The Vinyatian-Garudian Conflict

Children of the Dragon Vs. Children of the Phoenix

 
The conflict between the northern nation of Garuda and the southern nation of Vinyata has been brewing for a millennia. How did they get here?


 

Genesis

Wretched Start

The conflict between Vinyata and Garuda runs deep. In fact, the struggle traces all the way back to the origins of Tikor itself. When the corruption god, Xavian, came to drain the young planet of its lifeforce, he set off a chain reaction of events that would continue all the way to the present. Xavian abducted The Elementals of Tikor and used the second sun, Adume, to twist them into wrathful dragons. He then unleashed them upon the world, with the directive to ravage it all. These beasts of corruption proceeded to lay waste to large portions of the world. Some of these places are still bear scars of this damage to this day. These attacks continued until they were finally sealed away by Ryuujin, at great cost to himself. In Garuda, many people still whisper blame that Ryuujin wasn't much different from the dragon family he helped defeat. Despite Ryuujin's sacrifice, The Divinity never accepted him as an ally. The former earth elemental would end up being alienated in the very land he had helped save.

 

Garuyda Only

With the ever-growing realization that the people of Garuda would never accept him, Ryuujin traveled to the desolate lands of the south. He walked until he came to the massive sand dunes of what he would later dub Vinyata. Most Garudians, as well as The Divinity, were happy to see the great dragon gone. The public had harbored much skepticism of him and were relieved when the imagined threat was gone from their lands. With Ryuujin gone, they expected to never hear anything about dragons or anything related to them ever again. To the dismay of some, Ryuujin crafted his own children in the barren desert, The Dracon. And not only did his children survive the unforgiving climate, they found a way to thrive in it. As the Dracon began to migrate North while some started probing for fertile lands, many Karu found themselves unhappy about the new immigrants.

 
The children of the dragon could be problematic. Sure, Ryuujin turned his back on The Withering King, but we don't really know why. It could have been for his own personal reasons and not because of a love of Garuda. So who knows what his spawn believe in? Who knows...
— Cadmus
-On Dracon living in Garuda

 

Divine Shade

Very little is known about the time period before the start of the Divine Age. The era is known as The Divine Wars, which is one of the few factual things they can confirm from the time period. Much of the ancient texts are lost to the annals of time, or simply unreadable from age. However, The Divinity themselves have stated that in the past they had unfavorable opinions of the Ryuujin's children. The anger and resentment the deities held for the assault on Tikor and their mother, Garuyda, were still fresh for many them. Through aggressive sermons and backhanded remarks, The Divinity was inadvertently poisoning the minds of their constituents. Their snide remarks, or in some cases nonresponsive and dispassionate answers painted an ill picture to their believers. Much of the writings that have survived from that time are rife with negativity any time The Dracon are mentioned.

 

Divine Rise

As the mysterious era of the Divine Wars came to a close and the golden Divine Age started, The Divinity took note of something. The desert region was now being called Vinyata. The Dracon hadn't just survived in the desert, they had settled in and found advantages in the climate. The Dracon were starting to show how resilient they were, despite the punishing environment that pressured them at every turn. The deities of Garuda, in a fit of shock and panic, began the formation of a proper nation. While the gods of Garuda didn't want the children of Ryuujin in their lands,neither had they intended to mobilize them into a rival nation either. The solution for The Divinity was to form the various cultures of the land into one fist. The Dracon in the south didn't miss this movement either. As one side moved to unify, so did the other.

 
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War by Kevin Hou

The Massacre at Easthaven


 

Dawn of the Divine Age

Exit Border

At the beginning of the Divine Age, both the The Divine Order of the Phoenix and The Republic of Vinyata were formed. Constructed within only a year of each other, there was little doubt that the two were competing. Despite the distance between the two fledgling nations, a slow cold war was starting to brew. The Order had done well in uniting all of the various cultures that lived across the wide terrain of Garuda. While the Republic was much smaller, initially consisting of just the Dracon, their progress was inspiring. In a search for more fertile lands, the Republic began to creep up from the Vinyatian desert toward the green lands of the isthmus that connected the halves. At the same time, the Divine Order began the effort to secure their southern borders. Increasing the amount of scouting and guard patrols that faced their southern neighbor was the first step towards this.

