Sargon

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Sargon, formally known as the Sargon Empire (الْإِمْبَرَاطُورِيَّة شَرُوكِين‎), is a Terran country located on its southernmost part bordering Minos, Siesta, Columbia, and Bolívar. It is a vast empire of diverse ethnicities comprising of both arid deserts and lush tropical jungles. As one of the oldest civilizations on Terra, its political power is quite formidable despite it has fallen into disunity and backwardness in modern era, as it was the first nation to establish a sovereign power many years before the common era.

Much of Sargon, especially the desert part, is divided among the various clans led by a Lord Ameer who answers to the Padishahs of Sargon. Both the Ameers and the Padishahs maintain an unstable balance of power through annual tributes and skirmishes or wars against each other, where they often employ Columbian and Sarkaz mercenaries. Even though the nation has a king, titled the "King of Kings" (Shahanshah), who lives inside the legendary "Golden City," he is a powerless nominal leader who could not stop the tribal conflicts.

The jungle of eastern Sargon is mainly inhabited by primitive tribes composing of its native Archosaurian and Pythian races. Although the tribes maintain some degree of contact with the outside world, they still retain a unique tradition and culture that are totally different from the desert clans in the heartland of Sargon.

The mainland Sargonian language is similar to Arabic in our world, but has distinct grammars and accents even though both are mutually intelligible with each other. Other minor tribes speak different tongues from the mainlanders.

Background

Of all the Terran nations, Sargon is the first which established the predecessor of Terra's modern political system. The Aslanian Conquest onto the tribes in southwestern Terra solidified the foundation of Sargon. Using the name of the "world" - alam in their language - the Sargonian kings vowed to become the king of of all beings, and their political system was spread across the known Terran world, formulating the current Terran geopolitics.[1]

True to its origin, the richness of Sargon is far from imagination. Legend says that a Sargonian queen once embarked on a journey with her gold. Along the way, she vitalized the trading route in the west before mysteriously vanishing in history. Many tales about Sargon's wealth, including its fabled "Golden City," are still circulating among its people.[2]

The sharaf and ukuwwa of Lugalszargus and Kharanduu Khagan have been praised as an immemorable legend to the hearts of the Sargonians.

At the dawn of the common era, Lugalszargus was crowned the Shahanshah, and his rule marked the zenith of Sargon. He decreed the foundation of a common era which the current Terran calendar is based on. In year 11, he formed a military alliance with the Nightzmoran Khaganate led by the legendary Kharanduu Khagan. Together, the Sargonian troops and the Khesigs initiated a conquest of the Foehn Hotlands to the south of Sargon. Although the war cost the Shahanshah's life, its victory is monument as they drove away monsters inhabiting the area from ever threatening Sargon again.[3][4] Since then, generations of Sargonian lords have been trying to explore and conquer that region to follow Lugalszargus' legacy. But to their dismay, they never successfully set their feet beyond their southernmost border. So far, only the Nightzmoran Padishah of Reefsteep had almost fulfilled such mission, successfully constructing a mobile city only to have it struck down by a Catastrophe soon after.[5]

Under the guidance of the famous "White-maned Shah" Paheritu, the Sargonian Lords Ameer also invaded Minos in 917, and turned it into its colony. Due to its harsh policy of forced assimilation, the Minoans, under the leadership of the Twelve Heroes, rose up against their colonizers in 1042, and eventually drove them away. Despite the restoration, Sargon continues to launch border skirmishes against Minoan villages until present day.[6]

Notable people


Expatriate
Migrant

  • Eliza
  • Lugalszargus
  • The Zhayedans
  • Padishah Murad: The Padishah of the Ibut Region twenty-two years ago. He deployed his mercenary forces to annihilate the "Sand Soldiers" in order to rob the secret weapon blueprint on Elliot's professor.[7]
  • Lord Tal'sas : A Lord Ameer who, in the Terran year 1093, was hanged by the angry mob following a revolt that overhwelmed the defenses of his palace. Prior to the incident, he invited Arturia for a public performance in his territory. However, affected by her Arts, he would fly into a rage mid-concert and ordered all the attendants to be expulsed. Witnesses claimed having her derranged cello notes playing in the middle of the revolt, all the way until Tal'sas' execution.[8]
  • "Paheritu the White-maned Shah" (836-917) : The Aslan Shahanshah with the longest reign in Sargonian history, with 67 years. He authorized the Lords Ameer to invade Minos in the Terran year 917, before passing away the same year at the age of 81.
  • Shasurum: Paheritu's eldest son, who ascended to the throne following his death. He declared victory over the Minoans.
  • Padishah Marah: Also known as "The Queen from Across the River", she was Shasurum's sister who was personally assigned as the Padishah in charge of Minos' affairs. Because of her deep understanding of the Minoan culture, she applied harsh assimilation policies that would subjugate the nation, ordering the destruction of various city-states. She was recalled back to Shar-Agade in 950.
  • Shasurum's grandson: The Aslan Shahanshah who, in 1039, was poisoned by his wife. His assasination led to a succcession dispute between his heirs.

Enemies

Normal
Elite
Boss

Places

Districts

  • Acahualla
  • Ibut
  • Bayalir: A district in Sargon where the Tulla clan lives; the setting where Operation Originium Dust happened.
  • Shar-Agade: The mysterious, legendary capital of Sargon, often known as the "Golden City". According to Kal'tsit, the city remains sedentary despite Sargon's advanced technology and frequent Catastrophes. It is said that only the most beloved Padishahs and Ameers are given the privilege to enter there.[5]
  • Arakeeshtu

Settlements

  • Kerthun Valley: A region in a vast Sargonian rainforest and homeland of the Anura race. Known for it's vast resources and favourable geopolitical position, the lords ameer have long tried to expand their influence over it to no avail, thanks to the opposition of the indigenous people.[9]
  • Long Spring: A desert village located near a canyon twenty kilometers north of Trumphill.
  • Reefsteep: A major city in the Ibut region where Old Isin once served for. 150 years ago, the city was a nomadic city founded by a Kuranta Padishah who had the blood of the Nightzmoran Kheshigs. Despite its past glory, a Catastrophe destroyed it and it was buried beneath the sand. Since then, the site where it stood is nothing more than a black market town.[5]
  • Redhorn: A town in the Ibut Region. Twenty-two years ago, this was the place where the "Sand Soldiers" were annihilated. It was destroyed by a fire set by Elliot during his uprising against the local Lord Ameer.[10][11]

References