Sundering of Ngavar
There is no event which has shaped Ngavari culture like the Sundering of Ngavar. What began as rebellion against Nimean authority—merely one of many—came to an abrupt and dire conclusion. When the reigning Summerlord learned that the Priesthood of the Bounteous Green—predecessor to the modern Priesthood of the Sundered Green, with which it has essentially no difference in structure, only policy and doctrine—was intimately involved in the orchestration of the rebellion. The Summerlord was enraged, and unleashed the entirety of his arcane might upon the land, reducing Ngavar to ash.
The Nimean subjugation of Ngavar and the Ngavari people was primarily through intimidation. The Ngavari had seen the crippling brutality of the Nimean subjugation of the Yarman civilization, and knew that the Nimean Myul Vorun, which involved a great deal of fire, would be unquestionably effective against the Ngavari Ngarang Ghor, which would be their best chance at resistance if it didn't intimately involve eminently flammable plant life. Nevertheless, the opportunity to take control of the region without expending military resources allowed the Kingdom of Ngavar to negotiate favorable circumstances compared to the Summerland Empire of Nimea's former and latter conquests. It also left Nagavr's economic and military infrastructure intact, making it valuable to its new overlords. It also left the ground fertile for rebellion. Over the many years of occupation, dissatisfaction with Nimean military governance erupted into multiple armed insurrections. They were met with violent suppression, which did little to endear the Nimeans to the Ngavari, but would always cow them, for a time. One of the primary factors in primary factors in propagating the continued rebellions after each successive failure was the actions of the Priesthood of the Virulent Green, which was aggrieved both by Nimean meddling in Ngavari theology, and by Nimean disruption of local power structures, which favors the priesthood. Nevertheless, they kept the link between the insurrections and the priesthood as secret as possible, with only individual priests being fully implicated—which successfully limited broad reprisals from destroying the organization.
The different sides of the war had little opportunity to engage in battle before they were met by the Summerlord's ire. Unlike with previous insurrections, the Priesthood's direct involvement with the planning and logistics of the rebellion was discovered, and the Summerlord was alerted in short order. Only a few garrisons had been seized, and no reprisals actually made, before the Summerlord blasted the entire region to ash. A torrent of flame consumed all of Ngavar, killing Nimean and Ngavari, native and settler, soldier and civilian. The Summerlord's fire would backfire, however, in a literal fashion. What is now called the Salted Earth coalesced and concentrated under the effects of the Summerlord's wrath, and proved powerful enough to reflect it back onto him. The Summerlord, along with a large portion of the city of Nimea itself, were consumed in fire before the power faded.
The Summerlord's fire transformed the once fertile and fecund land of Ngavar into the Ashen Wastes, creating the Throne of Ash and its Ash Wraiths, which still haunt the region and making overland travel incredibly difficult and dangerous. Additionally, it resulted in the destruction of the vast majority of the Spirits of the Green in the world. Being incorporeal, they were unaffected by the the throes of battle, and could flee underground to escape the fire. However, they rely upon and inhabit living plants, and their destruction made survival difficult. Some were able to flee abroad, and even more to the safe harbor being constructed in what would eventually become the city of Kul Khalesi, but most, left with no way to survive, ceased to be. What few people actually survived the fire were metaphysically altered, their eyes paled, and their skin taking on subtle hints of greenish- or bluish- grey. On top of all this, Ngavar had previously been responsible a considerable amoun of food production, and its loss sparked deep famin across the Summerland Empire of Nimea, and lesser famines in its trading partners.
There were two groups of survivors, few as they were: those who fled the ruins of Ngavar, and those who attempted to build something in what remained. Those who fled evolved into varied and divergent ethnic groups, with visible influences both from the original Ngavari culture and their various host cultures. Many of those who remained found their way to the mouth of the river Yol, at what would eventually become the city of Kul Khalesi. They discovered that the sea monster which lurked around the nearby island of Lo Dokh now stayed clear of the coastline, the permanent ravages of flame proving to be the most powerful deterrent ever seen. They were, thus, able to create a massive trading hub, which was protected from overland assault by the harsh conditions of the ashen wastes, and from naval invasion by the gargantuan ocean beasts which lurked just beyond the region they controlled. The people of this city still called themselves Ngavari, and do to this day, but are referred to academically as Ashfolk, to distinguish them from the culture to which they are succesors. The famine caused by the loss of Ngavar would eventually end, but would never be fully recovered from. It sparked further rebellions, which Nimea could not adequately combat because they could not feed their armies. This unrest would end with Nimea smaller than it had been, and began a period of decline which would inflict a similar fate upon the Nimean homeland as befell Ngavar—remembered as the Folly of the Summerlords, which was the culmination of a bloody succession crisis—and ultimately in the collapse of the Summerland Empire of Nimea two centuries after the Sundering.
Nimean Military Government
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