Umiquan Empire - The Kingdom Eternal in the Blue
Situated deep in the south Pacific Ocean, the Umiquan Empire is a warrior nation of the Umiquas, merfolk distantly related to the Atlanteans. Being 8'000 years old, it has a rich history of conflict, both with Atlantis, various other merfolk nations/races, as well as with extraterrestrial threats of old, most prominently of whom are the extraterrestrial demon Mer'Tangri, and the buglike aliens known as the Zthoxx. Though its culture puts a huge emphasis on combat, as it has had to content with various mutated sea creatures even on its more peaceful eras, it still exhibits great technological and scientific advancements, courtesy of its dealings with Atlantis, and though its magical aptitude is not as refined as that of Atlantis, it has raw potency and mysticism. Atlanteans are certain to know of the Umiquan Empire and its people, and though Atlantis occasionally employs them as armed forces for hire, with high technology as payment, they are more often wont to ignore them and pretend they don't exist, a sentiment that is returned, due to numerous armed conflicts, occupations, betrayals, and the like, on both sides.
Location and Appearance
Home to the Umiquas, a race of merfolk residing in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the Umiquan Empire spans 1'520'100 square miles of undersea land, and has a population of 17'590'000 people. It is comprised of 10 domed main cities, one of which, Thelassan, is the capital where the throne of the Umiquan Empire lies, and several smaller undomed villages.
The 8 domed cities are spread around Thelassan is a circular manner, with four of them being situated at the ocean floor, while the other four are steadily floating in an elevated position. The 9th city, Ossolan, lies several leagues directly above Thelassan, and together, all 9 domed cities create an imaginary sphere around Thelassan. The 4 domed cities on the ground surrounding Thelassan are connected via giant traffic tubes with each other, in an adjacent manner, while the are also each similarly connected with the two floating cities relatively closest to them. The four floating cities are in turn also connected thusly with each other, in a circular manner, while each is also connected with Ossolan. Finally, every city connects to Thelassan via traffic tubes. Those traffic tubes allow for fast travel via specially constructed rapid transit vehicles called Hayakks, and the system they operate under is called the Linear Line Way.
The Umiquas are an aquatic folk of humanoid shape. Their skin color is either blue, green, blue-green, yellow, tirquaz, or grey, though in rare circumstances, it may be red. They are covered in fins, and their eyes are capable of seeing even in the deepest and darkest of waters. They are significantly strong and fast, capable of lifting up to 1.5 tons with ease. They prefer uniforms made of watersilk(a special silk woven by certain aquatic spiders, capable of withstanding high pressures and extreme temperatures), energy corals, and darkwool(a kind of wool found in woollions, distant relatives of sealions).
The Umiquan Empire is governed by a mostly hereditary rulership. Its leader is called Tyrrant King, and while the populace usually respects the hereditarity of the title, every citizen holds the right to challenge the Tyrrant King to honourable combat, with the rulership title on the line. If successful, the citizen is crowned Tyrrant King, has the right of 10 years of guaranteed undisputed rulership (though the Umiquan court may allow for exceptions due to extenuating circumstances), and the former Tyrrant King is disallowed to challenge the new Tyrrant King's rulership. Conversely, if the citizen fails to defeat the current Tyrrant King, he himself is disallowed from challenging the Tyrrant King again. Relatives of either are counted seperately, for the purposes of determining right of challenge.
The Umiquas are a polytheistic folk, and their main worship is directed towards a Septatheon of gods, called the Eternal Council. Coaeurulocaneth the Azure is the Eternal Council's most prominent figure. Along with their gods, great worship is also offered to past Umiquan war heroes who have died either during or after performing extraordinarily heroic deads on the name of their people. Among those heroes is also Haes-Tir, an archdemon of Mer'Trang's, who joined forces with the Umiquas long after his master had been sealed, in order to fend of the threat of the Zthoxx, buglike aliens, and died while ensuring that the Zthoxx would be exterminated. There is no actual satanic figure in the Umiquas' religion, but the extraterrestrial demon Mer'Trang is often treated as such, due to his longlasting effects on the pacific fauna, forcing the Umiquas to imigrate to South America, and killing a staggeringly high amount of their heroes.
