Zeymah'kein Crusader of Bahamut
CategoryFallen Empires
RegionAerie of Dragons, Hells Womb
CapitalGaard Goraag
Alignmentvaried, good majority
DeitiesArcana, Atlas, Bahamut
EnemiesMir'piamauza, Dominion of Resalth, Galirkrad, Uzurundabud
Reign600 HE - 1600 HE
Hiznaar GozLirgaza

Zeymah'kein is Draconic, loosely meaning "Brothers of War". It is a term the Kriistvrii of the Aerie used to collectively refer to those that served alongside each other in the Demon Spawn War (8972 GE - 9493 GE). Regarding the Kriistvrii elements, most spent their entire lives serving under the Covenant general Bahamut; a young race at the time, the Kriistvrii like many others were created to help fight the demons. Across the Aerie of Dragons, they battled the demon hordes of Orcus and forces under the ex-Covenant general Tiamat. When the war ended, Bal-Kriav's Kriistvrii settled in what was coded on Covenant military maps as sector Hiznaar Goz.

On 2 War March 600 HE, the Kriistvrii holds and city-states of the Aerie's western tracts were united under one leader, establishing the Zeymah'kein Empire.

In 640 HE, the Kriistvrii mage Coldwrath, founded the Vith Alok. Another notable group founded by the Zeymah'kein is the Nil Koraaviik. The first Drakkensteeds, a cross between a horse and a dragon, were created by the Ryldorvir in employ of the Zeymah'kein government; at the height of her power, Zeymah'kein could field an air force of nearly 500 drakkensteed riders.

In 1216 HE, hostilities erupted with the Piamauza of Mir'piamauza. This began a number of great conflicts known as the Burn Wars.

For centuries, the empire was successful on the battlefield and governing its people. Around 1250 HE, it began to experience religious division. This was a result of Tiamat's spreading among the poorer and disenfranchised citizens. Even though worship of Tiamat was forbidden, it proved very hard to eradicate. In 1279 HE, the Church of Bahamut, backed by crusaders and zealots, began rooting out Tiamat's flock. This became known as the Platinum Inquisition (1279 HE - 1290 HE). Some of the more fanatical sects of Bahamut hunted down and killed the followers of Tiamat. During the decade long inquisition, most of Tiamat's flock went east, settling in the icy vale Sotiisk'lum.

In 1293 HE, these Kriistvrii exiles founded Viing Prolgiid. In 1301 HE, they united, becoming the empire Galirkrad. When the Whitefang cult came to power, they began to undermine Zeymah'kein by eroding trust in Vith Alok.

In 1340 HE, Zeymah'kein went to war with hobgoblins of Valefor. This turned into a protracted war, with the Imrithil fighting more demons than hobgoblins. This Zeymah'kein Valefor War (1340 HE - 1362 HE), lasting 22 years, put the Imrithil on the defensive. They built a massive line of fortifications called the Hlothram ldrun Rigevoth. This long and deep line of defenses is credited with saving Zeymah'kein interests in Hells Womb, and perhaps even the empire.

In the ongoing conflict with the Mir'piamauza Empire, the Third Burn (1504 HE - 1522 HE), forces were needed to contest Mir'piamauza's victorious armies. Thus in 1521 HE, Zeymah'kein began abandoning Vul Gol and others holding of the Hells Womb Region. The Burn Wars had the effect of making the two sides more vicious. By the Last Burn, this had stained the morale fiber of many of Zeymah'kein's Kriistvrii, carrying out orders of extreme bloodshed, cruelty, and sometimes genocidal. Regarding this tumultuous time, theologians have joked about it being a playground for the gods.

it is said that Tiamat smiled, Bahamut looked away in shame at what his people had become, and Asmodeus sent a letter to Athena saying "See what constant war can do to one's mind.", an excuse of his own actions in the war with the demons.

- anonymous

In 1600 HE Zeymah'kein fell. Their holdings and people became part the Mir'piamauza Empire. Many were driven out of their ancestral homes, others too proud to be ruled by anything but a Kriistvrii, moved elsewhere. These spoils of war would not last long. Eight years later, Mir'piamauza succumbed in the Mir'piamauza Civil War (1608 HE - 1612 HE).

Following the fall of these two empires, the holds of the Aerie fell to the mob, then to gangs and their leaders. From these, petty city-states came to be ruled by dragons, Muneyd'vith and others taking up the title Dragon Lord.

Zeymah'kein fought several religious wars with the Galirkrad. On a smaller scale than The Burns, these were carried out by Zeymah'kein fanatics battling forces devoted to Tiamat; the enmity of Bahamut and Tiamat that began in the Hoof Front (9245 GE - 9262 GE), continuing through mortal agents.

At the height of its power, the Zeymah'kein Empire extended from the eastern banks of the Dargirth River in Hells Womb to the shores of Sosin Luv. Today, lands once considered the heart of the Zeymah'kein Empire, are now under the control of the Ag Envok Empire.