Kahubur

Kahubur is one of three kingdoms along the North Ishkebuan Coast in Usathia. Once the heartland of a mighty empire, it is now a place of fading grandeur long since overshadowed by its neighbor, the wealthy kingdom of Gezbemur.

The most famous history of Kahubur is The Rise and Fall Of Ancient Kahubur, written by Jenesan of Ekuzar in 1358 E.A. This tome relates the empire’s feud with Yanbuka and the decision of Othanyoras IX – a ‘traitor to mankind’ – to grant his allegiance to Lord Daskesurul in 535 E.A.

Within a century, the empire had fragmented under the strain of Daskesurul’s wars. However, the Ankaykari lord clung to power in Kahubur’s heartlands until 702 E.A, when the hero Prince Yansharas Basudahan finally overthrew him. Although Kahubur is no longer a powerful state, it remains one of the most famous ancient civilizations of Usathia.

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Geography

The modern kingdom of Kahubur lies along the coast of the Ishkebuan Sea, bordered to the west by the Jasubor river and to the north by the Sorsed mountains. Long ago, its rulers conquered the city-state of Ezkusa, with its fine harbor, and established the fortresses of Urazian and Orenak in the north to defend themselves from Akkuzean raiders.

While the kings continue to hold court in the ancient capital of Kahubunusa – with its echoes of imperial glory – Kahubur’s largest cities are Ezkusa and Ezandon.

The Ishkebuan coast supports fleets of fishing vessels, and the farmlands of Jasubor river valley are fertile, but further inland the soil becomes more barren until there is nothing but scrubland. Goats graze the dusty hills around Olardun, and some copper is still mined in the mountains of Sorsed, where the Gateway of Havuskur lies.

Few men now journey through Havuskur, for the realms beyond have been stripped of azuhans, and the Ankaykari feel no friendship towards the Kahuburans. While the kingdom is often visited by foreign dignitaries who wish to explore its ruins, it is not considered a prosperous land. Its greatest treasures were looted in the 8th century, and its main source of wealth is now wheat and cotton.

History

The Kuhuburan empire arose in the 2nd century E.A and reached the height of its glory during the 5th century, when its fleet dominated trade across the Ishkebuan Sea. At the height of its power, its territory extended across the Ambakai mountains to the fertile farmlands around the Tanthiran Sea. However, its attempts to conquer Namiva were thwarted by the Ankaykari Lord Tassedehami and his ally, Lord Naskremari.

In 488 E.A, Emperor Othanyoras VII raised an army to attack Naskremari’s Yanbukan empire, establishing a stronghold on the island-kingdom of Hadacha. In the end, however, his forces failed to seize the Gateway of Yanthure and eventually had to withdraw.

By 525 E.A, Kahubur appeared to be on the wane, weakened by aristocratic in-fighting. In a bid to secure his throne, Emperor Othanyoras IX send envoys through the Gateway of Havuskur and gave his allegiance to Lord Daskesurul. With the help of Daskesurul’s yuyarni, he defeated his rivals, but many of his people resented his decision, and the empire remained afflicted by civil strife.

During Daskesurul’s 200-year reign, the Kahuburans waged several wars against Namiva and the empire of Yanbuka, which were allied against it. After the fourth Namivan war (620-628 E.A.) , the province of Turukar rose up in rebellion, and the empire fragmented.

The vassal-kings of the Basudahan dynasty ruled over the remnants of the Kahubur for another seventy years, until Vayoras V was overthrown by his son Yansharas in 702 E.A. Daskesurul’s loyal supporters were driven out, but the kingdom had been greatly weakened by the conflict.

Twenty years later, Yansharas was slain in battle, and the Kahuburan heartlands were conquered by the king of Sorisadan. The Kuhuburans regained their freedom 50 years later under Jalaras Basudahan, who ensured that the deeds of his grand-father Yansharas were commemorated. He passed the throne to his son-in-law, thus beginning a new royal dynasty, the Vandias.

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