to that area for slaving, once the king learns of this formidable resistance, he instead orders that diplomats be sent instead, hoping to gain something from this seemingly powerful foreign power. We offer trade to the Syresians, especially in slaves and timber. The islands directly south of our main island are claimed and settled, as the main outposts for slavers and traders departing for the south. One of the primary locations for buying and obtaining slaves on the mainland is settled, called Tosna, located on the river in the region. Explorers are dispatched to explore the area south toward the Syresians, while a second group is sent to continue to explore the eastern coast.
- Syres: Although the Hensa is angered by the apparent attempt to kidnap Syresian merchants, the city ultimately decides to accept the trade offer from the nation of Darna, as it appears to be a potential source of profitable trade. An outpost is constructed north of the straits, which become known as the Straits of Nephi, after the Nephites led the push to colonize the region. The outpost in the southeast corner of the island becomes known as Cezoram. In the east, hoping to undermine the hostility of the Zedisladana kingdom, we send a trade mission east to the Zanphorians. In the west the coast is explored south until we come to a spot with a river, and begin conducting trade with the natives there.
- Qaryaat: Due to a lack of tin deposits, the Qaryaati begin searching for alternatives to bronze. Experimentation with iron initially ends in failure. Qahsika (Queen) Aisrah gives birth to a son, who is named Ghasyan. In the capital, Makra, a town center is built. Settlers are sent to the newly claimed regions of the empire to consolidate its claim on said regions, including the small island of Saqqatra. The irrigation system is spread to newer parts of the nation. Exploration and settlement of the surrounding regions is continued, with exploration and settlement in both directions along the coast, with the expedition headed east aided by ships coming from Saqqatra. Qahsik Najrim invites intellectuals across the empire to his royal court in Makra. We make a diplomatic deal with yet a major tribe on the Jazhari Peninsula: they can willingly join our growing realms, and in return, they will be treated equally with the free citizens who were born into or willingly moved into/joined the nation of Qaryaat.
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The second census in the Sillas Republic reports that there are 15,000 full citizens in the capital region (this time counting both genders), managing to reach a far greater amount of people due to infrastructural improvements and census taking experience. Another 46,000 people are counted in the surrounding area. Along the river region some 15,000 people are counted, although the nation is still unable to reach many distant groups only loosely under the nation's control.
Bangorian explorers land on the island of Atnosia near the site of Kaiyoshor.
The Makuka see an influx in population, as a large number of people from the surrounding area flock to the city. This prompts one of the more powerful inland chieftains, N'alam Behn, to attempt a raid on the city. Around the same time, traders from Makuka interact with explorers from Sillas for the first time.
The personal union between Delneyar Asteraca and Delneyari Ineda grant the city of Weitsz de jure rule over all of the former Kuscisiwa Confederacy, however, Asteraca’s direct control becomes limited only to his city of Osenoja, as in the chaos of the recent war many areas broke off from the confederacy. Additionally many areas settled by the migrating Kuscisiwans develop into independent kingdoms. Notably there is the Kingdom of Uromawa, located on the coast south of Weitsz, and the Kingdom of Moturkodja in the southwest, south of the Delta region.
A rebellion breaks out in western Zanphoria, particularly in the area around the Shandor River and beyond, that was hastily claimed by Zanphoria. The city of Safria is raided by a tribe known as the Lafiagi, who traditionally inhabited the area and still heavily outnumber the Zanphorians. In the westernmost areas the Zedisladana zealots, who are against foreign influence, aid in the ousting of the Zanphorians.
Anglenite converts to the Yannian religion form a breakaway state west of the Anglenite Confederacy. The alliance fractures further after the death of the Anglenite High King, with other kingdoms forming on the island that are independent.
The city of Tolun is founded by a tribe migrating south to escape the Saemonites. They send envoys out, who reach the city of Arudam from the west and establish diplomatic relations.
A Kuscisiwan tribe in the south launches an invasion across the sea capturing the northern most islands from the Anglenite natives who inhabit them, and declaring the Kingdom of the Isles.
Many of the ships sent by Anakadeham to explore west do not return, and those who do tell of difficult seas, with no sign of land.
The area around the Meshawti becomes home to many culturally similar city-states taking form. Additionally colonies are formed in the surrounding area from Meshawti and other nearby city-states. Several powerful cities with differing politics arise, such as Karissa in the mountains south of Meshawti, Agira in the strategic entrances to the peninsula, the warlike city of Nykos on the western coast, and numerous maritime powers, such as Isimos, Halatia, and Oximilos.
The "Triple Alliance" is formed as a union of three major city-states in the region of "Beraba"; Ngaoudera, Doulaba, and Damatura.
Azoz's explorers traveling down the length of their river encounter the Syresian trading post established at the mouth of the river.
A tribe of people led by a Prophet named Solaram migrate into the region south of Draka, seeing their foretold "promised land". They practice a form of monotheism with strict laws supposedly ordained by their deity. Their kingdom becomes known as the Kingdom of Benyisra, centered around the city of Ebracomon.
The census ordered by Qera experiences difficulty tracking the many people in difficult to reach terrain, which the nation only loosely controls. However, they counted 6,600 citizens in the capital city, and another 25,000 people in the city or surrounding area. On the island of Qerixaxehe some 4,000 people are counted, while about 10,000 are counted in Tortla.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: This year is a cause of deep sadness in Algeorgia as the second Dodo (kinda like the Dalai Lama in OTL) has died. After several weeks of intense searching the third Dodo is inaugurated and moved to the temple. As is customary by tradition the tsar travels to the temple and prays to the Dodo. In accordance to the second Dodo's wish the tsar asks the Dodo questions and if he nods or shakes his head means yes or no an expedition is sent to the east. We expand inward a small bit and begins strengthening our navy and army. Explorers sent the last time brought with them an exotic animal named Dodoise (ATA OTL giant tortoise).
- Yannis: The region of Lake Xbalan becomes home to heavy settlement and infrastructure improvements, when the Anointed One orders the first road to be built across from the Soloney to the eastern tip of the lake, to allow for easier travel to the Anointed One’s favorite locations. The area bordering the lake becomes home to many important city centers, with the area being developed into agricultural land. In the northwest the nation’s Holy Men also cross the lake to claim the small area between the two rivers, still on our side of the Bissogavi River. An administrative reform is created by the Anointed One to divide the empire into a series of provinces, which will be administered by royal-appointed governors. The area around the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis remains under direct royal control. This is bordered in the west by the Province of Casphe’tenan, which consists of the region east of the River Bosnatonda. To the west of this is the Province of Bissogavi, centered in Oaximayal, which includes the area bookended by the Bissogavi, Bosnatonda, and Lake Xbalan. The Province of Xbalan consists of the northwest corner of the nation. The northern center province is organized into the Province of Hosho’nantec, centered around Hasneyaganda. The Gon’hanphan Delta is organized into a province in its entirety for now. Between Gon’hanphan and Hosho’nantec a province called Jilotepetec is formed, which will extend from the river to the mountains in the far northeast. Due to the Antointed One’s pledge of peace there is no action taken against the Burned Men in their splintering kingdom, and the river border is respected. Holy Men do travel around the region, converting many who will listen to the true religion. High priest Sayil’sebal travels across the sea with a large contingent of priests to the Anglenite breakaway kingdom, to aid them in converting the region, and to help establish their legitimacy. The first priests are also sent down the Straits of Cival (area separating the Anglenite island from the mainland), to reach the Franics. A general edict is issued by the Anointed One, stating that they will support any nation in the region who fully converts to the Yannian religion. In the mountains the nation opens several mines, to gain access to a steady supply of iron.
- Kingdom of Azoz: It was after this point that the city of Bangui first appears in the archaeological record, now the thriving metropolis halfway between the archaeological site at Azoz and the southern coast. This was an important move on the part of the Azoz monarchy, ever since their closer encounter with the people of Eskaladun. The land between the mountain fortresses and the coast must be seized before Eskaladun could rival them. In the east, the river fortresss served as a powerful control over the flow of the Ashe delta, especially as Azoz began their trade with the people of Syres. It was probably from this latter trade that Azoz developed their knowledge of navy. Farming for corn and tomatos grew rapidly within the nation's borders, as well as the priests of Jiff's efforts in researching the perfect sandwich. According to the foundation myths, Bangui was actually the name of Jamshid's youngest brother, or nephew in other versions. Taking after his elder relative, Bangui was determined to expand Azoz at the expense of the barbarians, thus carving out his own city near the coast. Lacking any military, however, Bangui employed some magic gifted to him from the gods, allowing him to construct a vast army of clay golums. These golums looked and acted just like humans, but were entirely made of clay. After defeating the enemy armies, however, the golums continued mindlessly to fight onward far beyond the city. As Bangui forgot the magic word to get them to stop, the golums eventually marched into the sea and shriveled up under the water. And that is why there is a sandbar of clay at the beach of the sea to this day. The expeditions of Azoz seemed to have paused at this point, but artifacts of Alumite and other commotidies showed its contiual trade network as far as Eskaladun, Syres, and Darna.
- Xüonai: With the rebellion in western Xüonai, Dashon I tries to diplomatically solve the revolt by offering peace talks with all rebellions involved except for the Zedisladanan zealots, with all terms on the table, like democratic councils in cities, except for succession or the ousting of Dashon I. When the rebels reject the offer, Dashon I orders a full attack on the western front. Jahanui (Safria) is besieged by one-half the Xüonai army, while the rest of the army reaches the Safr River/Jahan in the Year 42. All ships except for the ones with settlers are recalled to quell the rebellion. The army reaches the Gavhan River in the Year 45, and siege Gavhanui, the rebels main base of operation. All who surrender without a fight are promised good treatment and resettlement opportunities. Women and children are spared and also treated well. Dashon I promises a more democratized system to those who are readmitted, a republic-like system in all the provinces, with a representative council and elected governors (although governors must be nobles). Uloadan, the last rebel outpost, is taken in the Year 49. The ships with the settlers (which founded Ensoyi, the small island discovered) takes seven-eighths of the original travelers southeast to hopefully find land and create a colony. With the rebellion crushed, all of the rebels are treated like all other citizens, and "republics" are established in provinces, with a representative council and elected governors (although governors must be nobles). The army readies on the Zedisladanan border, with Dashon I suspecting that the rebellions were funded by Zedisladana. (New map with colony needed)
- Unarchate of Gyt: 327-336: A new Unarch, Pytius, takes power following the death of Unarch Rykius in early 327. Having heard little of the supposed threat to the north, the alliance with Arudam degrades and eventually collapses as agreements over borders breakdown. Despite the end of the formal military alliance, trade relations remain strong as Arudam is the only neighboring polity of any significant size. These trade relations see a number in Arudam convert to the Gytan Pantheon, primarily worshiping Tykus. The militarism of society remains entrenched and the worship of Bysulus continues unabated. With the Cartor subjugated and divided, the borderland between Gyt proper and the tribal lands is intensively settled (Sixteen Loosely Held Become Rural). Cartor itself receives easily 5000 migrants from Gyt, as land, seized from tribal leaders, is sold off to the landless. Expansion begins to push south down the river Tythies, with extensives riverbank settlements (12 loosely held px). Another exploratory mission is sent southward with a small unit of three river-craft. The Gytan population continues to swell due to the irrigation projects with grain and vegetable crops supporting increasingly dense populations in the city and other urban areas. This urban settlement pattern begins to replace the earlier system of hamlets as a new city, Cysk, is founded north of Gyt on the Tythies (I will provide a map). Grain production exceeds consumption with these improvements and a significant brewing industry appears in the countryside surrounding the city. With Gyt’s forges now a significant Iron producing center, more effort is made to secure the sources of raw ore which are concentrated in the hills and mountains to the north. The Unar begins building a series of forts along the northern border in Yazadin Lands, and work begins on an outpost for further military endeavors in Jynt.
- Anakadeham: The expeditors who returned also tell a story that confused and forwarned the people: Out there in the open sea, a powerful sea turtle monster attacked some of the expeditor’s ships in a storm. Many are scared but those who didn’t, laugh at them for imagining such an obscure story, and think that they may be suffered from hallucination during the storm or they made up the story in order to be popular. After the incident, Mtao Maxius III decided to stop exploring and instead focus on the agriculture. Meanwhile, the chief's daughter has grown up and Mtao Maxius is seeking an heir to the chief throne. In order to become Mtao Maxius III's son-in-law and future chief, the candidates must pass at least two of these three following conditions:
- Must give valuable offerings.
- Have superior strength: can lift an object of 70 kg or more (the weight of the object is not given).
- Can solve this riddle (have superior intellect): Tell the weight of the object without directly weighing it.
Eventually, after attempts of many candidates, a man named Mkocha turned up. He appears to be a handsome, bulky and smart man, as he lifted the object, and gave the solution on how to tell the weight of that object: Put that object on the wooden boat and marks the farthest sunken point of the boat. Then remove the object from the boat and repeatedly put rocks on the boat until the boat sank to that same point. Then weigh the rocks and add their weight and we get the weight of the former object.
After that, he got married to the chief’s daughter. A three-day party is organized and the people party like the New Year. He is expected to succeed Mtao Maxius III some time in the future.
- Mesallian Culture: The country of Mesallia refers to a large and diverse area. There is the main peninsula, known as the Melopenes, connected to the mainland at the narrow Isthmus of Agira. West of this is the Gudumanes peninsula, which together form the “Twin Peninsulas”. Between the two is the Lydonian Sea, while east of the Melopenes sits the Gabatrian Sea. The civilization known today as “Ancient Mesallia” roughly began after the fall of the Sterikolian Civilization, which brought upon the “Mesallian Dark Ages”, a regression in technology, communication, and trade, and the rise of the independent city-state, known as the “Colis”. The Archaic Period was begun by the start of these independent communities. The process of “Awonilism” (from the Old Mesallian for “together” and “house”), or the urbanization process in which several small settlements are amalgamated into a single urban center, was coined to describe the rise of many of these early city-states. Numerous city-states emerged, one of the largest being the city of Meshawti, which was a confederation of many small communities in the northwest. Others included the cities of Karissa in the mountains south of Meshawti, Agira in the strategic entrances to the peninsula, the warlike city of Nykos on the western coast, and numerous maritime powers, such as Isimos, Halatia, and Oximilos. The region remains largely united by the Ancient Mesallian Religion, a loose polytheistic religion of dozens of deities, each with local cults surrounding them. The main source on this period comes from Parius, the “Father of History”, who lived some five centuries after the events. He mentions that the ancient rivalry between Karissa and Meshawti originated in the 950s BC, when Meshawtian cattle began grazing across the border, leading to the earliest recorded war in this period. Meanwhile, this time saw the ancient cities settle the eastern islands through a process of colonization. Many independent towns were formed, such as Taorina on the main island, and Naro east of that.
- Exhula: With the overall huge success and prosperity of the colonies founded there in the last few decades, many thousands of colonists from Exhula begin leaving for the settlments on the Etty's Coast, where the population of most areas has grown enough to be self-sufficient and highly productive. The Settlers are directed to four main regions of our territory. Many are directed to and to Yullanor due to its status as the least developed and populated of the three original Exhulan colonies on the Etty's Coast and its central location in them. Many settlers settle into the city proper, which leads to a large increase in its population and the expansion of it at the coast of 50 kg of gold, but most colonize the countryside, heavily settling it and leading to 10 px of territory around the already strongly claimed area becoming rural territories under our control and a further 14 px becoming loosely claimed. Many are also intentionally directed to Rttur and Solmula and the surrounding regions in order to secure a tight grip on the recently founded cities, which are farther from Exhul than most of the others, successfully causing much more population growth and leading to the claiming of 9 px of territory around both due to rural settlers. We construct granaries in both cities, costing 50 kg of gold. Finally most of the remaining ones are directed to Httcarron, but it receives far less settlement than the others due to its isolated location and recent founding, so only 6 px of territory become directly claimed around it and five loosely claimed. Although few settlers are directed to it, many do still arrive to further settle the Sarrthari peninsula, which continues to prosper and experiences a large amount of population growth due to the intense settlement of the region, its increasing prosperity, and the many settlers that have arrived over the years. This leads to 11 px of loosely claimed territory becoming rural territory and 7 more px of territory becoming loosely claimed. Many unique cultural changes also occur in the region, as, due to the close proximity that the Sarrthar tribesmen's children and the children of the Exhulan settlers spend to each other as they grow up in the settlements and rural regions of the Exhulan territory's over this and last turn and due to the efforts to integrate the Sarrthari the people on both adopt many of each others customs. The Sarrthari are being integrated so obviously they pick up many Exhulan cultural belifs and customs, especially as they are now Exhulan citizens, but at the same time they are still raised by Sarrthari parents and taught the traditional Sarrthari customs and beliefs. Meanwhile, the settlers' children constantly interact with them and are raised in close proximity to them, so they also pick up many of the customs and practices of their Sarrthari friends, leading to the Exhulan dialect of the region integrating many Sarrthari words and the local culture mixing many elements of both cultures. Marriges between Sarthari and Exhulan citizens also becomes common. Construction of the city that will serve as the capital of the small Sarrthari vassal state is completed this year at the cost of 150 kg of gold, with us building Walls, a barracks for the local troops (they are allowed to have 1500 soldiers at a time in service to their vassal army, with that number increased to 3000 in times of war if they can gather that many), A temple to both our gods and theirs, a town center, and a government center. This city is named Syttroia, after its first leader and the person responsiblefor it being created in the first place when he agreed to become an Exhulan vassal. Expiditions are launched to explore 15 px east and 22 px south in the Ocean costing the Exhulan government 50 kg of gold. Exploration farther inland on the coast continues, with a farther 14 px west being explored. A small port is constructed on our islands so we can launch further expeditions from it in the future, although it is small and only really for the purpose of ships docking. Finally, a census is ordered to be conducted due to the large amount of territory that has been claimed and the many decades of population growth since the last such census.
- Aurelia: Daniel Shakespeare sets forth to map the coast of the new continent/island south of the Aurelian Sea. King Michael has several executed in a show of discipline to troops about them laughing at the Kings friend Harry Dickenson. The horse is tamed to allow riding and allows the navigators Charles Lucas and Lieutenant Justin Winterbottom to navigate to the source of the Osan River and the beginning of the Lucas Mountains. Thomas Lewis lands on western Island and claims it for Aurelia, he names the Island Lewisiana.
- Yannis: The age of peace, growth, and renewal continues, with the Anointed One fathering his 30th son. Thousands of laborers work on the great pyramid complex in the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis, and additionally a great defensive structure is built at the place where the city meets the sea, connecting to the city’s already existing walls. Several of the larger settlements in the north are formally organized into cities. From south to north on the eastern bank of Lake Xbalan there is Qec’yuhac, Xba’kalmul, Sihyajna-Vis, and Xanuys. The area directly north of the lake and between the two rivers is named Baumak’nasum, and this province extends north to the mountain range. As part of the Anointed One’s offering to repay for the great loss of life, he orders that thousands of Holy Men and their families settle the many stretches of the kingdom, planting as many crops and plants as possible. A great forest takes shape north of the city, with sections reserved for the Anointed One, and other parts for common use. Across the sea a quasi-independent kingdom under the elderly natural philosopher Fano’yetoc the Binded-Hands forms. His old outpost of Tik’akna develops into a small city on the coast, which grows with new settlers from the mainland. Over the course of the last few decades much of the new land’s natives are converted to the Yannian religion. The region to the south near the mountains and the small Strait of Cival is attacked by Fano’yetoc’s Holy Men, carving out a loosely held area along the strait. Missionaries begin regularly working in Franic territory as a result, hoping to convert as many as possible,
- Darna: Farflung trade begins across the sea. Slaves and other goods are captured from the northern coasts or our homeland area and then transported to the Syresian outposts in the south. In order to keep up with demand new outposts are created to obtain slaves, or as places for mines, logging, or fishing. This includes the two islands to the west of Linelsey, which are named Ronshed in the south and Mors in the north. Both coasts are explored north and south.
- Syres: Having made contact with the nation of Azoz in the south, several large trade expeditions are sent to the region in the hopes of establishing a new avenue of income with a foreign power. The trading post at the mouth of the river becomes known as Lachonsa, and becomes a major site for trade along the coast and down the river. Traders in the region also make small amounts of contact with the Mesallians, trade with some of the towns to the east of us. Specifically, groups from the Acrissa Islands make contact with some of the nearby minor Mesallian towns near them.
- Qera: Ygran III has ordered a new and highly controversal law as he officialy disestablishes the Gehuohnahâtlbuâve, the so-called "generation law". The generation law is an enforcement which says that the ruler has to change after the prince is 15-years-old and becomes a man by law. Even though Prince Ycas is only 11-years-old when this law is enforced, it seems like that he is the first prince to become ruler when he is a complete adult. The census also makes sure that a military reform is to be done, as there are too few guards to secure the capital and the outer cities. To secure the settlements, forts are planned on Qerixaxehe and in Tortla. The oldest child of every family is conscripted to military or building service regardless of gender.
- Gahren: The quarry construction is postponed due to issues with safety, while the lumbermill is finished and put to use. As this is happening, the High Judge has already given most foreigners citizenship, while the explorers have stopped their advances, instead the exploitation of the sea is organized, starting with more fishing, as well as extracting salt.
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The explorers from the city of Darna make contact with Tesardya, arriving near the city from the northwest.
In the Yannian-Zanphorian-Weritsz region numerous city-states are formed, as tribes borrow the region’s technology and follow in the footsteps of those three main states.
A city-state known as Bassar Is founded up the Gon’hanphan River, where the river separates into two branches, attracting many Kuscisiwans, and others affected by Yannian expansion. North of Weritsz a settlement known as Sumyala forms on the northern banks of the nearby lake. The nation of Dijunga is founded in the fertile valley between Lake Xbalan and the River Archr, north of Zanphoria. Additionally far to the north of Yannian influence a nation known as the Empire of Niani, supposedly forms, as traders, refugees, and explorers all begin to pour into the region from the north, bringing with them gold and other commodities.
Zanphoria’s degree of control over their western territory remains tenuous, as although the rebellion there is quelled, it comes at a large coast in manpower and funds. A city known as Benekundon is founded in the mountains north of Zanphoria’s zone of control by followers of the Zedisladanan religion, and exercises partial influence over the region.
The Kingdom of the Isles wins a brief war against the Anglenite Confederacy, gaining its northern islands. Meanwhile, another city-state forms in the region, led by a mixed Anglenite-Kuscisiwan chieftain.
- Bátur-Ríki: After 50 years, the period of internal conflict has ended. Expeditions up the Runor River continue, as well as expansion up it. A fleet sent out of the Jiarjvik Sound lands on the Icvitkt Isle, and founds a city there, along with exploratory missions hugging the north and south mainland coasts, manned by the best sailors in Rikiva. In addition, an army is sent to probe the strength of the Saemonites.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Within the first century in the city's existence, the archaeological record shows Azoz experiencing some rapid developments. Farmland extended across the Ashe river around the city, cultivating an ever-growing supply of corn and tomatos for the population, estimated at this time to be about 70,000 people. The priests of Jiff likewise continue to research how to make the perfect sandwich. The early development of watermills helped power the irrigation of these farms, as well as help maintain tight control over the river trade flowing from the mountains to the sea. Alumite was a precious commodity, traded by the Azozites from as far flung places as Eskaladun and Darna. It was important that the mining of this mineral was kept confined to the slave class of barbarian subjects. Because the alumite mining was so dangeous and toxic, any extraction of it would be a huge risk to human life. This then served the double task of keeping the slave population in check, and preserving the lives of native Azozite citizens. In the east, Azoz kept close economic relations with the Syres people, and allowed them to exchange navigational maps. In the south, with de facto control of the land up to the coast, Azoz began constructing the first basic boats or barges at this time, as suggested in the foundation saga. Having ruled the city of his name for seven years, Bangui at one point was suddenly kidnapped by a terrible monster, called the Baslik. The Baslik was considered so horrible to see, no one had ever laid eyes on it and lived. As usual in these ancient folk tales, it is not certain if the author meant literally the Baslik killed people on sight, or metaphorically anyone who met the Baslik would be killed. Nonetheless, King Jamshid took the Baslik as the ultimate form of barbarian penetration in his city, personified as a single creature. Over the next 18 months, Jamshid had the citizens of Bangui construct a massive barge for Jamshid to ride in, along with a modest crew of his bravest warriers. This expedition sailed out into the open waters from the southern ocean, in search of the Bangui and his Baslik captor. The King and his crew, however, were never seen or heard from again (that is, according to the original version of the story). The Kingdom now fell into the hands of Jamshid's nephew, the wicked demon-king Zohhak.
- Unarchate of Gyt: 337-346: Unarch Pytius begins the integration of the Cartor tribesmen. With the Gytan population now firmly entrenched, the natives are forcibly scattered across the entire country to disrupt their culture and force them to assimilate. The fanatical militarism of religious society becomes increasingly expansionist. Under banners of Bysulus, the Bysula, now a force of 250 warriors, supported by the 500 horsemen of the Unar, declare a Bysluch (Crusade) against the disorganized natives to the north east along the river Mynethos. With the blessing of the Unarch, the Bylsula begin their efforts in 340 - the year after a scouting force is sent north to explore the mountains and search for iron deposits while also scouting for the invasion. The Bysluch pushes the boundaries of Gyt up the banks of the Mynethos, and although the land cleared by the Bysluch's religious demand sees thousands move into the new territories (40 loosely controlled claimed on the banks of the river). Inspired by the Bysluch, settlers seize the west bank of the Tythies and much of the land north of the Cartor Tribal lands. These expansions are loosely held yet, but continue receiving settlers. The Gytan population continues to swell due to the irrigation projects with grain and vegetable crops supporting increasingly dense populations in the city and other urban areas. These urban centers give rise to new towns on the trade-routes that connect them. Wyd and Qyl are officially recognized in 339 and 342 respectively (will provide a map). Multiple significant breweries pop-up in the new urban centers and across Gyt. Gyt’s forges, no longer supplying military wares produce tools for excavation and farming. Wooden tools are slowly replaced by their far superior iron counterparts, and although the production of iron does not expand, these tools allow for faster construction of irrigation canals and better farm yields. The Cult of Tykus, Father of All and God of the Rain, constructs an astronomical observatory in an effort to understand the fragments of creation (the stars and planets) that shine in the sky at night. The observation is made of wooden posts and and works to track the sun, moon, and the many unstable fragments of creation (the planets). The observatory will, after sufficient time, help predict the shifts in the seasons and serve as a calendar.
- Mesallian Culture: The year 949 BC is the traditional starting date of the Diomian War, although historians to this day debate if the legend of the events are rooted in any historical basis. It is likely that if such an event occurred, centuries of oral tradition likely led to the specifics being highly exaggerated. The best surviving account is attributed to the poet Barus, in the epic poem known as the Seriad. According to legend it was at this time that they were a powerful city-state across the Gabatrian Sea, known as Diomia. The city possessed a noblewoman named Pyra, who was said to be the fairest woman in the world. One day the deity Menacus appeared before her as a cloud and tried to seduced her. Pyra replied that she would wed Menacus in exchange for the power to unite the Gabatrian Sea. Menacus made it so, by calling up great disasters to befall the cities in that region, and Diomia’s armies were strengthened and sent to conquer the free cities. Meshwanti, Taorina, Naro, Karissa, Agira, and many more were subjugated. But soon after Menacus lost favor for Pyra and Diomia’s grasp over the region faltered as well. An alliance of the cities of Mesallia banded together to capture Pyra and destroy the city of Diomia. According to legend for the next nine years the Mesallians besieged the city. Their camps outside the city became like permanent towns, with the Mesallians forced to farm the region, raid surrounding towns, and fight numerous proxy wars against Diomian allied states. During this time one of the Diomian leaders, Theta, slayed a Mesallian commander named Agelis, leaving the Mesallian named Leto with the duty to avenge his friend. When Leto met Theta on the field in the tenth year he slew the Diomian, despite yielding. As a result in subsequent stories Leto is depicted as a cursed individual, however, in the meantime the city fell as a result. The destruction of Diomia has raised a number of questions for historians, as the exact location of the city is largely unknown. One theory is that the city of Diomia was actually the city of Emalia, or a colony of it. As the Emalians were a matriarchy, this would explain the prominence of the character Pyra, who the Mesallian poets either deliberately or mistakenly downplayed as not a full ruler. Whatever the case, it is clear that during this time the Mesallians and Emalians heavily interacted during this time, as the two cultures began to overlap in the east Gabatrian Sea. If the Diomian War did exist, the success of the Mesallians is backed by later archeological finds, which report that the outer Ema Delta was more so populated with Mesallian settlements than Emalian ones. Meanwhile, the founding of the major city of Lysandria is attributed to this time, located on the peninsula across from the Edomian domain. The city was likely a trading hub, and home to a diverse population of both southern Mesallians and Edomians. The oldest artifacts from the Syresians are dated to this period, so it is hypothesized that this is when trade between Mesallians and Syresians truly began in earnest. This was followed by years of exploration in the west near Lachonsa.
- I find your turn to be excellent, but I think we should try to refrain from putting things in a BC/AD context -Mod
- Xüonai (formerly Zanphoria): After the rebellion is crushed, Dashon I sets to making sure that no rebellion happens again. He starts to organize "states", which have an elected noble governor and a representative council. All can vote except for serfs/slaves. In 55 O.L, however, he dies of old age and his son, Dashon II, reigns. He continues his father's work, and soon civil unrest dies down. Ships are sent west from Ueiwi (colony) to map the new continent's coast and west of Ensoyiwi (island) to see Xüon (ocean). Also, ships that discovered Syresian outposts move farther west to explore the coast. (Secret) Dashon II reaches out to Syres to ask for military support to oust the Zeslandidians, who Dashon II suspects funded the rebellions (End Secret). The city-state of Benekundon is given a choice in 52 O.L; join under Xüonai's flag and enjoy religious tolerance and their own province, or face military occupation. Rural areas grow and cultural blending continues between the Xüonaisl and the native tribes. We set our sights on the north and south, expanding into unclaimed northern lands. Our colony spreads east to the Yannian colony's border and west to Ancient Mesallas, while settling coastal areas with settlers. Dashon II adopts local tribes' clothing and starts praying to both local tribes' and Unäo gods. He soon marries one of the local chief's daughter and encourages soldiers to do the same by giving small dowries. All main villages in Xüonai's borders are asked if they want to modernize and become urbanized, but this is completely their choice; all tribes and villages outside Xüonai's borders are given the choice, under the condition they join Xüonai. This is all in an effort to pacify and ally himself with the local tribes.
- Mod response needed for:
- How many villages respond for modernization
- How effective the cultural blending is
- Updated map on claimed and rural areas
- Coastlines (Rural)
- Colonies (Claimed and Rural)
- Benekundon Diplomacy:' Benekundon rejects the offer, and receives the support of Zeslandidia and many other minor tribes, both in and around Xüonai's territory, should Xüonai threaten them (also starting at this point conquests of major NPCs will require an algorithm to determine the result).
- Syresian Diplomacy: We agree to support Xüonai in removing the hostile government.
- Mod response needed for:
- Qera: Because Qera was a former city-state, the base city has no name itself but Qera. To prevent confusion among the scribes, the capital is renamed Ogaholle, the great city. Qeras forts in Tortla and and Ogaholle are started being built, but they have one special trait: they are made out of stone. Even though the citizens of Qera don't know concrete, the foundation of the wooden city walls are stabelized with around one meter high disks of stone, storaged six "spines" (one spine equals around 90 centimeters) high. To get the amounts of stone, roads are build between Tortla, Qera and the small rice farming settlements along the coast. Also another expedition is sent south (15 px) to find more valuable resources, while peasants are sent upstream the great vein to the hills there where the stones for the city walls are mined. The ever-rising amounts of population are sent to secure the only loosely claimed areas of the empire. Ozelots are tamed and bred to hunt rats, because they are seen as food-stealing and plague bringing parasites. Since humans arent allowed to kill mammals, humans try to find a way to get rid of them, like baiting them into fire traps where they are burnt alive. A new boat type also is established on the coast, which is more safer to use on high seas than a simple canoe. The new ships have two sticks and a barrel attached to every side to stabilize it against the waves. Prince Ycas I is also officially named governor of Tortla, and if he proves to be a good leader, he is granted to fund his own dynasty, while his aunt will rule Qerixaxehe as a duchess. Dukes and duchesses are are local leaders of settlements and villages who are not allowed to fund dynasties as this position is an appointed one.
- Exhula: Further colonisation of the Etty's Coast occurs, as more colonists are directed to our northern colonies (Rttur and Solmula), which relieve many settlers as the other colonies with the exception of the one farthest south now have self-sufficient populations and economies. They receive enough colonists to claim the loosely claimed territory around them, and claim 7 more px as loosely claimed. The settlements have a large population increase as a result and a new settlement is founded farther inland, with city walls, a temple, barracks, and a granary present. We also found another settlement south of the Sarthari peninsula, North of Httcaron but south of the other cities, along the coast in the territory linking the too, which is now firmly under our control. This city has a harbor, walls, a barracks, and a temple built in it, and is settled by colonists from Haeeelos and Sarthari and Exhulans from the nearby peninsula. We explore 30 px farther inland and launch three expeditions East of our islands and explore 20 px of ocean. Finally, in Year 59 Syvotr Jdáih dies of sickness and the council of nobles gather to elect the next Syvotr. The children of Jdáihs first two wives (with the exception of the youngest son) protest this, demanding that they should be the next rulers despite the succession laws, and as a result they are imprisioned and executed. Yttrr (Queen) Malees and her children, however, do not protest, and head to Syytroia, where they become the heirs to his kingdom due to the lack of children he has had other than Maales. The new Syvotr that is elected is called Syphax III, and continued many of the policies of his predecessor, although there are many differences and he is much younger than his predecessor was. The dialect and cultural differences formed in the Sarrthari Peninsula also spread throughout the Etty's Coast and Exhula itself, with many unique cultural changes (such as the new popularity of detailed wall paintings) becoming prevalent and many new words entering the Exhulan language.
- Darna: The settlement of the surrounding islands with colonies for extracting slaves and other resources continues. At this time we control the western island in its entirety, and also dominate the coasts, preventing Strafen from largely participating in the trade. Trade continues south with the Syresians, and we send merchants to the nation of Tesardya asking to establish trade. We also begin stockpiling weapons and slowly preparing for a war to establish control over our island once and for all.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: Tsar Alexi I passes away this year at the age of 87 and is succeeded by Crown Prince Nicolas who takes the name Nicolai I. The funeral is attended by everyone in the entire nation. In accordance with his father's will he sends an expedition to the northwest.
- Yannis: The age of peace, growth, and renewal continues, with the Anointed One fathering his 30th son. Thousands of laborers work on the great pyramid complex in the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis, and additionally a great defensive structure is built at the place where the city meets the sea, connecting to the city’s already existing walls. Several of the larger settlements in the north are formally organized into cities. From south to north on the eastern bank of Lake Xbalan there is Qec’yuhac, Xba’kalmul, Sihyajna-Vis, and Xanuys. The area directly north of the lake and between the two rivers is named Baumak’nasum, and this province extends north to the mountain range. As part of the Anointed One’s offering to repay for the great loss of life, he orders that thousands of Holy Men and their families settle the many stretches of the kingdom, planting as many crops and plants as possible. A great forest takes shape north of the city, with sections reserved for the Anointed One, and other parts for common use. Across the sea a quasi-independent kingdom under the elderly natural philosopher Fano’yetoc the Binded-Hands forms. His old outpost of Tik’akna develops into a small city on the coast, which grows with new settlers from the mainland. Over the course of the last few decades much of the new land’s natives are converted to the Yannian religion. The region to the south near the mountains and the small Strait of Cival is attacked by Fano’yetoc’s Holy Men, carving out a loosely held area along the strait. Missionaries begin regularly working in Franic territory as a result, hoping to convert as many as possible,
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The raid from Bátur-Ríki successfully attacks the small villages along the river that are under the command of the Saemonites. They respond by dispatching 8000 men to the north to raze the Bátur-Ríki city to the ground. Their city and surrounding area is destroyed, with hundreds being captured into slavery, and most of Bátur-Ríki’s wealth seized. Those who survive do so by fleeing by sea to their nearby island, which the Saemonites are not aware of.
Despite the distraction of Bátur-Ríki, the Saemonite’s main force proceeds south and raids the lands around Arudam and Tolun, forcing the surrender of Tolun.
The Azoz settlers along the southern coastline discover a nation to the south known as Fasnoq. Raiders from this country attack the coastal area, killing or capturing many of the early Azozians in the region.
The colony established by Xüonai finds its territory largely dominated by Mesallians, some Emalians, and Yannian/Yannian converts, all of whom do not approve of the arrival of Xüonai.
The nations of Zedisladana and Benekundon continually refuse to work with the nation of Xüonai, and both expand in the region northward.
An orange material (amber) is discovered on the coasts near Darna.
- Unarchate of Gyt: 347-356: The Saemonite incursion against Arudam is taken with much surprise. However, Unarch Pytius is not blind to the Saemonites warmongering ways, and the potential for Gytan power to expand. Sending an emissary to Arudam, Pytius declares his intent to honor the alliance which informally dissolved in the previous years. Furthermore, all the tribes known to Gyt (How many is this even?) are offered a chance to join the alliance given the nearness of the threat (Mod Response for Alliance). The Gytan Unar is rapidly expanded in both level of training and equipment. Levies now train during the fallow season with advanced spear formations, bows, and axes. The standard infantry soldier is equipped with an iron light war-axe (Tomahawk-esque), a five-foot long javelin, and a thrusting spear, along with wicker-rawhide shields and light linen or leather armor. In order get a firm grasp on the population of Gyt, a new census is called. In the cities the citizens are counted by soldiers of the Unar pressed into service as enumerators. The countryside is also counted in this manner through the questioning of patriarchs in each hamlet. (Mod Response for Census) Thus by 352 the Gytan Unar, with levies, can muster a force of 11,500. Some 7500 Levy infantry, 2500 archers, and 1500 cavalry. These are supplemented by a militia of another 5000 that can be raised as a last ditch defense. The infantry component is heavily restricted in its ability to travel and can't be deployed effectively during the harvest or planting seasons. Meanwhile, a road is built to Arudam in order to speed communication and travel by foot, and barges are constructed to move the army rapidly to the north. In order to feed this army, granaries are constructed and stocked along the road north the Arudam, as well as large facilities in all the major Gytan settlements. This period of military expansion is mirrored by more settlement of the loosely held territories to the north and east (30 px become rural). Irrigation expansion falls off as the government uses its money and energy to build up the Gytan Unar in preparation for war. Gyt begins to exert some measure of political influence over Arudam through the alliance thanks to Arudam’s relative weakness compared to Gyt. The observatory continues its exploration of the stars with increasingly refined methods. Stonework is introduced to the observatory for events that are relatively constant.
- In the city of Gyt almost 12,000 people are reported, while in the countryside at least 48,000 people are counted. 9000 people inhabit the former lands of the Cartor Tribe, while in the north the conquered areas plus towns combined account for another 50,000, although a large number of recently annexed tribesmen refuse to respond to any inquiry.
- Kingdom of Azoz: It is usually around the death of Jamshid that most versions of the foundation cycle end. However, some versions that have interpolations from later Ulm propoganda add an epilogue about the reign of King Zohhak. Zohhak is depicted as the achtypical tyrant, a man whose every action and solely motivated by sheer evil. However, more recent historians have taken a critical examination at the "historical Zohhak" in order to find his true motivations, and the result usually is a highly complex personality. He sponsored a policy of severe segregation between slaves and citizens, placing strict rules on what people were permitted to interact or share intimacy with each other. in response to the raids on the Bangui settlements, Zohhak was said to have become inflamed with rage, murdering the messanger on the spot. He then ordered the retired military of Jamshid to be recalled, mashalling a full campaign to the south in an effort to level Fasnoq to the ground. The priests of Jiff continue to research how to make the perfect sandwich. The Priests in general were greatly repsected by Zohhak, who granted them a far greater control over individual people's lives outside of traditional law enforcement. As a result of the ongoing war with Fasnoq, Zohhak would routinely enforce a sort of marshal law over the city, having armed guards patrol the streets night and day with a specific curfew. He was also known to indulge in sexual pleasures, and kept a well-stocked harem of women hand picked from citizens of the city.
