History of Khallayne
The first humans to inhabit the lands that are now considered to be the Khallayne Empire were nomads and various tribes fighting constantly to survive each other and the elements. The first civilization to emerge was the Ambernost Empire around 1900 B.P. (Before Prophet or 900 B.C. in Real Time), and it was in Ambernost that would emerge a religious revolution that is felt to this day in Khallayne.
On the date Firstmonth 1, Year Zero of the New Era (100 A.D.) The Prophet, the leader of the greatest religious revolution in the world, announced after gaining control of the last Heretic forces in Ambernost that a glorious new Empire would begin that would forever be ruled by his children and descendants. An Empire that the Prophet did not give a name to during his short 5 year reign before giving control to his youngest son Cameron who became Emperor Cameron I.
The Jiao Dynasty set the standards to which the Empire of Khallayne would be ruled by its various families (all with blood connections to the Prophet of course) during its thousand year history. A small Dynasty of five Emperors and one Empress who showed how (and how not) to rule and Empire like Khallayne. The reigns of Emperor Cameron I (the Founder) and Cameron II set the standards to which all future monarchs are compared to. The polcies of One State Faith and Only Faith were enacted and enforced during their reigns, construction of the Imperial City began, and the first capital city of Amberyl was built. The reign of the first Empress, Angelia the Beloved, saw the true birth of a cohesive culture emerge in the Empire. The dynasty was brought down by a military coup during the troubled reign of Emperor Bron I.
When General Caccus Menno killed the frail and weak Emperor Bron I, his loyalists in the military executed as many of the Jiao Family relatives as they could find, most of the nobility were driven out to the fringes of the Empire. During this madman's thirty year tyrany over the Empire he dared declare himself the Emperor of Khallayne and destroyed the Oak Throne which had been used by all members of the Jiao Dynasty and used the False Throne to rule over an Empire that was not his. This evil General attempted to erase the glory of The Way of Peace and the Will of Yellow Heaven from the Empire. In the end this madman was killed by a stroke and the leadership of the military was killed by their own troops. These Loyal Assasins then located the surviving members of the royal family and declared Prince Bron to be Emperor Bron II.
The Garnet Dynasty
The Garnet Dynasty held power for over 389 years and during the rule of the Garnets the Empire of Khallayne had its very first Senate. The Golden Diamond Throne was something one was elected to by the Senate, not by birth as it was done during the reign of the Jiao Dynasty. Of course, the only people eligble for election to the Golden Diamond Throne were relatives of the previous Emperor or Empress so this wasn't what one would call "true democracy". But the tradition of election by a Senate was kept by both the Garnet Dynasty and reborn during the current Rystal Dynasty. The high point of the Garnet Dynasty was the reign of Emperor Hixeres I, who ruled over a complete Cultural Rebirth through the Khallayne Empire. But the Garnet Dynasty collapsed after the assassination of Emperor Pradian I, also called Pradian the Weak. The War of the Five Kingdoms broke out after the Senate failed to decide upon a successor for the Golden Diamond Throne.
War of the Five Kingdoms
After the death of Pradian the Weak, the nobles and relations of the last Garnet Dynasty Emperor broke the Empire apart with their wars over who would rule what and who held the true rights to the Golden Diamond Throne. The ten year War of the Five Kingdoms is called this because towards the last five years of war five generals emerged with control over small dominions of the Empire. The Duke Mento ruled the north of the Empire, the Baron Ismin ruled the southern islands, the Prince Theolloryn ruled over the west, and General Cabre and Marquis Opal fought over control over the central plains. The Battle of the Flowers left General Cabre and his Dominion dead and in the hands of Marquis Opal who then launched a full assault upon Duke Mento who forged an alliance with Prince Theolloryn and crushed and killed the Marquis in the Battle of the Three Towers. Duke Mento then submited to the rule of Prince Theolloryn who then launched an invasion of the Baron's Dominion that held out until the tenth anniversary of the start of the war at the Battle of the Last Overlord where Prince Theolloryn chopped off the Barons head and had it stuffed and mounted in the Palace of Blood in the Imperial City. The Pesaro Dynasty was born.
