Phoenix Empire

The Phoenix Empire is the oldest still-surviving human state, tracing its formation back to the Rose Queens who united the two peninsulas beneath their rule and defeated the great mGya rKhar Empire . It rules over much of the Qikuoan Subcontinent, and it has done so for thousands of years. These eons of rule have been interrupted, of course, but like its namesake the Phoenix Empire rises from the ashes every time. This remarkable persistence of imperial tradition is due to many factors, but perhaps the most important is the Rose-Petal Throne, an ancient artifact that transfers the memories and experience of each emperor to have ever sat upon it into the mind of the next, ensuring that the Emperor is wise far beyond his years and can draw upon the wisdom of countless generations with but a thought.
However, as emperor has followed emperor in a never-ending cycle, the number of memories that must be transferred has grown greatly; at this point, the binding takes up to a month, during which the nascent emperor must be fed, cleaned, and cared for by others, as he himself is almost helpless upon the throne while the transfer takes place. Even after the enthronement is complete, many emperors are overwhelmed by the weight of memory. Further complicating matters is the fact that particularly strong-willed emperors often leave more than just their memories within the throne, their personalities surviving within its matrices of magical energy and lurking within the minds of newly-coronated emperors. At best, this means that an emperor is never without advisors, while at worst the cacophony of voices and minds within their heads drives them mad. Occasionally, these personalities can even take control of the emperor's body and voice, leading to utter chaos.
In order to maintain control of the realm, a vast bureaucracy exists, augmented by feudal lords known as Dong. These two traditions, bureaucratic and feudal, have feuded with each other for centuries as the emperor's rule grows more and more sporadic, culminating with the Taikun of the Tsukimoto raising his flag in rebellion in 340 AC, leading to the exile of the palace bureaucrats and the expansion of the Dong system across the entire empire. Warlordism has followed in the wake of this event, with the empire collapsing from infighting and carrion birds scavenging around its corpse.
Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Alternative Names
Qikuo
Predecessor Organization
Demonym
Qikuoan
Leader Title
Government System
Monarchy, Absolute
Power Structure
Feudal state
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Pre-Rose Kingdoms

... 3001

  • -8999 PRK


    Beginning of the Trans-Shyegh' Culture
    Founding

    Lamia develop in what is now Eredhis, spread east and west; the mountains to their north are too cold. This is referred to as the Trans-Shyegh' culture, after the Shyegh' mountains that cut their territory into two separate areas.

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  • -5699 PRK


    Expansion of Humanity
    Population Migration / Travel

    Primitive humans spread out from Central Qikuo, reaching places as far affield as Lathva in the north, the deserts and floodplains of Erbakan in the east, and the western edges of Occident.

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  • -5299 PRK


    Arrival of the Du Ereth
    Population Migration / Travel

    The ancient ancestors of the Du Ereth, or Jungle Elves, migrate into what is to be their homeland of Eredhis, driving the serpents from it. All that remains of the Old Shyegh' culture are the two isolated groups on the fringes of their old territory, those of Near and Far Vishkai to the east, and those of the Shyegh' mountains and the southern deserts to the west.

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  • -4999 PRK


    Human Civilization begins
    Cultural event

    Primitive humans develop cities, and thus civilization, in the fertile floodplains of central Qikuo. They fight viciously with each other and their enemies.

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  • -4699 PRK


    mGya rKhar culture forms
    Religious event

    The ancient mGyar rKhar culture forms on the at-the-time verdant Zhangpa plateau, and with it the religion of Khabze. Its people revere the birds of the high mountain peaks, whom they perceive as the souls of the dead watching over them.

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  • -4599 PRK


    Birth of the Vishkanya
    Population Migration / Travel

    Interbreeding between Du Ereth, lamia, and primitive humans produces the Vishkanya in what is now Near Vishkai. The last pockets of true lamia remain to this day in Far Vishkai as the rulers of that place, but for the most part lamias have disappeared from the world except for the Shyegh' mountains.

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  • -1999 PRK


    mGya rKhar Empire founded
    Founding

    The mGyar rKhar empire forms on the plateau beneath shaman-kings.

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  • -1829 PRK


    Birth of Bhedra
    Life, Birth

    Bhedra, the founder of the Crystal Path, a Du Ereth monastic tradition, is born to noble parents in the city of Almgesvir.

    Location
    Almgesvir
    More reading
    Bhedra
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  • -415 PRK


    Last eastern Lamia dies
    Extinction

    The last true-blooded lamia outside of the Shyegh' mountains is born. Those who still live after this point do so through life extension, and reign as the immortal Snake-Kings of Far Vishkai.

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The Rose Kingdoms

3000 2446

  • 0 RK


    The First Rose Queens
    Civil action

    The Qikuoan humans begin to unify around the central isle, under the rulership of the self-styled Rose Queens.

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  • 300 RK

    470 RK


    Expansion of the Rose Kingdom
    Military action

    The Samsarans are conquered by the Rose Kingdom. Its burgeoning population brings it into conflict with the Vishkanya of Near and Far Vishkay, as well as the Du Ereth, or Jungle Elves. The coasts are completely claimed, the Caecili driven into the seas.