- Tesardya: Pius Dalavi-Ashtikar II dies. He is succeeded by Placus Bhatta. Differential toward the Dalavi-Ashtikar clan's hold on politics, he begins focusing on internal affairs rather than outside affairs, although the trading deal with the recently discovered Darna is accepted. The first major harbor is created. A city-square is scheduled to be created by Year 75. Basic writing and mathematics continues to thrive, as small educational houses for young and wealthy people are opened up across the territory.
- Xüonai: Seeing that nothing is going his way, Dashon II decides to stop expanding and stabilize the current nation. Rural areas grow and cultural blending continues between the Xüonaisl and the native tribes. We settle coastal areas with settlers on the colony. Dashon II adopts local tribes' clothing and starts praying to both local tribes' and Unäo gods. He soon marries one of the local chief's daughter and encourages soldiers to do the same by giving small dowries. All main villages in Xüonai's borders are asked if they want to modernize and become urbanized, but this is completely their choice; all tribes and villages outside Xüonai's borders are given the choice, under the condition they join Xüonai. This is all in an effort to pacify and ally himself with the local tribes. Diplomacy is opened with the Mesallians nation, and most settlers stick to the coast instead of bothering the inland tribes. We ask to share maps with Syres and the Mesallians nation. Diplomats are sent to Zedisladana and Benekundon to help cool down tensions, but troops are kept on the border in case of an invasion. Dashon II ask for an alliance between Yannis and Xüonai. Dashon stabilizes the nation's economy and pacifies/allies with local tribes. (Syres, Mesallian, Zedisladana, Benekundon, and Yannis responses needed)
- Draka: Archon Erik Von Schrakenburg begins to declare a great war against the tribes, enslaving those who resist. Expansion goes 10 px North, and more axemen (prefered Drakan units) are raised. Meanwhile, military disipline is taught. The practice of "taming" slaves begins to be mastered. A small fleet of canoes is raised, and sent to search south for more coast and set up a 3 px Draka colony, which pays tribute to Archon.
- Yannis: The Anointed One receives the alliance offer from the nation of Xüonai. The reports of the northern Niani pushing migrating tribes south arrive, and when they begin to attack the holy, the Anointed One is forced to break the peace and retaliate. In the northern mountains and army is assembled to march north and subjugate these tribes, offering them protection from Niani and the privileges of Yannian rule should they submit. Holy Men continue north as well to convert the area and to make contact with the Empire of Niani. Across the sea the colony continues to convert natives, and also tries to convert the Mesallian population. An expedition led by natural philosopher Yoronaya-Tonac departs with a group of high priests, exploring farther south than before. The Anointed One travels to the colonial community for the first time, blessing the shore and surrounding area with holy rituals. He travels to the southern body of water after a difficult trek.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: The tsar makes his first pilgrimage to the shrine of The Dodo which is customary for the ruling monarch. The tsar begins modernizing the army and navy and sends an expedition to the southwest. A mystical rainbow appears on the same day the tsar visits the Dodo which is seen as a good thing.
- Exhula: The colonization of the Etty's Coast slows down during this decade, but still continues, with the loosely claimed territories to the north receiving enough colonists to become fully claimed and 10 px of territory southward becoming fully claimed as well. However, far more attention is given elsewhere when one of the three expeditions sent East last turn returns early in 63 claiming to have discovered and mapped a large island to the southeast, which immedietly arouses much interest from the Syvotyr and his council. A large military expedition consisting of 10,000 soldiers (a massive portion of the total army) and many colonists and preachers is gathered from across the empire and launched to conquer the island (named Clorrtil) and claim it in the name of Exhula, with plans to settle the region completely and to integrate or destroy any locals. A census is ordered by the Syvotr to see how many people now inhabit the empire after decades huge booms in population from the colonization of many other areas and improvement in prosperity and infrastructure. (Mod response for what the population is).
- Aurelia: Exploration, colonization, and Monty Python-like comedy continues.
- Mesallian Culture: It is likely that the exact mythos of the Mesallian religion evolved over time, and was not formally categorized until the likes of Tulicenis’ Histories of the Divine, written around the 175th Jafiad (the closest thing to a pan-Mesallian calendar system, equalling Year 900). One of the earliest attributed legends is the story of Caniphon. He was a son of the ocean deity who was trapped underground as a punishment, but crafty humans have managed to free him by digging underground and finding evidence of him below. The earliest temple of Cania was constructed in the town of Cania, near Karissa, which was constructed on top of a natural aquifer. Early writings that have been uncovered from this period include what appear to be receipts for holy water, leading historians to believe that the town likely became prosperous due to selling water to the surrounding area. Lavis, a Karissian historian, details the event in his History of Karissa, written several centuries later. He states that the town of Cania became dominated by the Water Merchants, a semi-religious mercantile organization that came to dominate the entire region’s water supply. Reportedly the Water Merchants established vast trade routes into the desert south of the Mesallians as well, trading with Edom, the desert nomads known as the Denivans, and the “Empire of Or”, a mystical kingdom that existed in the desert to the far south, although the historical authenticity of such a kingdom is debated. According to one hypothesis the Water Merchants traded as far south as the nation of Susanylon, which may be the so-called nation of Or. The guilds of Cania became so powerful that the city’s government became dominated by them, and Lavis writes that the city came under the sway of “King Gis the Water Tyrant”. He reportedly used the city’s army, which was equal parts levies and “water zealots”, to cut off the water supplies of neighboring towns, in the hopes of establishing a dependency on Canian water. After years of conflict across the region, the city of Karissa eventually organized resistance to the Canians. Centuries later Karissa would become one of the most dominant military powers, and Lavis depicts this event as part of the military’s founding myth. Whatever the case, the Karissa army managed to drive the Water Merchants out of Cania, and they largely fell into obscurity in their home region within a generation. Interestingly, the guild continued far to the south, retaining their control over the trade routes into the desert region During the several centuries later the Water Merchants and the Cult of Caniphon of the South would be instrumental in the Fall of Karissa. After the fall of Cania one of the main towns along Mount Jafion became the Shrine of Delona. The city became the center of the ancient Mesallian religion, featuring some of the largest temples of the time period.
- Darna: Amber is discovered, which we call janter, and appears to be a useful material for decorating the king’s relics. On the coast near the settlement of Tosna slaves are sent to collect the precious material. When that becomes depleted the king also sends out parties to search the surrounding areas, and soon small mines are established in the area and on the islands. Trade with the outside world booms, with Darna slavers turning into businessmen in the south. Janter is offered to the Syresians to buy, and it passes on to the rest of the world from there. With the northern basin explored, our ships are sent down the rivers of the north in search of slaving opportunities. They also turn south near Tesardya and Syres, exploring farther south than before.
- Weritsz-Kuscisiwa: In the middle of this decade, Delneyar Asteraca dies. His wife, Delneyari Ineda, abdicates the joint throne of Weritsz-Kuscisiwa in favor of her eldest son, who becomes Delneyar Asteraca II Domeon. With full control over the Kuscisiwan lands (excluding Uromawa and Moturkodja) having been established, Asteraca II Domeon works to expand to the north of the Kuscisiwan lands. Meanwhile, Weritsza people settle to the direction of the rising sun (i.e., east). More may come.
- Syres: A major trade road begins to form through the Straits of Nephi, as janter and other goods arrive in Syres and are then transported east to cities in Xüonai, southeast to the Mesallian city-states, and in particular southwest to Azoz. Janter is traded for alumite in Azoz, with alum products becoming a status symbol of the wealthy merchants in the city. Exploration in the Mesallian region leads to Syresian contact with most of the city-states of the region. Diplomats are sent to Meshwanti, Agira, Karissa, and the major cities to establish formal diplomatic ties. Contact is made with the region of Daria, which closely resembles Syresian cultural. As a result immigration from Mesallia is encouraged once again, and the two societies begin to closely interact. A trade mission is also sent to follow the coast that Darna currently operates in, hoping to make contact with the city of Tesardya and initiate trading there independent of Darna.
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Of the tribes approached by Gyt, there is a mixed response. The Provanti and the Fustars honor their alliance (they inhabit the area west of the river and southwest of Arudam), and additionally the Colmars (who inhabit the area west/southwest of Arudam) accept an alliance. The remnants of other southern tribes also join. Neither the Valestorn (tribe between Gyt and Arudam, east of the river) or the Kunfan (east of Arudam) are persuaded to join. Additionally the Herati (north of Arudam) choose to surrender to the Saemonites and join them instead as a vassal.
In the beginning of Year 71 Susaliya I of the Saemonites dies and is succeeded by Saemon III. A large scale revolt breaks out in their western provinces, which are particularly heavily populated and resistant. This leaves only eneraGl Niqmuta in command of 10,000 men at Tolun. In need of supplies, Arudam’s lands are raided.
During the Exhula colonization of Clorrtil the large population sent there experiences hostility from the natives and a lack of supplies, and also sees many die from disease. By this time a sizeable portion of the original colony has died, but the island is successfully claimed.
Although the Azozian army sees initial success in the campaign south, they find their numbers slowly depleted by constant harassment by the forces of Fasnoq. When a decisive battle comes, at a place the natives call Kalaihgoda (“Skull Field”), the Azozian army suffers a humiliating defeat and retreats north, its original commander having fallen in battle.
The Zedisladana-Benekundon alliance welcomes a lessening of tensions with Xüonai. Although around the same time there are minor clashes between the two sides in the far north, as explorers and settlers from Xüonai wander into Benekundon territory.
The recent exploration by the Tsardom of Algeorgia is discovered by a native, who runs to the city of Gahren to report of strange ships near the coast.
- Unarchate of Gyt: 357-366: The Saemonite come. With raids on our ally’s lands a 1000-strong force of light cavalry rides north and arrives in Arudam within a week. With the Arudam Unar, they proceed to drive off the raiding parties by picking off the small groups of Saemonite soldiers. Having driven off the raiding parties, and capturing prisoners from the Saemonite army much intelligence is gained about the Saemonite fighting style, their strengths, and their political instability. This is augmented by the acquisition of maps from Arudam (Mod Response for Map). The cavalrymen stay in Arudam with instructions to assist in the defense of the city. Throughout the remainder of the decade signal towers are built between Gyt and Arudam to provide a warning system. Meanwile, a great wall is built to surround the city of Cysk. The fortifications surrounding Gyt itself are also rebuilt with the temple of Bysulus serving as the center bastion of the defense. The newly constructed walls replace older ones and include irrigation ditches that act as moats. Granaries are continually stocked within the cities to prevent starvation during a siege, many thousands of cattle are slaughtered and several tons of jerky is cured under the assumption that a siege might come any day. In an effort to prevent all out war and to preserve the lives of his people, an aging Unarch Pykus travels to Tolun requesting an audience with the Saemonite Prince Susaliya I. He offers the Saemonites a deal. In exchange for peace, Gyt and her allies will provide the Saemonites with grain and smoked meats for their armies (Mod Response). The Arudam Council (is it safe to assume they are an oligarchy like Gyt was a few decades ago?) is further influenced in an effort to bring greater unity among the Pytharan peoples, as are the other tribes within the alliance. Throughout the decade settlement continues to integrate the poorly controlled tribal lands to the north and east (30 px loosely held becomes rural). The observatory continues its exploration of the stars with increasingly refined methods. Stonework is introduced to the observatory for events that are relatively constant.
- The Saemonites demand that Gyt recognize Saemon III as Gyt's suzerain, renounce its other foreign alliances, pay a lofty amount of gold, slaves, and foodstuffs upfront, and make annual payments of this nature, and in exchange offer peace and protection to the city of Gyt.
- Without much in the way of gold or slaves, Gyt offers the Saemonites a yearly tithe of cattle, grain, and iron weapons. Gyt also requests that the Saemonites allow Arudam be granted the same treatment and inform Arudam of the possible option. Gyt suggests that the Saemonites consider allowing Gyt the power to collect taxation from the surrounding tribes to fit the Saemonite coffers.
- The Saemonites accept the offer with Gyt, however, at the same time the joint Herati-Saemonite attack against Arudam carries out, leading to the sacking of the city. The original alliance that Gyt had helped form rejects the notion put forth by Gyt, and that alliance now becomes hostile to Gyt, by proxy of aligning with the Saemonites. The Provanti, Fustars, Colmars, and others launch raids against the Saemonite invaders and in Gytian lands.
- Gyt Continued: The raids by the Provanti, Fustars, and Colmars are repelled by the entire Gytan Unar which is rapidly called to arms to defend the homeland. Unarch Pykus is wracked by despair over the fate of Arudam and dies at the age of 63 in Year 365. Unarch Lyrnus is rapidly instated having led the defense of Gyt and her cities. Having defeated the initial assault, Gyt prepares to take the fight to the tribes.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: We send a diplomatic envoy to the city of Gahren offering to establish an alliance. (GAHREN RESPONSE NEEDED) and map knowledge. The military is put on light alert as a precaution and extra guards are placed at the Dodo shrine. We send an expedition to the southwest. More to come - maybe.)
- Gahreni Dip: The alliance is accepted.
- Exhula: With the successful conquest of Clorrtil - despite many of the colonists dying - the island becomes a major focus of settlement during this turn. The recent conquest receives thousands of fresh colonists from both the Home island and our Ettyian colonies attempting to truly bring the area under our control. They found numerous towns, villages and small cities on the island as we begin truly claiming our new conquest. The thousands of new slaves we have acquired from the conquered population (about 40,000) are shipped throughout the Empire to serve as slave labour, with few people being spared and any resistance being brutally crushed. This harsh treatment causes a major insurection among the recently subjugated natives of the island that, after months of fighting, is crushed and results in thousands of deaths, ending the last major military threat to Exhulan domination of the island, with the execution or enslavement of those who fought or supported the resistance. Several large native towns are sacked with most of the population enslaved or killed and then resettled by Exhulan colonists, with the settlements of Drhula, Attyiur, and Loiisk becoming major majority Exhulan cities on the island as a result. The surviving native population of the island is scattered throughout the empire or forcibly integrated as part of this process in order to destroy their culture and make them subject to us as quickly as possible, a largely successful endevour that results in the displacement of thousands and their replacement by Exhulan settlers. Most of the new slaves are shipped either to Haeelos itself as agricultural slaves or shipped to the Ettys region, where they serve as cheap labour that helps the many new settlers to the region to claim a further 36 px of rural territory and found three new settlements with the help of their forced labour, which is a major factor in increasing the speed and depth of the region's settlement. A major new religion also begins spreading throughout the empire, centered around a supreme god called Artoi that is the combined form of many other minor gods and must be followed for life to exist in the eyes of its worshipers. Finally, Syvotyr Syphax has his third child during this turn, a girl named Yiia. Clorrtil also becomes the area with the single greatest concentration of soldiers in the empire, due to its recent conquest, and 12,000 more colonists are sent out the island during the turn. We also launch several expeditions to explore 25 px south of unexplored ocean.
- 55,000 people are counted in the entirety of Exhula's home island, with some 7000 people counted on the new major island, although there is difficulty in counting any native population there. Sythri and Hakkran report 4000 people, while the Ettys Coast reports 25,000 people.
- Principality of Qera: After a long struggle against a disease, Ygran III dies and the empire is in great sadness. Meanwhile, a great power struggle occurs, as both the regent of Tortla Ycas I and the Duchess of Qerixaxehe, Duchess Zereme claim the throne of Qera. Meanwhile, in Ogaholle, the capital, the 16-year-old daughter of Ygran III, Zoelle, is crowned as princess, as the council of priests names her the rightful ruler of all of Qera. Her older brother, Ycas I of the House of Tortla, dares to declare war, but he is poisoned before he can declare war. Zoelle's aunt, meanwhile, is peaced out, as she is granted land at the western end of the Qera Bay. Meanwhile, the 14-year-old Ycas II of Tortla is crowned as regent of Tortla, even though he is not adult yet. On order of Princess Zoelle, a great settlement is founded at the three rivers valley. The settlement will be called Otlrollver, meaning "at the three bloods". A road is also built there. The regent is the aunt of Princess Zoelle I, Zaham. Another voyage is sent up north, as the scribes demand more knowledge, especially the philosopher Ysmar, who is called as an adviser because of his knowledge. The voyage is sent far north (20 px), to find land and other humans. An interesting thing starts to occur in the northern parts of the empire, where the people start to speak differently from the people in the capital. For example, "S" sounds start to be pronounced similar to an "SH" sound, which originally does not exist in the language of Âtluâm.
- Mesallian Culture: A major political development occurred in the city of Agira around this time, when the hereditary kings of the city were replaced by the Inkon, an appointed lord who ruled for life. Elsewhere in the region the “Age of Tyrants” was on the rise, as many of the early settlements of Mesallia came to be dominated by strong central figures. Although the region for the rise of tyranny in Mesallia is not fully understood, it is believed that one of the last remnants of the Sterikonian civilization was a landed nobility that was not particularly representative of the growing urban populations, and popular revolts led by those in command of the military ensued. As a result of increased trade abroad the development of “cash crops” begins, as commodities such as olives, fruit, vegetables, and oil are produced largely to be exported. Crop rotation is practiced in agriculture, with cereals and legumes being a popular part of the Mesallian diet, along with products from goats and sheep.
- Xüonai: Ships continue around the western tip of the continent back east to map the northern continents and explore the Mesallian Archipelago. Diplomats are sent to Mesallai (Mesallia), Syresai, and Weritszai-Kuscisiwai to arrange map sharing agreements (Mesallia, Syres, and Weritsz-Kuscisiwa response needed), while ties with Yannis are improved. Dijunga is asked if they want protection under the Xüonai Empire due to their cultural similarities, although this is completely voluntary how integrated they want to be (annexed, vassalized, protected, or independent with or without protection), and if they chose annexed, Dijunga will be a semi-autonomous region. (Mod Response Needed) The colony starts to get more densely populated with the people of Xüonai. The Zedisladana-Benekundon alliance is asked to cease hostilities between explorers, settlers, and military troops, as any intrusion on territory is not meant as a threat and was probably a lost person. As a sign of friendship, Zedisladana and Benekundon are asked if they want to share maps of the known world between our three nations. (Mod Response Needed) We ask Yannis if they want to join the Syres-Xüonai alliance (as in the last turn you "received" the request but never said yes or no). (Yannis Response Needed) Rural areas expand. Dashon II's reign continues, and lower tensions with our western neighbors seems to have driven up approval ratings, along with his culture blending ideas. He continues to adopt the locals way of life, dressing like a chief of local villages. He also starts praying to both local tribes' and Unäo gods. His marriage with the local chief's daughter goes on, and encourages soldiers to do the same by giving small dowries. All main villages in Xüonai's borders are asked if they want to modernize and become urbanized, but this is completely their choice; all tribes and villages outside Xüonai's borders are given the choice, under the condition they join Xüonai. Dashon II soon has a child, named Dashon III (obviously). A 360-day year is created along with calendars, and abundant Papyrus is used to create a form of paper, on which ink made of boiled mushed up blackberries is put on. A city is founded in the southeastern part of the northern curve of the Yudan (central river) named Royudanui (north central river city). Because of this, Yudanui is renamed to Poyudanui (south central river city).
- Yannis Diplomacy: The alliance offer from the nation of Xüonai is accepted.
- Weritsz-Kuscisiwa: We agree to swap maps.
- Mesallia: The region of Mesallia is not one nation but the name for the cultural area. Overall most cities reject the offer to share maps, but Meshwati does accept.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Truly, it is remarkable how much effort is given to describe the deeds of Zohhak. Some more Freudian scholars have suggested a thread of sadism in Middle Ulm literature, although this is generally not accepted. The people of Frasnoq are described in Zohhak's speech in gross deflamatory words, even after their humiliating defeat at the Battle of Skull Field, and declared continual military activity in the region to constantly harass the trade from Frasnoq. For the enemy captured in battle, Zohhak is described to have killed them publically by having nails driven in various parts of the body. In his harem, Zohhak was said to have invented the "rite of the first night", in which the king had the privilege of sleeping with newly-married women the day after their weddings. However, archaeologists suspect this practice was more common in the prehistoric period than this time. In general, Zohhak is vaguely seen to use military force to crush any common resistance, along with the priestly class, who would utilize their position as religious propaganda. Two instances during this period are attributed to prophesies foreshadowing the coming of Elannoi. One Prophet named Arnold lived austerely on the outskirts of the city, anointing people with oil as a sign of the coming end of the world. Arnold foretold the coming events in the life of Elannoi, and the subsequent spread of his religion; as proof of this authenticity, he is attributed to have predicted multiple eclipses in a row, considered supernatural at the time. Although some attempts have been made to identify these eclipses, many theologians believe this was a special miracle. At the same time, a Prophetess named Justine was chosen by Zohhak for his harem. According to early Ulm literature, Justine was miraculously rescued from the harem of Zohhak by means of an angel, and afterward she cursed the king with blindness in the process of foretelling the future. As interesting as this story is, recent historians have speculated that this is based on an earlier pagan myth, in which the "angel" was originally a lesser polytheistic god. Meanwhile, farmlands are increased within the borders of the kingdom. The city of Bangui expands greatly. The priests of Jiff continue to research how to make the perfect sandwich.
- Yannis Empire: The alliance offer from the nation of Xüonai is accepted. The Anointed One passes while in the southern lands, and a funeral procession carries him back to the Holy City of Ya’gothna-Vis, and his son Visnaphonpa succeeds him. After several decades of prosperity the population has grown and been converted to the Yannian beliefs. The Anointed One makes a tour of the provinces, while the colony becomes more or less independent under the command of Visnaphonpa’s brother Yahn’ges. A campaign is launched by him to unite the regions between the coast and the great water to the south, which is called Temayal. In the north the high priest Zosnaverna is dispatched to force the northern tribes to submit, as they migrate south from the Empire of Niani. Priests are also sent to the city of Maridjata to establish an audience with the Emperor of Niani.
- Darna: A group of a few hundred traders, slavers, and soldiers arrive on the coast south of Tesardya to establish a camp and explore inland farther. The area to the mountains is explored and then beyond, hoping to uncover new riches for the nation. Meanwhile, on the home island, the situation with Strafen finally reaches a boiling point once more, and the nation levies an army to force them to submit to us. Now that we have pacified their allies and growth much larger than them. We are able to defeat them after a few years of fighting. The extraction of janter increases and that trade helps fuel the war effort. After the conquest the king has janter-embedded jewelry crafted from the spoils to adorn himself and the nobles. In the far south, there are classes with the nation of anti-foreigners, after they reject our traders. And so slavers arrive on the coast and attempt to capture people for the markets.
- Syres: The interaction between Syres and the Darians of Mesallia culminates in a royal marriage between the ruler of Syres and a Darian noblewoman. Immigration between the two regions, trading, and sharing of ideas takes place. A Syresian trading post is established in the area south of Lachonsa named Neum, and this trading post develops into a settlement, as Mesallian and Syresian colonists settle the area.
- Gahren: The alliance helps improve the life in Gahren, combined with the beginning of the wall around the now expanded city, as well as improved diet due to more fishing. The Algegorgian ships inspire the innovative members of the Gahreni community to replicate them.
In Xüonai the policies of Dashon II to adopt foreign gods and customs angers the more traditional elements of the capital. A coup is launched, instigated by the highest members of the religious authority and some elements of the military, to topple Dashon II and replace him with a relative who is more vehemently opposed to the foreigner cultures. Meanwhile, Dijunga rejects the offer sent to it, but is not against trading or relations in general. As both Zedisladana and Benekundon are opposed to Xüonai influence and the concept of mapmaking, they both reject the offer to share maps.
A civil war breaks out in the Empire of Emalia after the death of the ruling queen. The nation of Romnis forms in the northern section of Emalian territory, under a charismatic Emalian-Mesallian general named Haretius. He manages to secure several minor Mesallian settlements under his control as well. In the east the provinces around the lake fall to neighboring Lyania, who conquers the region from the Emalian governor there.
The nation of Tik’akna (the former colony of the Yannian Empire), experiences a revolt in the south effectively cutting the nation in two. Aside from a fortified position at Temayal, the south and center portions of the nation are lost to Tik’akna authority.
The Saemonite vassal kingdom of Herati is granted the former city of Arudam, while the Saemonite army marches south and lays waste to the Colmar tribe. Despite fending off the hostile tribes up to this point, the city of Gyt itself is attacked in a last ditch effort by some 20,000 tribesmen.
Saemon III dies in 75 and Susaliya II is crowned. However, he dies in 80 and is succeeded by Tiphrata. A less formidable warrior than his predecessor, the new king spends a great amount of time consolidating his rule in the capital, leaving the nation’s two military endeavours at the discretion of Niqmuta and Rassem, in the Arudam and coastal campaigns respectively. The latter captures the major port city of Zisala, and later in the year the Saemonites win their first naval victory at sea against the remnants of Zisala and her allies. The battle is witnessed by fishermen and traders from the Tsardom of Algeorgia, who prior to this had never seen such large ships before, leading to stories in Algeorgia akin to mythology.
A chieftain named Hafjan captures the area between Tik’akna and the Anglenites, forming a new kingdom known as Jaris.
- Mesallian Culture: According to the History of Karissa by Lavis, after the rise and fall of the Water Merchants came a man named Isingoma. According to legend he as a Karissan who was so good at singing and playing the lute, that he was able to lull people into following his will. At this time the King of Karissa was an elderly man named Crado, who was not swayed by Isingoma due to partial deafness, and ordered him to leave the city. Isingoma left but as he did the young people of the city followed him religiously, leaving the city without a generation of young people. Later historians have posited that a plague may have set in at this time, potentially as a result of the water trade upheaval, that was responsible for killing a large section of the population. Additionally, this legend is also part of the basis for Karissa’s identity as a warrior state with no tolerance of artistry or music. Whatever the case, the Cult of Isingoma traveled south and away from Karissa. In need of food and shelter, Isingoma led his cult to Agira, and pressured by the giant mob amassed before the city, the city’s Inkon was forced to give in to the musician’s demands. Isingoma rose to predominance in the city, and attempted to marry Inkon Delaris’ daughter, Alanta. Delaris accepted on the condition that Isingoma traveled to the southern mountain shrine of Etopia, and slay the prophetic snake Dradraka. According to Lavis, at this time Etopia was home to a holy shrine of priestesses who could predict the future, due to a giant serpent who lived under the mountain, who would whisper to the priestesses. Delaris hoped that this would rid himself of the musician with him being consumed by the serpent, but nonetheless, Isingoma accepted. At Etopia the mountain fortress was said to be too strong to assault, and no army dared to threaten the place. When Isingoma arrived, he managed to sneak into the chambers of the great serpent, and lulled it into a centuries long slumber from his playing. From a completely different account, the History of Nykos by Typhechon, a Nykosian army arrived at Etopia not long after to receive a prophecy, and heard that they would win in battle, only to be defeated afterword. Typhechon mentions that this sudden drop in the accuracy of the Etopian prophecies came because of the serpent’s whispers disappearing, leading historians to believe the drop in popularity of Etopia affected the entire region, with legends like Isingoma being used to explain this phenomenon. Lavis states that Isingoma returned to Agira to wed Alanta, but three years later succumbs to a slow-acting venom that the serpent bit him with. Isingoma’s would have many descendants in that short time, many of whom would become influential in the arts and in Agiran politics in the centuries to come.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: The tsar begins a massive strengthening of the navy and orders the army to be ready for an invasion. The tsar also is strengthening the army with 1000 soldiers.
- The Khin Confederation: The wrath of Than has landed on his insolent people. He has dried up the rivers and ended the rain onto the land. The beasts and prey of the forests and steppes are dying and the flock of horses and sheep of the Khin are meeting the same fate. The Great Chanri Jangah has been given a site by Than to begin the Great Trek for Promised Pastures, for the Khin to survive. The vision has commanded the Khin, numbering 40,000 to travel in the direction of the sunset, until the rivers of Than are found again.
- Gahren: The replicating of ships goes fairly well, allowing the fishermen to expand the area on which they fish. The building of the wall is sped up due to fear of attack, while troops are trained to aid the allies if need be.
- Darna: A group of a few hundred traders, slavers, and soldiers arrive on the coast south of Tesardya to establish a camp and explore inland farther. The area to the mountains is explored and then beyond, hoping to uncover new riches for the nation. Meanwhile, on the home island, the situation with Strafen finally reaches a boiling point once more, and the nation levies an army to force them to submit to us. Now that we have pacified their allies and growth much larger than them. We are able to defeat them after a few years of fighting. The extraction of janter increases and that trade helps fuel the war effort. After the conquest the king has janter-embedded jewelry crafted from the spoils to adorn himself and the nobles. In the far south, there are classes with the nation of anti-foreigners, after they reject our traders. And so slavers arrive on the coast and attempt to capture people for the markets.
- Exhula: The Colonisation of Clorrtil continues during this turn with 5000 more settlers from across the empire settling on the island over the course of this decade. The settlement of the Etty's coast also continues, with many more settlers arriving on its shores throughout this turn and expanding the areas that have become rural and claimed by 36 px. The settlement of Fulth is built in 84 in some of that newly fully claimed inland territory, 7 px west and 2 px north of Sypax while another settlement called Naxis is built 6 px west of and 2 px north of Tyttre. On Clorrtil we build the settlement of Yvax against the mountain on the island in order to mine the minerals that are abundant there. We also found two other settlements on the island, Iyax and Drollul, both of which are ports, one on the southeast of the island and one on the northeast of it, intended to serve as trading posts if we discover more lands south of us. The alphabet and writing system that was used by the Clorrtilans before we conquered them is adopted as our own, with the letters being used to form Exhulan words and a few letters being added for sounds that don't exist in Clorttian or removed for sounds that don't exist in Exhulan. This new writing system also allows us to create a calendar (365-day years) with three "Months" that are actually just the seasons (three instead of four because we live in a highly tropical region and thus don't usually experience much of a winter), which begins being implemented alongside the writing system throughout Exhulan territory. A plague breaks out near the end of 83 which is, unknown to us, an existing deadly disease common among the Clorttilan native population that is now spreading throughout the Exhulan population due to the mass enslavement of said natives and their shipping throughout the empire. This plauge, a disease known as Datrosis, spreads quickly and kills many thousands, Exhulan, Sarrthari, and Clortian alike. Many believe it to be the wrath of the gods for the sinful behavior of the empire and begin preaching that the people of Exhula must repent for their actions before it will stop, the plague and unrest continues for several years before a popular general named Ipopax (the same general who led the conquest of Clorrtil and crushed the later rebellion against Exhulan rule led by chief Clorian, who he respected enough to honor his memory by naming the island after him) launches a military coup with the support of most of the population near the end of 90, which quickly takes the Syvotyrs palace and captures Syvotr Syphax and many of the prominent ruling nobles and their families at court. He eliminates them by having them all ritually drowned at sea as a sacrifice to the gods so that they will stop the plague (although the real reason is to eliminate them as rivals so his claim to the throne isn't contested, not because he actually cares about regaining the gods' favor), before proclaiming himself Emperor of the new Exhulan Empire, which will "truly follow the gods teachings and spread their word, so that we don't fall into corruption and decadence worthy of their punishment again". He also begins the building of a large temple to the worship of the gods in Exhul, grander and larger than any built before it in the hopes of staying the gods' wrath and ending the gods' wrath. It has yet to be seen whether or not Ipopax will keep his promises and the gods will end the plague, as he is still solidifying his power at the end of this turn.
- Xüonai: After the failed coup, Dashon II makes a speech to help mend ties between the traditional religious group and natives. Translated into English, it goes, "People of Xüonai, all who fall under our borders are Xüonaisl, not foreign invaders. Most have come under our flag willingly, but with the rebellion in the west, you may have seen them as enemies. Now look. Our own population have rebelled against us. We must stand united as a nation to experience peace and prosperity. Some may worship only Un; some may worship Un along with others. Whatever the case may be, we are still all Xüonaisl. Look at the nations around us, some strong, some weak, but all holding unity. We must be able to act as a unified group to explore and trade in this world of ours. We must progress to the future, but hold our virtues as always. Modernization shall not hinder our capabilities to act on our core principles; rather, it shall enhance them. Prosperity can only come when our core values are with us, and modernizing will help us achieve prosperity." Dashon II readies for the first Xüonaisl census, to be conducted in 100 O.L. One day is divided into 32 tanh, of which each represents 40 minutes. The tribes in the colonies are integrated into Xüonaisl culture, and we loosely claim the two rivers running south. Settlers start to settle coastal lands on the colony, and all remaning coastal areas on the mainland are settled. Opahn Foran is sent with an expedition to map out the rivers south of the colony, while ships are sent around the horn to map the northern part of the continent and west to map out more of the Xüon Ocean. Bronze-working is developed through imported bronze. Relations are made with Romnis and smaller Mellisian tribes on the islands south of the mainland. We ask Syres if they want to swap map and establish better relations.
- Yannis Empire: The pacification of the north continues to some success, and by the time the nation’s Holy Men arrive on the border of Bassar, they finally encounter the Nianians in the field. Historical accounts say diplomatic relations broke down between the two empires, although it is unknown why. As a result an army was mobilized which came into conflict with the Nianians west of Bassar.
- In Tik’akna: There was a writer by the name of Ninedera who accounts the history of the conflict in the “lands of the crow”, the nickname for the domain under Yahn’ges across the sea. It is said that the temple originally created by the natural philosopher Fano’yetoc the Binded-Hands was modeled as a “perfect city” by him. Tik’akna consisted of many levels; there was the ground level that was in a perfect grid shape radiating from the capital in the center, and below that an entire subterranean city build from the old mines below it, where the poorest lived, and above it all a series of bridges and towers that passed all over the city. The elders of the city, who were the greatest scientists and Holy Men hand-picked by Fano’yetoc, traveled above the city in the “sky level”, where they lived a lavish lifestyle. After the death of Fano’yetoc the arrival of Yahn’ges brought with it a more tradition nobility system, but the class of powerful philosophers remained. In the Dome of Vedomilana there was an extensive library, where it is said the very nature of the gods was examined. The Keepers of Vedomilana became known as “crows” for their all black attire, and for always remaining in the skies. When the inland region fell to the surrounding barbarians, clashes erupted all across the land between the holy converts and the native heathens. Yahn’ges marched from the city with an army, but once outside the city the Crows became determined to seize control over the city once more. A brief battle took place in the sky level, in which it is said that the Crow named Huisnasinac cast a spell on the second-in-command, Nalitnec, which lit him on fire. The men loyal to Yahn’ges were cast over the side into the streets below. The ground level, however, did not favor the power of the Crows, and rebelled against the sky, and beyond that the below ground rebelled against the ground. With the city unable to function without the other levels, all levels engaged in combat. No side was able to gain an advantage over the other, and in time the lowest levels split further. The first leader of the rebellion, Sulma’tenec, King of the Underground, was killed, and in his place numerous pretenders arose. Notably there was a Xüonaian named Oladan, a former slave named Nisron, and a Yannian named Holo’Tizoc, who all competed for the crown. Meanwhile, Yahn’ges sought to continue his mission and heavily punished the natives of the south, but not before dying himself. His son, Guotec’neum, attempted to continue his father’s work, but soon discovered that retaking the city of the Crows would be nearly impossible. Instead he consolidated control over the areas outside the city that he owned, effectively creating an independent nation south of Tik’akna, with the city of Cuiracala serving as a capital. The rebellion within Tik’akna prevented the Crows from stopping Guotec’neum, and the impenetrability of the Tik’akna walls prevented anyone from retaking the capital. In the center a confederacy ruled by the natives came about, led by a chief named Esarhad. This kingdom quickly took over at least half of the original colony’s claimed borders, raiding as far west as the Xüonaians, and as far east as the Franics and Anglenites. Although, after several years of stalemate the Crows achieved a victory when Yannian reinforcements managed to capture the eastern peninsula in the north of Esarhad’s domain. In the far south that leaves the Yannian stronghold of Temayal isolated from the rest. The city falls under the leadership of one of the high priests, named Iximanasa. He attempts to hold the southernmost part of the former colony until reinforcements arrive. After five years since the original rebellion the political situation changes. The nation of Lyania began expanding north into Yannian territory, leading to an alliance between Temayal and Lyania’s enemy, Emalia. At the same time the Kingdom of Haretia attempted to expand east across the river, threatening Emalia. This culminated in the so called Battle of the Five Armies, in which Iximanasa of the Yannians, Saria of Lyanians, Haretius of the Haretians, Ema of the Emalians, and a mercenary army from Xüonai’s colony, which had gone unpaid and decided to defect, all clashed in the mountains west of Temayal. The exact details of the battle are unknown, and it is only known that Emalia failed to reassert its control over Haretius’ breakaway kingdom or Lyania. Iximanasa managed to fend off the invaders, and returned to Temayal. Not long after the battle establishing Temayal’s survival, the confederacy under Esarhad invaded and managed to capture much of the nation. The nation managed to hold on by holding the vital connections to the river, where the Yannians were still able to trade with Xüonai’s colony.
- Rikiva: The survivors gather in Reinsjfarv, the new capital for the Ríkivan people. Clan alligances are shattered as most clans have been reduced to a handful of people, forcing people to band together. Exploration, does, however, continue, as Ríkivan traders ply the waters northward and southward. Intermarriage with the local Bardur and Heimsur peoples brings many new families, agriculture booms, and it seems as if the people of Ríkiva may finally be recovering. The entire island is colonized, with the help of intermediaries and marriages, although control is incomplete. The Ríkivan military is reformed into a citizen based force rather than a noble based one, largely to reduce unemployment.
- Qera: Zoelle I's expedition is successful, as a civilization is found in the north who call themselves Exhulans but the Uehâtlemre (people of Qera) call them Hbeccre which means "northerners". Qera is interested in a mutual trade relationship with their new neighbours (EXHULA RESPONSE NEEDED). Intellectuals are sent north to learn about the foreign culture and language. A new great temple is built with over 5,000 people involved. the new temple is shaped like a square pyramid and is made out of marble. To handle the massive amount of new people in the capital city expands to the east (1 px). The territory shall be solidified as well, the territory between the capital of Ogaholle and Otlrollver becomes rural and a major settlement is founded called Feujaxhteccue which means Fort Tapir. The settlement is fortified and founded at a major road. A navy is also founded with a type of boat called the wood crocodile, which consists of a wide canoe for 16 men and a wooden roof on it to be prepared against arrows.
- Exhulan response: Although it takes some time to gather a reply due to the new government having just taken power, we gladly agree to open trade relations with Qera, and welcome the intellectuals they sent with open arms, although we warn them about the plague and advise them to do their best to avoid the infected and the areas that are heavily effected. We propose the mutual exchange of maps between our two nations, so we may both expand the knowledge we hold on the world around us with each other's information, and we also send scholars and intellectuals of our own south to Qera to learn as much as we can about their government, culture, customs, language and history in a mutual cultural exchange, and also send many merchants to the area to encourage trade.
- Qera: As our priests and healers are experienced with handling plagues, we will send assistants and scholars to Exhula. Merchants are send, too, in order to strengthen ties and also knowledge, thus we greatfully accept the offer for sharing the maps of the known world but also philosophy and scientific research.
- Unarchate of Gyt: 377-386: The attack by the tribes is considered a serious threat. Gyt requests assistance from the Saemonites in the form of 5000 horsemen, and proceeds to raise both its standard army and the militias in order to beat back the invaders. In total, 25,000 Gytans are called to defend the city. Of these, nearly 3000 are cavalry and the remainder are a mix of spearmen and archers. The two main armies clash on the plains to the north east of Gyt. The Gytan Army is positioned with the heavy axe and spear infantry at the center, light militia infantry on the flanks, and light cavalry on the extreme edges to attempt envelopment. The tribal army by comparison is poorly organized and equipped mostly with short spears, minimal armor, and supplemented by a small contingent of light cavalry. The battle is fierce. Gytan forces in the center take defensive stances as the Tribal army begins its assault. The heavy spears manage to hold the line and inflict significant casualties on the lightly armed tribesmen. The Gytan light infantry is much less successful and both sides take significant casualties. However, the superior Gytan cavalry swiftly breaks the Tribal cavalry. These forces then mount successive charges against the rear of the tribal army creating chaos and causing many tribal soldiers to panic and run. By the day’s end there are nearly 4,000 dead Gytans, 7,000 dead tribesmen, and another 3000 captured enemy soldiers (Let me know if I need to change this, Vand). The survives scatter into the plains. Unarch Lyrnus wastes no time in striking back. Another major raid on the tribes is launched. 2,000 cavalrymen strike out against the Provanti first, burning fields and sacking hamlets and hamlets. Within three years the tribes are brought to the negotiating table at which vassalage is demanded (Mod Response). Following this conflict Gyt works to rebuild. Damage from the initial incursion by the tribal army is repaired and Gyt works to stabilize its food supply. Because of the mass cull in years past the number of cattle remains low, but the grain surplus is much larger than usual. Unarch Lyrnus, in an effort to cut costs, pays the whole of the Gytan Unar in land in the loosely held regions to the east. The 2,000 cavalrymen are each granted one square septons (miles) (100 loosely held px become rural).
