A Pre-Sundering Nation - Now Extinct
The following page lists the statistics of the Kytohan Empire at the height of its glory and power in the years just prior to the Sundering.
|Ruler||Various. Emperor Kestevarin VIII held the throne at the time of the Sundering.|
|Languages||Kytai (western provinces) 40%, Haphitese (eastern provinces) 60%|
|Capital City||Sarkusan (Population: 800,000)|
|Year Founded||915 BT|
|Natural Resources and Manufactured Goods||Due to the immense size of the Kytohan empire, it's resources were varied. Foodstuffs included wheat, apples, onions. Other resources included art, quarried stone, lumber, sheep and horses.|
|Technology Level||Middle Ages|
|Climate||Tropical to polar, spanning an entire continent.|
|Terrain||Coastal Forest, Grasslands, Hills, Mountains|
This once great empire was one of the most powerful civilizations ever to develop on the face of Khoras. The Kytohan Empire was a vast and sprawling empire that dominated most of the Aggradar continent and established forts, colonies and trade posts around half the world. Literature, architecture, mathematics, philosophy and art were all esteemed pursuits and much advanced in this civilization. The imperial military forces were well trained and well armed and fought numerous campaigns which allowed most of Aggradar to be conquered.
In the Age of Dawning, the continent of Aggradar was divided up into regions ruled by warring barbaric tribes in the east and primitive clans of hunter/gatherers in the west. Various petty wars were fought for centuries before the tribes and clans settled down into rudimentary kingdoms. Gurkanamal, a great warrior chieftain defeated his enemies and united the eastern Haphite tribes into a kingdom which came to be known as Kingdom of the Han. Gurkanamal then invaded the neighboring Haphite tribes and annexed the province of Esuria. With a firm control of the eastern half of the empire, Gurkanamal declared himself ruler of the Han Empire. The title he claimed was that of "Vanadar" which harkened by to the earliest legends of the Haphite tribes. It's meaning placed him somewhere between an emperor and a god.
The west was ruled by the barbaric Ky'ton tribes. These scattered, warlike tribes fought against the Han Empire and against each other. Gurkanamal sent his eldest son as ambassador to discuss peace with the most powerful of the Ky'ton tribes. A group of 20 young men were sent on a long trek that spanned the continent. However, when they arrived in the court of Ulbroth, chieftain of the Ky'tan, they were betrayed and the emissaries were wiped out. A single slave managed to escape. As the war dragged on, this single slave, a young man named Jaev, managed to cross the continent and return to report to Gurkanamal. When Gurkanamal learned of the betrayal of Ulbroth and the death of his son, he vowed to destroy the Ky'ton. For his bravery and service to the empire, Jaev was made governor of one of the border provinces.
Thus began the beginning of the Hundred Year War. Gurkanamal never saw the conclusion of this war, but his sons and grandsons, carried out their patriarch's wishes. The Kalis Province, which Jaev ruled, turned out to be pivotal in the war. Gurkanamal, the "Vanadar" of the Empire, was laid to rest in an immense tomb at the center of his great empire. This tomb, in a remote mountainous region, became known as Vanadar's Tomb. Such was the hatred between the Ky'Ton Tribes and the Han Empire, that the chieftains of the Ky'Ton tribes swore an oath to raze the tomb and desecrate Gurkanamal's body. To prevent this, the Han Empire built an elaborate maze of traps in the tomb to protect their beloved ruler. Vanadar's Tomb still exists today near Fyrren's Wandering.
After a long struggle, the Ky'ton tribes fell before the continued onslaught of the empire and they were subjugated. With the absorption of the tribes into the Empire, the Han government took control of the majority of the continent. After defeating and absorbing the Ky'ton tribes, the Han Empire was renamed the Kytohan Empire due to the huge influx of Ky'Ton natives. The Kytohan Empire now spanned 75% of Aggradar. Gurkanamal's heirs ruled the new Kytohan Empire through a highly efficient administrative system and brutal legal system. They codified and standardized the laws throughout the provinces. They built aqueducts and an extensive network of roads that connected distant points of the empire. They used irrigation and animal husbandry to produce an abundance of food. The capital city of Sarkusan was the center for an intellectual and artistic renaissance.
