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Calendar


Wanisin observes a variant of the glotshatko calendar used by the Ksreskézaians and Lilitai, adjusted to fit the planet's natural annual cycle of exactly 240 days. The calendar begins in 807 lilpo, and is generally denoted with wpo, wanpo, or simply PO. These years are 23410114.56 seconds in length, just under a third of the length of an Lyrisclensian long year. Dates important to the Lilitai and Thet correlate as follows:

EventForeign DateWanisinese Date
Founding of Wanisin807 lilpo1 PO
Evacuation of Illera829 lilpo17 PO
Settlement of Thet1044 lilpo180 PO
Re-colonization of Illera1924 iky (8873 lilpo)6128 PO
The Shattering of Thet3274 iky10274 PO
First official contact between Thet and Wanisin729 tgc12303 PO
First Wanisin–Illeran Conflict19372 lilpo to 20299 lilpo14099 PO to 14803 PO
Illeran Occupation of Wanisin20299 lilpo to 21875 lilpo14803 PO to 16000 PO
First Wanisinese–Hogedepi War16000 PO (21876 lilpo) to 16913 PO (23079 lilpo)
Fall of the Reed Administration2500 tgc16676 PO
Forging of the Iron Thrones3000 tgc17956 PO
The Gryphon Consolidation5015 tgc23119 PO
Second Thessian–Hogedepi War5017 tgc23122 PO
Expulsion of the Lilitai and Lyrisclensiae from Thet5021 tgc23132 PO
Founding of the Quill Republic5785 tgc25088 PO
The Music Act (Second Quill Republic)6002 tgc25644 PO
The Wind Act (Third Quill Republic)6920 tgc27994 PO
Cataloguing efforts begin at the Memory of the City (present day)8454 tgc31923 PO


Reigns


The Empress of Wanisin, formally styled o Hakrodeklo il Mílitradzho Ksreskézon (i.e., the King of the Empire of Ksreskézo), rules from Sabta Palace at Surví Dashro. Throughout Wanisin's history to the present day, a single autarch has controlled the government, with one brief interruption in 8104 PO when Sarthians invaded the southern peninsula and installed their leader, Resea of the New Sarthians, who sought to abolish the Senate and institute a Council of Matriarchs similar to that of the Lilitai. Occasionally, other foreign powers have ruled; for example, from 14803 to 16000 the throne was held by Illerans, Venatsha Illera (sister of the famous Venakoa Illera Kedobía) and then her daughter, styled Setora II in the local chronology. The natural order of local power has occasionally been interrupted, too, most notably in 11371–11800, when Setora I of the Kelonridi ruled, and in 16322–16704, when Methia IV of Tawny Bay ruled, although both resided in Surví Dashro during their tenures.