No Dragons in the North

At around 40 D.A, The Republic of Vinyata embarked on an extremely ambitious 100-year project. The idea was to enclose all of the major Vinyatian cities underneath giant domes, protecting them from the elements and harsh sun. It was an endeavor that international watchers had repeatedly mocked as impossible. However, after 40 years, the first dome was completed and the proof of concept was a reality. Vinyata called the future series of connected dome-cities The Web, and it was the last bit of encouragement that the Dracon spread around Tikor needed to hear. With each passing year, more Dracon would leave Garuda and its outskirts and head south toward their newly protected homes. This was a move that should have prompted relief from the xenophobic populace of the North. Instead, it just garnered more suspicion as whispers began to spread about all the trouble the rival nation could be.

 
I don't care WHAT a history book says. Those soldiers burned down Easthaven. Everyone in 'haven knows, a lot of us saw it with our eyes. But whenever we tell people that, they don't wanna hear it. They think, like, if they just ignore the truth then it'll go away. Naw, my brother, it doesn't work like that. The truth is real. And the truth will burn down your home whether you believe in it or not.
— Anonymous Witness
The True Story of the Easthaven Incident

 

Battle of Easthaven

The combination of increasing the territory of their respective nations and the simmering hatred between the two peoples would come to a boil in the summer of 123 D.A. Toward the middle of the isthmus that connects north and south, lay the town of Easthaven. The modest-sized town was plunged into chaos one day when a scuffle broke out toward the edge of the town. Divine Order scouts and Vinyatian scouts encountered each other while getting provisions in a bad twist of luck. At this point in history, neither nation had fully realized how far each had expanded their borders. The details of the incident are disputed, but what is confirmed is that a few Garudian scouts were killed in the initial scuffle. This triggered an all-out battle between the units, with nearby troops being pulled in to assist. In the madness of the rising battle, innocent townsfolk were swept into the melee and killed. Sometime during the three-hour battle, several houses were set ablaze. The deadly fires spread throughout the town, and numerous townsfolk had cried out that it was the troops themselves that set fire to the town. Either way, Easthaven was decimated in the battle. Hundreds of innocents, who had picked no side, were killed in the chaos.

 

Isle of Seperation

The typical excuses and international finger-pointing didn't play out on the global stage this time. Garuda and Vinyata were not the only two countries on Tikor, and the time had come for them to realize it. With the older Nation of Hawklore bearing down, a solution was not only needed, but demanded. The isthmus had become a de facto neutral land and was often a hub for independent trade and business. It was seen as a center point to the growing world economy, especially as Azurean production began to form. The world itself was not willing to watch the Divine Order and the Republic of Vinyata threaten the prosperity they were having. With the help of some small island nations near the isthmus, the nation known as The Isle was formed in 125 D.A. It would serve to protect trade and business from the hostilities that had become commonplace during the earlier conflicts. It also served as a barrier between the two halves, forcing each one to mostly stay on their side of the world. With The Grand Divide separating the rest of it, much of the global community thought this would end what seemed like a slow but inevitable walk toward war.

 
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Darkplane by Chris Cold

The Green Fever Ravaged Garuda


 

The Darkest Period

Green Death

After The Isle was formed, almost all the border skirmishes between The Divine Order and The Republic ceased. With the exception of the high seas, there was simply no common space for the rival nations to feud over. Instead, the next saga in their conflict would be caused by nature herself. In the Spring of 218 D.A, a nasty virus would begin to spread throughout Garuda. The awful virus liquefied part of the brain of the victim, causing a high fever and green discharge. This earned it the name Green Fever. As it roared across the countryside, it affected everyone with equal malice; women, men, children, and the elderly. None were spared. The virus came for them all. All except...the Dracon. The locals began to notice this as the first year of the outbreak concluded. Not a single Dracon had contracted the virulent disease. At this point, the children of Ryuujin made up barely 4% of Garuda's population, yet the response was as if they were tenfold the amount. Whispers of a Dracon conspiracy floated about, becoming popular in circles of troubled and orphaned youth.

