Rhaygos
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Capitol: Sharna (population: 64,000)
Population: 1,425,000 (97% human; of which 94% Hakeen, 5% Eloysians, 1% Thann, 3 % other)
Government: Sultanate
Current Leader: Sultan Khafar Saram
Coat of Arms: a field of alternating vertical red and white stripes, with black runes in center white stripe
Imports: food, wine, gold, timber, magic items
Exports: spices, herbs, fish, timber

Located deep within the Vhan Myr Ocean, this chain of seven large and a dozen small islands is home to the largest of the three great Hakeen island Sultanates. Once the largest trading partner with the Hakeen Xholar Empire on Corwyn, the island nation is now independent and thriving. Rhaygos is known throughout the world of Corwyn as the ‘Isle of Spices,’ for it is Corwyn’s primary source for cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and sage. The nation derives enormous profit from the sales of spices and herbs, as well as her other lesser commodities. The spice merchants of the island realm are infamous for their cutthroat business tactics and fantastic greed. The phrase ‘Rhaygosi Spicer’ is not meant as a term of endearment. Once conquered by the Eloysians, Rhaygos has a very strong military to ensure that never happens again. Rhaygos also has a very capable navy of 42 vessels to protect the sea lanes, and a standing army of 7,000 men. In time of war, the Sultan can field up to 50,000 troops. Rhaygosi ships are easily identifiable by their dark wood hulls, and their bright red and white vertically striped sails.

Other Rhaygosi Cities: Ebros, Tyraxia, Magyrus, Abu-Nhar

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HISTORY


Long Ago, when the ancient Hakeen civilization of Old Xhola was thriving on the Continent of Za'Har, Hakeen explorers discovered the Rhaygos Islands, and the fabulous spice fields found there. Over the next several centuries, the Hakeen colonized the islands and became very wealthy selling those spices on Za'Har. When Old Xhola was destroyed by the demon-worshiping Deskari, the remaining Hakeen population fled to Rhaygos and the other two island Sultanates of Ilsenene and Styr.

For centuries thereafter, Rhaygos was an independent state called the Sultanate of Rhaygos. The Sultanate later merged with two other Hakeen-ruled island Sultanates to become "New Xhola;" commonly known as the Xholar Empire. For many years, the bustling seaport of Sharna was the capitol of the new Xholar Empire, but its greedy rulers desired ever more wealth and power. Eventually, fleets of Rhaygosi ships sailed west and landed upon the eastern coast of Corwyn, where they founded the great Hakeen Colony of Zhin. From there, the Hakeen migrated and expanded west to the shores of the Grafenmyr, where they built their greatest city; Ashkavan. Once Ashkavan was completed and became the new capitol of the Xholar Empire, Sharna became a secondary city.

Eventually, Ashkavan and the Xholar Empire it commanded were destroyed by successive invasions by the barbaric Üthrari peoples, and Ashkavan was completely destroyed. After this the Xholar Empire collapsed into four independent states; Ilsenene, Rhaygos, Styr, and Zhin. This political arrangement still holds true today.

Centuries later, Rhaygos itself was threatened by invasion; this time from the ever-expanding Eloysian Empire of Avokhar. After many long wars and bloody battles, the Sultan of Rhaygos bent the knee and the islands became subject to Eloysian rule. When the Eloysian Empire began to collapse, the Rhaygosi soon overthrew their Eloysian masters and declared Independence once again.