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  1. Legal Name of Applicant: Isa Nafis Basrid Demonstration of Service (10 Years): Supplied the Empire with the necessary equipment to design blueprints. (build server) Demonstration of Operational Competency: The tavern will put out notices looking for staffing, however it is predicted that others from House Basrid will be serving within the establishment. We will be procuring our own drinks and ingredients, many being imported from the distant lands of Ba'as itself along with some classics like Carrion Black. Being a Rhenyari tavern, stories, songs, fortunes, and all sorts of things belonging to the more mystic side of the world can be found here, giving a unique experience. Location of Establishment: Building Portfolio: Personal Appeal (Optional): Rhenyari is an untapped well of ideas and creativity which can really liven up and bring a whole new avenue of fun to the Empire. I strongly believe it is a project worth investing in and it is something I am dedicated to bringing to life. This has been a project I've been working on for more than a year now so it is something I am heavily invested in and it is something I am adamant will benefit the Empire. Discord Information (OOC): Dyl#5096
  2. Wayfaring Shrines Rhenyari pilgrims coming upon a holy site in Ba’as. Origins: Old tales from the nomadic days of the Rhenyari tell us they often made long treks to locations of religious importance. It is believed the practice originated from the Rudrani, who used the stars to guide them. They believed that the constellations were the deities of their pantheon, and by following them as they rose and sank, the path the Rudrani were to follow would be revealed. Along the way, the Rudrani erected shrines which served as religious sites and markers for any lost. It is a common Rhenyari belief that the placement of the Wayfaring Shrines corresponded to the path the Rhenyari walked, and that by following the shrines, one would find the Rhenyari no matter where they were. Upon the formation of the Old Kingdom of Rhen and the birth of the Rhenyari people, the practice of the Rudrani came to be adopted by all the Rhenyari. The shrines also saw a change during this time. The Magians, as warriors, venerated their ancestors and this belief bled into the Wayfaring Shrines. Soon shrines depicted scenes from epics, songs, battles, and legendary people, not just the gods they revered. Further change came upon the arrival of Canonism to the Rhenyari, with the arrival of fervent Canonists came the destruction of some shrines deemed an affront to Canonism, and shrines were rededicated to saints or outright destroyed. Eventually both Canonist shrines and shrines dedicated to the Arcane Zodiac came to be accepted as pillars of the Rhenyari culture. The shrines can differ based on who constructed it and for what purpose. Some shrines may be small- akin to a rock painting and a few candles, others can be grand structures. It was not uncommon to make trees and rock formations into shrines themselves. Types of Shrines: Religious Shrines Religious shrines serve as a pillar of faith for many Rhenyari, Canonist or pagan. The faithful come here to pray and have their voices heard. Canonist shrines are normally dedicated to either a saint or prophet, but events of religious importance can be engraved into shrines. The shrines dedicated to the Arcane Zodiac serve as religious sites for the Rhenyari who adhere to the old ways, but serve as historical shrines for those who are Canonist for it is possible for a shrine to be in multiple categories. Historical Shrines Shrines which detail an important event or person in the history of the Rhenyari. These shrines speak of the past endeavors the Rhenyari had to endure. Oft engraved into these shrines will be a people of great importance and the deeds they were able to accomplish in their lives .Historical shrines will also display moments which elicit great emotion from the Rhenyari, pieces of history wish not forgotten. With the arrival of Blessed Fyodor Carrion in the Fifteenth Century, shrines began to depict the history of Raev and of the Exalted Siegmund. These shrines are also known to be the ones which detail the path of the Rhenyari. Epic Shrines Epic shrines depict scenes or great heroes from various epics. Many early historical shrines are also epic shrines due to the intermingling of history and epics, but both serve to teach and carry on the legacy of the heroes of the past. These shrines normally depict a hero in his or her greatest triumph or their greatest folly. Songs and poems are typically engraved onto stones nearby, as they were mediums of these epics normally.
  3. With crossbows aimed at him by the Emperor's order, Isa Basrid mutters these words, "I love Haense, I hate lizards." He did like Haense, it was the second part the Emperor had forced him to say.
  4. Here go all your problems again

