Hashal Empire: Warriors from the south, they live to fight. Their ancestors were once part of the great nations of the north. After decades of war, the Council of Nine was formed to abandon their war-like ways. Seeing the suffering that surrounded the people, the rulers of the many nations agreed to peace. Many who craved the warrior society they lived in, refused to abide by the new peace. Instead, they banded together, and went south. Over time, the Hashal empire grew. They conquered nation after nation. Any who resisted, were destroyed. After many centuries, the empire covered the entire south. All nations either were part of the empire, or they were destroyed…man, woman, and child. With nothing left to conquer, the empire has now set its sights on the north. Having heard stories of the might of the northern nations, the empire has ever been fearful of them. Seeing the barren wastelands that now make up the empire, Emperor Saif has no choice but to seek the ripe lands of the north.

Kingdom of Cammura:Paying homage to the goddess Avandra, Cammura is the trade capital of the north. Though one of the smallest of the kingdoms, Cammura has made its mark through commerce. Known for their shrewd commerce, the kingdom has ever been at the forefront of any trade negotiations. The people themselves, care more for money and politics, then they do of living life. For a true Cammuran, how well you have lived life, is ascertained by how much wealth you have accumulated. The Golden Legions of Cammura, have helped to deter any misgivings, the other nations have had during trade negotiations.

Kingdom of Jhaipur:The people of Jhaipur are mostly nomads. Not much for cities, they instead built one great stronghold, to hold all their wealth. The sheer size of the Great Walls, would deter even the biggest of armies. Jhaipur boasts the greatest horses in the entire North. The people of Jhaipur are all superb horsemen. As is the custom in the kingdom, men own only their weapons and their horses. All the wealth that they possess, is controlled by the women.

Rhajistan:In the very heart of The Waste, Rhajistan is the home of the desert nomads. During the day, the heat scorches the land like wildfire, and by night the temp. can reach almost freezing. Made up of many tribes, the Rhajistani’s are ferocious fighters. Feuds are common place and some have been running for generation after generation. Its said, that if the tribes could ever put aside their dislike for each other, combined they could conquer the world.

Kingdom of Tara:Followers of Bhamut, Tara is a land of chivalry and nobility. A feudalistic land, the status of one’s birth is usually the same as his status at death. A serf will be born a serf, and will also die one.

Elvandar:Home to the magical Elves, Elvandar has not been seen by human eyes for a hundred years. Though it is not rare to see an elf in any of the kingdoms, humans or other races are forbidden to enter, unless invited. Histories have written about the magical city in the trees, which glistens by day and night. Many a person has scoffed at such stories, but never in ear shot of an elf.

Eledhel:People of the light=Those who live in Elvandar and serve Queen Algaranna Glamredhel:The wild ones Moredhel:The dark ones=Those who serve Lloth Ocedhel:People from across the sea Eldarin:Those that came first=Keepers of knowledge

Widsith:Giants among men, the widsith are fierce warriors, who love to fight. In order to reach valhal(paradise),a widsith must die in glorious combat. Considered savages by many people, the widsith are merely misunderstood. No longer do they pillage and fight for fun. Instead, young men from the land adventure often during their youth. Do to their large size, they are often sought as bodyguards for caravans. The widsith of today, have embraced art and poetry as much as any other nation.

Dragonback Mountain:The border to The Waste, it is the home of the dwarves. No Rhajistani fears death. But over the years they have learned not to provoke the proud dwarves. Though small in size, they fight like giants.

Isle of Lankha:One of a group of small islands, Lankha is a school for new wizards. The head of the school, Wizard Azad, is a member of the Council of Nine. A new wizard enters as a member of the 4th order. Wizard’s of the highest rank are those of the 1st order. Few stay long enough to reach the rank, as the years of studying often take their toll.

