March of Ahelaldi

Last Bastion of the Legitimists

The collapse of our civilisation is no excuse to turn on our own people and to embrace the barbaric ways of our neighbours. Ahelaldi was established to defend our ways of life from the savages of the north, and we shall continue to do so until the last of us have drawn our final breath!
— Bilafir Olgab, Vaja of Ahelaldi, 283 AU
  Ahelaldi is a march located in the barren wastes of Bratayya. It was established by the Rahyamin Empire in 194 AU to serve as a buffer between the provinces they had conquered in Pekkola and the empire's core heartlands. When civil war broke out between the five claimants who had all declared themselves Bahal, the Vaja of Ahelaldi declared that his march would remain neutral and continue to serve the purpose it was established to do. As it had become clear that the empire had fallen, the Vaja swore to continue their task and to bring back the light of civilisation by finding a legitimate heir to the empty throne.  

Government

  The march of Ahelaldi is governed by a council of twenty elected men and woman who are led by a Vaja who has full control over military matters. All other decisions require the approval of the majority of the council. A Vaja must be elected by thirteen of the twenty councillors in an election, and they keep the position for life or until they wish to retire.  

Imperial Law

  While lawlessness ravaged the rest of the world, Ahelaldi stayed faithful to the old Imperial law. To this day, whenever a Vaja or councillor is elected, they swear fealty to the Bahal even though they don't know who they are pledging themselves to or whether they still exist.   The adamant stance to stick to the old ways resulted in an influx of people who sought to move to Ahelaldi to enjoy the benefits of their peace and order. Such additional folk were of great use in bolstering the garrisons, and they helped shore up defences.
Ahelaldi flag drawn
 

Military

  The Vajas of Ahelaldi have always taken their people's security seriously. Over the years, they have built up a vast fortress in Shla ai-Doai, constructed earthworks that stretch between the Gaps of Morai, and they have established several outposts to defend their merchants. Military exercises are done annually to drill the civilian workforce and to make sure they are ready for whatever wishes to threaten their lives and homes.  

Military Equipment

  An infantryman who has volunteered to serve in the army is given a free set of mail, two javelins, an oval-shaped centre-gripped shield, a sword designed to pierce mail, and a sturdy helmet.
  Adventurous and daring men make up the bulk of their standing army. Even while at peace, these bands go out to raid nearby factions to teach them a lesson and to pillage their goods.   These men are also essential for protecting trade routes and countering hostile raiders before they could take out shipments of food headed toward the Ahelaldiri.
 

Economy

  Ahelaldi is located in between the Gaps of Morai, two massive crevasses which contain vast amounts of iron, tin, and precious gemstones. The locals have had to construct mines on the inner walls of these cracks to harvest its riches. The wealth that they extract from there allows them to import food, fabrics and livestock, which are all crucial for their survival.   The arid and barren wasted that surround the gaps are unsuitable for nearly all plants. Only a few shrubs and gnarly trees have made the wasteland their home.
Founding Date
194 AU
Type
Geopolitical, County / March
Capital
Demonym
Ahelaldiri, Ahelian
Leader
Leader Title
Government System
Despotism
Power Structure
Unitary state
Economic System
Market economy
Major Exports
Iron, weapons, armour, tin, stone, gemstones
Major Imports
Food, fabrics, lumber, livestock
Location
Related Ethnicities

Total population
c. 5,000
Rahyamin Empire
Organization | Jun 27, 2020

The Rahyamin Empire was the beacon of civilisation that brought most of Pekkola under its banner through force and manipulation

Remnant
Ethnicity | Dec 9, 2020

The Remnant are people who remained loyal to the ideals of the old Rahyamin Empire and stayed in Pekkola after its downfall




Cover image: by Nad Hemnani
  • 189 AU


    Founding of Shla ai-Doai
    Founding

    Settlers from the Rahyamin Empire establish a settlement in Bratayya with the hope that it could serve as a resting point for both merchants and soldiers. The first inhabitants name their town Shla ai-Doai.   As its surroundings are unsuitable for agriculture, the settlement starts importing in food from the rest of the empire.

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  • 192 AU

    193 AU



    The Grain Crisis
    Military action

    Shla ai-Doai becomes vital for the Rahya supply routes that fuel the Rahyamin war against the Pijari. The defenders realize this and launch a surprise attack through previously unexplored paths through the mountains.   With the supply lines interrupted and the Rahya army busy further north, the settlers' supplies of grain dwindle. They try to fight back and to get rid of the raiders but lack the arms and armour to succeed. Without any immediate support, many of the locals begin to starve.   Relief comes eventually, but the Rahya forces are too late to save many of the settlers who had perished either of starvation or in the fights that broke out to claim the last remaining scraps of grain.