- Syres: At this time the nation rejects the offer to trade maps with any foreign nations, although the nation accepts trading with Xüonai The colony at Neum grows, as the center of trade between Syres, Mesallia, and Azoz. In the Mesallian region a trade route is established to connect Neum to the cities of the Gabatrian Sea, and south to the markets of Edom. A small detachment of soldiers is prepared, in order to aid the nation of Darna should they choose to attack the hostile tribes in western Zoramivera. The patrician Vyandephara departs the city of Syres on a trade mission to the east, exploring east of the Anglenite kingdoms. Afterword he stops at the city of Tik’akna to trade with the Yannian colony there, but discovers the peculiar situation taking place within the city walls. He manages to make a giant profit by setting up a camp outside the city and secretly trading valuable wartime resources between the various enemy kingdoms (e.g. buying iron from the underground warlords, selling that to the ground kingdom in exchange for food, selling food to the sky level in exchange for precious metals, selling the precious metals to the underground, etc). Over the next several years Vyandephara is joined by larger and larger trade missions, until the Syresian merchants become an important part of the economy in Tik’akna, while also ensuring that no side manages to overpower another. Finally after a few years of this, the warlord Nisron catches on and attempts to drive out Vyandephara. Despite this initial defeat Vyandephara manages to strengthen the faction of Holo’Tizoc, and leads a campaign to unite the underground once more. As a result Holo’Tizoc becomes King of the Underground. After the death of Vyandephara the influence of the Syresian merchants in the city becomes less extreme. Merchants continue on to the east and south.
- Kingdom of Azoz: These series of major events, happening in rapid succession, is considered the origin events for the faith of Ulm, and for similar reasons the subsequent history of Azoz. A few years after beginning the war with Frasnoq, an outbreak of fatal diseases claimed the lives of many people inside and outside the city. Recent archaeology has confirmed this disease to be cholera, which his primarily spread by unclean food, although no one at the time knew of this. Zohhak considered this to be a sign of displeasement from the gods, and so ordered a great number of sacrifices be made to the priests. As the disease claimed the lives of thousands, Zohhak increased the number of sacrifices exponentially, acting as a sort of religious tax against the general public. Two years later, Zohhak personally led a campaign against the armies of Frasnoq, determined once again to wipe out that nation. Unsurprisingly, the armies were wiped out by the invaders, led by the Frasnoq General Balerix, and proceeded on to march on Azoz. Zohhak himself was killed by a stray arrow that penetrated his left eye. Afterward, his head was severed off by Balerix, who ceremonially dipped it in a bag of blood. Meanwhile, the all-too-familiar nativity took place in Azoz at this same time. A woman named Lucretia, distantly related to Jamshid, was told by an Angel that she and her fiance will give birth to a son. This son will be infused with a spirit from the True God, and will show the people of Azoz and the world in general the only means of eternal life. Lucretia was excited for this news, and desired to see her fiance to tell this news. Along the way, however, the evil god Droksid sent many traps and temptations in her path, trying to get her to violate her vows of betrothal and have sex with another man. However, Lucretia escaped all these temptations, and related to her husband the vision she had. At the time Lucretia was giving labor, however, the armies of Frasnoq were closing in to the gates of the city. According to legend, Balerix was confronted by multiple visions from angels, warning him to not proceed because of the divine nativity taking place. After Balerix ignored these visions, and attempted to besiege the city of Azoz, a great storm rose out of nowhere, striking down the armies of Balerix with lightning. Contrary to popular media on the nativity, Balerix did not die in this attack, but made it back to Frasnoq with the rest of his troops safely. According to Ulm scriptures, the newborn child laughed instead of cried at the moment he was born. In addition, both of the earlier Prophets Anerus and Justine confirmed the child as being of divine origin. The child was named Nelrim, meaning "spirit of god", and Zohhak was succeeded in his reign by his cousin Tahmers.
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A new confederacy emerges in the mountains west of the Empire of Niani, as tribes are displaced into the area. The kingdom becomes centered around the old mountain fortress of Nulun-ben-azdun. The nation becomes rich in the mining of precious metals. Due to the Niani to the east, and the fact that the southern paths toward Yannis are difficult to traverse, their merchants also are sent west, arriving in the city of Tesardya.
The punitive expedition sent by Yannis north is defeated by the Empire of Niani, and as a result the entire region up to the Yannian border is loosely claimed by Niani.
The war to pacify the tribes around Gyt proves a difficult task. The Herati march east against the Valestorn and Kunfan, and suffer a humiliating the defeat in the eastern mountains. Although the Siege of Gyt ends with a Gytian victory, hostile tribesmen continue to plague the year.
In the region east of Draka a city named Toisona is mysteriously destroyed. The event is explained by the Kingdom of Benyisra as divine destruction, due to Toisona being a den of sin and villainy.
A war breaks out between the Franics and the Esarhaddians. After the death of Esarhad the eastern part of his kingdom, stretching to the Bangorite colony, becomes under the control of the warlord Harom, while Esarhaddon falls to Imfanesan.
- Yannis Empire: The defeat of a Yannian army in battle shocked the Anointed One, and he immediately rode out north, gathering an army as he went. The Bands of Yaro and Ondi are sent to Lake Xbalan to gather an army and meet on the western border. An army from Niani is determined to be in the region north of the mountains, and the Anointed One rides into the narrow valley near the northern river, but this proves to be a mistake. The Anointed One is ambushed and narrowly escapes, the battlefield having been soaked in the blood of the Holy Men. Around the same time a battle occurs near the fork in the Bomvuban River, in which the assembled bands, united under the commander Rydpha’tenoc. The army is equipped with mobile archer towers, and high priests dressed in animal skins. The battle is a victory, with the Niani being firmly repulsed in the west. With that area secured a trade route is established with Nulun-ben-azdun, although this is limited due to the terrain. Overall the nation struggles to defeat the Niani, and after a few years the Anointed One dies of a previous wound, stalling the war effort further.
- In Tik’akna: The instability in the city that was ushered in by the merchant Vyandephara leads to another round of deadly campaigns, with Holo’Tizoc attempting unsuccessfully to capture the ground level. The Keepers of Vedomilana remain isolated in the sky level, but manage to send out men to the countryside to rally supporters. Most of them are killed, although a few Holy Men manage to cross the Strait of Cival and contact the Kingdom of Jaris. The king named Hafjan is persuaded onto the side of the Crows, when they promise to aid him in a rebellion in his own country, and offer him a section of the former colony. A small band of cultists under Herunapha, which was dispatched to Tik’akna to aid the Crows, instead is diverted to Jaris. Hafjan keeps his word and invades the nation of Esarhaddon, securing the northern half of the nation for himself. Once the deal is ended Hafjan unexpectedly made peace with Esarhaddon, and had Herunapha’s band massacred. He then turned toward attacking his former allies, and captured all of the Tik’akna territory outside the city. This attracts the attention of Guotec’neum in Cuiracala, who also marched on Esarhaddon and expanded his territory. The state of Haromdon also took advantage of the situation, expanding north at the expense of Esarhaddon. During this time Hafjan returned to Jaris to consolidate his control in the region south of Jaris and Bangor, leaving the western territory. A second campaign began a few years later, in which the Kingdom of Jaris managed to vassalize Esarhaddon and Haromdon. By this time the situation in Tik’akna finally comes to a head when the ground level kingdom falls to a leader named Rejara, who orders that the towers of the sky level be demolished to bring them to heel. In the Battle of the South Cloud the sky and ground fight in a climactic battle, as the walls in the south are sabotaged. Hafjan had returned to the mainland, and managed to force Guotec’neum to agree to wed his daughter to Hafjan in an alliance. After the Battle of the South Cloud the forces under Guotec’neum marched on Tik’akna and finally entered the city. Guotec’neum was killed soon after, however, and Hafjan responded by declaring himself heir to Tik’akna, and marching toward the city. Supposedly the various levels of the city were persuaded to stay neutral or to side with Hafjan, in exchange for contradicting promises that that level would rule the city after Hafjan passed through. Nevertheless the remnants of the Yannian army were defeated, and Hafjan occupied the city. This left the entirety of the former colony of Asaymocenis now fallen to the Kingdom of Jaris, except for the nation of Temayal in the south. The city of Temayal under Iximanasa had managed to establish itself as an important trade center, and also explored much of the lakes to the south. This made Temayal a target for the Kingdom of Jaris, and Iximanasa began making a secret deal with the subjugated nation of Haromdon to rebel against Jaris, while at the same time making alliances with the Franics by promising Haromdon territory to them. The resulting invasion by Hafjan was plagued by infighting, and the invasion ended with Hafjan’s death.
- Xüonai: Ships continue to map out the Mellisian Archipelago and the northern coast of the continent. Names are assigned to both continents: Roei, the north continent, and Yoei, the south continent. Rural areas grow on both Roei and Yoei's coasts, of which the former's claimed coast becomes all rural. Small islands west of Ensoyiwi are claimed by Xüonai; this provokes some chiefs in the area, and the military is sent in to deal with the resisting chiefs, while cooperating chiefs get a sum of gold and some autonomy. A city is founded on the northeastern lake. Opahn Foran leads another expedition south from the northern coast on Roei to map all lands, with explicit orders to stop once they reach Zedisladana and/or Benekundon. A small group settles the channel right below the continent's horn and claims it for Xüonai, careful not to overlap Syresian outposts. All unoccupied land connected to the Xüonai colony are claimed, although not much secures the claim. Dashon II, king of the Xüonaisl, dies at age 67 of old age. Dashon III, now 23, inherits the throne. He sets into motion the 100 O.L census, which starts in mid 99 O.L and ends at the end of 100 O.L. In this, he counts the army size, treasury size, the amount of people on the mainland and all colonial holdings in each class, the amount of people on the mainland and all colonial holdings by major city or surrounding area, and the thing that the citizens and nobles want most from their king (CENSUS RESULTS NEEDED). Dashon III offers to marry the Dijunga princess and form a union between the two countries.
- Qera: With new neighbours discovered in the north, tales about the marvels of Exhula reach into Qera. Their language is now taught to the children of the merchants to make trade easier. Princess Zoelle I also writes personally a letter to the ruler of Exhula to ask for a military and cultural alliance (EXHULA RESPONSE NEEDED). Princess Zoelle is fascinated by the art of the living, as the intellectuals of Qera call the natural sciences. Colonists are sent out to claim big chunks of the bay of Qera (around 10 px along the coast). Feujaxtheccue and its surrounding lands is now officially granted the city right and may now collect its own taxes or raise its own warriors. Feujaxtheccue and Otlrolle also the first city to officially abandon so called chained serfdom, which is similar to brutal labor slavery. The Qeran society differenciates between the chained serfs, who are basically treated like lifestock (this occurs mainly in the rural areas) and the free servants, who live mainly in the cities as simple laborers to the nobles and wealthy merchants. The former chained slaves are now settlers who are allowed to manage their own farms. Thease farms are mostly situated along the southern stream at the river tri-point of Otlrolle (urban expands 1 px, rural 2 px to the south). Start to create a moon calendar. The period between every new moon is one circle, every six months a new year is celebrated, since the dry and wet seasons change in these periods.
- Exhulan response: We agree.
- Mesallian Culture: The official record of the kings of Naro report that the native kingship abruptly ceased about 50 years after the city was founded, and did not continue again until a few decades later. This seems to be explained by a historian from Idasimos (east of Naro) named Feno, who claims that around this time the eastern islands of the Emalian Delta fell under the sway of a powerful dictator, who united the islands between Naro and Elissa. According to Feno this brought them into conflict with the nation of Heratia, as they controlled the eastern edge of the delta. Heratia would have been heavily weakened at this time, as historians have cross combined the accounts of Feno with the Yannian writer Ninedera, to determine that Heratia was involved in the chaos following the breakup of Asaymocenis. As such the loss of the western cities came as no surprise, leaving Heratia to the capital in the far south, Iseisalia, as its only connection to the coast directly. The “Kingdom of the Delta”, a name given by historians, appeared to center around the city of Marlios, located within the entrance to the Emalian Delta on the eastern coast. Around the same time the Lydonian Sea came to be dominated by a civilization of “southerners”, who likely came to settle the southern coast after migrating from Susanylon or from the lands of the Denivans. The nation became known as louneosas, and ancient records and archaeological finds have confirmed that the kingdom was highly distinct from the Mesallians. Their capital was “The New City”, or Usinilago.
- Kingdom of Azoz: After the initial great legends surrounding Nelrim's birth, the next phase of Azoz's history is rather obscure, since the main focus has shifted to the founding of the Ulm faith. The reign of Tahmers is seen to come and go without much note, only the continual conflict with Balerix and the usual mystery rites for the pagan temples. The first High Priest of Azoz is mentioned at this time, being instrumental in the research of the priests of Jiff to create the perfect sandwich. Archaeologically, we know that the border between Frasnoq and Azoz shifted constantly at this time, implying sets of both victories or defeats, despite the Ulm literature that implies a one-sided campaign the entire era. Urbanization, especially at Bangui, continues to greatly expand, annexing farmland in the surrounding region. Farms also increase in density, growing more corn and tomatos, and exporting the finest alumite to our trading partners. Of course, I could not pass over this time period without making reference to the Dream of Boddha. When he was 12-years-old, Nelrim was chosen to begin his training as a priest in the Great Temple at Azoz. Weary from traveling, Nelrim sat beneath the Boddha tree outside the city, which is now a major holy site. It was at this tree that Nelrim experienced his first vision of the True God, telling him about the dangers of the evil god, and how he will be chosen to be a great Prophet one day. This dream was accompanied by a crepuscular miracle, saying that the sky opened up to show a furnace and forge in heaven, filling the whole sky with the fiery presence of God. A piece of smoldering rock fell from this furnace, striking Nelrim on the foot. Nelrim was greatly shaken by this, and indeed after this point he was lame in his left foot for the rest of his life. Many scholars have debated on the infirmity of Nelrim, whether it was merely metaphorical to his own mortality, or if he actually had some foot disease as was common at the time. Still, it was considered he was turned down to be a priest as a result of this infirmity, and was compelled to become a clerk in the Temple instead.
- Darna: Trade explodes with the Syres nation and with Tesardya, with janter, slaves, and timber being sold in large quantities. An adventurer named Isimir travels west from the primary islands of Darna and settles the western lands according to legend. A city is founded on the Isim River named Nogovarod, which is the years after would form a powerful kingdom that rivaled Darna. In the meantime Isimir led his group of followers south to explore and conquer the native peoples.
- Exhula: The plague that has raged throughout the empire finally begins to end in 92 along with much of the unrest that has plagued us. However, at the beginning of 93 The Emperor is overthrown by an extremely charismatic preacher named Lorgar, who claims to be the son of the goddess Ihnnit and is able to convince many of this claim, before marching on the Imperial Palace and forcing the emperor to abdicate (and blinding him after he surrenders before exiling him), using the justification of the emperor clearly not really being truly pious due to the plague continuing for two years after he took power. He claims the title of Emperor for himself, and begins the Aurelian Dynasty as the new rulers of the Exhulan Empire, and orders another census to be done to record the population of the empire following the 12-year plague (CENSUS RESULTS NEEDED). Trade with Qera continues to increase and the trade fills the empire's coffers, while the Qeran language becoming a popular language among nobility and merchants. The colonization of the Ettys coast continues and we claim a further 16 px of territory, and the region is renamed the Ettyian coast (as it is far from empty now and its decided the region now needs a real name). Army recruitment is also ramped up and we launch a major expedition to explore 30 px of the unexplored territory between us and Qera so we can chart new trade routes, and we encourage Qera to do the same.
- Qera Diplomacy: We propose a marrige pact between Prince Rttgan of Exhula (Lorgar's only son) and Princess Zoelle.
In the land of the Saemonites the monarch Tiphrata dies and is succeeded by Saemon IV. However, a rival claimant named Nesaranasser claims the throne, raising a large army to seize the throne, and effectively splitting the nation in two.
The trade between Nulun-ben-azdun and Yannis prompts the Empire of Niani to raid Nulun-ben-azdun and force them to submit to them. A Niani army also travels west to investigate the nation of Tesardya, and it is expected that Tesardya will pay tribute to the emperor.
- Aurelia: King Arthur II overseas the creation of a high seas fleet in which he plans to form the path for a colonial empire for his granchildren. He proclaims the southern desert lands to be that of Hesperia and claims them for Aurelia. Personally he oversees the creation of settlements called Hisperion, Aegis, and Monty. Iron weapons are discovered and used against tribals of the desert lands. The Royal Cavalry Legions are deployed in Arthur's war of conquest.
- Darna: Trade explodes with the Syres nation and with Tesardya, with janter, slaves, and timber being sold in large quantities. The independent city of Nogovarod and followers of Isimir continue to expand and explore.
- Yannis: The conflict between the Empire of Niani and the Yannis Empire would become the nation’s undoing, with the nation settling into years of conflict, with little to no expansion. The nation was not directly threatened by conquest, but rather was fairly equally matched. This led to the first peace, called the Peace of Isanlydana, when a ceasefire began.
- In Tik’akna: Following the death of Hafjan the Kingdom of Jaris struggled to hold onto its new conquests. At this time the son of the late Guotec’neum, Ahm’tisoc, managed to retake the city of Tik’akna and other important cities, such as Cuiracala. Esarhaddon managed to rebel and secure its independence, and also capture territory back from Jaris. The kingdom came to be ruled by a new dynasty under the warlord Ceshar, and the capital moved to the city of Luddon. Temayal and the Lyanians go to war once more, and for the first time a major battle takes place at sea, on the great lakes. An extensive trade network develops across the lakes, between native tribes, city-states, and colonies, with the Lyanians managing to seize a few Yannian settlements. A great kingdom forms to the far south called Uloyiso, and it secures the southern lake for itself.
- Qera: The year starts with the receipt of the offer for a marriage by Exhula, which is taken with gratefulness and joy by the by-now unmarried 26-year-old princess. Even though there are some demands to arrange the marriage, one is, that Qera shall remain independent, as personal unions are an alien concept for the Qeran people. She also wishes for a Rhatixemy (religion of Qera) or half Exhulan and half Rhatixemy marriage (EXHULA RESPONSE). Exhulan is also now often heard in the streets and trading ports of the Qera Empire and trade flourishes. With rising wealth, the thought of a hedonistic Qera is despised by a locally well-known beggar calling Ysdafnycc, who lives in a turned-over boat as a shelter in Tortla. He got famous for bad behaviour in public and rough language toward nobles. For example, he was caught at urinating on the floor at a local crocodile arena, yet he is known for answering complex philosophical or astronomical questions and a vast knowledge. At one day, the son of Yca II who is fascinated by the thoughts of Ysdafnycc and visits the known philosopher, but the prince was not even insulted when the beggar started to tell him, to stop breath the air belonging to him, as this kind of behaviour. Another expansion takes place as a city on the western end of the Bay of Qera is founded, the loosely claimed territory expands on another 15 px to the west, rural expands around 8 px.
- Weristz-Kuscisiwa: During the reign of Delneyar Asteraca II Domeon, expansion continues, particularly to the east. Diplomatically, we trade maps with Aurelia. In the middle of the decade, the Delneyar decides to declare war on Moturkodja, making use of superior weaponry and ocean raids. Mod response. The nation also creates a small settlment on the island to the southeast.
- Kingdom of Azoz: The time of Nelrim's growth to adulthood is largely unknown, due to the focus in Ulm literature focused entirely on his later career. Some apocryphal legends describe Nelrim as being almost superhuman in his abilities, proving to be stronger, wiser and hansomer than anyone else his age. Tahmurs dies and is succeeded by Husiang, his son. A comparitve study has often been drawn between Husiang and Zohhak for examples of what is called "tyranny". Husiang, for all his misguided deeds, is not an example of pure evil as Zohhak was. Husiang focused on centralization of the expanding city-state, continuing to capitalize on the alumite trade across the eastern sea, while still sustaining off-and-on military conflict wtih Frasnoq. As far as we can tell, many of the ill-begotten institutions made by Zohhak quietly disappeared at this time, or at least those that weren't Ulm propaganda.
- Exhula: Relations with Qera continue to develop further as trade increases and massively benefits the economy, and Qeran becomes a fairly common language throughout the empire, although it is far more common in urban areas than in rural ones. We agree to have the marriage between Princess Zoelle and Prince Rttgan be a half Exhulan and half Rhatixemy marriage and that Qera will retain its independence, and the marriage is soon concluded, taking place in the great temple recently constructed in Qera. Shortly afterwords a new major island is discovered and we quickly lay claim to it, with Emperor Lorgar leading a large army of 14,000 to conquer the island alongside many colonists from across the empire, integrating those natives who agree to join us and enslaving or killing those who don’t, similarly to what we did on Clorrtil a few decades ago. Although we make sure to keep the colonists well-supplied this time around so not as many die as before, having learned from our mistakes in Clorrtil. Lorgar decides to allow his son to name the island, and he names it Zoelle, after the Qeran princess to whom he is now married. The construction of the grand Temple of Exhul is completed in 106, and is named Lorgar's Truut (a truut is the place of worship for the Exhulan religion) in honour of the emperor. Lorgar orders the compiling of as many of the different stories about the gods as possible and begins writing them and many other visions and his thoughts on the faith (as he is as much of a preacher as an emperor and is heavily religiously devout) to assist heavily in writing a book on the doctrine, story, and customs of Hcctal, which is still not complete at the end of this turn. This book is gradually coming to be known as the Book of Lorgar, or the Jdthts (Divine Work). We further colonize the Ettyian coast, claiming another 20 px of territory and founding of three new major settlements in the area, all of which are in the far south of our colonies there.
- Mesallian Culture: It is believed that during this time the Svenetepen in the city of Agira began to take its modern shape. Located within the city was a 150-meter high rock, that had been leveled off by the Sterikonian, and served as a location for a palace and a massive series of walls around the summit. At this time the recorded Inkon of Agira was Propyritas, and during his reign the Svenetepen was upgraded with a new fortress to guard the city’s water springs, and a temple complex at the summit, possibly in the location of the old Sterikonian ruins. Elsewhere the Cult of Lementer is traditionally dated to have been founded in this time. The cult likely formed as a small group of farmers in the inland regions of the peninsula, but later grew into a major religious movement, with branches all around the ancient world. The Temple of Intemba became one of the key centers of the religious cult, and annually secret ceremonies and other events would be held in the confines of the ancient temple. The exact rituals of the cult were hidden from the public, with the cult operating as a sort of “secret society” for the most elite members of the region. It is recorded that at least two elected Inkons of Agira were secretly Lementerians, which when revealed created great controversy in the city.
- Xüonai: Ships continue to map out the northern coast, the area around Syres, the Mellisian Archipelago, and the area directly west of the mainland's horn. Opahn Foran is tasked with finding a mountain pass through the northern mountains to the north coast. Rural areas on the mainland and colony grow (add 25 px rural), and some cities become so populated that their city limits grow (add 3 px urban adjacent to three mainland cities). Ironworking is developed, and iron is soon found within Xüonai's borders, leading to an influx of settlers moving to the inner areas of the country to start mining iron. Because of this, the 8% taxes on goods gets the nation lots of iron, and the first centralized bank comes into play, guaranteeing the safety of their iron, of which they can pick up in the nearest large city, for a fixed interest rate. Army members are stationed at banks to make sure they aren't robbed.
The iron allows the government to set up schoolsteaching basic math, literature, and science. Using iron, iron axes are developed and refined, helping keep control of any rebellious population. Due to bad conditions, however, a disease (OTL cholera) breaks out, killing many in towns and mines from 102 O.L to 108 O.L. Dashon III comes close to death from the disease in 107 O.L, but was miraculously cured after drinking clean water, and soon many realize that the contamination of water was the leading cause and create cesspits away from wells. With the census complete, 111,000 people are found to be living under the flag of Xüonai. Iron is exported to Yannis, Dijunga, and Syresian trading posts. The colonial border with the Po Uan Ai, ("southern warring states") as coined by Dashon III, to keep conflict from spilling over the border. A Xüonaisl mathematician by the name of Insinit Nuburs invents the concept of infinity, that all numbers can be added by one to get a larger number, and is dismissed by others until he makes a presentation on it in town square, where it gains traction until most educated people recognize it. Diplomats are sent to Dijunga, Yannis, Benekundon, Zedislandia, Syres, Weristz-Kuscisiwa, and the Meshwati.
- In the capital city 11,000 people are counted, with an additional 20,000 people in the surrounding area. This includes 1248 nobles and 4304 citizens. In Iphntooi 12,000 total people are counted, in Iphnsooi 10,000, in Hehntooi 7000, in Fahntooi 8000, in Udhntooi 7000, in Roghaoi 11,000, in Soenoi 11,000, in Ensoyiwi 4500, and in Poeiwi 10,000.
- Dijunga declines the offer.
- Too early for public education. Not long enough with written language to have a literary or scientific tradition -Mod
An alliance is formed among the tribes most threatened by recent Qera and Exhula expansion. Known as the Ghisna Confederacy, they manage to conquer the southern area of the Exhulan colony, and up to the Qera border, led by a chief named Cerethias. His alliance manages tor aid far to the north, killing or enslaving a large portion of the Exhulan population there.
A tribe led by a warlord named Cian Ioys unites the area south of Neum, and successfully captures the region along the Ashe River.
Having not received tribute, the Empire of Niani launches a raid on the city of Tesardya, and captures a great deal of loot and captives.
The invasion of Moturkodja by the nation of Weristz-Kuscisiwa proves successful, although the invaders suffer moderate losses.
A Gytian army suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of the allied tribes, which temporarily reverses the course of the war in favor of the allies. Not long after, however, the western tribes suffer a crushing blow themselves, forcing them to submit to Gyt and the Saemonites.
The Saemonite domain is more or less formally split in two, after Nesaranasser and Saemon IV agree to a temporary peace. Nesaranasser primarily holds the far southwest and south, while Saemon IV holds the northwest and east.
- Tesardya: The thought of giving tribute to Niani is rejected, as the military strength of 11,000 begins a massive invasion of the Empire, promising the troops that their victory in the war will gain them territory captured and a higher place in the caste.
- Yannis Empire: When the Anointed One learns of the raid of Tesardya a secret message is sent offering to aid in attacking the Empire of Niani. The empire’s northern territories are prepared for war once more, with the first roads being made to connect farther north.
- In Tik’akna: A Yannian high priest named Nezahual’acotec leads a band of holy warriors south by sea, traveling through the Strait of Cival. They found a temple known as Ometoc-vis, located east of the Bangorian colony, and the settlement serves as a center for conversion of the eastern areas. At this time the Great Lakes fall under the dominance of a series of southern kingdoms, as the northern kingdoms, such as Temayal are eclipsed. There is political instability in the Franic Confederacy, which prompts Temayal to lead an alliance against them, capturing their southern island stronghold and other colonies. As a result the confederacy becomes largely defunct, with several Franic nations forming, and many Franic peoples pushing farther south. This coincides with the rise of the Kingdom of Uloyiso, one of the southern kingdoms built around the fertile Great Lakes, and integral in trade to the north. For the first time the Kingdom of Uloyiso begins to expand north from the lake and toward the mountains, and a brief war breaks out against the Franics. Near where they converge, the colony of the Lyanians, Taninon, rises as a kingdom of its own, threatening both nations, and managing to capture the area around the important Temayalian trade city of Yuscenipin, before taking the city itself in a war against Temayal. Under its warlord leader named Acalia, Taninon then turns on Lyania, defeating them across the lake. According to written accounts in Temayal, around this time the southern regions all fell prey to a powerful sorcerer animal, who led the leopards in revolt against humanity. Leopards stalked the streets of some towns, killing all humans who inhabited them. A hero known as Huhacna’torec supposedly rose up in the region, and managed to turn the tide of the war. In their fight the leopards were joined by the southern kingdoms, which led to a hateful relationship between Temayal and nations such as the Kingdom of Uloyiso. Later interpretations of these events have led historians to believe that there was likely a war between the two states, and perhaps Uloyiso utilized leopards as a means of warfare. Whatever the case, it is said that a great flood swept across the lakes region, destroying the leopard sorcerer, with Huhacna’torec’s army remaining by standing in a holy spot where the sea parted. Near that spot they found the lair of the leopards, which was a series of caves where seven people were trapped. They were freed, each becoming one of the Seven Tribes of Tahua (The Flood). The Seven Tribes each became independent peoples, but eternally grateful to the Temayalian warriors who had liberated them. They each founded cities that in time became great allies of the Yannian people. They settled Lake Tahua, but soon came under attack from forces all around them, causing one tribe, the Nabula, to migrate far to the south, disappearing from the known world.
- Exhula: The formation of the Ghisna confederacy and their unprovoked and brutal attacks on Exhulan lands are taken with shock and anger at first, but soon spark rage and a series of brutal reprisals that manage to drive off the raids eventuly. A massive army of 10,000 men (the largest army ever gathered by Exhula) is prepared for a massive coutnerattack against the Ghisnans to wipe them out. Secret: We attempt to turn several of the tribes against Cerethias by promising 300 kg of gold to the tribe that delivers him to us (although this is actually a lie) and to spare any who side with us and grant them Exhulan citizenship and the status of Vassals with ownership over their ancestral lands, and make sure to play on the ancient rivalries and hatred between these tribes and Cerethias Tribe to make them more likely to side with us. (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED!) We also call on our alliance with Qera, asking them to help by attacking from the other side of Ghisnan territory, especially since the Confederacy is a threat to them too. (QERA RESPONSE NEEDED!). The marriage between Princess Zoelle and Prince Rttagan proves fruitful, and three children are born over the course of this turn, two boys and one girl. The development of our island colonies and the Ettyian coast continues despite the threat of the Confederacy, and five new settlements are founded, two in our Ettyian holdings and three trading posts in southern Zoelle. The building of Lorgars Truut is completed, and it is renamed the Siccia Aaal (A name meaning Most Holy in Exhulan) and this name soon comes into general usage throughout the empire (it also becomes one of the Emperor's titles). The Northern Ettyian settlement becomes known as Corthol and the other becomes Fyss, while the Zoellan settlements are named Sdyrim, Sicarius, and Hurill. Of those three, Sicarius is the biggest port for trade and center of population growth, and also becomes somewhat famous when Lorgar orders the construction of the Grand Temple of Sicarius in the region in an attempt to spread Hcctaal into Qera, as he is highly religious. He also orders another population census (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED! SERIOUSLY, I'VE BEEN IGNORED TWICE WHEN ORDERING A CENSUS!) Explorers are also sent to map the area 20 px east of Clorrtil and 15 px northeast. (MOD RESPONSE)
- The Exhulan census reports that within the capital city there are 10,000 people, with another 30,000 people in the south area of the main island, and another 20,000 people in the other parts of the main island. Sythri and Hakkran report that there are 5000 people between them. On the island of Clorrtil 15,000 people are reported. In total Etty's Coast report 20,000 people, although there is difficulty counting some segments of the population due to lack of infrastructure, distance, and hostile forces in the south. On the island of Zoelle 2,000 people are counted in the island's main settlement, with an estimated 9,000 people throughout the entire island, including natives, many of who are hostile to the Exhulan settlers.
- The offer to betray Cerethias is rejected, with the insult used to fuel hatred for the Exhulans.
- Exhula continued: With the rejection of our offer by the tribes we negotiated with (and their sending back the severed hands of our ambassador as an insult), we are officially at war with the barbarians of the so called "Ghisna Confederacy", as we have truly been since they first dared to attack our people.We launch a devastating offensive campaign into Ghisnan occupied territory. One prong of 9000 soldiers, led by Emperor Lorgar himself, smashes through the Northern border of the "confederacy" in a massive wave that quickly smashes aside all resistance in several battles and continues to advance. Meanwhile, we use our navy to blockade all Ghisnan held coastline and to transport the rest of our soldiers onto the mainland to secure the coastline and then advance inward. As we progress farther and farther into their territory, into areas we could never hope to hold, the army is given free rain to begin a scorched earth campaign against any and all Ghisnan assets In the areas they are in. Villages are burned, wells are poisoned, fields of wheat are devoured, stolen, or trampeled by the advancing armies and those captured, civilian or military, are either killed, raped, or sold into slavery. This is a campaign to make sure the Ghisnans can never threaten us again, and we go through with all of our threats of complete extermination with the intent of destroying the confederacy even if we can't take much of their territory. The one exeption to this scorched earth rule are slaves, Exhulan or other, who are given the option to either be returned to Exhula (Or "Returned" if they weren't of Exhulan origin) or, more commonly, are armed and sent into battle alongside the Exhulan armies. This scorched earth campaign is mainly targeted at the central and southern territories of the Ghisnar through raids and attacks which then retreat back to Exhulan armed territory, but as we advance forward we always do so on a much larger scale once we are past former Exhulan territory. Lorgar also issues a personal challenge to Cerethias to either face him and his army in direct combat or forever be labeled a coward.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: We begin reinforcing our navy and send an expedition to the east.
- Xüonai Imperial Federation: We ask Darna if they want to exchange maps. Ships continue mapping the coasts of the northwestern continent(s) (both Syres and the continent north of that) and lands west of the horn, while the western Mellesian Archipelago is explored. The valuable mountain pass in the north is claimed by Xüonai, and settlers are sent to start a city south of where the river meets the small northern bay. The Po Uan Ai border is kept fortified. Yannis is asked if they want to trade updated world maps. The large bulge of unexplored land west of the mountain pass is explored, while Opahn Foran continues to map the area of land north of the mountain pass. A city is founded on the northern most point of the lake on the capital river. The continents are named as followed; the mainland, Lhynei; the southern continent, Polhynei; the Syresian continent, Syresei; and the continent north of Syresei, Rosyresei. (SECRET) Plans are drawn up for an invasion of Zedislandia and Benekundon. (END SECRET) Dashon III dies in 116 O.L, resulting in his son, 22-year-old Dashon IV, ascending the throne.
- Mesallian Culture: In the third year of the 191th Jafiad (equalling Year 966) the Ancient Mesallian epic known as the Eliriad was written by the author Herphon. Part of the legend told throughout the epic provide insight on the early history of Usinilago. The story claims that in the early years of the city’s existence it became under the rule of a powerful queen named Danobia. One of the heroes of the ancient Dioman War, named Leonas, traveled to the city of Usinilago and was wed to the queen, beginning a half Mesallian dynasty in the city. After the death of Danobia the rule of Leonas became increasingly unpopular, leading to a coup to reinstate a native ruler in the city. Leonas fled from the city and fled to the Mesallian city of Lira, where he managed to convince the ruling king there, Haron, to back his claim. Haron’s invasion force arrived from the east. According to legend the supporters of Usinilago’s new king, Jaqnisin, prayed to the elder god Varin, who told Jaqnisin in a dream how to protect the city. Jaqnisin and his men stood outside the city in a line, each equipped with a trumpet. When the sun rose on the morning of the battle they blew their horns, and one by one the army of Haron fell on the battlefield before reaching the city. Leonas fled back to Lira, while the city of Usinilago became ruled by Jaqnisin. Also during this time it is known that a temple to Lementer was founded outside Mesallas for the first time, with the Cult of Lementer founding one in the city of Edom. The largest temple during this period, the Temple of Lysandria was also constructed, becoming a major religious center in the ancient world. Very little was known about the early history of the temple there, until the discovery of the “Ridon Sea Scrolls”, a series of well-preserved documents that detailed among other things the history of the Cult of Lementer. It is said that during this time the cult came into conflict with the Water Merchants, and a secret war of assassinations and intrigue began in the city. At this time the Water Tyrant of the city (an honorary/self-introduced title that referenced the earlier days of the Water Merchants) was Caqua al-Cania, who ordered a series of 11 assassinations during the Holiday of Gharis. The Lementarians retaliated by bribing the city’s government to arrest and execute the Water Tyrant, while their temple began construction. One of the high priests of Lementer met an untimely end a year later, when Caqua al-Cania’s eldest son, Amlanbo, ambushed the cultists during a missionary trip to Edom. Both sides established an extensive spy network across the region, with a private army of zealots and mercenaries forming. One of the notable battle of this time came at the Battle of the Deosa Oasis, where two groups of nomads, each bought by one of the factions, battled in the desert. After the death of the ruler of Lysandria, the succession became contested, with each of the factions supporting a different candidate. The Water Merchants backed Soter, while the Lementerians backed Nemos, beginning a brief civil war in the city. Ultimately both claimants would be dead within the year, with a most distant pretender, Ptemanis, taking the throne, and cracking down brutally against both factions. The Cult of Lementer won out in the end, remaining an influence in the city, while the Water Merchants of Lysandria were largely taken over by Water Tyrant Lorhan, who moved the center of the faction farther south.
- Aurelia: The Title of Atlas is imposed upon Jeremy Shakespeare following his show of Aurelian prominence with a "Grand Armadial Envoy" as a fleet of 100 Aurelian warships and merchent ships set sail for the lands provided by the maps given by Weritsz to explore further. Aurelian explorers are sent to further map untreaded coastlines while Arthur's War of Conquest wraps up after securing final victory against the savages at Olive Creek on the largest island of region. On the Island of Lewisiana, Jake Churchill founds the settlement of Dundee in an effort to explore and colonize the island. Settlements also start to pop up along the claimed western coast. The City of Grafton is founded at the crossing between the Osan and Usan rivers, up stream from Andromeda. Wine from the new settlements across the sea comes in and is a luxury to the extremely high upper class.
- Kingdom of Azoz: This is likely the most densely-documented time of early Azoz history, primarily because it is the highlight and focal point of all Ulm literature. Nelrim began his public ministry when he was 30 years of age, making constant pilgrimages around all the cities of Azoz preaching his prophecies from the True God. Nelrim's wisdom literature and prophesies forms two separate corpuses in the Ulm tradition, considered the oldest surviving piece of literature in the civilization of Azoz. The main motivation for Nelrim's preaching seems to stem from calling out hypocrisy in the traditional priesthood, as well as condemning slavery. Ulm, Nelrim explained, is meant for all of humanity, and as a result the earliest Ulm communities were a largely diverse group of people, including every strata of society. However, the main centerpiece of Nelrim's theology was the strict adherence to a single monotheistic God, and the driving need of humanity to serve the True God and reject the evil god Droksid. Nelrim's success largely was due to his revolutionary social vision, which empowered every individual from slaves to farmers and noblemen a chance to meet on the same level. This was extremely dangerous for many of the corrupt elites at the time, especially the polytheistic priests, who saw Nelrim as an immediate threat. In the fourth year of his ministry, a miracle contest was called between the High Priest Janus of Azoz, verses the Prophet Nelrim. Nelrim won this contest, which climaxed with both trying to raise a dead child to life. Janus managed to get the boy to walk using demonic posession, but Nelrim simply commanded the boy to walk in the name of the True God, and he immediately came to life. By this point, Nelrim had accrued a group of seven close disciples around himself, who in turn administered over a large multitude of followers. Four of these followers came from Azoz citizens, and three from immigrants of Frasnoq. Four were middle-class citizens, with two serfs and one noble. At this point, Nelrim would frequently do many more miracles around various cities, casting out demons and curing diseases. Having Nelrim accused of sedition, High Priest Janus pressured King Husiang to have the Prophet arrested, tried in court, and ultimately publicly executed. Nelrim was hanged in the middle of Azoz, but continued to utter prophesies. After several hours, Nelrim declared he is being called to Heaven, and immediately died. His body was taken down and laid in a coffin in front of the courthouse for seven days. On the seventh day, Nelrim immediately stood up out of his coffin, and rallied his disciples together once again. At this point, his body was glowing white, and all former blemishes were removed, including his former limp. Nelrim declared that the True God helped him conquer death itself, and told his disciples that they all will conquer death, too, if they follow him. Nelrim's greatest follower, Ramu, gathered together a large army of his disciples, and launched a slave revolt against the government of the city-state. After two years, the government collapsed, killing Husiang and destroying the temples. Due to the instability of Azoz as a result of this civil war, no action is taken to push back the Cian Ioys. However, Nelrim and Ramu both send many disciples into both Frasnoq and Cian, spreading the faith of Ulm and demonstrating the power of the True God by various miracles.