    three, two, one, you're pinned

  5. Isa nods upon hearing the news, "Ai, all the Dukes of Adria, from the first to the last, have seem them as Orenian. HIH, the Duke of Adria carries the Adrian spirit in him."
  6. "What is this?" Isa said in the study of the Basrid Manor, "So it is as I have foreseen... His Imperial Majesty lies on death's door..." He would quickly discard the notice, going back to his studies.
  7. The House of Basrid Sub astra contendimus "Beneath the stars, we strive" History: There are few historical unions as strange of that of Prince Fyodor Carrion and the Princess Esther of Ba’as - the clubfoot Prince and the Nightingale of Magia. Through the male line, the union that bore Basrid descended from the austere and orthodox Exalted Sigismund, sage of the faith and soothsayer. His union with Helaine de Sarkozy one that united the wayward branches of Barbanov and Kosanov bore three sons. While his secondborn Ostromir and the youngest Franz-Josef ruled as kings of man, the firstborn Fyodor’s fate was sealed by his deformity, a stunted clubfoot that inhibited his ability to ride or fight. The young Fyodor was thus brought up as a masterful steward and mystic with a mild disdain for the traditions that bore stigma against him. His closest companions were other outcasts of the court - the Rassidi Baron Sabri Nasser, the half-orc castellan Orlik of Kralta, and the young lord Thomas of the disgraced House Denims. The motley band eschewed their household’s grand political ambitions in lieu of rebuilding and reforming the many realms of humanity. They are attributed with settling Augustine, restoring the wastes of Kaedrin, and erecting the Flotstad for the Jolly Ruskan Band. However, in due time, young Fyodor had grown discontent with his lordship over Kralta. His time across the realm had fostered a hearty appetite for cultures beyond his own, and it was not long before he and Sabri Nasser left the court of Raev to satiate such desire. They endeavored towards the homeland of the Baron Sabri, Ba’as. Upon reciting the ancestry of the young Prince Fyodor to Prince Hafez of Ba’as, the pair found high station at court as skilled councilmen. The Baron Nasser’s time in Oren made him an invaluable master of trade, whilst the Prince’s diplomatic nature and talent in architecture made him an able seneschal. In the court of Ba’as, the pair prospered as the young Prince rose to serve as Hafez’s own chancellor, the highest position in Basi court. As one of Hafez’s court favorites, Sabri and Prince Fyodor used their positions to influence many things. The local church, long ailing, had found a pair of powerful and wealthy sponsors, and began to take the local cult of the silver comet to be an image of St. Tobias. Ba’as soon swelled as a beacon of Canonist faith in the Rassidi city-states, boasting a population of over ten-thousand faithful. While many of the pagan seers soured at their influence, Hafez had been won over by their patronage and even permitted his own daughter, Esther, to wed Fyodor to claim the bloodline of the Canonist prophet and wed their offspring to one of his heirs. Such a fate was never to come though. When Hafez died, his sons, as was tradition, entered conflict in bitter open succession. When all died in the brutal war, the young child of Esther and Fyodor was placed unto the throne under regency as part of an uneasy peace between the belligerents. While distant branches of the old lines of Ba’as schemed to rob the babe of his seat, the realpolitik of Princess Esther along with the patronage and diligence of Prince Fyodor enabled the line to prosper. The young Prince Iskander I ruled as a firm and proud Canonist, and with the aid of his parents, instituted various holy orders to deliberate heirlings and avoid the brutal civil wars that plagued Ba’as succession after succession. They took the purple of Ba’as and the gold of Karovic to bear a new house, who took upon the sigil of the blue Simurgh, a mystic bird known to Rhenyari legend. However, most retainers of the House of Ba’as maintained the city’s sigil of the silver comet, which came to be known as the princely family’s title as well. A scion of the Fyodor and Esther union, brother to Iskander, Simeon Carrion, even returned to his father’s seat of Kralta and ruled for a time before perishing in Brigand’s Pass. Another scion, Mikhael Carrion, served as steward and councillor to King Henry I. For some three-hundred years Ba’as waned and waxed, but with innovations of faith and succession spread eastward due to Pertinaxi influence, many pretenders of the lineage of Ba’as began to covet the throne and scheme to restore the succession laws of old. When Prince Nafis III died, his young and indulgent son Caspian inherited only for his succession to be undone by the scheming Grandmaster Aral Basrid of the Magian Flame, a Canonist order rooted in Owynist rite. However, Caspian’s younger brother, Simon Basrid, defected from the Holy Order to warn his brother of the impending treachery. While Caspian elected to war, defending his estates, Simon whisked away his young daughter Isidora to safety - the Prince-elect would soon lose his titles and wife, forced into common banditry with the remainder of his bloodriders. Simon, well-learned in the faith and able in administration, found patronage at the court of the High Pontiff Daniel VI and returned aside Isidora to the realm of their ancestors as exiles. It was not long that Caspian abandoned his failing campaign at the behest of his brother, and he and his youngest brother, Cyrus, along with Cyrus’ infant son Jahan, were reunited with their kin in Oren. They took the name Basrid, meaning of Ba’as, and began a life anew bearing the legacy