City-State of Zhin
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Capitol: Zhin (population: 64,000)
Population: 95,000 (97% human; of 93% Hakeen, 6% Daroon, 1% other)
Government: Sultanate
Current Leader: Sultan Zathros Maz-Dur (N 13th level aristocrat)
Coat of Arms: yellow dragonfly on a pale green field
Exports: tapestries, fragrances, pearls, flax, textiles

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On the Vhan Myr Coast is the only remaining community of free Hakeen people left on the continent of Corwyn. The Hakeen seaport of Zhin was once part of the lost Xholar Empire, but the Üthrari devastation of that civilization has made this city a lonely and independent outpost of Hakeen culture. Zhin is located on the Vhan Myr coast, in the far eastern-most edge of the Vakara Grasslands, near a fertile river valley along a branch of the Zorath River. The city derives much of its its wealth from sea-trade with the three Hakeen island kingdoms of Ilsenene, Rhaygos, and Styr. Zhin also trades with the Western nations of Corwyn for its famous exotic perfumes and fragrances, beautiful tapestries and its exotic textiles markets. The city of Zhin has a high walls and a large military of 8,000 warriors that has kept it from ever being conquered by either the Kurandians or the Üthrari. Most of its people yearn for the day when they will retake the Vakara Grasslands and free their western cousins from the Üthrari yoke of slavery, but for now it is only a dream. Zhin is accessible via the Vhan Myr and via the Slavers road which leads west to Ul-Samad.

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.