- Qera: Ycas II, now prince of the empire since his aunt Zoelle is married to the Exhulan king, moves to Ogaholle to be crowned officially. As he has no heir, he sends a messenger to the Exhulan capital, to ask his aunt if one of her children can be the heir of the Tortla regency when they are 15 years of age (EXHULA RESPONSE NEEDED). The Ghisna Confederacy causes worries at the court. Ycas sends small bands into their territory to harass their posts and settlements. Revenge and war are seen as sacred in Qera. Waging war has to be a well-thought out decision. A population count is ordered (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). Other preperations are held with gigantic forges being built to create enough arrows, speers and daggers. An envoy is sent to the leader of the Ghisna which promises to leave the tribes alone if they surrender and become tributary states to Qera and Exhula, otherwise they will face mercyless distruction (MOD RESPONSE): Spelling is now standardized with around five letters added to the current handwriting alphabet to make it possible to transcribe words from the Exhulan language. The first religious book is also published by monks of the great Uon temple in Ogaholle. It contains many stories, the epos of Qeras mystical hero Obaqetl and many prayers to various gods. Ritual instructions are written down too. Small outposts on the eastern coast of the Qera Bay are founded and the land at the known coast is claimed (expand 12 px along the coast). Many merchants start to bring the Rhatixemy faith to Qera and build small shrines dedicated to their gods into their houses and ports there. The faith embraces equal rights for women and mammals, pescetarian diet and sacrifice.
- Exhula response: We agree to have the second son of Princess Zoelle and Prince Rttagan, Vassiga, be the heir to the Tortla regency if Ycas has no heir by the time he is 15.
- Syres: The home island of Ersgof becomes more interconnected, with roads being constructed that cross the island west to east. In the city itself canals are expanded, and boats become a means of transportation between the various islands of the city. In north Syres and on the island of Zolongof shipbuilding becomes a large industry. Settlements on the mainland, such as Niephnaron see increased settlement, with new settlements also created near the tip of Ersgof. Exploration from Niephnaron begins up the river, exploring the mountain range northwest of the city. In the south the settlement at Neum becomes a fast growing city, as Syresians and Mesallians arrive in the region. The rise of Cian Ioys threatens the settlement, prompting the construction of walls around the city. The nation led by Cian Ioys becomes known as Tuatha-Danann, after the name of his largest settlement, located on the Ashe River.
- Azoz Dip: Many disciples of Nelrim visit our trade partner of Syres, spreading the faith of Ulm. The Apostle Vedun leads the church there.
- Darna: The outpost in the southern lands is strengthened with walls and a garrison, and many more flock to the area to settle or to harvest slaves and other resources. The outpost becomes an important place for trading with the nation of Tesardya and the nations to the south. The city of Nogovarod expands and the followers of Isimir continue to expand and explore.
The Ghisna Confederacy goes on the offensive and manages to capture and raid farther north into Etty’s Coast, arriving up to Httcarron. At that point, however, Exhula’s army arrives and wins a decisive battle, pushing them back south.
The Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann consolidates its control over the surrounding area, before launching an attack on the city of Neum. The city is captured after a brief siege, expelling the Syresians from the region territorially.
An uneasy peace arises in the Gytian region, partially due to the hestiance of the Gytian army to win a decisive battle. Peace is made with all the applicable tribes, while the Saemonite army leaves to turn its attention elsewhere.
A kingdom forms on the Lower Ema named Alsoba, and it contests Emalian expansion farther south. As a result the nation turns its attention east toward the Great Lakes.
The Battle of Elsnulap takes place in the mountains north of Nulun-ben-azdun, between the Empire of Niani and the nation of Tesardya. Initially the army of Tesardya manages to hold off the attackers at a narrow mountain path, but they are eventually attacked from the rear and defeated, leaving most of Tesardya’s army dead. 20,000 Nianian soldiers continue on to Tesardya to demand the city swear fealty or be destroyed.
After the Ulm religion is accepted in Syres the religion spreads to the city’s territories, Neum, Zoramivera, and other nearby areas, albeit in very small numbers. An early convert named Levian begins preaching his belief that the Prophet Nelrim must have been a spiritual illusion, rather than a physically reanimated body, which clashes with the main theory of the religion. At the same time in Azoz a group also forms from the old polytheistic religion that worships the evil god as opposed to Nelrim’s god.
- Riki'va: A city is fully rebuilt, and population is stabilizing. Marriages with the natives have led to a new mix, and has brought the population way up. Fishing, trading, and the like are in full swing, the island is fully controlled, and exploration continues both northward and southward, long voyages being increasingly wealthy. At each stop, natives are asked about nearby cities, hoping to reach some great empire to trade with. Several new ships are built, bringing the navy to 17 triremes. Agriculture is booming, with wheat and barley being very yieldful choices, and the Martial spirit thrives in the people of Riki'va.
- In the northern lands there are hardly any natives spotted, and those spotted do not seem to know of any nearby cities. In the south the natives speak of the nation of Personia (the yellow nation you discovered), and the various cities who the Saemonites have conquered or are attacking.
- Kingdom of Azoz: I will be the first to admit, some of the events related to the beginning of Ulm history are quite fantastic, but quite a lot of evangelicals will avow to its credibility to this day. After the civil war ended, the Kingdom was re-established to the same borders it once enjoyed. King Husiang was killed in battle, but the priesthood was largely spared of any bloodshed, but rather permitted to renounce their religion and accept the faith of Ulm. The priests of Jiff were allowed to continue their resaerch for the perfect sandwhich, but now their temple was converted into more of an early laboratory. According to the end of the earliest books in the literature of Ulm, Nelrim in his post-resurrection form continued to rule over Azoz for seven years, in a kind of theocratic state. In practice, however, during this time the chief apostle Ramu made all the important decisions, with advise from Nelrim's mother, Lady Lucretia. In one anectote, a pocket of polytheists still remained in the city, supposedly worshipping Droksid himself, known as the Drokkites. First, Nelrim spoke to Ramu, telling him of this abomination in the city and how it will bring doom on the land if not immediately dealt with. Ramu publicly denounced the Drokkites in the name of Nelrim, and immedately they were devoured by a swarm of vultures. On the last day, in the seventh year, Nelrim was surrounded by his family and disciples, before he ascended into heaven to be leading the armies of the True God. Ramu, now the official Holy Father of Azoz, then crowned Taulat as the first new dynasty of the kingdom. Meanwhile, the faith of Ulm continues to spread across trade routes abroad, as Vedun is similarly the Father of the Church in Syres, and from there sent missionaries and apostles to every nation in the Inner Sea. The misugided sect of Levian, according to legend, was dealt with during the time before Nerlim's ascension into heaven. Nerlim traveled to Syres and appeared before Levian, saying to him "take your hand and feel my neck and my hands ... a spirit does not have flesh and blood as I do". The nations we immediately border at Eskaladun, Frasnoq and the other guy we send many disciples to preach the faith of Ulm, asking people to accept the True God and be annointed with oil to achieve immortality (mod response).
- Exhula: The offensive by the Ghisnans is taken with surprise and does a fair amount of damage before we can respond, and they get far enough to lay siege to the city of Httcaron. They besige the city for weeks but they are driven off when Emperor Lorgar's army of 9000 arrives and crushes them between the walls of Httcaron and themselves, forcing the Ghisnans to quickly rearrange their lines in response that quickly collapses into chaos, especially when the garrison of the city leads a successful sortie out of the city that, together with the army, crushes the Ghisnans between them. Although many casualties are suffered on our side most of the Ghisnans army is destroyed and those left led by their commander are forced to quickly flee and withdraw. Our use of iron weaponry and armoured cavalry plays a large part in our success, as the bronze-using and cavalryless Ghisnans are unable to effectively fight them and it caused many casualties among them, making the situation for them worse and allowing us to quickly catch many of those fleeing from us and continue pursuing and harassing them as they flee. After pushing them back we immedietly go onto a massive offensive campaign against them, attempting to push deep into Ghisnan held territory and retake what they have stolen and push deep into their own lands, were we launch many raids. We also attempt to capture much of the Ghisnan coastline, with 2,000 troops being moved onto it and us raiding all coastal settlements we can while capturing those we are able to. Specifically, we launch attacks via sea on the two cities they have captured from us in an attempt to retake them. Meanwhile, colonization of Zoelle continues and three more settlements, Discca, Ollpis, and Sivrit are founded while many more people move to the island. Three more children are born to Princess Zoelle and Prince Rttagan, all girls. We offer to share our cavalry and horses with Qera for an appropriate price, as they are our ally and to help them defend themselves from the Confederacy (Qera Response Needed). Prince Rttgan rules the Empire while his father is off fighting. However, he has no real experience in ruling and leans heavily on the advice and help of his wife, Princess Zoelle, to run the empire, as she has experience ruling herself and with her help they rule effectively. She also becomes a major patron of the arts and of natural sciences, and an immense court of hundreds of scholars forms in the Imperial Palace. Despite being at war and leading an army, Lorgar still takes time out of every day to continue writing the Book of Lorgar, incorporating his experiences in the war so far into the writing, although the pace is slowed. Many Hbbcre preachers from Sicarius and other port cities and merchants trading with them attempt to spread the Exhulan faith into Qera, although this is in no way forced. (Qera Response Needed). In 126, Prince Vassiga is sent to Qeras capital of Ogaholle as a war of his distant cousin Prince Ycas as the heir to the Tortla regency, although his father and mother stay in communication with him through letters.
- Sillan Empire: Lin Caterin exploits the instability and social unrest stemming from poor grain yields – usurping the President and declaring herself the Empress of the "Sillan Empire". She renames the city of Silla into the Imperial City of Caterinopey (from the suffix -opey; meaning "city") and grants province status to the Five Colonies. To facilitate the administration of these newly-established provinces, she establishes a three-rank system: a provincial capital would be the center of the provincial government, which would preside over a sub-provincial city or municipality, which in turn, would be composed of districts. Voting rights are limited to households with at least one member who is a member of the ruling class (which is determined via nominally meritocratic civil or military examinations). In addition, term length is extended to 20 years – effectively turning Silla into an elective monarchy. In order to reinforce gender roles, civil examinations are barred from most men (excluding those of aristocratic descent. However, they have to pay a poll tax and submit a written approval from their mothers or their female guardian), effectively ending male participation in politics. Similarly, men are barred from the highest positions in the military. However, the implementation of a poll tax as a pre-requisite to participate in military examinations result in men of aristocratic background monopolizing positions as heavy cavalrymen. These reforms have resulted in a peculiar military structure in which light infantry and high-ranking military officials would be women; while cavalrymen and heavy infantry would be derived from aristocratic and conscripted men, respectively. Meanwhile, the right to divorce is limited to women, though the man could still demand a divorce if he submits proof of abuse or distress as a result of the marriage. In addition, divorces are restricted to marriages that have lasted for a period of at least 15 years. Other sweeping reforms are introduced. The legislature is abolished and replaced with the Imperial Court, which consists of 200 bureaucrats (half of whom are elected, and the other appointed by the Empress) and 100 aristocrats. The ten-clause Criminal Code is further expanded, with legal loopholes being addressed and the levels of punishments being elaborated–ranking from fines to death via hanging. An imperial act is ratified mandating the reinforcement of all city walls and fortifications (which are made of rammed earth). Commoners are only offered to six years of weekly schooling (to acquire basic literacy and numeracy) – while the children of nobility are placed in separate schools and receive more comprehensive and longer schooling. A poll tax is placed on the qualifications exams – which determine eligibility for further education in law or military academies and eventually, engagement in imperial examinations. In order to boost grain yield, wet-rice cultivation is promoted and vast tracts of land are cleared for agriculture. Irrigation systems are built, diverting water and nutrients from the river to ricefields–therefore maximizing yield. A census is ordered to combat tax evasion. Expansion continues.
- Qera: The heir for the Tortla regency is welcomed with open arms by the citizens and nobles. As the Qeran society is relatively tolerant toward strange beliefs, Vassiga promises to reign in the customs of Qera without religious biases toward his citizens. Prince Ycas keeps in contact with Exhula and prepares for an invasion of the confederacy. Peasents and citizens are conscripted from their local regents as Ycas II has called them to arms. The cavalry offered by Exhula is taken greatfully as this could revolutionize the way how Qera fights its wars. In exchange, 100 shielded boats are offered along with 20 chests of white pearls (EXHULA RESPONSE PLEASE). The prince also allowes to build a Hbbcre shrine in Ogaholle, but the consumption of all meat but fish and alcohol is still prohibited in Qera. With new cavalry in the army, most chiefs learn how to ride horses, beside that they are used to pull supplies to the camps. A full scale invasion with 15,000 men and 200 boats along the coast is launched into Ghisna territory (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). Captives are sent back to the capital, where they will be used as slave labour but are promised to get back home when they surrender and hand their weapons over. After months of fighting, local tribes who speak similar languages to Âtluâm (the language of Qera) are called to aid against the "Gagisnaheho" as the Qerans call them. The word means "them unworthy/evil Ghisna". Some smaller tribes accept the offer, but only very few men actually take up arms (around 50). Another distant cousin of Ycas II from the island of Qeraxixehe, Yller the beast (he earned this title from his unusual height of around 2.15 m and the six fingers on each hand) is named as supreme general of the army. His brutal strategies are rather made to terrify the enemy than actually winning the battle. Besides the war, arts develop further with many poems being recorded, making the mainly oral tradition of Qeran poetry and storytelling a written art. Science and philosophy are also widely discussed.
- Exhula response: We gratefully accept the Qeran shielded boats, which we begin to make use of in raids on the Ghisnar coastline and attacks on coastal settlements. We also accept the boxes of pearls, which are moved to the imperial palace.
- Xüonai Imperial Federation: Secret: We ask Syres to be ready for an invasion, as we plan to invade Beukdon and Zedisladana by 122 O.L, and if not ready, tell us by what year. After the Syresian response saying they are ready to invade Beukdon and Zedisladana, our army is prepped to a capacity of 6,000 and 3,250 are stationed on the claimed border, while 1,750 are stationed around unclaimed territory north of the two countries to for a surprise. 1,000 men are left to garrison the country, especially ports, the colony, and areas that might potentially rebbel. Around two-thirds of all troops are equipped with iron swords, and the rest with iron axes. We begin our advance into Buekdon and Zedislandia with a surprise attack from the northern border, call Syres into the war, and then, when they move to reinforce the border with Syres, we move in from the border with Zedislandia and Beukdon. All ships are recalled to attack the ports of Zedislandia. Algorithm needed; if war ends earlier than 129 J.L, I will add more.
- Syresian Diplomacy: The nation responds with a message saying they are ready.
- Xüonai Continued: Due to the Darnan invasion of our territories, no troops are recalled from the front. However, a state of emergency is issued and a large conscription is instated; 3,000 new troops are equipped with iron axes and are marched north to take back our rightful province and the other small Darnan colony. 1,000 men are sent to the small western Darna colony and 2,000 to the northern Darnan colony.
- Yannis, Tesardya, and Azoz (the latter through a meeting in Syres' capital) are asked to join our coalition in 123 O.L, since Darna is aiding the Niani Army and the case that Syresian traders are getting attacked, impacting their largest trading partner. (Tesardya, Yannis, and Azoz response needed)
- Darna: The nation receives word of the “Xüonai Imperial Federation” and its invasion of the nations of Beukdon and Zedisladana. Although the Darnans have no positive opinion of either Beukdon and Zedisladana, an opportunity is seized, brought on by the plethora of slave traders who operated in Beukdon and Zedisladana, and now are experiencing a threat to their business. An army of 500 men is sent across the river and by sea to seize the very small Xüonai colony that we border. The settlement is expected to fall quickly, as due to its recent creation is observed to have a population not dissimilar to the size of our 500-man army. Once this attack takes place messages are sent to the nation to raise 1000 men in proper reinforcements, who arrive in the captured settlement in the months after. In our southern outpost some 700 men are gathered, and the leader there negotiates with Beukdon and Zedisladana to secure a steady supply of food, money, and slaves in exchange for our weapons, soldiers, and aid, and a promise to limit hostile slaving of their people. After which this army is sent by sea to seize the westernmost outpost of the Xüonai. These armies also send a clear message to the Syresians that we are in the area, and if they were to attack we would cut off all trade to them and be able to seize their outposts. The approaching Niani army in Tesardya is also spotted, and a large portion of our merchants in the north withdraw, although some go forward to the Niani army offering to help supply them and trade with them. Update: After capturing the Xüonai territories they are fully looted and then burned to the ground, and all the armies in the region are consolidated into our fortified settlement, along with the captured Xüonai citizens. With all the armies gathered in one place, plus supplemented by reinforcements, the garrison reaches 3000.
- Mesallian Culture: After the years of struggle between the Water Merchants and the Cult of Lementer, primarily around the city of Lysandria, it is believed that the conflict was exported to neighboring cities in some capacity. Both factions created a presence in the city of Edom, with the cultists paying for a temple’s renovation, and the Water Merchants opening a market. In search of a source of income, the Cult of Lementer also created a series of stations along the roads from Mesallas to Usinilago, and other southern areas. Over time these passes developed into proper roads, and the Lementarian stations developed into proper forts, which extracted a toll on passing travelers. The Water Merchants found themselves forced out of these passes, and so turned to expanding their trade network in the far south through the desert. The oasis directly west of Edom, called Ajayiba, became home to a small settlement constructed by the Water Merchants during this time. Fortunes changed, however, when the Cult of Lementer was opposed by Usinilago. The city decreed the worship of Lementer as Mesallian treason, and brutally cracked down on the cult across the city. Around this time King Jaqnisin launched a military campaign to the east, partially to claim this region, and partially to drive out the Lementarians from the western half of their road network. They came nearly to the border of the Mesallian city of Thusmos, which held the area south of the Gonnia River.
- Syres: After Xüonai declares war on its neighbors, an army of 1000 men, led by Amnigaden, arrives at the Syresian outposts in Zoramivera. Soon after though, several events occur in the city of Syres. First the arrival of the Ulm preachers attracts the attention of many, and the religion’s popularity grows. The government refuses to condemn the religion, but rather welcomes the Ulm preachers initially. When Nerlim personally travels to Syres a large following develops. In particular many Syresian converts begin constructing shrines in the city, and also adding to the legend of the religion. According to one popular tale, Nerlim ascended to heaven at a rock outside the city, which becomes home to a significant temple. Elsewhere in the city where the Prophet supposedly walked, shrines are erected, with their leaders claiming to possess holy relics. At some shrines a sort of worship of the Prophet emerges, with offerings being left for his spirit. In Syres’ mercantile nature, an industry is also created for the selling of supposed relics, pieces of scripture, and specialty oil for anointing, which becomes popular in the city’s markets. At the highest price one could also find blood, sweat, and oil supposedly from the Prophet himself. An early Ulm leader named Antionah begins leading his congregation in a belief that fish is considered unholy, citing a series of quotes and scriptures related to the Prophet, which is what ultimately causes the city to turn against the religion. The wealthiest merchant families of the city, who made their fortunes off fishing and the sale of naphrun demand that the religion being stamped out. Mobs hired by the merchants target Antionah’s congregation, and the other Ulmists inadvertently, leading to heavy violence. The current ruler, Nephi V, is increasingly empowered by the Hensa in order to crack down on the Ulmists. However, Nephi V decides to use this new found power for a different purpose. In Year 223 he marches on the city with an army, hoping to reinstate a hereditary, absolute monarchy. As a result, the nation’s armies are left preoccupied, with fighting occurring throughout central Ersgof. A plan to retake the city of Neum from the southern invaders is delayed by this outbreak of war as well. Although Nephi manages to secure the city and institute his rule, he dies in 226, and the Hensa manages to retake control over the city.
- Yannis Empire: The nation is forced to reject the request from Xüonai to invade Benekundon and Zedislandia, on account of the threat currently posed by the Empire of Niani. The war reignites with some skirmishes in the north, as Holy Men are sent to the Tesardya region to disrupt their conquest of that state. The Band of Yaro march through the mountain pass toward Nulun-ben-azdun to raid that region. Should Tesardya fall to the Empire of Niani the nation is prepared to create a ceasefire once more, as a full scale war is not deemed ideal.
- In Tik’akna: The Tribes of Tahua faced numerous hardships during this time, according to the semi-historical, religious text, known as the Ihc’tlan. As the nations of that region grew in prosperity, the Kingdom of Uloyiso launched an invasion into the region. The easternmost tribe was the Tribe of Zian, while remained adamant in its position, even when the other tribes fled farther to the west. The west tribes, gathered their strength, settling several major settlements near the nation of Lyania. When the Uloyiso army continued its advance to the west, it is said that the leader of Zian, a man named Petrad, intervened. He claimed to have spoken to a supreme being on the island of Ysus, who instructed him to go before the enemy camp and sacrifice his tribe so that the others could live. He did as instructed and peacefully surrendered, and as a result, Uloyiso conquered the region and enslaved one-half of the tribes. When the enemy army advanced farther, however, they were struck by a mysterious plague that killed the leader of Uloyiso. The western tribes were spared and left independent, but Zian and the easterners were left enslaved in Uloyiso territory, causing the people of Tahua to turn on Petrad. Before his death he claimed that in time the supreme being would liberate them, and that the sacrifice was instrumental in ensuring that would happen. He was ignored in his lifetime, and some time later passed away. It is said that the sole believer of Petrad was named Issacitali, who was forced to flee into the desert, fearing the wrath of the angry Zianists. Around the same time that the power in the north changed, with a powerful warlord named Hosherad rising to unite the region. And seeking to expand his domain, he launched an invasion of the colony to the west of him that was loyal to Xüonai.
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The Exhulan-Qeran invasion of the Ghisna Confederacy is successful, with the invaders suffering a few thousand casualties in the process. However, due to disease and lack of supplies, exacerbated by the Ghisnan desolation of the region, nearly twice as many Exhulans/Qerans perish outside of direct combat. Cerethias dies during the fall of the Ghisnan main city.
The eradication of the Drokkites, with them being turned into vultures according to legend, is successful in the city of Azoz. However, many slaves who work in the alumite mines adopt the region in secret, albeit in negligible numbers. Meanwhile, Drokkitism gains a revival when it is imported into Frasnoq. There it eclipses the popularity of the main line Ulm religion, and is called Azoznafari (“The Azoz Thing”). In Eskaladun the religion is rejected by the nation, but not before inroads are made by a few early Ulm preachers, many of whom becoming martyrs in the process.
In the Imperial City of Caterinopey a revolt of the nation’s male heavy cavalry and infantry takes place, as the men of the military attempt to seize control in order to institute patriarchal reforms. Likewise, they protest the ascension of Lin Caterin, and take advantage of instability in the governmental shift.
The dominance of the Kingdom of Makuku in its region is challenged by the rise of several other rival city-states within the same cultural area. Kingdoms such as Punauia, Napukal, and Rakaroa rise to the forefront of the region’s politics.
The census in Sillas reports that approximately 69,000 people inhabit the city proper, with another 20,000 in the southern area. Of this number, 4796 identify in the noble class and another 16,870 are listed as citizens. In the northern area 29,000 people are reported.
The city of Tesardya falls to the Empire of Niani, but becomes one of the main cities in a western, largely autonomous province.
- Exhula: Our invasion of the Ghisnan Confederacy is successful, and although they put up a large fight (killing 4000 soldiers overall from all causes) and implement scorched earth tactics as they retreat, their resistance collapses once Cerethias is killed by a common foot soldier named Rogan during Cerethias last, desperate counterattack. After this, the Confederacy he formed shatters along tribal lines (as his charisma and mutual fear and hatred of us and Qera was all holding that was the Confederacy together) and we are easily able to sweep in and occupy most of the former Ghisnan territory and claim it as our own. We eradicate many of the disunified tribes, killing or enslaving their inhabitants, and conquer several more and forcibly settle their land. The remaining tribesmen surrender and are forcibly integrated into Exhulan territory, with warriors who fought against us having their hands cut off as punishment (and so they can't fight us again) while the other civilians are forced to have their children educated in Exhulan-run schools and in Exhulan customs and religious beliefs. The soldiers who fought for us are granted small strips of land in former Ghisnan lands to farm and raise their children on and to make productive for the Empire, with many accepting this and marrying native woman. With this victory, the now very old Emperor Lorgar attempts to return to Exhul to resume ruling directly. However, along the way his ship is caught in a severe storm and sunk, leading to his and the entire crew's death and Prince Rttagan officially taking the position of Emperor, that, in truth he has held for years as Emperor Rttagan I Aurelian. Aurelian also begins to enter into the Exhulan Language as a word meaning "Royal" rather than just referring to the current Aurelian Dynasty (as most poorer Exhulans don't really have a concept of other rulers, with the exception of those in Port Cities). It also means that The Aurelian birds (not a real type of bird) from which Lorgar took his last name begin being seen as "Royal Birds" and sacred to the Hcctaal religion. Trade relations with Qera increase further now that they have helped us defeat the Ghisnans, but we request they allow us to annex most (although obviously not all) of the Ghisnan territory, as they have done more damage to us than to Qera with their raids and offensives into the Etty's Coast and we already occupy most of it, but want to work out details with Qera, who will obviously annex a fair amount of territory even if we get most (Qera response needed). We also continue to develop our Zoellan settlements and launch an expedition to explore 30 px into the large unexplored bulge underneath Zoelle (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED!)
- Qera: As the Ghisna leadership are now broken as their leader dies Yller the Beast cracks down smaller rebellions with harsh and terrible punishments. Some of the rebels are sacrificed to the god Obeq to thank him for the success in the war. The splitting of the confederacy is accepted. Prince Ycas II will grant Exhula to takes to them what they deserve which is about the northern two-thirds of the Ghisna land. The southern parts are taken by Qera since the most tribes there speak languages related to Âtluâm. Qera will not annex any land, but the southwestern lands of the former Ghisna Confederacy is turned into the Reuollotl Kisna which means Kisna Union (EXHULA RESPONSE, PLEASE). Most of the conquered tribes are mostly left alone to prevent rebellions, but in the village Asseru the Union is proclaimed with the general Yqecc Lerg as the Prince who married a native tribeswoman by the name of Soceam. In the Heartland of Qera trade continues to flourish with Exhula, arts and science are also developing. One of the students of the famous philosopher and teacher Yuetse writes down his philosophical thoughts on various topics. Literacy is now not just a thing of the rich and priests and everyone learns at least some reading and writing in the temple schools. In these temple schools children and adults alike are tought in religious customs, basic mathematics and writing. These temples are generally free, but the poorer children usually have no time to spend time there because they are out working. A temple-pyramid is build in Tortla dedicated to the god of war Obeq too, where some rebells from the north and war prisoners are sacrificed to Obeq. Some merchants also want to build a permanent settlement on Exhulan territory, where a small temple shall be build dedicated toward the goddess of mercy and life, goddes Zorred (EXHULA RESPONSE PLEASE). After many men died in the north, a population count is ordered to organize the restructuring in the empire (MOD RESPONSE PLEASE). The word aorel enters the vocabulary of Âtluâm as a loanword from the Exhulan language with the meaning of rich or noble.
- Exhula Response: We accept the division of the lands agreed on with Qera without protest, and begin sending many more settlers into the Ghisnan territory we now officially hold. In response to the desire to build a settlement in our territory we deny this request but have no problem with the building of a temple in our territory, although we request in exchange to be allowed to build anether major Hcctal Temple in Qera. We also propose the building of a long road connecting our Ettyian Settlements and Qeras cities, to increase land trade between us massively now that we share a land connection (since the Kisna Union is, in practical terms, a puppet state of Qera).
- Riki'va: Trade continues to flourish with the mainland, and the Riki'va have almost completely interbred with the island's natives. The capital is booming, two secondary urban centres open along island rivers, and population is skyrocketing due to barley and wheat growing. The king orders a census, to see what there is to tax. Exploration continues along trade, with focus being put on hugging the coast, to have more accurate coastal maps.
- Xüonai: We decide to focus on getting Benekundon out of the war. Heavy blockades are set around Zedislandian cities, and the armies around the cities through the countryside to the two easternmost cities in Zedislandia and besiege both, by land and sea. 1000 men besiege each city (2,000 in total), while another 1250 march north, between our two westernmost rivers, to attack Benekundon from below. One of the seasoned generals, Hatac Ehm, leads 1750 troops into Benekundon through the northern and western border. The 785 troops from the north come back to receive supplies, and then assist Hatac Ehm in his assault. The 1180 troops left after the Oshaba assault are given supplies and then told explicitly to siege Oshaba, as the city itself is too hard to breach. Ships are also sent to prevent supplies from coming from Darna, of which Xüonaisl ships are to board any merchant ships to see if they can capture a map of Darna's known world. We ask Syres to please help with the war, as we need to take out Zedislandia, the actual power behind the Benekundon-Zedislandian alliance, and an attack on both sides would knock them out of the war quicker.
- Aurelia: King Michael II inherits the throne from Arthur. Michael personally sets sail to the overseas colonies to tour his empire. He founds Arthur's Town at the entrance to a known but not yet claimed river area to the East. Michael enters into a state of warrior thinking. He brings the idea of forceful integration and has his generals set forth to colonize claimed lands by turning captured savages into serfs and to properly civilize them. More of Lewisiana is claimed by explorers Jacob Melbourne. The navigator Sydney Holmes decides to take three ships and sail the Southeast anticipating more ocean. The Upper Peninsula of the southlands is claimed and the Navy sets up forts to provide a place to explore the interior. The Monty Witch Trials are held by locals of the Monty Colony. About 30 women are crucified then burned alive after "confessing" to being witches.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Taulat continued to rule as king, officiated by the Holy Father (Patra) Ramu, for many years after these events. Taulet focused on expanding the military, upgrading their weapons to more advanced iron age technology. Seige engines were constructed along with large crows, as archaeology of the military barracks reveal. The shields of the new Azoz military were large and bronze, colored with the symbol of the Ulm faith. King Taulet reaches out to the rulers of Frasnoq, due to our massive change of government, to call a truce to our previous conflict (MOD Response). Father Vedun administrates the church in Syres, with its religious capital in Neum. Father Demetry establishes the church in Eskaladun, albeit underground, and spreads the faith of followers while under persecution there. Just as their success in Azoz, these churches all spread the good news of immortality granted by the True God, and the liberty of all people from every class and structure in society to be treated as equals. Demetry, like all the original seven disciples, is accredited with many miracles as he set up the church in his area, frequently involving raising the sick or the dead. Back in Azoz, Ramu and his immediate successor Rukebab worked to establish the earliest forms of liturgy and ecclesiastical order. Most of this early liturgy seems to be based on older priestly practices used in pagan temples. However, in the Ulm religion these rites are carried out by all individuals, not just the priests. The Great Temple of Azoz is converted into the first Basilica of Ulm. Ongoing discrimination and prejudice, left over from the previous government, was still in need to be dealt with. Under pressure from the Holy Father, King Taulet decreed that alumite mining was no longer exclusively the task of foreigners, and even slaves were now an occupation open to any voluntary citizens. Levian, the former hesiarch in Syres, has now become the most instrumental preacher and writer within the Ulm religion. Levian spends this decade traveling around the Inner Sea, spreading the faith of Ulm to the coastal cities of Xüonai (Xüonai RESPONSE). After a couple of years, he then visits the island of Darna, and preaches the promises of the True God and the miracles of his resurrected Propehet Nelrim (Darna RESPONSE). Finally, after 18 months Levian moves to spread the good news to coastal city-states part of the Messalian Culture, where he spent the rest of this decade. Levian wrote many theological texts from this time, and in many places he identified the religion of Ulm with the same as the semi-monotheistic cult of Lementer. In fact, some scholars have speculated that early liturgy and theology was derived from the sophisticated Messalian culture, as these two religions became intertwined. (Messalia RESPONSE)
- Xüonai Response: Most don't convert, as they would have to give up fish, one of the main exports, and Unäo, the main religion, because Ulm is strictly monotheistic.
- Yannis Empire: The second conflict with the Empire of Niani winds down anticlimactically, with both sides claiming victory. The Niani conquests in the west remain, but the Yannians successfully defend the Yannis Empire’s border, and make off with considerable loot and slaves. The High Priest of Xüonai, Colo’tizoc, who serves as the highest Yannian religious authority and ambassador to the nation of Xüonai, orders that the Holy Men of the nation destroy the Azoz religion within Xüonai before it can spread farther. All those who convert are captured or killed. This is done within Xüonai’s borders without the permission of Xüonai’s government, but is explained as being integral to preserving peace in the region. Colo’tizoc writes to the government of Xüonai to request that they approve and join him. At the same time he writes a message to the Anointed One, stating his opinion that the Yannis Empire should intervene should Xüonai remain full of heathens. A grand display takes place as a hundred converts are rounded up and executed in public. They are stripped naked and tied leg to leg, arm to arm, with their arms then pulled above their head (creating a series of X shapes). Across their bodies the holy scriptures of the Anointed One are carved into their flesh. After a few days each end of the row is tied to a boat, and the two boats depart into the ocean, dragging the net of heathens between them. The boats are sailed to the island of Ensoyiwi, where it is rumored that a large number of converts may be hiding. The boats are beached with the corpses of the heathens still attached, and then the boats are set ablaze. After this a large contingent of priests arrive on the island to reaffirm its beliefs.
- Xüonai Response: Barely anyone converted, so I don't see why so many are killed. Please remove this from your turn.
- In Tik’akna: After raiding the Xüonai colony, 5000 men led by Hosherad pour into the colony’s capital to capture it. After sacking the capital he elects to create a new city in between the two rivers, which will serve as his capital, and a plethora of slaves are sent to construct the city, starting with a series of walls.
- Xüonai Response: Hosherad can't just waltz into our colony, we have 1,000-2,000 garison divisions there. We offer all rural landowners that are good with axes an offer to get protection from the fortified city in exchange for fighting with their axes, of which they have used their whole life as farmers. Iron swords and axes slice through Hosherad's men.
Tsardom of Algeorgia: We send an expedition to the northeast. Queen Consort Anastasia gives birth to a daughter which is named Natasha and is proclaimed heir apparent.
- *Darna: The prophet man who comes to Darnan soil comes as a pleasant surprise, as according to the law those of different faiths can be enslaved without repercussion, and a slaver enthusiastically does so. Needless to say he does not survive more than a year in the mines. The defense of the city from Xüonai attack is successful, and an envoy is sent to demand that Xüonai make peace. In the meantime the garrison remains, while another 2,000 men arrive to serve as mercenaries in the lands that Xüonai is attacking.
- Mesallian Culture: The historicity of the early Ulm religion during the “Apostolic Age” is debated by historians. In particular modern scholars tend to agree that “Levian of Nykos” was likely a separate author than the Syresian-born apostle named Levian, who famously met the prophet Nerlim. The evidence for this is an account stating that Levian ventured to the city of Darna around this time, and a second account of Darnan origin claiming that a “prophet” was enslaved and later killed. Likewise, a branch of the church in Darna, formed many years after the fact, claimed to originate from “Levian the Martyr”. If this is the case then Levian would not have been able to travel to Mesallas during the later years in his life. Regardless, according to tradition, Levian settled in the city of Nykos after traveling around the ancient world, and several primary sources from the region seem to confirm the historical events detailed in the Ulm scripture according to Levian. In particular there is an account from Erinys, a Meshwatian author, who writes of the “foreign disturbance preached in the streets of Nykos” during the reign of Massisni VI, and a later edict from the city of Lysandria, which stated that an individual by the name of Levian was exiled from the city. It is likely that due to Lysandria’s reputation as “a theological melting pot” Levian would have been drawn to the city, assuming he was not already from there. Chronologically the first epistle attributed to Levian takes place in the city. Among other things, it mentions the salvation from death through the Ulm religion and the transformation of its believers. Interestingly, the Ridon Sea Scrolls contain an early copy of part of this epistle, as well as details on the political climate at the time. Initially the new religion was seen as outside the pantheon of the Mesallas religion, which sparked disapproval from the religious authorities within the city. Mesallian writers commonly would state that in Mesallian culture all deities were seen as technically valid, with great efforts often given to connect foreign deities to Mesallian ones through personality and attributes. However, it is unclear how widespread this belief was at this time. As such the history of the Cult of Lementer states that a “kiss to the ground” was offered (a popular euphemism in Mesallian literature was that of the warrior “kissing the dirt” upon dying in battle, and as such the cultists practiced the ritual of literally kissing the ground before ordering an assassination.), but the assassination attempt failed. This event would also appear in Levian’s own writing, who details how God’s intervention saved his life from evildoers. This prompted Levian’s attempt to connect Lementer and the god of the Ulm religion, although this became a challenging feat. The author Fastius, who lived some six centuries after the events, wrote that Lementer had the following attributes in his seminal work on Mesallian mythology: Lementer appears as a horse in the dreamworld, and is seen before one dies peacefully in their sleep, which although a positive, is also the source of nightmares, as people fear they will die in their dreams. Lementer is the creator of the unwritten law (the cultural values, as opposed to the written justice). Lementer is chthonic in nature, for inhabiting the underground realms. Lementer carries many faces, symbolized by the followers who wear masks over their faces. Although most importantly to Levian, Lementer ruled over the dead and guided them, granting the power over life and death, not unlike the deity of the Ulm religion, who was said to have been able to grant salvation from death. It was after this time that Levian was exiled from the city and turned to the city of Nykos, preaching frequently and writing theological texts on the nature of God and connections to Lementer.
- Syres: The brief invasion of Zedisladana ends in defeat, and the army under the command of Amnigaden withdraws west. The defense of the last remaining major trading post in the south is successful, with Zedisladana being repulsed at the river. The war hurts the nation’s trade and stability, and talks begin to hopefully negotiate an end to the conflict. In an effort to end religious conflict in the city, the Hensa creates an alternate solution. A pantheon of state-approved deities is promoted, which encompass important civic values. They include “Victory”, “Liberty”, and “Mercy”, and several state-sponsored temples are established for their worship. These cults are slow to take form, and in the meantime, the Ulm religion continues to grow in popularity. After the death of Antionah his particular sect of the Ulm religion begins to die out, brought on by rapid persecution. Trade is established with Usinilago and other southern cities, while the first presence of the Cult of Lementer appears in the city.
Envoys from a nation known as Myzosia arrive in the nation of Aurelia. They claim to be from the east, and wish to initiate trade with Aurelia.
A proposal arrives in the nation of Xüonai from Benekundon and Zedisladana, offering modest territorial concessions in exchange for peace.
The city of Tesardya sees rebuilding and quick growth from Nianian settlement, as the city serves as the Empire of Niani’s first coastal city. The Niani also welcome trade from Darna, and expand their operations in the west through Tesardya.
The rulers of Frasnoq agree to a peace with the Kingdom of Azoz, with the current borders standing.
- Xüonai: After our de facto victory in the Uan'kaphoaito and the peace proposal request by Zedislandia and Benekundon is reviewed. We ask to meet in the city on our side of the border (Udhnluito) to discuss treaty terms. A series of terms for Benekundon and Zedislandia are put forth by Dashon IV:
- The small southern most "peninsula" of Benekundon jutting into western Xüonai is ceded to Xüonai, all the way north to the northernmost point of the Xüonai-Zedislandian border river;
- The northern area captured from Benekundon at the end of 130 O.L shall be ceded to Xüonai;
- The rest of the known world to Zedislandia and Benekundon shall be shared with Xüonai;
- Peace shall exist between all signatories.
- Prisoners of war shall be returned to their home country.
- If Darna is to sign the treaty, Xüonai presents the following terms:
- The entirety of Darna's small colony shall be ceded to Xüonai;
- Known world maps from Darna and Xüonai shall be exchanged.
