Cheliax

Cheliax

History

See also Timeline of Cheliax

Founding

Cheliax was founded as the westernmost frontier prefecture of the Taldan Empire in 3007 AR. It would remain a part of the Taldan Empire for more than a thousand years, until two years after the massive invasion of Taldor by Qadiri forces in 4079 AR, Aspex the Even-Tongued, the Taldan governor, declared independence in 4081 AR. Knowing Taldor would remain focused on its titanic struggle with Qadira, King Aspex of the new Empire of Cheliax incorporated the Taldan territories of Galt and Isger by force and Andoran and the winged men of Devil’s Perch by diplomacy in what became known as the Even-Tongued Conquest.13,14,15

Expansion

By 4081 AR ongoing friction between Absalom and Cheliax over control of trade in the Inner Sea area led King Haliad I to lay siege of Absalom. Although the siege was unsuccessful, Cheliax was left the major naval power in the Inner Sea and gained control of both sides of the Arch of Aroden. In the following year, 4138 AR, Cheliax also establish a new colony in Western Garund at
Sargava.,13,16,17

Chelish expansion to the north continued in 4305 AR with the launch of the Everwar. Over the following century the empire annexed lands in Molthune and Varisia, completing its conquest of Nidal in 4338 AR. Shortly before the Everwar ended in 4410 AR with Cheliax renouncing all territorial ambitions in Varisia and Belkzen, Chelish forces founded Fort Korvosa in 4407 AR.18
In the last decades of the Age of Enthronement, many of the seeds of Cheliax’s present were laid. The first Hellknight order, the Order of the Rack, was founded in 4576 AR in the capital, Westcrown. In 4605 AR, King Gaspodar began the preparations for the prophesied reappearance of the god Aroden. 19

Civil War

Instead, in 4606 AR their patron deity Aroden died. Cheliax descended into three decades of civil war, as the various noble houses fought for supremacy. Molthune took the opportunity to declare independence in 4632 AR.20
Baron Grallus of Sargava backed House Davian in the war, but Davian’s ambitions were shattered by House Thrune at the Battle of a Hundred Kings.21 House Thrune eventually won the war in 4640

AR. 22

A Cheliax fleet sent by House Thrune for revenge on Sargava was sunk in Desperation Bay by the Shackles Pirates in 4643 AR. A second fleet sent in 4660 AR fared little better and Sargava has so far managed to cling on to its fragile independence.23

Present Day

The empire runs on the backs of fiends now, a perfect machine of hellfire and blood, where morality surrenders to the needs of law and order. It’s easy to curse Cheliax as a nation of devil-lovers, but few can argue with the results of their fiend-binding craft. House Thrune, the greatest of its diabolic noble families, has brought the empire under control once more. Cheliax rises like a dark star, as strong as ever, despite the recent losses of Galt and Andoran to rebellious forces.[citation needed]Asmodeus proves as powerful a divine patron as Aroden ever did, shepherding his people toward glory and dominance of the Inner Sea. His plans reach eons into the future, and the minor setbacks of yesterday are all factored into the cost of doing a devil’s business. The Chelish always plan for a long campaign, and never trifle over today’s skirmishes. In the end all will burn in hellfire. It is only a matter of time and calculated conquest People

Chelish treatment of non-infernal clerics

Three-quarters of Cheliax’s human population are ethnic Chelaxians 24, and the pale-skinned Chelish believe themselves superior to all other peoples. Their compact with great devils gives them power beyond measure, and no other nation of the Inner Sea can compete with their summoners and warlocks when it comes to trafficking with dark forces. These devils require payment for their service, often offered up in the form of tender flesh and boiled blood. Tieflings enjoy an unusual status in Cheliax, often seen as subordinate to humans by the Chelish diabolists.24 Slaves are an important resource of the Chelish as are artifacts of ancient power whose secrets are revealed to them by their timeless patrons. Even as Andoran revels in its newfound freedom, the tendrils of Cheliax’s empire continue to expand. Arcadia lays open before them and Sargava is ready to fall under their hellish sway.25
Culture

Chelish opera

Cheliax

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