The Kytohan Empire was at the height of its power when, half a world away, the Alliance Mage Lords were engaged in the Focusing. When the Sundering occurred, the cataclysmic energies unleashed swept over the world and devastated the Kytohan Empire. Land quakes hit, cities were toppled, tidal waves wiped villages from the coast, volcanoes erupted and torrential downpours destroyed crops. Months of ecological disasters tore the Empire apart. What remained of the Empire was fragmented, lost and leaderless. The survivors struggled to keep their Empire together.
The Kytohan Empire had not conquered all of Aggradar. Barbarian hordes still held the western quarter of the continent. Living more basic and primitive lifestyles, there were less hard hit by the devastation. The World Storm gave them the chance they needed. In its greatly weakened and leaderless state, the Empire was unable to mount an effective military campaign. The barbarian hordes invaded and swept through the western half of the empire. For many months, the western half of the empire was a bloodbath. Countless skirmishes erupted across the lands. The barbarian hordes would have fought all the way across the continent and wiped out what remained of the Empire, but conflict between the various barbarian chieftains led by internal struggles. The hordes fell to fighting among themselves as well as the Kytohan military and the invading barbarian hordes managed to conquer only the western half of the continent. While battle raged, another problem arose. A great sickness spread throughout the lands. Carried by the barbarian hordes and imperial soldiers, this plague, known as the Viktraon Plague, swept through the lands, moving from battle to battle, city to city. In the end, almost three quarters of the Kytohan Empire had been wiped out.
Hoping to end the tide of battle and sickness, many of the imperial provinces closed off their borders completely and withdrew into themselves, focusing on tending to their own problems and shutting themselves off from the rest of the empire. This effectively fragmented the empire. The energies of the Drellis Effect had a profound effect on the races in those early years. The barbarian hordes eventually de-evolved (due to the Drellis Effect) into the Sybrenar, the Magrakians and more. Some believe that the Hyttar, the Vothen, the Ferren and others are genetic offshoots of the various barbarian races and cross breeds. The eastern provinces devolved into the Vaullians and the Saridians. Some provinces were spared such huge shifts in race. The eshtari, the chaddamarians and the aukarians changed little, either through some genetic resistance or some other fluke of fate. Over the centuries, due to both political isolation and the evolution of new races, the former provinces of the once great empire began to slowly coalesce into the modern nations of Aggradar.
The Kytohan Empire is now remembered as one of the greatest civilizations that Khoras has ever known. At the height of its powers, it was a sprawling empire with well established military forts and colonies on eastern Qeshir and even western Ithria. Almost half the world was under the command of this Empire. After the World Storm caused the collapse of the Kytohan Empire, these far-flung colonies fell to ruins. The ruins of Kytohan towns, forts and colonies are now scattered around the world.
The Kytohan Empire at the height of its power was a firm imperial autocracy. Emperor Gurkanamal was the first in a long line of emperors of his bloodline. The Emperor was the head of the Senate, a body of 140 appointed officials that debated law and policy. The Emperor and Senate were supported by several other branches of government – the Tribunal Syndicate (a series of courts and judges that adjudicated matters of law, crime and punishment), the Ministry of Finances (which held the power to tax the people and also ran the Imperial Bank), the United Imperial Legions (a number of separate armies that served the Empire and waged war on political neighbors), the Ministry of the Interior (responsible for maintaining irrigation, aqueducts, roads and other constructions in and between cities) and the Mercantile Order (which oversaw a system of standard weights and measures, set trading laws, tariffs and policies and encouraged trade and commerce throughout the empire).Although the legal system was harsh and the taxes severe, the citizens of the empire enjoyed peace, relative freedom and a high standard of living.
The Kytohan Empire is known for taking law, crime and punishment very seriously. All laws were formally codified in writing and strictly enforced. Much time was spent debating and arguing over Kytohan law. Any who trespassed against Kytohan law found themselves quickly arrested and brought before one of the courts in the Tribunal Syndicate. Tribunes (officers of the Tribunal Syndicate) would argue for and against the accused before a magistrate. The magistrate would then pass judgment. The case and judgment would be written down for future cases to refer to.
The Kytohan Empire’s greatest strength was its military, the United Imperial Legions. Following a strictly hierarchical structure, the military was based on groupings of 10. In general, this pattern was followed for everything in the Kytohan military structure. A strict base 10 heirarchy was followed where each layer was composed of 10 units from the next lower layer and one of the 10 ruled over the other nine.
