Rulers of the Old World
They were offered peace, prosperity, and protection, but they chose their own demise. If the savages refuse to join willingly, then we must incorporate them by force!Once a great power that stretched from Pekkola to far and distant lands in the south, the Rahyamin Empire ruled much of the known world. Their founder, Tamil the Uniter, brought all of his neighbouring tribes under one banner. With their combined forces, they were able to expand their borders. Ehdabil, the Rahyamins' seat of power, became a crucial centre of trade and the wealth that poured into the city fueled further conquests. In their neverending quest to acquire wealth and to spread the light of civilisation, the nation stretched itself thin until it could no longer sustain itself. Plagued with internal strife, decadence, and enemies on all fronts, the House of Rahyamin found their lands overwhelmed by foes both barbaric and civilised. Some were interested in mere loot and plunder, while other, more ambitious men, sought to claim their land for their own.
GovernmentFrom since the days of its creation, the Rahyamin Empire had been ruled by a single dynasty. The head of that family sat on a luxurious throne decorated with gems, gold, ivory, and all manner of exotic goods that they could get their hands on. They called their ruler Bahal and his throne was flanked by eight chairs which belonged to the members of the Vatebrai, decendants of the tribal chiefs who helped in the creation of the empire.
Imperial Succession LawDuring the reign of a Bahal, the Vatebrai were required to vote for whoever they wanted to see next on the throne. Only members of the House of Rahyamin were eligible candidates, and for most of the empire's history, only adult men were eligible. The candidate with the most support by the end of a Bahal's reign would be crown as the next monarch.
Pahlatic LawBahal Pahla the Reformer changed the centuries-old succession laws in 234 AU, granting female members of his dynasty the right to be chosen as a Bahale. According to contemporary records, rumours surrounded the monarch's relations with other male members of his family. People believed that he despised most of them and wanted his niece or her daughter to rule instead.
HistoryTamil Rahyamin was crowned by leaders of the Idiri tribesmen in 1 AU. The city of Ehdabil quickly rose in prominence soon after. With the population constantly on the rise, the people and their leaders saw a need for more resources. Those unwilling to accept the Rahyas demands and trade deals were subjugated by force, their people enslaved to harvest resources for the glory of Ehdabil and the Rahyamin dynasty.
Conquest of Pekkola
Fall of the EmpireAfter nearly three centuries of growth, the empire had found itself in a strange predicament following the sudden and highly suspicious death of Bahale Ahlana I. While usually the successor would be known even before the monarch's death, on that occasion the Vatebrai was indecisive. All eight members voted for a separate candidate and no one was sure on how to proceed. While the members of the Vatebrai were preparing to negotiate, the Rahyamin candidates all made their moves. Several of the ambitious members of the royal family who had received support from the council gathered their allies and prepared to take what they saw as their rightful throne by force. Five of the claimants declared themselves the true monarch, one of them renounced his claim, and the remaining two were the son and daughter of the previous Bahale who were too young to press their claims. Those most loyal to the former leader and her family rescued the young claimants from the palace, escaping Ehdabil while a massive civil war broke out in the heart of the empire. As the forces that garrisoned the provinces in Pekkola moved south to fight in the chaos, the northerners reclaimed their lost independence and pushed the remaining garrison back south or into hiding. Eventually, all of the claimants had either died or gone missing, their armies shattered and the realm divided. Those in Pekkola who remained loyal to the fallen empire hid in the frigid wastes of Bratayya and the Sunless Paths. Their people became known as the Remnant.
The Remnant are people who remained loyal to the ideals of the old Rahyamin Empire and stayed in Pekkola after its downfall