Ouxodimasauri (Origo Mundi)
|Emperor of Asamdah|
|Emperor of the Derigi (Titular)|
Ankum of Edom
|Died||South of Usinilago, Iouneosas, Syresian Republic|
Ouxodimasauri (Edomian: Oasodemasaurun; 1109 – 1140 OM), historically best known as Oasyrus or Oaxodimarus (Edomite: Oasodemarun), was an Eningo-Apirun adventurer and conqueror. Born in the southern edge of Susanylon, then nominally part of the Ankum of Edom in 1109 to an Apirun commoner, Ouxodimasauri would go on to found the Ouxodid Dynasty, which at its height included parts of the Derigi Empire and Edom.
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Ouxodimasauri was born at Enumusula Mountain, most likely at the village of Sarakesh on the northwestern end of the mountain. At this time the village was on the outskirts of the Ankum of Edom, east of the Meran River's origin. Ouxodimasauri's father was an Apirun mercenary and trade from western Umhlaba named Xanedala, while his mother was born near Kourossa in the far south, and possibly either migrated north, or came to the region as a slave earlier in life. Initially living in poor conditions, Xanedala moved the family frequently in the southeast. The family came to live as nomads in the desert between Edom, Ema, and Shemia, serving as traders between all three regions. In 1120 Xanedala is known to have served in an important battle in the mountains south of the Meran, between Lementarian outcasts and settlers from the Valley of the Comet. With this experience, Xanedala would settle in the region and lead caravans through the dangerous mountain passes. Although still a child, Ouxodimasauri was trained as a warrior and taught to lead caravans as well at this time.
The family became involved in a war in Kourossa, as Kourossa launched an invasion to control the entirety of the Uthjuli River in 1123. Kourossa expanded its territory west to the edge of the mountains and north to the Uthjuli, establishing a loose client state across the river known as Transuthjulia. The first leader of the nation was Jahingar, who ruled from the town Jeslanti. One of Jahingar's consorts would be Ouxodimasauri's mother's sister, however, this did little to aid the family's social standing. During this time Transuthjulia held poor control over the region after the withdraw of southern soldiers. Although nominally controlling the region to the Edomite border, along the mountain range to the west, Jahingar's direct control was focused on the region directly near the river, in the southeast near Kourossa. In 1124 a dispute between Jahingar and one of Xanedala's clan leaders led to the family fleeing northeast and joining the trade routes running across the great desert.
The family spent much of the next year frequently in the Great Lakes region, but also traveled to the easternmost coast of the continent. Ouxodimasauri would visit Tohatia, Qera, and Exhula, where he took a fondness to elements of Qeran culture in particular. During this time trade across the desert, usually terminating in Qera, became a major influence, with the widespread adoption of the camel. This helped to turn the family increasingly wealthy. In 1126 Ouxodimasauri took a mercenary contract in Shemia after hearing of a war breaking out while traveling westward in a trade caravan. Ouxodimasauri became particularly famous during the war, having a crucial role in determining the victor at the Battle of Bilqis later that year.
Around the same time Jahingar began to strengthen his grasp over Transuthjulia, first by seizing property from several opposing clans and minor chiefdoms in the northeast of his domain. Ouxodimasauri and his father both led mercenaries against Jahingar. After seven different chieftains were slain at a banquet in Oshylon in the spring of 1127, Xanedala became the leading opponent against Jahingar's rule. At the Battle of Obigandi, Jahingar would be decisively defeated and forced into exile, and Xanedala was declared the new ruler of Transuthjulia. He would adopt the older, Apirun term "Nyshenate of Amjan", however, he would continue to pay tribute to the rulers of Kourossa, causing a rift between him and his more zealous supporters, which included his son Ouxodimasauri.
Ouxodimasauri would be sent away from the south as a result, tasked with raiding the far north. This would take him to Edom and Emalia primarily, however in 1128 he is known to have traveled as far north as the city of Ema itself. While returning south he raided along the Meran River, and while attacking near the city of Hesama was shot in the leg. Ouxodimasauri survived the injury, but he was forever crippled for the rest of his life while on foot.In 1129 he would force the nation of Shemia to pay tribute to Amjan as a vassal, and attacked other city states in the region, angering Kourossa. After being attacked by an assassin while in the south, he traveled to the Valley of the Comet instead. He became increasingly interested in the ongoing wars against the declining Reckoner Empire, and served as a mercenary leader against them.
Reign[edit | edit source]
Rise to Power[edit | edit source]
In 1131 Xanedala died and Ouxodimasauri began traveling east to take the throne of Anjam. Before he could arrive, a rival nobleman named Yuljamuri managed to seize the throne, even receiving backing from Kourossa. Ouxodimasauri diverted his mercenary company southeast and pillaged the entire region from Kourossa to the Uthjuli, attracting numerous followers to his banner. The following year Yuljamuri was killed and Ouxodimasauri seized control over the country, before returning south to attack those who supported the usurper. Ouxodimasauri would manage to capture both Shemia and Kourossa by 1133, securing the entirety of the region between the Uthjuli and the Ebanoqo rivers. This region was heavily diverse and populated, with several different cultures and religions, which all outnumbered the Apirun and any group loyal to Ouxodimasauri. As a result he carried out harsh punishments against those who resisted him, acting brutally against conquered peoples. Ouxodimasauri is said to have greatly depopulated the region, and also seized much of the riches of the region to build Apirun cities in the north.