Name Reign House
Klito XVII 1–473 Dashro
Gegloko I 473–1109 Geglokidi
Sampo I 1110–2105 Dashro
Sampo II 2105–2191 Dashro
Alestea I 2191–2230 Alestidi
Gegloko II 2231–2290 Kowakidi
Berisampo (Sampo III)2290–2304Haidtuo
Tevopina 2304–2306 Chukoto
Alestea II 2306–2809 Gazdatto
Gegloko III 2809–4107 Wemnidi
Wemnana 4107–6201 Wemnidi
Alestea III 6202–6222 Dashro
Klito XVIII 6222–8104 Geglokidi
Resea 8104 Survi Sarthidi (Wanisinese Sarthian)
Moilea I 8104–9819 Tevopidi
Keli Deztra 9819–9889 Tevopidi
Lizi Deztra 9889–9904 Tevopidi
Kowakida 9905–10306 Geglokidi
Moilea II 10306–10691 Alestidi
Alestea IV 10693–10902 Dashro–Tevopidi
Gegloko IV 10902–10913 Slefrella
Ioya I 10913–11371 Koraktidi
Setora I 11371–11800 Kelonridi (Kelonra)
Atvodslefa (Alestea V)11800–12007Alestidi
Tuktangida 12007–12012 Koneftidi
Moilea III 12012–12019 Survi Motani
Klito XIX 12020–12030 Kazarli Dashron
Alestea VI 12030–12062 Koneftidi
Klito XIX (second reign)12062–12153Kazarli Dashron
Tamaksia I 12153–14091 Rotomidi
Ioya II 14092–14803 Lilikoisa (Thessian)
Venatsha 14803–15217 Illera (Illeran)
Setora II 15217–16000 Illera (Illeran)
Moilea IV 16000–16007 Koneftidi
Tamaksia II 16007–16322 Slefrellidi
Methia IV 16322–16704 asa Hakrodekli il Figestrimani Roventria (Kelonra)
Tamaksia III 16704–17110 Slefrellidi
Tamaksia IV 17110–17116 Slefrellidi
Haplenya 17116–17402 Li'l Urava qu'Stulameka
Gegloko V 17403–17725 Kelateti Dashro
Ioya III 17725–17866 Li'l Urava qu'Stulameka
Nitora XI 17866–17893 il Figestrimani Roventria (Kelonra)
Klito XX 17893–18001 Kelateti Dashro
Zeyeta I 18001–20036 Dashri Uravidi
Gegloko VI 20036–20123 Kelateti Dashro
Atsha 20123–20360 Dashri Uravidi
Zeyeta II 20360–21092 Dashri Uravidi
Alestea VII 21092–21764 Kelateti Dashro
Ioya IV 21764–22330 Naiti Efteti
Ioya V 22331–23133 Kelateti Dashro
Lokussa 23133–23298 Lilitai il Kunanoten (Thessian)
Iora (Ioya VI) 23298–24601 Lilitai il Tshelvani Doisseia (Thessian)
Tamaksia V 24601–24603 Kelateti Slefrellidi
Glemea 24603–25091 Survi Haidtuo (Illeran)
Sampo IV 25091–25434 Kelateti Dashro
Tamaksia VI 25434–25900 Kelateti Dashro
Zeyeta III 25900–27002 Naiti Dashri Uravidi
Berizeyeta (Zeyeta IV)27002 Naiti Efteti
Zeyeta V 27002–27594 Naiti Dashri Uravidi
Gegloko VII 27594–28120 Naiti Haidtuo
Kedoba 28120–28819
Gegloko VIII 28819–28973 Naiti Efteti
Sampo V 28973–30726 Survi Dashridi
Klito XXI 30726–31000 Naiti Efteti
Zeyeta VI 31001–present Naiti Dashri Uravidi


Klíto XVII of House Dashro


A meek woman of mild heritage. Originally from Wemno, Keroa worked as a weaver for the Ksreskézaian House of Shentegdo. She had no ambition, but once in Kona's cult became loved by Kona and her successor, Súlevía Ekñedkh'lesa. Súlevía did not make the trip to Wanisin; she died of malnutrition with many of the other rebels during the two-year journey to the planet. It was only after Súlevía's death, when an upstart named Krizna Tsaklonía sought to replace her, that Keroa finally asserted her position in the line of succession. The idea of starting a new house, Dashro, was hers, as was the styling Klíto XVII. It was she who selected the locations for surveying for settlement once they reached the planet. Her control over the Wanisinese was never as adroit as her predecessors or successors, and many later Empresses have demonized her as the cause of the Sarthían rebels, who, most authorities agree, would never have splintered if it were not for Klíto's weak leadership.

Despite her poor reputation with later generations, Klíto planned the creation of the great cities that still stand on Wanisin today, made first contact with Serena (although it would not be until the time of her daughter, Sampo I, when Serena's contributions to Wanisin became significant), and laid out the caste system, which initially consisted of labourers (slokdtabai), engineers (múnildai), and nobles (hakrodeklai). Later generations would see the split of the slokdtabai into the íntshai as the term 'slokdtaba' became more acutely associated with slavery, and the accumulation of a distinct warrior class comprised of múnildai and hakrodeklai. Periodically, castes of dignified scholars and mystics (such as the stíldai and the haspidai) would emerge, but within a generation these would be folded back into the ínshai by nobles fearing the emergence of a new estate of the realm.

Klíto XVII died naturally, her lifespan shortened, like so many slokdtabasa, by the harsh environment of Ksreskézo.

Gegloko I of the Geglokids


Gegloko I was a geologist and surveyor, named Géa il Kotlat Búterko, who came to fame after discovering Basna in what is now known as the Kelonran crater. This revelation made her famous, and in her later years Klíto XVII passed along an ever-increasing portfolio of responsibilities to the responsible, capable, and immensely popular scientist. When Klíto finally died, Géa sought to define the Empire through strong leadership. She made a mandate of stamping out the Sarthíans, increasing fertility and exploitation of the planet's natural resources, and envisioned a day when Wanisin would be terraformed from a chilly swamp into a warmer, drier land that would be much more inhabitable. Gegloko I was the last Empress to be born on Ksreskézo. During her reign, the population of Wanisin went from 5,000 to more than 60,000.

