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Pyrah
 
...the most beautiful land of chaos in the galaxy
 

The  sad case of a failed society.  Once a thriving Apsu society, the Pyranese descended from spacers who traveled into the galaxy with the Ancients a millennia ago.  Like the other Apsu spacers they built their first city from the pods and then the remains of the ship they arrived in, the first city was called Holo’Khai.  Eventually four other cites would be built scattered across the planets largest continent.  Choosing the most bountiful regions for their homes.  Pyrah is a magnificently beautiful world with lush forests and a warm inviting climate thought out much of the inhabited regions. 

There were problems on Pyrah from the beginning as later ships arrived hoping to settle on the planet.  The Apsu that traveled with the Ancients were descended from slaves that had been held in the service of the enemies of Ancients, known as the Mechaniques, during a great war in their home galaxy.  After defeating their enemies the Ancients provided ships and guided the Apsu fleets to the new galaxy and helped them identify worlds to settle.  But there had been other groups of Apsu who had already arrived in the new galaxy.  The former slaves were seen as crude and uncultured; they were unwelcome in the Apsu settlements already established.  So when Mahr’lah as the earlier arriving Apsu called themselves at the time, came to trade and settle among the people now calling themselves Pyranese friction ensued.  And would be almost perpetual until the rise of a man named Kaha’i Rhom’a who would unite the five cities under a single Parliament of popularly elected representatives. 

While the Mahr’lah and the Krho’lah as the later arrivals were originally known, were genetically the same people; the Krho’lah had suffered under fierce oppression at the hands of the Mechaniques.  They had no history beyond enslavement and their culture was born of bondage.  It has yet to evolve beyond that mindset.  Many Pyranese are eager to have someone to lead them, and guide them to a better way.  Enter the Cipa’ci.

Shortly after the Ancients left the galaxy, Cipa’ci traders came to Pyrah to make trade agreements to export Pyranese fish back to Cipa’nid.  Landing in Etana the Cipa’ci over the decades would grow into a sizeable minority in City of the Eagle as Etana is known.  While they were trading in goods from Khalakai, the majority of Cipa’ci choose to make their homes in Etana.  Where they had a well established community and an instant rapport with the locals. The people of Etana had long revered the great eagles indigenous to their cities region when the Cipa’ci, themselves descendants of birds arrived, they fit right in.  Many of the people of Etana would convert to the Cipa’ci religion; a belief in the god Rheobus, the great fiery phoenix who would some day return to bring order and peace to his followers.  The newly converted Phoenicians, zealous in their faith would happily carry their beliefs to all five of the cities of Pyrah.  At the time of the death of Rhom’a, fully 70% of all Pyranese are believers in the Phoenix.  But sects within the faith would continue to endlessly spare over its truths, maintaining the ancient tension on the planet. 

 Those sectarian differences would rise to new levels at the death of Rhom’a who oddly enough was hardly a believer at all, yet each group claims he was more an adherent to their way.  Meanwhile three events were occurring that would mold the future of the Pyranese people; the first being the appointment of  Colibre, the first Cipa’ci to hold high office on Pyrah to the office of Intercessor of the Pyranese Parliament, on the advice of Rhom’a.  Second, the death of Rhom’a.  And finally a famine that would wipe out much of the planets crops.  Colibre had long served as a Phoenician high priest, advising Rhom’a, who had groomed the Cipa’ci to take a position of  power on his death.  He was well known among the people and a popular appointment, across all divisions. 

The office of Intercessor serves as chief advisor to the Kai'la (King of Pyrah,) a position created by Rhom’a in developing the unity government.  The Intercessor also serves as President of the Pyranese Parliament.  The reigning Kai’la, an Apsu named Hoku’koa who had also been appointed on the advice of Rhom’a.  When the famine sets in Hoku’koa is quickly proven to be ineffectual in maintaining order among the people, as food shortages in the inland cites cause tension with Khalakai where the fish is still bountiful.  But Hoku’koa is unwilling to force the traders to cut back on exports to feed the interiors cites, feeling he can better provide for them with the taxes collected on the export tariffs.  But the relief is slow in coming; in steps Colibre to save the day.  A highly effective bureaucrat, a cunning negotiator, Colibre is able to quickly acquire enough food to feed the people of the inland cities and establish a new bureaucracy to maintain the distribution of the food.  Long after the famine had subsided, the food program continued.  Keeping much of the interior Pyranese people dependant on it for food.   At this point the Kai’la was all but impudent and Colibre was seen as the power in the government; though Hoku’koa was still technically in charge.  He praised Colibre for his efforts and slowly diminished to little more than a figure head.  A familiar face at the head of the government while Colibre is making all the real decisions. 

To keep up appearances, Colibre moved his offices out of the capitol buildings in Holo’Khai to the magnificent new Kauhi Tower in Khalakai where he was surrounded by his own people.  While away from the parliament, Colibre was in full control of the Pyranese government.  Under promises of caring for the Apsu population he fed the hungry, treated the sick, and educated the young.  None of which was done well.  Using the schools to impose his will on the children he created a society of dullards and dim wits who asked few questions and made few demands, so long as they believed themselves to be well taken care of.  But their comfort was only relative to what was perceived of the lives of their feathered benefactors.  The famine had in reality been brief, and crops had again become plentiful but the system was in place to keep the Apsu Pyranese under talon. 

 

 

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