 

Misplaced Rage

By 221 D.A, the Green Fever finally began to subside, largely being abated by warding against a newly identified insect. This flying pathogen carrier was known as the Mosquito, and it was ultimately deemed the culprit of the deadly outbreak. In total, almost a million lives were lost to the malicious disease spread by them. In the midst of this, another outbreak was growing. One of pure hate rather than disease. The rumors of Dracon conspiracy, no matter how unlikely, had become a manifesto for those out of work or homeless due to the outbreak. Groups began to form and take action against the Dracon over grievances that had long been whispered. The first, and most violent, of these hate groups was called the Plumes of Inferno. Their agenda was clear: the total eradication of any Dracon that lived in Garuda. They had been totally radicalized to anti-Dracon hate speech and were itching to release their frustrations on a foe. Chapters of the group sprung up all across Garuda, each one hunting down any Dracon in the area with cold and exacting malice.

 
They're mad at us because we live. That's it. That is our one great sin to the Karu, the sin of existing. Really they're just blaming the Green Fever on us because they wish WE were the ones dying from it. But to that I say, Dracon are made tougher than that. It's why no matter how hard they try, they'll never break us. And we sure as the sun don't die from the sniffles.
— Image Arika Soucity
On the conspiracy that Dracon crafted the Green Fever
 

Graceful Exile

By 240 D.A tensions were at a breaking point. For decades, The Republic of Vinyata had avoided sending out a "Come home" message to The Dracon who had stayed in the North. Now though, between the restlessness that still remained over the deadly virus outbreak and the rise of hate groups, the message to these Dracon was certain. Dracon, no matter how quiet or productive to Garudian society, were not wanted by the North. For many, this was the saddest moment of the entire conflict. A number of these Dracon had clung to the notion that peace would come eventually. But after over 200 years of aggression and now outright violence, it was clear there would be no acceptance for the Dracon. Vinyata sent out a message all around Tikor, calling all of the Dracon home. The Web had finally been finished, and the Dracon officially had a place that was their own. The Divine Order of the Phoenix took advantage of this move to declare that they supported the idea. For the safety of all Dracon in Garuda, it was recommended that they return to their homeland. The emigrating Dracon were even offered assistance and guards on their way through Garuda to their new home. For the north-born Dracon, the message they heard was that Garuda just didn't want them. Over the next ten years Dracon would leave not only Garuda, but Hawklore and Grimnest as well. All of the dragon's children were returning to the only place that truly wanted them. The Dracon exile was informally finished by 250 D.A.

End of an Era

With the two factions of The Divine Order and The Republic now firmly on opposite sides of the world, hostilities would shift from a fear of internal threat, to outward vigilance. For the next 1500 years, each side would grow and evolve, all while watching the other with hazy suspicion. The Isle was coming into its own as a nation as well, helping to put a cap on the violence that had sprung up at the beginning of the era. Economic warfare was the new battlefield, with Azurean trade proving to be just as nasty of a fight as one with spears could be. But The Divinity never seemed to let go of their hatred from the beginning of Tikor's history. The Dracon and their Four Pillars have never been able to forget the pain wrought against them because of their connection to the dragons of old. So when the Divinity, Mime, was assassinated in 1999 D.A, the rage and pain once again became inflamed as unhealed wounds ripped open. The death of Mime would lead to a mistaken counterattack by the Divine Order--- one that leveled a Vinyatian city. The desert kingdom responded with a vicious campaign of destruction that would end with a bloody battle on The Isle. The night of death would prompt a peace treaty between the two, facilitated by the country of Hawklore. With a new Era in front of them, can the Dragon and the Phoneix ever come an understanding?

