Old Xhola
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Thousands of years ago in AR -1490, The ancient Hakeen peoples founded a great empire on the continent of Za'Har called Xhola; its capitol city was Abu-Zhin. For nearly a millennia, Xhola was a thriving civilization of great culture, arts, and unlimited wealth. in an effort to expand their empire, the Dragonfly Emperors of Xhola eventually expanded west across the Vhan Myr, discovering and colonizing three large island chains; Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr, and eventually colonized much of the Vakara Grasslands of eastern Corwyn; establishing three cities on that continent; Ashkavan, Nystal, and Zhin.

Sadly, in the year AR -552, Xhola was invaded and destroyed by the demon-worshiping people called the Deskari, and as a result, the great Hakeen empire began to break up. The Cities on Corwyn became known as the "Xholar Empire," and the three island Sultanates of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr became "New Xhola." At this time, the ruins of the original empire on Za'Har became known simply as "Old Xhola." Eventually, New Xhola itself broke into the three independent Sultanates within a few decades.

It is known by sages that the royal symbol of Old Xhola was the Dragonfly; for the insects were considered sacred in Hakeen culture. In fact, the Sultans of Old Xhola named themselves the Dragonfly Emperors. The home of the Emperors was the lavish Rhodium Palace in the city of Abu-Zhin.

Other Cities of the lost Hakeen empire of Za'har included: Nashatra, Ezrum, Ra'jhar, and Reshek.

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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 Hakeen explorers west across the Vhan Myr in an effort to discovery new territory to expand the Empire. Those Hakeen explorers discovered the Rhaygos Islands in the year AR -1191, and soon they also discovered the fabulous spice fields found on those islands. Soon after, the islands of Ilsenene were discovered in AR -1181, and the islands of Styr in AR -1175. Over the next several centuries, the Hakeen Dragonfly Emperors of Abu-Zhin colonized all lthree island chains and became very wealthy selling those Rhaygosi spices, Ilseni pearls, and Styrian fruits back on Za'Har.

With the three island colonies and the profitable trade with Old Xhola, the Hakeen Dragonfly Emperors grew fabulously wealthy. But later, more greedy rulers desired ever more wealth and power. Eventually, fleets of Hakeen ships sailed even further west and landed upon the eastern coast of Corwyn, where they founded the great Hakeen Colony of Zhin in 507/3 (AR -1095).

From there, the Hakeen migrated and expanded west across the Vakara Grasslands to the shores of the Grafenmyr, where, in the year AR –945 they built their greatest city; Ashkavan. This was considered the zenith of Hakeen power and influence. The empire was so large at this point that it was essentially two empires; the first; “Old Xhola” was based around the ancient city of Abu-Zhin of the Hakeen Empire of Za’har. Second, the “colonies” as the other nations were called, became colloquially known as “New Xhola.” New Xhola comprised: the three Island Sultanates of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr, and the city-states of Ashkavan, Nystal, and Zhin on Corwyn.

But this glorious period was not to last. About four centuries later, in the year 1050/3 (AR -552) Abu-Zhin was conquered by the invading Deskari people and the entire Hakeen empire on Za’Har known as “Old Xhola” was utterly destroyed.

When Old Xhola was destroyed by the demon-worshiping Deskari, the remaining Hakeen population on Za’Har fled by ship to Rhaygos and the other two island Sultanates of Ilsenene and Styr. At this time, Rhaygos experience a huge population boom. It was no longer a remote colony, but a large thriving island nation. Soon after, the Sultans of Rhaygos, Ilsenene, and Styr broke away from the mainland Hakeen colonies. At that time, the three Corwyn city-states became known as the Xholar Empire, and the three island sultanates became Officially known as “New Xhola.”

The island realms offered assistance for the Xholar Empire on Corwyn when the Üthrari hordes began their invasion, but it was not enough. The Xholar Empire on Corwyn was destroyed and its capitol city of Ashkavan captured in the year 325/4 (AR -98). Once the city of Ashkavan fell, the only remaining Hakeen colony on Corwyn was Zhin, which soon declared itself independent. Luckily, Zhin had high walls and a strong garrison. The city was able to successfully resist the siege led by the Üthrari warlord Zhang the terrible.