Sultanate of Styr
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Capitol: Zakresh (population: 53,000)
Population: 921,000 (95% human; of which 96% Hakeen, 4% Eloysian. Also 4% Wood-Elves, 1% other)
Government: Republic
Current Leader: Sultan Dimos Al-Din
Coat of Arms: a silver seahorse on a bright blue field
Exports: fruits, herbs, fish, lace, mercenaries

Located deep within the Vhan Myr Ocean, this chain of ten large and over thirty small islands is home to the Sultanate of Styr; a powerful Hakeen island nation.


Styr is famous as the home of the largest fruit groves anywhere in the East. The second most powerful of the three Hakeen island realms, Styr once traded its fruit exports with the Hakeen civilization of Corwyn, the lost Xholar Empire. Huge crops of pineapples, oranges, blood oranges, lemons, and limes are harvested every year and their sales have made the islanders wealthy and powerful.

Styrians are also famous for their weapons and the prowess of their warriors. Every year large mercenary levees are drafted to serve around the eastern world. The Styrian mercenaries are chosen for their martial skills, their unswerving loyalty, and their fanatical devotion to their employers. To protect her mercantile interests, the Sultan of Styr maintains a large and capable navy of 25 warships to protect his seaports, and a standing army of 6,000. Styr can also field an army of nearly 40,000 in time of war. Styrian warships are distinguishable by their bright blue-painted oaken hulls, the large carved silver seahorses on their prows, and their pale blue silk sails. The Styrians deserve their nickname, ‘the Blue Fleet.’

In addition to its navy, the Styrians are famous throughout the sailing world for their unique "Ice-Galleys." These huge ships, with insulated hulls packed with ice, are propelled by strong rowers and are extremely swift. The galleys transport valuable cargoes of perishable fruits and vegetables from Zakresh to a hundred different ports of call across the Vhan Myr. The sight of these giant "frozen" ships is common in every port on Avokhar, Corwyn, and Za'Har.

Other Styrian cities: Maderu, Reskara, and Novari

HISTORY


Long ago, when the ancient Hakeen Empire of Old Xhola was thriving on the Continent of Za'Har, its rulers; the Dragonfly Emperors of Abu-Zhin, sent many explorers west across the Vhan Myr in an effort to discovery new territory to further expand their enormous Empire. In the year AR -1191, those explorers discovered the Rhaygos Islands, and soon after, they discovered the fabulous spice fields found there. In the year AR -1181, the islands of Ilsenene and their rich pearl-beds were discovered. Shortly thereafter, in AR -1175, Hakeen explorers discovered the islands of Styr, and their rich fruit groves. Over the next several centuries, the Dragonfly Emperors colonized all three island chains and they became very wealthy selling those Rhaygosi spices, Ilseni pearls, and Styrian fruits back on Za'Har. Of the three island colonies; Styr was the smallest and considered the least profitable and important to the Dragonfly Emperors of Old Xhola.

With the three island colonies and the profitable trade with Old Xhola, the Hakeen Dragonfly Emperors grew fabulously wealthy. But later on, increasingly greedy rulers desired even more wealth and power. Eventually, Old Xhola's rulers ordered fleets of ships to sail even further west. In AR -1095, the first Hakeen explorers landed upon the eastern shores of Corwyn, where they founded the colony of Zhin.

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

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But this glorious period was not to last. About four centuries later, in the year AR -552, the city of Abu-Zhin was conquered and destroyed by the demon-worshiping Deskari people and the Hakeen civilization on Za’Har known as “Old Xhola” completely collapsed. When Old Xhola was destroyed by the Deskari, the remaining Hakeen population on Za’Har fled by ship to their various colonies: Ilsenene Rhaygos, Styr, and the three city-states on Corwyn. As a direct result, all three island chains and the three cities on Corwyn experienced a massive population boom. Around this same time, the three city-states located on Corwyn became known as the Xholar Empire, and the three island sultanates became known as “New Xhola.”

About four centuries later, the Xholar Empire suffered a similar fate as Old Xhola. In the year AR -88, the Hakeen empire on eastern Corwyn was invaded by Zhang the Terrible. Zhang and his Üthrari barbarian hordes began a ruthless military conquest that culminated in the fall of Ashkavan in AR -98. The three island Sultanates offered assistance to the Xholar Empire on Corwyn to fend off the Üthrari invasion, but it was not enough.

The Xholar Empire on Corwyn was destroyed and its capitol city of Ashkavan captured in the year AR -98. Once the cities of Ashkavan and Zocolo fell, the only remaining Hakeen colony on Corwyn was Zhin, which soon declared itself independent. Luckily, Zhin had high walls and a strong garrison. As a result, that city alone was able to successfully resist the siege led by the warlord Zhang the terrible and his Üthrari hordes.

Over the years, tensions rose between the three islands states, forcing “New Xhola” to break 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.

In AR 255, Emperor Damodar led a gigantic fleet of Eloysian warships 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 resisted much longer. Eventually, in AR 358, the last Rhaygosi Sultan surrendered to the Eloysian Emperor Farshad. For the next 1,700 years, the three island realms were subject to the rule of Hamanid governors appointed by the Emperors in Sanjakar. When the Eloysian Empire finally collapsed in AR 2079, the Styrians soon overthrew their Eloysian masters and declared Independence once again.

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