THE STRATANIAN TRIBE

The Stratanian Tribe once formed the ancient Kingdom of Stratania. The tribe of the Stratanians is of origin nomadic. They were initially called the Shendar. Moving from oasis to oasis they lived in the whole desert region of the gigantic southern peninsula of the Sarvonian continent. It must have been about two or three millennia b.S. when some Shendar people started to settle down in small, permanent communities which finally developed to the Stratanian Kingdom. The nomads on the other hand held their own name: the "Shendar" or "Shendarions". Since its founding in 758 b.S. Stratania had always been identified with its large desert, the Rahaz-Dath located at the very south of the southern Sarvonian continent. The region where the Kingdom of Stratania was located currently represents the Santharian province of Truban.

The Stratanian Coat of Arms

View picture in full size The Stratanian Coat of Arms drawn by Koldar Mondrakken.

Coat of Arms. When the several city-states united at the beginning of the Age of Blood, they chose a coat of arms which clearly represented their kingdom. In the center a tall Black Desert Rose is positioned, surrounded by a green Rock Snake. Above the rose is a golden sun representing the Burning God and the heat the kingdom suffers under. On the right bottom three blue, four-pointed stars are representing the three major towns – Strata, Thalambath and Bardavos – and the four directions of the wind, because of its important function of the sea and trade.

History. The tribe of the Stratanians is of origin nomadic. They were initially called the Shendar. Moving from oasis to oasis they lived in the whole desert region of the gigantic southern peninsula of the Sarvonian continent. It must have been about two or three millennia b.S. when some Shendar people started to settle down in small, permanent communities. The first example of such a settlement is reported from the nowadays huge town of Thalambath, lying on the west coast of the peninsula. Thalambath probably may have existed even millennia before other noteable communities came into existence. At this time the tribe was also split in two halves: settlers and nomads. The settlers finally called themselves "Stratanians" after they had mingled with the refugees from Voldar following Drafas Tristin on his long journey south, escaping the Dragonstorm (1650 b.S.). Strata means "south" in the elvish tongue, and the tribe named itself and the kingdom to be founded after the most important city of the region, the town and haven Drafas had founded on the most southern cape of Sarvonia.

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Map of the ancient kingdoms of Santharia (482 b.S.). Click on any kingdom to read more details at other kingdom entries. Picture drawn by Artimidor.

The nomads on the other hand held their own name: the "Shendar" or "Shendarions" as they were later called by the main Santharian population. Both names mean "people of the sand", but the tribe itself prefers the first - "Shendar" is also the accurate pronouncing of the tribe's name in the Shendar tongue. The language of the Shendar by the way consists of a large number of guttural sounds, which may seem rather weird when listening with the ears of foreigners, but they of course practice common Tharian speech as well, because the tribe plays an important part in Stratanian economy and trade. Though the Shendar communites were rather always changing and moving, it is a fact that throughout the ages certain regions developed within the desert where some Shendars doiminated over others, gaining more and more wealth and power. Currenlty there exist approximately between six and nine of such territories (it is still very difficult to accumulate appropriate information on the desert lands). Each of the regions are led by so-called "'ah Waeyrón", who in general can be compared to Santharian earls. Above the 'ah Waeyrón a single lord rules over the desert lands, called the "'hrul Zhaeón", commonly referred to by the Stratanians as the "Desert Lord". The Desert Lord acts completely independendly from the Stratanian king, but they respect each other as they also depend on each other.

Trade in Stratania. With the founding of communities trade came into being, at first only with the communties together, later on as well with towns from outside the tribe. When Strata was founded by refugees from Voldar in the Year of Darkness (1650 b.S.), trade was given an extra boost by this fastgrowing and expanding city. It was already at this time that the traditional Shendar tribe got its powerful position. In exchange for goods and money the Shendar led the caravans through the desert, and the traders solely depended on them for successful arrival on the other side.

Therefore a balance of power between the Shendar and the Stratanians arose, and both still depend on each other. The balance is fragile, as is proven by several occasions in history. It happened that the cities didn't like the policies of the Shendar or the other way round, but skirmishes usually resulted in blockades on the trade routes and stagnating resources for both sides. But in general the kingdom (be it Stratanian or Santharian) and the Shendar always have come together again in a mutual understanding, for both sides have realized that the survival of their civilisations depends on their co-operation.

Main Stratanian Cities. There existed only very few huge cities in the Kingdom of Stratania. Mostly you will find smaller villages or simple settlements throughout the lands as is typical for desert land.

Nevertheless the four largest towns of Stratania were/are of major importance for the whole continent and shouldn't be forgotten to be mentioned here:

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THE AGE OF AWAKENING
(YEARS 1.655 B.S. - 822 B.S.)
1649 b.S. Drafas Tristin founds the City of Strata
Trafas "Longstep" Tristin, who left Voldar in the Year of Darkness with a band of citizens to search for light and a new home in the south, after a long trek south eventually founds the city of Strata at the southernmost tip of the Sarvonian continent.