of Fyodor and Rhen with them. Simon and Cyrus were quick to involve themselves in Orenian society. The two brothers came to the aid of the Lord Protector, Adrian de Sarkozy, over a decade later, the two, along with an adolescent Jahan, became founding members of the Imperial State Army, with all three along with other Rhenyari exiles like Jasper Carrington and Darius Sabari forming the Gunners. Only Cyrus however, would maintain a career in the Imperial State Army. Simon and Jahan, both being learned men, were called upon by the Emperor Peter III to serve on his Cabinet. Simon took up the mantle of Arch-Chancellor and Jahan would serve as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Basrid would. Due to their longtime services to the Empire, all three Basrids would receive knighthoods, and Sir Jahan would receive the title Count of Susa, a title long held by his ancestors and lost over a foolish bet. Sir Jahan died in the early Nineteenth Century, succeeding him would be his son Iskander. A man with a martial history, Iskander led the Fourth Brigade and helped Oren win two wars during his time with the ISA. He and his wife would sire four children: Jasper, Anthony, Helena, and Nicolas. In time Anthony would be appointed Director of the Secret Service and become heir to Susa in the wake of his elder brother’s death. Relics of House Basrid: Gunner Armor The Gunners, also known as the Helena City Reds or the Second Brigade, at one point were the force keeping the greater half of the Empire together throughout its early years. It’s makeup consisted of a sizeable Rhenyari population, fitting due to the massive influx of them due to the immigration. The Gunners would see action all throughout the AIS War and the Orc War, and many of its members would go on to achieve further greatness within the Empire. Three members of House Basrid were Gunners: Sir Simon, Sir Jahan, and Sir Cyrus, however, the House itself only has two of the armors, with Sir Cyrus’ going to House Pruvia due to Cyrus’ second marriage and House Basrid already having two armor sets. Crown of Ba’as Following his ousting of power, Caspian Basrid fled to Oren with very little. He did manage to keep the crown of his family however, eluding his pursuers in their attempt to capture him and take back the crown. It would become a reminder of their origins and how much can change in an instant. It also served to remind them of their homeland, and to not forget their heritage in a foreign land. Headband of Cyrus Basrid Worn by Cyrus Basrid, his headband has become a symbol of a torch that must be passed on to the next generation. Early in his youth, Cyrus was taken captive by the Ves Republican Army, having sympathies to the rebel group himself, the rebels would engrave their symbol onto his forehead. This act placed Cyrus firmly in the camp of the Kaedreni. He took to wearing a red headband to cover the mark. The object holds much sentimental value to the Basrids, and serves as a reminder for them to stay true to their convictions and to honor their predecessors’ deeds. Patriarchs of House Basrid: Sir Simon Basrid 1739-1760 Sir Jahan Basrid, 1st Count of Susa 1760-1805 Iskander Alexios Basrid, 2nd Count of Susa 1805-1830 Sir Anthony Alexios Basrid, 3rd Count of Susa 1830-
  8. THE ARCANE ZODIAC The Arcane Zodiac was born from the henotheistic faith and stargazing traditions of the ancient Rudrans and Rhenyari. Each patron represents a constellation and lords over a domain of ~51° of celestial longitude. When a patron’s constellation over the Rudran sky, the world is said to be under the realm of said patron, and superstition dictates that actions and fortunes are influenced by their temperaments. In reality, the zodiac was born as the henotheism of the Rudrans took root to describe the many natural elements around them as aspects of one God. While there are countless deities in the Rudran tradition, seven became the most well-known beyond the Rhen due to their association with the calendar. They rule over flame, wind, water, stone, storm, iron, and the arcane - the former four are regarded as classical elements, represented by natural creation, while the latter three are regarded as mythic elements, believed to be borne from sorcery, and are represented by creatures of mythology. Through the efforts of Rhenyari sailors, this Rudran pantheon spread through magi circles in the mainland with such intensity that in most Oreni circles it is known as the Arcane Zodiac. The zodiac’s popularity rests in teaching acolytes the expanse of the Void through the use of celestial bodies and the great space between them. The lesson that both magi and stars are tiny points of light in an infinite Void also helped magi sway the dogmatic that their practice was not of the occult but that in reverence to the celestial heavens and Seven Skies. Furthermore, The Holy Rudras teachings of the power of nothingness and the nature of the Void made them popular texts in magi circles, and with it, came its calendar. While the Arcane Zodiac is predominantly rooted in the culture of magi and used namely in its nomenclature and teachings, through the practice of augurs and fortune tellers, it has also found its way among the smallfolk. Many humans know their sign and understand the classical implications that sign may have, but only the most superstitious would claim them as truths. Pagan cults have formed in homage to the patrons, but they are few, far between, and looked at with utter irreverence. Instead, the Arcane Zodiac’s place in society is as a marker of the mystical and it serves as a cultural foil to both religious custom and the orthodoxy of Oren. KITRAN, the Steed 11th Grand Harvest - 11th Sun’s Smile Patron of