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Rakka

A militaristic kingdom in the south of Pescat. Founded by tieflings exiled from the Elflands Empire, Rakka has become an industrialized nation with one of the world's largest standing armies. Built on top of the largest portals to the Underdark in the world, its military leadership has been in near-constant war with the nation's rebel drow population for centuries. With this conflict settled by the Treaty of Rel-Kadrar in 901, Rakka now seeks to expand its influence in Southern Pescat.

Structure

A military junta or dictator commands the nation, overseeing the nation's factories and barracks to optimize for total war.

Assets

  • Large mines in Rakka's north provide the kingdom with plenty of raw materials to craft weapons and armor
  • Centuries of training and recruitment have turned Rakka's military into the largest in all of Pescaliat.
  • High-tech factories produce cutting-ege weapons and research newfound technologies like firearms and airships

History

Early Years

The land of modern-day Rakka was an arid wasteland in the years following the Ostry Apocalypse, home to small tribes of aarakocra and goblinkin while packs of gnolls ravaged the countryside. With the founding of the Elflands Empire, tieflings were exiled to this deserted region under accusations of infernal corruption. A massive purge led by Emperor Fortinbras I (629, 3rd Cycle - 1186, 3rd Cycle) left hundreds of tieflings massacred in the elven capital of Kassædeia while thousands more fled south to establish the small kingdom of Rakka in the 900's.   Rakka's founding came in a moment of desperation, surrounded on all sides by rival tribes and gnollls eager to sow destruction and chaos among the tiefling refugees. Fighting for their survival, every man and woman was expected to carry a weapon and fight to defend the capital of Delmascar to the bitter end. By the start of the 2nd millennium of the 3rd Cycle, Rakka was a military powerhouse with the rival aarakocra and goblin tribes of southern Pescat subjugated under its control.   In the final century of Emperor Fortinbras I's reign the tieflings of Rakka were eager to expand their kingdom and avenge themselves against the Emperor that had banished them centuries prior. Thus began the first Elflands-Rakkan War in the 1100's, a bitter conflict that tore Southern Pescat apart and and created the Fey Plains. Rakkan forces were pushed back and humiliated by the Elflands imperial army, retreating behind the Bahamut Mtns and enacting much-needed reforms to modernize the government and ban the practice of devil worship in the kingdom.  

The Drow Menace

Tieflings were not the only race exiled from the Elflands Empire. The drow, a race of dark elves that had operated in the shadows as spies and assassins for the Empire, fought for supremacy against Emperor Fortinbras II (1633, 3rd Cycle - 2199, 3rd Cycle) in a decades-long cold war that left the capital city of Kassædeia a battleground by night. The war ended in 1714 of the 3rd Cycle, the drow banished from the Empire and forced to find a new land to call home.   Rakka's tieflings allowed the drow to establish settlements in the kingdom's east, showing solidarity with fellow victims of the Elflands' bigotry. For years this arrangement was peaceful and profitable for both sides, but as Rakka geared up for another war against the Eflands in the 2000's of the 3rd Cycle a rigid racial hierarchy took shape where the drow were forced to work grueling hours forging spells and artifacts for Rakka's armies. Despite such hard labor, the drow were banned from holding positions of leadership in Rakka's government.   This oppressive arrangement reached its breaking point in the 490's of the 4th Cycle when King Constell II of Gameth tried to conquer the kingdom of Rakka. He pushed through Rakka's eastern fortifications, recruiting bands of aarakocra and drow to his side and promising them preferential treatment if they turned against their tiefling overloards. The aarakocra refused, but the drow graciously accepted this liberation and provided King Constell with powerful relics and artifacts in his siege against the nation's capital. He died at the Siege of Delmascar in 493 of the 4th Cycle, but even after his forces fled Rakka the nation's politics would never be the same. The drow demanded autonomy from Rakka's oppressive regime, but the tieflings wanted the kingdom's old order to be restored as quickly as possible.   And so began the Rakkan Civil Wars, a series of bitter conflicts between the drow and tieflings that would rage for the next five centuries. The Verschow's dark elves fortified their settlements in the Underdark and turned eastern Rakka into a minefield of dangerous monsters and traps, sieges often lasting for years on end without a clear victor. To this day every new Rakkan junta or dictator vows to conquer the drow once more and put them back under tiefling control.   Conflict with the kingdom's goblins and aarakocfra had been avoided by providing them with permanent positions on Rakka's military council. Dragonborn have been known to sell their services and mining expertise depending on the situation, but for decades hostility ran deep between the drow and tieflings to allow for any type of collaboration.  