When Tristin and his men see the sun dawning in the south they agree unanimously that this was the place they have sought for and found a town upon the ruins they encounter there. Drafas calls it simply "Strata". It is a Styrásh name, meaning "south". The people following Drafas from this time on are referred to as the "Stratanians".
  

1603 b.S. Strata Temple and Harbour are finished
The Strata Foiros Temple, the "Tremgala", and the harbour are finally finished and a big celebration is held due to the occasion. First (fishing) ships sail from the harbour.
  

1457 b.S. Discovery of Shan'Thai by the Stratanians
The Stratanians discover Shan'Thai and a long trade co-operation between the two cities begins. Shan'Thai provides Strata with necessary goods they can't produce in their desert climate while the Stratanians mainly provide Shan'Thai with pottery, tobacco and wines.
  

1288 b.S. Floods and Storms in Strata
Major Floods and Storms cause main parts of the city of Strata to drown in the high level sea water. The harbour quarter is completely destroyed, along with the Temple of Foiros, Tremgala. The complete Tristin family drowns in the flood.
  

1287 b.S. Strata's Year of Chaos
The town of Strata is majorly crippled by the natural disasters of the past year and left under the rule of the City Council as the Tristin family is no longer present. Miyal IV. of Varcopas appears, the closest living relative of Miyal II., daughter of Fantyn I., Queen of Varcopas, and Drafas Longstep, demanding the leadership over the city.

The Ruling House is passed over to the Varcopasian family, Miyal IV. takes the new title of "Tristin" (used synonymously for "ruler") in honour of her great-great-grandfather and the old ruling family. This marks the first time of woman rule in the city. Stratanian influence now begins to grow as Varcopas and Strata are under the same rule.
  

ca. 1000 b.S.
to 700 b.S.
The Golden Age of Strata
A period of large prosperity for the Citystate and its allies can be noted coming from trade mainly. Expeditions are sent out to look for new trade partners or perhaps land for conquest colonization.
  

956 b.S. Three Stratanian Ships reach the Ferrath Islands
First contact is made with representatives of the Old Empire of Korweyn. Strata establishes a trade route with the islands but isn't allowed to explore the continent of Nybelmar further.

THE AGE OF THE BLOOD
(YEARS 822 B.S. - 50 B.S.)
759 b.S. The Siege of Thaehavos
Thaehavos is besieged by a small contingent of elves emerging from the forests located in the north. Messengers coming from Thaehavos reach Strata begging for aid in their situation. Strata recognizes the threat of the elven forces and sends out an army in the direction of Thaehavos. The town is saved and the elves are forced to retreat to the Sharadon Forests by the combined armies of Thaehavos and Strata.
  

744 b.S. The Trade Routes to the Ferrath Islands cease to exist
As the Stratanian merchant ships find another power holding the Ferrath Islands the trade routes to the islands cease to exist. First signs of weakness show in the economic structure as several companies depended on the trade with the west.
  

713 b.S.
to 636 b.S.
The Shadow War with the Black Pearl
A Templar of the Black Pearl
A Black Pearl Templar
In the streets and sewers of Strata a terrible war is fought between the Seven of Thalambath and the Templars of the Black Pearl. It bears the name the "Shadow War" because the war isn't faught openly, only in the dark hours of night, the shadows of the Vagabond's Hideout and the sewers. Murders and small skirmishes are daily events and the city is in chaos for many years. The war results most likely in the end of the Templars and the leaving of the Seven to their hometown, although both facts were never confirmed.
  

635 b.S. Thalambath joins the Kingdom of Stratania
THe city of Thalambath eventually join the Stratanian Kingdom but gains power quickly because of the chaos pre-dominating in Strata.
  

628 b.S. Milkengradian Offensive against the Stratanians
The Milkengradian navy launches an offensive against Stratanian pirates in the south. The Stratanians consider that a vile provocation.
  

618 b.S. Renevor's Alliance of the Red and Punitive Expedition against Milkengrad
Renevor, the king of Erpheronia, irritated by the Helcrani merchant fleet and his failure to conquer Centorauria a decade ago, forms an alliance with the Kyranians, the rebel Centoraurians and the Stratanians against Milkengrad. Many mercenaries from the Ashmarian lands came to offer their service to Renevor.
The Strata Economy collapses
Though the outcome of the punitive expedition against Milkengrad is victorious for the alliance, it can be seen as a victory with many losses: Many men and material are lost due to the terrible battles and the economy of Strata collapses. The harbour falls into ruin as it is barely used and crime takes control over the city. The Tristin and his family, last heirs to Drafas' throne leave the city and flee to Marcogg.
  

