Su Ndari History
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Overview

The earliest Su'ndari history has been passed by word of mouth for too many generations to be entirely reliable or true; over time the facts have become legends, and those legends have slowly turned into myths, and now it is rare
to find a Su'ndari who is familiar with those myths.

The Su'ndari were a wandering tribe of desert people. In the desert, only those with strength and innovative minds survived, and the Su'ndari were both the strongest and the most innovative. Some tribes were eradicated from the desert, while others were assimilated into the Su'ndari as time went by.

It was only relatively recently, about 600 years ago, that the Su'ndari stopped their wandering and settled in one of the desert's oases. There, they built an elaborate and massive capital city, like nothing that had been seen
before. How a wandering tribe could undergo such drastic changes so quickly is a question that has led many of the smaller desert tribes to fear the Su'ndari, and some have come to believe that the Su'ndari must have the favor of the gods.

It was not unheard of for wandering tribes to establish strongholds that they could return to when needed, but the construction of a huge city like the Su'ndari capital city was something new. What could induce a tribe to turn from generations of wandering and suddenly settle down?

The ruler of the tribe at the time was a powerful woman named Sesinna. Ancient legend says that she assassinated her way to the top of the tribe by killing off, not only her husband, but also her brothers and father. The legend goes that Sesinna went out into the desert one night, and returned to tell her people that she now knew where they needed to go and what should be done. They followed her through the desert for seven days and seven nights, until Sesinna and her people reached an oasis in the heart of the desert. Sesinna began to draw plans for a new city in the sands of the oasis. It took 40 years, but Sesinna's plans became reality and the city people now call simply "Capital City" was built. According to those who know the legends, Sesinna is said to have died on the day the last building was completed.

The Capital City has grown beyond the bounds of Sesinna's original plans. New homes were built as the population of Capital City grew, but later buildings were always made with Sesinna's designs in mind.

Shortly after Sesinna's death, her daughter Tullia took the throne. She followed in her mother's footsteps, and introduced the next phase in the rapid evolution of the Su'ndari: she introduced a system of trade. The Capital City itself had been built with materials stolen from the weaker surrounding tribes, but Tullia changed the nature of both city and people, making them known throughout the desert for their new market system.

With the development of a market system came an increase in literacy, and a new reliance on currency. The Su'ndari slowly lost their warlike and wandering ways and became very proud of their newfound civilization.

Tullia lead the tribe into becoming a race in its own as she crafted a market system and further separated the Su'ndari from their long-established nomadic ways. The creation of this new era did not happen overnight, but proceeded steadily throughout Tullia's reign. And, like her mother, it was said that after the market system was established, Tullia died peacefully in her sleep.

As those around the Su'ndari watched, they came to the conclusion that the advancment had to be the work of the Gods. Some tribes wished to share in what they saw as the Gods' gifts, and were assimilated into the Su'ndari, but other tribes began to fear the Su'ndari even more than they had when the Su'ndari were simply another, bigger, rival tribe.

After Tullia's death, the Su'ndari fell into a period of choas. She had done much to continue her mother's legacy, pushing to advance the Su'ndari, but she failed to give her people an heir. The ruler of the Su'ndari can be male
or female, but they held firm to the belief that the right to rule is passed through the bloodlines of their past rulers. Tullia was rumored to be so paranoid that a husband or child might take over from her by force that
she refused to give her people an heir to take over after her death.

Because Tullia left no heir, the upper level of citizens in the city began to eye the throne. Many families felt they had a claim to the throne as they had helped Sesinna and Tullia to build Capital City, and to establish the market system that had made some of them so wealthy. The wealthiest families fought for 10 long years in a bitter battle for the throne. May of those families lost sons and husbands to the war but, as always, the less wealthy families were the most devastated by the violence.

Not all the wealthy families fought in the Civil War. A small group of families, whose more recent rise in status gave them no real claim to the throne, did their best to halt the war.

Under the Council, Capital City and the Su'ndari came to prosper. The people settled into their roles and their everyday lives. They became a center of trade for nearby desert tribes who did not fear them, an oasis into which the still-wandering tribes could come to get supplies.

Instead of marauding desert pirates, the Su'ndari became a tribe of merchants. As time progressed, the Su'ndari slipped slowly into a life of leasure. The nobility soon did little more then lounge all day and the middle class fell back on the poor to do the majority of the tasks.

Their tastes did not become lazy, instead they would bore what they had and would start to cry for new exciting items - the next cloth, a new spice, a new fragrance or a new fruit from a foreign soil. The Su'ndari sent out scouts and established trade posts, their reach going further and further in search of a new item to delight their palettes.