A Very Brief Overview of Myralis, Empire of Ostaria
Myralis, or more accurately known as the Myralian Republic (as of the transition from the Myralian Empire), is a great nation existing in the southeastern quadrant of the realms of Candarion. Myralis is located upon the appropriately named Myralian Peninsula in the northwestern edge of the Ostarian lands. The land of Myralis spans for hundreds of thousands of kilometers, and it shares a border with the Dwytir and Caesony, with Ascya far to the northern Ascyian Island. With an estimated six million residents, Myralis is the greatest nation in population of the Ostarian Lands.
As a result of the location of Myralis, and the conquering nature of the Myralian people, Myralis has become home to a variety of unique cultures. Initially settled by the Dyndi and the Ascyians, Myralis was a young land of people dispersed across the rural landscape. Upon the fall of Caesony in result to the civil war led by the Myralian rebels, the Myralians migrated northward, settling in what they called New Haven. From there, they established many settlements and expanded their influence across the peninsula. By the fourth century, Myralis emerged as the dominant power across the peninsula following the successful conquering of Ascya, as well as dominating the Dyndi in the Yellow Wars. Myralis came to serve as the leading cultural and religious force throughout the lands of Ostaria.
Today, Myralis continues to act as the powerhouse of Ostaria, having absolute control over trade, wealth and power. After the fall of Darius at the dawn of the second comet, the Myralians adapted the republican nature of the heritage of their Ascyian ancestors. Demiphius Surato ascended to the throne, who called for peace with the Caesons who, in response, receded from Myralian lands.
The history of the naming of Myralis is disputed across the lands, although it is hypothesized that the name originates in the Caeson word, “myltites”, translating to “rebel”. As the Myralian cause spread across the Kingdom of Caesony, the movement was dubbed as a rebellion, with all who took part being referenced as Myltites. The term began to take hold, as the people began to refer to themselves as “Mylians” under the leadership of a young Darius Flavius.
As the Myralians reigned victorious over the Caesons and began their migration, their own language began to sprout from their Caeson roots. Early scriptures of Myralitae show a gradual change in the language, with Mylian remaining consistent in all texts. However, just after the conquest of Ascya, the Ascian word for power, “ral”, was assimilated into the Myralitae language. By the time of the Yellow Wars, it was shown that the order was referenced in military documents as the “Myralians”, which eventually became the term for all residents of Myralis, who's name was changed in correspondence.
Dankasha is the primary religion of Myralis, and plays a strong role in politics as their king, Darius, is their god. Myralian people worship at mass in their local church every Monday and Wednesday evening. During the time of the Dragon’s Sleep, festivities are held known as the “Dragon’s Awakening”. This time is precious to the people, and most families travel onward to the Blood Dragon’s Cathedral in the Capital to worship their fallen king, Darius. It is also during this month that the Elder Dragon, Myral, awakens and stands upon his altar. Sometimes he preaches, listens to the children, and other times is entirely silent. His presence is deemed as divine and worshipped as the father of their fallen king ever since his first appearance in 600 FC. So long as he remains, people feel safe and joyous.
The people worship nightly at high moon by using a tool known as the Danka. The danka is a spiritual blade that the Myralians use to connect with Darius. They either put two half inch long slits into their palm or back of their hand. This worship is known as Hedam.
The Myralians believe that through Dankasha worship and their suffering, they will please their fallen king. They also believe that the more they suffer, the more they will know peace in the afterlife, whereas if they live a greedy and pleasureful life, they will suffer eternally in the afterlife.