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CODEX KONCHAKIA: HISTORIA

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AUTHORED BY FR. PIETRO BENIGNO GABRIELI DELLA COSTA

VOLUME TWO

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INTRODUCTION

The early history of the people known as the Kadaksleri, or Konchaks to the vast majority of the settled peoples of Atlas, is one mired in obscurity and little known to us or to any besides the Konchak Elders themselves, who pride themselves on the strength of their oral traditions and storytelling. Therefore, their history is an incomplete thing and what can be gleaned easily because of this lack of written record is their recent history, and what information I can coerce their tribal elders to divulge.

 

The first ancestors of the Konchaks were a collective of proto-Turkin steppe tribes that rampaged across the steppes of the orient of Aegisian antiquity. What little we do know of them is that they were skillful in three aspects; in the saddle, in the forge and with the bow. Records dating back as early as the year 673 depict a people skilled in ironworks, trading among the various fringe settlements, with their goods reaching as far as the markets of Al’khazar. If we are to lend any credence to the mythology and folklore surrounding their culture, then they are the children of Kadak, led onto the great steppe by their divine forebear whereafter a civil war shattered the unity of their confederation. The Konchak Civil War mentioned in their myths and legends is said to have lasted for one hundred years, wherein the tribes of Csertan, Yetevychi and Urosogli fought against the rest in a blood-feud that was meant to decide the next Qan after Kadak. The tribes became bitter and tens of thousands perished with no gains. Eventually, the Csertan achieved victory under Heshkin Qan, however their gods had become so disgusted with their kinslaying that they averted their gazes from the earth. This is said to have been the origin of their traditional of mask-wearing as a divine mandate by Heshkin to hide their shame that the gods might still look upon the world.

 

If there is any truth to be found in these assertions, then certainly it came before the first written record of their existence as there was a notable lack of any unified tribal entity or confederation from 673 onwards. The Konchak culture continued to evolve into a distinct and separate entity from the other tribes who populated the Steppe (see Turkin, Tarcharmen, Azghari, Karamani), though what can be noted is that their indigenous shamanistic faith continued to remain uniform with that of the Turkin Tigirism or Tarchar Gurbanlar, save for etymological shifts concurrent to the divergent dialect of Kadaksleri becoming relative, albeit not mutually intelligible to the mother tongue of Old Turkin. When Aegis fell in the 14th century, both mercantile and academic accounts of the Kadaksleri cease to exist, and no mention of their people occurs again until much closer to the modern era save for accounts of Konchak riders among the Subudai.

 

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KONCHAKIA SUBORTUS – 1475 - 1570

The late 15th century gave way to the first formal, written chronicles of Konchak history by outside sources, of which I have codified into this document. During the winter of the year 1475, the Konchaks emerged once again on the northern mesa steppes of the continent. Unaware to historians, they had continued to persist through Asulon and Anthos as a fringe people living in the periphery of civilization. Led by a chieftain of the Csertan tribe known as Manyak Beg, their people had come to be either subjugated, or integrated into the fold of the Tarcharmen by the time of Ayrat Bey. True to the antiquated accounts of the Aegisian tribes, the Konchaks proved themselves a capable and fearsome foe riding among the ranks of the Tarchar Horde. Wreaking havoc from the saddle, their horse archery was unparalleled even among their cousin tribes and they proved a valuable asset in the Dasoguz War waged against the invading Canonist Crusaders.

 

Nevertheless, Lesser Tarchary was conquered and the tribes scattered or subjugated. During their time encamped at Dasoguz, a great number of the Konchak Beys were swayed by the words of foreign missionaries; namely those from Khalestine, albeit of a fringe variety and not official emissaries offered forth by the Caliphate. This culminated in the conversion of Kutesk Beg, Prince of the Csertan, who subsequently imposed the Al'iiman Mutahawir onto his followers under pain of death for those who would not follow him and desert their false idols. Thus, the ancient faith of the Turkin was discarded for that of the Qali - the word of the Prophet, they called it, and with the advent of the book among the newly converted Konchaks came an alphabet and written language by way of the Qali missionaries. 

 

With Tarchary broken, Kutesk Beg led his people south into the arms of three of the Mutahawir Qali tribes. The Konchak aristocracy mixed with the Qali’s own, many of whom claimed descent from the prophet of the Mutahawir, Abu Siddiqi Al Ansari. Through these matrilineal ties, a hereditary clerical caste was born among the Erdim, Csertan and Yetevychi tribes who took upon themselves the priestly rites of their faith in sharing the blood of the Prophet. By the year 1570, all mentions or practices upheld from their indigenous paganry was erased from their culture, save for the Funus Larva. This sudden shift became the advent of relevancy for the Rashidun schismatics, and would be the foundation for the resurgent Konchak tribes as they licked their wounds in the wake of the failures of Ayrat and Mihal Bey. 

 

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KONCHAKIA REGRESSUS – 1571 – PRESENT

The Konchak tribes, made wary by the defeat of the Dasoguz War, returned to their old ways of true nomadic life. Obscurity persisted through the 16th and mid-to-late 17th centuries as their pastures and grazing lands fell far out of reach of most civilized lands, as would be the case throughout much of Axios and Atlas. However, this peace would be interrupted at the turn of the 18th century with the onset of a civil war between the royal tribe of Csertan and the princely tribes of Erdim, Tergobichi and Urosogli. Seyit Csertan Sharokan Astlan Beg, chieftain of the Csertan, became at odds with the Erdim Prince, Seyit Erdim Eztrek Qukik Beg, who roused the Tergobichi and Urosogli in revolt in an attempt to topple the centuries long Csertan hegemony and establish his own clan over the Konchaks.

 

What ensued was a bloody conflict that lasted for close to thirty years, with countless dead on both sides and many more taken as slaves by either clans. The conflict, what many called an ode to the kinslaying of ancient tribal traditions, saw its climax in the Battle of Qirukdilig. Sharokan Beg slew Eztrek Beg in the midst of the melee, only to be speared through the lung by an Erdim footman. While Eztrek’s death ended the war, Sharokan Beg succumbed to his injuries hours later. This, in turn, led to the ascension of the Seyit Csertan Begovars Sharokan Beg, the third son of Sharokan. Barely reaching the cusp of adulthood at the time, Begovars Beg gave concessions to the Tergobichi and Urosogli to keep the peace but had the entire mainline of the Erdim put to death, their backs broken and their bodies left to the carrion. Following his father’s victory, Begovars Beg gathered the tribes in the first Khuralmak to be witnessed in over two hundred years. The Begs moved unanimously to elect Begovars Beg as Qan, reestablishing the union between the eight tribes and reforming the Konchak Confederation of legend as a formal entity. Taking the title of Sytzigan Qan, the Csertan held their ancient title once again, and since have made strides to interact with the world at large, ending a period of isolation that has lasted close to a century.

Edited by Konchakia

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