Sampo I of House Dashro


Born Sampía Klítida il Dashro, the first Sampo was raised more by Gegloko I than by her actual mother, Keroa. This groomed her excellently for statecraft. When Sampo I came to power and Gegloko I chose to abdicate the throne to her, they devised the flame ritual of succession together to cement Sampo I's legitimacy, even though the court in Surví Dashro was opposed to another ruler from Klíto XVII's legacy. Nevertheless, Sampo I was wildly paranoid throughout her career and began wearing armor everywhere, using numerous poison-testers and reviving the Ksreskézaian tradition of preparing one's own food. She nevertheless died under mysterious circumstances while walking alone in a palace garden late at night, lending legitimacy to her life of fear and prompting hakrodeklai all over Wanisin to adopt her attitudes of minimal trust.

Perhaps it was her unusually cagey nature that led to her easy and long-lasting friendship with Serena tel Moukarhím, who herself was far from mentally stable at this point in history. During Sampo I's reign, Serena began to trade labour (mostly in the form of locating ancient Tletkettoyic ruins) for useful resources, like domesticable animals and the numerous Terran staple crops that were missing from the slokdtabaní diet, substantially facilitating continued population expansion. By 2105, Wanisin was home to 300,000 egrekelai.

Sampo II of House Dashro


Born Aiteké Klítida il Dashro, Sampo II was the younger sister of Sampo I. Largely raised by Sampía, her brief reign was marked by an emphasis on government reform and easing attitudes toward the nascent rebels in Kelonra, with an eye to opening trade negotiations and absorbing them into the Empire. Both policies met with broad disapproval among the nobles, who preferred to meet Kelonra on the field of battle rather than over a negotiating table. In the end she was murdered by Alestea I, the first death of an Empress by her direct successor, who proceeded to commence hostilities with Fígestrímaní Roventría.

Alestea I of the Alestids


Born Alestéa Wemnohida Antàn, Alestéa Murekída (the Blood-drinker) started wars on all fronts: against the semi-nomadic, somewhat independent miners and basna-harvesters in the Crater, against the Hatel Commonwealth when the second expedition arrived in 2194, and against dissent among her peers. A dozen nobles or more were killed in duels with Alestea I, greatly thinning out those few who survived from Illera. The effort to crush the rebels in Kelonra started in 2201 and continued to Alestea I's death in 2230, known today in Roventría as the War of Kelonran Independence; if anything, the agenda backfired catastrophically, cementing the state of Kelonra as a soverign polity far into the future.

Alestea I regarded the importance of the Empire's integrity and continued expansion as above all else, and mandated exploitation of Wanisin's moons and the natural resources of other worlds within Kwarkë. This was the decision that prompted the Commonwealth to attempt to intervene again, and the Wanisinese Empire responded by enslaving the contact operatives and forcing them to mate. Wary, the Commonwealth would not land any more people on Wanisin during Alestea I's reign.

The legacy of Alestea I was unusually far-reaching for an empress who reigned for such a short time. In addition to defining Kelonra, taking the first alien slaves, and demonstrating nearly unparalleled skill in the dueling ring, Alestea also started the House Alestidi, which became synonymous with the ferocity of Sur'daran rule for generations. It would hold the throne again in the eleventh millennium, and many times thereafter, acquiring an important role in the War of Inheritance.

Gegloko II of the Kowakids


In the aftermath of Alestea I's death, the Empire was on the verge of economic collapse due to the costs of the failed conquest of Kelonra. Gegloka Kowakàn Moía il Khoselía Telíbis, former Minister of Fertility, came from an academic background and, unusually, won her position as Empress through the persuasiveness of her agenda and planning skills. Not especially charismatic nor competent with a knife, she was elected Empress because the Senate saw no worthy options among her small-minded, self-interested rivals, who would squander the opportunity to avert crisis.

Gegloko II followed in the footsteps of her namesake, and presided over Wanisin's first satellite launches, as well as its first mass breeding programmes for egrekeliní and hateliní slaves, and doubled agricultural productivity through the clever application of bioengineered crops acquired through trade with Serena. Gegloko's ambitions, though not military in nature, eventually came to be seen as threats by Serena, who was concerned that, should the throne on Wanisin continue to be occupied by competent technocrats, their technical progress might outstrip what she could offer, and she would ultimately lose her ability to control the Empire.

Berisampo (Sampo III) of House Haidtuo


Born Sabta Haidtúo Zethepàn in Zethepí Wabelapàn. Founded Zokipolla. Turned Sarthian. Reign ended with the war of 2304-2309, in which she and her successor both defected and held out in the mountain fortress until Alestea II, an old friend, betrayed them and was crowned Empress. Her mother, Slokdtaba Haidtúo Tkezgan, was a cousin of Gleméa Haidtúa il Lilitina.