Modern Advances

The 4th Cycle saw at least two major wars between Rakka and the Elflands, the second of which in the 740's almost led to a tiefling victory as they besieged the elven capital of Kassædeia. The Elflands' superior numbers repelled the invaders and kept the city secure, but the war-weary Empire was unable to keep its provinces united as the dragonborn of the Bahamut Mtns rebelled to establish their own kingdom in 760's.   Despite significant defeats at the hands of the Elflands, Rakka's military class remained optimistic that the Empire would one day fall. The Elflands had been losing territory for centuries, and technological innovations life firearms were transforming Rakka's military power. The New Year's Massacre of 897 that left the Elfland's imperial family slaughtered and the Empire in shambles was the greatest blessing Rakka could have asked for, leaving the tiefling kingdom the most powerful nation on the continent. Some feared Rakka would collapse into a brutal era of civil war after Verschow asssassins murdered High Marshal Jalil Hafiz on New Year's Eve 900, but the Treaty of Rel-Kadrar signed three weeks later settled 400 years of feuding between the two nations.   Under the leadership of Proserpine Hafiz, this new Rakka would now have dark elves on its military council and allow for a slow integration between the two kingdoms. Drow magic would be used to support the production of tiefling armaments while Rakkan industrialists would invest in the Verschow's infrastructure, making the kingdom stronger than it had ever been in the modern era. A new era was dawning in Southern Pescat, one that would be Rakka's for the taking.

Demography and Population

  • 61% Tiefling
  • 10% Goblinoid
  • 8% Aarakocra
  • 2% Aasimar
  • 19% Other Races

Territories

Recent Rulers of Rakka

Religion

Mythology & Lore

Herodotus

Most of Rakka's inhabitants worship the god of war, Herodotus. A legendary tiefling general who fought against the monstrous deities of the Ostry Apocalypse, he was deified in the centuries following as a paragon of tiefling power and exceptionalism in Pescaliat.   As a god of war and military matters, Herodotus' church has come into conflict on multiple occasions with the Ageless One's orthodoxy. The Ageless One threatened to excommunicate Herodotus' temple on three separate occasions for excessive displays of violence and cruelty, but desperate reforms ensured that the faith remained in the Ageless one's good graces. In the temple's modern incarnation Herodotus is seen as a defender god, whose warlike powers are worshiped to bring stability to Rakka and protect it from both foreign and domestic threats.  

Infernal Heritage

In the early years of Rakka's history several tieflings exiled from the Elflands still worshiped devils and demons to obtain access to fiendish powers. This alienated the kingdom from many of its neighbors, and the first Elflands-Rakkan War was seen as a holy crusade against the fiendish forces who controlled the kingdom. After several humiliating defeats the god Herodotus' followers managed to purge the kingdom of its devil-worshiping cults and found a new and more respectable religion in Rakka.   For centuries demonic and fiendish cults have been prohibited by Rakka's military, but some operate in the shadows and occasionally wield enough influence to shift the balance of power. Some notable cults include the Glasya's Defenders, the Daughters of Gehenna, and Yeenoghu's Destroyers.

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Founding Date
895, 3rd Cycle
Type
Geopolitical, Country
Capital
Leader
Leader Title
Head of State
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