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A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: conclusion

I don’t know very much about what happens after Sohndre declared himself Emperor. I’m still working it out. I do know that there were there are ten other emperors/empresses between him and Emperor Nasoldre who is ruling when my story takes place. I know that Sohndre began by taking over the Ice Hills. From there Ibvail claimed Koreiy, Salvyn, and Djare as their own. Then they sailed across the Oabrit Sea to begin conquering the Far Continent. I have yet to write anything about this time in chronological order. I just know that it happens.

My aim in having written the “brief history” is that no setting is complete without knowing how the people got to where they are. Sure, you can just say, “it’s an empire,” but it wasn’t always. There was something different before and if you don’t know what that was, there will be something lacking. I always tell a dear friend of mine that in writing, consistency is key. I think history, whether it is a character’s personal history or a nation’s, is immensely important to staying consistent.

One thing that I love about the Ibvailyn Empire is how thoroughly it contradicts itself. The people there follow the Path, a religion of peaceful teachings, and yet they have an army with which they conquer other nations! Sure, they may claim that they are trying to spread the Path and gain Oneness with all, but peace can’t be spread through violence. I love the contradiction, because it is so real. As one of my college professors loved to say “humans are great at living with contradiction.” Inside all of us are contradicting thoughts and feelings. It wouldn’t be any different for people just because they’re fictional. It wouldn’t be different for the nations they live in. Fiction is just a reflection of reality. That means all aspects of things in reality ought to be mirrored in writing, from creating histories to realistic emotions. Good luck.

Take care, fellow travelers.


A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 6

Hello! Part six is here for your enjoyment!

Harayin made it is mission to build up the kingdom. He began construction of the Harbor Walls in Rusla; he expanded Rusla and renamed it Ruslaht; he took up the restoration of the temples in Ohmlaur and he commissioned the border post Talahm to be built into a city.

Harayin married in the third year of his rule. His wife was a Salvyni woman called Mita and she was only eighteen when she was crowned queen. She had two sons, the elder called Eeryon and the younger called Ehdre. Mita knew that Eeryon was not Harayin’s son, for she had taken up an affair with a Salvyni craftsman twice her age. She hoped only that Harayin would recognize Ehdre as heir. But Harayin died before naming an heir and Mita felt it her duty to tell her sons the truth, so that Ehdre could rule.

Enraged, Eeryon murdered Mita and blamed Ehdre for it, driving the true heir out of Ruslaht and into hiding. Ehdre gathered an army in secret and marched on Ruslaht. Thus began the Brothers’ War.

For the next eighty years the war raged. The kingdom was left in ruins and it’s people filled with anger. The War at last came to an end when Ira, a daughter of Eeryon’s line, sided with Rindre, descendent of Ehdre. Ira helped Rindre to destroy her family and reclaim the throne.

Sickened by the war, Rindre and Ira married and taught their children to value and protect peace, as the gods had long ago instructed. Hodre, son of Ira and Rindre, rebuilt the kingdom and friendships with other nations. For the next five generations, the kings of Ibvail struggled to follow the teachings of the Path and hold peace in place. That peace was shattered when Filedre was forced to defend his northern subjects once more against the people of the Ice Hills, a duty that he passed on to his son and grandson. It was at the dawn of Paridre’s rule, great-grandson to Filedre, that the attacks ceased. Paridre maintained the Ibvailyn army, in case attack came again, but he did not make an aggressive move towards the Ice Hills.

Ottdre, son of Paridre, returned to the ways of peace. He banned all killing and disbanded the army. Under his rule, the kingdom breathed easier. He ruled gently and with great compassion. But upon Ottdre’s death his son Sohndre seized complete control from his siblings and crowned himself First Emperor of the Ibvailyn Empire.

So ended the Time of Kings.

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A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 5

Mondays are the best days! The whole week is spread out before you, just waiting to be experienced! Best of all, it means a whole week of posts to share with you! Enjoy part five and have a fabulous Monday!

Tir followed in the footsteps of his father and clung to peace. Even when the fields were struck with disease and winter took many lives, he did not consider killing animals or taking what he needed from his neighbors. But when the crops failed a second year, the people grew restless. Ahl, Tir’s own son, murdered him to gain control and save his starving people. Ahl decreed that it was lawful and right to kill animals, and that it was the gods’ displeasure that had caused the famine.

Ahl raised an army, promising food to all who enlisted, to cross the Mountains Dosid into Salvyn. Thus began the Famine War, with both sides starving and every resource going to feed the armies. The war ended after six years, after the Salvyni people had been cut into a scattering of villages and nomadic tribes and the fields of Ibvail had at last produced enough to feed its people. Ahl did not go to war again, though he kept his borders fortified and built a naval fleet.

Miran took over after his father’s death. He ruled for only two years before his untimely demise. In those two years, he rebuilt ties with Salvyn by sending them aid for reconstruction. His brother, Harayin, took up the crown after him.

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A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 4

Well hello again. As I was getting ready for this morning’s post, I thought that maybe this should really be called a history of the Imperial Line, seeing as how it centers on the royal family and passing of the crown. But isn’t the history of most nations dictated by the rulers? Perhaps I will have to make other histories of Ibvail as well. But for now, enjoy part four and have a lovely weekend.

In the first years of the boy king’s rule, the new king of the Ice Hills, Ulrid, saw a chance to win back land that had been stolen from him by Ibvailyn governors. King Ulrid raised an army and marched into Ibvail, his children at his side. Ulrid showed no mercy to the northern estates. The governors raised their own militias, but no formal army had ever been needed in Ibvail and many people were killed.