Flame. Associations: The Exalted Owyn, flame, liberty, celestial bodies, star gazing, adrenaline, comets, dunes, speed, recklessness, adventure, riding, hunting, dueling, battlemagic, the outdoors. Kitran leads the Arcane Zodiac as the first of its pantheon. In old Rudran, he is known as കിരൺ, or Kiran. ESA, the Lily 11th Sun’s Smile - 11th Amber Cold Patron of Air. Associations: The Exalted Godfrey, the wind, gales, pomp, etiquette, literacy, chivalry, fencing, vanity, romance, lust, In old Rudran, she is known as ഡോൾഡ്ര, or Doldra. TEPHES, the Elephant 11th Amber Cold - 11th Deep Cold Patron of Water Associations: The Exalted Sigismund, waterfalls, wisdom, steam, ice, majesty, regality, apathy, lethargy, In old Rudran, she is known as ടെഫന്ന or Tephanna. NAM, the Beetle 11th Deep Cold - 11th Snow’s Maiden Patron of Stone Associations: The Exalted Horen, stone, earth, piety, prickliness, pluckiness, obdurance, inquisitiveness, In old Rudran, he is known as ഇർജ, or Nam. MAHARA, the Siren 11th Snow’s Maiden - 11th Malin’s Welcome Patron of Storm Associations: The Exalted Owyn, lightning, tempests, typhoons, serpents, missiles, sailing, brilliance, insanity, screamers, berserkers, rage, passion, childbirth, turmoil. In old Rudran, she is known as മഹാര, or Mahara. The powerful lightning bolt clings to the cloud to turn it to rain. It opens the womb and soon there will be the birth of new life. BARRAMAN, the Golem 11th Malin’s Welcome - 11th First Seed Patron of Iron Associations: The Exalted Godfrey, iron, metalworking, alchemy, telekinesis, craftsmanship, composure, humor, humility, geniality, service, folksiness, klutz. In old Rudran, he is known as ബജമ്മ, or Bajamma. ARSAN, the Wraith 11th First Seed - 11th Grand Harvest Patron of the Arcane Associations: The Exalted Sigismund, the arcane, knowledge, strategy, clairvoyance, entropy, arrogance, intrigue, mystery, “I am the shadow between the eye and the mind.” In old Rudran, he is known as അർജ, or Arja.
  9. Early History of the Rhenyari A Study on Rhenyari Culture and History By: Isa Basrid Foreword: The Rhenyari are a vast and largely unknown culture to many within the realm of Almaris. The purpose of this document is to solidify and reveal the history of the Rhenyari to any who seek to learn it. As you will see later on within this document, early Rhenyari history is much more up to interpretation than later Rhenyari history. That is because, like many cultures, the early Rhenyari used songs and stories as methods to record the past. ‘History’ during the time of the early Rhenyari was not history as we would come to know it. The stories and songs told in ancient times were used to teach. It was more about teaching how things came to be and explaining why certain aspects of nature are how they are rather than detailing the deeds of our ancestors. The early history of the Rhenyari is just as important as the late history. While it may not be as clear, it provides a lens from which we can look through, and through this lens we are able to understand the values they prized and how they taught their young. In short, early history, no matter what people or culture you may look at, would have been woven into songs and stories, and should be read with a grain of salt. These stories are more legendary rather than historical. Rhenyari history will be divided into several periods to give the reader a better insight into the atmosphere. As stated before, because early Rhenyari history is more legendary than factual, early Rhenyari shall be known as ‘The Age of Legends.’ This time period extends from the Year 1 up to the Canonization of the Rhenyari in the Eighth Century. The next time period is ‘The Shattered Age,’ from the Canonization of the Rhenyari up to the arrival of Fyodor Carrion in the Fifteenth Century. Late and current Rhenyari history is known as ‘The Sigismundic Age.’ It is named that due to Fyodor being the son of the Exalted Sigismund and the impact the two would both have on the Rhenyari. With this out of the way, I hope you will find the reading enjoyable and learn about our culture. -Isa Basrid The Age of Legends, Year 1-700 Early Rhenyari history starts the same as all mankind does, as children of Horen and Julia. This document shall not cover that period of history. It is advised that one should read the Holy Scrolls to learn about early mankind’s shared history. This document shall start with the fragmentation of the tribes of humanity. It should be noted that there are three separate groups which fall under the term ‘Rhenyari.’ These are: the Akritians, the Magians, and the Rudrans. The three tribes were all their own separate groups, but through migration and mixing they all came to be known as Rhenyari. Aros ‘the Dreamer’, Forefather of Rhenyari and the Progenitors of the Three Tribes All of humanity can trace their lineage to common ancestors should they look back far enough. This is also true of the Rhenyari tribes. Each tribe traces their lineage to one man, Rhen. Rhen, son of Ide, son of Aros ‘of the Seven Thousand’, was a follower of St. Godwin, son of the Exalted Horen. Aros was one of the Seven Thousand created for the Exalted Horen and he was rumored to be one of Horen’s closest confidants. It is thought Aros acted as a liaison between Horen and his followers, often being the one to speak to anyone who could not reach the Prophet. In time he began to act as the Prophet’s left hand, for his right hand was reserved for his wife, St. Julia. Aros and Ide Aros earned his renown as one of the great companions to the Exalted Horen for his sage counsel and mystical insights. The legends around him are vast, and speak to a man who regarded himself as above all else, an orphan and dreamer. The