Since the early part of the First Epoch, the Tribe Steppes has been dominated by the Jara. They are a savage, nomadic people, dangerous as individuals, and greatly feared when several tribes unite for war. When even bigger, with dozens of tribes unified, seeking plunder and slaughter, they become known as a Jara Khan Horde. These groups are very dangerous. Being centaurs, they have great speed. They live off the land, and their kills. The leader of these hordes is the strongest and most cunning, one who takes the title Jara Khan by force. Typically, the defeat of this leader leads to the horde's breakup.
Jara are the most brutal of attackers. They butcher everything - including livestock, and then dine on the fallen, including their own!
- Dal-Kahad, "Huma Fodder"
Jara Khan Horde hordes are fast and merciless, capable of making deep thrusts into foreign empires. They make no allies or treaties, seeing all other creatures as prey. At any one time, their may be three or four Jara Khan Hordes active in the Tribe Steppes. There has never been a case with these independent hordes joined forces. The Jara Khans and their hordes are the most brutal raiders on civilized peoples. They respect no code of war. They wantonly butcher everything - including livestock, and then feed on the dead of their enemies, as well as their own. They are by no means recognized as a civilized race. Jara population is unknown, but they have been known to gather hordes of up to 60,000 under one Jara Khan.
Notable Jara Khan Hordes
The first Jara Khan Horde was formed under a jara warlord named Mingrur. In the Year 77, his horde swept into the Singarban forest. This attack was quite advanced, with the Jara using heavy barges and pontoons to cross rivers and the Ašetal lake. The Horde of Mingrur broke-up after the forest's Theegan tribes made their escape into the great Synnbarri canyon. For failing to get the riches he promised, Mingrur was assassinated.
This was the first recorded horde of jara. It was led by a two-headed jara named Tamoroc. In the Year 120, this 500+ horde sacked Gutrond and then camped the area for several years. During this time they preyed upon the numerous sheep and goat herds of the hill giants. The jara will tell you that the Tamoroc steppe is named after this first Jara Khan, but the name is actually much older.
The 20,000 to 30,000 jara of this horde was led by Bone Pounder. His horde made a deep foray into the Khazarkar Empire. In 1115, Bone Pounder came close to sacking the Khazarkar capital city Nibar-Pharân. Bone Pounder was killed in this battle. Without its leader, chaos ensued in the horde, and it broke-up. Some fled into the nature powered forest Mavraphas where they were changed into centaurs. The nature energy of this forest wiped away their villainous ways, making them more in-line with nature.
This horde of jara was unlike most Jara Khan Hordes, in that it was accompanied by hellfire wyrms, hundar, a pair of chaos rocs, and the hell knight Raxcvillibus. In 1515, the Gorum Horde rampaged through Angrod territory. The horde destroyed the city of Amanwen and turned parts of Taurquion into a fiery wasteland. The horde broke-up after internal bickering among the jara tribes. The wood elves put the size of this jara horde at around 35,000. The horde was named after the area where most of the jara tribes came from, the Gorum Steppe.
In the Year 1486, a Jara Horde attacked the frontiers of the Khazarkar Empire. The Steel Monger horde caused widespread devastation and havoc. The Khazarkar Empire repositioned their troops and set a trap for the Horde of Steel Monger. Jara scouts learned of this trap, and returned to the Tribe Steppes.
In 1798, a band of 60,000+ jara were assembled by a son of the long line of Steel Mongers. They were mobilizing their forces for an invasion of the Orchish Empire. The horde had ravaged the frontier of the Orchish Empire for many years and was about to launch a devastating attack through Arinthil. Steel Monger, a mighty Jara Khan, was located in his camp by the council members of Crimson Eye, Inc. The leaders of this nefarious organization called upon the awesome firepower of the Eye of Gith. The impact of the Voice of Gith on the camp site caused such devastation that the place is now called Monger Desolate. Miraculously, Steel Monger survived the blast of a Voice of Gith. He was pursued and brought down by the wizard Zaris.
In 1190, this horde of 15,000 jara rampaged through the grasslands of Tadab-Hal, attacking Theegan settlements, and making incursions into the lands of Garormuk. The jara horde pushed the Theegans south and east which put them in the lands of the gnolls. This resulted in war between the Theegans backed by the Witch Horde and the people of Garormuk. In the Witch-Pack War, the jara had to be dealt with first, so the Theegans sent a champion to fight the leader of the Rampager Horde.
This champion met Jara Khan Rampager on the grassy plains of Tadab-Hal. The Theegans knew that when the fight was over, regardless of who won, the jara would attack. The Theegans outnumbering the jara by 5:1, were prepared for the jara truce breaking. They set-up in squares of pikes and the box held by javelin throwers, heavy infantry and archers. The expected attack never came, because the jara were shocked at how quickly their leader fell to the Theegan champion wielding both Blizzard and Firestorm.
The icy spear froze the khan and the fiery blade melted him away in what seemed like seconds. This mighty khan fell quickly to the witch commander Zenarân, a fate that would befall her when she was bushwhacked by the raider Black Wood and his team of demon wizards.
- part of a Theegan legend, "Witch Commander Zenarân"
In 1192, the Rampager Horde broke up with the loss of their khan.