- Syresian terms are completely independent of these. However, they are invited to the conference in Udhnluito to discuss with the other powers in the war, Benekundon, Zedislandia, and Darna. The treaty is named the Treaty of Udhnluito. (Benekundonian, Zedislandian, Syresian, and Darnan responses needed) We propose to Yannis that we trade updated world maps. (Yannis response needed) 4000 men are placed on the Darnan colonial front, and are told to surround the colony to besiege the colony. Most are equipped with deadly iron swords. The army surrounds the colony, ships blockade the port, and after a month of the siege, we attack the weakened, starving troops (Algorithm Needed). 2,000 men are resigned to drive out Hosherad's forces; another 5,000 mercenaries are hired, and they are given land in the southern colony under the same conditions (add 30 rural px in the colony). Around 2,000 stay to defend that border. However, the 5,000 mercenaries go to restore order on Ensoywi. Most of the previously 124 Ulm followers in Xüonai are now dead or out of the country. A fight breaks out between a Unäo-Yannian follower (worshiping both Unäo gods and Yannian gods) and the remaining Ulm followers, and many, Unäo, Yannian, and Unäo-Yannian alike pile on. Officers try to stop the fight, but all the Ulm followers ended up dead. Ships explore the region between Syres and the dark blue nation, west of the dark blue nation, and the continent north of Syres.
- I'm not interfering with politics, I'm interfering with religion of common people.
- Kingdom of Azoz: King Taulet enjoyed an uneasy peace with Frasnoq for quite some time. According to legend, a prophet named Konraf said making deals with the Drokkites was an abomination, and so he would be cursed to have no sons. Although Taulet did only have daughters, there is no other reference to this Konraf in any other source, aside from one text that mentions he was a son of Father Ramu, and the teacher of Isodore. Apocryphal stories about the early history of Azoz in Ulm literature gradually becomes more potent at this time, although much more embellished than canonical scriptures. Asmera, the younger daughter of Taulet, was hunting in the fields by herself when she accidentally came across Danel, the teenage son of Balerix, who was hunting the same boar. The military was further grown, utilizing more iron work into the full length bronze shields. Rekabab dies, and is succeeded by Toneth as Holy Father of Azoz. Levian returned to Darna after his missionary journey in Messalia, and spent the next two years imprisoned in the mines there - but according to the Ulm scriptures, Levian took the mining with a cheerful diligence, saying how this work was handed to him by the Lord. The hagiography describes how the whole mine, workers and crew, were enamored by Levian's God in this, but this is probably an exaggeration. After 21 months, an Angel came and led Levian back out of the mines, where he traveled back to Nykos. Samek was appointed the first Father of the Church in Darna, but was martyred soon afterward, so Draco took his place in office as the Church in Darna moved underground. Titheos, disciple of Levian, was appointed as Father of the Church in Mesallia (based in Nykos), and established multiple basilicas along the archipelago toward Ashe River. Landrew, a convert in Xüonai, becomes father of the Church in his country. The official hagiography of Landrew describes him as wielding potent miraculous powers in the name of Nelrim, often challenging the priests of Unao to both intellectual and physical contests. Some literary scholars speculate whether these miracles described were actually metaphorical, representing different forms of the philosophical debates. A special passage is given to the 99 disciples of Xüonai, who were all martyred by order of the Yannis Empire. Landrew and his followers were waiting on the island of Ensoyiwi, believing that Yannis would come to destroy them, but not knowing when or which direction. The Prayer of Landrew on that island is often quoted in later scriptures. Even as they hanged with false religion carved in their chest, the 99 disciples loudly sang hymns of praise to Nelrim's God. Desperate to stop their singing, the Yannis authorities had the crosses tied to boats and sailed them out on their journey toward Ensoyiwi - but the 99 disciples kept singing, louder than before. As this noise alerted Landrew and his disciples, most of them managed to escape the island by sailing the opposite direction. Frustrated to no end, the Yannis authorities finally set fire to the ships on the island, which finally stopped the singing. After leading the church in Xüonai several years, Landrew moves on to begin spreading the faith of Ulm in Yannis itself. The hagiography shows many travelers who warn Landrew to turn back, warning that the Yannis are a ruthless, fearful people, but Landrew discards all these concerns, proclaiming the God of Nelrim to be stronger than any "Anointed One". Demetry continued to spread the Ulm faith in Eskaladun until his eventual martyrdom, after which Tidore became the next Father of the Church there.
- Aurelia: A detachment of seven naval ships along with several envoys are sent to investigate Myzosia. The King puts a ten-year ban on continental coastal settlements and sets up improved infrastructure such as the construction of bridges and roads to connect the countryside to the cities. Citizens move inland allowing for the building of a frontier warrior class to be prominent on the borders of the Kingdom. A great political scandal erupts over the charges over a noble using troops to enforce "personal laws". In the Royal Court Prince Albert is charged with corruption and sentenced to death upon the laws enacted by King Michael I. At the end of the decade King Michael II declares Aurelia at the status of an empire, and decrees the Empire of Aurelia, and himself, Emperor.
- Darna: The garrison in the fortress of the south is increased by another 2,000, and the navy is dispatched to the south to guard and disrupt the enemy. In the meantime our army in Benekundon outnumbers the enemy, and is prepared to strike if they do not accept our demands. We send a diplomat to the conference where peace is being decided, and second the proposal from Benekundon, that we should keep what we captured and retain ownership over the coast.
- Xüonai Diplomacy: Xüonai agrees to the term that Darna keeps the colony and the coast.
- Yannis Empire: The desecration of the Holy City by heathens leads the Anointed One to take serious action. The high priests and their armed Holy Men were arranged outside the city, sealing off all exits. Then the high priests entered the city and examined each and every house. Those who did not speak the Yannian faith were taken into the streets and tied by their hands to the temple walls. Jagged clubs were used to bludgeon off their limbs as they hung from the walls, until finally the streets ran red with body parts and blood. The city remains surrounded for some time until the purging is complete. Then, an anointing ceremony takes to cleanse the Anointed One in the river, which all are required to attend. For their desecration total war is declared against the heathen faith, although the nation does not technically know where it came from. Nevertheless, the Holy Men of the nation are tasked with riding the countryside and rounding up any heathens that are spotted. Similarly, if Xüonai is unable to tame the heathens due to their attention being elsewhere, we find ourselves forced to aid them, and a large congregation of holy priests enters to help destroy the hostile, vile religion, and also to preach the word of the Yannian religion. Felyon’actal “the Bloodletter” is dispatched with a group of priests to Ensoyiwi and continue the work that began there before, and unfortunately the native population is decimated. Likewise he continues on to the southern lands with 2,000 men. They manage to secure the baptism of Hosherad in exchange for his territorial expansion being recognized, and go on to fight alongside him against the heathens of the south.
- Xüonai: There are basically no Ulm followers in Xüonai. You killed them all.
- Mesallian Culture: The church under Titheos grows within the city of Nykos, attracting the attention of the king. The city’s authorities respond by suppressing the growth of the Ulm religion. Eventually a law is passed decreeing that all citizens seeking to retain their rights and privileges must be present at pagan festivals and major days of worship, in the hopes of at least pushing the Ulmists from the upper echelons of society. Discrimination and violence against Ulmists is stronger in cities such as Lysandria. After an Ulmist preacher attracts a large group in the city’s square, the city’s pagan zealots attack them, leading to several days of religious rioting and fighting. At this time the Cult of Lementer also began to openly reject the Ulmists, and their entry rituals may have even been loosened slightly to allow for greater Lementerian membership. Notably this became an issue that the Cult of Lementer and the Water Merchants more or less agreed on, however, in the case of Water Tyrant Agios of Pelasia, a small community south of Nykos, that branch of the Water Merchants endorsed the Ulm religion, as Agios’ spite for the Lementerians outweighed his devotion to his religion. His endorsement was largely the exception, but thanks in part to this conversion the Ulm religion managed to spread down part of the Water Merchant trade network, with important oases and bases also becoming secret churches for passing traders, and the hubs for smuggling religious texts and proselytes. In the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann, the warlord rulers of the nation seemed to have rejected the Ulm religion, with Mesallian polytheism being more freely tolerated than the monotheistic Ulm religion. The expansionist ruler of the Tuatha-Danann, a man named Fomhoragh, seems to have ordered the execution of the Ulmists, at least during the duration of his reign. Under pressure from Tuatha-Danann, the western Mesallian states largely did the same. In the east the states along the coast initiated trade with the nation under Hosherad, with states such as Naro sending diplomats to the new capital in order to ensure peace between Mesallas’ world and the far east.
- Syres: The nation’s army is withdrawn from Benekundon after a mostly fruitless campaign, although the successful defense of the southwest peninsula proves that the current location held by the nation is defensible and worth holding on to. As a result the Hensa orders a new wall constructed at the settlement. Trade is resumed with the Kingdom of Darna once more, and also with the Empire of Niani via their city of Tesardya. Also as a result of the war, the nation switches it focus from that of a land force to a naval force, hoping to prevent any real threat to the Syresian homeland by controlling the seas around the island of Ersgof. In the south the nation primarily trades with the Mesallian nations, and in particular the island of Calamos (large island west of Xüonai’s island) becomes home to a major trading post, after a deal is secured with its local ruler.
- Exhula: With the war against the Ghisnar Confederacy now over and the tribes subjugated or destroyed, thousands of the Exhulans of the Ettyian Coast we’re killed or driven out and in response we begin heavily settling the region once more now that the threat is eliminated, in addition to heavily settling our newly acquired territory. Many thousands arrive each year from all around the Empire and even from farther north and settle the areas, with three new settlements being built in the area. We also build three new major settlements in the region while heavily settling and expanding the only settlement that could’ve been called a city that the Ghisnans owned, which we rename Yvcarius (From the word Yvc, meaning our and the suffix Arius, meaning City, so the name means “Our City”, a deliberate insult due to it being Cerethias hometown,) while many of the original inhabitants forced to move into slums to accommodate the new citizens. This heavy settlement is part of our attempts to transform the region into a loyal section of the empire rather than a resentful former enemies base, although the continued discrimination against its people makes many of its native citizens resentful anyway. We also send 1000 troops to conquer the small islands south of us and found a small settlement on the land farther south from there. Trade with Qera further increases as we deepen relations and as we begin to make heavy use of the new link between us on land. This year also sees Empress Zoelle die of old age, and her grieving husband, the Emperor Rttagan, orders the construction of a great marble structure on Haeelos to comemerate the loss, although she is given the traditional Exhulan funeral rites (Where the dead person is ritually buried at sea), he orders this to commemorate her life, with a grand 20-foot statue of her during her younger years being located in the center of the structure. Although Rttagan himself dies four years later, before the construction is anywhere near done, his son, The new Emperor Lorgar II, continues the construction, intending to finish his fathers work. Siccarius further grows much in population this year, necessitating the expansion of the city by 3 px. The construction of the Great Ettyian Road begins to link our Ettyian settlements together, although we do not yet begin trying to link it to Qera yet, since they haven’t yet responded to our request.
While distracted by the war in the south, on the Darnan homeland a rebellion breaks out in Strafen and the surrounding area.
In the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann the king Fomhoragh dies without a direct heir, leading to a succession crisis. The eastern peninsula region backs a half Mesallian noble named Lysis, while in the south the noble Calindiges stakes a claim. The recently acquired western provinces attempt to regain their independence. In the west, a third, more distant claimant also rises, holding the fortress of Cahercoman (western tip of the nation), named Lóegaris, who is notable for being one of the few nobles with a tolerance and curiosity toward the Ulm religion.
The Maleka of Edom dies and is succeeded by a series of four ineffective daughters, the last of whom being too weak to govern, leaving the nation effectively under the control of a regent. The governors in the north become increasingly autonomous, with the ruler of Alanaza (east of Edom in the corner of the bay) becoming de facto ruler of the eastern coast, and the ruler of Shamadal becoming de facto ruler of the western edge of the nation and area south of the capital.
- Yannis Empire: The hunt for heathen converts continues, with many more being killed. Holy Men are dispatched to the city of Syres, as we have no choice but to aid them in their rightful conversion. In the Holy City a process begins to copy all the holy texts and scriptures, so that they can be more readily spread around the region. Learning from the war with the Empire of Niani, reforms of the military begin, with a heavily-armed infantry being created to serve as an imperial guard and an elite infantry force. They are equipped with bronze breastplates, helmets, and other pieces of armor.
- In Tik’akna: After Hosherad’s conquest, his kingdom continued to consolidate and integrate the conquered regions. His nation clashes with Temayal to the south and the kingdom established at Tik’akna, but primarily sought to combat the Kingdom of Jaris in the east. The eastern coast of the continent partially fell under his loose control, with the Kingdom of Jaris becoming a shell of its former self. Undisturbed, the Kingdom of Ometoc-vis managed to expand east toward the river, trading with the nations of Bangor and the Franics, while also exploring east to the island of Phorintheon. In the western part of the island the Yannians attempted to convert the natives, although they came into conflict quickly with some of the stronger city-states of the region. In the far south the slavery of the eastern tribes of Tahua remained. The former follower of Petrad, Issacitali, returned to the Kingdom of Uloyiso and demanded that the king free the slaves of Tahua or face divine retribution. He calls down a series of plagues upon the Kingdom of Uloyiso, turning the Great Lakes red with blood and causing darkness in the sky. Seeing this as an act of god the other tribes of Tahua marched on Uloyiso, and after they defeated Uloyiso, the King of Uloyiso agrees to let the people of Tahua leave. Also according to legend, Issacitali led the freed slaves over the small bay of Bomvu, with their god allowing them to cross the water unscathed, while a pursuing army from Uloyiso was swept up by the waves. The Zianists arrived before the other tribes, who elected Issacitali as leader.
- Xüonai: Dashon IV dies in 152 O.L, leading to his son, Dashon V, inheriting the throne. Apologies are sent to Darna after information of the extermination of Ulm, and the ultimatum is immediately taken back. Dashon V offers to hand over all Ulmsl (Ulm followers) to Yannis as a sign of peace, and Dashon V decides to convert to Unäo-Yannian to help strengthen relations between Yannis and Xüonai. Dashon V creates a legal code, banning following Ulm. Ulmsl are punished, killed, or handed over to Yannis, with Dashon V recognizing their threat to national security, a change from his father's mindset. He focuses on internal prosperity, integrating local tribes, offering land to landless poor in exchange for their families service in the military if needed as long as they live on the land (add 10 px rural). Urban areas are once again expanded due to an ever-growing population (add 3 px urban). Iron is mined extensively because of its usefulness, and early longbows begin to be developed. Using Ensoywi as a jumping off point, an invasion, 4000 strong, of northern Hosherad occupied land is launched, using the sheer size of their coastline to our advantage (as Hosherad's men have to garrison the whole coast, while still attacking their southern neighbors). The army begin to push south to retake the former capital, with assistance from the other civillizations Hosherad is attacking. (Mod Algo needed) The northwestern green nation and the southwestern dark blue nation are sent delgations, and the small ocean area between the dark blue nation and the Syresian continent is explored, along with the coastline north of the Darnan colony.
- Yannis Diplomacy: We respond that we do not have anything to share at this time.
- The battle ends in a defeat for the attackers. The attacking nation of Xüonai suffered 981 losses, including the capture of the army's general and many others, while the defending nation suffered 612 losses.
- Darna: The revolt in Strafen is met by a major military campaign to crush the rebellion. Surrounded by the rest of the island and outnumbered, the Strafen rebellion falls quickly, with brutal totality. Xüonai immediately going back on its word is considered laughably insulting, and the nation sends its first major army to garrison our city on the coast. To further protect ourselves, the navy is moved into the region, and allies are to be made with Benekundon, Zedislandia, and Niani. We also sent news to the Yannis Empire to dispel the lies that were spread in regard to us not dealing with the heathens, as we proudly enslaved or killed every one of them in our lands. We continue to enslave those who preach this false religion.
- Xüonai Response: In your previous turns, you didn't kill, nor mention, any Ulm followers. Are you killing them now, because we would not have sent that ultimatum if you killed all the Ulm followers. Sorry for the misunderstanding if you killed the Ulm followers.
- In his turn he says that he killed the Ulm followers and the apostle Levian, which is why I crossed out part of your turn when you contradicted that, Ahoy. -Mod
- Xüonai Response: I will change my turn.
- Xüonai Diplomacy: What do you consider the northern coast; the one directly north of your colony, or the one directly east of your colony.
- Mesallian Culture: The ancient Mesallian playwrite Solonus, regarded as one of the fathers of tragedy, lived four centuries after this date, but is most famous for his work Danonis Cols, part of a three part series taking place at this time. Solonus was writing at a time of great strife in the city of Agira, as the city had been faced with plague in the aftermath of a major war. The play sought to explore ideas of morality and piety, at a time when law and order was seemingly breaking down. The play begins in the city of Nykos, where the King Euripens had been granted the privilege by the gods of living past his natural mortality. The deal had come when the god Aegilon was exiled from his home among the gods for a time, and Euripens treated the god with hospitality. However, the bargain came at a price; Euripens had to continually find people willing to sacrifice themselves so that he may continue to live. During his reign Euripens turned his domain into one of the greatest in Mesallas, and when he became old he sought someone to take his place in order to continue his long life. Despite his generosity and kindness, no one agreed to give their lives for him, until he came to his underage son Parodis, who the king convinced to agree. Euripens’ long reign continued, but his only son was dead. Distraught by this news, the king’s wife, Acelia, refused to speak to him. When the king attempted to find another woman to produce an heir, Aegilon returned and explained that any child produced outside his marriage would surely be cursed, so Euripens decided he would just have to outlive Acelia. The goddess Geneta, taking pity on Acelia, secretly blessed her with the gift of life as well, and for the next 50 years both husband and wife waited. Finally, Euripens traveled to the cave of Bacia, one of the ancient portals to the underworld, in the hopes of meeting the goddess Lementer. When he met Lementer he begged for the goddess to take his wife, but she explained that just as he took a life to extend a life, a life must be produced to shorten one. He was suggested to go to the city of Patrono, where the man Adranus was childless and desperately desired a child. Euripens traveled to the city and discovered that Adranus was an old beggar, and was considered one of the ugliest men in all of Mesallas. Regardless, he arranged for a hundred women to meet him in the hopes of finding someone willing to wed Adranus. Euripens manages to find a willing suitor when he finds a woman who is blind. Not long after the woman is with child and gives birth to a boy, and Euripens returns home. As he arrives he is told that his wife is already dead, and Euripens meets with a mistress named Areppia. After some time he becomes bored of his mistress, and after Areppia professes her love and willingness to do anything for Euripens, he has her killed in order to extend his life a second time. After a century of ruling, Euripens was confronted by a mysterious figure, who revealed herself to be Acelia. Horrified, Euripens realized that because his wife had not died he had been cursed, and the gods had all of Euripens’ family and friends killed that night, before Acelia killed her husband. Lementer appeared before the city, and said that Euripens would be punished in the afterlife for all eternity, unless anyone could present an argument that he had done good in life. No one said anything, except for Adranus, who told of how Euripens had helped him. Lementer agreed to give Euripens a lesser sentence, while Adranus lived in Nykos for the rest of his days, with his son eventually becoming king at Acelia’s bequest. Solonus would be awarded the first place prize at the festival in Agira after his performance of the play. Although the play is fictional, the Ulmist writer Ignapius, who was an early preacher in the church around the time of Levian’s death, mentions how the church grew during the time of the “beggar turned to a king”, and other details related to the play’s story. Aside from the upheaval in Nykos, this time period is also known for the conflict in the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann. Several western Mesallian cities would back the claimant Lysis. The two major kingdoms that bordered Tuatha-Danann, named Salarinos in the north and Igounematis in the south, both supported Lysis and likely dispatched armies to help seize the throne.
- Kingdom of Azoz: King Taulet works to rapidly expand the military and upgrading their weaponry, while expanding southward to fill out space until the delta of the Ashe River. The romance cycle of Asmera and Danel is set during this time, as well. These two lovers are often depicted as symbols of the ultimate triumph of good over evil, the purest form of Ulm for Asmera, falling in love with the symbol of chaos and darkness in Danel, the son of Balerix. Throughout the story, both Balerix and Taulet mutually disaprove with the matchmaking of their children, who nontheless frequently escape away to enjoy their love-making in peace. Through careful dialogue, alternatively touched with either cleverness or naiivate, Asmera worked to convince Danel the error of his ways to convert to the faith of Ulm. Danel is always shown as skepitcal in the romance, until he is shocked by Asmera's sacrifical death a few months after childbirth. The child of this union is named Alerix at the end of the story. Meanwhile, the Holy Father Toneth continues to administer the universal church, peacefully spreading the faith of Ulm and promoting the epistles of Ignapius. Landrew is martyred at this time in the capital city of Yannis, but this was accompanied by a number of miracles as well. Reportedly, the High Priest of Unao was struck with leprosy as soon as Landrew died, and when he was cut milk ran out instead of blood. Prackyob, a disciple of Landrew, proceeds on his own missionary journey across Darna and Niani, seeing as they actively oppose the sadistic Yannis Empire, if any people from those lands would be interested in hearing of the god of Nelrim (MOD RESPONSE). Isodore is believed to have been born around this time, with many apocryphal legends describing him as a hybrid birth between an angel and a human woman in Bangui. Steeped in metaphor and fantastic elements, it is often conjectured by scholars if Isodore's legendary origin is confused with that of Alerix, being that the latter's birth was a union of the "angel" Asmera and demonic Danel. Patra Toneth sends a letter to Duke Loegaris, promising to send him an army of volunteers to support his claim if he accepts being anointed in the Ulm tradition (MOD RESPONSE)
- The Empire of Niani rejects the religion, as they have their own pantheon of gods, although many common people are attracted to the religion.
- Lóegaris accepts the offer in exchange for an army.
- Princedom of Qera: Two decades after the first war that Qera has fought in its young history, the Kisna Union is now fully established and the last opponents are wiped off the map, either bribed or killed by Yllers men. THe name Kisna comes from the native word Ghisna, but since Âtluâm doesn't have any G sounds, it is transcribed and pronounced as a K sound by the southerners. The northern tribes remain with the original pronunciation. Ycas II grows old and dies in the age of 64, but not before he appoints an heir. The next prince is a man named Yquor who gained a lot of respect in the Ghisna war and led the city of Rollahotl in the south of the country. Yquor is known as a crafty businessman and a generous and friendly ruler. Yller I "the beast" of Qerxixehre is also count of Kisna, where he rules with the tactic of "honey and bloodshed", everybody who respects him will be treated even and fair, but at the slightest disrespect or insult he knows no mercy. Yller also wants to meet with Exhulan regional leaders, to develop plans how a road can be build through the muddy mangroves (EXHULA RESPONSE PLEASE). Prince Yquor is gaining popularity among both simple citizens and noblemen. Vassiga of Tortla is seeking for more power, as he believes to be the real heir of Qera. To prevent any rebellion, he is made to marry the daughter of Yquor, the 20-year-old Zatane. A population count is ordered to plan the next settlements (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). Ogaholle is heavily overcrowded and many servants are granted land in the east in exchange for loyalty and securing the western frontiers (10 px claimed in the east, 12 of the former claimed becomes rural). Inter-urban roads are a big thing now since the Exhulans introduced them as tamed animals, so more (some even paved) roads are built. Water is still the preferred way to transport heavy objects. Pearls on strings become a major way to transport the resource that functions as currency, since it is easier to transport these than wooden boxes.
- Syres: When news of the civil war in the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann arrives, the nation decides to reject all of the main claimants, and instead back the claim of a Syresian noble who fled from the city of Neum when it fell to invasion, named Ehzias. The nation dispatches a small army to accompany him, but the hope is that he will be able to rally the population to his side. Ehzias and 1,000 men land in the area north of the city, claiming the area on the north side of the Ashe River. The idea that the country would fold when Ehzias arrived proved to be too optimistic, as the city of Neum remained firmly under the control of one of the Tuathan governors, Conchanar. As a result, the Syresian party decides to camp across the river and wait, creating a defensive position and awaiting more support. Luckily the claimant Lóegaris, now backed by an Azozian-born army, manages to distract the kingdom’s forces, as does Calindiges in the south. The latter manages to capture the capital in the center of the nation, crowning himself king, although still disputed by the other claimants. With Calindiges and Lysis engaged in the east, Ehzias finally makes his move almost a year later, laying siege to the city of Neum. After this early victory, a march on the capital is launched, but Ehzias suffers a defeat that forces him back north. A back and forth ensues for the next several years, but with no victory imminent, Ehzias decides to declare the “Kingdom of Neum”, and the Hensa in Syres considers that a close enough victory. In the city the church of Ulm, descended from the church founded by Apostle Vedun, selects Hadan as its next leader, who adopts the title of “Ecumenical Patriarch”.
- Exhula: With the agreement of Qera to the building of a massive road linking our settlements to theirs, we begin expansion of the parts we begin creating last turn into Qera after meeting with their leaders, leading to the road linking our cities and Ogaholle, and several other cities, by the end of 158.In order to build the roads through the muddy mangroves in and around our territory we begin constructing many small drainage canals in these areas to redirect the water in the areas and to drain the muddy areas and constructing the roads out of strong materials in the now dry areas. We also use this redirection of this water to attempt to make some of the nearbye areas more fertile and farm them, increasing our ability to colonize our new territory. We also continue our colonization of the southern areas, building two more coastal cities but mostly not moving more than a few miles into the area due to the tropical swamps and jungles and their harsh conditions, although the population begins to increase largely, as does trade with several native groups. We begin surveying the are around these cities for mineral deposits, hoping to exploit any such things in the new territory, (MOD Response needed). Three new settlements are founded on Zoelle, named Syrr, Ccllarr, and Gimm, which are linked by road to the other settlements. We also found a small port on the islands we recently claimed, which mostly serves as a resupply point for Exhulan traders moving between Zoelle and that coast. Emperor Lorgar II dies and his 12 children squabble over the inheritance for three years before finally the fourth son, Sassigan, emerges victorious in their conflict after three years and is crowned as Emperor Sassigan I Aurelian. To mark the beginning of his reign he orders a survey of his population, to see what the population now is in the empire (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED FOR CENSUS RESULTS). The construction of the massive structure meant to commemorate Empress Zoelle is completed in 154, and becomes a major site of cultural significance for Exhula. The Book of Lorgar is officially published in 157, and declared the official holy book of the Hcctaal religion. The God Ihnnt, supposedly Lorgar 1's mother, also begins to take a greater role in Hcctaal religion as the "Mother of Humanity" rather than just the mother of the first Emperor, (Although due to the Aurelians being her only recent descendants they still receive the same level of reverence for it as before), while previously she was really a minor god in the religion. The settlement of the former Ghisnan territory continues, with two more settlements (one coastal, one inland) being founded in the region and with Yvcarius growing significantly in population, leading to its expansion by 4 px and the building of new city walls.
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The census in the nation of Qera reports that in the capital city of Ogaholle some 10,000 people reside, with another 15,000 people in the surround area. Qerixaxehe reports 3,500 people, Tortla reports 9,000, Otlrollver reports 10,000, Feujaxhteccue reports 8,000, and within the Kisna region some 2,000 Qerans are reported, with another estimated 12,000 foreigners.
The Exhulan census reports that the capital city contains 6,600 people, with 35,000 people in the surrounding area, and another 23,000 people on the rest of the island. 5,500 people are reported on Sythri and Hakkran, 18,000 people are reported on Clorrtil, Etty's Coast reports 14,000 people (although difficulty in counting persists due to the recent war), Zoelle reports 15,000 people. The area recently conquered in the far south reports 5,000 people.
With an army of volunteers from Azoz, the claimant Lóegaris manages to capture most of western Tuatha-Danann. After the death of Calindiges the throne becomes contested between Lóegaris and the Mesallian-backed Lysis.
The natives in the area east of Qera, that is being settled by both Qera and Exhula, proves to be home to highly hostile natives. Coupled with the difficult to traverse jungle and mountainous terrain, both nations see a loss of population in the region.
The Kingdom of Emalia begins a major campaign to the east to conquer the area bordering the Great Lakes. The campaign is a success, with them meeting the Tahua tribes.
In the region bordered by the southern mountains and the lands of Fasnoq, a leader known as Eamhain unites the tribes of the area in opposition to expansion from both Fasnoq and Azoz.
- Yannis: A great fleet is prepared in the Holy City, with the nation’s largest elite force ever assembled. The holy contingent is placed under the command of veteran inquisitor Felyon’actal “the Bloodletter” and Torocna “the Twisted”, and departs after a holy ritual. The fleet arrives at the city of Nykos and immediately surrounds the city. It is demanded that all heathens must be turned over immediately for execution, or the city will be burned to the ground. A siege ensues, with Torocna leading a second force that travels around the surrounding area, ravaging the countryside and hunting all heathens. After several days the city’s army exits the city and attacks the Yannians. Initially the forces are evenly matched, until a Yannian unit manages to slip into an undefended part of the city’s gates and begins slaughtering the people inside. As a result the Nykos army retreated back to the city, eventually being defeated. With the city captured, the Yannian army has those complacent in the Ulm religion executed, as well as the Ulmist preachers and followers. An elaborate temple is ordered to be constructed in the city, using primary slaves captured in the campaign. A Yannian-Mesallian pantheon is established, and a Yannian puppet is installed as ruler. The city also begins to serve as a base for missionary work, with Holy Men traveling all across Mesallas. Eventually, the common people become fed up with occupation, and after a series of clashes the Yannian army withdraws, once it is believed that the new ruler, Oronacus, is powerful enough to keep the peace.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Taulet died after a long reign, although true to the prophet's word he had no legitimate sons. Ashkenaz, his son-in-law, was given control of the kingdom instead. Askhenaz honored his alliances in the east, and raised 3,600 warriors to establish control over the civil war. This is actually one of the first appearances of Azoz in contemporary historical records, referencing the seat of the Ulm faith as the "house of Taulet". After that war was concluded, Ashkenaz also led a larger force of 4,500 soldiers on a coordinated campaign south, working to help Frasnoq in crushing the new barbarian threat. During the siege of Esquay, a common legend describes how he was confronted by the young prophet Isodore. Isodore told Askhenaz hidden knowledge which enabled him to break the siege, but at the same time he gave this as a sign that his dynasty will be removed for a bastard. Meanwhile, the Ulm faith continues to be spread, focusing on appealing to intellectual elites in Eskaladun and Mesallia. Ulm followers in Nykos are instructed to flee from the city before Yannis takes it over, and as a result they scatter to spread the Ulm faith to many other city-states on the peninsula. In Niani, focus is made by apostles to convert lower classes of society, especially the farmers and military. In Darna, seeing such a vast proportion of the population exists as a slave class, emphasis is made on converting the slave population to Ulm. Prackyob, upon completing his missionary journey in Niani, goes to the top of a mountain in a hermitage. There he has a vision from Nelrim, describing in detail metaphors related to near future and the end of the world. In the last days, Nelrim will return to earth leading an army of ten thousand times ten thousand soldiers, all composed of souls who follow the True God. Nelrhim will ride on a horse made of fire, and his generals are likewise angels. Using this army, Nelrim will fight against an army of all the corrupt nations in the world, collectively composing an army of those who follow Drokksid. This will happen concurrently with a war going on in heaven, as a separate front, in which Nelrim and the True God will be ultimately victorious. All death and suffering is eliminated with the destruction of Drokksid, and humanity lives in the presence of the True God forever.
- Darna: A very small number of people convert to the so called Ulm religion, and in effect wave their Darnan rights not to be enslaved. So almost all Ulm converts are immediately rounded up for free by slavers and sent to do back breaking labor in the mines. Savvy businessmen even began fabricating people’s conversions in order to gain free slaves. The population of free Ulmers is close to zero. The major city in the far south becomes known as Mosnola, and sees major settlement and trade due to its location. The city is a center of slavers who extract from the entire “Darnan Coast”, as established by the Treaty of Udhnluito, although we are lenient toward Zedislandia and Benekundon citizens, as per our earlier agreement with them. The colony also expands outside its original boundaries.
- Xüonai: A coastal settlement on the northwestern horn on the Syresian continent (Syresei) is settled, with war veterans being paid through land on the settlement. The trade city is developed, and traders come there. A similar strategy to Darna's Ulm enslavement is instated, with all Ulmist being enslaved. The island of Ensoywi is inspected carefully to prevent Ulmists from escaping, and a large cult is caught in the act of worshiping the Ulmist god. They are all enslaved, around 500 of them. They are sent to build the city on the horn. The city rises to prominence, when explorers realize that the mainland of Darna is very close by. Dashon V offers to trade the new trading city (one urban and some rural px) and 10,000 kg of gold for the northern Darnan colony (one urban and some rural px) and the revoking of the Xüonai ban on the north coast. (Darnan Response) The large unexplored area between Niani and Darna are explored, while another expedition is led south, south of Tuatha-Danann, to explore the area.
- Makuku Kingdom: We continue to expand along the coast as always. The Main Settlement continues to be expanded with the influx of people and the high number of birth rates. The local rivals in the area are met with suspicion but also curiosity as has been the makuku tradition since ancient times, and so two messengers are sent to each of these kingdoms, who are tasked with attempting to engage in diplomacy with these neighboring kingdoms, maybe get a tour of their main settlement, and at the end exchange some of our goods for some of theres for the messengers to bring back (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). The Great Tatu dies this year and is succeeded by his daughter, Lamuka the First, who's first act as the Great Tatu is to create a feminine version of the title "Tatu" and changes her title to the "The Great Tatina", which marks the first time in Makuku history that there has been a specific alternative of a title for genders, as makuku society is largely equal with hardly any acknowledgement of one's gender in an job or position. We continue to trade with that distant foreign kingdom i can't remeber the name as well. The Makuku continue to live happy, traditional lives, as this is basically the only lifestyle they've known, only hearing legends of the distant foreign city.
- Mesallian Culture: The fall of Nykos to the Yannis Empire marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of Mesallas. The city itself was nearly destroyed, its population killed or scattered, and its records and literature lost. As a result exact records for this time period and the centuries prior in Nykosian history are mostly lost to historians. It is known that one of the claimants to the throne of Nykos, a noble named Hadian, lived in exile and staunchly in opposition to the puppet king Oronacus. He eventually fled to Halatia, where he commissioned the famous poet Anser to compose works depicting him as the rightful ruler. It is from Anser that historians learned of Hadian and his claim, although it is likely that his perspective was not well received. The towns around Nykos, who had been routinely bullied by the larger city for over a century, seemingly welcomed its fall, as noted by a record from the town of Libanos, which celebrated the exile of Hadian. It is during this time that the Yannian religion began to be practiced in parts of Mesallas, while elsewhere a hybrid of Mesallian and Yannian beliefs arose. The Ulm Religion likely was nearly wiped out, and if it continued during this time was likely completely underground, as records mentioning the religion disappear for the better part of a half century. Opposition to the Yannian arrival was minimal at this early stage, although in nearby cities such as Meshwati the opinion of the state on Yannis was to be openly distrustful. The Cult of Lementer saw the invasion as an odd opportunity, and in some capacity aligned itself with the Yannians, despite being strictly Lementarian and against Yannian practices. First they managed to triple the size of their possessions in the north, by framing numerous landowners and towns, especially Water Merchant-aligned regions, as being Ulmist-leaning. In this way the Yannian army stationed to keep the peace in Nykos acted as a personal army for the Lementarians inadvertently, culminating in the Battle of Ozaras, in which the Water Merchants and their supporters were decisively defeated at one of their most prized strongholds, the Lake of Ozaras. During this time many sects of the Water Merchants began new ventures in the west, possibly out of desperation after the losses in the north. Water Tyrant Igajethus is credited as the Father of the Trans-Asamdah Route, the Asanah being the name for the vast desert in the south. Under his leadership the Water Merchants explored far to the west, coming across a major mountain range and a river that flowed to the north. It was eventually discovered that this created an alternate route to the Kingdom of Azoz. Outposts were established at the major oases across the region, with a trading post being established south of Azoz. The confederacy belonging to King Eamhain was discovered, with a trading post being established in his city of Agnomon. In the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann the western Mesallian states, especially Salarinos and Igounematis, became heavily involved in the rise of Lysis, likely desperate to ensure a Mesallas-friendly monarch existed on their border. An estimated 10,000 total soldiers were dispatched to the region, from four different city-states. According to the historian Honaris, after nearly a decade of involvement the King of Salarinos, Lanis, attempted to broker with the parts involved to have the region formally split between Lysis and Lóegaris, while at the same time recognizing the Kingdom of Neum’s independence.
- Exhula: We continue to colonize the area south of us and east of Qera, but due to the hostile natives our efforts slow down and we begin sending less people despite founding two new ports, and although we claim a few px of rural territory farther inland, we still stay mostly confined to the coastline and area surrounding the coastline. Instead we begin attempting to open trade relations with the natives inhabiting the jungles who are less hostile, although we prepare military forces to fight if necessary, offering to provide them with more advanced technology and weapons in exchange for ceasing attacks on our colonies (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED) Secret: We intentionally provide some of the largest tribes who are most hostile to us with gifts formerly owned by victims of Datrosis (The disease that caused the plague earlier), which are still tainted with the disease, although we do not do this to more friendly ones. End secret. Meanwhile, the Emperor, alarmed by the drop in the Ettyian population compared to recent years, begins offering major tax breaks to those who move there and heavily encouraging settlement of the region wherever possible, in order to enlarge the population, resulting in many thousands of settlers arriving in the region and settling it, while also interacting with and intermarrying with those who have lived their for generations by now. The remaining Zoellan natives begin being integrated into the mainstream Exhulan society on the island as we do our best to more fully secure the island. the integration of much off the former Ghisnan region into the empire over the last decades has been largely successful, and most of the children of former Ghisnans have now spent their whole lives living in Exhulan society, speaking Exhulan, and being raised in the Hcctaal religion rather than the native Ghisnan one (which is banned). Although the Ghisnan language continues to survive as do some apects of its culture due to the parents of the children doing their best to teach their children of their old customs even as they are intentionally indoctrinated into Exhulan society. Emperor Sassigan finally marries in 163. Many expected him to marry Orri of Clorrtill, the beautiful daughter of the most influential and rich noble family in Exhul apart from the Aurelians themselves, the Oggritin, Sassigan instead marries a commoner by the name of Engril, enraging the many slighted noble families, with Orri instead marrying his brother Lorgar (Which is by now a common name, especially among the nobility, and especially among the Aurelians), who begins to plot against his brother and gather power for a faction now forming around him. In further news, the construction of the road linking Qera's settlements and ours is completed in 169, leading to a massive flourishing in trade along the new land route.
- The Khin Confederation: The Khin has settled in their new home and several parties are dispatched to ride and find other peoples of Than.
- Syres: With the Kingdom of Neum established, the Syresian army withdraws, and the nation does not choose between the two claimants in the south, hoping not to anger the Mesallian kingdoms or the Kingdom of Azoz. Independently Neum manages to expand slightly in the south and west, as the remainder of the rebellious territory is captured by Lóegaris or Lysis. Northern Neum sees settlement and immigration from Syres in large numbers, for the first time since the original fall of the city.
In the Kingdom of Tuatha-Danann the claimant Lóegaris, with Azozian support, wins a decisive battle against his rival Lysis, with Lysis being killed in its aftermath. He becomes the sole ruler of the kingdom, although recognizing the Kingdom of Neum as independent, and also makes peace with the Mesallian kingdoms. True to his word he formally converts to the Ulm religion in the capital.
A trade ship arrives off the coast of Exhula’s small outpost in the east, which claims to come from a kingdom far to the east, called the Celestial Kingdom of Olmac. Likewise, around the same time Olmac makes contact with the Sillas Republic from the south.
Agnomon, the kingdom south of Azoz, is largely unable to fully stop the spread of Azozian settlers into the area, and many villages are forced south and east. However, the arrival of the Water Merchants in the south helps to turn Agnomon from a village into a city, with traders from Azoz, Mesallas, Fasnoq, and more all intermingling.
The non-Yannian claimant to the throne of Nykos, Hadian, appeals to the cities of Meshwati and Karissa, among others, offering to swear allegiance to any ruler who can aid him retaking the city.
The messengers sent by the Makuku Kingdom return with varying news. Of the three largest city-states, Punauia and Napukal rejected to allow Makuku tour their settlements, as they are fearful of giving away that information. However, they are happy to trade, while Rakaroa is willing to allow Makuku's embassies within the city and trade. The Holy City of Chamokal politely rejects on the basis that only those of the priestly class may enter the city proper. Various villages in the surrounding area welcome the Makuku, with very few of the lesser settlements rejecting the offer.
During a period of instability, the western section of the Kingdom of Weritsz attempts tobreak off from the nation, declaring Kuscisiwa independent. Fighting breaks out in the regions of heavy Weritsz assimilation and settlement.
A kingdom from the south known as Mithadia launches an invasion of the southern remnant of the Saemonite Empire, capturing most of the region, and propelling other areas to declare independence.
