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Only the moribund remnants of the Nansur Empire continued to resist them. The two great faiths of Inrithism and Fanimry continually skirmish, though trade and pilgrimage are tolerated when commercially convenient.
The great families and nations vie for military and mercantile dominance.
Then Fane, the Prophet of the Solitary God, united the Kianene, the desert peoples of the southwestern deserts, and declared war against the Tusk and the Thousand Temples.
After centuries and several jihads, the Fanim and their eyeless sorcerer-priests, the Cishaurim, conquered nearly all the western Three Seas, including the holy city of Shimeh, the birthplace of Inri Sejenus.
The great sorcerous Schools, such as the Scarlet Spires, the Imperial Saik, and the Mysunsai, arose in response to the Inrithi persecution of the Few, those possessing the ability to see and work sorcery.
Using Chorae, ancient artifacts that render their bearers immune to sorcery, the Inrithi warred against the Schools, attempting, unsuccessfully, to purify the Three Seas.
And the Thousand Temples pursue earthly ambitions under the leadership of corrupt and ineffectual Shriahs.Even after so many years, I stand tallest when she's at my side. The names that come immediately to mind are: Jack Brown, Wil Horsley, Gary Wassner, White Lord, Dylanfanatic, Ainulindale, Mithfanion, Leiali, Texmex, and, of course, Saintjon.Then, the usual suspects: my brother, Bryan Bakker, for the gift of second sight; my friend, Roger Eichorn, for the gift of his second sight; and my agent, Chris Lotts, for his honesty and his acumen, not to mention the odd eleventh-hour bombshell! My family and friends, for indulging my obsession in conversation after conversation. And my neighbour, Mike Brown, for helping me sort out the difference between mystery and obscurity. Through innumerable discussions across several different venues, you have all made your mark. And in a world bent on reaping the efficiencies of standardization, only fans can make something as demented as In pursuing yonder what they have lost, they encounter only the nothing they have.Second, Ikurei Xerius III, the Emperor of Nansur, hatches an intricate plot to usurp the Holy War for his own ends.
Much of what is now heathen Kian once belonged to the Nansur, and Xerius has made recovering the Empire's lost provinces his heart's most fervent desire.Empires rose and empires fell: Kyraneas, Shir, Cenei.The Latter Prophet, Inri Sejenus, reinterpreted the Tusk, the holiest of artifacts, and within a few centuries, the faith of Inrithism, organized and administered by the Thousand Temples and its spiritual leader, the Shriah, came to dominate the entire Three Seas. But here I am, and I have a long list of debts to prove it.