City Tuluk (Geography)

What was once the city-state of Tuluk, now commonly referred to as Old Tuluk, once dominated the Northlands of the Known World, occupying nearly all of the land called Gol Krathu (q.v.). The rule of the Sun King, Muk Utep, kept Tuluk a powerful force for hundreds of years, with Utep's High Templar Isar keeping an iron grip on the populace. Generally considered a cruel and harsh leader, Isar's reign kept the people of Tuluk in abject fear of the law. There was crime in Tuluk as in any large city, but due to Isar's rule it was surprisingly minimal, except in the section of the city called the Crater.

Lord Isar led the armies of Tuluk on a number of campaigns against foreign forces, never once losing a battle in the name of Muk Utep, his King, until his rival high templar, Precentor Kul, opposed him. The origins of the feud between the two high templars is unknown, and few details of it exist. What is known is that nearly a decade before the Fall of Tuluk, Kul was ousted from the city by the forces of Isar, and most thought the feud to be over -- with Isar the winner.

In the Year 64 of the 19th Age (1450), Tuluk was destroyed. There was little to no previous warning, and more than half of the city's population died in what has since been called by bards and historians as the First Battle of Tuluk. It is difficult to find anyone who actually survived the battle, but the stories are the same. A horde of elemental beings swarmed the city and began attacking the city itself, intent on destroying everything. During the chaos, Precentor Kul returned to Tuluk, and challenged High Templar Isar's power. In the battle between their followers, a large number of the Jihaen templars were slain. In the end, Kul emerged the victor. His new rule, however, would prove to be much shorter than he would have anticipated, for during that same battle his city was totally destroyed.

For many years, all that remained of Old Tuluk was an enormous pile of rubble and decay, except for the towering form of the Sun King's Ivory Pyramid which could still be seen amidst the wreckage and debris. Nearly half the population survived, but many scattered across the Known World, setting out for Luir's Outpost, and eventually even Allanak. Some of the refugees remained, banding together to build camps near the two estates that survived -- the Noble House Reynolte manor, Silverwood, and the estate belonging to the Merchant House Kadius.

Over time, these camps drew more people, including merchants, and evolved into small villages. The people of the Northlands made their living primarily from the Grey Forest, gathering the fruits and hunting the animals that lived there. Wood was collected--primarily by House Kadius-- and used to construct all manner of goods, usually for export to the rest of the Known World.

Most of the Tuluki army, known as the Sun Legions, survived the destruction of Old Tuluk. However, years later in 1475, Allanak took the desert outpost of Luirs, using that to launch an assault on the Northlands. In a series of bloody battles, Allanaki troops conquered the region of Gol Krathu, leaving a large portion of their forces to occupy the newly conquered territory.

The Sun King Muk Utep, along with Kul, Isar and the remaining Sun Legions, retreated to the Ivory Pyramid and a siege began that would last 41 years. During this time a strong anti-Allanak underground movement arose, commonly referred to as the Rebellion. Made up of widely varying groups and individuals, and secretly aided by other powers and organizations, the Rebellion conducted a ceaseless war of harassment against the occupying Allanaki forces.

In the year 1516, the Sun Legions emerged from the Ivory Pyramid to wage a surprise attack on the Allanaki Army occupying the Gol Krathu region. Assisted by the Rebellion, various human tribes of unknown origins, and hordes of hideously mutated and deformed creatures, the army breached the Scaien Wall, razing it in places. The Allanaki red-robed templars overseeing the occupation, the husband and wife Sathis Valika and Aquila Nenyuk, were slain in a duel with Precentor Isar, who was in turn slain by a member of the Allanak forces. The army successfully liberated the Gol Krathu region, slaughtering those Allanakis unable to retreat. Precentor Kul then led Tuluki forces towards Luir's Outpost, liberating it from Allanaki occupation as well, but died during that battle.

After the liberation of Gol Krathu, the Templarate and the remaning noble Houses emerged into public view once again and began construction of a new city to the west of the ruined remains of Old Tuluk. The towering form of the Sun King's Ivory Pyramid now looms over the scenic beauty of the newborn city-state of Tuluk, sometimes referred to as New Tuluk.

See also:

City_Freils_Rest, Gol_Krathu, Grey_Forest, House_Kadius, Map_Tuluk