The strategy employed by Exhula with the southern natives doesn't go as effectively as they hoped. There is a small outbreak of disease, but it spreads between friendly and hostile tribes alike. The religious heads of the tribes decree that the Exhulans are surely cursed, turning even the friendliest of tribes away from them.
- Kingdom of Azoz: After a relatively brief reign, Ashkenaz lay dying from disease at this time. Remembering the prophesy of Isodore, the King summoned his messengers to bring a nobleman's son from Bangui, who would be proved to not be a bastard, to be named his successor. This legitimate prince, however, was met by bandits from Agnomon and died before he could reach Azoz. Jair, the son of Danel and Asmera, happened to arrive in the city at the same time the prince was expected, and thus was presumed to be the legitimate heir. It was only after Ashkenaz gave up both his blessing and his ghost that Jair's true identity was revealed. Jair appointed Isodore to be his trusted advisor, and proved to be a remarkably competant ruler. He established a new city, called Sykorn, at the fork of the river halfway between Azoz and Agnomon, in order to establish the border between the two nations. Jair established an official tributary system of the colonized cities to pay homage back to the capital at Azoz. Jair worked to establish close relations with Loegaris, and helped him to establish his similar tributary system over the independent Neo-Mesallian city-states under his influence. Jair expanded the military of the city, and established many forts around Sykorn as a way of containing the southern kingdom. As Yannis has proved to be expansively hostile against the peaceful followers of Ulm in Nykos, Jair reaches out to create political alliances with the cities of Mesallia who oppose the Yannis. Similar offers of alliance are extended to Niani and Darna. Meanwhile, the Ulm faith continued to be administrated by the Holy Fathers in Azoz, much more passively after the firs generation of Apostles had passed on. Nontheless, the complete canonical corpus of Ulm scriptures was now complete, and being copied into manuscripts all throughout the churches in various nations. Particular focus is made to appeal to intellectual elites in Eskaladun, Mesallian cities, Syres, and now Agnomen as well. In Niani, disciples of Prackyob continue to work at converting farmers and miltiary. In Darna, missionaries emphasize converting the slave population.
- Qera: The hostile tribes are planned to be integrated into the Qeran nation. The more friendly tribes are offerd to hold high positions as local leaders, if they are willing to integrate their tribes and lands into the principality (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). The less friendlier tribes are threatened with complete extinction, one of them is a tribe the Qerans call "Feojanda" which means blackhands. They call them this way because of the squid ink they use to cover their faces and hair as a kind of make-up. An army of 2,000 men are sent to the border. Many Qerans from the poorer regions are settled to the east in order to secure the eastern loosely claimed area (the former loosely claimed area becomes rural). The country west of Otlrollver (15 px to the west). Agriculture sees a new invention, where canals are build to flood the rice fields more inland. The rich earth in the Kisna region is heavily used to produce vegetables (of which are only very few known in the Qeran diet) and enrich the cuisine. With two generation that grow up in Kisna under Qeran rule, the former tribal religion dies out and gets replaced with the beliefs of the Qerans. Trade flourishes and deepens with Exhula and the settlement of Tataccug grows to become an important trading city (1 px in the Kisna territory becomes urban). Yuqor I's third daughter Zatlava reaches the age of 15 and can be married now. Her parents plan to send her to Exhula to marry a high ranking general or the heir of the Aurelian dynasty (EXHULA RESPONSE PLEASE). The Âtluâm language sees a new dialect to emerge in the south, where the devoiced (ɬ) gets voiced into a (ɮ). Despite this, the tl sound doesn't get voiced and remained the same.
- Mesallian Culture: After Lysis was defeated by Lóegaris, becoming the sole ruler of Tuatha-Danann, the western Mesallian city-states attempted to prop up a breakaway kingdom in the northeast. This region was ethnically Mesallian more than the rest of the kingdom, and the former powerbase of Lysis. But with support failing, the states of Salarinos, Igounematis, and the rest of Mesallas made peace, and Lóegaris gained control over the northeast (end of Year 171). In the Nykos region, the puppet king Oronacus proved to be an effective ruler, overseeing the rebuilding of the city and a strengthening of the army, by taking elements from the Yannian army. Eventually his acceptance of the Yannian religion and customs began to attract animosity from the rest of the Mesallian world. Massisni VII of Meshwati was the first to support the claimant Hadian, around the same time Halatia had the pretender expelled, fearing retaliation against them from the Yannians. Returned to the mainland, instead of attacking Nykos, Hadian used the last of his finances to purchase an army, and captured the town of Ottana, which lay south of the city of Nykos, possibly as punishment for being one of the main towns to defect to the Yannians after their arrival. Importantly, the Cult of Lementer defected from the side of Yannis after it became clear that the Yannian beliefs were becoming too widespread, and elected to play “kingmaker” for the throne of Nykos. A year after Hadian’s return (Year 173), Oronacus was assassinated by the Lementarians, along with many notable Yannian leaders. The city fell to Hadian, but not without heavy dissent from the surrounding area. The remnants of the Yannian presence remained in power outside the city in the mountains to the east, becoming known as the “Order of Bloodied Eyes”, or “Omvedom”, and led by a Yannian mercenary turned nobleman, named Igaletezoc. The Omvedomian became a true threat after the Battle of Kosm, in which they successfully defeated a Nykos-Meshwati army almost twice their size. Similarly, the Lake of Ozaras region had become a hotbed of Yannian religious conversion, and in the fourth year of Hadian’s reign (Year 176) the Kingdom of Krasidos emerged as a Yannian-Mesallian kingdom around the lake, capturing the area up to the western coast. This prompted a meeting of most of the major Mesallian states at the shrine of Delona, where it was decreed that the Mesallian cities should cooperate against the common threat of the Yannian states. The “League of Delona” included Meshwati, Nykos, Karissa, Delona, and Lamigis, the five main cities most affected by the threat of Krasidos and the Omvedomians. Around the same time the nation of Usinilago began expansion in the east and south, winning a minor war near Thusmos, and a major war against the “Osdean Tribe”, which inhabited the area south of them. This aggression would be a catalyst toward the creation of a loose confederacy of the largely nomadic tribes of the south, becoming known as the Umhlaba. The kingdom was created with the aid of the Water Merchants, who brought with them many Mesallian traditions of government and culture. The town of Isono, home to one of the primary Water Merchant trade posts, became home to the Umhlaba government, although this government exerted very loose control over the region. Instead, the nation is best thought of as an alliance of oases and trade routes, with the Water Merchants being one of the powers behind it’s influence. Each oases, some of which personally owned by Water Tyrants, acted as tributaries to the main branch in Isono, but retaining sovereignty over its respective routes. In a council meeting in Isono, each of the branches voted to determine the “High Tyrant”, with Umasiqela being selected. During the first few years of Umasiqela’s reign, Water Tyrant Tiris of Agnomon (the de facto head of the trade posts in the confederacy), launched a war against one of the vassals of King Eamhain, usurping the throne of Clonibaris, thereby carving a domain of his own within the Kingdom of Agnomon, but still loyal to King Eamhain.
- Yannis Empire: In the north the nation watches the Empire of Niani cautiously, as after their subjugation of Tesardya, they vassalize Bassar as well, creating three total client states in the north. A new Anointed One ascends to the throne of the empire, and follows in his predecessor's footsteps of spreading the religion of Yannis to the rest of the world. Taking advantage of the turmoil in the east, Holy Men enter the land to the far east to convert Sumyala, as well as Dijunga in the west. However, the empire favors that Weritsz crush the Burned Men rebellion, as we have animosity toward their heathen people, and would not be against intervening to ensure a Weritsz victory if needed. A new expedition to the south is planned after the news of Nykos falling reaches us. A great army under Teza’sentol is dispatched, first landing on Calamos. The island is believed to be a haven of heathen activity, and the army practices by slaughtering the heathens there. It is decided that the island will be directly ruled, with Torocna “the Twisted” appointed as its first governor. For the rest of his lifetime he builds up the Yannian presence on the island, and later elects to spread his influence over the minor surrounding islands. After this show of force, natural philosophers are dispatched to the peninsula to relay a message. Any nation who joins Yannis in its quest will be entitled to all the spoils and territory of the defeated nations. Halatia is expected to join, as they have already demonstrated a fear of retribution, and in exchange will be granted Nykos. Agira is approached, and will be granted Lamigis, and so on. In the meantime the army lands northeast of Nykos, intent on aiding the pious order that is Omvedom. Immediately a battle is won that sees the area north of Nykos fall, although Felyon’actal “the Bloodletter” is killed in battle. We request that Krasidos hold the line in the south and east at the mountains, while the Yannian army proceeds to raid the towns in and around Nykos’ influence.
- In Tik’akna: Settlers, traders, and missionaries from Ometoc-vis continue to influence the southern tip of Phorintheon, with the southern tip of the island becoming an outpost for trade in the region. A young adventurer and high priest in Ometoc-vis named Talah’icon ventures south from the outpost on Phorintheon to found a settlement at the entrance to a southern river, known as Tohatia, and over the next few years the Yannian Holy Men do battle with the surrounding tribes to expand their influence in the region. The late king Hosherad’s kingdom, now named Hosheraddon, sees an influx of Yannian Holy Men, as well as influence in his capital city. In Temayal the ruler Iximanasa II ascends to the throne, and proves to be a powerful leader. He wins a major war against the Franics, expanding Temayal’s territory far to the east. Later He wins a war in the west as well, becoming one of the foremost powers of the Great Lakes. The expansion of Emalia into the region leads to trade between Emalia, Tahua, and Temayal in large numbers.
- Exhula: The tensions at court between the Oggritin and the Aurelians continue to grow worse as Emperor Sassigan is unable to effectively remove the Oggritin influence from court due to their immense political influence and the support of his brother Lorgar, but he continues to do his best to limit it, leading to increasing factonalisim at court as nobles seeking favor with one or both sides launch plots and commit actions to damage the other sides cause and the two families fight for political influence in an increasingly deadly court. When Princess Zatlava arrives in Exhul she is unprepared for this, and quickly becomes a crucial piece of plots by both sides. She also finds that both eligible male members of the Aurelian family have already married, but, worried about the Oggritin potentially using her to gain political influence over Qera, he quickly has her betrothed and then immedietly married to his 4 year old son Lfttigan in an marrige ceremony that is concluded as quickly as possible and fails to take her wishes or any Qeran customs into account, despite the immense age difference and the fact Jdaih will be unable to consummate the marriage for many years after. This prevents her use by the Oggritin in their plots, but makes her extremely bitter and resentful toward the Emperor, her family, and even her new husband, who she begins regularly verbally and physically abusing in private, although not where the emperor or any others can see. The Intrigue between the Aurelians and Ogrittin begins to grow deadly as several on both sides are assassinated, and although neither can afford to target the leaders of the other faction directly, that does not protect those high in the other factions ranks, and a string of assasinations sweeps the royal court in 174. The victims include Empress Engril, Hisracc Oggritin (The Patriarch of the Oggritin, Nihhn's bastard brother and best friend, who has the same last name because Exhulan culture makes no difference between trueborn and bastard born children and requires they be given the same name, even if in practice they are barred from the line of succession outside of extreme circumstances), and Vassiga Trrccom, the royal treasurer. These court intrigues get to the point where, in 177, Emperor Sassigan moves the capital of the Exhula from Exhul, which has been the capital for centuries, to Siccarius and appoints his son the Imperial Fytovyr (Governor) of the island, both to (successfully) make it harder for the Oggritin to use their political influence in Haeelos and instead move to the new center of his power, and so the empire can be ruled from a more central location. The death of the Empress also results in Zatlava (Just called Atlava in Exhulan, since the language lacks the letter Z or associated sounds) becoming a combination of a mother figure and a wife to Lfftigan, making their relationship even more of a twisted one. The Population in the southern colonies continues to climb as more settlers arrive in the region and two new settlements are founded on the coast. With the large amount of deaths caused by the epidemic we intentionally started among the natives, the amount of raids that occur in our territory quickly decreases due to lack of manpower and the fact they now see us as cursed and don't want to risk interacting with us. We give up on diplomatic relations with the tribes for now, deciding to wait until memory of the outbreak has faded to reopen relations, as we are satisfied with the ceasing of the raids for now. The discovery of Olmac is welcomed and we sent diplomats and scholars to negotiate with them and open relations. We tell them that we would like to open trade between our two great nations, and offer to share our map of what we know of the world in exchange for a similar map from them. (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). Our resettlement of the Ettyian coast proves largely successful as the population begins to recover from the recent wars and chaos in the region, and our holdings in the area increase for the first time in decades (10 px become rural, 12 become loosely claimed) the southern colonies also become a center of the lumber trade due to the large jungles in the region, although not all is positive there, as major pests known as Ccalth (OTL Mosquitos) infect many of the people of the colonies with several diseases such as Garth (OTL Malaria), and a disease called Ryuus (No OTL equivalent). The construction of the road linking Qera and Exhula is close to completion by the end of 180, and most major settlements are linked by now, also increasing immigration between the two as a result. Many cultural things from both sides flow between the two sides through the road, with many Hcctaal preachers entering Qera in an attempt to spread it there, although the same is also true of preachers of the Qeran religion. We also begin to impelement fertilizer in the form of ashes to increase crop yields, as Qera has long done, and begin to refine our smelting of iron to a more efficient form.
- Darna: The offer from Xüonai is rejected, and we settle the northern coast. The settlement of Mosnola expands with new settlers, and new people being attracted to the city from the surrounding area. In the north the nation founded by Isimir becomes known as Isimandia, and sees heavily settlement from the Darnans and others. The local peoples make up the majority of the kingdom, with Darnan-descended people making up most of the upper class. After settling on the northern coast of the lake, named Lake Isim, an expedition is also sent to settle on the southern end of the lake and on the nearby coast. The city directly on the coast becomes known as Kyesna.
- Syres: The loss of Calamos, which had been home to a major trading post, furthers the Hensa’s disapproval of the Yannis Empire. As a result the nation secretly pledges its support to the League of Delona. The navy sees an increase in its number of ships during this time, including the building of several larger, heavier ships. These new ships reach about forty meters in length and six meters in width, contain three banks of oars, and are capable of holding a crew of up to 200 men. In the Acrissa Islands the noble families of the region commence their own build up of ships and defenses, feeling that the nation’s investment in the territory is not adequate. Many take up residence in the Kingdom of Neum, or in the west of Syresian territory, after tales of war reach the nation from the east.
- Xüonai: Rural areas continue to grow, and the captured Benkundon areas' tribes are assimilated into Xüonai. Ships explore the coasts of the Darna and Niani continents, the ocean in between them, and the easternmost explored areas, east of Weritsz. An expedition is sent to explore unexplored areas above Dijunga. Many Ulm slaves are sold to Darnan traders in Mosnola and the colony south of the Darnan mainland. A city is built on the river south of Mosnola, just below the bay to make sure it is not in violation of the Treaty of Udhnluito, so that a river city with access to the northern coast can be built without actually building the city on the northern coast. A garrison is stationed there, as well as our colony south of Darna, to discourage any Darnan ideas of conquering our territory. Otherwise, internal stability is prioritized, with roads being built to the river colony in the north and connecting urban areas. A veteran's resettlement program is initiated for all who had family members as military personnel in service, with the families being given fertile land in both the colony south of Darna and areas of the unsettled north.
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After the traders of Olmac are welcomed by Exhula and Qera, a trade network emerges between the three, with Olmac spreading knowledge of many prosperous nations to the east.
Mithadia expands westward, subjugating a number of islands in the area. They come across the Tsardom of Algeorgia, and demand that Algeorgia pay tribute to Mithadia.
The Kingdom of Kaughn subjugates many of the breakaway provinces of the Saemonites, expanding to the south. The Saemonite vassal of Herati declares its independence and fights against its former overlord.
The decision to move the capital of Exhula from the homeland sparks backlash from the nobility and traditionalists of the nation, despite whatever logistical sense it might make. Sensing an opportunity, Nihhn Oggritin instigates a coup that sees the home island captured, dividing the nation between the Aurelians and Oggritins.
The Empire of Niani answers the diplomacy from the Kingdom of Azoz by launching an invasion of the Yannis Empire, with 15,000 men advancing toward Xanuys.
Usinilago invades the nation of Isono in order to capture their northernmost towns, and to establish a tributary relationship.
- Kingdom of Azoz: King Jair continues to support tributary trade within the Tuartha Kingdom. Farther east, he declares his support for Hadian as ruler of Nykos, as well as extending support to the Umhlaba Confederacy, and organizes them to strike against the Yannis Empire on the continent. 11,000 soldiers are sent to aid Niani attack Yannis directly. Jair himself was known, according to personal accounts from Mesallian city-states, to personally travel in progress around cities that were at least tolerant of the Ulm faith, giving both kind and charismatic words to stir a greater cause against the continental invaders. In one such progress, Jair had fallen in love with the daughter of Loegaris, and would frequent her chambers upon his visit. The Ulm faith continues to be administrated from the capital. Priapas, the current Holy Father, was also known as one of the foremost theologic scholars of his day, greatly expanding and interpreting the Ulm scriptures that were now completed. The theology of Priapas emphasized the duality of heaven, in the eternal struggle between the True God and Drokksid, as reflective of the current struggle between the true faith of Ulm and the false religion of Yannis. While the Yannis religion is fixated on the shedding of blood by sacrifice, the Ulm faith has the more passive rituals of annointing and feasts. While Yannis worships by a priesthood, excluding commoners from the inner temples, the Ulm faith worships at Basilicas, where all people of every class meet. In essence, while Yannis exacts commitment by fear, Ulm exacts it by love and charity. It is suspected by modern scholars if the theology of Priapas, published in his epistles to the churches in Mesallia, Darna, and Xüenoi, was merely an additional componant of the propaganda espoused by King Jair. Even if so, this same theology of Priapas has continued to be echoed by Ulm theologians down through the ages since. After concluding his campaigns in the east, Jair turned his attention south, raising a new army of 7000 soldiers to push farther south.
- Exhula: The sudden revolt by the Oggritin takes us by surprise, as although a conflict was expected, we belived it would come at a later date rather than immedietly. Although their coup does succeed in taking control of the main cities of Haeelos and most of the countryside, there are pockets of resistance throughout the island of Aurelian loyalists and they lose much of the support they could have easily gained if they had acted earlier rather than waiting until four years had already passed since we moved from the capital. Although they manage to capture Zatlava she sends her husband into hiding and they are ultimetly unable to track him down, and are unwilling to risk Qera's wrath by killing her or using her as a hostage. As a result Emperor Sassigan is able to have a large amount of time to muster armies while the Oggritin, inexperienced with this kind of thing, are slower to do so. The majority of the Exhulan Navy sides with the Aurelians and although enough side with the Oggritin to put up a fight not enough do to stop the Loyalist forces Blockading Haeelos. The majority of the remaining ships of the Rebels are defeated during the naval Battle of Koth, named for the flagship of the Rebel fleet, which was destroyed during this battle in 184. With this victory the Loyalist army of 12,000 Exhulan Soldiers and 2,000 Qeran Mercenaries is easily able to use the largest of the remaining loyalist holdouts on the island in the northwest of the island as a landing spot for the army. The 1,700 soldiers the rebels were able to raise from the population of the island are unable to defend the territories effectively. This leads to the easy capture of Vyath in the battle of Vyath in 186, and the surrounding of Exhul and its siege by land and sea while the remaining 700 rebel soldiers attempt to defend the city. After about a year of siege the commander of the soldiers finally has enough, realizing their is no way they can win and that the Oggritin are just going to get his men and the cities population killed and as a result launches a successful mutiny against them that sees Nihhn and his men captured and Zatlava freed and returned to Aurelian custody. Although Sassigan shows mercy to the commander of the Oggritin forces and the one who led the rebellion on his lords orders and ultimetly was the one to deliver him to the loyalists, Syphax Vyrax, and actually puts him in a major position of command while sparing his men (As Syphax was following his lords orders and Sassigan wont punish him for his loyalty, and he respected him immensely), he offers no such mercy to Nihhn and his family. In public at the Imperial square in front of a crowd of thousands he tells Ihhnt that "It was a crown of gold you wanted, so its a crown of gold you will receive", before pouring a cauldron of boiling molten gold on Ihhnts head, painfully killing him before later cutting off his head once the gold had cooled and mounting the gold plated head on a spike in front of the imperial palace to remind people of the price of trearchery, although it was later stolen due to the value the gold was worth. The rest of his body and the bodies of his family, who were also executed, is burned so that his spirit will eternally wander the earth and never find peace in the afterlife instead of resting in the gods palaces beneath the sea. Meanwhile, trade with Qera continues to flourish despite the war, and increasingly we begin to trade heavily with the newly discovered Olmac. during trade with them we recive many strange cultural icons, writings, and other such things and when questioned the Olman merchants speak of several other nations to the East, which were also shown on the maps they gave us. We decide to reach out to them as well, and send diplomats to the Silas Repubilc in the hope of opening trade relations with them (SILAS RESPONSE NEEDED) and to the other eastern states. Finally, Emperor Sassigan dies in mysterious circumstances in 188, with many suspecting he was poisoned. As a result his son Lfftigan is crowned as Emperor Lfftigan I. However, his wife, who continues her manipulation and abuse from before, is the true power behind the throne, as her husband has come to rely heavily on her psychologically and almost all real decisions are made by her. Rumors of their son Lorgars Illegitamacy spread throughout the court as he looks nothing like his father and much more closley resembeles his mother. In an attempt to stop these rumors she has him married to his second cousin Vaegan, the only daughter of Emperor Sassigan's brother who supourted the Ogrritin, and the only family member of rebel leadership who was spared, but only due to being Sassigan's niece, who he loved. Finally, We launch an expedition 30 px east from Zoelle to try to explore the vast uncharted area east of us and above Olmac (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED).
- Sillas accepts opening trade.
- Mesallian Culture: According to Parius, whose quintessential history text extended throughout the period of the Yannian invasion, a formal war broke out between the League of Delona and the Yannis Empire soon after the events in Nykos. The numbers given by Parius for the respective strength on each side are dismissed by historians — he writes that the total strength of the Yannian army numbered in the millions — but nevertheless, his chronology of the events is well regarded as accurate. According to Parius the war began soon after the Yannian capture of Calamos and the surrounding islands. Meshwati and the other maritime-oriented powers of the north favored supporting a rebellion on the island to weaken Yannian control. A small force would be sent by Meshwati and Isimos to the islands, but this was decisively defeated, and ultimately ended one of the only purely offensive campaigns launched by the Mesallians. In regards to the strength of the Mesallian powers, historians have rationalized the following: Meshwati would have had one of the largest populations of any of the cities, with an estimated 60,000 people. However, this counted the large non-citizen segment of the population, which was not required to serve in the military initially. And also the Meshwati military was notably more invested in the navy than in a land force. Karissa possessed some 30,000 people, and possessed the de facto best land force in Mesallas before the war. Delona, due to its nature as a temple primarily, and its mountainous terrain, was estimated to be at least half the size of Karissa, although the city possessed a religious superiority that attracted a small number of volunteers from around the ancient world. After the razing of Nykos and its lands, its population was also considered miniscule. And lastly Lamigis would have possessed the second largest population, at around 45,000 people. The first year of the war ended with the Mesallians in a poor position. Halatia did indeed defect to the Yannians, offering a small force of 2,000 men in Temengha (the northernmost region of the Melopenes). After a decisive battle outside the city, Nykos fell to the Yannians, and the region from Nykos to the Lake of Ozaras came under the sway of the invaders. An elite force of 2,000 men from Karissa was to hold the mountain pass west of Delona, while in the south Lamigis raised its own army of 4,000 men for the defense of the south. In the north Meshwati raised 3,000 men, but also readied its navy. (Will add more after Yannis gives more info.) In the south Usinilago manages to capture parts of northern Umhlaba, and demands that the northern trade routes of the nation be diverted north into Usinilago, where the merchants will pay a tribute as well. It is unclear the exact nature of this relationship, as over time many of the merchant leaders became Usinilagian, and expanded their influence with Usinilago’s aid. It is clear that increased activity began in the south, with trade crossing the desert to Edom and the southern Edom River frequently.
- Continued: The success of the Yannian invasion caused great alarm. After the defeat near Meshwanti, its remaining soldiers retreated to the city itself and take measures to defend it. Close to 6,000 men were raised for the defense of the city in a desperate measure. In the south the razing of Delona also came as a major blow to the war effort. Similarly, in Karissa another 5,000 people (5,500 total) were pressed into military service, including light troops from the city’s enslaved and poor classes. As Karissa possessed no major defenses, the Karissan army chose to fight on the field west of the city. 5,000 men from Lamigis, including a small contingent from the nearby town of Tilacolis, marched north toward the Lake of Ozaras, planning to circle around the Yannian army and take Krasidos. The League of Delona also sends envoys to the nation of Syres, requesting their assistance in the war.
- Xüonai: With the chaos in the south (Mellisia and Azoz) and east (Yannis and Niani), the Yannian and Dijunga borders, along with all colonies (Ensoywi, the new northern city, and the colony south of Darna) are heavily garrisoned. Exploring continues, especially in the north and east. Dashon V soon dies in 182. His son, Dashon VI, inherits the throne. Under his reign, a census is held. Military technology is advanced, and the first siege catapult is built. Dashon V offers Syres an alliance offer, the seemingly only neutral nation of the war, deemed the Nykosian War, or the "Uan'Nykos", with Xüonai unbeknownst of Syresian allignment with the League of Delona. Rural areas continue to grow, and the city by the large lake (bordering Yannis) grows by 1 px.
- Yannis Diplomacy: We request that our ally also aid us. Also, to clarify we didn't send an alliance offer to Hosheraddon.
- Xüonai Response: "A natural philosopher is dispatched... to Tik’akna, Hosheraddon, and Temayal requesting they aid our rightful cause." I assume your "rightful cause" is the war?
- Nowhere in your quote does it say we ask for an alliance. The conquered areas that are partially Yannian, so I just asked if any of those Yannians would like to contribute.
- Xüonai Response: Sorry, I thought you were talking about the governments, not the people.
- Yannis Diplomacy: We request that our ally also aid us. Also, to clarify we didn't send an alliance offer to Hosheraddon.
- Qera: With new people arriving in Qera in form of the Olmacs, new ideas and discoveries enter the society. When the Qeran seamen and nobles heard of this, they ask them to share maps with the Qerans (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). The eastern tribes are again asked to join Qera, while the border to them is prepared for an invasion. Fields and settlements pop up in the west where farming of hemp is introduced as a cultivated crop, since it can be used as both medicine and fiber for ropes and cloth (6 px to the west become rural). Cinnamon turns out to be worth its weight in pearls as it is traded off to the lands of the Olmacs. Prince Yuoqor I grows old and appoints his heir, his daughter Zoelle of the House of Rollver. The Hcctal faith spreads to a small minority in the east, while the Rhatixemy developes in its belief system. The Ogzâj of high priests in 184 comes to the conclusion, that souls of great humans can become sub-gods in the afterlife. This question came up after the death of the Kisnan count Yller who destroyed the hostile tribes in the area some decades ago. He himself and also his priests treated him like the incarnation of the god of war Obeq. Despite that, humans themselves can't be born as gods or god-like creatures. Qera supports officially the house of Aurel in the rebellion in Exhula. Yllers grandson Yteq I becomes the count of the Kisna union in the age of 23. He is seen as a good and fair leader, but as a weak person who is afraid of fights or conflicts in general, his first action in the position was proclaiming Tataccuga the capital of Kisna. An Ogzâj is called in Ogaholle, where the Prince calls for a land-reform that redistributes the land of wealthy cities directly to the smaller villages of the former slaves (The cities are still allowed to tax them). Trade with Exhula continues and the new techniques in road building become widespread.
- Yannis Empire: Due to the circumstances, the Anointed One orders the largest army thus far in the history of Yannis to be raised, with Holy Men being called from across the empire. The invasion of Niani catches the nation momentarily unprepared, as there are only some 5,000 soldiers readied in the north by the time the Nianians approach the city of Xanuys. This force garrisons the city and prepares for a siege, leaving much of the northeast to be ravaged in the meantime by these hostile forces. In the lands of Xlaban, which is far more developed than the east, some 15,000 men are raised and placed under the command of Ayahuesca of Oaximayal, which cross the North Xlaban into southern Niani, intent on razing the southern expansion of the empire, and potentially inciting a rebellion. They arrive in the area west of Bassar, partially cutting off the Niani invading army. At the same time, the Anointed One rallies the south and personally marches with 20,000 men, which rendezvous with another 4000 men in the north, mostly from Hasneyaganda. This army does battle with the Niani near Xlaban, chasing them to the north. Across the sea the army in Mesallas increases to around 10,000, with another 3,000 Mesallians loyal to our side (including from Halatia). The soldiers of Omvedom, who specialize in mountain warfare, are placed under Teza’sentol, who marches with 8,000 men toward Karissa, while the remaining 5,000, and a fleet stationed in the region, move toward Meshwati. A natural philosopher is dispatched to our main ally Xüonai, but also to Tik’akna, Hosheraddon, and Temayal, requesting they aid our rightful cause.
- Tik’akna agrees to send 1,800 troops, while 700 people from Hosheraddon also join. Temayal declines.
- Darna: In Isimandia numerous fortified towns spring up in the southern region, primarily on the lake, rivers, or the coast. The coastal settlements dispatch ships to scout north and south along the coast. In the west the city of Kyesna is eclipsed by Navorodina, originally a trading post built outside the city. As the region is settled, numerous chieftains emerge, both of Darnan descent and from the natives, who manage to create independent stretches of land in the region. In Mosnola the local governance strongly disapproves of the southerners encroaching on our territory, and in response the town sends out settlers to the surrounding area, to reinforce our claim over the area around the city.
- Syres: An army of 3,000 men is raised and placed under the command of Gidggodonah, who is also given a portion of the nation’s fleet. The army is dispatched to sail toward Mesallas, and after stopping near Isimos and receiving news of the battle near Meshwati, the fleet departs for the city to relieve the siege there. Primarily the fleet remains around Syres to protect the home island of Ersgof. The Hensa also authorizes supplies to be sent to Tesardya to help aid the large army being gathered by Azoz and Niani. Elsewhere, settlement around Neum and in the west intensifies.
- Ri'kiva: The current monarch is Kal'If. A new religion emerges, called Rev'ankh, The leader of this religion, named Teu'lj, leads an expedition to retake the homeland, called Suh'Hyik. The homeland is retaken by Ri'kivan forces, and the army settles in the area, which is followed by settlement farther down the river. Exploration and trade continue, and noble consolidation of land causes noble families to sail to places with ideal harbours. Several colonies start this way, with further immigration to the colonies brought about by enterprising young men as well as lower classes. The colonies are as follows: Ro'hjvk, Sud'kivja, Tas'hjvk, and Ij'yvk. We also sent a diplomatic mission to the Saemonites, asking for trade ties to be established.
The invasion of Agnomon by Azoz is successful in the north, but it leads to a migration as the people of Agnomon are pushed into the south. Fashnoq responds by invading the territory as well, with 10,000 men attacking the land still owned by Agnomon or seized by the Azozians, and the natives trapped in between.
The Siege of Meshwati is lifted after the fall of the city is narrowly avoided, but not without great cost to the defending nation of Meshwati. In the south the city of Delona is left razed to the ground, but the Yannian forces are unable to continue east in the face of the Karissan army.
Iximanasa II of Temayal launches an invasion north to unite with Hosheraddon, with aid from many surrounding nations.
A nation known as Eniyan, located west of Persona, makes contact with the nation of Ri'kiva, offering to trade. Also, the Saemonites accept the offer to trade with Ri'kiva.
The Empire of Niani sues for peace with the Yannis Empire, offering them land concessions in the south and/or freedom for the city of Bassar. At the same time the city of Sumyala raises an army and attempts to claim Bassar for themselves, in exchange for aligning with Yannis.
A small number of people on both sides are accidentally killed or captured in the region where the colony of Darna and the northern territory of Xüonai meet.
The census in Xüonai reports that in Lhynoi there are 38,000 people, in Iphntooi 16,000, in Iphnsooi 12,000, in Hehntooi 11,500, in Fahntooi 11,000, in Udhntooi 7000, in Roghaoi 12,000, in Soenoi 16,000, and on Ensoyiwi 6,000. The northern territories estimate another 6,000.
- Xüonai: Dashon V officially declares neutrality in the Nykosian War and offers to host a peace conference between Niani, Yannis, and others associated in the war in Lhynui. With the clashing and death of Xüonai settlers in the north, an army of 10,000 is sent to capture Mosnola from Darna. War is declared on Darna after the killing of Xüonai settlers, thought to be done on purpose to discourage settlement in the north. A bluff is set, with men setting fires to make it seem as if they were a massive horde in the west. Then, the remaining forces would approach from the south and east. The sea would look foggy, but no ships would be seen in the distance, as the siege happened in late November, so the garrison there would attempt to flee by sea, but a blockade just out of view would approach from the fog and obliterate the garrison, who are not used to fighting at sea. (This tactic is borrowed from Belisarius' tactics at the Seige of Ariminum from Byzantine times, except their escape is blocked by a blockade at sea) (Mod Response on how tactic does) Dashon V gives terms if Darna wants to end the war; give full rights to Xüonai over the north coast, a promise to never settle the north coast again, and the ceding of Mosnola to Xüonai, with Dashon V even pledging to never settle the Syresei coast (Darnan continent) if Darna accepts the terms now.
- Xüonai continued: With the precarious situation, the largest army in Xüonai history is composed, with around 25,000 men. 10,000 or so are veterans with iron swords. However, 15,000 are newly trained peasants, who use previously owned axes, of which they know to use proficiently due to their farming experiences. 7,500 veterans on the siege are relieved by around 7,500 peasants, of which the veterans are moved to the border of Zedislandia and Benekundon. Each veteran is in charge of one or two peasants, making sure that they are trained well and are ready for battle. The navy is expanded to compete with the Darnan navy. Currently, 10,000 men hold the siege, while 15,000 man the Zedislandian and Benekundon border. Advances are not made into Zedislandia, as Dashon V realizes a river crossing would surely result in a defeat. However, advances into Benekundon from flat areas (not through hills) are ordered, with a plan to take out Benekundon from the war and move through the north to take out Zedislandia.
- Darna: A loose confederation of new kingdoms emerges in the region of Isimandia, after the death of the initial line of rulers in the north. The region roughly expands to the southern river, named the Auster River. In the northwest the coast becomes settled. The region becomes an exporter of furs, beeswax, honey, and slaves to Darna and beyond, and in the west, ships explore south down the coast in search of new trading opportunities. In Darna and the home islands the nation’s cities see growth and expansion, as more traders and people become interested in Darna. Update: The sudden attack by Xüonai leads to all people being called within the heavy walls of Mosnola. We do not withdraw from the city, as we believe it is best to hold our ground at the defensible position. In the meantime, the traders en route to the homeland send word to the king and inform him of the treachery, and he calls 8,000 men to supplement the 5,000 men already at the city. The nation's navy is also assembled, which when all in one place should easily outnumber the enemy. We request that Benekundon, Zedisladana, and Niani come to our aid.
- Ri'kiva: Kal'if offers money for information on foreign lands. A census is ordered in Ri'kiva (just the island), and Suh'hyik (the holy homeland). Trade with the Eniyan is accepted, bringing foreign merchants to Ri'kivan trading posts, and emissaries to the court of Kal'if I. Exploration and trade continues, as well as continued emigration to Suh'hyik and Sud'kivja. Minor emigration occurs in the other Ri'kivan colonies as well, but the foreign immigration to the outposts is halfway to the level, however more noticed, and the foreigners are almost exclusively merchants, meaning the upper-class of the far flung colonies is more mixed than the upper-class. For now in Ri'kiva, the clans are kept in line by the 'If line, but they are growing more powerful. Population, however, is growing, and food supplies are numerous.
- Irian Culture: While a Proto-Irian culture has existed among others in this greater coastal region for centuries, the first true Irian civilization emerged rather recently on the Thrydacian Peninsula. Characterized by bronzeworking, small city-states and localized pantheons, the Irian culture is still primitive and developing. Its people are warlike and sometimes migratory when seasons are rough, but are gradually becoming more settled as circumstances in the area improve. They depend on trade and commerce for important resources, and as such have developed strong mercantile and maritime traditions. Other traditions flourish: Irian pottery is known for its superior quality and intricate painted designs, while Irian stoneworks and architecture are considered some of the best in the region. Although the heart of the civilization is located on the mainland peninsula, there are numerous islands in the surrounding sea (known to Irians as the Adseia) which have come under the influence of their culture. Farther inland, the people are more barbarous and the climate is less suited to permanent settlement. Still, these inland people share many aspects of society with the coastal Irians. In central Thrydacia lies Mount Cambor, where the gods are said to originate from. In the distant past, this mountain has more than once annihilated whole villages with its fiery breath, but now it smoulders peacefully beside the shores of Lake Mareum. The most important city of the Irian civilization is called Aigei, located on the banks of the Hecis, a large river that runs from the highlands to the Adseia. Aigei is ruled by a powerful dagatos (tribal chief), who has seniority over the lesser chiefs in the region. However, the dagatos is forbidden to enter the city itself, and is instead supposed to roam the frontier to defend it from invaders. This is perhaps a holdover from a time when Aigei was under the protection of foreign warlords. In practice, the dagatos lives in a camp on the outskirts, from which he conducts military campaigns, while Aigei proper is governed by a council of religious officials and wise men, the larikai. Having foreseen inevitable instability, the larikai possess a troop of men to guard the otherwise defenseless city from the armies of jealous warlords. The larikai also profess laws, dictate how the gods should be worshiped, and make judgments on civil disputes. Because there are traditionally only 17 larikai permitted in office at once, they are commonly known as the "Seventeen". Outside of Aigei, society differs dramatically. Each city is governed uniquely from its neighbor, and each have their own patron deities. Many settlements, however, will defer to the authority of larger cities such as Aigei on legal and religious matters, because their wise men are well known throughout the land. Downstream from Aigei are several city-sized settlements, most notably Oaxala and Kyr. In Oaxala there is an established cult to the Goddess of Night and Day, Nemera. Kyr is a river port and a shipbuilding hub. Irian culture extends from here to the western coastal cities of Asklena and Rhithera, north to the mines of Ambra at the foothills of Mount Cambor, and as far east as the bend of the Cebrion river, where the city of Corens stands at the fringes of civilization.
- Yannis Empire: The peace with the Empire of Niani is accepted, and the war ends in the north. We annex southern Niani, and Bassar is left to be occupied by Sumyala in exchange for becoming a vassal of Yannis. The army returns south, although many stay and garrison the new territory, or settle it for themselves, as settlement of the region is encouraged. The small area west of the northwestern most point of the empire is also formally annexed, after being a region for trading through the mountains. A portion of the army remains garrisoning the south, while 10,000 men are readied to be transported across the sea. In the meantime, the army in the south, numbering about 7,500 after reinforcements and recruiting is accounted for, regroups in the center of the peninsula. The additional 10,000 men arrive and prepare to resiege Meshwati. In the west Nykos is rebuilt by Yannian settlers and soldiers. A peace offer is sent to the remaining enemies, saying that they must outlaw the Ulm religion and recognize Yannis’ sphere of influence. The Anointed One is to become the hegemon of the League of Delona.