origins of Aros as a man of the seven-thousand had led him to reflect on his creation as one from the Void, and in that way, Aros first came into renown in the camp of Horen as the tribe’s great stargazer. It is said Aros found solace in the night sky and the stars as a reflection of his status as an illuminated being born from the bleak of the Void. The humility that marked his life made him a great envoy and mediator between Horen’s own and the seven thousand he ruled over, and made him a curious foil to the Prophet - one consumed by his prayers, tied to the Skies, and the other consumed by his dreams, born from the Void. Throughout his life, Aros also doubled as one of Horen’s commanders, however he was always tasked with the goals of protecting those who could not fight and the rearguard of the camp. Horen entrusted Aros to protect the children and all those unfit for combat. Many Rhenyari saw this as Horen tasking Aros with protecting the future, a task Aros did not treat lightly, especially during the Iblees crisis. Later, Aros’ legend grew through Horen’s many skirmishes with Krug ‘the Kinslayer’, as the uruks were never able to best Aros’ cunning mind to ambush the rear he was trusted. He was a firm tactician and had a reputation in reading the Orcish horde’s maneuvers. Krug was more cunning than Aros thought, and as the Holy Scrolls state, sent goblins and the maligned of his armies into the city of man while Horen and his commanders slept. Aros slept, only to wake to the stumblings of a dark shaman walking to his tent. The commander would have died were it not for the uruk’s mishap. The uruk did not tread lightly, and Aros awoke from the warlock’s loud steps and was able to slay him. He was lucky to have awoken whereas the King of Man lost his life. With the death of Horen, kingship of humanity fell to the eldest, Harren. Aros and his family chose to follow along with St. Godwin, rejecting Harren’s mandate, and like he would with Horen, advised St. Godwin until his death. After his death, Aros’ son Ide followed in his footsteps, as would Ide’s son Rhen. For their family’s long service to Horen and his successors, Rhen was permitted to take Ashara, the daughter of St. Godwin as his wife. With Ashara, the progenitors of the three Rhenyari tribes would be born. Akritara, the youngest, would become a hero of the Akritians. Magara, the middle child, became a hero of the Magians. And the eldest Radaga, she would go on to become a hero of the Rudrans. The Tribe of Aros Harren and the Scattering of the Siblings As the Holy Scrolls tells us, Harren married an elf and turned on his brothers. St. Godwin was slain and the Prophet Owyn entered his uncle’s court in servitude. Rhen, a devout follower of St. Godwin, was slain with him. To escape the ongoing persecution of St. Godwin’s followers, Akritara led her sisters out of the city as Harren’s followers searched and slaughtered all who would not recognize Harren’s rule. For three days the women ran from their pursuers and on the fourth day they halted. They had been following Akritara at first, but Magara and Radaga began to argue with their younger sister over which way to take as they soon found themselves in a great archipelago. Akritara insisted they travel by sea and let the waves mask their trail. Magara believed the mountains suitable to hide from Harren’s men and Radaga thought the jungles and swamps would be best. The three sisters did not have the time to come to a decision as their chasers eventually found them and they scattered. Akritara traveled by boat, Magara hid in the mountains, and Radaga took to the jungles. Harren’s soldiers failed to find them and the siblings succeeded in their goal of escaping, but in the process they had lost each other. It is rumored that their father’s final words were, “You three shall always be connected, your children and your children’s children shall be united.” The three knew that they were each alone, but they knew eventually they or their descendants would find each other. Akritara, Mother of the North Rhenyari Akritara’s Village Akritara, low on food and water, sailed for seven days and nights. Each day she prayed that she would find land and he prayed for the safety of his siblings. On the fourth day, a voice spoke to Akritara, it told her to trust in God and he shall lead her to sanctuary. On the eighth day, Akritara saw land. As her boat came ashore, Akritara passed out from exhaustion. She came to a large coastal village ruled by mercenaries, a portion of her father’s honor guard that took exile after Harren’s conquest. The mercenaries had taken to the pagan faith of the villagers they defended, having turned away from the light of the Creator. Akritara, being the faithful Canonist she was, preached the word of God to them, but alas it fell on deaf ears. However, the mercenaries and villagers, despite being pagans, were sympathetic to the woman’s plights and took pity on her as they knew and respected her father’s lineage. They sheltered her and fed her. Akritara had no idea where she had drifted off to and as a result had no way of navigating her way to her sisters, so she soon made the village her home, acting as a healer and priest of Horen’s faith. War soon came upon the village over the waters they fished on. Rival tribes coveted that area which seemed to be teeming with life and recently it seemed that the other waters were becoming devoid of life. Akritara’s village was unprepared for the war and took on many casualties early on. Battle after battle and skirmish after skirmish, it seemed the war was going to be a defeat for them. One early morning Akritara walked to the beach, while preparing the humble village for the seaside siege, she prayed