Histories of the North
Volume 17.. The Time of Legend.
Sometime between the year 4710 and 4715 AR, the last surviving heir to the Amatatsu throne in distant Minkai set out upon a great pilgrimage from the harbor town of Sandpoint, many thousands of miles from the great cities of the far East. This journey has been referred to in literature of the time as the “Kaijitsan,.” as the Amatatsu took the name of Kaijitsu in order to hide from the Oni Lords who had nearly succeeded in wiping them out roughly 25 years previously. Although there is considerable myth and legend surrounding this journey, some facts have been confirmed and ripples echo all across the North in its wake. Many noble houses draw their lines of lineage back to the second founding of the Amatatsu dynasty which occurred somewhere near the present day trading city of Brinewall (See Appendix IV “The City of Brinewall”) . The exact site where the seal of the heavens was uncovered has been lost to history unfortunately, but small shrines and other holy places are put forward as “the spot” where the Amatatsu line was reborn and the second great dynasty got its start. This journey has a number of mythical figures present from Northern folklore, and in this history we will try to sort out fact from fiction using actual accounts where they still survive in addition to excavations in the present day sites of significant locations.
(Amatatsu) Xikander Mvashti
The writings of Arch-Bishop Amatatsu Xikander are something of a mixed blessing to the historical record. According to myth, Xikander was a beatific figure who was both solemn and severe in his duties as well as fiercely dedicated to the religion of Desna. He was also a high ranking member of an organization called the “Pathfinders” which helped to catalog significant events, but were often accused of exaggerations and creative license to weave more of a narrative then focus on the historical record. To make matters worse, the siege of Absolom 150 years after the Kaijitsan destoryed several volumes of his text which were never recovered. Therefor, we must extrapolate with what documents survive from this period in history. In his day, he was widely regarded as a severe and dedicated historian, but as with all such records, the events he describes often follows more in the vein of a heroic epic of bygone era’s.. so we must remain skeptical.
The fey touched creature known as “Templeton” is Widely regarded as an apocryphal myth that was added later to the saga, however there are sufficient accounts and mentions to this mysterious figure that lead a growing number of scholars to believe that there was in fact a shadowy figure who was the Arch Bishop’s foil during the Kaijitsan. His nature changes several times throughout the saga which many historians point to as possible proof that this individual was added later, but regardless, he plays a pivotal role in several key points of the Kaijitsu as the saga unfolds.
One of the original founding fathers of the second Amatatsu Dynasty, Harlon is also something of a mystery in the historical record. His appearance is rather sudden but it is clear that he was a warrior without equal, and at many points he was even rumored to fight alongside the legendary sword master Souzen before he dissipated for a time from the historical record. Harlon used his contacts, and together with the Mvashti clan, he established a vast trading empire that became the foundation for the three Western families in later centuries. Like Souzen, Harlon was a master swordsman and it was only by a strange twist of fate that Harlon was even present at the mythical Founding of the second dynasty.
There is still a distressing amount of controversy over the exact identity of the Qadiri sword mage named “Genet” in the saga of the The Kajitsan. There are some scholars who wildly speculate that this figure was the mysterious Prince Abbasin (See Appendix 15.5 “The Abbasin Dynasty.) before his return to confront the dark Vizier Mustafa, but the evidence backing up this claim is highly suspect. More likely it was a Qadiri mercenary who fled the chaos of their home country when the Forces of the Satrap excised most of the royal family. (See Apendix 14.5 “Histories of the South”) Some have put forward that this was in fact the Eunuch Assassin known as “The weeping Man.” (See Appendix 14.8.6 “The Weeping man) again the evidence for this is rather speculative, but the legendary assassin was active in the North for several years after surviving the Siege of Jol.
The hypothosis of “Genet” being a mercenary is consistent with reports of a Qadirin Military encampment that had been set up in the Northern Noland’s just before the Siege of Jol. When the city was attacked, the Qadirin’s were nearly wiped out by the forces of Opir Eightfingers and were forced to flee north and regroup. It was reported that they had sent a diplomat north to establish an enclave and trade for copper from the great mine. In this instance their timing was truly unfortunate, as most of the Qadirins caught up in the siege were subsequently killed.
The Siege of Jol & The Fall of Opir Eightfingers.
According to the “King’s Record.” of 4740 onward.. the Pretender Tyrant king of Jol, Opir Eightfingers was revealed and deposed. During the course of the Saga, Amieko and her defenders happened to come into the city as the black hearted monarch was closing a treaty with the Noland Cannibal Tribes to the South. The exact requirements of the treaty include the regular sacrifice of virgins and children, as well as regular shipments of “fresh meat” from the populace of the city. There was a battle in the great slave market as the companions rescued the last of the White Feather Samurai from the Slave markets of Jol. Before the deal could be finalized however, the companions discovered Opir’s plot to kill or discredit one of his political rivals Throkir Hanolfson and decided to intervene.
Upon discovery of his deception, the pretender king was deposed and forced to flee Jol before he could be arrested. 3 months later, he would return at the head of an army of Nolander Cannibals, intent on retaking his throne and feeding any opposition to his forces. Fortunately, Throkir Hanolfson was able to return with the legitmate head of a Linnorm. Although it was a young beast, it’s head was accepted and Fargrim Healfson the high Thane and keeper of Lore formally accepted him as the rightful ruler of Jol.
His first test as the new king was unfortunately not long in coming. Opir attacked with a combined force of Cannibals and ogres with intent to sack the city and slaughter its inhabitants. His desires were clear, if Opir could not have Jol.. then no one would. Fortunately for the people of Jol, Throkir was a much wiser and temperate man then the black hearted Opir, so envoys were dispatched with all speed to Kalsgard with a treaty in hand for their ruler. With this treaty, Jol formaly offered to relinquish all claims to the great copper mine, as well as become guardians of the mine itself and the route to the great city of Kalsgard. This promise was made in exchange for aid in putting down the Nolander army and Kalsgard men and material with which to hold the Nolander frontier at bay. With this treaty, There would be an end to hostilities between the two powers, Jol would formally enter into alliance with Kalsgard, and they would become the protectors of the southern trade routes, defending the Linnorm kingdoms against incursion from the Nolands.
Throkir knew that copper would always flow from the mine into the coffers of Kalsgard, but he was perfectly placed to fill his city with artisans and other folk who needed the metal to do their work. As long as duties and taxes were paid to king Bloodeagle, the merchants and artisans of Jol would be allowed to do their work much like before, and they in turn would fill the cities coffers. It was a brilliant plan, if they were able to survive the siege.