- In Tik’akna: Iximanasa II of Temayal launches his invasion against King Nauserod, making quick gains in the far south. The distraction of the war across the sea allows him to continue northward and strike at the capital city. Additionally, Iximanasa weds one of the daughters of Tik’akna, bringing in that city’s support. With the capture of the enemy capital, Iximanasa becomes known as “the Great”.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Intensity of combat, alternatively between the south and the Nykosian War, seems to have typified the remaining reign of King Jair. For the most part, in these events the classical historians paint a remarkably picturesque view of his policies. After the successful invasion of the South along with Frasnoq, the king made sure not to forcibly remove any of the local population, but incorporate them among the same citizens as long as they accepted being annointed in the faith of Ulm. In Mesallia, the next phase of the Nykosian War focused on coordinating both the Umbhala Confederacy and the League of Delona, along with any other cities sympathetic to Ulm, to resist the Yannis invasion and defend the city of Meshwati. The classical sources on Jair describe him as a hero to all the Messalians, personally leading the assault against Nykos and bearing the standard of the city himself. Some scholars debate on the accuracy of these accounts, as Jair is never mentioned by name by the historian Parius. Most historians, however, do believe the King is mentioned by Parius under a different name, described in two separate passages as "Commander Yari" who led 2,300 troops at Meshwanti. Its important to note that "Commander" in the Mesallian language is alternatively a reference to a grand leader or monarch. It is around this time, or in some cases a few generations earlier, that the mythologic Nathonian cycle begins. Na-Thon, similar to his father, was born out of wedlock to the daughter of Tuartha king, who is sometimes given the name Sabina. Many different legends are associated with his moment of birth. Generally, it is stated that there was a harsh thunderstorn in Tuartha at the time of Na-Thon's birth, almost flooding the city, which miraculously ceased at his first breath. This is often accompanied by some vision of heaven, in which an angel prophesizes how Na-Thon will grow to become a titan for both the secular and sacred realms of Azoz. Some later versions elaborated to say that the storm didn't immediately go away, but changed to be raining honey instead of water. Meanwhile, the Theology of the Holy Father Priapas continues to be spread in the Mesallian cities, arousing the people of every farm and village to resist the Yannis invasion for their own livlihood as well as their children. Slaves in Darna as well as military in Niani continue to be converted to the faith, as well as the people of Eskaladun and Frasnoq. The oldest complete manuscripts of the entire scripture of Ulm was made in Syres around this time, probably to capitalize on the uniquity of its language to maximize the spread of its holy writ.
- Mesallian Culture: After the disastrous campaign undertaken by Massisni VII of Meshwati, the city narrowly avoided destruction thanks to the timing of reinforcements from abroad. Parius, being a Meshwati-born writer, particularly praises the allies of Azoz and Syres, for their courageousness despite not being Mesallian themselves. Miracuously the city stayed outside the hands of the Yannians, although at great cost to the inhabitants. After several years of constant war and besiegement, the kingdom faced food shortages, disease, and a shortage of manpower. The allied effort to dominate the seas helped to this end, but ultimately Massisni sought to hear out the Yannian offer of peace. It was King Hynagalus of Karissa who took up the position as informal lead in the alliance, as the most outspoken against any form of peace. Combined, all the various armies of the alliance managed to barely meet the Yannian total, with some 4,500 men from Azoz and Syres, 3,000 from Meshwati, 5,000 from Karissa, and 5,000 from Lamigis. Nonetheless, this army marched north toward the Yannian camp in the center of Mesallas, prepared to either make Mesallas free or die trying (Mod algorithm needed). The arrival of Lamigis’ army, under Dienus, came after their moderately successful kingdom in the west. They had managed to heavily curtail Krasidos and the Yannian allies in the west, and diverted their attention northeast having won a small victory. By this time a few other states of note had entered the war, such as Isimos, who sought to capture the Yannian islands in the north up to Calamos. Additionally, Taorina and Oximilos joined the war, despite Oximilos having a centuries-long animosity toward Meshwati and Karissa. At the same time another conflict emerged far to the southwest, overshadowed by the great war in Mesallas. In Umhlaba the western oases and towns supported Azozian conquests south of their kingdom. Water Tyrant Tiris rebelled against Agnomon, hoping to conquer a portion of the south and expand his influence over the region. He was joined by Gilian of Analunba, who goes on to found the confederacy’s first trading branch in Sykorn. He later converts to the Ulm religion, becoming known as Gilian the Anointed.
- Azoz Dip: King Jair pushes for the recognizing white peace with the Yannis, recognizing their conquest of Nykos, Calmos and Delona, and domination of their allied cities, while leaving from the rest.
Tsardom of Algeorgia: We send an expedition to the southwest and expand our island's capital.
- Mesallas proposes a conference in the nearby town of Calanis to discuss peace, with the Mesallian parties agreeing with Azoz's proposal.
Qera: Trading with the newly discovered nations increases at the dawn of the new century, where exotic goods changing ships in the giant harbors of the Qeran realm. the rare cinnamontrees are now officially personal posessions of the royal family and cutting them down is punishable by high fines. Cinnamon also takes a big part in the trade where it becomes the main export good to the Olmacs. A trading outpost is founded at the coast 40 px west of Olmac. The new city is called Hbeahahollea. An envoy of diplomats and merchants is sent to Sillas and Kaloma to start trading relations with them (MOD/SILLAS RESPONSE NEEDED). Scribes start to record the language of Exhula, the Olmacs and the Kisnans with precise instructions on pronunciation to make it easier for Qerans to learn. A dictionary is also written to teach foreigners and also make definitions for basic vocabulary. Prince Yuoqor I dies, his daughter now inherits the throne as Zoelle II. She is the first to make some kind of state visit as she travels to Kisna in 203 and plans to visit her sister in Exhula and also discuss a mutual trading alliance with the nobles there (EXHULA RESPONSE NEEDED). The country expands farther to the east (10 px to the east along the coast). The practice of producing shrunken heads (qtaqta in Âtluâm) becomes common among soldiers in Qera, but especially in Kisna, which is governed like a warrior state. Arts and science flourish when colorful paintings and mosaics of animals, gods and humans start a new tradition in the temples. Astronomy makes huge steps forward when scientists discovered that the earth is a sphere, not a flat disc. Ships are sent to the northeast to discover unknown lands to settle or trade with (50 px discovered in the north). Zoelle II gives birth to a pair of twins in 209, one boy and one girl. The boy is named Yteq and the girl's name is Zatlaja.
- Exhula: This turn begins with the discovery of a new unclaimed island to the east thanks to the return of our expedition. We claimed it and sent colonists and 900 soldiers to settle the island. We also founded four new settlements on the large peninsula east of us and north of Olmac, which mostly serve as trading posts with Olmac, Silas, and Qera in the developing trade network between us. Meanwhile, in Siccarius, our new capital, the reign of Lfftigan and Zatlava prove disastrous. Both prove to be vicious and incompetent as rulers, although in different ways. Zatlava, who has grown increasingly greedy and envious over the years, wastes much of the treasury on vanity projects such as ordering the construction of a new, massive imperial palace in Siccarius to eclipse even the old one in Exhul, which is not completed by the time their reign ends. She is relatively good with the foreign policy (again being the true power behind the throne) but ignores - or in some cases, outright encourages - the movement of thousands of Exhulans from The Ettyian Coast and into the Kisna region despite it being Qeran territory and Qera being Exhula's oldest ally (and she, herself, being Qeran, although she hasn't been back to Qera for years by this point). She also becomes increasingly decadent and hendonistic, often hosting lavish and wasteful parties and events for nobles multiple times a month in the main city that waste tons of money and are extremely wasteful and which prove a further drain on the treasury, with her sons wedding lasting for nearly a week and a half and being the most decadent event of all, only ending when Lorgar himself, long fed up with the decadent and wasteful habits of his mother but tolerating it to provide an image of unity for the public, finally storms out of the celebration and refuses to participate further (although the marriage itself turns out decently well considering their close relation, with Vaegan and Lorgar getting along well and having four children, three of which suffer from minor tooth defects but are otherwise okay). However, her reign is nowhere near as bad as the actual reign of her husband Lfftigan, who becomes increasingly childish, spoiled, and cruel and in 197, tired of his wife's cruelty and true ruling and urged on by his ambitious chief advisor Darlir's influence, has her arrested and publicly decapitated. His reign turns out to be even worse, with him being just as wasteful and decadent as Zaltava but far more incompetent and cruel. His excess also drains the treasury arguably even faster and he becomes known for making crazy decisions on a whim and executing those who displease him, with one of the more infamous incidents being when he (apparently, although its likely exaggerated) reportedly ran through the streets of Siccarius screaming about goats and swinging his sword at random people, animals, objects, and even apparently plants. Before long most become extremly fed up with or terrified of this behaviour and a coup led by his son Lorgar and his top general Vyrax overthrows him and imprisons him in his room in the palace while his son reigns as Emperor in truth, if not in name. Finally, he (the son) declares war on Qera for control of the Kisna region, ostentiably to protect Exhulan citizens but really for the territory and a 14,000 strong army, led by Syrax, leads a major campaign into Kisna from the three main cities above it in 199 (algorithms needed!). We do our best to keep Qera navaly confined to the Bay of Qera, dedicating almost all of our navy to this (Due to the lack of other potential threats) although we keep enough to guard our waters. We also begin raiding Qeran shiping and tracking down and hiring known pirates to raid the shiping and naval supply lines of Qera, in addition to hiring as many mercanaries as possible from Olmac, Silas, the nation north of them, and even from among the natives of the southern coast. This is done despite the large dent in the treasury left by Zaltava and Lfftigan, as despite spending absurdly large amounts of it we still have a lot left and trade and taxes are slowly refilling it. However, to avoid draining the treasury further we slightly increase taxes by about 3% to make sure we don't drain too much financing the war.
- Unarchate of Gyt: After decades of submission to the Saemonites, Gyt urns to be free. Unarch Kylus offers the now revolting Herati their support and takes up arms against the Saemonites, expelling the small garrison to the hostile surrounding natives who quickly destroy them. Having been unable to expand rapidly over the last decades, Gyt had instead filled-out the lands it held, slowly replacing the tribal cultures with Gytans. Some expansion down the great river Tythies did occur but only amounting to 200 square septons (10 px). Farming practices have also been refined over the years as has the temple to Tykus and its calendar stones. The Bysula, consisting of 500 women at arms, march north to assist the Herati in their uprising while also converting all they can to the Gytan Pantheon. A census is also conducted in the historic manner, but with greater emphasis on counting the population of the urban areas. Additionally, riders are sent to improve relations with the tribes around Gyt with whom hostile relations have existed for decades.
- Syres: After Meshwati holds the Syresian army in Mesallas follows the plan set forth by the League of Delona and King Hynagalus of Karissa, and marches south toward the pivotal battle taking place in the center of the peninsula. Within the city of Syres the Hensa and the noble families contribute heavily to the buildup of new walls and defenses, with the navy still stationed primarily around the city. An outpost located north of Neum, named Lamium, forms into a settlement under the kingdom’s control, extending their influence north along the coast. The Kingdom of Neum also sees settlement along the Ashe River, extending upstream toward Azoz. The nation attempts to repair the shaky relationship with the southerly kingdom under Lóegaris, by opening trade with the nation. At the same time the nation increases trade with Azoz via the river, and exploring farther in that direction.
- Olmac: The beginning of 191 sees the death of the Dom of Olmac after months of suffering from a mysterious disease (it's cancer but we obviously don't know that). As a result his young daughter So lliss, his only child (due to his wife and co-ruler dying giving birth to her and him never remarrying) ascends to the Celestial throne of Olmac at the beginning of 192. However, the coronation is interrupted by an attack by an unknown group of asailants. However, with a lot of support from her guards they are successfully fought off, with the new Dom herself taking part in the fighting. Upon ascending her first order is to conduct a census of the celestial kingdoms population, something that has not been done for more than a century (MOD RESPONSE, PLEASE). She also orders the building of a fourth city at the edge of our territory, along the River Tizca (the central river, also the name of our capital city, at the end of the river where it meets the ocean), which is named Tltcalla. We also begin sending colonists out past our borders to claim more land in the name of the celestial goddess, Yaxshiba. Although we face some trouble from hostile natives, we are able to defend ourselves and most attacks stop when we enslave their warriors and sacrifice their chiefs to the sun goddess. (expand 17 px). We also continue to trade with both Exhula and Qera, despite the war between them, with the trade network continuing despite the disruption the war causes and beginning to enrich us significantly, as trade also increases with Silas and the nations north of us. We also request to trade maps with both Qera and Exhula (Exhula and Qera response, please) and the new dom begins looking for a husband, who would also be her co-ruler, equal in authority, and reaches out to the nations around her to search for an eligible husband. (Little bit of a fun fact: “Tizca” actually means pinch in Spanish!)
If you still need to post or update your turn because of a war, you may post in the previous turn.
Many of the ships that Ri'kiva dispatches to the north do not return, due to the region’s more turbulent waters and less friendly natives. As such, traders generally prefer the south. Although, east of Ij'yvk in the nearby inlet the Ri'kivans make contact with a kingdom known as __?___
In the peninsula west of Olmac, where Exhula has founded a number of trade posts, the Exhulans soon realize that region had gone unclaimed by the Olmacs due to the very fierce tribe who inhabit it, known as the Mixequens. This tribe manages to capture Exhula’s trade posts with ease.
The census in Ri'kiva reports that in Ci'Syk there are 24,000 people, in Suh'hyik 13,000, in Ro'hjvk less than 3,000, in Ri'kiva 10,000, in Sud'kivja 7,500, while the other colonies do not have notably large populations.
The Empire of Niani agrees to send a small force to aid Darna, but limits its involvement in the war because of their recent defeat. Benekundon and Zedisladana both agree to send forces as well. At the same time in the area north of Benekundon, a similar tribe known as Molaga manages to unite the coastal region into one kingdom.
Iximanasa the Great of Temayal successfully conquers Hosheraddon, and also unifies with Tik’akna diplomatically, to create an empire in the south stretching from the Great Lakes to the central sea.
After the Tsardom of Algeorgia does not respond to the demand made by Mithadia, they dispatch a fleet to vassalize the kingdom. Due to its distance, Algeorgia remains autonomous, but with tribute being sent regularly to Mithadia. At the same time the Kingdom of Mithadia also begins moving into other nearby islands, expanding its navy, and trading with nearby powers.
The Gytian census reports that in the capital city there are about 9,000 people, of which 2,776 are citizens, with another 35,000 people in the immediate area. In the north of the nation some 25,000 people are reported, in the Cartor region some 15,000 people, in Wyd 13,000, in Jynt 16,000, in Qyl 15,000, and in Cysk 16,000.
The census in Olmac reports that in the capital city there are 20,000 people, and another 25,000 people in the surrounding area. In the new settlement of Tltcalla 3,000 people live, along with another 8,000 in the surrounding area. The two smaller cities are at 15,000 in the north and 20,000 in the south.
- The Khin Confederation: A hunting party encounters another civilization at their border outposts (purple nation). Gifts were exchanged, as the hunting party gives several horses to the nation in exchange of gifts of their goods.
- Exhula: With the successful seizure of the Kisna region and capture of Count Yteq during the fall of Tataccug in early 201, Lorgar and Syrax felt extremely confident in victory and continued to advance forward into Qeran territory, eventually reaching the river closest to the border and laying siege to the city there. Although he is a good peacetime leader, Yteq proves to be a bad wartime leader and his cowardly tendencies lead him to officially surrender Kisna to us by the end of 202 and orders all troops still in the region to surrender and although obviously not all comply enough do that we are able to move 1,000 more troops south, meaning about 16,000 Exhulan troops are now laying siege to the city on that river, many of whom are veterans of the recent civil war. Confident in his victory, Lorgar decides to negotiate with Princess Zoelle II, demanding Qera 1. Cede all territory north of the river closest to our border and the city on it and acknowledge these areas as Exhulan territory, 2. Cede Hbeahahollea to us, and 3. Agree to allow us to keep Yteq as a hostage and betroth Princess Zatlaja to Lorgar's son and send her to Siccarius to serve as a courtier in the Imperial court and to later becomes Empress. We also demand several other hostages. In exchange Lorgar promises to pay war reparations for the blatant land grab, with the amount to be decided at a later date, allow Qeran citizens in our new territory to continue to practice the Ratiximy religion and guarantee they won't be persecuted and sign a defensive and non-aggression pact with Qera in exchange for peace. The news of the fall of our trading outposts enrages Lorgar, and he raises a further 2,000 troops and sends them to "retake our land, even if you have to burn every inch to do so", essentially ordering them to destroy as much as they can if they can't retake them. Trade continues with Olmac and Silas despite our war with Qera, but with the loss of our trading posts we begin to look for new territory to settle, and send our explorers to explore 30 px up the coastline of the peninsula.
- Exhula Continued:When Lorgar receives the letter from Zoelle he reportedly laughs, before dumping the contents of the letter into his nearbye fire laughing hysterically. Saying that if he wanted to return to the status quo he wouldn’t have launched an invasion to begin with. He refuses her offer for peace, instead sending an extremely rudely worded letter back to Zoelle demanding the things I said he demanded earlier in the turn. Although the rudeness and sheer arogance of his letter played a part in it, the huge demands and humiliation Qera would go through if they accepted this and the completely unreasonable and unnecesarily harsh nature of our demands are ultimately what cause Zoelle to refuse our peace terms. Instead she orders her army to begin marching North to confront our Army and attempt to drive us out of Kisna, despite the immense opposition she will face for us. Meanwhile as these negotiations by letter were occurring our army, led by Lorgar, continued to lay siege to Hbeccuota, as it has been doing under our direction since early 200. Many soldiers die from disease and other issues outside the walls on both sides and we intentionally starve the city as we do our best to capture it. Eventully the general in charge of the cities defenders, Yactrys, is persuaded by the compassionate pleading and begging of our negotiator to surrender. The question of why our negotiator was pleading with him despratly to get him to surrender when we would normally never tolerate such a thing and why Yactrys actually listened is soon revealed to the citizens of the city, it’s because the negotiator we sent was none other than his old friend and former commander and count, Yteq, who was sill acknowledged at a count a his point in time but would soon be stripped of his rank and who we used as a negotiator due to their old friendship and because the fact that it’s a fellow Qeran who he knows from experience cares far more about the people of Qera than himself despite his cowardice sincerely pleading with him to surrender and spare his men and the city the horror that we would inflict on them if they don’t surrender and we successfully, take the city by force. He surrenders and we occupy the city of Hbeccuota only a week before Zoelle 2nd and final letter declaring she refuses our terms and is marching north to meet us arrives. Although we are initially surprisingly kind and compassionate to the populace and the prisoners for an invading army, as soon as that letter arrives Lorgar flies into a rage and begins leading the army farther south to try to smash the Qeran army, leaving a large force to occupy the city while leading his forces to battle, despite the fact this reduces his numbers to 14,000 men (leaving him very outnumbered by the Qerans) and that there is no real value in holding it. We launch a smashing attack into the army as it marches out of a small unnamed Forrest. Thus battle becomes to be known as the “Battle of the Red Forest” and despite us almost being victorious in our initial attack they manage to rally and drive us back, nearly capturing Lorgar in the process, although the ultimetly don’t capture him and he escapes along with most of the army despite losing 1,454 men in the battle or in the process of fleeing, bringing our total casualty count, when combined with the losses we took at the siege and while we have been on march to 3,644 casulties overall in the first three years of the campaign. This hasty retreat is still well organized and when Lorgar and the army arrive to Hbeccuota about a day and a half ahead of the pursuing Qeran army he realizes that their is no possible way to stop Qera from retaking the city and that when they inevitably do that they will make it into a grand victory, a sweeping tale of his defeat and their victory as he is forced to abandon an entire city to flee from Qera’s wrath, and use it as a rallying cry against him. He spends many hours despretly racking his head to come up with some way to stop this utter humiliation and defeat. As he brooded atop the walls of the city, staring out at the great structures of it as the sun set an idea comes to him. It’s a utterly horrible, incredibly evil and incomprehensibly vile idea, but it is one he grasps onto with great relish as a smirk begins to cross his face. Yes, this would work, and this would stop Qera in its tracks, even if it was just due to utter shock and horror. Only 19 minutes after the idea to exterminate and destroy the entire city came to him and only slightly more than 17 minutes after he first began issuing orders to see it done, the plan is underway. People run screaming through the streets as they are pursued by bloodthirsty Exhulan soldiers fully armed and armor chase them down. On Lorgar’s orders, the entire city is destroyed utterly, after Lorgar issued a single order, which will later come to be known as the “Edict Of Olivion” and it is soon complete. Nothing and nobody is spared. Men, Woman, Children and animals alike are systematically cut down and murdered, however possible, so that they can't come back under the rule of Qera' All of this done just to deny the Qerans any sense of victory and make their victory as hollow as possible. Defiled buildings are coated in blood and guts and many beloved areas throughout the city are defaced or destroyed and defiled with Symbols of the Empire and the corpses of their owners. As soon as this is over we immediately depart from the city, not even taking any loot from the place as it would simply slow our retreat down, leaving a bloated corpse of a city behind us to rot a,one with the thousands of corpses of all its inhabitants. Needless to say when Qeran forces arrive to the city they are absolutly horrified. We decide to retreat from the southern area of Kisna, and instead retreat back to the territories farther north, heavily fortifying Hbeccuota and preparing to fight Qera’s army their, at the end of 206. As we retreat we make sure to strip the land of anything that could even slightly help the Qeran forces. Entire villages are burned or looted as we retreat to deny them as strategic points, hundreds of wells are poisoned to deprive the Qerans Of water, any and all food is consumed by our army or taken, brutally crushing any opposition. And every male capable of fighting of age 14 or above that we encounter as we retreat is either forceibly conscripted into the Exhulan army or killed an left to rot (or in some cases used to poison the wells) purely so the Qerans can’t possibly recruit them to fight us. Woman, children, the crippled, and elderly are mostly left alone as long as they arent somehow useful or resist us, but heir fate is arguably even worse. As we leave them as we retreat we destroy or steal anything of use to Qera, leaving thousands of starving, thirsty, filthy civilians behind to waste away that Qera will have to use supplies on if they have any hope of ever holding the territory. By the time of early 206 we are ready to confront Qera in the second battle of Hbeccuota. We also begin attempting to arm the native southern tribes hostile to Qera and send them to attack Qera’s forces in their area and to invade their territory, which we hope will force Qera to withdraw at least a few thousand soldiers from the Kisnan front to fight them. In exchange we promise advanced weaponry and farming techniques and to teach them how to use them, a large breeding population of horses and training in how to use them, and if we have to we are prepared to promise our withdrawal from our southern colonies (the ones on the coast of the landmass they are on, not all colonies of ours to the south) (MOD RESPONCE NEEDED!) We also call off our mission to the trading posts and bring the 3,000 troops back to the Kisna Region to fight Qera.
- The natives are weary of cooperating with Exhula, but nevertheless they accept the aid from Exhula and send a small army to raid southern Qera.
- Yannis Empire: The proposal from the Mesallian states is accepted, but the nation also insists that Ulmism be outlawed completely, and that the League of Delona stay out of Yannian politics in the rest of the region. In the meantime, most of the nation’s raised soldiers return home, but about one-half remain in Mesallas and are ordered to settle the region, along with their families. The region is delegated to a Yannian-Mesallian nobleman named Yisanius, who as governor allows the Mesallian people to live freely, so long as they denounce Ulmism. Also, under his guidance proselytization of northern Mesallas renews, with many converting to the Yannian faith. An agreement is signed with Halatia that leaves them independent, but required to send a small amount of money annually, and an army whenever called upon. Most of the army retires to their homes, but about one-half the army in Yannis proper is placed in the west, as the nation decides to enforce vassalage over Dijunga after they are suspected of aiding their cultural brothers, the Nianan. 10,000 men march into the region from the Lake Xlaban region. Diplomacy is also opened with Temayal in the south.
- In Tik’akna: The kingdom led by Iximanasa becomes the dominant force in the region, and he orders a series of legal reforms and infrastructure projects to link the region. The first roads across the nation are built, with the river region being rebuilt and settled. By this time the Tribes of Tahua manage to rebuild after the exodus from the Kingdom of Uloyiso. The first “judge” over all seven tribes unified is named Milo, a descendant of the prophets who initially led the Tahuans. Under his leadership the tribes expanded greatly in the region, reaching the border of Lyania the west.
- Tsardom of Algeorgia: Tsar Alexei II immediately begins ordering massive military upgrades and begins planning an independence war plan. He takes the annual Dodo pilgrimage.
- Unarchate of Gyt: Unarch Kylus sees an opportunity to reestablish Gytan dominance in the region. First the Unarch offers the Herati an alliance in which both parties will aid each other when faced with significant attack by the tribes which threaten both nations (Herati Response). Regardless of their support, Unars are raised from every city of Gyt, amounting to some 3,000 heavy and light horsemen. These troops, supported by the 500 Bysula will march to conquer the united tribes which have threatened and raided Gyt for so long. Without warning, the Unars of Gyt will strike westward to destroy the western half of the confederacy and bring it under control before turning north the meet any counterattack from the northern section of the confederation. Assuming a counterattack from the north is defeated the Gytan Unar will then pursue the routed forces and attempt to burn their fields before harvest.
- The Gytian attack westward is successful, with Gyt winning an initial battle against the tribes. The tribes begin organizing resistance, raising an army of comparable size. Herati accepts the offer from Gyt and decides to invade the northern tribe themselves.
- Kingdom of Azoz: King Jair left Meshwanti on good terms with the allies in the region, especially the Water Merchants, where he extended a closer alliance with Gillan the Anointed. This episode of Jair pledging Azoz's undying support for the Mesallian confederacies is something often cited in Azoz sources, although not mentioned by Parius. However, tragedy struck as Jair died of a disease he caught while on campaign, and died before he returned to Azoz. Leaving no designated successor, this caused a panic across the whole of the kingdom, nearly falling into anarchy as brother armed against brother. This interregnum traditionally lasted five years, during which time many of the warriors who fought in Mesallia became wandering mercenaries, and carved sections of resources from the city for their own. The Holy Father Olemi, who succeeded Priapas, prayed for a miracle. The next day a sword fell out of heaven and landed in the White Basilica's yard, bearing an inscription: "Whosoever can Lifteth this Sword is Right-Wise King of Azoz and Frasnoq". The appelation "of Frasnoq" was often part of the King's title in later generations, owing in part to Jair's ancestry through Danel. All the greatest and strongest warriors cam to lift the sword, but although all tried their hardest might none could move nor stir it. Na-Thon, who was 15 years of age, was by this point appointed as an errand boy for the Deacons in the White Basilica. One day, when a group of thieves came to steal treasure from the Basilica, Na-Thon picked up the sword of heaven, and struck them down. All the warriors of the city were awestruck that Na-Thon could lift the sword so easily, and thus they all proclaimed Na-Thon to be their King. Na-Thon put an end to the chaos throughout the kingdom by establishing a centralized committee of warriors at the Palace of Perea. In order to show himself as equal to everyone else, the table the warriors sat at was arranged in the shape of a large Pentagon. The Pentangle of Perea remains in the museum of Perea to this day, although its authenticity has often been questioned. The Prophet Isodore remained to be Nathon's tutor, being the king is still relatively young in the first phase of his reign. The religion of Ulm continues to be spread by apostles across the archipeligo of Mesallia, focusing on offering the religion to middle class merchants and scholars. The Theology of Priapas continues to be spread in Mesallia, contrasting the comically-brutal methods of the Yannis religion, based on fear, against the peaceful and altruistic methods of Ulm. The slaves of Darna continue to be converted, as well as the military of Niani.
- Qera: Shocked by the recent invasion princess Zoelle sends a letter to Lorgar, where she decides to offer him to remain the status quo in the region and helping with the Mexiquen problem in exchange (EXHULA RESPONSE NEEDED). If Exhula decides to decline, she knows no mercy against the traitors. The letter ends with the qeran saying "who ever lightens the torches of war burns his own life". 16,000 men are gathered from all over the empire and refugees from the warrior state of Kisna are called to retake their homes (ALGO NEEDED). General Yqtell leads his army north and makes his soldiers clear that there will be no mercy against the enemy, making trophies out of the enemies like shrunkheads and necklaces is encouraged. Daily sacrifices are offered to Obeq, the god of war in Qera. Tattoos of jaguars are often seen among soldiers as the animal represents wrath, honor and war. Since Yqtell sees himself as a spiritual heir to the legendary count and warlord Yller the Beast, similar brutal tactics are used as in the first Kisna war. Kisna shall become the field where boys become men and warriors will become legends in tales the next 500 generations will know he promises. 600 boats are sent out to the bay of Qera to protect the trade-routs and prevent an naval invasion Still furious about the surrender of count Yteq the princess lifts him and his family from their noble position virtually making him an average citizen. For the public it is due to his collaboration but in reality it is made to make him and his family unworthy hostages. This would put Qera in a higher and safer position than before. A small progrome by radical Rhaticemy followers against a Hcctal shrine in Ogaholle happens in 202 (which is unusual for the relatively tolerant religion). Zoelle II marries the Ynoz, a farily wealthy merchant from the far south of the country. The couple has three children, the twins Ynoz and his brother Ycas and one year later a girl named Zuana. Being somewhat overprotective with her children, they are introduced into writing, poetry, the tradition of throatsinging and the twins are encouraged to serve as generals.
- Irian Culture: Born in the saddle, the young dagatos Eurasthae was raised to always be wary of potential enemies. But he could not have foreseen betrayal by one of his dearest friends. In a desperate lunge for power, the jealous Korascutos makes war on his younger brother Eurasthae. He marshals the loyal men of his tribe to his cause, while his enemy does the same. Their two armies clash in a field between two hills, some thirty miles to the northeast of Aigei. The battle rages for hours until the numbers have thinned and there seems to be only two of them left standing amid the groans of dying soldiers. On that autumn field, against the light of the fading day, the silhouette of Korascutos kills his brother. Korascutos will go on to seize the position of dagatos as tensions rise between the larikai and the military. In the absence of tribal unity, a hostile tribe called the Ludians invades from the east, quickly overrunning settlements along the Cebrion and razing the city of Corens to the ground. The Ludians are foreign horsemen, perceived as barbarians by the Irian people. Their ruthless advance spurs a westward migration of Irians toward the refuge of rivers, lakes, seacoasts, and defensible highlands. These movements bring the influence of Irian culture to the landmass (island?) that lies to the west of Thrydacia, known as Ceta. Several groups cross the Strait of Rhithera and settle on its sloping shores, intermingling with the native Cetans. As coastal populations on the mainland swell, the cities of Rhithera, Asklena and Kyr are for the first time able to send merchants to Ceta and beyond. By the year 210, a number of trading posts have sprung up here, especially beside the narrowest stretch of sea opposite Rhithera.
- Mesallian Culture: Parius concludes the chapter on the war with Yannis on an unceremonious note, stating that both sides eventually returned home after a conference in Calamis. Seven centuries later the playwright Scalasiphen would write a play by the name “Peace of Calamis”, which heavily dramatized the events of the war’s end as an operatic and monumental event, complete with intrigue and romance that foreshadowed the later histories of the states involved. Historians recognize the play as almost entirely fiction, despite the play’s long lasting impact on popular culture. After the war concluded with the Yannian Empire, the states of the central Melopenes seemingly worked to rebuild the region. According to legend, the League of Delona helped repair the region around its namesake city, encouraged by the high priests in Meshwati, who prophesied that a return to a traditional lifestyle and religious adherence would bring about renewal after such a damaging war. The fall of Delona had destroyed one of the largest cities in the central mountains, which traditionally had been the center of the Mesallian religion. With Delona destroyed, the second largest shrine-turned-city in the region, Oelania, rose in prominence. The shrine was located a few dozen miles north of the ruins of Delona, at the base of the holy Mount Jafion. After the war the shrine became the center of the religious revival, with a religious festival being created in the city that soon became one of the largest in the entire region. Known as the Jafiad, the festival was held every four years, and because of this also developed into an informal, region-wide calendar system (year one of the first Jafiad equalling Year 200). As the festival developed, it soon expanded to include region-wide sporting events, becoming the largest tournament for popular games in the ancient world. Although, for the first half century of the games they were isolated almost exclusively to the mountainous region around Mount Jafion. Despite being one of the first notable unions of Mesallian states in its recorded history, the League of Delona did not live long after the threat of the Yannian invasion subsided. Meshwati, who had been brought to the brink of destruction, managed a fairly swift recovery, thanks in part to its dominance of the seas and extensive maritime trade routes. This renewed the Meshwati-Karissan rivalry, with Karissa attempting unsuccessful to conquer the weakened state. True to their word, the agreeing parties of Calamis; Hynagalus of Karissa, Massisni VII of Meshwati, and Cadius of Lamigis, all decreed that the Ulm religion would henceforth be banned. Although, it is speculated that little changed from these edicts, as the religion was not widely accepted in any of the three, nor did any of the three strenuously enforce rules pertaining to religion. In Lamigis it is said that high priests of the city, particular the head of the Temple of Thenes, became vocal supporters of the measures, as part of the region-wide trend of returning to traditional values, and also out of fear of Yannian reprisal. The Cult of Lementer found themselves unable to hold onto the influence they had enjoyed during the war, and sources for their actions immediately after become scarce, probably due to lack of notable activity. The exception to this is the semi-legendary myth of Erasander, which states that the Mesallian commander Erasander, after fighting in the war with Yannis, became an agent of the Lementarians, and then went on to found the kingdom of Erasimon in the far south of Mesallas. The detail that the Cult of Lementer was responsible for encouraging this founding does not appear until centuries after, and the first known recording of the legend, from an Erasimonian record of past kings, states that Erasander simply was blown off course while sailing to his homeland, and settled in the new land he discovered. It is possible the Lementarians were responsible in some capacity for the creation for the kingdom, as it is known that the Water Merchants dominated the south region, and possibly the Lementarians sought to disrupt their influence by propping up a native tribe. Additionally, the Cult of Lemeneter would establish a presence in the city at some point, as indicated by later events. Whatever the case, around this time the kingdom likely emerged, located east of Usinilago and north of the lands administered by Umhlaba. Although the kingdom was Mesallian in nature, the rest of Mesallas looked upon Erasimon and that region as barbaric and culturally different, although later rulers of Erasimon would attempt to bridge this cultural difference, making it hard to pinpoint the customs of the initial Erasimon society.
- Darna: The failure at Mosnola comes as a major surprise, but the army stationed there and many their families manage to flee toward Tesardya and eventually by sea. When the 8,000 reinforcements arrive they regroup and decide to retake the city by land, marching with the remaining forces and troops from Niani. Aid is sent to Benekundon and Zedisladana so they can apply pressure to the enemy from the west and south. Raids begin of the enemy’s home territories, while the navy remains in the area to protect the coast.
- Xüonai: With most former occupants moving out of Mosnola, the city is used as a military base of operation in the north. Plans are set to have veterans settle Monsola. Yannis is asked to give a part of western Dijunga to Xüonai, as some Xüonaisl culture exists on the east bank of the river which borders Xüonai. Yannis is also asked if they want to trade updated world maps. The navy is made better, and 5,000 are added to the army (really only a ~500 troop increase after casualties are subtracted)
- Military Plans (Mod algos needed)
- Darna: With the capture of Mosnola, the morale in the army is driven through the roof. The casualties, however, while not disclosed to the army or public to prevent morale from dropping, makes high command of Xüonai have soldiers stay in defensive positions, with the river in the east helping repel any attacks there. The few bridges crossing the river are destroyed. 75% of the navy is focused on guarding the northern coast.
- If/when Zedislanida and Benekundon are at war with Xüonai:
- Zedislandia: Troops on the Zedislandian border are to keep defensive stances. 25% of the navy is focused on raiding Zedislanidan coastline.
- Benkundon: Troops on the Benekundon border are told to push. The intention is to push through Benekundon into the undefended, riverless plain southwest of Benkundon into Zedislandia.
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- Syres: The war in Mesallas is concluded and the nation retires its army back to Syres. With the threat of an attack from the Yannis Empire subsided, many return to the city, but overall the trend of settling west continues. A settlement known as Canim forms after a large number of veterans and their families choose to settle the southeast tip of the mainland. In order to recover after the war, the nation remains neutral in the war between Darna and Xüonai, and continues to trade with both nations. In the city a new Ecumenical Patriarch of the city’s Ulm followers is selected named Styaces, who leads the church through the end of the war with Yannis. He writes numerous works criticizing the end of the war, which he calls a rightful, holy endeavor. At this time a cult develops in the countryside of Neum that seems to break from Ulm doctrine. Known as the Auresians, they preach a number of beliefs; Drokkid manifests in the material world, whereas the spiritual realm is the manifestation of the good deity, that the God is unknowable, uninvolved in the world, and not the key to salvation. Rather, they preach that salvation is attainable through enlightenment and knowledge. They also view Drokkid as one of many lesser spirits under the one deity, and recognize many other lesser spirits, which possibly originated from pagan beliefs native to the area before the advent of Ulmism.
- Ri'kiva: Population continues to grow rapidly in Ri'Kiva, along with Suh'Hyik and Sud'Hyik. Sud'Hyik is, however, less substantially growing than the rest. Spies and emissaries are sent into the Saemonite empire, intending to scout out potential weaknesses. Exploration to the south continues as well. Trade brings great wealth to the capital Ci'Syk, leaving Kal'If free to begin thinking about military campaigns. A fleet is sent to the isle of Kjv'Arn, across the sea. This fleet has around 20 ships, and will split up, as to explore as much of it as possible. The walls at Suh'Hyik are expanded, and the garrison is raised to 700.
The Cartor tribe (east of Gyt) unites with a nearby people to expand to the southeast.
The southern Saemonite realm under Nesaranasser III, which later historians name Nisaba after the nation’s de facto capital, launches a campaign to the south. The nation successfully expands to the south, but is matched by Mithadia, who claims farther up the river to the east. The primary Saemonite realm under Saemon V, in possession of the traditional holy city of Saosa and the capital of Nabonidan, establishes a trade network from the mountains in the east to the port cities in the west, and trades with Mithadia, Personia, Ri’Kiva, and other nations. He also commissions a fleet to sail in search of new lands.
Traders from the nations of Isimandia exploring down the coast south encounter the nation of Euskaladun, and initiate trade with the nation.
The Draka civilization successfully conquers their northern rival after a centuries long rivalry, uniting the region between its two rivers.
The Empire of Niani sends a small army of 3000 men to join the Darnan war, and when combined with its original force in the region, the Darnans manage to recapture Mosnola, although suffering heavy casualties.
- Xüonai: With the recapture of Mosnola by Darna, morale is lowered, but when casualty counts are released with Darna's casualties extra high, publicly this time, morale boosts back up. A siege is once again set on Mosnola. To avoid the high casualties of the first siege of Mosnola, the siege is held for longer, for two to three months, before the besieging forces attack the starving forces inside the walls of the decimated city. Several centuries later, it would be made into the novel "The Siege", although the actual events are dramatized to show the destruction of Mosnola. By this point, Mosnola became a military camp, with former civilians either being in Darna, escaped to Tesardya, or dead. Syres and Yannis are asked to guarantee any treaty between Xüonai and Niani and/or Darna in the coming years.
- Terms for Niani: Status Quo Ante Bellum with the soldiers currently in Mosnola being granted safe passage to Niani. Niani promises not to settle any more south of their current southwestern border (from the west coast to their Yannisian border) and all prisoners of war are exchanged.
- Terms for Darna: Darna cedes Mosnola and the surrounding area and promises not to settle the Xüonai continent. All prisoners of war are exchanged. Darna can't intervene in wars between Xüonai and any other country.
- Kingdom of Azoz: Some of the most detailed and fantastic legends about the early history of Azoz are centered around the court of Nathon, often referred to as the "Matter of Azoz". Legends often start with a feast in the Castle Perea, with all the greatest warriors of the kingdom seated at the Pentangle. Then King Nathon would propose a quest, including some incredible feat needed in a far away realm, and one of the warriors would volunteer to start on that adventure. Metatron ventered northwest toward Syres, in preparation of the kingdom annexing land to the border of Tuartha. Azriel traveled straight north into the terra incognita, when he heard a rumor of a damsel in distress there. Uriel traveled straight west through the mountains, in quest of a legendary relic known as the Cup of Jamshid. Raphael traveled south, passing through the Kingdom of Frasnoq, exploring what hidden treasures in the kingdom had been kept away from Azoz. Finally, Toriel traveled southeast toward Mesallia, seeing what fantastic realms exist on the continent conjoining the two regions. The Holy Father Cadmus at this time is traditionally accredited for establishing the first institutions of Ulm monasticism. The temple that used to belong to the Priests of Jiff was converted into the first monastery, as the monks there picked up the old research right away to develop the perfect sandwich. Cadmus reached out to offer planting monasteries in other regions with Ulm converts among intellectual elites, such as Eskaladun and Mesallia. Meanwhile, the military of Niani and the slaves of Darna continue to be converted to Ulm, and the rest of the churches grow as well. King Nathon reaches out to the cities of Mesallia which were friends to his father, asking if any of their warriors would be willing to accept the honor of sitting at the Pentangle of Perea, and participating in the quests of Azoz.
