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The intrigue that drives, and plagues, the Territory of Dharo has built and destroyed empires throughout the Territory; and everyone is eager for political power. The reign of Rheava Evesham has been challenged by these power struggles and even more so by the undercutting of power in her Court. The game of politics had bred the need for Spies within the Territory and they have become the backbone of the Queen's reign.
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Author Topic: History of Dharo  (Read 2835 times)

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Offline Rheava Evesham

  • Character Account
    • pdBR
    • queen
    • sapphiredescent
    • Role

      Ruler of Dharo

    • Faction

      Court of Dharo

    • Territory

      Dharo

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

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      Jamie

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History of Dharo
« on: Jan 07, 12, 09:06:47 PM »
Pre-Purge History

Dharo had not always been such a cutthroat and politically motivated Territory. It had been a symptom of the pre-purge mentality amongst the people of Dharo and indicative of their drastic deportation from Protocol and Blood law.

Once Dharo had been a proud Territory, embracing their landen population and protecting them. Once they had adhered to the Blood law that bound them to the land and Protocol that had bound them together. Most of those memories had faded to myth and left only nightmares in their wake.

The rise of the aristo population in Dharo, and the focus on commerce, created a void of interest concerning the relations between landen and Blood. The rugs that they were so famous for across Kaeleer and even into Terreille suddenly were no longer produced by the partnership of landen and Blood. Instead the Blood saw this above their station in life and delegated all the tasks to the landen. The result involved a decrease in product quality and workmanship alongside a decrease in production, with the landen unable to produce as many rugs without the aid of the Blood. More and more of the production of Dharo’s beloved products were turned over to the hands of the landens. Each time the expectations were high and beyond their capabilities.

The mentality of entitlement swept across Dharo like a plague. Though the Purge destroyed many of the leaders of the Dharo community that mentality was not vaporized.





Offline Rheava Evesham

  • Character Account
    • pdBR
    • queen
    • sapphiredescent
    • Role

      Ruler of Dharo

    • Faction

      Court of Dharo

    • Territory

      Dharo

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      Jamie

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Re: History of Dharo
« Reply #1 on: Jan 07, 12, 09:07:28 PM »
Purge Era History

The Queens were blind to the destruction and chaos that they were havocking against their Territory. The land was becoming infertile as they directed their efforts, power and attention to other arenas. The Blood were exploiting the landens on every level. The wages they paid were poor, the hours unmanageable and the expectations they had on the labour were unreasonable. The Territory was a ripe battlefield for a war in which the sides would be indefinable and fluid. Blood against landen, castes against caste, and rich against poor, there would be no end to the bloodshed.

Then the unthinkable happened. A witch storm fueled by the Black created a cacophony of chaos as it ripped apart the Blood in Dharo leaving only husks of what they had been in its wake. The landens used the opportunity to strike against their oppressors, blind to who they were attacking and blind in their vengeance. Many good Blood were killed by the witch storm, and more by the landen in the dark days that followed.





Offline Rheava Evesham

  • Character Account
    • pdBR
    • queen
    • sapphiredescent
    • Role

      Ruler of Dharo

    • Faction

      Court of Dharo

    • Territory

      Dharo

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Jamie

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Re: History of Dharo
« Reply #2 on: Jan 07, 12, 09:08:05 PM »
Post Purge History

It took five years before the Blood were able to organize themselves in a semblance of power. They abandoned Districts at a time to put their numbers and power directly into the seats of power that they had once coveted. The large Province towns and the capital were reclaimed first and they became the focus for the Blood’s power.

Many of the Bloods previous preconceptions were abandoned during their time of rebuilding. They focused on the basics and understood that Dharo would need to be rebuilt from the ground up and that the foundation would be key to the future of the Territory’s stability. It was especially pressing that they form the foundation before another Territory could surpass them in growth and attempt to claim their lands. The Blood relearned much about themselves in those dark days and the Territory had a foundation for the future that continued to be built upon across the next half century.

Politics never ceased to drive the Courts of Dharo. Though the focus had shifted from much of what had mattered before the purge and though they were forced to work together there was still a hint of the old ways lingering. The balance of power was a remarkable trait amongst the Dharo culture and a delicate balance to achieve. Give and take were a part of the every day life and allegiances shifted based on who could make the best deals. The Blood settled into it’s old ways of doing business but only subjected themselves to that particular brand of chaos.

It took a hundred years before the Blood began to move back into their abandoned villages. Many of which had been taken over by the landens. It was a test of the races for them to live amongst one another and to form a co-dependent bond. The landens were slow to trust and the Blood were finding humility hard to swallow. Together they learned how to co-exist and worked to help Dharo, if not necessarily their neighbour.





Offline Rheava Evesham

  • Character Account
    • pdBR
    • queen
    • sapphiredescent
    • Role

      Ruler of Dharo

    • Faction

      Court of Dharo

    • Territory

      Dharo

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Jamie

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Re: History of Dharo
« Reply #3 on: Jan 07, 12, 09:08:50 PM »
Modern History

Dynasty’s and keeping the ruling of Dharo within a family’s grasp had become things of the path. No longer were any of the ancient Dharo families trusted to rule the Territory. They continued to use their influence in support of other rulers but often their involvement was regarded as toxic.