Tevopina of House Chukoto


Rulership partially annulled in 2305 when she fled to Zokipolla, but not truly terminated until the coronation of Alestea II the following year. During this time the future of the Wanisinese state was uncertain, as several other high-profile nobles also fled, leaving the halls of Sabta Palace in disarray, and the Senate chamber almost half-empty.

Alestea II of House Gazdatto


Born Akhezría Gazdattía Saskarebezría, Alestea II was the last Empress born before the exodus to Wanisin. A general under Gegloko II, she was closely involved with Ministry of Power affairs. When Tevopina defected to Zokipolla, Akhezría went with her, only to betray Tevopina in early 2306, taking direct command of the military and waging war against Zokipolla for most of that year. She was crowned upon her return from the Zokipolla campaign and began the longest reign since Sampo I, wielding the betrayal of Sampo III and Tevopina as a blunt instrument to keep the ambition of others in line. When she finally passed away, her protege replaced her without contest.

The name 'Gazdattía' and the subsequent Wanisinese house of Gazdatto deserves some special mention. Akhezría was the founder of the Gazdatto house, although none of her ancestors had worked for the Ksreskézaian Gazdatto family. Instead the name was inherited from her mother Karina Gazdattía Neptaredía, one of the lost egrekelai, who had once been of a low house, but was welcomed into Atsha-Sithéa's family (some centuries before she became the third Matriarch) and thus took on the name. This was Atsha-Sithéa's way of paying forward the mercy of Regsabta Chúkotía (Sarthía) in the days before the Vendashro.

Gegloko III of the Wemnids


The niece of Klito XVII began her rule as a continuation of Alestea II's, but gradually turned toward more philosophical views, writing numerous books on the question of the purpose of the state and the extent to which it should interfere. Gegloko III's reign was the longest of all the empresses of classical Wanisin, including Kelonran queens.

After her coronation she declared the founding of a new house, the Wemnidi, which she felt was more suited to Keroa's legacy (being a Wemnian) than the House of Dashro. This sparked a division among the Wanisinese, who variously thought of themselves at this time as being of either Wemnian or Tevopian heritage.

Tensions were exacerbated by the emerging class of mystics, the Haspidi, who entertained broadly strange spiritual beliefs that deviated from established orthodoxy in numerous ways, and would offer phrenology, palm-reading, and other fortune-telling services with obscure origins inside the mystery and rites of Tshayéa. This wave of enthusiasm astrology had benefits for the state—in that it broke down the barrier between fantasy and reality—but was mostly negative in its effects.

Toward the end of Gegloko III's reign, poisoned daggers became so popular in duels that heavy armor fell out of use, and lighter garb featuring patches of leather or even cloth became the norm in the more civilized (and especially the warm) cities, like Yevesha, Sur'daro, and Chekroba.

Wemnana of the Wemnids


Daughter of Gegloko III, the first time the throne had been directly inherited. Wemnana was the primary benefactor of her mother's writings and had studied them religiously before ascending to the throne in middle age. During her reign, she outlawed the Haspidi and fought against sectarianism, creating much of the iconic anti-Sarthian rhetoric that defines Wanisinese Orthodoxy in the minds of foreigners. She brought up the figures of Berisampo and Tevopina and vilified them aggressively, exploiting this theological schism to refocus the nation state so that the Wemno-Tévopío rivalry did not send the Empire into civil war. This was a role that the Hatelese Commonwealth could not fulfill due to its distance, and the perception of it already as being very 'other;' they were simply too alien, too foreign to occupy the role of a scapegoat.

Alestea III of House Dashro


Granddaughter of Klito XVII. Elected because her first cousin once removed (Wemnana) had appointed no successor. Unlike the brief Wemnidi dynasty, she hadn't been groomed to rule. Little was accomplished during her reign other than enrichment of the realms of etiquette, custom, and honours; numerous new medals, titles, positions, and accolades were generated, sometimes hastily, to assuage Sur'daran nobles who seemed on the verge of mutiny. She also spent much of her family's fortune remodelling Sabta Palace, ultimately greatly diminishing and dishonouring House Dashro.

Klito XVIII of the Geglokids


Defeated Alestea III in a fair duel after it became painfully clear she was not suited to the throne. Great grand-daughter of Gegloko I. Like Gegloko III before her, Klito XVIII also entered regal life as a heavy-fisted ruler, championing Wemnana's anti-Sarthian politics, but as the memories of the Zokipolla campaign and the Tévopío-Wemno rivalry faded, she grew lax.

