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Age of Destiny

Osirion is believed to have been founded around -3470 AR.2 At that time most of the Inner Sea region was living in barbarism, as civilisation had yet to recover from the devastation caused by Earthfall in -5293 AR. According to legend, a prophet of Nethys called Azghaad unified the tribes living alongside the Sphinx River and established his capital at Sothis. He became the first pharaoh of Osirion. He and his successors were revered by the populace as God-Kings.3 It is believed that the ferocious spawn of Rovagug known as Ulunat was slain roughly at the same time as Osirion was founded. The creature’s gargantuan carapace lies in Sothis, but whether or not the God-Kings were responsible for its death is unknown. According to one story, the threat of Ulunat played a major role in uniting the tribes, and after its death, they laid claim to its territory—a vast swathe of land stretching from modern day Rahadoum to modern day Katapesh.4 The borders of ancient Osirion did eventually encompass all that territory,5 but there is little evidence to support the theory that the God-Kings ever used the slaying of Ulunat to justify their wars with their neighbours. Osirion advanced rapidly from barbarism into civilisation. The nation soon became both a cultural and a military success. Some less mainstream historians speculate that the nation may have received outside assistance, perhaps from strange entities from the Dark Tapestry.6

At its height, ancient Osirion controlled all or part of modern day Rahadoum, Thuvia, Katapesh, Nex and Geb.5 In the latter part of the Age of Destiny, the country fell into the hands of a succession of poor rulers, and also suffered attacks from beyond its borders. The once mighty nation entered into a prolonged period of decline and began losing territory.3

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Age of Destiny AlanUnderwood