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Sultanate of Tamay

The Sultanate of Tamay is a wealthy desert empire in the center of Faraway. Named after it's capitol city, Tamay is home to some of the oldest human settlements and, being the center of the continent, thrives in trade and one of the remaining human settlements to continue the worship of Bahamut.



According to the Macardian faith, the deserts of Tamay were once a vast forest that thrived with life where Amagus first created mankind. However, because mankind fell into the temptations of evil, their paradise was lost, and the remnants of it became oasis while they suffered through the harsh deserts. Eventually, the humans organized under their first king, Alab, around the 2nd century. Alab founded the city of Tam along with his magician wife, Si-Wang. However, from the jealousy of the dragon Kuchall, Alab was slain and the dragons enslaved mankind for a thousand years.   However, after the thousand years, the divided humans around Faraway discovered Dwarven weapons and utilized them to usurp their dragon overlords, creating kingdoms in the void of the overthrown dragonkings. One of these was the re-established city of Tam, which found wealth and good crops. Evidently, the Tamayans came under the control of a powerful Pharaoh, their priest-king who led them to worship the great eye of Amagus, the Overseer of All Things.

Days of the Pharaohs

The Pharaohs of Tamay lasted in power for a thousand years, building great structures such as the pyramids as forms of worship to the All-Seer. However, a long-lasting enemy of the Tiamat-blessed Yuan-Ti became a rivaling power in the region, holding the banner of a cobra against Tamay. Many wars were fought, but after 500 years of conflict, the Tamayans were victorious, forcing the Yuan-Ti to surrender sometime in the 16th century, and forcing them into either slavery or within the harsher parts of the desert where they struggled to survive. From this, Tamay saw a rise to their power, growing wealthier and stronger than ever before. And for another 400 years, the Tamayans remained a power within the southern parts of Faraway.

The Tallian and Pungian Empires

In the beginnings of the 1650, the Tallians began to conquer their neighbors, their first target the nation of Tamay. In 1670, after an offensive in the desert by the general Insanus, the Tamayans were subjugated under Tallian rule. And in the late years of the 20th century, the Tamayans were slaughtered by Asthenios of Potea, their king usurped by Asthenios himself. When Asthenios died in 2003, however, the territory was freed from his tyrannical grasp, and remained a vassal state of the Tallian Emperors.   But Tallia began their collapse in 2300 when the Pungians raided the cities of Tamay and occupied them. A failed defensive against the Pungians led to a mass rebellion to spark across the Tallian Empire, seeing it utterly shatter as the Pungians pushed forward into the lands of Egona and Lontitano, and eventually seeing the Tallians themselves subjugated under the Pungian Dragon Emperor. However, the Pungians disliked the deserts of Tamay despite their wealth and, seeing them hard to control due to distance, abandoned the Tamayan lands sometime in the 2400s, making the Tamayans once again independent. But from the power vaccuum grew warring clans to vie for control over the Tamayan desert.

The Great Reformation of the Great Ishmali

By 3000, the Tamayans were still battling themselves as clans, disunified and weak. Then, during this time, a dragonborn by the name of Ishmali began to claim he was the incarnation of Bahamut himself in the flesh, and began to gain followers showing his divine powers. The traditionally Amagian worshipping peoples tried to destroy the growing power of Ishmali, but with the growing following and militancy, Ishmali overtook the capitol city of Tamay in a great offensive. Ishmali then announced himself as the King of the Kings over the Tamayan peoples, and subjugated the remaining rebellious clans to his rule. He was thus the first sultan, and descending sultans came after him, at first as a dragonborn dynasty but eventually becoming spiritual successors as High Priest of Bahamut. According to Tamayan religion, he was a righteous and good king, bringing justice and order to the Tamayans after centuries of chaos.   However it was for this reason that the Tamayans still have Dragonborn in positions of high power. Because the Tamayan peoples began to worship Bahamut instead of Amagus, it made their nation a religious threat to the Macardian faiths in Madeci and Tallia. Land struggles took place in the Madeci Empire and Tamay, but hardly anything came of it, until the year 4300.

The First Crusade

The Tamayan Sultanate in 4300 completely took over the region of Northern Dragoncrest from the weakened Madecian Empire. Because of this development, the Macardian See felt threatened with the Tamayans on their doorstep. Thus the Knights of Saint Ascus, led by Prince Niklas of Madeci, gathered and invaded Northern Dragoncrest in the name of Amagus in 4441. Sultan Ras-Dal Saldin fought defensively against the zealous knights, even killing Madeci Emperor Basilus. But the zealotry of Niklas and the Knights of Saint Ascus held onto the cities of Mial and Karkdune, and with failed assaults, Ras-Dal realized he could not recapture the Northern Dragoncrest territories, and surrendered to the crusaders.

"Great Prosperity under the Sword of Bahamut"

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Cover image: Desert City by Artur Zima
Character flag image: Crest of Tamat by Crusader Kings 3


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