High Kingdom (Origo Mundi)

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ᛪᛖᛚᛟᚴᚨ ᛋᚨᛚᛏᚨᛗ ᛪᚨᛚᛟᚺᛁᛚᛗ ᚤᚨᚹᛟᛏᚤᚨ
Xeloka Saltam Xalohilm Yawotya
967 YH - 1300 YH
Capital Tesardya (967 - 1259)
Exaham (1259 - 1300)
Languages Old Tessidian, Yannian, Tamsebese
Religion Aroshian polytheism, Yannian
Government Monarchy
 •  967 - 1004 Xesectuleoc
 •  1094 - 1134 Xochimshet
 •  1154 - 1204 Xitlarses
 •  1279 - 1300 Xantoumic
Historical era Late antiquity
 •  Reign of Xesectuleoc 967 - 1004 YH
 •  Volast Wars 975 - 994 YH
 •  High Kingdom established 1009 YH
 •  Refomative Period 1069 - 1154 YH
 •  Conquest of Niani 1159 - 1176 YH
 •  War of Succession 1294 - 1300 YH
 •  est. 2,000,000 (c. 1,294) 
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Niani Empire
Yannis Empire
Teleutic Empire
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Xeloka Saltam Xalohilm Yawotya (Old Tessidian: ᛪᛖᛚᛟᚴᚨ ᛋᚨᛚᛏᚨᛗ ᛪᚨᛚᛟᚺᛁᛚᛗ ᚤᚨᚹᛟᛏᚤᚨ; English: High Kingdom of Xalohilm and Tesardya), commonly referred to as the Xalohilm Kuexias, was a Yannian kingdom in Northern Letsia founded by Xesectuleoc. It's most populous city rested at Tesardya, although the kingdom's capital would later be in Exaham. At it's greatest extent, it controlled all of Western Xalohilm, modern-day Tesardya.

Although the High Kingdom was founded in 1009 officially, the Yannian Governor of Tesardya, Xesectuleoc, would secure independence during the collapse of the Yannis Empire, maintaining control over the city and a number of surrounding territories. Xesectuleoc's arrival would be perceived by a number of Ystists in Exaham as the arrival of the Tempest, a messianic figure in the ancient Tesardyan religion. Xesectuleoc would consolidate his rule over Xalohilm, founding the House of Halit at Tesardya and defeating a number of secessionist states that had begun to appear following the collapse of Yannis. Xesectuleoc's authority over the region was challenged by a number of different societies, specifically the Mouri Empire. After his death in 1004, he would be succeeded by his son, Xiozorah, with his ascension to the throne completed after duel.

Much of the High Kingdom's existence centered around reform, as Aroshian polytheistic properties were gradually intertwined with the Yannian religion, eventually forming a number of religious Schools of Thought, the most popular of which was the Unarcisist. A number of ancient temples and architecture would be restored or renovated throughout the kingdom's history, including Adrastos' Chapel, the Coastal Mausoleum, and The Red Basilica. One of the oldest surviving universities, the Isidorius' University (later the Eumic University), was built in 1074 under Pajik Isidorius and held a significant library of ancient literature and artwork originating in Xalohilm, additionally cataloguing a number of literary and culturally significant items, at one point housing the Sword of Dalavi III.

The House of Halit would face a succession crisis when the House of Teleut would claim the throne, eventually losing the conflict and ushering in the Teleutic Empire.

History[edit | edit source]

Under Xesectuleoc[edit | edit source]

Prior to the founding of the High Kingdom, the region of western Xalohilm had existed as a of the Yannis Empire. After the death of Governor Xartahual, his eldest son Xesectuleoc would inherit the province as governor in 967. Although there is some debate on how exactly Xesectuleoc created an independent Xalohilm, it's been largely accepted that the collapsing status of the Yannis Empire set a direction for the kingdom of become independent. Only three years into his reign, Xesectuleoc would proclaim himself the first Pajik (King) of an independent Tesardya, gaining control over the West Yannis fleet in the process. After the Yannis Empire collapsed in 974, his claim to the title of Pajik of Tesardya would be challenged by local territories and neighboring city-states, most notably the Kingdoms of Seruz and Cerul. After a failed attempt to siege the city of Tesardya by Seruz, the Volast Wars would begin in 975.

The Volast Wars were a pivotal period of conflict in western Xalohilm, as Xesectuleoc would consolidate his rule via conquering the numerous successionist states across the region over the next two decades of his rule. On one occassion, prior to marching his army through the city of Exaham, the Ystist (Priest) Artari in the region would receive a vision from the Sun God, Bo'thur, who proclaimed that Xesectuleoc is a descedent from the Aroshic House of Abaa. After receiving this vision, the Ystist Artari would relate his vision to the Council of Amule, many members sitting in agreement that they too had received similar visions. As such, upon the arrival of Xesectuleoc and his army at the gates of Exaham, it is said that the Council of Amule celebrated his arrival as the coming of the Tempest, a messianic figure prophesied in the Rifat and other religious scriptures that was bound to re-creating the Old Kingdom. Xesectuleoc would later accept the titles of Son of Bo'thur and Regent of the House of Abaa near the end of the Volast Wars, although it's likely this was done in order to appease the followers of the Old Pantheon in fear of prolonging the conflict.