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  • 370 RK

    27 /9

    Izanami's Dream
    Life, Supernatural

    Izanami, spirit-queen (ie, high priestess of the Crone's church and wife of the shogun) of the Tsukimoto, receives a vision from the Cowled One and informs her husband, the Shogun Izanagi.

    Location
    Tsukiyama
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  • 370 RK

    13 /10

    Incorporation of the Tsukimoto
    Political event

    The Shogun of the Tsukimoto swears fealty to the Rose Kingdom, prompted by a vision of the Cowled One.

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  • 520 RK


    mGya rKhar invades Eredhis
    Military action

    Du Ereth hostility towards the violent migration and expansion of the mGya rKhar into their lands leads to war, the cannibalistic mGya rKhar flowing southward like an unstoppable tide into Eredhis.

    Location
    Eredhis
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  • 550 RK


    Eredhis calls for aid
    Diplomatic action

    The Du Ereth find themselves unable to withstand the powers of the Unseen Lords of the mGya rKhar, and are slowly subsumed. Finally overcoming their pride, emissaries are sent south to Long Fa Hye, the current Rose Queen, to ask for their aid, telling of cannibalistic orgies and the massacre of Du Ereth civilians. In her arrogance, Long Fa Hye does not respond.

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  • 553 RK


    mGya rKhar invades the Rose Kingdom
    Military action

    The mGya rKhar invade the Rose Kingdom. Fa Hye, realizing her stupidity, makes common cause with the Du Ereth, the jungle-princes of Eredhis swearing eternal fealty to the now-styled Phoenix Empress. She is now known as Long Hi Fa Hye.

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First Phoenix Empire

2447 400

  • 0 FE


    mGya rKhar invades the Rose Kingdom
    Military action

    The mGya rKhar invade the Rose Kingdom. Fa Hye, realizing her stupidity, makes common cause with the Du Ereth, the jungle-princes of Eredhis swearing eternal fealty to the now-styled Phoenix Empress. She is now known as Long Hi Fa Hye.

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  • 80 FE

    15 /6

    Tatsuhito's Valor
    Life, Achievement/ Win

    A legendary warrior named Tatsuhito somehow breaks Ur's chains, leading to the collapse of the mGya rKhar invasion.

    Location
    Fenghuang
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  • 89 FE


    mGya rKhar driven from Qikuo
    Military action

    The last major engagement of the war between the mGya rKhar and the Phoenix Empire fought on Qikuoan soil ends. The mGya rKhar retreat past the Zhangpa peaks, back to the plateau and the depths beneath it.

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  • 117 FE


    Draconomachy
    Disaster / Destruction

    Ur has been driven mad by his millennia of mental subjugation, and swears to rid dragonkind of the ultimate tyrants of reality, the gods themselves. This struggle is known as the Draconomachy, and very nearly tears apart empires and even the gods themselves before they make common cause and overthrow him. However, his soul is far too strong for even them to destroy, and so he is chained, split amongst several gemstones that are scattered throughout the world.

  • 2447 FE

    2458 FE

    23 /9

    The Oriental Crusade
    Military action

    The Oriental Crusade begins, an alliance of various kingdoms and holy orders, primarilly from Occident but also from the Great North and the Phoenix Empire unite to free the native Varshalshken from beneath the heathen yoke of the steppe lepqe. The eventual result is failure.

    More reading
    Oriental Crusade
  • 2453 FE

    5 /3

    Gw'ne's Rise to Power
    Life, Milestone

    Gw'ne Tlepchuk rises to "command" the Varshalshken forces in the Oriental Crusade. In truth, she is a figurehead and powerful magical weapon -- true authority at this point is still held by Meqlesh Arshuk.

  • 2456 FE

    5 /2

    Sack of Zhung Saikuu
    Disaster / Destruction

    The sacred Zhangpa fortress-monastery of Zhung Saikuu is sacked by Qikuoan forces following a disagreement between garrison commanders that escalates into a drunken brawl.

  • 2456 FE

    1 /3

    Zhangpa enter the Crusade
    Political event

    Incensed at the destruction of Zhung Saikuu, the Zhangpa Druid-Queen forsakes her neutrality and aligns herself against the Phoenix Empire and alongside the Varshalshken, cutting off Qikuoan forces from actually reaching Varshalshka without cutting their way across the plateau.

  • 2458 FE

    23 /9

    Treaty of the Suqshaik Forest
    Era beginning/end

    High Master Odilon surrenders to the Varshalshken at the Suqshaik forest, ending the Oriental Crusade. The Raven Headmistress exacts a terrible price from the crusaders -- misionaries, clergy, and holy orders are forever banned in Varshalshka, with the exception of the native Khabze faith.

  • 2844 FE

    3 /8

    The Taihindon Disaster
    Disaster / Destruction

    The experimental dwarven airship Taihindon catastrophically crashes into a melifeir hive, exploding and destroying both. The wreckage rains down on the city of Hwai Ling in the Rose Kingdoms, causing widespread damage. There are no survivors, but the airship itself was unmanned. The collision is blamed on the Taihindon's creator, a mad inventor who made the vessel invisible in order to prevent it from being stolen, but then accidentally cut it loose, where it drifted for several months before finally crashing into the hive.

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