Lost Eloysian Empire
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The lost Eloysian Empire of Avokhar was the single, greatest, most populated nation in the history of Oris. The Eloysian Empire grew out of the small, but aggressive kingdom of Eloysia and was founded in 425/4 by its charismatic leader; Emperor Al'Dur of the Kharata Dynasty. At its zenith, the empire was twice as large as the Ravinian Empire of Corwyn and four times as populous. The Eloysian Empire was a marvel of the known world and for 2,079 years; it controlled the entire continent of Avokhar, as well as several large island civilizations deep in the Vhan Myr, and even the western third of the continent of Za'Har.

Much of Eloysian success in their conquests 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 both terrify and conquer their enemies. The Eloysians also used elite Rakshasa commanders called Myrmidons to lead units of 1,000 soldiers, usually Qualons or troglodytes. These Myrmidon officers were extremely effective and led to many Eloysian victories in the Sanjaara Jungle, and elsewhere on Avokhar. As it grew ever larger, the vast Eloysian Empire was governed administratively by local imperial governors called Hamanids; with ranks of Caliph, Shah, and Amir.

At its peak, the Eloysian Empire controlled enormous amounts of territory and ruled over 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 exotic, faraway continent of Za'Har.

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One great nation that refused to submit to the Empire was the powerful magical realm of Sha'Dur. The Eloysians, under Emperor Mazur, eventually destroyed this realm and its beautiful capitol city of Garuda. Those ruins still exist today as a testament to the cruelty of the Eloysian Emperors in Sanjakar. A second civilization that did not bend to Eloysian will was the ancient Olman Empire. Over a period of two centuries all seven Olman City-states were conquered and destroyed by a devastating series of Eloysian invasions and military campaigns. 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 kept at least one as a slave.

DOWNFALL OF THE EMPIRE


But all their 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. The last Eloysian Emperor; Xion III, was more commonly known as "Xion the Mad," and for very good reason. Emperor 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 Hamanids as local governors and administrators. These specialized imperial bureaucrats were invaluable, but were now replaced by inexperienced, corrupt political cronies. By the time of his murder in the year AR 2079, Emperor Xion had completely destroyed the Eloysian 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.

LEGACY


Upon Emperor Xion's 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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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. This lack of unity is the lasting legacy of the Empire.