Breaking The Chains
-1096 BH Many nomad families of the northern plains first encounter the Seuloise Empire. They began to rely on trade with the empire. Herd animals, horses, cloth, and pottery are exchanged for superior weapons and adornments of “civilization.” (1760 SD/-3756 CY)
-32 BH The holy man, El-Baklun-bar-Gash, a prophet of Istus, has a vision of a holy monument near the lake of Udrukankar. He travels the area and gathers a group of supporters. (2834 SD/-2692 CY)
1 BH The band of northern nomads, under the leadership of the Holy Man, El-Baklun-bar Gash find or construct (it is not clear which) a strange circle of stone, and name it Tovrag Baragu, that is, “The Naval of the Earth.” The Bakluni count the discovery of this place as the beginning of the Bakluni calendar (2856 SD/-2659 CY). Northern nomadic families which hold this as their most holy site, began to call themselves Bakluni or “The Men of Baklun.” The family Yamir, which dwells closest to the site, forsakes wandering to become it’s protector.
391 BH The first recorded “Slavery Raid” occurs. Seuloise forces capture an entire family of Bakluni and take them into the Seul Empire in servitude. (3247 SD/-2269 CY)
596 BH “The Great Betrayal.” After treating with seven nomadic merchant clans at a merchant gathering, the Seuloise Odiafer, attacked the merchants, attempting to take their goods and enslave them. The families drew their trains together and fought to the last person instead of surrendering. (3452 SD/-2064 CY)
605 BH Seuloise armies march into the northern planes and claim overlordship. The nomads are generally defeated when they resist. The first Seuloise fortresses in the north are constructed (3461 SD/-2055 CY). For the next 600 years the Bakluni are subjugated to the Seul.
1115 BH The Bakluni, under one of their wandering chieftains, Ali-ben-Onar, unite in an effort to throw off the Seuloise yoke. During the war one of the items created by the Seul to bind the Geniekind is captured. The war ceases when the Bakluni threaten to use this item. The Seuloise cede a large portion of “their” Northern territories to the Bakluni. (3971 SD/-1521 CY)
1121 BH “The First Victory.” The Bakluni claim a large portion of the northern lands as their own by treaty with the Seul. The family Amirs and Sultans gather and elect Ali-ben-Onar, by proclamation, as “Caliph of All the Families of the Baklun”. (3977 SD/-1540 CY)
1144 BH “The Fruztii War.” The Bakluni defeat the Seuloise noble army of the House Fruztii, and tighten their grip on the north. (4000 SD/-1516 CY)
1150 BH The construction of Istustan commences as the central city of the Bakluni people. Several other towns develop as nomadic families clans began to build permanent headquarters in their traditional homelands. Upon Ali’s death, his nephew, Mohinid-ben Saphir, is proclaimed “Caliph of the Baklun.” (4006 SD/-1510 CY)
1224 BH Leery of the “mages” in the south, a group of worshippers of Xan Yae, began developing “mental disciplines” in conjunction with their clerical powers. (4080 SD/-1428 CY)
1381 BH Al Akbar, a mighty priest and prophet, creates his cup and star. (4237 SD/-1279 CY)
1494 BH The first monastery of Zuoken is erected. Mental and physical disciplines are studied rigorously. (4350 SD/-1166 CY)
1852 BH Claiming that an adherence to a mental regimen will help bring defeat to the Seuloise, a Master of the Zuoken monastery of Ramala, leaves his monastery and travels
eastward to find the lands of the gray elves to study their magic. He does not return. (4705 SD/-808 CY)
1932 BH Plague breaks out in the Bakluni Lands. This is the first year of those known as “The Plague Years” (4788 SD/-728 CY). The monastic practices of the followers of Zuoken spread and as a result the Plague losses are not nearly as great as what is found in the south. However, many Bakluni blame the Seul and began to speak of cleansing the South.
2033 BH Under Hali-ben-Usif, the first organized raid of the Baklun into Seul occurs. (4889 SD/-627 CY) During the next hundred years, the Baklun prosper as the Seuloise fall into confusion and strife between Noble Families. The Baklun courts grow wealthy and prosperous, the northern Oeridian lands fall under Baklun sway.
2157 BH The Bakluni withdraw their ambassador from the Seuloise Empire when Zunid-ad-Zol, the Prince of House Zolax is crowned Emperor of the Seul Peoples. (5012
2175 BH The beginning of “The Great War.” Caliph Haran-ben-Ramif sends an army into the Salhaut pass where nine thousand Bakluni are slaughtered. The Holy Prophetess Devrah of Istus forsees that the lands of the Seul will be washed “pure as the desert.” (5021 SD/-485 CY)
2194 BH Both Bakluni and Seuloise began to go east of the mountains, recruiting Humanoids as mercenaries in their battles for the first time. (5050 SD/-466 CY)
2211 BH Arish-ben-Alif, a wandering prophet, warns of the destruction of the Baklun People. He is declared an outlaw by the High Priestess of Istus, Aphra. The Caliph Namesh-bin-Jamish orders the arrest of Arish, but he escapes. (5067 SD/-449 CY)
2212-2215 BH Arish wanders the western edges of the Baklun realms and convinces a full six families of the oncoming disaster. They move east into the Northern parts of the Flanaess. (5068 to 5071 SD/-448 CY to -445 CY)
2230 BH Arish returns to the court and attempts to convince Talna-bin-Namesh to move eastward with the Baklun peoples. Arish is put to death by drowning. (5086 SD/-430
2235 BH The Baklun army begins advancing into the Northern Provinces of the Seul Empire. The Seuloise weakened by strife and the sending of the Houses of Pursuit, continually fall back before the Bakluni assault. (5091 SD/-425 CY)
2238 BH The Seul mages gather their magical energies and cast the Invoked Devastation. No Bakluni cities survive this blast of magical energy. But Bakluni mages and clerics gathered at Tovag Baragu, using the arcane powers of the Binders, and drawing upon the energies of their holiest site, withstand these energies and counters with the Rain of Colorless Fire. The remains of this expenditure of energy are now called the Sea of Dust, and the Dry Steppes (5094 SD/-422 CY). The destruction of Bakluni Caliphate occurs. However, the family Yamir, and six families who moved east with Arish, remain.
2254 BH Four of the six Baklun Families of the East elect to return to their homelands. The Ketti stop just east of the Tusman Hills, the other families, Tusmii, Zeifa, and Ekberri continue into back to traditional Bakluni lands. The two families which remain in the North of the Flanaess, become estranged from the families in the West. Because of the barren state of the Dry Steppes, Geshtai becomes almost as important a power as Istus. Xan Yae and Zuoken also retain their worshippers. The seeds of the modern Bakluni states are sown. (5110 SD/-406 CY)
2970 BH A tribal group from the far west of Oerik sweep through the southlands of the old Bakluni areas, they call themselves the Paynim. One of these clans, the Uli move into the area between the Ulsprue Mountains and the Barrier Peaks and establish Ull. (310 CY)
Nature: The Bakluni people started as a nomadic herder people. And despite their later movement into the cities, they maintained that “wild” roving nature. Their religions were simple compared to the Seuloise, they worshipped fate, and the Twilight of the wide plains, and physical and mental toughness. These peoples are very similar to the Arabic nomads of Earth, and their culture likewise similar. At the height of their culture they resembled the Persians, a state which the newer western Bakluni states are rivaling.