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Dec 9 2016, 03:03 PM
Malli’ayad Empire

In the southern third of Sha’Lazar, some three thousand years ago, every Hanasim hill-lord called himself a "King", but over the millennia, the stronger Kingdoms absorbed the weaker, gradually aggregating into larger Kingdoms. The land became divided between seven Kingdoms. And then came the Rash’ani expansion from the Acacus into the Canas, and into the Hanasim, and it was the seven Kingdom alliance of the Hanasim that banded together to prevent the Rash’ani from moving farther south and east.

And once the Rash’ani threat subsided, so did the Alliance, with the Hamadans returning to their island of Red Hamada and declaring their own Kingdom. So the six other Kingdoms entered generations of strife, wars, and political arrangements. Those six Kingdoms absolved and entered into a single entity, the Malli’ayad Empire, the powerhouse in Hanasim; and yet its external influence resides today in the Tamazgha, in the walled city-state of al Manifa.


Dec 9 2016, 02:57 PM
The Tamazgha

Not far from the arid mountains surrounding Sammadir on the coast, lies an area of desert called the Tamazgha… an area that stretches length-wise from the very walls of Arcadia southward to the grand city-state of Utica; and from the west from the Sammadir mountains to the east-central desert mountains of Kyrenaice.

The Tamazgha had always been an area of contention between the cities because of its vital trade routes and its desert resources; and even moreso when the armed forces of the Malli’ayad Empire in Hanasim in the southeast attempted the acquisition of that vital area. It had been this war that finally united Utica and Arcadia in a Treaty of Mutual Accord with the defeat of the Milli’ayad forces and their retreat back to Hanasim.

The land of the Tamazgha includes the ancient cities of Arcadia, al Manifa, Utica, and Kyrenaice in a circular pattern around the area. Within the circle lies smaller walled cities such as Sammadir in the western mountains and Marin in the southern plains. The Tamazgha is governed by four Vizier from the major cities, and six Governors of lower districts, in Arcadia as the administrative capital. The remaining territory was left in the domain of the lower courts in Utica.


At the time, the Malli’ayad policy in Sha’Lazar was simply to prevent another great power from rising in the Tamazgha, or its influential neighbor, the Sudvanna of Canas. The Malli’ayad prince Jugurin attempted to reunify the smaller cities and villages of the Tamazgha. However, upon his death, much of Jugurin's territory was placed in the control of the Utican Vizier; but, by that time, the Malli’ayad coloniae of Tamazgha was firmly rooted.

Several political and provincial reforms were implemented by Augustus and later by Leonidas, but Claudius finalized the territorial divisions into official Malli’ayad provinces. Al Manifa became a senatorial province.

Clash in the Tamazgha

The Malli’ayad Army landed in a 1000 ships along the coast near al Manifa and once again crossed into the Tamazgha and overran the area, founding their own threshold in the walled city; with hopes of pushing inland from there. The Malli’ayad of the Hanasim controlled the city-state as a warrior-elite, enforcing a policy of strict separation and suppressing the local population for almost 300 years. But when the Malli’ayad Empire was failing from within, al Manifa broke away from the Malli’ayad Kingdom and became a sole, far-away remnant of what was once a great Empire. Instead of reverting back to the Rash’ani culture, al Manifa chose to remain with the Malli’ayadan style of governance and cultural lifestyle; grasping onto what it was most familiar with.

Though the Malli’ayad, controlled the walled city of al Manifa, Arcadia and Utica still controlled the Tamazgha. The restored Malli’ayad administration was successful in fending off the attacks of the Tamazgha desert tribes, and by means of an extensive fortification network managed to extend its rule once again to the interior.

Tamazghan uprising and the revolt

Al Manifa, and the Tamazgha, enjoyed peace and prosperity for the next few years, until the arrival of the great plague, caused by merchants arriving in the port, during which the people of the city suffered greatly. At the same time, the arrogant behavior of some Malli’ayad governors alienated the Rash’ani leaders, and provoked them to rise up and raid Malli’ayad-controlled outer territory. But still Malli’ayad sent reinforcements to the far-flung reaches of Sha’lazar to support their interests in the Tamazgha, thus supplying a revolt that would last beyond 15 years. But even that was short-lived, as it was that, during a battle with the Rash’ani at Cillium Oasis, the Malli’ayad were finally defeated and its Vizier killed. But in the treaty that would be signed, a Manifa would remain under Malli’ayad control. Not because of a strategic necessity, but primarily the people of the city deemed it their way of life now.