The Kytohan Empire commanded 44 legions, giving them a full force of almost half a million men. It was the largest and most well organized military force Khoras has ever seen.
During the Hundred Year War, the Han Empire began using magically enhanced soldiers in its campaigns. After the Han Empire conquered the Ky'Ton Tribes and formed the Kytohan Empire, these engineered soldiers were still used as the Empire continued its campaign against the remaining barbarian hordes of the far northwest of the Aggradar continent.
After the Empire was devastated by the World Storm, the aberrant effect began to change these magically enhanced soldiers. These soldiers split into two different groups which would eventually evolve into the Magrakians and the Sybrenar. Therefore, these two races do have a common ancestor, which explains certain similar characteristics between them.
The Ministry of the Interior maintained an excellent system of well-maintained roads between large well protected towns to encourage much trade and commerce between the different regions in the Empire.
Despite the huge size of the empire, the Kytohanese people managed to maintain a strong sense of national pride while at the same time enjoying friendly rivalries between provinces, districts and towns. More than anything, the Kytohanese were a very social people and loved to form groups of every kind. They had a tendency to form guilds, brotherhoods and social circles constantly. This is a direct extension of their love to come together into groups and then oppose other groups.
This dual nature greatly affected the socio-economic tapestry of the empire. The Kytohanese were a very business minded people that believe only through hard work and perseverance should a business survive. They believed free market and competition between businesses would weed out the weak and it did. The empire was blessed with a booming economy for centuries.
Another belief of the Kytohanese is that everyone, no matter their station in life, should have a passion. Whether it is a family, a business, a work of art or anything else, each person should have something they belief in, something to strive for.
The Kytohan Empire had a single monotheistic religion which spanned the empire. This single religion unified and stabilized the empire. It was based upon a single greater diety, known as Zogar, but had several lesser "arch angel" type lesser dieties that served Zogar. Often, when the empire would conquer a new region, the local deity would be absorbed and incorporated into the mythology of Zogar and the diety would become one of Zogar's arch angels. This served to placate the recently conquered and smooth the way to controlling the region.
When the star was sundered and the World Storm struck, the people turned to the gods for protection, but the priests were helpless to stop the destruction. After a few years, the populace in many regions turned against the imperial religion in a religious backlash. The temples of Zogar were razed, his shrines burned. Priests of Zogar were stoned in the streets and holy books and relics were destroyed. Almost nothing of the religion of Zogar was left.
Fortune and luck allowed some areas to survive better than others and credit was given to one or more of the arch-angels. Over the centuries, the worship of these individual lesser deities changed, reshaping them and reforming them into new deities. Several of the modern gods of Aggradar began as lesser arch-angels of Zogar. Other arch-angels faded into obscurity.
Most of the godes worshiped today in Aggradar are, in fact, altered forms of the gods of the Empire... remnants of the old faith.
|Maruva||250,000||The second largest city in the Empire known for a large number of temples and churches, a strong religious background and numerous festivals.|
|Ebarrum||210,000||Once one of the grandest cities in the Kytohan Empire, it is now a ruin in western Eshtar.|
|Akan's Bridge||185,000||Once a major river town and important trade center for the Kytohan Empire, Akan's Bridge was devastated by the World Storm. The landquakes shifted the course of Idan's Ribbon, the river that had brought so much trade and prosperity to this city. The strategic location of this city dried up along with the river bed. It was quickly abandoned. Akan's Bridge is now a forgotten ruin in the midst of the great Greenwood forest.|
|Esprar||175,000||Considered by many to be the cultural center of the Empire.|
|Adakon||145,000||Adakon was a major town in the Kytohan Empire and a major center for mining and lumber. It provided iron, copper and quarried stone for the empire. Adakon is now a ruin that lies in the central Helgar Mountains.|
|Drumlin||120,000||An important city that sat nestled among the peaks of the Daemyr mountains. This mountain city maintained several dozen important mines and provided the Kytohan Empire with much granite, limestone, marble, iron and copper.|
|Olruch||95,000||The major port city and important naval center. Much of the Kythohan navy was based out of Olruch|
|Corinth||62,000||Walled city, legionnaire garrison and home to the secambru giants when they were slaves to the United Imperial Legions. Corinth is now a ruin that lies in the Shard Mountains.|
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