- Lord Thorgun Mirthras the sixth: Tyrrant King of the Umiquan Empire.
- Lady Kiriren Mirthras: High Queen consort of Lord Thorgun.
- Prince Thorgun Mirthras the seventh: First son of Lord Thorgun Mirthras the seventh, and currently in line for the throne.
- Prince Allan'ri Mirthras: Second son of Lord Thorgun Mirthras the seventh.
- Princess Consort Maella Nir Tallesry: Betrothed of Prince Allan'ri Mirthras
- Adamuh Zex: The invincible gladiator Champion of the Grand Rock Arena.
- Iltroya Sinkgh: General dragonrider of the Okeamaere Unit.
- Emrit Hagenmol: High Shaman of Coaeurulocaneth the Azure, supreme god of the Eternal Council.
The Umiquan Empire has a history of 8'200 years, when the first Umiquan Dynasty was founded by Shinq'tuk Elwahiro, at 6'231 BC, who went on to conquer, subjucate, and unify the surrounding tribes under his banner. The Empire managed to prosper and grow in size for 5'000 years, thanks to the lack of Atlantean intervention. In 782 BC, however, the two nations became entangled in a terrible war that lasted more than 100 years. By the end of the war, the Umiquan Empire was completely overrun, the Elwahiro Dynasty was extinguished, and neighboring merfolk nations took advantage of the disaster, and for the next 300 years, they regularly raided the remnants of the Umiquan Empire.
Then, a new ray of hope shone for the once proud Kingdom Eternal in the Blue, when Til'ilk Avluna, who renamed himself Patrachi, meaning Father of the Nation in the Umiquan language, organised an army, and slowly started retaking lost lands, organising the people into a standing army, and ensuring that their borders would be safe. In 328 BC, he was crowned Grand Exalt of the Umiquan Empire, thus beginning the Dynasty of the Avlunas. The Atlanteans, fearing a retaliation for percieved wrongs in the past, from the Umiquas, decided to once more overrun the newly restored Empire, before it had the chance to secure a powerbase. Unfortunately for them, the years of struggle had hardened her people, and the Umiquan Empire was able to completely fend off the Atlantean army. Two and a half more centuries of bloody conflict ensued, and in the end, a thousand year pact of non-aggression was written between the two nations, in the year of 67BC.
In 413 AD, the oceanic tribes faced peril in the form of Mer'Tangri, an extraterrestial demon who had descended to Earth and sought to create a powerbase in its waters. Mer'Tangri and his Death Scholars terrorized the Umiquas and the Atlanteans, forcing the former into retreating in the lands of South America, where the Amazon jungle is, while the latter reinforced their xenophobic seclusionism. Mer'Tangri ruled the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans for nearly a millenia, rendering most trans-oceanic travel perilous at best. The exile was even more harsh for the Umiquas, whose dependence on water for survival severely restricted them. Despite that, their priests managed to perform complex rituals that ensured large enough pools of water deep within the jungle, where they'd made their hideouts, with elegant temples erected in the name of their gods. In 947 AD, the Atlanteans begun fighting back against the power hungry Mer'Tangri, forcing his occupation of the Atlantic Ocean to an early end. Lord Salvunar the 7th, the tyrrant king of the Umiquas during this period, saw a chance, and while the Atlanteans were busy fighting Mer'Tangri's remaining forces near the gulf of Mexico, led an army to the doors of Atlantis, with the intent of conquering them.
Lord Salvunar's plan worked, and while the Atlantean army was busy keeping Mer'Tangri at bay, the Umiquan forces stormed the throne of Atlantis, and for the next 2 hundred years, ruled Atlantis and its people, stealing their advanced tech and relics and using them to further empower their own bases. The Atlantean resistance, combined with the victorious returning army was enough to push the occupational forces of the Umiquas, who fled back to South America. Tensions between the two merfolk continued to mount, until the 1389 AD, when Mer'Tangri summoned his otherwordly forces into Earth, and mounted with them a fierce attack that brought Atlantis to its knees. The then current tyrrant king of the Umiquas, Til'ilk the Brave, realising that the threat the demon posed far outweighted any possible slight the two merfolk races might have held towards one another, launched a pincer attack at Mer'Tangri's forces, and managed to overcome his rearguard. The Atlanteans, seeing their chance, rallied their troops and fought back with tooth and nail, and eventually, the two armies finally managed to corner Mer'Tangri himself.
