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The Inishtari Tribe

The Inishtari

The Inishtari were an ancient tribe with an ancestry tracking back to the time of dragons. They were credited with killing the last of the dragons in the world after the creatures retreated into the Great Valley, and the tribe’s leaders kept a dragon skull as a badge of office. The Inishtari laid the groundwork for the creation of the Kingdom Oscana in 851 T.E. by focusing on diplomatic relations, academic pursuit, trade, and resource management. According to historic records, they only took a militant approach while defending against the more hostile tribal regions around them. Modern research suggests they were far from a pacifist group, and did resort to a militant approach when annexing some of the more stubborn western tribes.

Ancient Inishtari Valley

Unifying The Great Valley

In 15 T.E., a young man was made chief of this tribe and he sought to use the reputation of the Inishtari as dragon killers to inspire unity in the valley. He travelled the entire valley in a tireless campaign to win over and negotiate with the other tribes. In two short years, these tribes were united under the Inishtari banner, creating the Inishtari Valley. Alabran Oscana I spent his entire life strengthening these bonds and developing a structure for governing. The valley’s Chiefs would report to the Great Chief born from the Oscanan family and open trade networks formed to share resources between the tribes of the Inishtari. The names of these valley tribes were lost to time, overshadowed, or perhaps deliberately erased from records, by the Inishtari.

Modern scholars have spent entire careers arguing about the contributions of the valley tribes and searching for documentation from the era to support theories about succession disputes, and all other manner of conspiracies. The problems are always the same. Many tribes of the first recorded era were not good record keepers. The odd family may trace their ancestry back to a general location, but the tribe names were rarely written, as they were implied when discussing a family. There have been efforts to map genealogy in the region and paint a complete picture of the Inishtari Valley.

A series of maps that depict the changes in borders through the Tribal Era
by RandoScorpio, Inkarnate

The Great Chiefs Of The Inishtari

Starting with Alabran Oscana I, the Great Chiefs of the Inishtari were born from the Oscanan family’s main line, with a patrilineal inheritance. They boast the longest unbroken line of succession in Sleyterra, which is credited for the stability in the region from the ancient tribal era to present day Oscana. The duties of the Great Chief included cultural growth, trade, infrastructure, and military coordination and allocating funds collected from the surrounding tribes to complete these projects.

Some Great Chiefs used these resources and left lasting legacies, while others squandered them and indulged in personal pleasures. The way a Great Chief was remembered affected how his name survived. The best examples of leadership have seen their name used through the ages. Notable favourites are Alabran, Cornaith, Farryn, and Taeral. Other names were scandalized beyond repair and are still avoided by the royal family, such as Sirtal, Arlo, and Byron.

Carved Dragon Skull

This highly decorated dragon skull served as the badge of office for the Great Chiefs of the Inishtari. Every Great Chief carved a piece of this skull, Aithilin Oscana made the last addition in 851 T.E. before his coronation. The skull was kept with the Oscana family until they donated it to the Royal Museum of History. It is still taken off display for royal coronations and important rituals performed by the king.

Military Actions

The Inishtari Valley was a peaceful place for the ancient Inishtari Tribes thanks to the protective mountains that cradled it. There were minor disputes and skirmishes throughout the early history of the Inishtari Valley, most only appearing on official records as a footnote. However, border expansions in 283 T.E. lead to a two-year conflict with the tribes of the Ustrana, and new borders were established after the Great Chief Alabran Oscana III drove back the Ustranan warriors.

The next great conflict was the Inishtari Basin War, sparked by the flooding of the Inishtari Valley in 710 T.E. The Ustranan Tribes took advantage of a weakened Inishtari force and their army marched on Arlton in 711 T.E. There were great losses on all sides, but the actual numbers are unclear. The Great Chief Arlo Oscana lost both his son and grandson in the bitter fighting. Peace was only achieved after his great grandson took over the Inishtari. It took two years after Arlo’s death to finish negotiations, but Cornaith Oscana V restored peace in 724 T.E. and Arlton was renamed in 726 T.E. to distance the city from Arlo’s folly.

The Inishtari Basin Disaster

The Inishtari Basin Disaster was an unprecedented catastrophe in the ancient world. In an instant, unfathomable amounts of water transformed and submerged the Inishtari Valley. Records about the reason for the accident at the time are sparse and unclear, but modern scholars trace the incident back to the efforts of Taeral Oscana III’s efforts to manipulate water and create caches to avoid drought. In three short generations, this simple act inspired the advancements that lead to the disaster that sparked the first large-scale war between the Inishtari and Ustranans.

