Sultanate of Ilsenene

Capital: Imshar
Population: 737 ,000 (89% Hakeen, 9% Eloysians, 2% other)
Demi-humans: few
Government: Sultanate
Current Leader: Sultan Raheem Varsalla
Coat of Arms: three pink seashells on a sand colored field
Exports: pearls, sea shells, herbs, fruit, crafts, textiles

Located on the Ilseni Islands, Ilsenene is the smallest of the three Hakeen island Sultanates spread across the Vhan Myr ocean.

Long ago, all three island nations were trading partners with both the Xholar Empire based on Corwyn and the Hakeen empire of Old Xhola based on Za'har, but that is lost to history.

Today, Ilsenene’s islands are home to vast jungles and deep forests, which give the Ilseni their crops of rare herbs and roots.

But it is the profits from the sales of the all-important pearl beds that make the Ilseni so wealthy. The more than sixty small islands give way to a veritable maze of shallow channels, reefs, and clear blue pools that are home to so many of the rich pearls.

Ilseni pearls are highly sought-after on Azoria because they are usually larger and richer in color than Kurandian pearls.

Ilseni ships and their coastlines have always been targets of raids from envious neighbors, pirates, and foreign invaders. Today, the Sultan of Ilsenene maintains a large, capable navy of 28 warships, and a small, but professional army of 5,000 soldiers to protect the Sultanate against its enemies.

However, In time of war, the nation can muster up to 25,000 troops, which are fanatically loyal to the Ilseni Sultan. Conflict is usually unnecessary because Ilsenene is allied with both of the other two island Sultanates of Rhaygos and Styr, as well as the powerful kingdom of Orel.

Ilseni ships can be recognized by their golden, teakwood hulls, their lateen sails of pure white silk, and their sand-colored banners with three pink seashells.

The ruler of this island nation has always held the ancient, Hakeen title of "Sultan." The Sultan of Ilsenene; Raheem Varsalla, rules from from the fabulous "Oyster Palace," located within the capitol city of Imshar.

Apart from its famous capitol, other noteworthy Ilseni cities include: Kharaji, Morad, Nasran, and Rajendra

Local History

Long ago, when the ancient Hakeen Empire of Old Xhola was thriving on the Continent of Za'har, its rulers; the Dragonfly Emperors, sent many explorers west across the Vhan Myr in an effort to discovery new territories to expand their Empire.

In the year AR -1191, Hakeen explorers first discovered the Ilseni Islands and soon after, discovered the fabulous pearl beds located offshore.

Over the next several centuries, the Hakeen people colonized the island chain and the Xholar Empire of Za’har became fabulously wealthy from the lucrative trade in Ilseni pearls.

Ilsenene was the largest and the most profitable of the Imperial colonies, and was considered vital to the Dragonfly Emperors of Old Xhola. It became commonly known as the “the Hakeen Pearl.”

For many centuries, the Dragonfly Emperors became obscenely wealthy from the trade between the peoples of Za’har and the three island colonies.

Later Hakeen rulers desired ever more wealth and power. Eventually, fleets of Hakeen ships sailed even further west and, in the year 507/3, landed upon the eastern coast of Corwyn, where they founded a settlement called Zhin.

From their fledgling colony on Corwyn, Hakeen explorers expanded west across the Vakara Grasslands to the shores of the Grafenmyr, where, in the year AR –945 they established tow more settlements Zocolo, and Ashkavan, which would soon grow in their greatest city on the Continent. The establishment of these three cities was considered the zenith of Hakeen power on the world of Oris.

By this point, the Hakeen Empire was so immense that it became impossible to administer effectively, and essentially became two empires. The first Empire became known as “Old Xhola,” which was based on Za’har and centered around the ancient, imperial capital of Abu-Zhin.

The second Empire became known as “New Xhola,” and consisted of the three island colonies of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr, as well as the cities located on Corwyn: Ashkavan, Zocolo, and Zhin.

Sadly, this glorious period of Hakeen power was not to last. About four centuries later, in the year 1050/3, Abu-Zhin was captured by called the Deskari. Ten years prior, these demon-worshiping barbarians had invaded the empire and waged a long and brutal campaign against the Hakeen. With the fall of the capital, the entire Hakeen civilization on Za’har collapsed, and the Empire of “Old Xhola” was destroyed.

When Old Xhola was destroyed by the Deskari, most of the remaining Hakeen population on Za’har fled to the island Sultanates of Rhaygos, Ilsenene, and Styr. Some sailed as far as the city of Zhin. At this time, the former colonies all experienced a huge population boom.


With the collapse of Old Xhola, its former holdings became independent. The three island nations and the three cities located on Corwyn became known as the "Xholar Empire."

This new Hakeen Empire continued to thrive for many years, until an Üthrari Warlord named Zhang the Terrible began an invasion of Xholani territory. The three island nations of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr sent military assistance, but it was not enough.

In the year 325/4 (AR -98, the Xholar Empire on Corwyn was destroyed when its capital city of Ashkavan was captured. The Hakeen city of Zocolo fell soon after.

Zhang the Terrible finally turned his attention to Zhin and marched his armies east. Luckily, Zhin had high walls and a strong garrison and was able to successfully resist the Üthrari siege.

With the destruction of Ashkavan and Zocolo, tensions rose between Zhin and the three islands states, causing them to break into three independent Sultanates, while Zhin declared itself an independent City-State. For the three island nations, this proved to be tragic for less than a century later, a new threat was on the horizon.

Subject of the Eloysian Empire

Around the year 650 of the Fourth Age, the Eloysian Empire began expanding east across the Vhan Myr in search of new conquests. In fact, the Eloysians had already captured the island nations of both Al’Kethai and Malvatis.

In AR 255, Emperor Damodar led a gigantic fleet of Eloysian warships against the three Hakeen Sultanates. First to be captured was Ilsenene in AR 255, followed soon after by Styr, which was conquered in the year AR 266.

Rhaygos was much stronger militarily and resisted much longer. Eventually, in the year AR 358, the last Rhaygosi Sultan surrendered to the Eloysian Emperor Farshad.


For the next 1,700 years, the people of Ilsenine were subjected to the rule of Hamanid governors, appointed by the Emperors in Sanjakar. When the Eloysian Empire finally collapsed in AR 2079, the Ilseni overthrew their Eloysian masters and declared Independence once again.

Emergence as an Independent Power

For the last seven centuries, the Sultanate of Ilsenene has remained a fiercely independent state, vowing never again to be under the control of another race.