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Twisted Confessional | Hazaril

Taros

see Haztory

From the Ashes: Taros

The loss of Logrim, and the tumult of the godwar, threw Hazaril into darkness. Between natural disasters and the loss of civilization, the old colonies on Taros lost track of each other. Much of the knowledge that built the Golden Age was lost as Taros slipped into barbarism.

During this age of barbarism, Lasia realized that there were survivors from Logrim, mostly people from the inhabited moon of Eris - all living in Tears. Seeing their struggle, Lasia dismantled the planet Arrulant and brought its air to the Tears, and scattered its moons among the Tears. Contact between the Tears and Taros has been slim to none, but there is word that the Tears have inherited the strange wilderness of Arrulant.

Since Taros is where the story lives, it was a short time later that nations there began to rise, most seeded by the garrisons of Logrim colonies, or the universities supported by Phelan, but some rising from the native populations. Each was shaped by one of the children of the gods:

  • Vidon - This imperial nation (ruled by the Karrather imperial family) rules the eastern half of the main continental landmass of Taros (including one of the Nine Wonders of Taros - the city-states of Decados). They are allies to the Dragons, and the Naga.
  • Ravanesh - This somewhat warlike nation is ruled by the twin children of Thakanae - the Takan. They hold demense over the western half of the main continental landmass.
  • Naxela - This isolationist nation rules the coldest southern reaches of the main continental landmass; they consider themselves unconquerable thanks to their alliance with the Urgoi.
  • Sahwan - Occupying the south-eastern part of the crescent-shaped continent of Taros, this nation cooperates with the Great Spiders.
  • Jotunn - Occupying the northernmost part of the lesser continent of Taros, this nation coexists with the Tursachan.

There are also the Hezars, a wandering, gypsy-like folk. They associate with the Outsiders.

The fate of the Trolls is discussed below.

Out of the Kith, only the Dolphins do not have an established nation to support them - but the sea is much larger than the land. There are people who live beneath the sea, calling themselves the nation of Umenestra. They rarely care about actions on the land, unless those actions affect the sea.

Collision

So, it was the followers of Zareth (Zarenes), along with the devastated church of Soren, that arrived in Hazaril. At first, the people of the moon began their conquest, many bringing "the sword of peace," as Zareth demanded. The church of Soren (the Scarabae) was a more peaceful institution, but the loss of Soren left them voiceless and fractured (and bewildered, as Ilyskn and Unwyn, the replacements for Soren, had broken from Zareth).

During this tumultuous time, many Scarabae either escaped, or were slaughtered. The rest were integrated into the Zarene church.

The Zarenes quickly discovered that Zareth's divine power does not reach beyond his body - he remains inextricably bound to the fabric of the moon. This did not stop the Zarenes from colluding with the Trolls. However, even with the support of Thakanae, who had regained his taste for war, they knew it was hopeless. The cooperation of the Trolls did not help much, either. Soon, they withdrew.

Now, the moon looms beyond the rings of Taros. The Zarene church rules the moon, Trolls live on the moon, and the lunar nation has made a grudging peace with the five land nations of Taros.