Having driven the former Bardotti rulers to either enslavement or exile, Narberuan forces controlled most of Makavali for over a decade. It seemed the long, dire days of marching South, always looking over the should, fearing what would come from the North, were long gone. Then, one day, a violent earthquake shook the land. A calamity that brought unmatched destruction. Frightened, the bones-seers read the fates and saw death, change, and ending. It would take almost half a decade for their prophecies to come true. But they would, in the form of ships of black and gold dotting the horizon; the feral tribe of the Kadukei had arrived. These formidable fighters had fled their former dominions in the Maakaanite islands (especially their capital island of Nazuri) after a massive volcanic eruption shattered everything they had owned. Leading them was Talsien Widow-claimer, the Margu Thimur (supreme leader) of the Kadukei. Talsien had been bestowed a vision on the night of the eruption. Through the dark clouds of ash, he heard the God Draton, prime among the Nazurites, calling his name. Despite the ruin and the wailing, Talsien could hear clearly his maker’s command. It told him to follow Draton’s star and settle where he would find Draton’s most precious of gifts: the strongest metal in the world.
From the bow of his flagship, on a clear night, the Margu Thimur saw Draton’s star land on top of a hill overseeing a bay. This place would later become Kodokuna, the Fortress City. After a steep pilgrimage to the top of the elevation, Talsien claimed a near-perfect spherical metal orb of glistening metal, strong and without flaw. While some songs say the Margu Thimur himself shaped the unbendable ore into a new sword and a new lance, it is generally accepted that those are more epic interpretations to bolster a legendary image of the leader that, frankly, need not. Regardless, the whole fleet was disassembled, its materials used to lay the foundation of their new sovereign state. News of the new landing traveled, as the newcomers put the locals to the sword or in chains, right to the ears of those who ruled it. To say the Narberus were not too pleased with these trespassers would be an understatement. Having learned from their campaign against the Bardotti, they made a quick move against the newcomers, harassing them constantly, in an attempt to disrupt their supply lines as much as they could. Yet these were no foe like the ones they had faced… Superiorly trained and equipped, used to waging war, the earlier comparisons to the Bardotti forces were dismissed after the first handful of incursions and skirmishes. The Kadukei also deployed what would be their greatest asset in conquering Makavali: heavy cavalry.
Beneath trampling hooves, the ground shook and caved to the Kadukei advances. Strong Narberuan infantry, who had previously been a match to everything they had faced, was no match. Within a few seasons’ turns, the Kadukei had claimed most of the Narberuan strongholds and chokepoints and were actively enslaving the populace to dig, farm, weave, and sow Kadukei spoils. Even though there was some resistance for a quite long period, especially in the lower ridges bordering Lacanor, the Kadukei subjugation would be complete in a few years, and the Narberus would be completely wiped out, But the Narberus weren’t the only one facing annihilation: war had depleted the Kadukei’s forces; they would snuff out the resistance – that was almost certain -but they desperately needed to replenish their numbers to be able to hold on to Makavali. The Margu Thimur had to compromise, and the onslaught halted. Leaders of both tribes met to sign a truce, in which the Kadukei would rule supreme, but the Narberus would be granted much more power and prestige than to other tribes under the heel of their boots. Both sides saw much worth in the way they fought and resisted, unlike the other enslaved tribes. Generations would pass, and the two people became one: the modern-day Kodokunans. Yet it was not only their ethnicity that ended up being allowed together… The Dogma itself incorporated many of the more bellicose facets of the Narkarian religion, especially those related to Abjorn and Baldan. With this, came a friendship with Andaronori Verus people, to which the Kodokunans so often rally to the defend the south side of the Avar Mountains.
Cover picture: “yes my lord” by kleiner Hai
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