The Pesaro Dynasty
The War of the Four Thrones
The Rystal Dynasty
After Empress Yolanda II (1304-1399 N.E.) either killed or banished her brothers and sisters to eliminate all contenders to the Golden Diamond Throne, she settled down into the Palace of Absolute Peace, the only building left in all the Imperial City, and began to build a new Dynasty. Yolanda II announced a number of changes. Firstly, she declared a new "Rystal" Dynasty (Rystal means "Restored" in Old Khallaynan) and changed the name of the capital to the same name. Secondly, she ordered the complete reconstruction of the Imperial City within a hundred years of the first year of her reign (giving the national coffers and construction crews some breathing room). Yolanda II ruled over a period of construction and restoration of the fractured and damaged Empire. Yolanda even headed over the final ceremonies that saw the complete reconstruction of the Imperial City and the Capital of Rystal in the year 1389 N.E. Her son's, Giusecchio II's, reign was of little note as it lasted only four years, but the reign of Empress Julia I (1402-1462) would see the true cultural and technological rebirth of Khallayne that finally gave the Empire the courage to enter into the world for the first time in its history. The reign of her grandchild, Giusecchio III, (1462-1468) would see a level of religious persecution that hadn't been seen since Emperor Cameron V (The Butcher); in just six years, he had wiped out all other religious institutions other than the Holy Order. The violence and international incidents caused by his stupidity drove his own guards to execute both him and his wife in their beds. The current Empress Diane I has shown a softer, less violent side as she has instituted religious freedom and is planning more reforms to a decadent Court Culture and an Empire on the brink of great change.
- Work in Progress*
Line of Dynasties
Four different branches of the Prophet's descendants have ruled the Khallayne Empire over the centuries, this is the list of RECOGNIZED rulers (false Emperors are not listed). Dates start at ) N.E. (or the New Era, the Empire was founded)
The Founder of Empire
The Prophet- 0 N.E.- 5 N.E. (all true rulers are descended from The Prophet, the Prophet's name is Zhang Jiao)
The Jiao Dynasty
Emperor Cameron I (The Founder)- 5- 101 (All year dates indicate the length of reigns, not birth dates)
Emperor Cameron II- 101- 145
Emperor Cameron III- 145- 215
Empress Angela I (The Beloved)- 215-235
Emperor Bron I (The Martyr)- 235-301
(At the death of Emperor Bron I a General named Caccus Menno seized power and ruled for 30 years as a False Emperor during the False Era thus ending the Jiao Dynasty. A blood nephew of Emperor Bron I took control when the General died and took the name Emperor Bron II.)
The Garnet Dynasty
Emperor Bron II (The Founder)- 331-399
Empress Angela II- 399-459
Empress Yolanda I- 459-519
Emperor Hixeres I (The Glorious)- 519-555
Emperor Urban I- 555-589
Empress Morgan I- 589-639
Emperor Theolloryn I- 639-699
Emperor Pradian I (The Weak)- 699-720
(Emperor Pradian I was killed by an assasin, he had no children so the 10 year War of the Five Kingdoms occured, in the end Pradian's blood uncle won and took the name Emperor Theolloryn II)
The Pesaro Dynasty
Emperor Theolloryn II (The Founder)- 730-790
Empress Morgan II (The Wise)- 790-845
Empress Yolanda I- 845-945
Emperor Symeon I (The Kind)- 945-1099
Emperor Cameron IV- 1099-1156
Emperor Cameron V (The Butcher)- 1156-1180
Empress Megan I- 1180-1245
Empress Megan II- 1245-1298
Emperor Giusecchio I (The Doomed Fool)- 1298-1304
(Emperor Giusecchio I was killed by an assasin. He had 4 children and the Senate couldn't decide on a ruler. so the two year War of the Four Thrones occured, in the end Empress Yolanda II killed "Symeon II" and sent "Tiberon I" and "Xiana I" into exile. Yolanda then declared a new Dynasty.)
The Rystal Dynasty
Empress Yolanda II (The Founder)- 1304-1399
Emperor Giusecchio II- 1399-1402
Empress Julia I (The Great) - 1402-1462
Emperor Giusecchio III (The Madman)- 1462-1468
Empress Diane I- 1468-current