Lost Kingdom of Eloysia
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Originally only a small kingdom, built around the jungle city of Sanjakar and a few neighboring territories, Eloysia eventually expanded into the huge Eloysian Empire that dominated the entire continent of Avokhar for almost 2,000 years. Eloysia first became a regional power under its charismatic leader; King Tilvanos. His grandson, Al'Dur would eventually expand the Eloysian kingdom ever further. He would transform the Kingdom of Eloysian into an incredibly powerful empire, conquering nearly a third of the Continent of Avokhar in his lifetime.

Even today, the continent of Avokhar is simply referred to as "Eloysia" because of the dominance of its people on this region.

HISTORY:


The first records of the Eloysian people are from the Accounts of Aristos; the most well-known historical chronicler of ancient Avokharan history. Aristos, who was a prominent Shadurian scholar from Garuda, spent almost his entire life in the city of Sanjakar, serving as both a teacher and historian to the Eloysian royal court.

Originally, the Eloysian people were a war-like tribe of humans who founded a small city-state called Sanjakar, but their power and influence soon grew into the greatest empire ever seen on the continent of Avokhar. Even in ancient times, the Eloysian people were both strong and fiercely independent. When they first encountered the neighboring power of Sha'Dur, the two nations clashed. The Eloysians engaged the Shadurians in a series of several short and bloody conflicts called the Thracian Wars, which lasted from AR -217 to AR -225.

These wars culminated with the monumental Treaty of Khorand of AR -225. During these wars, the Shadurians saw first-hand the frightening potential of the Eloysian military. Soon after the treay of Khorand, the Shadurians began employing the Eloysians as mercenaries in their wars against their other enemies, including the hated Serpent-folk of Nagendra. The Shadurians named these mercenaries "Myrmidons," and these Myrmidons soon gained a well-deserved reputation as cunning and fierce warriors. Legends say that the Eloysian Myrmidons were a key element in the eventual fall of Nagendra. Many Myrmidons, including King Tilvanos himself, were even granted the honorific Shadurian title of "Serpent-slayer."

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Over the next two-hundred years following the Treaty of Khorand, the Kingdom of Eloysia became a close ally state of Sha'Dur, and the Eloysian people began to fully assimilate into the more advanced Shadurian culture, while at the same time the power of influence of Eloysia continued to grow.

The Eloysian leaders were quite impressed with Shadurian society; so much so they tried to emulate it in every way they could. Over the years, Shadurian art, architecture, language, and even religion were copied and incorporated into every aspect of Eloysian life. Eloysian noble children were trained at the famous Prestige Academies of Garuda, where they were taught the Duric language and many Shadurian customs and traditions. The Eloysians even learned the secrets of magic from the Shadurian wizards of the Iridescent Order. As their culture became more and more assimilated, many Eloysians even took Shadurian names, and there was widespread intermarriage between the two cultures.

The ancient Shadurians had a strong cultural influence on the Eloysians, although the Eloysians did manage to take this influence and build it into something all their own. Shadurian influence on Eloysian culture is clear in areas such as language, social traditions, religion, art, architecture, literature and philosophy.

By the second century after the Treaty of Khorand, many called the Eloysians the “Scion Kingdom.” Using their new-found knowledge of Shadurian culture, politics and powerful magics, the Eloysians were about to expand their powers and holdings far beyond those of Sha’Dur, and soon a great Empire would emerge that would dominate the entire continent of Avokhar for two millennia.

Centuries later, when the nation of Sha'Dur was actually conquered by the Eloysian Empire, the Eloysians took many Shadurian slaves, some of whom ended up as teachers for noble Eloysian children. This educational influence led to a strong cultural influence from Sha'Dur to Eloysia, and the classical writer Aristos noted the irony of the situation: "Captive Sha'Dur conquered her savage victor."

Eloysian education relied heavily on Shadurian writers, including Aristos, and various aspects of Eloysian culture borrowed from Sha'Dur. For example, the Eloysian religion developed and worshiped similar gods to the ancient Shadurian religion, but with different names. The Shadurian influence on Eloysian architecture can be seen today in temple design, although Eloysian architects took this influence and made something with different characteristics. The Eloysians even began speaking Duric, the language of Sha'Dur. After a while, the two societies were virtually indistinguishable, and this remained so until the fall of the great Eloysian Empire in the year AR 2079.