Kanjo

From World of Charun

Nation founded by Queen Balahpa in 5332 II

Royal Palace of Kanjo
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Royal Palace of Kanjo

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Description

Kanjo is an ancient and mystic kingdom found in the Eastern Lands, ruled by a queen and the Hatriya warrior caste. Being founded in the Second Age, it is today the oldest of all surviving realms. Kanjo has finally suffered a defeat, and has withdrawn into itself, aloof and more mysterious than ever. Foreigners are rarely allowed within its borders.

The old caste system remains, though the Imperial Caste dominates and those in it are made up from all castes, with loyalty to the Sapphire Queen and talent as the only perquisites. What is known about the society comes mostly from Imperial merchants and officials visiting Port Murajo. Magic and worship, it is said, are closely watched, with mage-assassin Vipers eliminating any threat to the Sapphire Queen.


Economy

Kanjo is a fairly self-contained land of great richness. It has a well-developed agriculture, a textile industry, and an abundant supply of precious minerals. It also produces valuable spices, drugs and cosmetics.

Trade with the Western Lands further incrases the wealth of the nation. Most of it takes place on Merchant Isle, which is located immediatly when passage is gained through Ormhand's Gap. The island is operated by an independent ruler whose security is guaranteed by Ulvhavn, where they ship all their goods for export. These are then bought by visiting Northman merchants, who transport them further to various ports.


Army

While Kanjite has suffered severe setbacks of late, that does not mean that they are fundamentally reduced. The Kanjite Imperial Army still holds a staggering 70 000 soldiers, which makes it the largest force upon Charun. The army is led by commanders from the Hatriya caste, who have since birth been indoctrinated for the task of serving the Sapphire Queen.

More about: Royal Army of Kanjo


Grand Temple of Haerian in Balahpur
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Grand Temple of Haerian in Balahpur

Religion

Religion has a central part in Kanjite society, influencing everyone from the lower castes all the way to the queen herself. Both New Powers and Old Gods are worshipped, all deities held as equals. It is whispered that the Sapphire Queen directs the religious activities of the Imperial Caste somewhat differently. But no details are known.

More about: Kanjite Religion


History

No records can reveal when Humans appeared in the Eastern Lands. What is known is that they could flourish as the rulers of the continent, without Mórail, Urman or Sauroids threatening their existence. Several prominent, civilised cultures rose to power there during the Second Age. Kanjo was one of them. It was founded by a great warrior by the name of Balahpa in 5332 II, quickly becoming a military force to count on under her rule. However, the territory they lived on was poorly suited for farming and during the follwing 500 years the Kanjite were more or less dependant on their neigbours for resources they lacked themselves, mainly agricultural products. It all changed when Kanjo broke all agreements and declared war on their neighbours; Yao, Ny-Ago and the Tengar in 5860 II, which led to a conflict of epic scale known as the War of Supremacy.

Yao was defeated swiftly, with the capital conquered within days. Ny-Ago proved to be a harder foe to defeat though. It would take Kanjo three full years to claim the territory of the Ny-Agi and drive them into the sea. They were to later form the nation of Nar-Ago in the Western Lands. The Kanjite were never able to defeat the Tengar, and the stalemate still lingers on today.

With three quarters of the Eastern Lands in their possession, Kanjo began prospering and growing in a furious pace. The conquered Yao continued to farm their fields, providing the Kanjite with grain they had been forced to pay for in the past. All resources in the old Ny-Ago territory were taken care of in a similar way.

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In 386 IV, a Yao adava caught the wife of an upper caste Kanjte as she fell from a spooked stallion, saving her from severe injury or death. He was executed the next day. Soon a brooding prophet calling himself the Son of Yao was preaching rebellion and then leading it with his strange magic. The rebellion swiftly spread to the core provinces as the adava caste sought to shake a millennia old yoke about their necks. At that moment the Tengar struck the northern frontier, swiftly defeating the weakened garrisons of the Nar Agi province and driving the Kanjite forces back to the Hills of Conquest. Meanwhile the Son of Yao, shooting bolts of arcane energy from his hands, led an attack on the naval shipyards and when the seamen - mostly made up of the lower castes - revolted, half of the fleet lay at the bottom of the harbor. A handful of ships were taken north where they put themselves at the service of the new Tengar Khan.

Chaos reigned in Kanjo. To make matters worse, the King of Ulvhavn decided to take advantage of the opportunity. He induced the governor of Port Murajo to declare Murajo a free city for the safety of the Isle and to protect it from the new naval threat and Hrafnir marauders. He then invited several hundred Ulvhavn warriors, who were readily at hand, to help him maintain the claim.

The Yao declared themselves independent under the Son of Yao, the Ulv were effectively in control of Port Murajo, a Tengar warlord had declared himself Khan of Nar-Ago, and the core provinces were in turmoil. It appeared the reign of the Kanjite might come to an end.

One night in 393 IV, known today as the Night of the Sapphire Moon, hideous screams emanated from the palace. Vipra, Hatriya, and servants alike fled the scene with grim tales of horrific slaughter. The next morning the princess, veiled and cloaked, assumed the throne. The old queen was no more, she declared, and her Purohita and Senani were staked in front of the palace.

A new imperial caste was formed loyal only to the Sapphire Queen, as she was now called. New Purohita and Sennai were chosen from her personal bodyguard. A new post, Darjo, was created. And the Darjo sent his deadly squads, Vipers, lead by mage-assassins began to subdue the core provinces. A great wall was begun, to be built along the Hills of Conquest to the Sunrise Tower. Flags of vengeance hung from its battlements.

In 398 IV, the newly reformed army and the Vipers turned towards Yao. Under the shadow of the Shield Mountains the two armies met. The Sapphire Queen herself was present and she displayed powerful magic which protected her servants from the Son of Yao. Heartened, her armies rushed forward proceed to crush the Yao at the Ford of Silence. When the dust settled, the Darjo himself came back with the Son of Yao's head and presented it his Queen.

Over the course of the next ten years all resistance was wiped out and the province of Yao made a wasteland, with the city of Yeng Yao itself burned to the ground in 409 IV. Then followed the final desolation of the Yao. Survivors were branded and sold into slavery at Port Murajo. Today their ancestors can be found in all corners of Charun but not one remains on the Eastern Continent.


More about: Kanjite | Tengar | Nar-Ago


Statistics

Population: 680 000

Army: Royal Army of Kanjo: 70 000 soldiers

Government form: Absolute Monarchy

Current Ruler: The Sapphire Queen

Demographics: Kanjite 100%

Heraldic Colours: Turquoise representing the sky, and yellow representing nation's wealth.

Natural Resources: Agricultural products, minerals, sandalwood, jade, mother-of-pearl, herbs, spices, drugs and cosmetics.

Manufactured Goods: Jewellery, magic items, textiles

Wealth: High

Allies: None

Enemies: Tengar

Religion: Both Old Gods and New Powers are worshipped.

Illegal Deities: None

Climate: Tropical

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