With the death of throne-claimant Ibrah at the Battle of Mosnola, the Volast Wars would end. Numerous literary productions meant to deify Xesectuleoc would appear shortly after the end of the war, most notably the Aydin and later the Salah, both fundamental texts to Xalohilm Canon. The Volast Wars would additionally see the rise of the House of Halit, as various marriages between the many sons of Xesectuleoc and other dynasties would solidify his Kingdom. Within a two decade period, Xesectuleoc's Kingdom would extend from the city of Avis to Molaga, although attempts by the Orunamids would disrupt initial prosperity, with their invasions lasting until his death.

Xesectuleoc would die in 1004, most likely due to a heart attack. His death would begin a brief national schism, as his eldest twin sons Nuabuztli and Xiozorah would famously duel at the town-square over becoming heir to the Kingdom. Xiozorah would defeat Nuatelut, imprisoning him in Simer. Although Nuatelut would escape, his descendents later founding the House of Teleut as a result, the newly coronated Pajik Xiozorah would deduce his escape to being meaningless in his Speach at Exaham. Xiozorah would proclaim the High Kingdom of Xalohilm and Tesardya in 1009.

Refomative Period[edit | edit source]

Xiozorah's reign would be mostly uneventful, ending around 1019 after suffering a stroke. His son's, Abazomoc and Mandilin, would co-operatively ascend to the throne, beginning the only period of two Pejiks in history, mostly in an effort to avoid the kingdom splitting into two. While Abazomoc would primarily operate from Tesardya, himself holding the title of Governor due to his older age compared to his brother, Mandilin would be given the title of Governor of Exaham, which allowed him to hold the claim to being a descendent of the House of Abaa. Although some differences remained between both Pajiks, they both ruled in accordance with precedence set by their grandfather, the late Xesectuleoc.

When dividing the kingdom between their own rule, it was decided by the House of Halit that Abazomoc maintained control over the naval fleet while Mandilin controlled the primary military. This would be challenged in the late 1020s, when the Mouri General Fillion the Swift staged an one of the earliest amphibious attack against Tesardya, utilizing the Syresian navy and the natives militias in Bascula and Agelmurr for logistical support. During this short conflict, known in Xalohilm literature as the Mouri Asiriyum of Tesardya, although retroactive historians officiate it as The Great Challenge in Tesardya, the Mouri Empire attempted to prop up the brother of Levian, simply known as Prackyob (not to be mistaken with Apostle Prackyob), as the true Pajik of the kingdom. Although Abazomoc's naval fleet defended successful against the Mouri Empire, thousands of Mouri troops were able to be deployed early on in the initial conflict, with the Mouri troops attempting to seize Tesardya via deployment at Teoxin, the coastal city south of Tesardya. Mandilin would receive word of this invasion, and after linking up with the allied armies of the Zelonuma Emiresq and the western Yannian state, would successfully defeat the Mouri forces at the city through a siege lasting nearly two years. With casualties estimated around 25,000 and the death of Prackyob, the first female Mouri General, Orlena, would hastily pull the remaining forces from Teoxin, ending the insurrection. Although the conflict was short, it remained pivotal in further solidifying the House of Halit's control of Western Xalohilm, with it's existence being seen as a sign of defiance against Mouri hegemony. The war is often referenced as one of the most popular conflicts in overall Tesardyan history.

With Abazomoc and Mandilin dying within quick succession of eachother around 1054, it was decided by the House that Mandilin's son, Adoralton, was more worthy of becoming Pajik than other options, mainly due to his intellect and pacifist philosophy being ideal in the recent history of conflict that the kingdom had been involved in. As Pajik, Adoralton would move the capital to Exaham after spending much of his adolescence there, as well as initiate the reconstruction of the Coastal Mausoleum at Xafa, and from that point on was the primary burial location for the Pajiks of the House of Halit, later being used by the House of Teleut. He would also be personally involved in philisophical debate at his palace library, sometimes engaging in theological discussions with Ulmian priests and scholars from Syres. Adoralton would die in 1015, being succeeded by his son, Xhamzaltec. Xhamzaltec would follow in his father's footsteps of utilizing his reign to restore and expand the cultural background of the kingdom. After visiting the Ruins of Bazaya, Xhamzaltec would take a keen interest in archaelogy surrounding the Ancient Tessidian Culture and the Old Kingdom. It is during this period that archaelogy became a popular field of study in the kingdom, with the Ruins of Bazaya, Xath, and Cerul being investigated heavily. This fascination with archaelogy would be passed down to his son, Xochimshet, after his death in 1040. Xochimshet would expand on his father's base, most famously restoring the Adrastos' Chapel in Seruz and the Red Basilica at Remlin. He would also hire a number of sculptors to create a statue of his great-grandfather, Xesectuleoc, which would finish being sculpted around 1070.