Records from this time mention strange creatures and changes in wildlife. The wider ecological effect of the magic that was released is still a point of study by scholars. There are even modern reports of merfolk in the basin alongside the dragonfish. This sparked new theories about the magic seeping into the land transforming people instead of killing them. The nature of the dragonfish also supports this theory, as recent developments show these creatures result from magic infusing the skeletons of the long dead dragons of prehistory.

Textiles & Clothing

Textile Manufacturing

Clothing before unifying the Inishtari Valley was simple and made of animal hides and leather. Once more tribes joined the Inishtari trade was more available with smaller tribes that had learned to use animal fiber to weave cloth. The woven cloth was highly sought after and the small tribe was able to focus on their craft, trading the cloth for food and other necessities. The colours available were limited to reds, yellows, and white. It was a northern tribe that found a way to dye rich colours into the fabrics using sea snails, brightly coloured seaweeds, and other pigmented sea creatures.

The process to get highly coloured fabric and have it fashioned into clothing was labourious and costly. Often extra embellishments in intricately embroidered patterns were applied to these stunning clothes. This meant that anyone who owned these beautiful fabrics had wealth and likely some amount of power.


Clothing of Leaders

The Great Chief and his family along with the other Chiefs in the Inishtari Valley enjoyed colourful garments, but wore them in the same style as the average tribe members. The only exceptions were for weddings and formal events. In those instances both men and women wore heavily layered and decorated outfits that were difficult to move in, but displayed their wealth effectively.


Everyday Clothes

For the everyday member of the Inishtari, clothing was made in muted tones and simple cuts that allowed easy movement. Differences in men’s and women’s fashion are slight and usually only relate to the shape of a garment, such as with women’s waistlines being more tapered than a man’s.

Most of the Inishtari wore pants that fit loosely around the leg, and had sleeves that ended mid-forearm. Shorter sleeves kept their garments cleaner, and loose pants allowed for a greater range of movement. Function was prized above any idea of fashion.

Marrying a Great Chief

Many of the Great Chieftesses came from the many tribes of the Inishtari Valley as a means to integrate them into the cultural fabric of the Inishtari people, and the marriage of a Great Chief was a sumptuous affair. Brightly coloured fabrics were a sign of the wealth and stability of the union. A woman's dowery was often full of these bright and highly decorated fabrics, demonstrating the wealth she added not only to her family but to the Inishtari as the Great Chieftess. She would often handle the duties of her husband when he was away on diplomatic or military missions. In some cases she was needed as a regent to her son if he was too young to govern properly. The most notable case of this occurrence was in 149 T.E. when Mirana Oscana guided Alabran Oscana II when he was appointed Great Chief at the age of 7. She was a steady presence in government until her death.



Emphasis on education and higher learning was a persistent thread that held the Inishtari together and shaped the culture of modern Oscana. Much of what is known about the Inishtari people comes from this idea of scholarship, and contrasts the very few records telling about surrounding tribal regions. The rise of education, literacy, and the preservation of knowledge created the occupation of scholar.

Ancient scholars first appear in the records after the construction of the first city in 57 T.E. Scholars today are considered to have some of the most important jobs in the kingdom, researching, logging, and preserving the country’s history. They use this information to influence technology and improve the quality of life of the citizens. Modern kings often defer to the wisdom of the scholars of the Royal Academy, who in this New Era have established a constitution to guide policy and a parliamentary court to discuss ideas and create new laws.

Grand Library of the Inishtari
Grand Library of the Inishtari by RandoScorpio, MidJourney
The only paintings of the Grand Library that Oscana has have been painted based on descriptions and historical records.
  In this picture we see a large library with tall shelves on either side of a wide hall that stretches back beyond view. Green sections of the wall between the shelves support a tall arched ceiling with a mural depicting a forest canopy.
The Grand Libraries

The first Grand Library was constructed in Inishvale. This library was described as the most lavish wonder of the ancient world, adorned with art, plush handmade carpets, and intricate carvings. The few surviving sketches and poetic descriptions of the library have inspired great artists through the ages to paint speculations about the interior.

Losing this library in a fire in 402 T.E. was grieved across the Inishtari Valley, but reconstruction had to wait while famine and drought raged through the valley. In 456 T.E., Cornaith Oscana II rebuilt the library more lavish and opulent that before. With detailed mosaic floors, sturdy stone walls, and precautions in case of another fire. These precautions saved the library when it was struck by lightning in 482 T.E., inspiring the construction of an archive.

The modern iteration of this library is in Bayton along with the Royal Museum of History, the Royal Academy, and the Royal Archives. These seats of knowledge have all stemmed from the original library and grown with the kingdom’s needs. They are also popular tourism destinations that help generate income and support the Oscanan economy.

All images in this article were created with MidJourney by RandoScorpio. All maps were created in Inkarnate by RandoScorpio. All image edits and changes were made by RandoScorpio

Tribal Era (First Era)

1 1000

The first recorded era of life on Sleyterra.