Ouxodimasauri's main goal was to unite the nomadic peoples of the desert and free the ancient nation of Umhlaba, which was once a confederation of Apirun and similarly minded peoples. For most of the last millennium Umhlaba had been apart of the empires from Azoz, although the majority of it had been briefly conquered by the Reckoner Empire, and then divided in half by the Syresian Republic. He consolidated the region in the south under subordinate kings, while seizing soldiers, slaves, and tribute for himself. In 1134 he departed with his largest army to date, consisting of a large number of Zedumari, horse and camel archers, and nomadic raiders from across the great desert.
Conquest of Umhlaba[edit | edit source]
Ouxodimasauri invaded the region of Suanylon in 1134. The region had been a part of the Ankum of Edom and was still claimed by Edom, but in 1105 it had been conquered by the Reckoner Empire. By 1134 the region had become de facto independent, ruled by a shortlived Reckoner nobility, which faced internal strife and pressure from the Edomites. Under the ruler Aljagar, Susanylon was additionally highly depleted after a series of inconclusive wars on its southern border. Ouxodimasauri was also seen as more culturally similar to the majority population of the south, and many joined him in "liberating" the region from the Reckoner occupation. By that summer Ouxodimasauri had seized the capital of Elam, but had also prompted a response from the Ankum of Edom, which sought to take advantage of the situation and retake Susanylon.
At the Battle of Osul, Ouxodimasauri would be victorious in repulsing the Edomite army. He would spend the remainder of 1134 campaigning along the Meran, where he managed to seize much of Edom itself. Suffering from past civil wars, Edom was ineffective at repulsing Ouxodimasauri, with some of the more southern-leaning Edomite nobility considering hailing him as ruler of all Edom. Ouxodimasauri sought to avoid Edom, but nonetheless married one of the heir apparents to the throne of Edom. He would travel to the city of Edom itself by the end of the year, accepting a large amount of tribute and titles, but otherwise not desiring the throne for himself. Instead he would play kingmaker in the region and appoint a series of his subjects of family members to various positions across Edom. Edom was also forced to cede all former lands of Umhlaba to him, greatly reducing the size of Edom.
For much of 1136 Ouxodimasauri remained in Susanylon, rebuilding Elam using the spoils of war with the north. He would launch a campaign west to conquer the region up to the border with the Reckoner remains, and in 1137 he reached Agnomon and laid siege to it, capturing one of the most important cities of Umhlaba. Ouxodimasauri would hold a council soon after to have himself elected High Tyrant of a Umhlaba confederacy reborn. Although he would prefer this title in his lifetime, Ouxodimasauri would soon also be hailed Emperor of Asamdah, after the great desert he controlled.
Wars in Azoz[edit | edit source]
Soon after establishing himself in Agnomon, Ouxodimasauri came into conflict with the Derigi Empire. The Derigi had been in the process of reconquering their list territory, which included Ognomon and Umhlaba. When it was demanded that Ouxodimasauri swear fealty to the Derigi Empire in 1138, he instead invaded. Ouxodimasauri's war in Azoz would prove to be successful, as he sacked Meran later that year, before advancing deep into Azoz province. Ouxodimasauri and one his sons, Janundar, would travel into Khin province and Eskaladun, where they managed to seize the northern end of the Derigi Empire.
Ouxodimasauri would be unable to consolidate his rule over these territories or target the capital at Jaligena directly, as in 1139 he received word that his eastern territories were being threatened by the Syresian Republic. With the aid of another one of Ouxodimasauri's sons, Umasiqela, cities such as Isono had declared allegiance to Ouxodimasauri's empire, which the Syresian Republic saw as a rebellion, as they claimed Isono and the rest of Iouneosas as a territory since 1120. Ouxodimasauri split his army in half and marched east.
Ouxodimasauri would manage to achieve a major victory near Thalia over a Syresian army, which bided him additional time. In Isono the city defended itself from a small attack from Usinilago, after the governor there attempted to retake it. The Syresian army in the province retreated to the coast and awaited reinforcements from Syres, with Ouxodimasauri marching toward Usinilago. Before he could arrive however, he fell ill with disease. In the early weeks of 1140 Ouxodimasauri died of illness.
Family and Succession[edit | edit source]
Ouxodimasauri had numerous wives and descendants, many of which would claim various titles around his empire.
- Abashula (1109 - 1130)
- Yadiqela (1124 - 1144) - Second Emperor of Asamdah
- Janundar (1125 - 1190) - Founder of the Nyshenate of Eskaladun (1140 - 1310)
- Mirsha (1127 - 1163) --Prackyob "the Usurper", Derigi Emperor (1101 - 1145)
- Nazra'al Bershambal (1105 - 1141)
- Nesalama II (1121 - 1150) - Anka of Edom (Claimed)
- Semiadulcis (1124 - 1167)
- Alasana IV (1117 - 1144) - Anka of Edom (Claimed)
- Telephama II (1135 - 1148) - Anka of Edom (Claimed)
- Yalajarun (1138 - 1160) - Nyshen of Anjan
- Sarai of Azoz (1116 - 1143)
- Igajethus (1138 - 1160) - Emperor of the Derigi (Claimed)
- Lucretia (1138 - 1163) --Roneth III, Derigi Emperor (1128 - 1160)
- Eamhain (1138 - 1151)
- Lorhan (1140 - 1183) - Derigi Emperor (Claimed), Emperor of Asamdah