27 July 2016

ATLAS ELYDEN #12 - Jurras

I just finished he'd the latest map in the Altas Elyden project, Jurras:

ATLAS ELYDEN #12 - Jurras

A Vassal to the Secular Republic of Parthis, Jurras is largely autonomous, with Parthis using its lands and resources as necessary and controlling its military forces in defence, though otherwise leaving its people to continue in their lives.

Following the retreat of the Korachani empire in 3143 RM, the region was left in the hands of imperial caretakers (known as the Interreges) who commonly rule by proxy in the empire’s absence, forging relations with those who will rule once the Interreges depart. Worship of the Undying Machine was enforced by the imperial rulers, as was customary, with local deities either deposed by iconoclast forces or assimilated and turned into imperial saints. Like in neighbouring Karakhas, this practice was met with native resistance and much of the imperial tenure there was wrought with periods of intermittent strife, which culminated in c 3000 - 3100 RM, with many people reverting to worship of their ancestral deities, the Simulaeka.

This worship of the Simulaeka continued during the reign of the Interreges and became absolute with their retreat in 3226 RM, following civil conflict that led to the storming of their stronghold in the city of Ekadha. The AInterreges retreated later that year, leaving the Jurrasi to self-rule for the first time in over 2,700-years. The region was weak for a while, with many of its resources left spent by the retreating Interreges, but they managed. The nation was divided into 4 districts, with a major city taking control of each. These solidified into a tetrarchy that continues to rule to this day, its Arbitrator caste exercising total control of its people. Atramental  use is restricted, with practitioners sent to a college that divides prospective candidates into two - those who will be sacrificed to keep the capital of Samaris safe form Atramental taint, and those who will go on to work in government positions in a more permanent manner.

Relations with Parthis grew over the centuries following Jurrasi independence, and in 3696 RM the nation entered into a vassalage agreement with Parthis, which established a controlling presence in the city of Kethra, which remains a cultural and administrative centre, rivalling the capital on the other side of the nation. Many believe that, should Parthis remain in control of Jurras for much longer the capital will be relocated to Kethra.

NOTE: anyone waiting for a tutorial - it's on the way, I;m still working on it between the maps and commissions:)

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Thanks to my Patreon (link below), I've reached enough funding every month to reach my first goal, which is to create a globe, so you can expect some updates about my progress (read: struggles) in crafting the globe and sticking the gores to it. Lots of swearing to follow, I'm sure :)

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