  • 1 T.E.

    The Death of Dragons
    Era beginning/end

    Dragon populations were in decline well before the last coloney was destroyed by the Inishtari Tribe. Their death precipitated the cultivation of written histories and less nomadic lifestyles for people and records were less likely to be destroyed and burnt around this time as well. It also helped to create a reputation of strength for the Inishtari tribe which had been trying, unsuccessfully, to assert themselves as leaders of the Great Valley.

  • 15 T.E.

    43 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Alabran Oscana I
    Civil action

    Alabran The Great

    Alabran Oscana I, is considered the father of modern Oscana. His achievements are heavily documented, embelished, and are the basis for many fantasy and mythical tales. Historic records show that, while he was an exceptional leader of his people, he was simply a man devoted to his people and family.


    He was born 7 years before the last dragons were killed and lived to the age of 50. His rule ended with his death in 43 T.E.

  • 17 T.E.

    Forming the Inishtari Valley
    Diplomatic action

    Two years after taking leadership over the Inishtari people Alabran Oscana led a rapid expansion plan through the Great Valley. This valley was named the Inishtari Valley in the year that the last indipendant tribe joined with the growing Inishtari tribe.

  • 43 T.E.

    60 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Tiranal Oscana I
    Civil action

    Tiranal The Forgotten

    Tiranal Oscana I is often left as a footnote in his father's history despite his best efforts to leave a lasting legacy. Many attribute this lack of historical importance to the destruction of Inishvale in the Inishtari Basin disaster of 710 T.E.


    He lived from 19 T.E. to 60 T.E when he died after being thrown by a horse given as a gift for his 41st birthday.

  • 57 T.E.

    The First City
    Civil action

    The first city of the Inishtari people is built and used as a central location for governing the expanded Inishtari people. This city was called Inishvale, and was completed in the year 57 T.E. in an attempt by the Great Chief Tiranal Oscana to distinguish himself from his father Alabran.

  • 60 T.E.

    112 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Farryn Oscana I
    Civil action

    Farryn First Father of Scholars

    Farryn Oscana I, also worked hard to distinguish himself from his grandfather and father. His focus was agriculture and improving the daily lives of his people. He supported the act of study and is considered the grandfather of scholars.


    He was born in 40 T.E. and died peacefully at the age of 72 in 112 T.E.

  • 85 T.E.

    Agriculture Advances
    Cultural event

    Improvements to agriculture allow more variety in food availability for the valley. Advances in irrigation, and crop rotations result in higher yields as well. These improvements came from a new group of people who studied plant growth at the encouragement of the Great Chief Farryn Oscana I.


    After these results these groups travelled to different tribes to spread knowledge and collect the methods that were particularly useful in each area of the valley. They are considered to be the ancient roots from which modern scholars sprouted. These primative scholars are also responsible for much of the earliest records of the Inishtari people.

  • 112 T.E.

    125 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Byron Oscana I
    Civil action

    Byron The Prosperous

    Little is known about the specifics of the rule of Byron Oscana I other than there was a great deal of peace and prosperity.


    He lived from 63 T.E. to 125 T.E. and died at the age of 62 of what scholars today believe to have been a heart attack.

  • 125 T.E.

    145 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Sirtal Oscana
    Civil action

    Sirtal The Scandalous

    Sirtal Oscana, had a rule that was marred by public scandal and his infidelities threatened the succession of his son Farryn Oscana II. It is believed that there is an entire line of Oscanan royalty that was lost due to these political problems.


    He lived from 80 T.E. to 145 T.E. and died at 65 in what is officially considered natural causes. Conspiracy theories suggest that his wife may have poisoned him.

  • 135 T.E.

    Magic Study
    Technological achievement

    Studies into magic began as ancient scholars roamed and collected stories of miracles. These scholars sought to harness this mystical power for their research, but the poor leadership endured under Sirtal Oscana slowed progress until the effort was abandoned.

  • 145 T.E.

    149 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Farryn Oscana II
    Civil action

    Farryn The Fool

    Farryn Oscana II, had a remarkably short carreer as Great Chief. His rule was seen with disdain from the people around him as he increased taxes and lived lavishly. It was this lavish lifestyle that would be his undoing as he died at the young age of 42 after indulging too liberally at a party. There had been great concern for his ability to sire a suitable heir after no children were produced during his union with a first wife who died just 3 years into the relationship. It wasn't until he was 35 that he had a single heir born with his second wife Mirana Oscana.


    He lived from 107 T.E. and died in 149 T.E.

  • 149 T.E.

    197 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Alabran Oscana II
    Civil action

    Alabran The Wise

    Alabran Oscana II, was named after the first Great Chief of the Inishtari Valley in an attempt to step out of the shadow of scandals and reinspire faith in the leadership capabilities of the Oscana family. This hit a stumbling block when power was transferred while the boy was only 7 years old.


