The Coming of the Zioth

The Empire

Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
and the surrounding areas have, off and on over the centuries, have formed a loose empire which exists largely in name alone.

The Imperial Election

The First Emperor of the Realm, Volupture I, gave himself the title when, for a period of eight months, he held significant power over what are now Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
, the Gallian lands, Terradiaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Free States of Terradia

Terradia is a region to the southwest of Rang, separated from that great kingdom by the Koril Mountains. Most trade and travel between the two regions is done through waterways, as they are much more passable than the Koril Mountains. Terradia is bordered on the south and west by the Great Sea (or the Heirului Sea, as it is called in most of Terradia), and on the east and north by the Koril Mountains.
, and even the westernmost extremes of the Eastern Kingdomsplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Eastern Kingdoms

Little is known about the Eastern Kingdoms. At one time, there was regular communication with Rang, but the kingdoms have become increasingly quiet over time.

Physically, the Eastern Kingdoms are nearly inaccessible from Rang. Their borders with the Ice Sea are treacherous due to rocks and ice, so there are very few ports. The border with
(now Ostmark). Volupture's short reign, which began in 794, made him immensely popular among the common people of the entire realm. Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
was deep into the Years of Corruption at the time, and none of the short-lived kings of that era were well- liked by the people. Volupture, drawing on the treasury of his own kingdom, made life much more livable for serfs and peasants of the entire Realm, as well as helping out a great many nobles who were dangerously close to bankruptcy. A single man, however, can not support twenty kingdoms out of his own pocket. Volupture, early in 795, found himself nearly bankrupt, but, expecting help from the many lords he had assisted, he continued to give generously to everyone in need. History tells that he was surprised when no one came to his aid to finance his network of charity and bribery. It was many years before the peasantry stopped expecting his return.

The Second Emperor of the Realm was Diure LVIII, who held the title from Piquidon 870 until his death twenty-three years later. In a successful effort to increase his influence, he arranged an election among the kings and nobles of the realm, which, given the military force he held back at various borders, he was certain to win. The title of emperor did not entitle him to any control over neighboring kingdoms, but it did give him the right to send small companies of Rouche troops parading around the realm, building up his name, gaining him popularity, and inflating the size of his defensive forces in the minds of potential enemies.

Diure was not nearly as foolish with money as his predecessor, but his activities as emperor definately contributed to his massive accumulated debt. As emperor, he was expected to send a portion of his army to aid his neighbors in battle (except when he was attacking them himself), and to support the most destitute of nobles in their need.

The empire of Diure LVIII consisted of Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
, a large portion of the Gallian lands and smaller portions of what are now Ostmark and Terradiaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Free States of Terradia

Terradia is a region to the southwest of Rang, separated from that great kingdom by the Koril Mountains. Most trade and travel between the two regions is done through waterways, as they are much more passable than the Koril Mountains. Terradia is bordered on the south and west by the Great Sea (or the Heirului Sea, as it is called in most of Terradia), and on the east and north by the Koril Mountains.
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Diure LXII held the title of Third Emperor of the Realm from 940 until his death in 953, but all imperial activity ceased in 945 when he realized the title was doing him no good at all, and was working against a substantial treasury that he was quite proud of.

The empire of Diure LXII consisted of Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
, a large portion of the Gallian lands and a few of the Terradian substates.

The election for the Fourth Emperor of the Realm was arranged by Diure LXIV, and will be held on the first of Aed, 1002. Not all of Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
's neighbors are happy with the idea of another emperor, but, at this point, Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
is far too powerful to oppose. Each involved kingdom has nominated a candidate, but it is quite clear that Diure will win. Ostmark, duchy of Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
, briefly held out for a candiate of its own, but it quickly stopped the effort, possibly realizing that Ostmark was not in a position to take on such a great financial burden (not that Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
necessarily is either). The new empire will consist of Rangplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Kingdom of Rang

Overview

Rang is a huge kingdom, covering more than a million square miles, and extending from the Great Sea to the Ice Sea. It dominates the area politically, militarily and religiously. Rang is a monarchy, led by King Diure LXIV, but its immense size weakens the central government. Most feudal lords manage their lands independently, and only answer to the king in the loosest sense. The king does have several pockets of power, such as in Huerten, which allow him to maintai…
, most of the Gallian lands and about a third of Terradiaplugin-autotooltip__default plugin-autotooltip_big The Free States of Terradia

Terradia is a region to the southwest of Rang, separated from that great kingdom by the Koril Mountains. Most trade and travel between the two regions is done through waterways, as they are much more passable than the Koril Mountains. Terradia is bordered on the south and west by the Great Sea (or the Heirului Sea, as it is called in most of Terradia), and on the east and north by the Koril Mountains.
. The Terradian substates are generally in it to gain Rouche support; few of them even submitted a candidate.