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?
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 twist them into wrathful dragons. He then unleashed upon the world, with the directive to simple ravage it all. These beast of corruption procedded to lay waste to large portions of the world. Some of these places are still ravaged and scarred to this day. In Garuda, many people still whisper blame that Ryuujin wasn't much different from the dragon family he helped seal. 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.
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 at the dragon and were relieved when the imaginary 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, but it made them stronger for it. Both mentally and physically. As the Dracon began to migrate up North as some probed the fertile lands, many Karu were not happy about the new migrants.
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...
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 annals of time, or simply unreadable from age. However, The Divinity themselves have stated that in the past they had foul 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 anytime The Dracon are mentioned.
As the mysterious era of the Divine Wars came to a close and the golden Divine Age started, The Divinity take note of something. The desert region was 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 bit of shock and panic, start on the formation of a proper nation. While the gods of Garuda didn't want the children of Ryuujin in their lands, they had neither 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.
The Massacre at Easthaven
Dawn of the Divine Age
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 a stellar job of 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 scout and guard patrols that faced their southern neighbor.
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 it the future series of connected cities The Web, and it was the last piece of solace that Dracon spread around Tikor needed to hear. With each passing year, more Dracon would leave Garuda and its outskirts and head south toward their new 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.
Battle of Easthaven
The combination of increasing the territory of their respective nations and the simmering hatred 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 would encounter 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 ignited. The deadly fires would spread throughout the town. Though numerous townsfolks had cried out that it was the troops themselves that set fire to the town. Either way, Easthaven was decimated in the battle. And hundreds of innocents, who had picked no side, were killed in the chaos.
Isle of Seperation
The typical excuses and point fingers at each other didn't play out on the global stage this time. Garuda and Vinyata were not the only two countries on Tikor , and it was time for them to realize it. With the older Nation of Hawklore bearing down, a solution was not just 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 economic 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 renancoinse 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 due to hate washing over from the conflicts. It also served as a barrier between the two halves, forcing each one to basically 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.
The Green Fever Ravaged Garuda
The Darkest Period
After The Isle is formed almost all the border skirmishes between The Divine Order and The Republic were largely eliminated. With the exception of the high seas, there was simply no common land space for the rival nations to feud over. The next saga in this 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 would liquefy part of the brain, causing a high fever and green discharge. Earning it the name Green Fever as it roared across the green countryside. It affected everyone with equal malice; women, men, children, elderly. It didn't matter. The virus came from 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.
By 221 D.A the Green Fever finally begins to subside, largely being abated by the warding against the newly identified insect. The flying pathogen carrier known as the Mosquito was ultimately the culprit of the deadly outbreak. In total, almost a million lives were lost to the malicious disease. In the midst of this, another outbreak was growing. One of pure hate. The rumors of Dracon conspiracy, no matter how unlucky, had become a manifesto for those out of work or homeless due to the outbreak. Groups began to form and take action on the things that had long been whispered. The first, and most violent, of those hate groups was called Plumes of Inferno. Their agenda was clear, the total eradication of any Dracon that lived in Garuda. They had been totally radicalized to Dracon hate speech and were itching to release their frustrations on a foe. Chapters of the group would spring 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.
By 240 D.A tensions were at an breaking point. The Republic of Vinyata had avoided sending out a "Come home" message to The Dracon who had stayed in the North for decades. But between the restlessness that still remained over the deadly virus outbreak and the rise of hate groups, the message was certain. Dracon, no matter how quiet or productive to Garudian society, were not wanted by the North. This was the saddest moment of the entire conflict as a number of Dracon had clung to the notion that peace would come. But after over 200 years of aggression and now outright violence, it was time. Vinyata sent out a message around Tikor, it was time for all Dracon to come home. The Web had finally been finished, and the Dracon officially had a home. The Divine Order of the Phoenix took advantage of this move to declare that they supported the idea. And that for the safety of all Dracon in Garuda it was recommended that they return. They were even offered assistance and guards for any who were leaving. Though all the north born Dracon heard was that Garuda just didn't want them. Over the next ten years Dracon would leave not only Garuda, but Hawklore and Grimnest. All 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 change from a sense of internal threat, to outward. 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 nation as well, helping to put a cap on the violence that had sprung up at the beginning of the Era. Economic warfare was where the battlefield would be, with Azurean trade proving to be just as nasty of a fight as spears could be. The Divinity though, never seemed to let go of their hate from the beginning of Tikor's history. The Dracon and their Four Pillars have never been able to forget the pain wrought on them because of dragons they'd never worship. So when Divinity Mime is assassinated in 1999 D.A, the rage and pain flamed as unhealed wounds ripped open. The death of Mime would lead to a mistaken counterattack by the Divine Order that leveled a Vinyatian city. The desert kingdom would respond with a vicious campaign of destruction that would be capped 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?
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 everything.
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 still find a way to do battle even where it's not needed.
Most of what is known about the early days of the comeict comes from journals, ancient scripts and the word of the deities themselves. Usually, when it comes to a topic, a gods word is its bond. However, when it comes to the scars of the world, such as the deadly dragons, their opinions tend to be skewed. Incidents like Easthaven continue to be hotly debated, with different parties having different versions of events. Each of them, of course, putting 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 in the affair. 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 carnage to Tikor before finally being sealed away. They 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. And many in the North truly believe that the Dracon are not innocent in 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. The death of a god was in itself an unheard of event. It is also true that the ration of death 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 it was further proof of the blind faith the Order has. The Republic of Vinyata has always insisted that Easthaven was started by the Order themselves and that the Dracon had a right to defend themselves. The insinuation that they could engineer a deadly virus is almost laughable in the South. Forgewhispering, not biocrafting, was their trade. To them another example of northern hysteria. They were framed from Mime's death, which caused millions of Dracon to lose their lives when The Eastern Node was bombed. They say the Republic took glee in burning down swathes of Garudian forest as revenge during The Longest Night. The Republic has never denied it.
Republic of Vinyata Official Flag
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 seemed immense. But for a world with gods immortal and everlasting spirits, the links of hate once forged, are one of the hardest things to crack. 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. So when their descendants call to them for advice, that hate often comes with it.
- Date of First Recording
- During the Divine Wars
- Date of Setting
- -1000 D.W to 1 A.R
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The Longest Night
The war between Garuda and Vinyata that changed the Era
A series of twelve connected megadomes that makes up the heart of the The Republic of Vinyata
The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The devout organization of worshipers that govern the affairs of Garuda and its Divine.
The Four Pillars of Ryuujin
The group of four deities crafted from Ryuu'jin himself
A great phoenix that tended to the lands of Garuda and protected them from The Wretched Ones
The grassland and forest region of northern Tikor. Home of The Divinity and The Karu.
The ruling class of Garuda deities. The founders of Garuda and The Divine Order of the Phoenix
The Eastern Node
The former cultural hub of Vinyata, destroyed by Garuda during The Day of Reckoning
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.