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 had four times as populous, Eloysia was a marvel of the known world and for 2,072 years, 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 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.

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, Erath, Eriskhar, Irskaan, Khalifar, Ona Miertay, Oriad, Quelaara, S'serrak, Sionjhäe, Thiele Graavos, Xhaarata, Vhal Quaaros, and 3 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 the island kingdoms of 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.

The Eloysians became fabulously wealthy after they conquered all of their neighbors. 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 with the rise to the throne of Xion Kharata VII. The last Eloysian Emperor, more commonly known as ‘Xion the Mad,’ was utterly insane and had a 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.

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.

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