The extraterrestial demon himself, however, proved far more deadly and dangerous than his entire army put together, and alongside his three archdemons, Haes-Tir of the Sky, Shabnig-Wrath of the Land, and Had'ooru of the Sea, Mer'Tangri decimated the combined forces of the Atlanteans and the Umiquas. Many of their heroes fell in battle, until their sages managed to complete a ritual that put Mer'Tangri, Shabnig-Wrath, and Had'ooru into sleep. Haes-Tir fled to the Pacific ocean, and while he occasionally emerged to terrorize the inhabitants, without his master or an army to back him, he was unable to cause any lasting damage. Shabnig-Wrath and Had'ooru were easy to restrain, but the merfolk feared the immortal Mer'Tangri's powers, and they split his body into seven parts, that they scattered throughout the world. In 1398 AD, The Atlanteans and the Umiquans signed a new treaty, and though the wounds of warring between the two nations were still fresh, the two nations strove for coexistance... by effectively ignoring each other.
The Umiquas still had a tall order of reclaiming their ocean; the aeons of Mer'Tangri's occupation had poluted the wildlife, driving many sea creatures to transform into ferocious monsters. For centuries these monsters festered the waters of the Pacific Ocean, forcing the Umiquas to frequently engage them in combat. Only a few priests remained at the temples they'd errected in South America, and after a few decades, even they abandoned their land-based cities completely. Throughout the centuries, the Umiquan Empire had developed into a warrior nation by necessity, a quality that did not escape the Atlanteans. When the Zthoxx, an alien race of migratory buglike creatures that had burrowed their way deep into the earth's underground 4 milenia ago in order to gestate, invaded Atlantis on 1714 AD, the Atlanteans, who found themselves rapidly overwhelmed by numbers, hired the services of the Umiquan Empire's warriors, who drove the bugs back into the earth's core.
The Zthoxx queen, Rahnea, ordered an attack at the Umiquan Empire's border settlements. Throughout the years, and though the Umiquas managed to repel her attacks, it became increasingly obvious to the Umiquan leadership that the Zthoxx were steadily gainning the upper hand, as for every felled Zthoxx soldier, more and more soldiers rose and took his place. During one of the raids, Rahnea's army encountered Haes-Tir, who slaughtered a thousand of her subjects before succubing to his wounds and losing consciousness. The Umiquan army intervened and rescued Haes-Tir, who pledged to join forces with the Umiquas in order to drive the Zthoxx back. Though initially skeptic, the Umiquas eventually let Haes-Tir into their ranks, and in the following two centuries, the archdemon proved himself an indispensible ally.
Finally, in 1928, tyrant Lord Laosoon the third, mounted a joined operation between the Umiquas and the Atlanteans, and using Atlantis' advanced technology, dug his way into the Zthoxx' breeding ground, and torched it with a potent gas that rendered it uninhabbitable. Rahnea herself was trapped in the climactic battle, along with 20'000 Umiquas and Atlanteans, and also Haes-Tir. Massive landslides caused from bombs barred their escape, and they were never heard from again. Still, their deaths did not go to waste, and even Haes-Tir got a statue to himself, for his honorable service and sacrifice.
Aside from a few skirmishes, mostly with the Japanese forces during the second World War, the Umiquan Empire remained relatively secluded and neutral in the ensuing century. The Atlanteans occasionally hire Umiquan warriors, whenever they are in need of grunt forces, and they in turn lent their advanced magics and tech to the Umiquas every now and then, as a show of gratitude. Outside of those occasions though, the two nations remain cold towards one another, barely acknowledging each other's existence.