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Information on Rhischal
Cultural Appearances
Magic and Magicians
Historical Events and Periods
The Nine Houses
The South
Campaign Background

Historical Events and Periods:

1,000 ± - ¥, Before the Year of Falling Stars, a Human Perspective:

Although much of it has been forgotten, a little is still known of the human race before the Year of Falling Stars. Three thousand years ago, a millennia before the Year of Falling Stars, the bulk of the human race lived clustered around the Sea of Sadir, a warm region with abundant life and gentle land. For centuries, there was little or no organization, most people living in scattered fishing or farming communities around the bay. Occasional wars were fought but nothing too wide-scale. Trading went along steadily. Simple people lived simple lives. A few particularly zealous rulers attempted to secure empires but in time they all fell.

The religion, a simple sacramental faith that varied from region to region, has been lost to time. There are a few practitioners still left but for the most part it is dead. Even those who do still practice its ways have lost the reasons behind their symbolism. However, their faith is still there and still allows them to work simple magic.

Like the religion of the time, the language was universal as well, with slight variance across the land. It is this ancient tongue, Andari (the name used to describe the people who lived around the Sea of Sadir as a whole), that all modern human tongues have descended. It had a crude alphabet and writing was a common way of keeping records.

Anything else was wiped from the history books either during the Year of Falling Stars or shortly after when the Sadiri began building their empire and erased much of the old ways.

¥ - ¥ 30, The Birth of an Empire:

Shortly after the Year of Falling Stars, while the land was still in upheaval and fires raged through the hills, a union was formed between two of the kingdoms left. Lord Thayon, a king from North of the Vash River, and Her Sovereign Laisha, a powerful queen whose husband had died in the fires, leaving her his kingdom, joined, uniting their two fledgling nations into one. Together, they conquered the other, more lawless, nations and forced them to kneel at their throne. Together they drove the false prophets from their lands or demanded they renounce their ways (these were the Tal’rith and the practitioners of the old religion, both who could neither stop the falling of the stars or remedy the disaster after them). And together they bore nine children whose descendants succeed them to this day. And so the empire was born.

¥ 65, The Nine Houses:

Laws were decreed, ensuring the Sadiri way of life. Armies were formed to crush their enemies or bend them to their will. But troubled times came. Warlords, many who were former rulers, usurped of their power, were out for revenge and to plunder the riches of the infant empire. The Sadiri Empire fought them back again and again until the war became an endless deadlock. Realizing they would eventually be defeated if they continued down this course, the nine siblings assembled and sought to form a means of defending themselves from the hordes. To this end, they delegated the various tasks of the Empire to the various brothers and sisters (and their now-growing families). This newfound structure allowed them to achieve the organization required to drive back the warlords and govern their expanding empire. With this arrangement in place, they conquered or assimilated the remaining peoples and spread across the land.

1 ¥ 0 – 1 ¥ 30, The First Convergence; War of the Houses:

By this time, after studying many of the lesser convergences and seeing the massive, shadowy shape lurking beyond them in the night sky, House Parthan had put forward the possibility of a greater convergence to come in ¥ 482. With much anticipation, preparation and dread, the people awaited its arrival.

Despite their readiness, the Sadiri Empire was still decimated by the earthquakes and the cold. To further the destruction, after the skies cleared, the Houses of Arishnea and Talshia went to war. Rapidly, the royal family was split into three factions; Arishnea, Garron and Nadia in one, Talshia, Kira and Urra in another and Ramiri, Parthan and Soreeth refusing to take sides. While Parthan immersed itself in finding a way to prevent or prepare for the next convergence, Soreeth tended to the peasant populace and Ramiri tried to reconcile the remaining houses, Arishnea and Talshia threw accusations at eachother.

Although each side had little foundation for their arguments that didn’t stop them from blaming eachother for the crumbling of their Empire. They each maintained that the other side did not do enough to prepare for the coming troubles or that they did not take the threat seriously. Truth was that neither side did. And so they fought.

With the help of House Nadia’s sorcerers and Garron’s military expertise, Arishnea’s side eventually crushed Talshia’s, forcing them, along with Kira and Urra, into the subservient state they are in now. Arishnea would have continued until they were destroyed but House Ramiri and Soreeth interjected on their behalf, saving them from annihilation.

2 ¥ 0 – 2 ¥ 24, The Second Convergence; the Coming of Thane:

Convinced that the destruction of the Convergence was a sign of divine anger at the decadence of the Sadiri Empire, a peasant by the name of Thane sought to save his people from further wrath. He believed that the Sadiri were engulfed in sin and as long as they remained within their shining palaces and ate the spoils of their people that holy wrath would continue to punish Rhischal. By the age of thirty, he had amassed a following of those willing to join him in search of a less doomed land. Mostly, these were peasants fed up with seeing their goods seized up in taxes, but a few puritans and power-hungry lesser nobility joined too.