    Luck would be on his side during this difficult period. His mother, Mirana Oscana second wife of Farryn Oscana II, stepped in to help as an advisor. She had worked steadily behind the scenes during her husband's short reign and when Alabran II took over in 149 T.E. she had him repeal many of the unpopular decisions his father made. The pair worked tirelessly until Alabran II's death at 55 where he was found lifeless with a sheef of parchment, working until his heart gave out. His mother died of grief shortly afterwards.


    He lived from 142 T.E. until 197 T.E. Conspericy theories claim that Farryn II was unable to sire children and Alabran II's true father was his uncle Hartel Oscana.

  • 162 T.E.

    237 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Galathaer Oscana I
    Civil action

    Galataer The Beloved

    Galathaer Oscana I, was the final step in releiving the succession problems caused by Sirtal Oscana (Galathaer I's great grandfather). He learned his lessons from the short reign of his grandfather and the hard work it had taken for his father to set the Inishtari Tribes to rights. Galathaer I, lived with moderation and began to restructure the way governing happened, giving more power to Chiefs to make local decisions and appointing staff to support him in his role as Great Chief.


    These measures are credited to his long life. Born in 162 T.E. he died in 237 T.E. at the age of 75 surrounded by faithful servants and a small family.

  • 237 T.E.

    250 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Luthas Oscana I
    Civil action

    Luthas The Unlucky

    Luthas Oscana I's rule was peaceful for the Inishtari people but full of grief for his family. After losing 6 children to disease and misfortune he had a son that he doted on and adored. In hopes that his son would live a long and prosperous life he was named Galataer Oscana II. It was a shock then in 246 T.E. when Galethaer II collapsed while out walking with his wife and small child.


    It was officially an accident that killed Luthas Oscana I in 250 T.E., but many site grief as the reason for reckless behaviour that led the 63 year old man to attempt breaking in a wild horse without assitence.

  • 250 T.E.

    338 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Alabran Oscana III
    Civil action

    Alabran The Mighty

    The death of his father at a young age, and the loss of his grandfather and apointment as Great Chief at the age of 8 was enough to overwhelm Alabran III. Thankfully the systems instituted by Galathaer I worked to relieve tensions and teach the young boy how to take care of his people without overworking him.


    These things gave him the tools to lead his people through their first skirmishes and land disputes with the growing Ustrana Tribes in 283 T.E. He was hailed as one of the greatest military minds of his age. Although, much of his triumph is attributed to his effective use of people and their talents including his son and heir Taeral Oscana II.


    Alabran III was one of the logest lived of the Inishtari's Great Chiefs living from 242 T.E. until 338 T.E. It is believed he died of a heart attack in the night at the age of 96.

  • 283 T.E.

    295 T.E.

    Land Dispute with Ustrana
    Military action

    In 283 T.E. the Ustrana Tribes began an incursion on the Inishtari Valley. What followed was two years of bitter fighting until Alabran III rode to the front lines with his best warriors at his side. Using a pincer maneuver the Great Chief killed most of the fighters sent by Ustrana. This decisive victory quelled the unrest and established a solid boarder at the southern edge of the valley.

  • 338 T.E.

    347 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Taeral Oscana I
    Civil action

    Taeral The Victorious

    Taeral Oscana I, was a brilliant manager of people and was instrumental in the victories of his father in the land disputes and skirmishes against the Ustrana Tribes. He kept his children in line with strict schedules and training regements to make sure that his heir was prepared for the position as Great Chief of the Inishtari. This schedule was stifling and when Taeral I died his son rebelled and began to live a scandalous life style.


    He lived a long and prosperous life from 263 T.E. until his death in 347 T.E. at the respectable age of 84.

  • 347 T.E.

    362 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Byron Oscana II
    Civil action

    Byron The Debaucher

    Not all people are made for leadership and that was the case for Byron Oscana II. He was a phlianderer, scandalizer, and layabout. History is not kind to this Great Chief, with any of his accomplishments overshadowed by his poor behaviour.


    He didn't have children until he was 32, and only lived from 316 T.E. to 362 T.E. after falling from a cliff after climbing while drunk.

  • 348 T.E.

    397 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Cornaith Oscana I
    Civil action

    Cornaith The Devoted

    Cornaith Oscana I, started his rule at the young age of 14 and there was doubt about his ability to rule as the Great Chief. He married at the young age of 16 following a scandal involving a young woman from a visiting Chief.


    He was determined to step out of the shadow of scandal and vice left behind by his father. Cornaith I, devoted himself to his people and his family. Pioneering new building methods and funding the first Grand Library. He encouraged everyone to learn and all were welcome in the library's halls.


