History of Htaevic Rouge

Prehistory

Ancient Htaevic Rouge

Alotsë dynasty (6,312-6,537 Y)

It was during the short Alotsë dynasty that Hotsan Gget developed the hlunliw writing system, originally to write down the oral poetry passed down through generations of monarchs. This soon spread through the royal class and became the predominant writing system throughout the empire.

In this era, the most important cities were:

  • Baestamiw (present day Xol), located at the southern edge of the great rift, and the easternmost major city of the Alotsë.
  • Cilawlyawre, located on the Yot river not too far from the Alotsë's border with the Succlythians. This was the capital of the Alotsë dynasty and where they first experimented with building traditional Wzeliwhacan shrines.
  • Renzhilyarë, a city located inland near a large aquifer and the largest gold mine in the world at the time.

Burë dynasty (6,670-6,804)

The Burë dynasty saw the expansion of wzeliwhacan shrines across Htaevic territory, and the growth of political power in the priest class. Priest Kazhiw Lmget of the Lmtsahacan shrine said that, during one of his prayer sessions (likely using traditional psychedelics) the Messenger of Sin Lmtsa came to him and told him that the so-called 'Elder Beings of Haki' have recently acquired a divine power that they wish to bestow upon a chosen monarch on Pavala. He relayed this message to Emperor Stanzhi Burë who asked Kazhiw Lmget to head the Order of the Elder Beings, a society of priests and scholars dedicated towards finding out more about these divine beings and figuring out how to grant the Burë line their secret powers.

Expansionist era

First Htaevic Empire (6,804-7,005 Y)

Gradually, this order became more and more powerful until eventually they ruled the Htaevic empire in all but name; while they would grant the current Burë ruler the 'divine right' to rule over all of the Htaevic realm, the order would use its large bureaucracy to get its way in any disagreement with the imperial household. As the Htaevic's religious identity continued to strengthen they would eventually go to war against their northern neighbors, the Succlythians, who followed the heretical Herlucc religion. This would eventually lead to the downfall of the First Htaevic Empire as the Succlythians were more powerful and able to launch counter-invasions.

It was during the First Htaevic Empire that ironworking became widespread in the region. The First Htaevic Empire also drove out the native Raiwlawbiwmtë inhabitants of the Shattered Islands, known primarily for separating into clans based on their purple and green hair. The purple-haired inhabitants decided to migrate northwards into the Meó basin, while the green-haired inhabitants migrated southwards into Unuvun and displaced the native Konod people.

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.

Haki Republic (7,224-7,520 Y)

During the Haki Republic, the language of Classical Htaevic flourished and eventually became a lingua franca across much of Delezia. The Htaevic script solidified into Classical Hlunliw.

Middle ages

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".