Summary

The relationship between the North and South, Karu and Dracon, was truly tainted from the start by the dark god Xavian. Despite Ryuujin having broken from The Wretched Ones and fighting for Tikor, suspicion remained. This was only amplified by the northern deities who had never truly moved on from Xavian's invasion. In the millennia that would pass, the Dracon would continue to be used as a scapegoat for the Karu's troubles.

Now, after years of violence and mistrust, it's hard to say where the relations will go heading forward. The peace treaty that was signed on 1 A.R, the first day of the New Era, was extremely comprehensive. However, humans always seem to find a cause for conflict, even when it is not in their interest to do so.

Historical Basis

Most of what is known about the early days of the conflict comes from journals, ancient scripts, and the word of the deities themselves. Usually, a god only speaks the truth on any topic. However, when it comes to the scars of the world, such as the deadly dragons, their opinions are often to be skewed. Incidents like Easthaven continue to be hotly debated, with different parties having different versions of events. Each of them, of course, portraying their people as the saviors and their opponents as monsters.

Variations & Mutation

Divine Order of the Phoenix

When it comes to the rising tensions and violence, the The Divine Order of the Phoenix sees themselves as largely innocent. As officials and members of The Divinity have explained repeatedly, their caution toward The Dracon was completely warranted. A dozen of their forefathers had done immeasurable damage to Tikor before finally being sealed away. Garuda had no way of knowing if they'd inherit Ryuujin's change of heart or not. The Divine Order explains Easthaven as being a clear sign of Dracon aggression. It was an Order soldier that was first killed in the skirmish, after all. There are also many in the North that truly believe that the Dracon are not innocent in causing the Green Fever. The Dracon had been falsely implicated in the death of Mime as well, so the drastic response to bomb the Republic seemed appropriate at the time. The death of a god was in itself an unheard of event, and no reaction to it would be too extreme. It is also true that the ratio of deaths in the conflict has leaned against the Divine Order.

The Republic of Vinyata

For the denizens of the desert, the only thing that is clear to them is that they are on their own. As they rightly point out, they themselves had nothing to do with the War on Tikor. In fact, they weren't even created until after the galactic battle. The Dracon were not responsible for the actions of those before them and this is further proof of the blind faith the Order has in the Divinity. The Republic of Vinyata has always insisted that the Easthaven incident was started by the Order themselves and that the Dracon had a right to defend themselves. The insinuation that the Dracon could engineer a deadly virus is almost laughable in the South. Forgewhispering, not biocrafting, was their trade. To them, this accusation was yet another example of northern hysteria. They were framed for Mime's death, which caused millions of Dracon to lose their lives when The Eastern Node was bombed. There are those who say the Republic took glee in burning down swathes of Garudian forest as revenge during The Longest Night. The Republic has never denied it.

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Burning Village by Andreas Rocha

Easthaven Burns

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Republic of Vinyata Official Flag

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The Divine Order of the Phoenix Official Flag

Why Hasn't There Been Peace?

The question of why both sides held onto their fury during a thousand year period is one often posed by the young. For them, the time period seems immense. But for a world with immortal gods and everlasting spirits, the links of hate once forged, are one of the hardest things to break. Spirit Mediums point to the angered ghosts that still wander the landscape from the Easthaven incident. When humans die with so much hate or despair, it stains their very soul. Thus when the descendants of these fallen call to them for advice, that hate often comes with any guidance the spirits might offer.

Date of First Recording
During the Divine Wars
Date of Setting
-1000 D.W to 1 A.R
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Watch how they dance to the tune of music they can't even hear. Yet they think it is they who makes it play. Oh how delightfully foolish they are.
— whisper


Cover image: Sword by Joakim Olofsson

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19 Dec, 2018 00:52

I love this! It feels very full in terms of history and culture. Love the use of links with pictures - it makes it feel like those sidebars history textbooks, but in the best way! The content and visuals are super cool!