    Like his father he died young at the age of 49 after he was bitten by a ferral animal. He lived from 348 T.E. to 397 T.E.

  • 375 T.E.

    The First Grand Library
    Cultural event

    The Grand Library was built with the latest architecture technology of the time. Using a man powered crane the Inishtari were able to construct the large building with heavy carved stones, and domed roofs that mimicked their tribal construction styles. The Grand Library was considered a wonder of the ancient world, but only sketches are left of it after it burned to the ground in 402 T.E.


    While it stood it was encourged by the Great Chief to send young people from the valley tribes to learn to read and bring back knowledge held in the halls of the library. Cornaith Oscana I considered it the greatest investment he could make in his people, it was also a costly endevour. The Grand Library was likely the most expensive building ever constructed until this time.

  • 397 T.E.

    437 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Nasir Oscana
    Civil action

    Nasir The Redeemed

    Nasir Oscana revered his father and emulated his persuit of knowledge and made several expansions to the Grand Library. Unfortunately this focus eclipsed his notice of impending food shortages. It wasn't until the library burned to the ground in 402 T.E. and Nasir was forced to face the reality that he couldn't rebuild his father's library because drought and famine rampaged through the Inishtari Valley.


    After the loss of the library Nasir transformed into an attentive leader who managed the 10 years of drought and famine that plagued the Inishtari Valley from 405 T.E. to 415 T.E. He also spent the rest of his time as Great Chief managing the after effects of the famine instead of rebuilding his father's library.


    He lived from 364 T.E. until 437 T.E. at the ripe age of 73. He named his son Cornaith Oscana II with the hope that he would be able to restore the Grand Library in his time, and he always reminded Cornaith II to rebuild it.

  • 437 T.E.

    460 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Cornaith Oscana II
    Civil action

    Cornaith The Greater

    Named for his grandfather and carrying the hopes of his father to rebuild the Grand Library, Cornaith II was hampered by natural disasters. After 10 years of drought and famine the valley was flooded by rain and due to crop and plant death there were many landslides and soil errosion. Recovery from this natural disaster was slow and it took until 450 T.E. for Cornaith II to break ground on the new Grand Library.


    Construction took 6 years to complete, but following the completion Cornaith II was struck with a wasting disease and slowly declined until his death in 460 T.E. at the age of 56.

  • 456 T.E.

    695 T.E.

    The Second Grand Library
    Cultural event

    Designed to be more ornate than the first Grand Library, this ambitious project took 6 years and significant funding to complete. It was the last great act by Great Chief Cornaith Oscana II. It was said to be more beautiful than the first Grand Library with intricate carved details and artfully rendered frescos. It was said to have a moasic floor that was fashioned to be a map of the valley.

    It was struck by lightning in 482 T.E. but construction had taken the risk of fire into consideration after the first library burned down. Thanks to these innovations most of the library survived, but the incident highlighted the need to keep a second copy of the library's contents in a safe location. Thus the first archives were created.

    In 695 T.E. the location of the main Inishtari Tribe moved to the southern entrance of the valley and the Grand Library was left behind in a small town that was occupied by those sent to learn, and ancient scholars transcribing and caring for the written works.

    All accounts about the Grand Library are from ancient scholars and people of the time, as the building itself was submerged in the great Inishtari Basin Disaster in 710 T.E.

  • 460 T.E.

    503 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Taeral Oscana II
    Civil action

    Taeral The Archivist

    Taeral Oscana II ruled over a more peaceful time for the Inishtari people. In 482 T.E. the new library constructed by his father was struck by lightning inspiring the construction of the first archive. The archive was constructed in a different settlement and contained copies of all the documents in the Grand Library. The archive was maintained by the very first scholars who organized and transcribed the knowlegde.


    Taeral Oscana II enjoyed a long life from 422 T.E. to 503 T.E. and could have lived longer, but a fall during his daily walk resulted in a broken hip that he never recovered from. Historical reports say he didn't mind death after 81 years of watching his people grow.

  • 503 T.E.

    504 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Mirsan Oscana
    Civil action

    Mirsan The Aid

    Known primarily as his father's aid Mirsan has one of the shortest reigns as leader of the Inishtari people. He died only a year after his father, historians suspect that a heart condition was to blame. He lived from 445 T.E. to 504 T.E. and died at the age of 59.

  • 504 T.E.

    519 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Tiranal Oscana II
    Civil action

    Tiranal The Tyrant

    Without having to wait very long for the mantal of Great Chief after his father took it, Tiranal II's impatience was well fueled, and fanned a temper that many believe put strain on his heart. He is remembered as a mostly cruel and selfish leader who put the Inishtari Tribes ill at ease, and nearly resulted in it's collapse. 15 years was long enough to lose nearly half the valley's tribes from their 500 year agreement to work together.


