The Western House Rebellion
War of Unity
Humans arrived on Tjara through travels unknown to any but them, and made the World their home. Not long after they came, they began fighting amongst themselves. Borders were drawn where there were none before, and alliances were made. Warlords and petty kings savagely routed villages, and border skirmishes escalated to wars that threatened to rip the world apart.
The Banites and Elam Nishet
In 2698 A.C.A. began the War of Unity. The Cult of Bane had been gaining power for the past fifty years, and had grown in numbers and strength until it swallowed the Northern Marches, using the Five Kings there as puppets for their wars. Vast tracts of forest were decimated, killing thousands of fey creatures, and displacing even more. These refugees left Man’at entirely, settling in Nish A Tak, the southernmost lands in the World, with only the beasts of the tundra to keep them company. The men of the East, as well as those of the South, sent envoys to the stronghold at Al Rashet, there to deliver an offer of peace and alliance against the Northern Marches.
Elam Nishet, lord of the Central lands, drew many to his banner without any offer of alliance. The Goliaths of the Cantari Steppes descended the plains to offer their might, as did the Gnomes of the Illyth Forest, all to curb the threat that Bane’s followers presented. Many bloody battles ensued, and for two years the war teetered back and forth between the two sides.
Abominations and the Aran Sisterhood
It was the fall of 2700 A.C.A., as the last of the Five Kings was slain that the priests of Bane brought forth their most dreaded weapons. Warriors of flesh fused with steel, abominations made of man stalked the battlefield, and did not spare their own. Up to this point, the Western lands had refused to join in the battle, claiming neutrality as their only method of survival. After seven days of unmitigated slaughter that took in half of the Western lands as well as those of the Central plains, the king of the West sent Elam Nishet and his alliance a group of fifteen women.
These warlocks and sorceresses were the last members of a sisterhood that had its roots in another world and held power over nature that rivaled that of elemental Genasi. The Aran Sisters infiltrated the camps of Bane and destroyed the abominations before executing all but five of the high priests, who fled. Later, they made their final stand at the center of power in the Northern Marches.
Fall of Marium and the Rise of an Emperor
Snows fell thick on the walled city of Marium, and in the gray light before true dawn, gouts of flame melted stone and the earth ripped itself open. The alliance stormed the city, exterminating all followers of Bane and destroying the temples.
Elam Nishet led the most dangerous assaults himself, claiming that he would not risk the life of a single soldier if he were not willing to do so himself. His supporters were near-fanatical in their devotion, and it was for this reason that the war led by him was also the instrument of unification for an entire continent. Nishet faced little resistance when he was held up as Emperor of Man’at.