Thousand Gods, Thousand Graves
The nation of Zhenji is now yet another country controlled by The Overkhan, The Khan of Khans, The Son of Mountains and Father of Fire, Chainer of the Ivory Dragon, The Keeper of Victory and Gifter of Peace, Gengbao the Mighty. Sixty years ago, Gengbao’s great-grandfather Mongbao founded what has become the Badohan Dynasty. The Badohan were once horse raiders, but eventually began to hold and control land. They soon had an effective base in the middle of the continent from which they expanded West, South and East. Zhenji, butted up against the coast, was the last of the Eastern nations to fall.
Zhenji fell in the Summer of Crying Rivers, some five years ago. Some would say it was destined to fall since its inception. Zhenji had once been a nation of conquerors itself, but over the centuries had softened. So, the cycle of conquer and be conquered continued. Barracks for soldiers had been converted to dormitories for students. Libraries and universities developed and thrived. Zhenji was now famed for its farmers, architects, philosophers and scholars. When the Badohan arrived with their vast armies of barbarians and warbeasts, Zhenji could hold out for only so long. There were no allies to come to its aid, and its military was too small to put up any real resistance. However, it was the eunuch Oirat that hastened the nation’s demise. He conspired to open the Capital’s great gate, and in flooded the Overkhan’s troops. The Badohan have long been known for their policy of “Kneel or Fall.” Those that submit are usually taken in. Those that do not are put to the sword. Underkhan Tiego Lightning Catcher let his forces have their way with the Great Capital of Zhenji for three days before he put an end to the pillaging. This was a far fiercer punishment than any who had submitted previously had faced.
Survivors of Zhenji fled East down the river and to the ports. Underkhan Ahmula of the Scale Riders gave chase and put her forces between her brother’s troops and the refugees. The Overkhan’s daughter followed through the great forest of Wan, but stopped within sight of the coast and did not engage. They watched for days as overladen boats came and went delivering survivors to the Thousand Isles.