    This crisis was left to his son when he died suddenly after flying into a rage. He lived from 467 T.E. to 519 T.E., he was 52.

  • 519 T.E.

    555 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Cornaith III
    Civil action

    Cornaith The Mender

    After his father's heavy hand left the Inishtari Valley fractured Cornaith III worked hard to mend relations with the surrounding tribes. His efforts resulted in a weakened position for the main Inishtari Tribe and the position of Great Chief became less powerful. When his son was born he named him Alabran IV in hopes that with a powerful name he would be able to correct all the problems created by his father and himself.


    This effort was wasted as Alabran IV died in 541 T.E., after struggling against health problems that nearly resulted in not producing an heir. Just 2 years before his death he finally had a son and named him Alabran Oscana V in hopes that his son would succeed where he had failed.


    Cornaith III raised his grandson until he died of a heart problem in 555 T.E. at the age of 63.

  • 555 T.E.

    584 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Alabran Oscana V
    Civil action

    Alabran The Restorer

    Raised by his grandfather to be aware of the precarious position of their family and the events that took place to cause all the problems, Alabran V was uniquely equiped when he took the role of Great Chief in 555 T.E. at the age of 16.


    He worked to repair relations with the tribes of the valley and reunified them under the Inishtari banner. These efforts included a political marriage to a stubborn Chief's daughter. What this Chief didn't know was that the pair had already fallen in love and their union was idealized by almost everyone in the Inishtari Valley.


    Marital bliss was short lived as Alabran V was killed when a horse kicked him in the head. He lived from 539 T.E. to 584 T.E.

  • 584 T.E.

    644 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Alabran Oscana VI
    Civil action

    Alabran The Ambitious

    Alabran VI carried the hopes of both his father and grandfather to strengthen the Inishtari Valley. These hopes manifested into ambition and Alabran VI wanted to look beyond the valley for innovation and expansion. His ambitions were tempered however, by a drought that threatened to eclipse the disasterous famine that began with droughts in 405 T.E.


    The rains had slowed by 592 T.E., and Alabran VI searched everywhere he could think to find a solution. Luck was on his side when a small band of druids traveled through the valley, this is the first time records show them leaving the safety of their northern forests and plains. Alabran VI welcomed the druids and had scholars from the archives on hand to record the meeting. It was here that the druids first revealed their use of magic and Alabran VI was transfixed.


    Using the notes and instructions from the druids the Great Chief had representatives from every tribe in the valley learn how to draw water up from the depths of the earth. In this way he avoided disaster and was able to look at expanding his power outside the Inishtari Valley. He targetted tribes that feared the growing Ustranan tribes and their military actions. Alabran VI appealed to them with logic and used his recent avoidance of major disaster to persuade some tribes at the southern edge of the valley to join the Inishtari Tribes.


    His ambition was the very thing that lead to his death as he was thrown from his horse returning from a diplomatic trip to a southern tribe. He died at a spry 83 years old and many cited his advanced age as contributing factor to his death. He lived from 561 T.E. to 644 T.E.

  • 644 T.E.

    646 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Taeral Oscana III
    Civil action

    Taeral The Fastidious

    Taeral III had a very short time as Great Chief in part because of his father's long life and also a weak heart. He continued to work fastidiously on projects and diplomatic relations his father had started, and began a large project to create water caches for tribes. These caches would be used for crops and emergencies such as fires.


    He lived from 580 T.E. to 646 T.E. and died at 66 years old.

  • 646 T.E.

    661 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Malkas Oscana
    Civil action

    Malkas The Tranquil

    Malkas Oscana focused on expanding his father's idea to secure water sources to prevent future droughts by encouraging research into creating ponds and streams. The Inishtari Valley experienced a tranquil advance of the understanding of magic and there was very little of note happening during the life of Malkas.


    Malkas Oscana lived from 603 T.E. to 661 T.E., and died when his horse slipped on a wet road and crushed him.

  • 661 T.E.

    722 T.E.

    The rule of the Great Chief Arlo Oscana
    Civil action

    Arlo The Warmonger

    Arlo Oscana is one of the most notorious rulers in the entire Oscanan line and is blamed for most of the animosity between Oscana and Ustrana in the present. He began research into weaponizing the Inishtari's knowledge of magic. During this research he relocated the main Inishtari tribe to the southern entrance of the Inishtari Valley. It was the first major construction effort since the Grand Library's completion.


    His desire to see his research through is credited for his long life, and at 81 years old he saw the breakthrough that reshaped the very land around him. The Inishtari Basin disaster of 710 T.E. created the environment for all out war to begin between the Inishtari and Ustranans. This bitter fighting was fueled by the assasination of Arlo's son Alabran VII, and it seemed the Great Chief was invigorated to fight harder. His grandson Ezkal Oscana shared his zeal for warfare and was cut down in battle in 715 T.E.