The Prophecy:Centuries ago, the Great War ravaged the land with pain and suffering. Wizards created weapons of incredible power, given to the greatest of warriors. Unable to remain neutral, the elves, dwarves and the rhajistani’s were pulled in. With no end in sight, the great kingdoms were fighting for mutual extinction. Only King Sarat of Jhaipur realized their folly. Sending out emissary’s to all the nations, he called together the first Council of Nine. After many years, and many sacrifices, all the nations agreed to peace. It was agreed that the awesome weapons that were created, would be destroyed. The task was given to the great War Wizard Barracus. But after a lifetime of war, their were many who refused to surrender their way of life. They gathered together and went south, ready to continue their warrior lifestyle. Having finally achieved the peace they all secretly desired, the rulers of the many nations, did nothing to prevent any of their followers from leaving. Unknown to anyone else, the wizard Barracus also had the gift of foretelling. He knew that one day, those who left, would return. They would bring with them a war that would pale in comparison to the one that just ended. Fearing the stability of the newly forged alliance, Barracus told no one but King Sarat of his foretelling. On the day of his daughter’s birth, Barracus told King Sarat of the handful of weapons that had not been destroyed. He entrusted his friend with the location of the weapons, and to ever be vigilant of The Return.

Gods:

Shiva:God of destruction. He is assisted in this by his consort Parvathi, the Goddess of disintegration. Parvathi represents sakthi, to disintegrate perishable matter, in the absence of which true and complete destruction by Siva becomes impossible. This could possibly be the meaning of the idea that Siva becomes nothing in the absence of Sakthi. Siva resides high up on snowy mountain ranges. He wears a necklace made of skulls signifying his role as destructor. He has snakes coiling all over his body & his hair is matted and long extending over the whole sky & space. The crescent moon adorns his crown, signifying his control on the time cycle.(Amavasay & Pournami). He smears his body with ashes & wears a tiger skin and elephant skin. He has a third eye on his forehead which is the source of knowledge & wisdom. The holy Ganges is imprisoned in his flowing locks. In his two arms he holds the Trisulam (the three prongs representing the three gunas of sattva, tamas & rajas) in one & Damaru in the other. His vahana is the Nandi, who is also his chief disciple to whom Siva passed on all his immense knowledge in arts. The above description should convey him as an angry & destructive image, yet being the source of all knowledge he is often in a meditative pose with half closed eyes looking out into the universe as well as in to his inner self, signifying that his act of destruction is in itself an act of creation for in the absence of destruction there can be no creation.

Saraswathi: Goddess of wisdom. She is the consort of Lord Brahma (Lord of Creation). She is considered as the personification of all knowledge – arts, sciences, crafts and all skills. She is seen as a beautiful and elegant presence, pure white in colour, clad in a white sari, seated on a white lotus, representing purity and brilliance. She is depicted with four hands. In one hand she holds a book and in the other a rosary. With her other two hands, she is seen playing the veena. Her vahana is the swan and sometimes a peacock is shown accompanying her. The swan is known for its exceptional characteristic of being capable of seperating out water from milk, indicating that we should possess discrimination to segregate the bad from the good. Like Brahma, she is not worshipped much in temples. However, every year the Saraswathi Pooja(Navarathiri) is celebrated by all – schools, students, workers, craftsmen,businessmen offering their prayers for a successful and fruitful coming year.

Lakshmi:Goddess of wealth. She is the consort of Lord Vishnu (Lord of Protection Maintenance & Preservation). To go hand in hand with Lord Vishnu’s act of maintenance and preservation, Goddesses Lakshmi is the possessor of every form of wealth. She is the possessor of great beauty and is depicted in standing as well as in the seated postures, always on a lotus. In her hands she holds two lotuses and wears a garland of lotus. She is often depicted clad in a red saree. She is accomapnied by two (sometimes four) elephants on either side either garlanding her or spraying water from pitchers. She has four arms. The two upper arms are holding lotuses, while the lower arms are normally in abhaya and varada mudras. She has on her lap, a pot overflowing with gold and other riches. She is also depicted sometimes holding the amirtha kalasam (pot of ambrosia) and bilva fruit.

Paravathi: Goddess of Shakti. She is the consort of Lord Shiva. In her terrifying aspects, the most commonly worshipped forms are Durga & Kali. These are forms taken by the Goddess in an effort to destroy some form of evil & hence even these forms need not invoke fear, for she is the mother who has risen in anger only to destoy evil forces and provide eternal happiness and peace to her children. As Durga she is seen with four – twenty hands. She has 3 eyes, the 3rd eye in her forehead. She is adorned in bright red sari. In her hands she holds the discuss, bow, trident, bow & arrow, sword, gadha, etc., Her vahana is the lion and she is sometimes seen as standing on a lotus or on a buffalo’s head. As Kali she presents the most terrifying aspect, usually seen in a burial or war field. She is standing on a dead body with her hair let loose and dishivelled. She wears a garland of skulls.