Janis Mayweather had served as the Queen for over forty years and had been regarded as a capable, if not brilliant, ruler. She had been embraced by all the inhabitants of Dharo as she stumbled through making decisions that affected them all. Though an inelegant ruler she managed to keep the peace between the races, the classes and the castes and left a stable Territory to her successor.

Though Queens were not scarce in Dharo ones who wore a Dark Jewel were coveted by each of the political players that sought to influence the next Queen. As it became clear that Janis would be soon retiring, seeking to spend the remainder of her life with family, there emerged two remarkably strong candidates for Queen. The first, Savenna Ryder, was surprisingly a descendant to one of the lesser known ruling families from long ago in Dharo history. She had all the right connections and knew the right words to speak. All of this balanced against her Summer Sky but it was the support of her cousin Dirk’s Sapphire that leant her weight that she needed to make a play to become Dharo’s next Queen. The tides shifted dramatically when Silas Bridgerton returned to Janis’s Court accompanying a young Queen who wore the Purple Dusk as her birthright. That was a strong point in her favour but what won her the role as Queen was the mentorship she’d received from Silas and her own comprehension of the political waters that defined Dharo’s Courts. In being named Queen she had created a powerful enemy in Savenna Ryder that she chose to underestimate.

It took Savenna nearly ten years to create a scheme dark enough to topple the powerful Rheava. And Savenna chose to use Rheava’s own protégé, Alora Kent, against her and was able to use Rheava’s own tactics against the Queen. Once Rheava had been deposed, ruined and broken Savenna cleverly chose to follow in the footsteps of her more recent ancestors. Instead of presenting herself as a potential ruler she put her tremendous support behind Alora Kent, the former Queen’s protégé and whistleblower.

Alora was too impressionable and easily manipulated by those she trusted and the work that Rheava and Janis had accomplished seemed read to collapse beneath the inexperience of Alora and the greed of her Court. Rheava’s return to the political scene with the evidence needed to clear her name several years later opened Alora’s eyes to exactly what she had been subjected to and what she had been subjecting Dharo to. Too much damage had been done for her to turn it around and in an act of blended cowardice and bravery she called upon Rheava to aid in her escape from the gilded cage that bound her to Court and Territory.

Following Alora Kent’s disappearance from Coventry and seemingly from Dharo, Rheava resumed her place as the Queen. Rumours concerning the timely disappearance of Alora Kent and Rheava Evesham’s return to power abounded across Dharo yet there were no attempts to outright accuse the Queen. Though the rumors indicated that Rhea had been involved with the queen's disappearance, in a nefarious way, little could be proved and she remained the strongest candidate in the wake of the queen's quick disappearance. Despite having cleared her name of nefarious activities in the past, and having implicated many in the setup of her demise, Dharo was slow to accept Rheava fully as their Queen again and made Rheava work hard for the distinction.

Unfortunately for Rheava a happy ending was not in store for the Queen. It took several years for the plans to be created and deployed but Rheava has begun to fight battles on several fronts. She has continued to work on repairing the damage caused by the political schemes and misfires. A more sinister fight is being waged against the Queen and her Court as she continues to lose members to violent and often brutal deaths. It is clear that someone is taking vengeance to a new level in Dharo and Rheava’s Court is at stake. Beyond that though the whole Territory is feeling the backlash as Rheava has begun to draw her power and strength inwards to protect the core, leaving her political agendas for Dharo on the backburner.





Offline Rheava Evesham

  • Character Account
    • pdBR
    • queen
    • sapphiredescent
    • Role

      Ruler of Dharo

    • Faction

      Court of Dharo

    • Territory

      Dharo

    • Character Sheet

      [Link]

    • OOC

      Jamie

    • Posts

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Re: History of Dharo
« Reply #4 on: Jan 07, 12, 09:13:27 PM »
List of Dharo's Queens
from most recent to most ancient:

  • Rheava Evesham, Purple Dusk to Broken Sapphire Queen: 179 PP - Current
  • Alora Kent, Summer Sky to Opal Queen: 176 PP - 179 PP
  • Rheava Evesham, Purple Dusk to Sapphire Queen: 166 PP - 176 PP
  • Janis Maywest, Yellow to Summer Sky Queen: 112 PP - 166 PP
  • Melanie Miller, White to Rose Healer Queen: 96 PP - 112 PP
  • Andrea Pearce, Rose to Opal Queen: 72 PP - 96 PP
  • Eunice Kirkham, Opal to Green Queen: 52 PP - 72 PP
  • Summer Hancliff, Tiger Eye to Broken Purple Dusk Queen:  Purge - 52 PP
  • Winnie Clayton, Blood Opal to Red Queen: 15 BP - Purge