History of Htaevic Rouge
The written history of Htaevic Rouge began around 6,700 Y during the First Htaevic Empire, when Emperor Ngaangumú welcomed priests from Nokhta into the imperial court. The First Htaevic Empire would gradually expand its holdings up the Yot River and into the Shattered Islands until its collapse during the Succlythian invasions. The Succlythians greatly influenced the development of Htaevic culture, spreading the octal number system, the Herlucc religion and their rudimentary democratic politics. After the split of the Succlythian Empire in 7,224 Y, Emperor Lucclucc of the Southern Succlythian Empire declared himself the prophet of Luccluccism, stating that he had recieved divine right from the Elder Beings of Haki to conquer the entirety of Pavala in their name. He waged massive wars of conquest against the Meó, inhabitants of the Shattered Islands, the Northern Succlythian Empire and even parts of Nokhta, establishing the Haki Republic.
The Haki Republic lasted for several centuries until the death of Consul Dan in 7,520 Y, after which it descended into civil war in a period known as the Shattering, from which the Shattered Islands receive their name. The time period after the Shattering is commonly known as the 1024 Year Spring – a time of relative peace from approximately 7,625 Y to 8,650 Y during which the many former states of the Haki Republic flourished culturally and politically. It ended with the spread of Blinding Plague into the region, killing over 40% of Htaevic Rouge's population. The self-proclaimed prophet Dropo gained a cult following and, after invoking divine right, reconquered much of Htaevic Rouge to form the Second Htaevic Empire, of which he declare himself king (beneath the Elder Beings of Haki). The Second Htaevic Empire would last for an astonishing four hundred years until it fell to an expansionist Nokhta during the late 91st century.
After a string of failed revolts in the 92nd century, as well as a series of famines and minor plagues, the monk Biplatza Sagpawej developed the basic tenets of the Hakiism religion, which blamed the Elder Beings of Haki for all the suffering Htaevic Rouge's peoples had endured in the past centuries. The religion spread quickly throughout the poor serf class in Htaevic Rouge and Nokhta, and was subsequently banned in Unuvun and Meó. It was this religious fervor that would become the driving force behind the mass exodus of millions to Ivinis, where they would be "beyond the Elder Beings' cursed gaze".