Lord Ganesha: He is worshipped at the start of any action or venture, for he is considered to be the Lord who removes obstacles (vignam). He has an elephant head, four arms. In his upper hands he holds the paasam (noose)and ankusam. The lower two hands are held in the abhaya and varada mudras. He is also seen holding his broken tusk in his right lower hand and a modhakam in his left lower hand. He has a huge belly and is fond of various sweets and fruits. He wears a snake as an ornament round his belly. He is depicted in seated, standing and dancing postures. he has two Sakthis Siddhi & Buddhi. Siddhi represents success and prosperity. Buddhi represents wisdom. His vahana is a tiny mouse (mooshikam or minjur).

Murugar: God of tricks. second son of Siva and Parvati, brother of Lord Ganesha. He was once upset that Lord Siva gave the sacred fruit to Ganesha and tricked him out of winning it. Murugar is said to have been created from the sparks from Lord Siva’s third eye.

Hunuman:God of strength. He is strong, full of valour, with various skills and powers. Hanuman or Anjaneya is the son of Anjana Devi.She was once a celestial maiden & was born as a monkey-woman as a result of a curse.Vayu Deva(Lord of the Winds), is also considered the father of Hanuman. He grew up as a strong & mischievous young lad.He could travel as fast as the wind. He mistook the glowing sun to be a fruit & flew upto the sky & reached for the sun.Such was his might & will power even as a child.Lord Indra was upset & strcuk Anjaneya with his thunderbolt (Vajraayudham).Vaayu Deva was upset that his son was struck & he stopped blowing.The whole world was in trouble without winds. All the Gods offered various powerful boons to Anjaneya, thus making him more powerful & invincble than before.Vayu Bhagavan was pleased & started his work again.

Lord Brahama: God of creation. Brahma is considered as the first god. Lord Brahma is recognized as the creator of the Universe. Brahma is regarded as the Supreme Being, the god of gods. Lord Brahma is the originator and the generator of mankind.

Lord Rama: God of protection. Rama is the symbol of courtesy, virtue, values and morals.

Lord Krishna: Krishna is the very embodiment of love and divine ecstasy that destroys all pain and offense.

Surya:God of sun.

Lord Vishnu:God of protection.

The Great Trinity: Brahama(Creation), Shiva(Destruction), and Vishnu(Protector).

Ravan:Ravana was born to his father Brahmin sage known as Vishrava and his wife, the daitya princess Kaikesi. His father Vishrava noted that while Ravana was aggressive and arrogant, he was also an exemplary scholar. Under Vishrava’s tutelage, Ravana mastered the Vedas and the holy books and also the arts and ways of Kshatriyas (warriors). Following his initial training, Ravana performed an intense penance to Brahma (the Creator God), lasting several years. Pleased with his austerity, Brahma offered him a boon. Ravana asked for immortality, which Brahma refused to give, but gave him the celestial nectar of immortality. The nectar of immortality, which was stored under his navel, according to which he could never be vanquished till the nectar was dried out. Ravana then asked for absolute invulnerability and supremacy before gods and heavenly spirits, other demons, serpents, and wild beasts. Contemptuous of mortal men, he did not ask for protection from these. Brahma granted him these boons, and additionally great strength by way of knowledge of divine weapons and sorcery. His abilities now truly awe-inspiring, Ravana proceeded on a series of campaigns, conquering humans, celestials and other demons. Conquering the netherworld completely, he left his brother Ahiravana as king. He became supreme overlord of all asuras in the three worlds, making an alliance with the Nivatakavachas and Kalakeyas, two clans he was unable to subdue. Conquering several kingdoms of the human world, he performed the suitable sacrifices and was crowned Emperor.

Ahiravana:Lord of the underworld. He has control over life and death. Only his brother Ravana can overrule him in the underworld.

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