The latter portions of the reign of Klito XVIII are remembered as something of a prelapsarian era, in which decadence and civility threatened the traditions of Wanisin. Explorations into the territory around northwestern Limefta prompted retributive guerilla warfare by Sarthian enclaves scattered throughout the Empire's lands, but as there were significant potential natural resource gains to be had from the mountains of northwestern Limefta (particularly in the form of TMF-activating minerals) interest groups among the Senate urged Klito XVIII to the treaty table. As she was suffering from prolonged illness, she was inclined to accede, and was perceived as generally weak in her later years. Public opinion began to see the Sarthians as maligned.

But as the Empire softened, their policy of amnesty toward the Sarthians proved faulty. The long lives of ekeli make extremely long-term, duplicitous plans practical, and during this era in particular Kevrosampa's populace had adopted an anomalously warlike attitude in response to thousands of years of persection and harsh rhetoric. The Sarthian Insurrection consisted of systematically replacing nobles in key positions of power over almost a thousand years, sowing the seeds for a hostile takeover of the Senate and ultimately the throne.

Seriously ill, Klito XVIII was forced to abdicate the throne to her Minister of Power, Kedoba Salkzida il Survi Dashro, who subsequently declared herself Empress Resea of the New Sarthians. Klito died a few months later.

Resea of the New Sarthians




Moilea I of the Tevopids


Expanded the Uravidi immensely and established the Kowako's Gaze surveillance network.

Deztra the Elder of the Tevopids




Deztra the Younger of the Tevopids




Kowakida of the Geglokids




Moilea II of the Alestids




Alestea IV of House Dashro–Tevopidi




Gegloko IV of House Slefrella


From Chekroba. Winter palace at Apeshutha, better known as the ancestral home of the Kevrolli.

Ioya I of the Koraktids


A liberal believer in the wisdom of her Senate peers, Ioya I relaxed oversight of the Ministry of Power, and indeed lightened the portfolio of the Ministry itself. Died of old age. Her reign is remembered as something of a gilded age, during which commerce and relations with Kelonra were at an all-time high, and basna was widely available throughout the Empire. Ioya I was already quite old when she ascended the throne and felt her life was at a natural close, so she did not use basna.

Setora I of the Kelonrids


Widely popular ambassador from Yevesha who was close to Ioya I. Rose to power against a backdrop of civil unrest born from the deathbed confession of Ioya I, that the Koneftidi had played a part in the downfall of Gegloko IV, and she had been complicit in it to maintain stability. This was a key reason why she had relaxed the Ministry of Power, so that it would not uncover evidence of this betrayal.

Atvodslefa (Alestea V) of the Alestids


Died under mysterious circumstances; her wagon driver was tried and convicted as an assassin in the pay of the Dekozi (Deklorebezi), a minor house later discovered to be aligned with the Koneftidi.

Tuktangida of the Koneftids


Murdered in her sleep after revelations by the Uravidi that the Dekozi had ties to the Koneftidi. This sparked the War of Inheritance, open combat between the Koneftidi-aligned houses and Alestidi/Koraktidi-aligned houses.

Moilea III of House Survi Motani


Killed at the climax of the War of Inheritance when the Koneftidi forces stormed the parliament hall at Sabta Palace. Survi Motani was a short-lived faction of the Alestidi concerned with making amends to end the war, but once enthroned Moilea found herself powerless to control the divided Senate.

Klito XIX of the Loyalists of House Dashro


Had been a stable voice of reason in the Senate since the days of Ioya I. Would have ascended the throne earlier were it not for the feud with the Daughters of Kona. House Kazarla (also spelled Kazarlya) was founded from the Koraktidi, Alestidi, and even some Koneftidi-aligned houses to oppose the growing power of the Koneftidi. The Koneftidi were banned from holding power in the Senate, and Klito XIX re-strengthened the Ministry of Power.

Alestea VI of the Koneftids


Took the throne from Klito. Intended to destroy Al-Regwa, Klito's home town. Military turned on her, unwilling to spill the blood of their own. Charisma led to a cult that persisted after her death, operating out of her huge mausoleum complex outside of Lenazza.

Klito XIX (second reign) of the Loyalists of House Dashro


Reinstated by Marshal Ekhessa Famea (last of the Koneftidi, later of the Geglokidi) after Alestea VI's very public execution. Died of insect bite (or possibly poison) while on campaign quelling rebellion in Dumal-Keta. Her death was long and drawn out, lasting some 20 days, during which time she was able to appoint Tamaksia I as her successor.