- Irian Culture: As Irian migrations to Ceta continue, furthered by the incursions of sea raiders and pirates that rove the island's coast, a group of hostile Cetans cross over to the north of Rhithera and plunder Irian towns. In response, Rhithera organizes a military expedition to the land across the strait. The invading Irians make their way northwest across the island, overrunning indigenous settlements of the Cetan civilization. The terrain of Ceta is rocky and forested. The Irians spend weeks fending off bands of Cetan hill warriors, sometimes succumbing to their attacks. The Cetans are particularly skilled with the sling. Eventually, the war parties reach the major city of Tydhon. They sack the city and carry its wealth back to Rhithera by sea. Next year, the Irians return to occupy Tydhon. Tydhon's temples to Gari-Naur, the boar god, are replaced by a temple to Isher, God of Victory. The city of Rhithera itself also expands to include the opposite side of the strait.
- Aigei: Five years after he rebelled against his brother, Korascutos faces a rebellion of his own. The larikai, a group of 17 priests who help govern the city of Aigei, oppose his rule. They are unhappy with how Korascutos has been managing things, often neglecting their advice and lifting his own men into positions of power. They feel their once-prestigious position is being curtailed. If Korascutos wishes to be seen as a legitimate dagatos, he must gain the favor of the Seventeen. But in the year 213, while on campaign against the Ludians, he receives a most unfavorable omen. A comet is seen blazing across the night sky by the citizens of Aigei. The larikai interpret it as a sign of the gods' displeasure. When the populace hears of this, they riot in the streets, demanding Korascutos' head. The larikai are faced with a choice: They can either continue to suffer Korascutos' reign, or take a deliberate stance against him. They choose the latter. Convening at the Hill of Motravena outside the city, the larikai anoint Phesha, a young woman from the tribe of Nolossi and a distant relative of Korascutos, as akeissa (a title for female chieftains or queens) in his absence. The choice is fatal. When Korascutos receives a lengthy notice from a larikai messenger claiming that he has been replaced by a woman, he becomes irate. He immediately gathers his best warriors and marches back to Aigei, leaving the rest of the tribes to continue with the war. During the night, he enters the city, breaking a century or more of established code. Realizing that Korascutos means to destroy them, the larikai summon their bodyguards. After a bloody skirmish in the streets, the inexperienced guards are all routed or killed and Korascutos becomes master of Aigei. He then storms the temple and arrests all 17 larikai. Phesha flees to the south, along with her mother and father, to Oaxala. She tells the ruler of Oaxala, Haban, that she has been driven out of her city by a tyrant. He believes her, because the decrees of the Aigeic larikai are greatly respected in Oaxala. He offers hospitality and almost pledges the city's allegiance to her cause, when a knowledgeable advisor relates to him the true identity of Phesha's usurper. As much as he respects the larikai, he fears the wrath of Korascutos. In his mind, supporting Korascutos' rival is not worth the risk. He gives Phesha this opinion and then politely asks her to leave Oaxala. Phesha grudgingly departs, but not before admonishing Haban on his cowardice. Meanwhile in Aigei, Korascutos abolishes the office of the larikai and declares himself akassos, the sole ruler or king of Aigei. He also expels Phesha's tribe, the Nolossi, from Aigeic lands. The Nolossi migrate to the south east lakelands beyond the Hecis, away from Aigei's sphere of influence. At the same time, the Ludians are advancing across the Cebrion. Without Korascutos' leadership, the allied tribes can't hope to organize effectively, and they are forced to withdraw. With no armies to stop them, barbarian raiding parties pillage all the way to Aigei's peripheral towns and farmlands, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. Korascutos rallies his warriors to combat them. He defeats the Ludians in a decisive battle near the banks of the Hecis, and then drives them back to the Cebrion. They will remain beyond that river for most of the decade, occasionally making raids into Irian lands. In 215, a tribal council unanimously affirms Korascutos' status as both king of Aigei and head of the tribes. Now, with his power secured, Korascutos makes plans for the future of Aigei. His first order of business is to establish new offices in the city. He reforms the larikai as a group of religious advisors without temporal power, the lakarai. Instead of this being a hereditary position, additional priests will be appointed by the king. He places Gilabetos, their eldest member, in charge of these affairs as High Priest. Next, Korascutos orders the construction of a wall to surround the city, and lays the foundations for a palace. Finally, to celebrate his victory over the Ludians, Korascutos founds a new city to the north of Aigei, and christens it "Corascuto".
- Yannis Empire: The request from Xüonai begging for land is declined, because not only did they not help us in Dijunga, they ignored our request for help during the war in Mesallas, despite being our ally. The Xüonai population that may exist within Dijunga will be allowed to continue their traditions and customs in peace, but no land will be ceded. Instead the eastern half of Dijunga around Lake Xlaban becomes a territory of the empire, with a governor and military garrison created, while the majority of the state becomes a vassal of the empire similar to Bassar.
- In Mesallas: The small amount of territory directly owned by the nation, namely Calamos, seems some Yannian settlement. The island is repaired with new defenses, and the governor of the island decides to allow Syresian trade there for the first time since the island was captured, if they so wish. In the south a small settlement is founded on the northern tip of the former kingdom of Nykos, which is called Oronaca after the late king of Nykos that Yannis supported. Additionally, a small cult around Oronacus emerges that sees him as a venerated hero, which the Yannian authorities support in order to strengthen the cause against the previous dynasty of Nykos. The city itself remains a fraction of its former self, but Yannian and Mesallian settlers begin to repopulate it and the surrounding area. Eager to repair its poor reputation and neighboring relationships, the Kingdom of Krasidos opens trade across the sea to the western Mesallian cities, although is still shunned by its nearest neighbor, Lamigis.
- In Tik’akna: The great kingdom of Temayal led by Iximanasa II continues to flourish, with the connections being created or repaired across the nation. Trade and commerce moving north and south renews for the first time since the fracturing of the original Yannian colony, with goods traveling from Yannis to Tik’akna to Temayal to Tahua, and beyond. Holy Men of the Yannian faith continue to explore south along the easternmost coast in search of new peoples.
- Qera: In her wrath, princess Zoelle II calls the elite troop's commanders of the cityguard in Ogaholle to the south and conscripts 3,000 boys and girls to train them as soldiers, while the strict commander Yqev is in charge of the training. (Secret) The teenagers are deployed near the invasion, carrying small knives and axes while pretending to be locals. They work in the day and sabotage Exhulan supply lines and assassinate messengers, while the younger and weaker among them spy on the camps of the invaders (end secret). The disease problem also has a solution, when Zoelle II lifts the ban for alcohol consumption for soldiers and provides the troops with light beer which they will drink instead of brackish water. The beer has just enough alcohol to make it safer than dirty water. To scare the enemy on the battlefield, Qtaqtas (OTL Shrunkheads) are produced in large scale from starved captives, while those who are still alive get their ears and fingers cut off to make trophies out of them. These trophies are used as parts of necklaces. It is strictly prohibited to give the captives any food but a knife with which they can cut meat out of their own body, unless they cooperate. Soldiers from Exhula who cooperate with the Qerans are given meals and protection, while others are doomed to starve or injure themselves. General Yqtell formats his soldiers again and sends spies into Exhulan camps. (Secret) A new tactic is planned, called "the Jaw". It contains of five parts who are lined up on the field. One battalion of heavy infantry in the center to keep the enemy busy fighting. Light infantry battallions on the left and right of that are used to decimate the enemy further and on the outer sides light cavalry to encircle the enemy finally. If the enemy positions his troops in a way that make an encirclement impossible, the infantrists can be split in two and encircle the enemy in two groups from the center (End Secret) Another 2,000 men are conscripted in 213, who are stationed in the south to secure a stalemate in the region, while the main army stays in Kisna. There the Jaw tactic is used for the first time with most of the 16,000 men they're engaging.(MOD RESPONSE NEEDED) In these attacks, captives are harvested rather than actually killed, many got their eyes gorged out to take their souls, the blood of the enemy soldiers is offered to the god Obeq, as a sign of gratefulness. Later their bloodless bodies are burned so their souls can't enter their own afterlife. Zoelle II also calls the women in Hbeccuota to take back their home, donating food or water to the soldiers or giving false informations to the exhulans. Women taking the job of men becomes fairly common in the smaller villages as the men are fighting in the war, even though men and women are mostly equal in all rights in Qera, they are rarely seen in hard labour positions. We will allow Olmac access to our maps under the condition that they support us in our war with the Exhulans (OLMAC RESPONSE NEEDED). Prince Ynoz is now by law a grown man when he turns 15 in the year 218. He is predicted a great future, as he is an unusual tall and well spoken boy with an endless curiosity for the military, ships and the sciences. His brother, on the other hand, is known for being a handsome, gentle and poetical mind but in a soft body, despite that he is praised especially by the ladies at the court for his voice and his poems. Ynoz is one of the youngest fosterling of the great general Ycev, who is planning a guerrilla war in the south against occupiers. Ynoz got his attention by interrupting his speech in a meeting about the supply lines in Kisna, where Ynoz suggested to sail merchant ships under false flag to not be spotted by the Exhulan navy. Trade with the Olmacs continues.
- Ri'kiva: Population continues to grow rapidly in Ri'Kiva, along with Suh'Hyik and Sud'Hyik. Sud'Hyik is, however, less substantially growing than the rest. Spies and emissaries are sent into the Saemonite empire, intending to scout out potential weaknesses. Exploration to the south continues as well. Diplomatic outreach is made to whatever the heck Draf's nation is called, asking to share maps and establish trade ties. Suh'Hyik expands slightly downriver.
- Unarchate of Gyt: With an end to the tithes to the Saemonites, food surpluses explode. This allows Gyt to become a large food supplier to the regional economy. Iron production continues to grow and the Great Armory is used to produce large quantities of armor and weapons to supply 2,000 heavily armed and moderately well armored cavalry soldiers. These men are to be mounted on heavy horses which have been bred over the last 100 years for war. Irrigation systems are expanded, and the expansion down the river Tythies by 400 square Septons (20 px). A second campaign against the tribes to the west is undertaken in an effort to keep any fighting away from Gyt itself. Crops are burnt by raiding parties to weaken the tribes’ army before a final battle. The Gytan Unar, employing a mix of heavy and light cavalry, meets the enemy on a great swath of relatively flat plains roughly forty septons from the border. The Gytan forces are broken into four corps, two light and two heavy. The battle begins with a series of cavalry born javelin barrages. Under cover of the last barrage from the light cavalry the two heavy cavalry corps begin a charge against the center of the enemy’s lines. The two light cavalry corps then move in with thrusting spears to contest the flanks.
- Mesallian Culture: Several sources mention that around this time the League of Delona formally disbanded, despite it already being defunct for years up to this point. This came when the elderly high priest of Delona, named Damilis, who had been living in Lamigis for the past two decades and stubbornly holding onto his title as head of Delona, performs a religious ceremony to dissolve the league. He holds onto his title, however, as customarily the number of titles of such high prestige were fixed in ancient Mesallian society, and the honorary title of Delona, despite the city not existing, became a prestigious commodity. With hostility renewing around the region from the remaining powers of the peninsula, Meshwati sought to defend themselves by sponsoring a new alliance of city-states, but was only able to attract interest from the smaller islands around it, which relied on Meshwati trade. This alliance originally consisted of Meshwati, Isimos, Parasa, Ghios, Ossa, Florimos, Skiron, and Milenis, who were largely opposed by Karissa. Elsewhere in the Mesallian world the arts and sciences flourish. The first attempts by philosophers to explain natural phenomena by rejecting traditional mythological explanations begin in the region, with philosophers in particular focusing on the “the essence of things”. According to the writings of Axiles, a student two generations separated from the event, in Milenis a philosopher named Doloson successfully predicts a solar eclipse. The feat is done after extensive research and observation, and according to offhand remarks from other contemporaries, this was recorded in a volume known as The Astronomy, although no copy of the text exist in the modern day. Doloson also became interested in mathematics, allegedly coining “Doloson’s Theorem”, which states that if A, B, and C are distinct points on a circle where the line AC is a diameter, then the angle ABC is a right angle. The theorem would appear in later works and be attributed to Doloson, although no records from his time exist of it. Additionally he is credited with measuring the heights of ancient monuments based on the length of their shadow, the idea of the intercept theorem, and that water is the single material substance that nature emerges from. The students who came after Doloson would found an academy on the island that spawned a school of thinking known as the Milenian School. Agira also becomes a center for literature, philosophy, and the arts, with the city prospering in the time after the destructive Yannian war came to the rest of the peninsula. During this time it is believed that the urban center expanded from the traditional city limits. The nearby ports on either side of the peninsula became interconnected with the city in between, and Agiran ships came to dominate trade in southeast Mesallas. Also around the same time, the cities of western Mesallas, specifically the Gudumanes peninsula, saw expansion and development, possibly as a result of Usinilago’s rise to predominance on their southwest border. The first kingdom on its border, Thusmos, managed to conquer east along the nearby river. It is likely that the growing kingdom at Erasidon made a name for itself by contributing to help Thusmos. North of the river the entire Kastonian peninsula came under the sway of the city at its northern tip, known as Virados. Although the religion of Ulm had been outlawed in the major cities of the east, it remained present in many parts of the west, closer to the Kingdom of Azoz. The small city of Setia, in particular, attracts a large number of Ulmists en route between the Umhlaba Confederacy in the south and the Kingdom of Neum in the north. A church leader named Laius established a church in the city that becomes one of the largest in Mesallas at this time.
- Darna: The city of Mosnola is retaken, and rather than see it fall back into enemy hands, the settlers there decide to systematically dismantle the city south of the river, taking all of value within it and ferrying it by sea to Tesardya and then to Darna. The civilians of the city help to demolish the city’s walls and buildings, before being evacuated. By the time the reinforcements from Xüonai arrive the city is hardly defensible, so the army assembles outside the city before them and makes an offer. Darna is willing to cede the region south of the river to Xüonai, but in exchange they must recognize us as owning the western coast, must pay us a large sum of money, must ensure safe passage for Darnan citizens from the city, and must agree to not interfere in Darnan trade or affairs. In the meantime, the army enters into western Xüonai while their army is distracting, seeking to slaughter or capture as many people as possible, loot all cities, and destroy their monuments and structures. Elsewhere in the world, the traders from Isimandia attempt to establish good relations with the newly discovered nation of Euskaladun, and a route is formed around this western sea.
- Syres: In the city of Syres the Hensa orders a series of infrastructural projects to construct new roads in parts of the city with channels for drainage. A series of canals are also built through the city that build up the already existing streams and channels in and around the city center. Around this time the architectural feat of the corbel arch is developed, being used to create large archways in important buildings. Seeking a way to quicken trade in the city’s marketplaces, the city begins minting standardized coins using precious metal. The coins are produced in the temple to the god of funds by a select group of priestesses. The unorthodox cult of Ulmism that develops from the Auresians spreads into the city of Neum. The city becomes a hotbed of religious texts and discussions, both Ulmist and otherwise, and during this time numerous apocrypha and religious texts are believed to have been written. The cult from the countryside gains is first mentioned in a text by the head of the Ulm religion in Neum, Jaram, who calls the beliefs dangerous and sacrilegious. From his description the unofficial name “Aposicism” is counted to describe the movement. In traditional Ulm beliefs, based on pieces of the canonical scripture and other early church writings, there is a legend that before Nelrim was hanged in Azoz, he was betrayed to the authorities by a companion named Proditiam. As a result the name “Proditiam” became synonymous with traitor among the Ulm community. Around this time in the city of Neum it is believed that an aposic document called the “Gospel of Proditiam” was written, which paints Proditiam in a positive light, details private conversations between Proditiam and Nelrim, and contributes to the aposic belief of secret knowledge.
- Silla: Records from this time show the relaxation of gender roles, as well as a return to feudalism. A census is conducted.
Henceforth all census results will be privately messaged instead of being placed on the game page.
After the adventure of Azriel to the north, Azozian exploration in that region lead to discovery of the nation of Valun, as well as some interaction with traders from the Khin Confederation.
South of Qera the attempt by the natives to attack the Qeran forces is eventually repelled, albeit with destruction and loss of life on both sides. Neither side manages to capture any territory from the other. Overall, the region adopts the techniques shared to it by the Exhulans, with farming, horse riding, and ironworking becoming more widespread than before.
In Kisna the 3,000 teenagers armed by Qera disrupt Exhula’s advance and cause numerous casualties, but are also killed and captured in large numbers.
The Second Battle of Hbeccuota between Exhula and Qera is won by Exhula. Exhula pushes the Qerans south once more, suffering some 1344 casualties from battle and 2832 from other causes, while Qera suffers 2630 casualties from battle and 2239 from other causes. Both sides experience difficulty supplying their troops, but Qera additionally finds its manpower overly depleted and food especially short, with a famine occurring in the state.
Explorers from the nation of Ri’kiva arrive near the city of Tydhon following the Irian war in Ceta.
The tribal alliance west of the city of Gyt collapses after years of defeat. Parts of the confederacy’s territory becomes claimed by Gyt or Nisaba, while many migrate south and intermingle with the natives of the river. This coincides with the emergence of several small cities along the river, which band together in the face of expansion from their neighbors.
The raids of western Xüonai by Darna and its allies successfully ravage much of the nation’s western territory.
Holy men dispatched from Yannis and the Yannian colonies, who are traveling along the eastern coast south, make contact with small numbers of Exhulans and Qerans.
- Unarchate of Gyt: The cult of Bysulus, goddess of war and the hunt, has nearly become universal in Gyt. Her Bysula, feared warrior women armed with bladed spears and equipped with plumed helmets and armor are the most well equipped and trained fighting force within Gyt. Their order, stands as the backbone of the will of Gyt and the source of much of its religious influence. The cult of Tykus remains strong within the homes of Gyt, but his following is less fanatical and simply exists to praise his blessings of rain and fertility. With an end to the tithes to the Saemonites, food surpluses explode. This allows Gyt to become a large food supplier to the regional economy. Iron production continues to grow and the Great Armory is used to produce large quantities of armor and weapons to supply 2,000 heavily armed and moderately well armored cavalry soldiers as well as 1,000 lightly armored javelin and spear cavalry. Gyt proper attempts to attract urbanization and the city is spruced up with the town square and forum paved for the first time. The walls of Gyt are repaired, and the local irrigation system improved. Irrigation systems throughout the Unarchate are expanded, colonists expand down the Tythies by 400 square Septons (20 px) (unless the new cities are in the way). Tyk is recognized downstream of Gyt on the east bank of the Tythies as a collection of smaller settlements merge to form the new city. The city is on an important narrowing in the river where a ferry has been established. Colonists from the outlying cities of Gyt begin to fill in the open lands to the west of the The Cartor, having long been an ally or at least friend are asked if they wish to accept vassalage and protection under Gyt with the understanding that the Cartor would have a high degree of autonomy and only be called to arms in times of dire need. The cities to the south are also sent an envoy to establish relations and hopefully open trade. The Bysula are dispatched to the crook of the river Tythies to demand the vassalization of the Letusu who inhabit the area, assuming their acceptance colonists will begin to flood the area.
- The Cartor accept the offer.
- Irian Culture: In the years following Korascutos' rise to power, Aigei has flourished and has become a fully-fledged city-state. As the city grows around the king's palace at Motravena, that district becomes known as Motra. Rich noblemen now take up residence in this district, providing much-needed wealth for Korascutos' coffers. The king lives lavishly in his palace, which he has ornamented with busts of golden eagle-heads and decked with colorful gardens. There are hundreds of slaves in his service who are busy at work day and night and living quite comfortably themselves. Foreign dignitaries from all parts flock to Aigei to fawn over the king. This sudden rise to prosperity is due to a combination of factors. With the iron grip of the larikai's religious dogma gone, the citizens have been able to live freer lives and openly relish the fruits of their labor. The war against the Ludians has also caused people to migrate from the countryside to urban locales along the Hecis, boosting the population of its cities. And Aigei's central location on the relatively flat terrain of the Hecis river valley makes it the principal agricultural center in the region. The farmlands have produced a number of good harvests since the war, leading many to speculate that the arrival of a comet was not a curse upon Korascutos, but a curse upon the old government. Whatever the case, everyone agrees that Aigei is under a divine blessing. But Aigei is not the only city. Oaxala too has grown substantially, and Haban Akassos has complemented the Temple of Nemera with a palace imitative of Motravena. The coastal cities have all benefited from the conquests in Ceta. Rhithera and Tydhon are becoming centers of trade. As imports flow into these ports from faraway lands, Irian merchants also sail great distances to export their goods. Exports include Irian pottery, oils, grain, and ores from the mines of Ambra. The movement of these traders is such that Irian sailors know the shape of the coastline well for many miles in both directions, but far less of the interior. Meanwhile, the populations that once lived in Corens relocate to a safer spot on the west bank of the Cebrion, shielded by the highlands.
- Tydhon: The glistening seaside city of Tydhon, after the recent Irian invasion of Ceta, is one of the region’s major seaports. Under the influence of Rhithera, it is a city shared by Cetans and Irians. But religious differences threaten to tear the city apart. The Cetans, who are still the majority in Tydhon, would like to have their own gods included in the city’s temple — especially Bari-Naur, the boar god, whom they revere greatly. But the Irian priests are inflexible. Now things begin to take a violent turn. One of the senior priests was found stabbed to death within the walls of the temple, and the Cetans are blamed for it. As tensions rise, there is brawling in the streets of Tydhon. It is up to the Irian authorities to restore order. As guards converge on the avenue where the brawl is taking place, the Cetans charge them. The ensuing melee results in the death of a Cetan man and injuries to many others. While these events are taking place, a priest named Criopes offers a solution. He advocates adopting the Cetan pantheon and combining it with the Irian faith, as the two are, in his words, “perfectly compatible”. Criopes soon gains a heap of support among the more reasonable citizenry, and, eventually, the government of Tydhon itself. Reluctantly, the Temple erects shrines to the boar, the goat, the hippopotamus, the lion, the bull, and the snake. This seems to make everyone content, for the most part. Thus, the Irian pantheon grows in Tydhon as Cetan beliefs are syncretized. The following year, a group of foreign explorers arrive at Charba, near Tydhon. They wear strange clothes and speak a language that is difficult for the locals to understand. When Dalos, the governor of Tydhon, hears of their presence, he invites them to a feast that is being held at his palace. He learns they are from a land called Keba, to the far north. They talk of their island and their monarch. After this cordial meeting, Dalos conducts some modest trading, and then sends them on their way. He keeps knowledge of their existence to himself, hoping that it may present some advantage over his Rhitheran overlords in the near future. Rumor of the visit spreads, however, and the region is soon abuzz with fantastical stories of men from the ocean. These tales provide great material for the most imaginative poets of the day, who tell of thrilling journeys to distant islands where heroes and monsters do battle. Both sailors and landsmen are enthralled by the prospect of adventure and what treasures the sea might hold.
- Tsardom of algeorgia:we accept rikvas request to share maps and offers an alliance.more to come)
- Kingdom of Azoz: The first of the three greatest epics of King Nathon traditionally took place around this point in his reign. One Nativity day (the holiday of Nelrim's birth), as the warriors of Azoz were feasting at the Pentangle of Perea, a mysterious stranger appeared through the door. He was covered from head to toe in all green, with green hair and green clothes, and had a green axe with him. The Green Man challenged the King, asking him to give a blow to him with the axe in exchange he'll do the same blow back next year. Nathon, thinking he outwitted the stranger, took the axe and chopped off his head, believing he can't give the same blow back if he's dead. The Green Man then picked up the head, put it back on his sholders, and declared he'll come back next year to claim his debt. However, he also said that he will forgive the king of this debt if he answered one question: what is the thing that women desire most. All the warriors of Azoz were fearful of what may happen to the King now. Nathon immediately took action: he sent the knights in every direction on a quest to find a loophole how to get out of the King's debt. Uriel was the one to find an old hag in the far northeast of the Kingdom, who said she knew of the King's dilemma as well as the answer to the riddle. When Uriel asked what is the answer to that riddle, the old hag said she would only tell him on one condition, that he marry her. For the good of the King, Uriel reluctantly agreed, and took the old hag back to Azoz to wed. Some versions of the legend say Uriel was not allowed to tell anyone why he is marrying the old hag, or even to pretend that she was young and beautiful. On their wedding night, as they lay in bed together, Uriel was silently miserable with himself. The hag whispered to him that she is not all she appeared to be, and could take one of two forms: either an ugly and faithful wife, or a beautiful and unfaithful wife, and the choice is his. Uriel thought long and hard, and in the end gave up and told her that it makes no difference to him, so he will let her decide. The old hag proudly said this was, in fact, the answer to the riddle, for the thing that women desire the most is: to have their own choice. Additionally, in gratitude for this answer she will become both beautiful and faithful, and immediately she transformed into the most stunningly beautiful woman in the land. Once the King was given the answer to the riddle, he pronounced it to the Green man who forgave him of his debt. Meanwhile, the Ulm religion entered another great push of evangelism at this time. Having discovered new nations to the far north, many preachers of Azoz venture north to proclaim the gospel of Nelrim to the simple tribes of Valun, as well as establishing trade relations. Similar missions are also sent to the Khin. To the south, preachers spread the faith of Ulm to Edom, appealing to the intellectual elites of the city, as well as offering to set up monasteries there. Back in Azoz, the oldest copies of the first complete canon of scripture is first made at this time, declaring a set of books written by or about Nelrim, Levian, Ramu and Prackyob as the words of the True God, and none else. This canon of scripture prompted the oldest complete Bibles of Ulm religion to appear in places like Syres, Mesallia and Edom. In fact, it is generally believed that the creation of this canon was meant to directly combat the heretical sects of Ulm that appeared in Syres at this time. Further adventures of knights quests are sent in the same directions as previously: north, northeast, west, south, and southwest. Farmlands are expanded growing corn and potatos, filling more area down the Ashe River to Tuartha.
- Ri'kiva: Population continues to grow rapidly in Ri'Kiva, along with Suh'Hyik and Sud'Hyik. Sud'Hyik is, however, less substantially growing than the rest. Exploration to the south continues as well. Trade brings great wealth to the capital Ci'Syk, leaving Kal'If free to begin thinking about military campaigns. Following a rumor about a nation somewhere to the east, spies are sent into the Saemonite empire to explore. Maps from Algeorgia are added to existing maps. Farming increases, and a major noble family is convicted of crimes, leading Kal'If to distribute the lands among lesser nobles, increasing agricultural productivity by a lot.
- Yannis Empire: The subjugation of the city of Dijunga is celebrated with a cleansing of the land. A group of Ulmist heathens are brought forth to be burned in fire, doused in water, and reburned in fire, repeatedly, before their feet are cut, and they walk on the land until dying. After each heathen is dead, the bodies are fed to animals in the city square, and the red plains outside the city are left to dry. A new temple is commissioned inside the city, with detailed carvings from the great feats of the empire. Additionally, the Anointed One orders a new pyramid to be constructed in the holy city, which is much larger than the ancient pyramids of the city, at around 480 feet in height. After ten years the pyramid is approximately one-half constructed, using thousands of slaves and laborers. From the base of the pyramid a palace complex is planned to extend out from it, with the inside of the pyramid being filled with hundreds of rooms. At the top of the pyramid a great chamber for the Anointed One is constructed.
- In Mesallas: The city of Oronaca becomes home to a prominent temple in the region, with hundreds of priests and Holy Men being supplanted from the Yannis Empire. A monument is constructed in Nykos on the orders of the new king there, who wishes to commemorate the brave battle against the Ulmist heathens with a decorated obelisk. From these locations Holy Men travel around the region to spread the faith.
- In Tik’akna: The Kingdom of Temayal moves its capital to the city at the river, which is heavily renovated by the King Iximanasa II the Great, becoming known as Ixima. The temple constructed in the city becomes the largest outside Yannis proper. Before the king’s death he leads one last war of conquest against the Kingdom of Jaris, hoping to remove them from the mainland completely. He is successful to a degree, liberating the Yannian cities of the north that had been under Jaris rule for decades, but does not completely eradicate the kingdom itself. Elsewhere, the Tahuan tribes of the south fight a successful war to capture the small city of Iynderam, supposedly casting down its walls by marching around the city and blaring ceremonial horns.
- Darna: With no response from the enemy nation of Xüonai, we continue to send people and soldiers to the north of the river, creating a defensive wall and encampments. In the south raiders come in from the nations west of Xüonai, including Benekundon and Zedisladana, and by sea, and raid their lands. We take all valuables and captured people back to Darna continually. Isimandia grows larger than the original lands of Darna, and effectively breaks into several quasi-independent entities within an elective kingdom derived from Isimir. The city of Navorodina serves as the confederation’s primary capital, with its direction control extending northeast to the river and lake, and north and south fifty miles in each direction. East of the river there is Kyesna’s domain. The coastal cities trade heavily with the nations to the south such as Euskaladun. When it is discovered that the Ulm religion exists in that nation, the Darnans prepare to explore farther south hoping to discover the homeland of Ulm, so that it can be destroyed.
- Xüonai: Diplomats from Xüonai refuse any peace so long as the coast of the north is controlled by Darna. New conscripts are sent to the Zedislandia-Benekundon border to deter all raids, and farmers are requested to take up arms to destroy Darnan raids. Darnan tactics do the opposite of their purpose; they draw more to the army conscription, with people seeing the threat of Darna. 5,000 are conscripted, mostly farmers affected by the raids, well versed in axe handling. With ships raiding the coast, a blockade is set between the horn of Lhynei, with only neutral shipping allowed to go through. The choke point there is made to minimize the effects of raiding from Darna. With the raiding of western Xüonai dealt with, the first siege catapults are fired over the river (which have been developed since the idea originated in 181-190 turn) into Darnan camps. Defensive positions are held, with the exception of catapult fire. Meanwhile, a company (like the British East India company), with a charter from the government, moves to discover and establish trade relations with what seems as a new area of civilization southeast of all explored lands. They are instructed to keep relations peaceful and ask for a exchange of maps they carry the most updated versions of maps Xüonai has. Yannis is also asked to share an updated map with Xüonai.
- Exhula: Although many worries had arisen over the last decade that the war against Qera would be unsuccessful and that we would lose in our fight against them, the retreat of Qeran forces from the area around Hbeccuota allows our army of 19,356, swelled by those we brought back from the aborted attempt to retake our trading post and from mercenaries and new recruits we have gathered to rapidly push forward and retake much terrirtory before launching another lightning raid on the city by the river, sacking and destroying it once more and killing or enslaving all of the 4,000 remaining citizens before we, pursued by Qeran armies, "retreated" back to Hbeccuota while they pursued us. When we arrived and fortified the city they arrived soon after and attacked us, with the result of the Second Battle of Hbeccuota being a decisive victory that allows us to chase them out of the southern territory above the river, with us even retaking and occupying what little is left of the city by the river, and sacking it for a third and hopefully final time. This allows us to launch another major invasion into their territory, where our remaining 15,180 troops, armed for the first tine with experimental chariots that we have invented (Which were not invented earlier in our history due to us lacking horses or major land-based enemies for most of it) and many long iron tipped spears, launch a long attack from down the coastline on Qera's main city at the mouth of the Bay of Qera in force, with most of their army gathering to defend it (MOD ALGORITHM NEEDED!!!). The arming of Exhulan prisoners by the Qeran's in an attempt to force them into self cannibalism turns out to be a grave mistake on their part and a tactic that mostly fails, as many Exhulan prisoners, now foolishly armed with sharp knives designed to cut flesh by their captors, unsurprisingly use them to attack those holding them prisoner, who have also often horribly tortured and killed their friends and thus earned the hatred of their prisoners. The largest of these revolts, led by the captured General Syrax, comes right on the eve of the battle, and is a major problem (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). As retaliation for the Qeran's atrocities against Exhulan Prisoners, we Enslave most of the soldiers that we captured from Qera prior to the second battle of Hbeccuota, and send them far to the north to serve in the brutal iron mines based in Haeelos, were most do not survive for long doing the brutal, backbreaking work, but they do have some chance at earning freedom. After that point we begin brutally torturing and executing every Qeran soldier we capture, with those who are more high ranked and who potentially have useful information instead being subject to numerous forms of brutal torture first, several of which are developed specifically for use on Qeran prisoners although they will latter see use elsewhere. These methods include repeated forced drownings and resuscitations at sea(Which is one that has existed in our society for a long time), Cutting out the eyes Qerans belive hold the soul and force feeding them to the prisoners if they don't talk, Beating them with heated up iron rods and branding them, and even shoving them up their butts. In other, less disturbing news Emperor Lfftigan finally dies of Ryuus (Malaria) in 224, allowing his son to finally assume the throne, even though he has been the true ruler for many years. However, he is unable to reach Siccarius for his coronation due to being busy leading the war in Qera, so in a so far unprecedented turn of events Lorgar's son Sassigan, named after Lorgar's grandfather, is crowned as Emperor Sassigan II Aurelian while Lorgar is still busy leading the war in Qera, and begins to effectively run the nation as Emperor while his father is still alive and leading Exhula's armies, something that has never happened officially since before the first Emperor was crowned, although it has unofficially happened twice, with most of the current Lorgar's reign being an example. This dose not cause an actual conflict to occur, as the now 54 year old Lorgar (As of 224) is bloodthirsty and hungry for battle, but is unwilling to compromise the war effort over a, in his eyes, petty matter of sucession, although he does swear privately to "Put him in his place" as soon as the war is over and he wont jepordize our chances of winning by doing so. Meanwhile Sassigan II begins to implement a large number of reforms throughout the empire, many aspects of which have been neglected since Lorgar first went to war. This starts with the restructuring of the parts of the navy that have not been dedicated to the war, which once more are dedicated to anti piracy iperations and the patrolling of our waters to keep them secure. It is actually due to these mesures that we first encounter some of the Yannian holy men, who are soon brought before the Emperor. Although we do not speak each other languages, the Yannians were able to teach and be taught enough words to get our desires acorss. Although we are cautious for now, we wish to open trade relations with the Yannis Empire, and to exchange maps with them (YANNIS RESPONE NEEDED!). Before sending them back North to inform their people of this, although we do allow a few to stay and preach the word of their religion as much as they are able, which becomes more and more possible as they learn more of our language and even gets some converts in small numbers, although most stay in the Hcctaal faith of their ancestors. We begin to settle the Qeran territory we occupy, sure at this point that it is very unlikely they will be able to reclaim it, in an effort to secure and assimilate the area and make sure Qera has a hard time settling it even if they do manage to retake it. Although the new elite of the regions we are settling (Which is mostly the more Northern Parts of our occupied territory as we are far less sure of our ability to hold the more recently taken parts) are mostly made up of Ethnic Exhulans and Ghisnans we do our best to endear ourselves to the populace in every other way. We consider Qeran testimonies equal in trials on crimes, we don't force Hcctaal on the populace or the rest of our culture (Although we do send many preachers and heavily encourage changing names to Exhulan ones, converting to Hcctaal, and adopting Exhulan customs, something we achieve both via peer pressure from the settlers and by small tax cuts, better education and services for those who do so, and by just generally better treatment and special privalages). Trade with Olmac and Silas increases and we desire to open trade relations with both of the two newly discovered nations northeast of us (MOD RESPONSE NEEDED). We also propose an alliance and marriage pact with Sillas, while also requesting they aid us in our war with Qera (Sillas responce needed). Finally, we send explorers to explore 9 px more along the coast where the newly discovered nations are located..
- Syres: Settlement of the west south of the river continues, as the city of Syres becomes heavily crowded. The Aposicism movement in the city of Neum faces widespread attack from differing Ulmist theologians, but nevertheless continues to grow parallel to the Ulmism preached by Patra Jaram. Around this time a preacher named Iomram appeared in the city of Neum from the south, becoming a leader of the Aposics, given the Ulmist writer’s many denouncements of such a person. Of Iomram’s surviving texts, it is surmised that he believed the old scripture of Ulm was largely misinterpreted too literally, e.g., the Epistles to the Lysanderians by Levian spoke not literally of a conflict between Ulmists and Lementarians, but of partially spiritual psychics and the fully spiritual beings that inhabit the celestial plane. Additionally, the so-called true apostles wrote coded messages in the scripture that explained the secret nature of the prophet and the cosmos. After some time, Iomram is said to have returned to his native land of Tuatha-Danann, and later to Mesallas and beyond. A series of small worship rooms, usually underground, were constructed at this time for Aposic meetings in various locations around Neum, called posiums. These rooms consisted of a simple dining area where followers of Iomram’s teachings would have celebrated a ritualistic meal together. Within a decade of Iomram’s first appearance in the history of Ulmism, posiums had spread as far as western Umhlaba, with Aposic preachers and traders intermingling with those passing through the confederacy’s trade routes.
- Mesallian Culture: After the destruction of Nykos in the war with the Yannis Empire, in the eastern half of Mesallas it appears that the Ulm religion remained small and underground. It is hypothesized that one of the larger groups of Ulmist refugees fleeing east chose to continue traveling east, crossing over the Lydonian Sea to the easternmost claimed territory of Edom, and the nearby Mesallian communities. In this region there was a small town called Pahnam, buried at one of the higher points of the Imathian mountains, located south from the coast. Because of the remoteness of the location, archeologists managed to uncover a fairly undisturbed glimpse into post-Yannian War Ulmist-Mesallian literature. The site was discovered almost 3,000 years after it was built, and consisted of a small number of rough-stone buildings. The largest building appeared to be a communal dining area, based on the finding of over 1,000 dishes, pots, and other ceramic artifacts for eating in a section of the building. Based on the size of this room it is estimated that no more than 100 to 150 people could have inhabited the town. Around the site archeologists also found 20 different pits that were believed to have held water for ritualistic purification, as the amount of water held — which would have been filled around once a year during flooding — was more than twice the amount of water needed to sustain a settlement of that size. The larger discovery came a few decades later, when a man discovered pottery in the caves outside the city. Upon closer examination the surrounding caves housed hundreds of pieces of pottery, and within them, hundreds of scrolls. Several of the scrolls were copies of books of the Ulmist canon, mostly older stories and books by Levian. Others were completely new discoveries of Ulmist and Mesallian teachings, histories, and sayings. From one fragment, called the “Town Rule”, historians have pieced together the purpose of the site and its society; the town was a remote, self sufficient holy site, where a small number of priests wrote and copied important texts. Priests were required to purify themselves in water, eat communal meals, and follow all rules, or be exiled from the settlement. Additionally, the discovery led to the uncovering of similar, less intact sites all around the southern region. The largest of the discovered sites was located in the desert south of the Umhlaba Confederacy’s territory, approximately 300 miles south of Isono. The majority of these sites were scattered around Umhlaba, with a small number in the outskirts of Edom and parts of Mesallas, with some being connected to larger, underground sections. The Oases of Fayhan, which contains an underground network of tunnels and small dwellings, probably also had a section dedicated to copying texts, for example. The Umhlaba Confederacy at this time is believed to have been one of the more tolerant entities in regards to Ulmism, given the relatively early conversions of some of its elite, and the religion’s use of its trade routes as avenues of proselytization. But at the same time, this also allowed beliefs that were later deemed “heretical” to use the confederacy’s network of safe passage and copying stations. Despite different sects being condemned by others, for the most part the differing beliefs seemed to have coexisted freely in the south, given that in some of the larger settlements in the south archeologists have found Aposic posiums adjacent to orthodox places of worship. Meanwhile, it is written that one of the adventurers of the time, Cassander, who was believed to have been a descendant of the legendary hero Leto himself, traveled to the city of Azoz to take up the missions of the Pentangle of Perea.
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While marching through the already arid land of southern Kisna, in which Qeran guerrilla tactics harass them, and with the famine and the Qeran tactic of scorched earth having set in, the advancing Exhulans lose some 5,000. The Exhulans manage to capture up to the river anyway, but in attempting to cross the river and take the Qeran city, they are defeated. The Exhulans suffer 4,334 casualties, while the Qerans suffer a total of 2,865 losses.
Despite the victory, Qera is unable to capitalize on it fully due to being affected by supply and manpower shortages. The slave rebellion insinuated by General Syrax is successful for a time at disrupting Qera further, before the slaves are captured or killed.
The Letusu tribe rejects the threat from the city of Gyt and launches raids against Gytian settlers, as well as Gytian towns along the river.
As Xüonai refuses the original peace offer from Darna and continues to attack over the mountains, the nations of Benekundon, Zedisladana, and Molaga decide to invade and completely seize the areas that they’ve already been aiding Darna raid for quite some time.
The nations in the northeast that Exhula discovered accept their offer of trade, and soon an inter-regional network from Makuku, Sillas, Olmac, and more form.