    Losing his son and grandson had been a blow and Arlo's passion for fighting waned, but he felt too committed to the war and continued the hostilities until his death in 722 T.E. at the age of 93.

  • 695 T.E.

    The First City
    Construction beginning/end

    The first city of the Inishtari people was completed in 695 T.E. with cobblestone streets and stone houses it was considered modern and luxurious for the time.


    Orginally called Arlton, it was renamed hastily in 726 T.E. to distance it from Arlo Oscana's name, it was subsiquently renamed through the centuries and is modern day Bayton.


    The city saw an upgrade in it's quality when Cornaith V introduced cobblestone streets, and indoor plumbing mechanisms powered by small amounts of magic. These improvements saw a drastic reduction in illness in the city and some of the ancient mechanisms are still in use today.

  • 703 T.E.

    710 T.E.

    Expanding Influence
    Diplomatic action

    While Arlo was not greatly admired by his people there were those beyond his boarders that saw value in his leadership. These shifting views caused tension between the Inishtari and Ustrana tribes as boarders naturally shifted to favour the Inishtari.


    This naturalization ended in 710 T.E. when the Inishtari Basin Disaster sparked all out war between the two tribes.

  • 710 T.E.

    The Inishtari Basin Disaster
    Disaster / Destruction

    In 710 T.E., The Great Chief Arlo Oscana authorized an experiment that would forever change the valley. The tribe's most accomplished mages gathered and attempted to weild the magic they had honed into a military weapon. As the mages gathered the energy around them the spell backfired and the magic went wild in a large explosion.

    Records about the direct cause for the mages to lose their control are muddled with personal reflections from ancient scholars, and speculation from the general public. The only thing that is known for certain is the devastating loss of life and precious farmland in the Inishtari Valley.

    Modern scholars have concluded that the entire event was not the sole fault of Arlo OscanaVI. They attribute the lack of understanding about magic to Alabran Oscana VI and his interactions with the druids around 592-600 T.E. This lack of knowledge was compounded by the succeeding ambitions of the next three Great Chiefs, culminating with Arlo's decision to weaponize it.

  • 711 T.E.

    724 T.E.

    The Inishtari Basin War
    Military: War

    This war raged on for over a decade with substantial losses on both sides. Arlo Oscana lost his son and grandson amidst the fighting, which only strengthened his resolve to fight the Ustranans.


    During this war small skirmishes were fought over small parcels of land and for the tribes occupying land along the fluctuating borders. It took a change of power on both sides to resolve the dispute and draw a boarder line that would remain realatively unchanged for hundreds of years.

  • 722 T.E.

    764 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Cornaith Oscana IV
    Civil action

    Cornaith The Peacemaker

    Within two years of his great grandfather's death Cornaith IV negotiated peace and new boarders were drawn between the Inishtari and Ustranan tribes. He turned his focus back to his people who were still coping with great losses that resulted from the Inishtari Basin disaster. Magic permiated the area and new creatures began to roam the edges of the great basin and its connecting river. Seeing the problems magic had caused, Cornaith IV outlawed its study.


    Cornaith IV is also the first Great Chief to pass the title down to his heir before his death. Passing leadership in 764 T.E. he acted as an advisor for his son until his death in 783 T.E. at the age of 81.

  • 764 T.E.

    788 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Aramal Oscana
    Civil action

    Aramal The Diplomat

    Aramal Oscana had the immense benefit of having his father as an advisor, and a stand in when he went on diplomatic missions. He confidently left the new city and his people's well being in the hands of his father while he travelled west. The tribes to the west had heard of the Inishtari and were wary of any attempts at peace or being brought under the banner of the Inishtari.


    He would spend most of his life negotiating the peaceful annexation of these scattered tribes. He also passed the role of Great Chief to his son in 788 T.E., just 9 years before his death in 797 T.E. Feeling that he would be able to conduct negotiations easier if he had fewer responsibilities. He died on one of these diplomatic missions after a meal with a tribal elder. Accounts from the time point to a possible assassination, or a heart attack. This is a popular point to argue for scholars in present day Ustrana. Aramal was 72 when he met his mysterious end.

  • 788 T.E.

    809 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Kiran Oscana
    Civil action

    Kiran The Educator

    Under Kiran's leadership the tribes of the Inishtari began to flourish. It was the dawn of a golden age of stability and unprecedented peace. He worked to establish more modern towns and cities, building libraries in these new towns for the people to learn their history and improve their lives. Education was encouraged and literacy rates in small tribes increased.


    Kiran lived a peaceful life but died quite young at the age of 65, it is recorded that he went peacefully in his sleep when his heart gave out. He lived from 744 T.E. to 809 T.E.

