Chapter 8

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Thus the Cyn Dynasty began and prospered for two hundred years before its first test. Then, in the year 2668 of the Third Age, the inhabitants from the southeast continent of Rraj Mhajje crossed the Sea of Ghaury and invaded Khaballe, planning to add it to their empire. The Mhajjeans showed patience, if not intelligence, in waiting seven hundred years after the Great Mystical Wars to attempt an invasion. The Great Wars changed the face of the world causing the other kingdoms to want little to do with Khaballe afterwards. But the Mhajjeans were a warlike people populated with ogres, trolls and humans who were at best considered barbarian. Whether they had ignored or simply chose to forget Khaballe's power is not known. But they came in the summer of 2668.

Their goal was to take the halfling city of Vhyt Dhaxz and use that as a base for taking the capital, Bhel'Ehzz. They did not count on the tenacity of the halflings, however. Although the little ones (as the halflings were often referred to) lost the city, it took much longer than the Mhajjeans had expected. That allowed for a massive army to assemble at Bhel'Ehzz. Both armies moved from their bases and met at the Sarhag Fields. The battle quickly turned badly for the Mhajjeans. Though they had brought magic users, they simply were not of the caliber of the Towers' witches and were dispatched without much effort. Though the bulk of the Mhajje army was defeated easily, the battle lasted for many years. The Mhajjeans were a tribal people and when the main army disbanded, they quickly formed smaller, more efficient raiding parties. The result of the Mhajjean War, as it was called, is that many of the barbarian Mhajjeans stayed in Khaballe, settling for the most part in the mountainous regions of the continent.

The only internal strife occurred a little over a hundred years ago. Political uprisings simultaneously befell most of the cities in what could only be explained as a strange coincidence. The insurrection was not directed at the Crown, but instead at the local nobility. Baronies, earldoms and duchies that had descended through the same bloodlines since before the Cyn Dynasty took power, suddenly found themselves the target of revolt by the bourgeoisie. All lost power as a new aristocracy emerged.

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