Lost Xholar Empire
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Once a thriving civilization of Far-East Corwyn, but now only a faded memory. In 507/3, the first Hakeen settlers landed on the shores of the Vhan Myr from their island strongholds, and founded the city of Zhin. From there over the next two centuries, they expanded west through much of eastern Corwyn, and south into the northern regions of the Kratheri Peninsula. The Hakeen eventually founded two more great cities; Ashkavan, which became the capitol of their empire, and the city of Nystal. Over the centuries, Ashkavan was home to many Sultans of Xholar, a title for the fabulously wealthy and powerful Hakeen rulers of this once great eastern civilization. The Sultans of Xholar also built the beautiful city of Nystal in the Torak Mountains.

For over 800 years the Xholar Empire prospered. All was well until 280/4 when Zhang the Terrible united the Üthrari barbarians and began his drive eastward into Hakeen territory. Over the next 45 years, the Üthrari raged relentless warfare against the Hakeen, and the Xholar Empire slowly crumbled. In 325/4, the city of Ashkavan was captured and destroyed, and the Hakeen civilization collapsed. Only the far eastern segment of the former empire held together, and eventually came under the domination of the City-State of Zhin.

The official date of the founding the Xholar Empire is 657/3; the year the city of Ashkavan was founded. The empire finally collapsed with the destruction of that city in 325/4. The Xholar Empire lasted 821 years. Its coat of arms was a silver dragonfly on a pale green field. The Xholar Empire encompassed what are today the realms of Üthrar, the Vakara Grasslands, and the northern region of the Kratheri Peninsula. There is currently little physical evidence of their civilization, other than the ruins of their two greatest cities, dozens of other smaller settlements, and scattered temples and other structures throughout the Far East.

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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 Corwyn territories 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.