During an excavation in the Tombs of Exaham, the Sword of Dalavi III would be discovered. With the precedence of having been used against the Niani Empire in their subjugation of Tesardya, the sword became a national treasure, being initially housed in royal palace before being moved later to Isidorius' University in 1020. Xochimshet would die in 1080, being succeeded by his son Aramixapec. Aramixapec's reign would be short-lived, dying in 1154 and being succeeded his cousin Xitlarses.

Xitlarses' reign would end the kingdom's period of prosperity, with Xitlarses sending an army of 15,000 troops to assist in the Yannian Conquest of Niani in 1159. After success was seen on the frontlines, another army of 10,000 troops would be sent to secure and re-inforce the lines after casualty reports suggested nearly 10,000 deaths. With the help of Xbalan, the war would end in 1176 with the capitulation of Niani. Regarded as a revengeful conflict over a century-old rivalry, the conquest would see the legal practices of genocide and enslavement against the native Niani population be allowed as the territory was governed primarily by military officials following the conquest. The territory would eventually be annexed in 1184. Xitlarses would also send a small fleet and roughly 1,000 troops to help assist Zelonuma in their war against Mouri. His successor, Azariatic, would accidentally forget about the conflict for the remainder of that war.

Xitlarses would die in 1204, being succeeded by his son, Azariatic. Although little information about Azariatic exists, he became a memorable Pejik during his late reign in the Conquest of Tamsebe, which saw the first positive relations between the High Kingdom and Syres being established as they co-operatively invaded Tamsebe. Although the Mouri Empire were the primary supporters of Tamsebe, the kingdom would collapse in 1235, with it's territory being split between the High Kingdom and Syres. Azariatic would die shortly afterwards, in 1239.

Decline[edit | edit source]

Azariatic would die without children, with his perceived lack of information likely being a result of being a recluse in comparison to other Pajiks. His nephew, Isidorius of Ibali, would succeed in his rule. Idiorius would be the first recorded Unarcisist king in Xalohilm history, although his greatest addition to the region would be the founding of the Great University (later being named after him) at Tesardya. The University would become the most sought-out school in all of Xalohilm at one point, housing literature and art from every neighboring culture, as well as becoming one of the first major learning institutions post-Yannis Empire. In 1254, the Museum of Xalohilm would be founded as a section of the University, which became the new home for the Sword of Dalavi III, as well as most of the archaelogical discoveries made in the last couple of centuries. Other culturally significant items from other nations were also catalogued in the Museum.

Isidorius would die from a heart attack in 1279, being succeeded by his young son Xantoumic. Upon ascending to Pajik, Xantoumic was only six-years old, being the youngest Pajik in the kingdom's history and being amptly titled "The Child". Xantoumic's reign would remain rather uneventful until the House of Teleut would claim the throne at Simer. The House's Ati, Mazatli I, would recognize himself as a descendent of the second Pajik Xiozorah's brother, Nuatelut. In the following succession crisis, Xantoumic would be assassinated, with the remaining House of Halit being purged and the High Kingdom collapsing in 1100, only to be succeeded by the Teleutic Empire and the appointment of Mazatli I as the first Mrati at Exaham.

House of Halit[edit | edit source]

No. Name Date Succession Image Notes
1 Xesectuleoc
"The Wise"
967 - 1004 Position established Founded the House of Halit
2 Xiozorah 1004 - 1019 Son of Xesectuleoc Established the High Kingdom
3 Abazomoc
1019 - 1054 Twin Sons of Xiozorah Fought in the Mouri Asiriyum in Tesardya
Reign of Two Pajiks
4 Adoralton 1054 - 1069 Son of Mandilin Reconstructed the Coastal Mausoleum at at Xafa
5 Xhamzaltec
"The Intelligent"
1069 - 1094 Son of Adoralton Expanded archaelogy in the kingdom
6 Xochimshet
"The Wonderful"
1094 - 1134 Son of Xhamzaltec Restored the Adrastos' Chapel and the Red Basilica
Oversaw the contruction of the Statue of Xesectuleoc
Discovered the Sword of Dalavi III
7 Aramixapec 1134 - 1154 Son of Xochimshet
8 Xitlarses
"The Brave"
1154 - 1204 Nephew of Aramixapec Fought in the Yannian Conquest of Niani
9 Azariatic
"The Cruel"
1204 - 1239 Son of Xitlarses Fought in the Conquest of Tamsebe
Enacted Unarcist principles into Law
10 Isidorius
"The Quiet"
1239 - 1279 Nephew of Azariatic Founded the Isidorius' University
11 Xantoumic
"The Child"
1279 - 1300 Son of Isidorius Last Pajik

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