Joerg Posted August 9, 2018 Report Share Posted August 9, 2018 Reading up on Slontos, I noticed that the Zaranistangi activities there (leading to the Battle of the Lopers in 805) were preceded by a long period of raiding across Ralios. Guide p.429: Quote A band of them led by the heroic King Bradoszaran caused great trouble as they raided their way across Ralios, heading westward towards Slontos, which they had been hired to help defend. The Seshnegi put an end to the Zaranistangi raids, first taking the Red Sword from them around 760. Westerners believe that the entire race was exterminated by Seshnegi sorcery when the raiding party was ambushed in Slontos in 805. In truth, the Seshnelans didn’t even destroy the entire raiding party, although the king was killed. The box on Imperial Age Slontos names the Zaranistangi as allies of the Pralori rulers of Gualal, a small city south of the Ryzel hills. The Return to Rightness Crusade had made incursions to Ralios since the reign of Ullmal (708-725), possibly with lapses during the succession struggles between Saval and Pilif the Magus. Under King Annmak (whose reign began in 734) the Autarchy fell in 740. "across Ralios, heading westward" means that Bradoszaran was somewhere in Delela when the contract was made. Their trail of destruction must have run along the Doskior River and through Helby and possibly Estali into Pralorela. If they could teleport wherever they wanted, why didn't they just do so and emerge in the neighborhood of Gualal, rather than raid their way westward? And how and why could they have started their raiding in the furthest east of Ralios? A possible answer could be that Bradoszaran had come to Ralios with an army as an ally of Paslac, the last Autarch, and when Annmak triumphed over Paslac in 740, the Zaranistangi allies fled east to avoid sharing that fate. Stranded in a distant land with only his trusted band of warriors, Bradoszaran needed allies, and a way home. The Guide mentions a Zaranistangi presence in Prax at some time, but gives no hint how they could have entered Ralios. The easiest answer would have been that they traveled there some time between 450 and 578, as roving mercenary bands traveling overland on their weird steeds, possibly through Pralorela, but another, more magical answer might be found in Mastakos' Seven Steps West, which may have transported them to Halikiv. Around 758 the city states of Slontos united in an alliance and allied with the King of Seshnela, presumably to push off the Pralori yoke which obviously persisted in Gualal at that time, and possibly was re-established after Arkat had left the region. By 760 the Zaranistangi, allies of the Pralori, lost the Red Sword of Tolat. While the Zaranistangi were allied with Gualal (which probably lasted until 805), they performed human sacrifices (presumably with captives from their raids) to Annilla (or possibly Mastakos) every 16 days, in some unspecified location. It is possible that these sacrifices and a special location was required for their teleportation magics that allowed their access to reinforcements and supply. Their home base may have been in Istval on Melib. 1 Quote Telling how it is excessive verbis Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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