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Kiri Clan

One of the largest feudal kingdoms of the Northern Territories. Founded by high elves in the wake of the Ostry Apocalypse in the 3rd Cycle, the Kiri Clan fell on hard times in the 4th Cycle as the human Kawa and Oda tribes banded together to overthrow elven hegemony in the region.

Structure

The family leader serves as the Clan's monarch and sole ruler, issuing decrees and raising armies to wage war against rival tribes. A small council of governors and advisers counsels the family leaders on political matters, but they risk their livelihood if their counsel's deemed too controversial.

History

Rise to Power

In the world's 2nd Cycle when the Myltev Empire controlled all of Pescaliat, elves represented a united minority faction that managed to navigate the imperial intrigues of the Empire's tiefling emperors. During the Ostry Apocalypse of the early 3rd Cycle however, the elves split apart and hid in different regions of the world to escape the monstrous deities invading Ekal: the wood elves fled to the continent of Liat while the high elves dispered along the Melusine and Bahamut Mtns of Pescat.   Once the Ageless One had defeated the Ostry Apocalypse's monstrous deities and revived the great forests of Ekal, the elves quickly began to amass power among the different cultures and regions around the world. The Elflands Empire in southern Pescat adopted an imperial form of government reminiscent of the Elflands Empire, but the high elves of the Northern Territories chose to adopt a more family-focused approach towards government. Thus the Kiri Clan was founded after a series of high-profile marriages and treaties, a political family with the manpower to control 3/4 of the Northern Territories at the height of its power. The Kiri Clan took a much less rigid approach to government than its neighbors in the Elflands, allowing feudal lords and clan leaders to govern Kiri's towns and clans on a day-to-day basis. The family leaders of Kiri Clan would unite the lords when a foreign invader or national crisis enveloped the region, but for most years the family's elite contented themselves with the poetry and intrigues of Younashi's Orange Palace. This arrangement lasted for hundreds of years with few major uprisings as many of Kiri Clan's inhabitants were allowed to go about their daily lives uninterrupted apart from the occasional tax.

The Kiri-Kawa Wars

The political alignment of the Northern Territories changed forever when the human-majority Kawa Clan rose to power in the middle centuries of the 3rd Cycle, amassing an army large enough to rout the Kiri Clan's forces and retake many of the villages near the Melusine Mtns. The centuries of fighting between the Kiri and Kawa Clans had begun.   The Kiri Clan were forced to quickly rethink their military's organization, Empress Kyo ordering a complete overhaul and more demanding levies from the kingdom's towns and regions. This propelled many territories like the Lotan Mtns into outright revolt, but the new approach to warfare maintained Kiri Clan's political relevancy in the Northern Territories for centuries to come.   Only a handful of battles ever involved more than a hundred thousand soldiers on either side, both clans choosing to fight their rivals through slow-burning sieges and skirmishes until the other side abandoned the fight. Some conflicts would last decades due to this style of fighting, like the Twelve Decade's War of the 2800's and 2900's of the 3rd Cycle.   Yearslong periods of peace became a rarity in the Northern Territories, most recently with the the Kiri-Kawa Golden Age of the 4th Cycle's 600's. The centuries of bad blood and feuding made any type of ceasefire nearly impossible, leading to the establishment of neutral towns like Sanjuro City to facilitate open communication between the two families.   The two millennia of warfare created a military culture unseen anywhere else in Pescaliat. Expert fighters trained for years as samurai, leading armies onto the battlefield or completing dangerous missions at the direct orders of the family leaders. Some of the region's most famous samurai specialized in different forms of sepllcasting to maximize their skills, but the samurai's conservative lifestyle encouraged a fighter to focus on traditional forms of swordplay and hand-to-hand combat. Siege weapons imported from kingdoms like Despero and Rakka found their way onto the Northern Territories' battlefields, but many fighters resented the use of firearms or explosives in modern warfare.

Beginning of the End

For more than three millennia the Kiri Clan was the dominant political force in the Northern Territories, but all of that changed in the 870's of the 4th Cycle with the flareup of a new war. A marriage attempted to unify the two families ended in the killing of both bride and groom, and the Kiri Clan waged a relentless war that nearly left Kawa Clan pushed back behind the walls of its capital city.   All of this changed with the rise of Clan Oda, an obscurehuman tribe situated in a small farming community east of the Melusine Mtns. With the help of a powerful team of mercenaries, Clan Oda outmaneuvered Empress Chomei of Clan Kiri and routed the kingdom's forces at several major battles until the Kiri capital city of Younashi surrendered in 876. Empress Chomei was executed that same year, and her heir Kenko was quick to make accommodations to the new military power and avoid another costly campaign.   In the years following the Treaty of 876 Kiri Clan maintained control of vital trading posts like Moukazai and Shisu, but Kiri's noble family had lost all political authority or prestige in the Northern Territories. The human clans of Kawa and Oda now controlled more than 2/3 of the Northern Territories, ushering in a new world order where the elves had little say in the drawing of borders.

Demography and Population

  • 74% Elven
  • 3% Kenku
  • 23% Other Races

Territories

Family Leaders of Kiri Clan
  • Kyo Kiri (1735, 3rd Cycle - 2125, 3rd Cycle)
  • Hideo Kiri (2928, 3rd Cycle - 99, 4th Cycle)
  • Sakura Kiri (99, 4th Cycle - 412, 4th Cycle)
  • Karin Kiri (412 - 570)
  • Chomei Kiri (570 - 876)
  • Kenko Kiri (876 - Present)
Founding Date
016, 3rd Cycle
Type
Geopolitical, Clan
Capital
Leader
Official State Religion
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