to the Creator to protect the village from their attackers. Whether by fate or faith, it is said the moon soared tall in the air, the waters of the sea rose into a giant wave and soon swept the approaching enemy ships from the shore. The miracle done by Akritara’s defense inspired many of her father’s former honoguard to revert to Canonism, helping set the framework for the Akritians' conversion to Canonism a few centuries later. In homage to the fair tides brought by Akritara’s piety, it is said that Akritara donned a white cloak the color of the moon that would later evolve into the Rhenyari Fustanella, a sign of nobility for men and women among all the Rhenyari cultures. Eventually her legend became so large that the captain of the mercenaries came before her. Akritara would go on to marry this captain, the chief of this budding village, and from this union, it is said the North Rhenyari, or Akritians, would be born. Magara, Mother of the Middle Rhenyari Magara and the Magian Riders The mountains proved most arduous for Magara. Many nights she prayed for own safety. Out of all the siblings, Harren’s pursuers chased Magara for the longest amount of time, for she had a reputation for being a fierce fighter. On the fourth day of her journey, a voice spoke to her. It told her to keep her faith in God and He shall guide her to sanctuary. Renewed by faith, Magara rode further. Once again, she placed her fate in God’s hands. For four more days and nights she traversed the mountains, doing all she could to stay away from Harren’s soldiers. On the ninth day she began to pray before being surrounded by her pursuers. Magara did not stop chanting her prayer as Harren’s men surrounded her and she took to her arms. In an act of divine miracle or luck, a group of warriors came upon her position before she could be surrounded. The warriors only saw a woman surrounded by evil pursuers and acted upon it. Arrows rained down and Harren’s men found themselves in retreat. Magara followed the men to their castle higher in the mountains. The natives there had found themselves embroiled in a war with both Harren’s men and the curious atronachs that called the mountains home. In the natives’ tongue, a people far removed from Horen who followed flame in their faith, these atronachs were known as gozari, fierce enchanted creatures of elemental affinity. In past years, the gozari and natives lived in concord as the gozari seldom traveled out of the deep of the mountains and even proved hospitable to those that found themselves lost in the region - perhaps following the orders of a past creator. However, with the arrival of Harren’s men, who were well-versed in Wildewynn sorceries, these gozari were enchanted to take new orders to expand the frontier of Harren’s kingdom and capture exiles and deserters. These natives were no exception, who were forced into tributary status by the colonizing Harrenites. However, the act of saving Magara had broken their tributary status, and now these natives feared certain doom in retribution. The white fire sages of the castle divined a path to survival though, taking to old Kitrani scrolls that spoke of a legendary sword tucked at the peak of the mountain Zigoros that could control the will of the gozari. At the news of this, Magara declared she would lead the expedition. While the warriors of the tribe balked, Magara insisted, as it was her life that caused the debacle, and her life that should be forfeit in the peril of the journey north. The chief concurred with Magara, giving her six seers to accompany her travel, before commanding the rest of his warriors to ready the defense. Magara’s journey had her run through a gamut of Magian fauna, fighting gryphons, manticores, and even an errant huma bird, before reaching the rumored sanctuary - a white snowpeak that burned bright with the reflection of the sun. There in stone laid Zigorosham, a sword that the seers recognized immediately from their texts as a weapon of great power. Magara claimed it and gave it a swing against the snowy peak of the mountain to test its mettle, yet the sword cracked into two upon collusion. Out sprung a red djinn, who offered a wish from the party. Upon this knowledge the seers began to squabble. Some cried for weapons and wealth, but the discourse between them soon settled into power over the native atronachs of the mountains. However, Magara refused that, and instead demanded the boon be that the atronachs be free to form bonds of their own will. The djinn obliged, and as the expedition returned, they found their castle saved - the atronachs having rebelled against Harren’s men with their freedom, and chasing them into exile. Magara was given high honors for her successful expedition, and was appointed captain of the chief’s honor guard. She later wed the chief’s son to form the fledgling Magian people, who soon became renowned for their kinship with the free gozari that lived in the Deep Magia, their abhorrence to the act of slavery, and their prized steeds - claimed from the Harrenite colonizers’ camp. Magara’s fierce riders and free spirit left a mark upon all Rhenyari society, as the sport of bloodriding and a respect for enchanted fauna became common along the isle. Radaga, Mother of the South Rhenyari The jungle provided a cover for Radaga, and within a few days of wandering through the lush forest, she lost her pursuers. But as she walked throughout the jungle, she noticed a single path of footsteps in the mud. She followed the imprints, praying they led her out of the jungle. She would soon find herself walking in circles, as the footsteps were her own. Having lost all sense of direction, the woman looked to the night sky for aid, and aid it provided. It