Tuyaz-Oa

Tuyaz-Oa was an empire in south-eastern Razurea founded by Prince Farauquan Ghaz Ahzaya and ruled by his immortal beloved, Lady Liralian. Its people were devout followers of the Uanoshan faith, and were renowned for their literature and philosophy as well as their armies.

Throughout its history, Tuyaz-Oa was governed by an emperor from the Ghaz Ahzayan dynasty. As the imperial fleet grew in strength, it often clashed with the Ukuzechan Empire of Liralian’s rival Daskesurul. An even greater threat was the Vanotaquan Empire in the east. However, Tuyaz-Oa had a long-established alliance with Wayaiqua and many of the Gahuzan island-kingdoms.
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Geography

Although Danyubao was the most ancient of the lands ruled by Liralian, Bakoqua was regarded as the foremost province of the empire. Tuyaz-Oa’s imperial city, Yhara-uza, stood on the shores of the Jahanzan Sea at the mouth of the river Iyaun. To the far north was Ranazayu, the famous city of wizards, and the Gateway of Larrenath.

Tuyaz-Oa’s most prosperous provinces were those of the south: Bakoqua, Nawoyaz and Tan Anguha. The farmers here cultivated corn, beans, sweet potatoes and cotton. Artisans produced fine cloth and bead-work which they sold to the Gahuza islands. In return, Tuyaz-Oan merchants purchased coffee, wine, chocolate and pearls.

A map of the southern provinces of Tuyaz-Oa created with Campaign Cartographer (CC3) and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
The southern provinces of Tuyaz-Oa

Further inland were the provinces of Caruak and Jaruona. Here, many people still lived as nomads, only visiting the cities along the Iyuan to trade livestock. The wealth of these lands came mainly from cattle-herding, leatherworking and quarrying.

Beyond Jaruona was Hayauba, the last great city of the Iyaun. It was famous for its bronzework, and had been a powerful state in ancient times.

A map of the central provinces of Tuyaz-Oa created with Campaign Cartographer (CC3) and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
The central provinces of Tuyaz-Oa

The northern provinces of Tuyaz-Oa were Hatisaka and Danyubao. The Danyubaons were renowned for their wizards, sages and doctors. The Hatisakans were mostly hunter-gatherers who lived in mountain valleys and paid little heed to imperial decrees. Like the Karanutu tribe of the Tan Anguhan highlands, they served in the imperial army as scouts and skirmishers.

The People of Tuyaz-Oa

Tuyaz-Oan Nobleman, created with the help of Character Artist 3 (CA3)
Tuyaz-Oan Nobleman circa 1200 EA

Liralian had founded Tuyaz-Oa in the hope that her empire would spread justice across the mundane world. The ideal Tuyaz-Oan prince was wise, modest and courteous to all – even peasants and ‘barbarians’. However, Tuyaz-Oans tended to consider those of other lands less enlightened than themselves, and there were many who cared more for their personal prestige than the welfare of others.

“The nobleman should read the works of the philosophers, listen attentively to his people, and train with weapons daily. When he fights, he should fight for justice rather than glory, for only barbarians revel in the defeat of their foes.” The Path of Virtue by Soraqual of Ranazayu

Tuyaz-Oan Noblewoman, created with the help of Character Artist 3 (CA3)
Tuyaz-Oan noblewoman, circa 1200 EA

The Tuyaz-Oans enjoyed wrestling, archery and javelin-throwing competitions, but they never hunted for sport. Most dishes featured rice or flatbread, served with grilled meat, onions, beans and tomatoes. Spiced soups were also common. Coffee, wine and chocolate were popular drinks among the wealthy, while beer was served in taverns throughout the empire.

The Tuyaz-Oans favored clothing woven of pale cotton bordered with geometric patterns. People of high rank wore diadems of gold or silver, but those who dressed in silks and jewels were frowned upon. Emperor Saquan II was often heard to criticise courtiers whose garments were trimmed with pearls. He also famously refused to drink wine.

History

The Tuyaz-Oan Empire was founded by Prince Farauquan Ghaz Ahzaya of Bakoqua, the mortal beloved of Lady Liralian. Aided by his brother King Raquais and Liralian’s own army, he defeated the Caruak empire and united it with the kingdoms of Bakoqua, Jaruona, Danyubao and Hatsiaka. Although Danyubao had been loyal to Liralian for far longer, it was Bakoqua that became the empire’s centre of government.

Farauquan governed Tuyaz-Oa as emperor for the next twenty-eight years. His reign was remembered as a time of peace, for he was gracious to the defeated Caruaks, and had no wish to wage war on the neighbouring lands. Finally he left the throne to his nephew Saquan, the son of Raquais, and went to live with his beloved Liralian in Askamar.

Over the next few generations the Tuyaz-Oans gained a noble reputation, defending the surrounding kingdoms from the pirate-lords of Rayak-Anya. The rebellion of the ambitious emperor Toroquais was crushed by Liralian’s loyal supporters. However, Tuyaz-Oa suffered a heavy blow when its fleet was smashed by Randashe, an Rayak-Anyan pirate of Vanotaquan descent, who was said to have the aid of the Vanotaquans.

Mormariul insisted that she knew nothing of any alliance with Randashe, yet there were rumours of Vanotaquan ships raiding the cities of Tuyaz-Oa’s allies, including Habaskea.

When the Tuyaz-Oans invaded Tan Anguha – whose ruler they considered a despot – the Vanotaquans eagerly came to the kingdom’s defence. The result was a savage war between the Ankaykari empires. It was during this time that Liralian truly came to hate Mormariul, for she saw the brutal tactics that her generals now used.

The Tuyaz-Oans were victorious in the end, conquering Tan Anugha and gaining the allegiance of Nawoyaz. However, King Songatya Taxariak of Tan Anguha fled to Rayak-Anya, where he raised an army to reclaim his crown with the help of the Vanotaquan emperor Jaxaim. The conflict that followed was known as the Gahuzan Wars, for it engulfed almost all of the island-kingdoms.

Once again, Tuyaz-Oa triumphed, but many lands had been devestated, their cities burned and their people forced to flee. Liralian felt sick with grief, yet she believed that there had been no choice – if she had allowed Mormariul to conquer the islands, the mortals’ suffering would have been even greater, and Tuyaz-Oa itself would have been in danger.

Tuyaz-Oan’s influence spread even further across the Gahuzan islands, from Wayaiqua to Gaowath, where it clashed with the Ukuzechan fleet.

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