  • 809 T.E.

    820 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Aramal Oscana II
    Civil action

    Aramal The Stable

    Aramal II continued down the path of enlightenment for his people, like his father before. He focused on things like architecture, crafts, and vehicles. Transportation routes were established and trade was made easier between distant tribes and towns. Many tribal elders came to Aramal II and requested help in building their own towns and he obliged them with enthusiasm.


    Peace and prosperity were the hallmarks of Aramal II's rule. He passed these ideas of stability to his son on his deathbed in 820 T.E. He was 54 when a mysterious illness took his life. This illness seems to baffle present day scholars, and it is frequently documented in later generations of the Oscana family line.

  • 820 T.E.

    851 T.E.

    The Rule of the Great Chief Cornaith V
    Civil action

    Cornaith The Engineer

    Cornaith V understood the importance of stability for his people and so like his father he focused on the people and improving their lives. Simple plumbing mechanisms were created to keep the streets of growing towns clean, and roads were transformed from packed earth to cobblestone.


    Infrastructure was a major focus of Cornaith V's plan to finally attract the western tribes to submit to the Inishtari. The tribes weren't swayed by these impressive improvements, but instead they were moved by Cornaith V's grief at the loss of his son, Farryn Oscana III, in 837 T.E. The tribes sent representatives to the grieving man and terms were decided. In 851 T.E. Cornaith V stepped down and crowned his grandson Aithlin Oscana the first king of Oscana.

  • 851 T.E.

    910 T.E.

    Aithlin Oscana The First King Of Oscana
    Civil action

    After terms were negotiated with every tribe west of the eastern Inishtari range Aithlin Oscana was crowned the first king of Oscana. The new kingdom was named after the successful line of Great Chiefs. Aithilin spent his rule spreading the innovations of the capitol city to every corner of his new kingdom and learning their customs and beliefs. It was always the practice of the Oscana family to encourage different views and not force those under their leadership to adopt one way of thinking. Diversity in Oscana was celebrated and the new country was better for it.


    King Aithlin Oscana The Just and Righteous, lived from 833 T.E. to 910 T.E. He suffered a heart attack while holding court to hear concerns from his people at the age of 68.


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Sep 9, 2022 12:27

Very good article. Lots of information put in a nice layout and told in a fun way. The evolution of the territory on the map is a nice touch as well!

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Sep 10, 2022 01:05 by RandoScorpio

Thank you for your kind comment! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Sep 9, 2022 16:55

These are great visuals accompanying the different phases of the history.

Sep 10, 2022 01:06 by RandoScorpio

Thank you for the comment. I'm glad you liked the visuals.

Sep 11, 2022 19:06

Great article! A very cool overview about the Inishtari peoples and what they achieved. And an absolutely massive timeline, that must have taken ages! Very neat to see each ruler and what important thing they left their mark with!   I love how the Inishtari were first viewed as these peaceful peoples who just expanded by diplomacy and defensive wars, but really they weren't all that much different than anybody else when it came down to it!

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Sep 11, 2022 19:56 by RandoScorpio

Thanks. Yeah, the timeline was a beast and it took me a solid 4-5 hours to sort it all out. I'm glad it was an interesting read!

Sep 15, 2022 20:34 by K.S. Bishoff

This is great!

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Sep 21, 2022 04:34 by RandoScorpio

Thank you!

Sep 21, 2022 03:02 by Dragon

Oh no! the Basin disaster sounds like my worst nightmare. ^^;; when did it happen? I see it mentioned in two historical events in the timeline but it doesn't seem to have it's own?

Sep 21, 2022 04:34 by RandoScorpio

Oh wow. This is why another set of eyes is important. It happened in 710, but you are correct it does not have a timeline entry. So I will be fixing that thank you.

Sep 22, 2022 01:09 by Dragon

\*nods* :)

Sep 26, 2022 04:04 by Polina "Line" Arteev

I really admire the extra details in things such as the colors of textiles and the dyes available to different tribes. A great article with awesome layout and visuals :)

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Sep 27, 2022 00:37 by RandoScorpio

Thank you Strixx! I was really inspired by others who had clothing as a detail in their articles and a docu-series about different dying techniques and the advent of different colours. I'm just glad the random knowledge was applicable.

Sep 27, 2022 19:33 by Elizabeth Trkova

Absolutely fabulous article, Rando! I wish I had read it earlier, to be honest; there is so much here to be inspired by. I, in particular, adore your sidebar with all the information about textiles and clothing! But the main thing I love about this article is that timeline. I imagine that must have taken forever to create!

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Sep 27, 2022 20:50 by RandoScorpio

The timeline was a 4day project and really slowed me down. It was worth it in the end though! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!