Ulrid’s campaign lasted for five years until Riyan, in the tenth year of his life, marched onto the battlefield and slew Ulrid with the might of his magic. The boy proclaimed the Ice Hills to be an Ibvailyn territory and demanded fealty from the children of Ulrid.

In his twelfth year Riayn made a pilgrimage to Ohmlaur and stayed there for many years, learning from the Walkers. He wholeheartedly took to those teachings and made them the foundation for the rest of his life. He proclaimed that the Afflicted would no longer be hunted, and that no blood ought to be spilled, not even an animal’s.

So admired was he that an Afflicted woman from the far mountains came to his court to pledge her loyalty to him. She was called Sadi and, after an extended stay in Rusla, became Queen Sadi. Many of Riyan’s subjects were deeply affronted by this and both they and their five children faced many assassination attempts throughout their lives. Only one of the children survived, and Tir became the next king. To his death Riyan believed that the violence he had committed against Ulrid was wrong. In the end, he took his own life in an attempt to atone for that murder.

Take care, fellow travelers.

A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 3

Perhaps my “brief history” isn’t so brief, but it could always be much longer. I am not including as much detail as I could for the sake of future stories that I would like to write. And also, because then it really wouldn’t be brief. Enjoy part 3!

Dra reigned for twenty years. During his time as king, he established the Walkers as a holy sect. He sent the Walkers to the lands east of the Mountains Dosid and established ties with the people of Koreiy and Salvyn. He commissioned ships to be built that people could travel easily between Rusla and the Holy City of Ohmlaur. Dra also sought to cleanse the kingdom of those afflicted tainted magic, those beast-people that did not accept the gods’ teachings.  He sent his hunters to their villages and burrows and burned them out. Dra did not every marry, though he was deeply in love with a serving woman called Lona. Together they had three children: Amareen, Torya, and Niza. Dra passed the crown to his only son, Torya.

Torya ruled with peace. He traded fruitfully with Koreiy and Salvyn, and sent his ships further south to Djare that he might trade with the fisher-people as well. He built an academy of learning within Rusla and invited any who wished to come study there. He did not continue the hunt of the Afflicted. Torya had a single son, called Ibya, who took the crown after him.

Ibya’s reign lasted a short three years before a Beast of the east slew him on his pilgrimage to Ohmlaur. He left his wife Meeli and their infant son to rule the kingdom. Although Riyan was crowned king soon after his father’s death, Meeli was given stewardship of the kingdom until he was old enough to govern it himself.

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A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 2

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone’s weekend was pleasant. As I promised on Friday, here is the second part to “A Brief History.” Enjoy!

Whilst his city was being built, the First King traveled the length of the land, from the sea in the west to the mountains in the east, from the icy plains in the north to the Holy City in the south. He treated with the villages and keeps of his kingdom, winning their loyalty and spreading the gods’ teachings. The Kingdom of Ibvain was formed, the First King in his castle and his governors remaining on their estates.

Thirty years did pass and it was then that Father Simea returned to his son’s dreams. Simea guided the First King deep into the Ice Plains where the people had gone unnoticed in their frozen fortress. The First King sought their allegiance and met the ruler of the Ice People, Asrid.

Asrid was a proud ruler who protected his people with all of his being. He refused to join the new nation forming in the south. He told the First King that his people had a ruler and did not need another, but that did not mean that they could not be allies. The First King was gracious in accepting Asrid’s refusal, and agreed to an alliance. To solidify this bond, Asrid’s daughter was sent with the First King back to Rusla. She was called Amaree.

Amaree was strong and brave. She went willingly to experience the ways of the Ibvains. In Rusla, she made many friends and came to have great influence over both women and men. A bond between the First King and Amaree grew and a year after their return to Rusla, they were married. Together they had eight children, Four of which did not survive past childhood. And then they had a ninth child, born in the light of the moon, a child that took his mother’s life.

The First King brought up this last child, the boy Dra, to be king.

Take care, fellow travelers!

A Brief History of the Ibvailyn Empire: part 1

NOTE: this is written as if by a character within the story.

The earliest days of Ibvail are shrouded in myth. The first records are the Stones of the Path, which were written by the gods themselves. They tell of a dark time in which humans were no more than beasts. They made rough dwellings out of branches, caves, and holes in the ground. They were Pathless heathens, barely human at all. The gods raised us out of that darkness and gave us the first teaching of the Path: All life is sacred.

For many years, the gods sheltered the races of Ibvail and provided for them. They built a great city with their knowledge and gathered humans to it. This city was the Holy City of Ohmlaur, and it remains holy even now. The young peoples of our nation flocked to the city for learning and worship and to look upon the gods that protected them. There was a woman who came to the city and took up work there as an acolyte to the gods. Father Simea fell in love with this woman, and together they made a child.

When the child was born, it was with the mark of the Golden Moon. Father Simea marveled at the boy and knew that it would soon be time for he and his family to retreat, that his son would lead the people into glory. As the boy grew, Father Simea taught him and told him of the good he would do and when the boy came of age, the gods departed. Where they went no one knows, for it was not recorded. The child became the first king of Ibvail.

The first command given by the King was to construct a new city from which he could rule. Through his dreams he was led to a bay in the north and there he and his loyal followers began work. They used their magics to hasten the task, but even so it took a lifetime to complete, and the children of the first workers were grown and dead before it was finished. And yet, if these stories are to be believed, the Kind was young still, blessed with the blood of a god. He christened the city Rusla, capital of his kingdom.

More will be posted on Monday.

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