617 b.S. The Fall of Milkengrad
A huge Erpheronian army invades Efirhal Island and lays siege upon Milkengrad. Cumrann, who has led war against his own brother Curgan to gain the Milkengradian throne, is promised to be given the crown of the city if he doesn’t interfere. He agrees and sends a small regiment to assist Renevor. Curgan on the other hand fights bravely and despite his victories the city falls after 93 days of siege in the 13th day of the month of the Burning Heavens. From the 25.000 citizens a few hundred survive the terrible slaughter that follows the Fall of Milkengrad. The city is burned down. Cumrann's regiment is destroyed in their attempt to save their defenseless relatives. This is an excuse for Renevor to give the city and the rest of Centorauria to the barbarians and Lecam Turpotaker, a pirate and leader of the Stratanians. Milkengrad takes the name of Turacanth.

As he realizes the destruction, Cumrann is responsible for taking the oath never to allow that to happen again and leaves Helcrah with a few of his closest friends. No Helcrani ever sees him again.
  

602 b.S. The Council of Stratania moves to Talambath
Governmental agendas of the Stratanians should from now on take place in Thalambath, not in Strata anymore. The leader of the city takes the title "King of the United South", easily overthrowing the Tristin of the weakened city.
  

474 b.S. Offensive of Stratanian patriots against the Thalambathian government
Stratanian patriots attempt to overthrow the Thalambathian government. The rebels are easily defeated and flee to Thaehavos. In the following centuries several groups of patriots demand the restoration of Strata's most important part, the harbour, by acts of protest as well as violent actions. It is thought that the Tristin partially organized the resistance emanating from Marcogg.
  

250 b.S. Trade Relations of the Stormcloaks with Strata
Trade is done for the very first time with Strata. The Stormcloaks note the importance of this port, especially with its connection to Shan'Thai and all of the goods of Aeruillin. Strata, being proud and secure in its own trading abilities does not allow the guild any special port areas.
  

203 b.S. The End of Demise for Strata
The King of Thalambath grants the city a large sum of money to reconstruct its famous harbour. The Tristin family is reinstated as holder of the Ruling House.
  

150 b.S. Trade Relations with Shan'Furionis
After getting rebuffed by Strata, and more importantly their strong fleets, the Quios Shipping Guild searches the Aeruillin coast for their own trading partners amongst the peoples that live there. In time they find Shan'Furionis and establish relations there.

THE AGE OF CHANGE
(YEARS 50 B.S. - 172 A.S.)
3 b.S. Stratania enters a tight contract with Tharania
Strata and Thalambath agree to strong ties with Tharania. Thalambath gets the secret covenant to become the capital of a future province which will be named "Truban". Strata, nearly destroyed by the past wars, gets the promise of massive funds for rebuilding and reestablishing of their trading fleet. Only Varcopas disagrees.
  

1 Defeat of a renegade Avennorian Baron
While whole Southern Sarvonian joins the United Kingdom, they still have to deal with a renegade Avennorian Baron in Dasai, who opposes a unified Santharia. From his fortified town he conducts several acts of piracy on the traderoutes in the Herringbay.

Santhros starts a small military campaign already in the first year of his reign. Led by the Stratanians and backed up up by some Avennorian and Serphelorian troops, the rogue baron is successfully ousted and imprisoned. The mere amount of ships and land troops showing up to represent the king's determination is argument enough to get rid of the baron with practically no bloodshed at all - thus a huge bonus is earned for the king in the southern parts of the kingdom.

THE CLERICAL AGE
(YEARS 610 A.S. - 825 A.S.)
800 Pirate Attacks near Strata
The Stormcloaks try to expand to the west, but Strata and the western ports fear the competition and that the Stormcloaks may start to overtake the trade with Nybelmar and Akdor. Their ships are attacked by "pirates" as soon as they pass Thalambath.

THE ERA OF THE SOUTHERN WARS
(YEARS 825 A.S. - 1.062 A.S.)
827 Stormcloak Port in Strata
After many years of quarrels, finally a treaty is signed, which states that the Stormcloaks will stay away from the western seas. In exchange they get a space in Strata for their own harbour, along with the right to found one in Shan'Thai as well. Trade is not completely free though, and conditions are put upon certain goods, so Strata is still only trade partner with Shan'Zarathan and the only provider of the jakesha fish.
  

850 Stormcloak Port at Thylascuran
In secret negotiations, Strata talks with the Stormcloaks to open a direct way to Thylascuran, which so far has been the trading privilege of Shan'Thai. Several problems arise at first with the new people that the Quios Shipping Guild meets. With the expertise of Stratanian merchants however, the contact to the strange culture is successful and a new port of the guild can be established there.

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