Sultanate of Rhaygos
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Capitol: Chondar (population: 97,000)
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 thirty large and over two hundred small islands is home to the largest of the three great Hakeen island Sultanates. Long ago, Rhaygos was the largest trading partner with both the Hakeen Xholar Empire on Corwyn, and the Hakeen civilization of Old Xhola on Za'har. Today, this island nation is vastly wealthy, 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 islands derive enormous profits 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.

The ruler of the island has always held the Hakeen Royal title of Sultan; who rules the island nation from a fabulous palace within the capitol city of Chondar. 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: Abu-Nhar, Ebros, Ghora, and Zal'Marid.

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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 three island chains and became very wealthy selling those Rhaygosi spices, Ilseni pearls, and Styrian fruits back on Za'Har. Of the three, Rhaygos was always the largest, the most profitable, and therefore, the most influential.

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) the city of Abu-Zhin was conquered and destroyed by the invading Deskari people and the entire Hakeen empire on Za’Har known as “Old Xhola” completely collapsed.

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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 known as “New Xhola.”

The island realm of Rhaygos was unable to stop Zhang the Terrible and his Üthrari hordes from destroying the Xholar Empire on Corwyn in AR -98. Once the city of Ashkavan fell, the only remaining Hakeen colony on Corwyn was Zhin, which soon declared itself independent.

Over the years, tensions began to rise between the three islands states and eventually “New Xhola” broke into three independent Sultanates. This proved to be tragic for less than a century later, a new threat was on the horizon. The Eloysian Empire, which had already conquered the entire continent of Avokhar, was expanding east across the Vhan Myr in search of new conquests. In fact, the Eloysians had already captured the island realms of Al’Kethai and more recently, Malvatis.

Led by Emperor Damodar, a gigantic fleet of Eloysian warships was gathered by the empire and a long campaign was begun against the three Hakeen island nations. 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 able to resist for much longer. But eventually, the last Rhaygosi Sultan surrendered to the Eloysian Emperor Farshad in the year AR 358. For the next 1,700 years, the three island realms were subject to the rule of Hamanid governors sent by the Emperors in Sanjakar. When the Eloysian Empire finally collapsed in AR 2079, the Rhaygosi soon overthrew their Eloysian masters and declared Independence once again.

For the centuries thereafter, Rhaygos has been an independent state called the Sultanate of Rhaygos. This political arrangement still holds true today.