19 Dec, 2018 08:15

Thanks! That'as what I was aiming for!

19 Dec, 2018 06:20

This is an impressively detailed summary of the war. My favorite section is the "Why hasn't there been peace?" section, mostly due to the fact that as someone not well versed in your world lore, it is an extremely clear paragraph about the mechanics of generational rage.   Is there a scribe section that can show us the actual ancient scrolls used in your lore?

19 Dec, 2018 08:16

Nope no documents yet. I'm glad you liked it! And yup, that's exactly why I wanted to talk about generational hate.

19 Dec, 2018 17:21

Please add me on discord. I want to talk about your formatting. I am a noob at this and want to make more attractive articles. The Dark Pharaoh#8143

19 Dec, 2018 06:27

This was definitely a dense read, but an interesting one. One of the hardest parts of writing about a war/conflict/rivalry is spelling out who the sides are and why the hell we should even care, and you did that rather well. I like how everything was put in layman's terms, with hyperlinks everywhere so we could learn more about the things you mention without needlessly info-dumping. Love the layout, too. I gotta reformat my own world's articles to look this cool :D

19 Dec, 2018 08:18

Thanks, I know it was a dense read, but it was really all needed for it to come together. There's a LOT of lore in Swordsfall and it grows every day. The links and sidebar all help make it easier to connect it and give you the reader ways to find out more!   Glad you love the layout, I hope you give the rest of the articles a spin!

19 Dec, 2018 11:20

"Adume twist them into wrathful dragons. He then unleashed upon the world, with the directive to simple ravage it all." Twisted and simply i think is what you meant but nothing else about grammar from me lol also as a personal thing, idk why i fixate on it cause words change to adopt new meaning but i hate the word decimate. My English professors ruined me and engrained in me that the word means not destruction but literally to subtract 10%. Now that means nothing whatsoever and you use whatever words you want but i figured id say something. I like the green death as nightmare fuel by the way. Like West Nile meets the bubonic plague and their baby is super syphilis. Excellent idea and i commend you. So I'm going, to be honest here. I had very context going in. I recognize a lot of terms but i don't think i was ready to read this one cause a lot of them just floated on by in one ear out the other so to speak. Hovering over the words helped a lot and was my saving grace here. If at all possible, teach me this strange bit of code sorcery so i may employ its dark magic into my own articles. Teach me your ways!     On to the actual article. This is a very well done and thorough discussion not only of a conflict but the cultural progressions of an age-old conflict that remains to this day. It evokes the war between Abrahamic religions a lot in that this war that's been going on for ages is so ingrained that it's almost a natural law at this point which leads to my question. You end the article saying the youth often ask why the hate, so does that mean many fights without understanding why as well. Are they as loyal to the cause?   Great article as always :) have a good one

19 Dec, 2018 15:33

Garuda and the Divinities definitely don't come out of this looking very good. Were there any divinities or notable personage in Garuda that spoke in their favor, or was it pretty much all bad from everyone?   It's an interesting look into the effects of early Swordsfall still playing out in the current era. The most interesting thing for me is the philosophical implication and exploration of actual working ancestor worship and channeling, when said answer also happens to be kind of a racist (draconcist?). It is seldom touched at: most setting just assume ancestor-spirits are wise and benevolent, as if dying somehow makes them less like people. Do the Dracon talk to their ancestors in the same way as the Karu?   There seem to be a technological divide as well, perhaps born out of necessity. Garuda is pretty nice, while the desert is less so and their DOMES are a necessity to survive.   I'd love to know how Hawklore interact with the Dracon, both inside their borders (if there still are any - and if not, how they used to) and outside them.

19 Dec, 2018 15:33

also comment boxes get squished :(

14 Jan, 2019 18:09

This has some really lovely use of images and custom CSS. The layout is very good too. This is a very dense amount of information and the way it's presented really helps with readability.

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