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Kingdom of Karte

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Flag of Karte by Naelin
Island of Karte by Naelin
Two centuries ago in 2822 E.Alz, a proud republic was overtaken by a foreign force that installed a monarchy in its place.
The native scalies were now being ordered around by those furry strangers that crushed their customs and autonomy.
Though enough slips eventually made them fall from their high seat, the Kartian Kingdom, made out of a powerful branch of aristocrats from Merthiorn, would manage to rule over the biggest single territory in the Haan Archipelago uncontested and survive for exactly two hundred years.

A Mythic Origin

The royal family of Karte is known as the Regal Stag Family (Or, informally, as the "deer oligarchy"), a group of furry societarians of deer phenotypes originated in Thaur Island.   This line traces its origins back to at least a thousand years ago, and claim for it to be infused with the magic blood of their very own Night Dweller.
The creature is said to have lived in the forests close to a small town east of the Delta of Many Birds.
He shared similarities in his aspect to the people of the town, but was a massive quadrupedal creature, taller than a person on his four legs and crowned by many pairs of intertwining golden antlers.   It is said that a woman from the town had met with this Night Dweller, and upon encountering him, the beast had shifted shapes, standing on his two back legs and getting hands instead of front hooves. Having turned into a societarian-like creature, he united with the woman, who would later birth a strong, beautiful girl.   The townspeople started seeking these unions with the Night Dweller whenever a female folk from the town wouldn't carry the children of a respectable townsman instead, and so they started a line of half-mythical people, with the Night Dweller becoming known as the Father Stag.  
"The blood of the Father Stag still runs through my veins!"
— King Rastapuj
The Father stag by Naelin

Invasion of Karte


The War on Pirates

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King Rastapuj by Naelin
On the decade of 2990 E.Alz, the west coast of Karte was seen as an very profitable area to raid by the Haanite pirates, which greatly impacted the trade and safety of the island.   The king Rastapuj prepared a response plan to this with specialized pirate-countering ships and better sourveillance, and formally declared a War on Pirates on the 23rd of Resting of 3003 E.Alz.
The manouver had at first good results at stopping piracy and improving Rastapuj's political favour, but it came to an abrupt end on 3006 E.Alz, as the pirates organized to get revenge in an event known as the Irate assault or the Irate invasion of Dia.
A large group of them stormed the capital and kidnapped the heir to the throne, the 14 year old Prince Kuja, who was then beheaded and whose skull was kept as trophy.   This event led to the king Rastapuj becoming mentally unstable, causing economic and social unstability and decline in the island, with only his military being kept fiercly loyal.

The Civil War

Logo of the Raised Bakers Resistance by Naelin
With the decline of Rastapuj's leadership, suvbersive groups started to form on the island to end the king's rule and, if possible, the entire invading monarchy.
Among those, the most well known was the Raised Bakers Resistance, an anarchical guild of professional bakers severely affected by the economic decline, led by a very popular and vocal folk called Ararak.  
Civilian protests grew on numbers and volume, generating a harsh response from the military and a climate of sustained social tension.
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Ararak by Naelin

A civil war engulfed Karte starting on 3010 E.Alz and carried on until 6 E.Ru, when it seemed to dwindle down, with Ararak going into hiding and the subversive action almost dissapearing overnight.

The Night of the Unlit Candles

12 years after the start of the civilian revolt, on the night of 20th of Harvesting, 9 E.Ru, the subversive groups launched the attack they spent three years planning: Under the cover of torrential rains, every Kartian allied with the revolution unlit (or failed to light) any candles, lamps or torches around them. In the middle of the absolute dark, the monarchists had marked themselves by becoming small beacons of light.
The insurgent forces made quick work of guards and aristocrats on their way and raided the palace, successfully capturing the king and his closest family and guards.
  Thanks to intelligence gathered by Ararak and their people in the previous months, they also managed to uncover some of the treasures from the previous Kartian Republic, including the Sash of the People, the symbol of mandate from the old governance system.   The Kartian Kingdom approached its end.  

"Under the Correct Order"

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Rust Resistant

Corrosion by Naelín
Unlike most other places in the archipelago, the cataclysm of the High Rust in 3014 E.Alz didn't have a major impact in the gubernamental and military structure of the Kartian kingdom.
This was mostly attributed to the tradition of living in high places as a status symbol not being common in the island, as well as the inhabited areas of the island being mostly plains relatively close to sea level.

The Ungoverned South

The reach of a soveigrn state is as big as the reach of their direct control, and so the extreme south of the island Karte, past the limits of the desert, is considered pretty much ungoverned. It is inhabited by mostly nomadic groups of native Kartian scalies that are very rarely impacted by the current state of the government, with one notable exception:
The mining town of Blest, set in a rush by Rastapuj once a research caravan discovered that the natives were adorning their bodies with gold panned from the rivers.
The Haan Archipelago
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Danae by Naelin
The cartographer Danae from the City of Birdland in Thaur was commissioned to draw a map of the Haan Archipelago for the second edition of The Book of the Habits and Beasts, published in the 3rd of Birthing, 3 E.Ru.   Danae took advantage of the enclyclopaedia's team of researchers to gather precise information and went himself into research expeditions to survey remote areas. His work resulted in what is considered the most accurate and widespread map of the Archipelago to this day, which details even most of the coasts of the Savage Isles.

Cover image: Banner Karte by Naelín


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