The War of Broken Chains is the definitive conflict of Sabiralsahra's history. It began with the friendship between the human
slave Miska and her jinn
Adventurous-Journey-Beyond-the-Horizon, also known as Advent. Together, they started the rebellion that would turn jinn society upside down and see the end of the slavery of humans and ogres alike.
It was a brutal six year affair that cost many lives, including that of Advent himself, but in the end, the rebels were victories, forcing the captured jinn leaders into the Pact of Three Wishes, which saw the creation of Suqara and Fida as reperations.
All of current Sabiralsahra springs from this conflict and while many argue it ended for the best, there are still groups who wished things had ended differently. These groups range from jinns believing they should be the rulign race of the sphere, to humans who believe Miska didn't go far enough and should have bound the jinn in eternal servitude to humanity.
The ogres, for their part, formed the Eamila mercenary tribes, using their experience as former slave soldiers to earn a living. Most of them seem to consider the matter an ancient and settled business.
For several eras, the jinn had ruled supreme in Sabiralsahra, with humans and ogres all born into servitude and slavery. Miska was a woman born into these conditions, who was given to the jann Adventurous-Journey-Beyond-the-Horizon, known as Advent for short. Despite their different lots in life, the two became friends and Advent agreed to free her and all other slaves of his household.
Only for her to be rounded up with said free slaves by a neighboring jinn who concluded that if Advent didn't want the slaves, they'd take them. This event taught Miska that nothing would change unless the system changed and Advent that many of his fellow jinn would not respect his decisions. He rounded up several sympathetic friends while Miska managed to galvanize the now suddenly increased slave stock into open rebellion. The combined internal uprising with an external attack led to a quick liberation. Thus began the War of Broken Chains.
The War of Broken Chains was fought across the sands of Sahran. The jinn involved in the conflict had a natural advantage, being creatures of fire.
High and low temperatures were a constant concern for the human rebels and, to some extent, the ogres too. Lack of ressources was also constantly bedeviling the rebels, often forcing them to hunker down around oases to resupply, giving their enemies time to regroup.
In the Pact of Three Wishes, Miska the Free demanded that the captured jinn leaders of the opposition perform three penances for their deeds. The first was to build the city of Suqara, with everything the people would need to live there on their own. The second was constructing the prison of Fida, to house their most dangerous criminals. The last penance is the one most discussed, as Miska demanded that they go in peace and never seek retribution.
This let to the formation of the Kingdom of Suqara, the nomad tribed of the Qawramal, the island nation of Rishine and the mercenary ogre tribes of Eamilia. It also left vast swatches of formerly jinn territory abandoned, resulting in many of their cities and temples being swallowed by the desert.
One one hand, many on both sides have tried to move on and even form new, friendly bonds between humans, ogres and jinn, following the example of Miska and Advent. But there still exists jinn who thinks letting their servants go was a mistake and many humans consider jinn untrustworthy at best. This bad blood has led to many incidents, leading to the formation of two groups to keep the peace. The jinn formed the Hamia, to police their own and hunt down humans who illegally bind jinn into servitude. The humans trained a corps of binder, people who could magically bind the primal spark of jinn, the intend being to bind criminal jinn to force them to perform penance, mirroring the Pact of Three Wishes.
With the big breakout in 1879 AIT, the war is now considered to have started. This event took the jinn society by surprise, which Miska and Advent used to quickly stage more rebellions. The initial efforts of the slave holding jinns to deal with the rebellion was lackluster, born of arrogance and confidence in their victory. This gave the rebellion space to operate, which they used to quickly mobilize. Advent similarly used the initially lax response to use what influence he had to turn as many jinn he could against the system of slavery.
By 1880 AIT, the slavers had finally started taking the rebellion seriously. By then, Miska and Advent had gathered numerous followers, demanding an end to the slavery. They had underestimated just how harsh the reprisal would be and a bloody conflict almost saw the rebels dispersed, only held together thanks to a combination of cleverness, magic and a willingness to fight back.
After this began a period of guerilla warfare, where they targeted stocks of slaves and spread word of their cause to gather allies.
In 1884 AIT, Advent helped Miska infiltrate Rishine, where they uncovered information on binding rituals, which could give them an edge. Unfortunately, they were discovered and Advent gave his life to allow Miska to escape with the lore they had found.
In 1885 AIT, Miska lead a surprise attack on a council of jinn warleaders and managed to bind them all, leading to the war's end.
Binding rituals, once a rare type of magic occasionally used to punish jinn, became a weapon in the hands of humans and ogres to turn hostile jinn into soldiers for the cause. Even in modern times it is used to punish jinn criminals, either binding them in an item for a long sentence or forcing them to serve a penance.