Peace restored

For the next decades, the Tamazgha remained tranquil, allowing it to recover. Peace might not have lasted as long, had not the Rash’ani Amir perceived that the complete eviction of the Malli’ayad from the interior of the area, and the complete restoration of the province to its ancient bounds was not impossible. Instead, he opted to accommodate himself with the people of a Manifa, promising them autonomy in exchange for denying them to become a Malli’ayad Empire federate.

People under treaty expected to provide a contingent of fighting men when trouble arose, thus making them allies. The loyalty of these dependent princes of the various Tamazghan tribes was secured by means of annual pensions and gifts, and the peace was kept by a strong network of fortifications.

The only interruption to the Tamazhga's tranquility was a brief revolt, caused by the unwarranted murder of the aged tribal leader Cutzinas, when he came to Arcadia to receive his annual pension, by the magister militum, Akham Rogath. His sons and dependents rose up, until an expeditionary force under the warlord Hassan el Shairir, succeeded in restoring the peace.
Dec 4 2016, 07:47 PM

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Important Extras

<tr><td>Aziz</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>player choice</td><td>-/ apprentice to Prin ti Demsiri /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Nahla Mubarek</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>Emilia Clark</td><td>-/ former slave; associated with Hassan el Sharir /-</td></tr>


<tr><td>Abdullah Zer</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ second to Alai Karzi /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Alai Karzi</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ former territorial warlord of the Southern Acacus Desert; and slaver /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Kadir</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ leader of the Aswad, and brother to Nazli and Kalima /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Kalima</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>Gemma Arterton</td><td>-/ seer, sister to Kadir and Nazli; and associated Prin ti Demsiri /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Nazli</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>Eva Green</td><td>-/ second in command of Aswad, and sister to Kadir and Kalima /-</td></tr>

Imperial Harem

Concubines are usually introduced into the harem in their tender age and are brought up in the disciplines of the palace. They are promoted according to their capacities and became:
<tr><td>_____</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Bas Ka’dın, or "Chief Lady”, “Queen Mother”/-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_____</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Ras’oul Ka’din, or, “the mother of the Amir's first-born son”/-</td></tr>
<tr><td>__(5)__</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Haz Ka’dın, or “favorite wives or mother of his other sons”/-</td></tr>
<tr><td>__(8)__</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Cez’ran, or eight favorite concubines of the Amir /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Go’dze, or concubines of other court officials /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Go’bal, or other concubines who the Amir favors /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Od’lista, underaged girls, used as chambermaids /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Aph’lista, underaged girls, used as hostess /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Kaph’lista, underaged girls, used as hostess assistants /-</td></tr>
Eunuchs are men who have been castrated, typically early enough in his life for this change to have major hormonal consequences. In some situations, it is a man who is not castrated but who is impotent, celibate, or otherwise not inclined to marry and procreate. These men were highly trained in the art of combat as protectorates of the harems.
<tr><td>____</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Kız’asi, or Master of the Girls /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>_(unlimited)_</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choices</td><td>-/ Eunuchs, special men used as guards of the harem. /-</td></tr>

Taj Mina Bath House

<tr><td>Rassid Isnafah</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ owner of Ta Mina Bath House; includes 2 wives; 3 children; 4 guards, and 5 servant-slaves /-</td></tr>

The Tamazgha

<tr><td>Briseis</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>Diane Kruger</td><td>-/ Lady of al Manifa; closely associated with Kamenwati /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Mathayus</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ head male slave to Briseis, Lady of Tamazgha /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Niemah</td><td>-/f/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ head slave girl to Briseis, Lady of Tamazgha /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Octavius Romulous</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Viceroy to Tamazgha; allied to Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Titus Furius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Governor of al Manifa; allied to Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Manius Naevius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Senator of Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cyrus Villius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Senator of Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>

Malli’ayad Empire

<tr><td>Secundus Augustus</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Emperor of Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Brutus Flavius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Comitia Coriata- Malli’ayad General /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Julius Ovidius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Senate Praetor of Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>
<tr><td>Cicero Porcius</td><td>-/m/-</td><td>choice</td><td>-/ Senator of Malli’ayad /-</td></tr>

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