is believed the night sky illuminated a path through the thick forestry, down the darkest path. Radaga avoided heading to places where her eyesight was lacking; she did not know if Harren’s men were still on her trail. Uttering a prayer, she began down the dark path, not knowing what lay in wait. To her surprise, light slowly began to break through the canopy revealing a path that led to nearby wetlands. As Radaga walked through the wetlands, she noticed the wildlife acted erratically and appeared different from what she had seen. The plants seemed corrupted and grew in strange patterns, and the animals looked more akin to monsters. Both the plants and animals were discolored, Soon she came upon a village of pagans situated within the wetlands. Radaga, although a noted Canonist, was the most loose in her belief out of the three sisters. The pagans adhered to a pantheon of local gods they believed existed in nature. She found out through conversation with a few people that the village was thought to be a nikta or cursed by one of the gods. The villagers were falling ill, some taking on appearances similar to the fauna of the wetlands. Radaga had a reputation for involving herself in the matters of others, so she offered her assistance in finding a cure for the sickness plaguing the village. The locals however, were wary of the outsider, and time after time rejected her offer of help. Undeterred, the woman ventured into the wild looking for a cure. It was a common myth among the villagers that there was a herb which could cure all ailments, a panacea. Radaga set off to find this herb, a root, to create a cure for the village. She encountered a strange area, similar to the wildlife of the wetlands yet even more chaotic. Radaga saw land floating and rivers which flowed up to the sky. Falling to her knees, she prayed that she would be able to find the root and fix this madness. She saw that anything which entered this area became corrupted. Rabbits turned to beasts, and the insects grew to no end, both of which displayed appearances similar to that of the beasts in the wetlands. God heard Radaga’s prayer, for a holy light bathed over her, protecting her from the curses. She soon made her way through the area, looking for the roots. A spectral being appeared before Radaga, raising its limb to point towards a lone tree in the distance. The being told Radaga its name before disappearing, Arsan. At last Radaga found the roots she longed for, she also saw that these roots made their way throughout the entire area, it seemed as if this plant was the source of this chaos. With God’s protection, Radaga was able to pick the roots and cut them off from the rest of the fauna. She noticed tremors running through the ground, and looked to see the various floating rocks crashing back into the dirt. The spectral being which guided Radaga to the root appeared again, showing her the way out and back to the wetlands. The villagers noticed how Radaga entered the wetlands yet came back uncorrupted, furthermore they saw that she came back with the herb needed to cure the village. She explained how a being guided her in her journey. Several villagers came forward, claiming a similar experience. This being, Arsan, would become the last in the Arcane Zodiac. In time, Radaga soon learned she had made a connection with that feeling of chaos and she was quick to learn voidal magic, being one of the first Rhenyari to master it. She became the youngest of the Sages of Rudra, the luminary authors of the Holy Rudras, the seminal text that defined Rudran faith. Each sage guided the Rudran peoples in their nascency, and as the youngest, Radaga eventually took the mantle as their spiritual leader. After her, the sages were no more - but her bloodline continued their legacy, as her descendants made up many Rudran monarchs and nobles. Ascendancy and the Formation of the Rhenyari Polities Over the centuries, the three tribes would find their identities further coalesce for a variety of reasons. Each terrain of the fledgling Rhenyari fostered unique produce that inspired trade. The jungles and caverns of the Rudrans made them renowned jewel cutters and magi, the Akritians' access to the sea brought rare goods from the west, and the Magian highlands inspired hearty warriors and the isle’s most noteworthy animal produce. Given the Magian’s notable military strength, it was their armies soon negotiated and protected trade all across the island, becoming the first link of a common Rhenyari polity. While often regarded as Greater Magia by outsiders, this state was one rich with cultures all across the island, and the various settlements under the Magian despot enjoyed a great deal of autonomy. The empire was by and large more of a confederation, bound by the common creeds, traditions, and mythos that shaped the settling of the island. Common law was established by the votes of the various polities, enforced by Magian armies. This arrangement saw the Rhenyari people’s influence and population soar by chartering a great peace against raiders and the beasts of the isle - however, as the Rhenyari people grew wealthier and more prominent, seeping foreign influences began to put the livelihood of Greater Magia into a great jeopardy. Word of a group of people who had strayed away from the Creator’s light soon reached the mainland, and soon people departed for the isle, returning to the people of Rhen a lost religion, Canonism. Canonism brought many changes to the Rhenyari, swaying many upon its arrival. Many did resist it as well, and that will be evident upon looking at the Shattered Age, a time of civil war and strife, where many sought to gain power by blood.
  10. movie soundtracks really leveled up. 


