Pharzîmrâth

mummy lord priest of Set
CategoryGovernments
TypeTheocracy - Monotheism (Set)
StateKhazarkar Empire
LeaderSetarch Phêrî Hama-Ulmar
Formed4 Bloom 1027

On 4 Bloom 1027, following the Eldritch Civl War, the Second Khazarkar Empire formed a theocracy government. Before church rule, the empire had a long history of rule by the Minâth-Nôrî, elite families that ruled the First Khazarkar Empire. Under church rule, they were relegated down a notch, yet still powerful, and some not willing to give up rule. In its eight century of church rule, some say they are relics of the First Khazarkar Empire that seek to maintain some semblance of their former power by having their families involved in the clergy; a noble house with a high priest has much more political clout than those that do not.

The church government enforces monotheism, with Set being the sole god allowed for worship. For those conquered this leads to periods of crusades where other religions are cleansed from the land. The Salbâth Insurgency arose from these "cleansing" campaigns which under the guise of punishing banditry were seeking out infidels.

The highest priest of Set is called an Setarch. This person is the spiritual leader as well at the supreme authority of the empire.

The Pharzîmrâth's main offices are in the Mirandibêth temple; a pyramid located in Nibar-Pharân.

Like the governments of the past, the Minâth are responsible for appointing positions. There are no voting rights for the Terrant and the Corralum. The Minâth set down the laws, rules, and social customs. The others follow them or suffer the crack of the whip.

- Zibanalêth, rebel of Khimilêth - "Stifling Society of Castes"

The Pharzîmrâth is led by the highest members of the Church of Set. It is also the supreme ruling church of the Khazarkar Empire. The current head of this body is Setarch Phêrî Hama-Ulmar.

Pharzîmrâth is served by wide array of advisers that are not just Khazarkar. Elder beholders, illithid, and even Nitthirân can be found in the temple grounds offices the Mirandibêth temple-government building.

Malbazân

Malbazân, or "Monarchists" in Tragaran, is a political body that seeks to either keep the monarchy in power or restore it. When the Pharzîmrâth government was established, they were rooted out, imprisoned, or disappeared. Currently, they are a secret faction with a wide base of supporters in the western part of the empire. Their overriding goal is restoration of rule by the families of the Minâth-Nôrî.

Lenassu Dras'ee is one of the most well-known Malbazân. In 1517, she led an army against the Khazarkar Empire. This conflict became known as Dras'ee's War. Her botched attempt to reclaim her birthright in the Empire resulted in imprisonment. Due to the threat she posed, she was exiled to the Ink Hold. Her sentence ended on 1 Temporal 1819. She continues to work towards Khazarkar rule by the Malbazân.

... a group of important leaders comes together. They represent two factions of power, one based in the east and the other in the west. Khazarkars of the west, the lands on the other side of the angel-scarred plain of Âruk all the way to the Core Sea, have factions that would like to see a more equal distribution of power, or even a return to the ways before the theocracy took over on 4 Bloom 1027. 4 Bloom now a holiday, celebrated across Cinazan as the Day of Set. Western factions spread the idea that they favor rule by the people, rather than by priests of the god Set. At least, that's how they portray themselves to the common folk. The real leaders of these western factions are the Malbazân. As a political body, they seek to restore rule by the monarchy, specifically by the elite families that make-up the Minâth-Nôrî, itself an organization populated by the highest caste of Khazarkar society.

- from the Godspawn Saga

In the Cinazan Front, they started the slogan "The West can hold its own." This began as a result of the east holding back their military forces and supplies while the west battled the Flux Pact alone. The politics of this were only partially true. At the time, the east was heavily preoccupied with keeping a lifeline open to Aphalê and holding the empire's side of the Ugradrath mountains. The Flux Pact controlled the upper part of the Avalninâth river, forcing the Khazarkar Empire to deploy air assets to supplying this beleaguered city and help defend against the Orchish Empire sneak attack that became known as the Grashakh Front.

Tarkazgir The Exarchs

Tarkazgir is an executive body composed of the high priests with the title Exarch. They are in charge of governing an area of the empire. They come from the empire's twenty largest Temples of Set. The clergy of these temples collect information for the Setarch and act as local governing bodies for their territories. When not focusing on governmental affairs, they spread the faith of Set, and seek means of enriching themselves and their temple.

The Tarkazgir are known to use jackal lords for undermining organizations, governments, and non-Set religious groups.

The Exarchs
Exarch NameGovernorship
Aphalê
Ardilthôr
Balmoloch
Benarrân AphallanâthBandunazân
Barun-Mitân
Gholompotl
TanazarânHulkurân
Mirkathân
Milzanâth
Nibar-Pharân
Nirzanâth
Obelisen
Rônal-Rôtîr
Zigân-Bazar
Zigân-Zadân
Zilkhûn