Lost Eloysian Empire
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The greatest and most populated nation in the history of Corwyn. The Eloysian Empire grew out of the small, but aggressive kingdom of Eloysia and was founded in 425/4 by its charismatic leader; Al'Dur. At its zenith, it was twice as large as the Ravinian Empire and four times as populous. Eloysia was a marvel of the known world and for 2,079 years; the Empire completely controlled the entire continent of Avokhar, as well as several large island civilizations, and the western third of the continent of Za'Har. Much of Eloysian success in their conquest was due to their expert skills in arms and warfare. In addition to armies of trained human soldiers, the Eloysians employed large mercenary units of fierce Qualon warriors, savage troglodytes, and cruel Vilzari mercenaries of the Stygian Legion to conquer their enemies. The Eloysians also used elite Rakshasa commanders called Myrmidons to lead units of 1,000 soldiers, usually Qualons or troglodytes. These were extremely effective and led to many Eloysian victories in the jungles of Avokhar. The Eloysian Empire was governed administratively by local governors called Hamanids; with ranks of Caliph, Shah, and Amir.

At its peak, the Eloysian Empire controlled vast territories and millions of subjects, in addition to its home city-state of Sanjakar. These conquered territories included 15 large cities: Akkad, Al’Than E’Thai, Daresh, Dhal Ciona, Dhal Viera, Eriskhar, Irskaan, Khalifar, Na'Jath, Ona Miertay, Oriad, Quelaara, S'serrak, Sionjhäe, Thiele Graavos, Xhaarata, Vhal Quaaros. The Empire also controlled three smaller kingdoms: the Realm of Vhan Da'Har, the Verassi Dominion, and the serpent-kingdom of Nagendra. The Eloysians even expanded across the Vhan Myr, conquering five different island nations: Al’Kethai, Ilsenene, Malvatis, Rhaygos, and Styr. The ever-reaching Eloysians even founded the imperial colony of Khalifar on the faraway exotic continent of Za'Har.

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One great city-state that did not submit was the powerful magical realm of Sha'Dur. The Eloysians eventually destroyed this realm and its principal city; Garuda. Those ruins still exist today as a testament to the cruelty of the Eloysian Emperors in Sanjakar.

After they had conquered all of their neighbors, the Eloysians became fabulously wealthy. It is still said that the streets of the Eloysian capitol of Sanjakar were literally paved with gold. The Eloysians had many resources, such as precious gems, gold, silver, rare timber, and most of all, slaves. The Eloysians were the master slave traders of Avokhar for two millennia. The entire race of Tasloi creatures became synonymous with servitude because almost every Eloysian family had at least one as a slave. But all the wealth and power could not save the empire. Beset with many uprisings and internal conflicts in its later years, the empire began to shrink to a fraction of its former size. The final demise came Emperor Xion III assumed the Jade Throne. Xion, the last Eloysian Emperor, was more commonly known as "Xion the Mad." Xion was utterly insane and had a well-deserved reputation for paranoia, cruelty, and sadism never before seen on the Continent of Avokhar.

His 60-year rule of the Eloysian Empire was a series of bizarre events, political disasters, and utter chaos. In one of his more famous bizarre and cruel decisions, he ordered all 600 of his senior Myrmidon officers murdered because he believed that they were plotting against him. But the Myrmidons were invaluable military officers, and their loss meant that the Imperial armies had absolutely no competent leadership and the opponents of the Empire began waging wars and winning tremendous victories because of this foolish decision. Xion also foolishly dismantled the system of using Haminids as local governors and administrators. These specialized imperial bureaucrats were invaluable, and were replaced by political cronies.

By the time of his suicide in 575/6, Emperor Xion had completely destroyed the Empire, had hundreds of thousands murdered, and ordered whole regions burned to ash. Xion the Mad is given much credit for destroying in 60 years what it took over 2,000 to build. Upon his death, the Empire completely collapsed, the city of Sanjakar was totally destroyed and consumed by the jungle and the Continent of Avokhar became permanently divided into hundreds of small territories and city-states.

In the centuries after the collapse of the Eloysian Empire, there were a series of devastating conflicts that tore apart the continent of Avokhar. These were the four Hamanid Wars, later followed by the seven Jade Wars. It took centuries for the continent of Avokhar to stabilize, and never again was it politically united. Even today, Avokhar is still a collection of small competing nations with no cohesion or political alliances.

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