    My Guy by Leon Bridges is my **** rn

    1. Sorcerio


      IDK, no one can really beat Howard Shore. 

    2. AmericanSimp


      Nothing will ever beat How to train your dragons, shiz is spicy spicy

  11. Isa sat by his grandmother's side in her final hours, pondering why it had to be her. His baba had disappeared when he was young, only imparting on him his native tongue, and his imma had died years prior. Yahya was the last remaining paternal figure in his life... and now she was gone. "Yahya...." He muttered as the life faded from her, alas, the young adolescent could not cry. Isa knew all too well this pain, it could not wring tears from him anymore.
  12. Application ((MCName)): Romboo ((Discord)): Dyl#5096 Name: Isa Basrid Age: 13 (can wait till he's old enough) Heritage: House Basrid Affinities: Aspiring Alchemist, learning whatever he can
  13. "You will do great things," those words resounded in Isa's mind. He has just spoken to his mother, informed her of what he had done. His thoughts quickly moved to the handkerchief his mother had, he noticed it but did not pay it much attention, nor did he notice his the state of his mother's health. "Imma.... but we just spoke." His voice began to falter, then his mind rebounded back to his mother's words to him. "You will do great things," "Ai Imma," the tears coming from his eyes dried up, his mind focused on making his mother proud. He had no time for tears or sadness.
  14. LT why u gotta do striga like that?

    1. Tiresiam


      Yeah I'm thoroughly disappointed, but not surprised.

    2. Nug


      w-what happened

    3. DrakeHaze.



  15. i been making like 2000 a minute

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