Thane led them north where rumors of vast, unclaimed stretches of land were and soon established many communities, large and small. Word quickly got back to Sadir of the grand new life awaiting them in the north and so more people packed up their belongings and departed. Rather upset, the Houses first attempted to forbid their people from leaving but this only increased the waves of people surging north. Recalculating their position, after sizeable groups had already left, House Arishnea lifted the extreme taxes they had in place and enacted several incentives for people to stay behind. Eventually the tide of people emigrating slowed and things got back to normal. House Ramiri even tried to strike up trade routes for a few years and were getting nowhere when the Kingship of Thane (as it had begun to be called) suddenly closed up their borders.

2 ¥ 24, Fall from Grace; Balseetha’s Influence:

Shortly after founding the Kingship, Thane fell in love with one of his disciples, a beautiful woman named Balseetha. Her beliefs coincided perfectly with his to such a point that she would take over in his homilies when he grew tired (Thane was afflicted with a sleeping sickness from the time he rose to power). Little is known of her before this time except for some Sadiri rhetoric about her being a vicious murderer, although this is almost certainly propaganda spread to discredit the Kingship.

Eventually they were married, whereupon Balseetha helped more and more with the spiritual direction of their people. All who looked upon her loved her, for both her beauty and her wisdom, and she in turn loved all of them. It was a great tragedy when Thane died, especially when he was only two years married. The people mourned for him and mourned for Balseetha, for she suffered the greatest for his demise. And to further the burden, now she had the weight of a fledgling nation on her shoulders. But she would not let that defeat her, the brave woman, she struggled on. In her infinite wisdom, she restructured the social conventions of the people, creating the glorious system of today of perfect order and piety.

Her children (from a later marriage) form the royal bloodline and ensure that the ways of their wondrous mother remain in place; as Thane would have wanted it.

2 ¥ 31, The Resurgence of the Old Faith:

Sparked by the second convergence, the old religion of the Sadiri region experienced a revival. Many priests and priestesses, driven even further underground during the House Wars, when everyone was looking for a scapegoat, chose this time of spiritual unrest to emerge and attempt a conversion of those left behind during the Coming of Thane. The houses, who had just lost a significant portion of their people to Thane, were not about to have some sanctimonious preachers steal the rest of them. This brought about a ban on all religion. At first, the priests refused to give up their ways, demanding a colony of their own where they could live and pray on their own. And, for an unknown reason at the time, were granted it. Only a few years later when the colony was complete and all who desired to be there were, did the true reason become apparent. Houses Parthan, Nadia and Ramiri, the strongest supporters of the project until that time, invaded. From that point on, the history books are silent.

2 ¥ 217 – 2 ¥ 482, Expansion into the north west:

With the Coming of Thane long behind it, the Sadiri Empire was returning to its former glory. The weather had been kind, the people happy and advances in the Houses of Parthan and Nadia were unparalleled by anything before. And so, they decided to expand. The Kingship of Thane had beaten them back in the province of Bardon, the south was too rocky and dry, all that remained to be had were the plains, forests and hills of the region now known as the Freelands. A large, engineered highway, the Tarvi Road, was built stretching from Thisha to the flourishing city of Karce, far west of Barentry and from there, progress boomed. Many towns and cities sprung up in the area dubbed North Sadir and provided the Empire with much needed lumber and minerals. Peasants who wanted to make a life for themselves flocked northward, where the laws against peasant rule were lenient (few Sadiri nobles wished to give up land in the South) and the land profitable. Heavy taxes were required but everyone was making enough that it didn’t really matter. The Empire was in a golden age of wealth and prosperity. Everyone thought that it would be enough to last through the next convergence.

3 ¥ 0, The Third Convergence; the Further Fragmentation of the Empire:

The Tarvi Road destroyed in the earthquakes, becoming little more than rubble, North Sadir became isolated, snow drifts blocking any chance of travel between it and the rest of the Empire. Without the government and organization that was all in the South, North Sadir became a scattered collection of city-states and disordered kingdoms. The lack of the royal houses meant there were no clear rulers so each sovereign state had to come up with their own form of government. Few were successful but even still, when the snows cleared, North Sadir did not rejoin the Empire. The south had declared it too costly to reinvestment their resources in rebuilding the Tarvi Road. Greedy and benevolent rulers alike in the now-Freelands refused to return their taxes to the Empire. Thus it remains as it was to this day, a loose collection of warlords, kings and democracies.