The Kingdom of Lau Jahnan
The kingdom of Lau Jahnan was one of the first civilizations of Erryes to rise out of the dark age of the Tabula Rasa (circa years 100-700), and civilized life was able to spread and develop quickly on the island during that time.
Lau Jahnan was ruled by the Quang Dynasty, a family of Shifters with strong ties to the primal spirits, particularly those spirits associated with tigers. Although the nation’s technology soon advanced to a point where sea travel and foreign trade was a regular activity, Quang policy was isolationist at best; Lau Jahnan controlled the Northern Sea, but took little interest in affairs beyond the reach of its trade routes.
During the reign of King Quang Ziu, some 250 years after the Tabula Rasa, rumors reached Rhodantus of foundling nations springing up across the mainland. Quang Ziu decided it was time for Lau Jahnan to emerge from its isolation and spread the light of civilization. Lau Jahnan, though still a powerful kingdom, was faltering economically, as the majority of its trade was internal and the island’s resources were dwindling. By teaching the world the Jahnian way of life, Quang Ziu sought to gain not only new trading partners, but also a host of like-minded neighbors over which he could impose his influence and ideas.
The king commissioned seven magical artifacts containing the wisdom of knowledge of his people, and divided them among his most trusted advisors. These 7 artifacts were found as past items of the Tabula Rasa. These shifters believe that their civilization came from a time during the Tabula Rasa but no one knew officially. The items were very powerful in nature and were believed by the shifters to be able to pass on their heritage to others. Four were given to the best and brightest wizards in the kingdom (Lin Yao, Jiang Li, Xin Keru, and Rhi Jal), who were sent as ambassadors and diplomats to the mainland. Their mission would be to work alongside the growing nations of the world, building them up in a way that would make them receptive to Lau Jahnan’s influence. The other three talismans were divided between Quang Ziu, his daughter and heir, Princess Quang Wei, and his second in command, Chancellor Wo.
At first, all seemed to be going well, with regular reports coming back from the diplomats about their progress in establishing the peoples of the world, but soon the reports tapered off and then ceased altogether. Worse, the king became ill, and soon died, in the third year after the new relaxed isolation policy. He was buried in the crypts of the Quang dynasty, along with his talisman, and his daughter took on both his throne and his mission. The newly crowned Queen Quang Wei, in consultation with Chancellor Wo and in accordance with her father’s ambitions, decided to make one last attempt to reach the outside world. Quang Wei would go herself with a delegation to the Island of Resen, where it was known that other Shifter tribes lived, while the Chancellor would maintain the kingdom in her absence. She was received well by the tribes of Resen, but soon after her arrival she also fell ill and died.
When this news reached Rhodantus, the citizens of Lao Jahnan were outraged, both at the outside world which they had been isolated from for so long, and at Chancellor Wo, who received the brunt of the criticism for the expedition which had led to Quang Wei’s death. The kingdom erupted into anarchy, and when the dust settled, Chancellor Wo was officially exiled from the island, though whether he actually left or simply went into hiding in the temple catacombs is unknown. After the ending of the Quang bloodline and the exile of Chancellor Wo, the new government was unable to rule as effectively as before, and the kingdom fell into disrepair, devolving over the next several centuries into what it is today.
The kingdom is being rebuilt now with the help of Lin Yao and Nord Cooper after the sacrifice of Kaori Shintaro. The lost city was found along with it’s airship on the Island of Rhodantus.