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  • 194 AU


    Creation of the March of Ahelaldi
    Founding

    Seeing the value of the settlement and the threat of raids on the supply lines, Bahal Ehir Vadba creates the March of Ahelaldi and orders the construction of a new castle in Shla ai-Doai.   He grants the title to Galito of Vaprah, a commoner who proved his worth by maintaining order in the settlement during the Grain Crisis as the captain of the guard and de facto leader of the settlers.   The new Vaja of Ahelaldi pledges to guard the supply routes and to forever protect the heartland of the Rahyamin Empire from northern raids and invasions.

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  • 272 AU

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    Succession Crisis
    Political event

    The Bahale of the Rahyamin Empire, Ahlana I, dies suspiciously. The Vatebrai, a council of eight people who elect the monarchs of the country, fail to choose a new ruler with each of the men voting for a different candidate.

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    War of the Rahyamins
    Military action

    Several ambitious members of the royal family who received support from the Vatebrai gather their allies and prepare to take what they see as their rightful throne by force. Five of the claimants declare themselves the true monarch, one of them renounces his claim, and the remaining two are the son and daughter of the previous Bahale who are too young to press their claims.

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    Ahelaldi Declares Neutrality
    Political event

    As the civil war escalates into the largest conflict the Rahyamin Empire has ever witnessed, Vaja Nikla Itramin declares that his forces will remain in Shla ai-Doai and continue their task of guarding the heartland.   He promises to pledge his loyalty to the victor once the ashes have settled and order has been restored.

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  • 281 AU


    Fall of the Empire
    Disaster / Destruction

    In the chaos of the civil war, the last known claimants to the throne of the Rahyamin Empire perish in battle. Without a legitimate heir, the generals fight on and claim territories of the fallen empire in their name all while separatists take back their lost independence and push the remaining Rahya garrisons out of their homes.

  • 282 AU


    The Imperial Remnant
    Population Migration / Travel

    After the downfall of the Rahyamin Empire, those loyal Imperial ideals flee to the barren wastes of the Sunless Paths and Bratayya. They become known as the Remnant.   While they are united by their desire to see the empire reborn, their ideological differences keep them divided. Some groups wish to see a return to the old and strict ways of the early empire under Tamil the Uniter while others wish to see it reformed into a democracy and there are plenty who desire to reclaim the lost throne and shape the world in their image.

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    285 AU



    The Second Grain Crisis
    Disaster / Destruction

    Without their regular shipments of food from the south, Ahelaldi is forced to search for new sources of food. The additional influx of people only makes the situation far worse. Rationing is no longer enough, and people begin to starve.   Groups of raiders form and they go on expeditions south to find food and steal it from others. Vaja Bilafir Olgab expresses his concern over the diplomatic impacts of the raids but understands their necessity.

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  • 283 AU


    Last Bastion of the Legitimists
    Political event

    Vaja Bilafir of Ahelaldi holds a speech in which he declares Shla ai-Doai the bastion of legitimists and swears to uphold Imperial law and to find a legitimate heir to the throne.   Other legitimists flock to Ahelaldi to support the Vaja and to escape the violence directed at those who still support the House of Rahyamin.

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  • 284 AU


    Trade with the Pijari
    Financial Event

    In order to solve the food problem, Hadir ai-Pal, one fo the councillors of Ahelaldi, arranges a trade deal with the Pijari of Vaijia and Ougadiai.   The Remnant offer iron from the mines they have inside the inner walls of the great crevices that flank their land. Most of the raiders who used to loot for food volunteer to become caravan guards.

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  • 287 AU

    291 AU



    War of the Iron Road
    Military action

    Anti-legitimist factions in the Sunless Paths form a coalition to put an end to the March of Ahelaldi. They start the War of the Iron Road with a raid on a Pijari caravan that was supposed to bring food from Hiláuokta to Shla ai-Doai.   The raids on the caravans bring back fears of starvation among the legitimists and financially hurt their trading partners. They launch a swift counterattack to secure the so-called Iron Road between them and their partners.   Fighting over the trade route continued for nearly two years until Ahelaldiri forces defeat the bulk of the anti-legitimist troops in a decisive battle. The fleeing men are run down by Pijari lancers who successfully capture a few of their leaders. The remaining aggressors go into hiding, occasionally coming out to terrorize their enemies until the last of their hideouts are uncovered, and their leaders captured or killed.

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19 May, 2020 18:38

Love this layout, and your timeline, Dhelian?   Georgous.

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10 Jun, 2020 17:19

Agreed with Jaime, excellent layout here Dhel! There's also something about that orange and white flag that really draws me in -- it's very striking.   I find the story behind the march fascinating, making them a neutral party holding out to find an heir to an empty throne is super interesting. Great work!

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26 Aug, 2020 12:15

Oh goodness, who did your map ?! It's so gorgeous! And the article is so well written. A masterpiece, friend. I missed your work!

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