Drying of the Melikke and Våkkai
The Disaster That Forced a Great Migration
What's a man to do when the rivers dry up and the land around him starts to die. You either move or you face the fate of your homeland.The drying of the Melikke and Våkkai was a devastating natural disaster that had turned the original homeland of the Aeth and Pijari people into a dry and desolate location. The change in the environment forced the two peoples, who were more alike at the time and referred to as the Vokai, to migrate north towards Pekkola.
The Dying HomelandMelikke and Våkkai were home to the Vokai civilisation for centuries. They had grown to heavily rely on the rivers, using them for food, fresh water, and transportation. While most of them were content with their lot in life and failed to see any threats to their ways, there were some who feared that overreliance on the rivers would be the end of them.
Mass ExodusYears after the migrants had headed north, most of the Vokai who had remained began to worry about their two rivers. The signs that rivers would dry out were as clear as day. The situation deteriorated for nearly a decade, and as the water levels fell and their harvests worsened, people looked for ways to save their home.
Rivers of BloodThrough countless hours of prayer, thousands of sacrifices, and a holy chant that lasted a week, the rivers had been reinvigorated. Melikke and Våkkai recovered, and life for the Vokai returned to normal once the waters were clear of the sacrificial blood.
ComebackRoughly four centuries later, the threat of the drying rivers returned. No amount of prayer or sacrifice could help them, and a grand exodus was organised to save the Vokai. They moved en masse towards the northern region, encountering the Aeths upon their arrival.
The Vokai branch into the Pijari and the Aeths
Aeths are an ambitious people who excel at skirmishing and raiding. They are native to woodlands and fertile fields of Aethelland and Lointen
The Pijari are a semi-nomadic people renowned for their mastery of horseback riding, archery, and mounted combat. They are native to Ougadiai, Vaijia, and Vuonampi