Categories: History | Athara Magarat
The House of Mgar (Muh-GAR), also called the House of Mahangs or the Imperial Clan, was one of the most influential and distinguished royal houses of the Isles. The throne of the Khas-Kirat Empire was continuously occupied by the Mgars from 964 until their extinction in the female line in 1918. The house also produced emperors, kings and queens of the Kingdom of Noronica (later on the Nyssic Colonial Empire), Holy Domananian Empire, Dominion of Nhoor (through the Cenharruc-Mgar dynasty), the Osean Empire of the Eastern Isles, as well as rulers of several San Montagnan principalities. From the 17th Century onward, following the disastrous Heavenly War of the Hangates, the dynasty was split between its "mainland Magarati" and "outer" cadet branches predominately in what are now Samudera (Banser), Razzgriz (Ran), Wellsia (Xiangu) and New Totzka (Asygno). Although they ruled distinct territories, they nevertheless maintained close relations and frequently intermarried.
The House takes its name from Mgar, wife of Mahang Mabo, the adopted son of Srijunga Hang the Conqueror and the Second Mahang of the Khas-Kirat Empire. The couple had four daughters but not a single son and the lack of male heir troubled Mabo. Legends state that Mgar convinced her husband to change the law and designate one of their daughters as the Third Mahang of the Khas-Kirat Empire. However, being unable to choose between his daughters the perfect heir, Mabo made succession elective for his daughters and their matrilineal descendants. He further ensured that each of his daughter had to get the backing of one of the major tribes of the Khas-Kirat Empire and prove themselves in battlefield as it would have been required by traditional law for sons. In order to do so, he allowed his daughters to lead their own mercenary bands and earn prestige at the battlefields of distant lands. All of the four daughters participated in the succession race and each married bore three daughters each. The Hanglaw region would later be known as Bara Magarat due to each of the 12 hangates that emerged out of the Heavenly War of the Hangates claiming descent from one of these 12 granddaughters of Mgar and Mabo.
In 945, Mabo and Mgar's second daughter Tira, married into the Yakthung tribe (also known as Kirat-Limbus later on), would be crowned the Third Mahang by the Kurultai of tribal leaders after her father's death. Even within the Mgar dynasty, her direct matrilineal descendants made the most Mahangs.
The "mainland Magarati" House of Mgar became extinct on November 11 of 1909 with the accidental murder (which some allege to be deliberate assassination) of Tilija Hangma when an unknown bullet struck her in the crossfire in Courlaroux during the 1909 Revolution in Dormill and Stiura. Her death would precipitate across the Isles as several would-be Hangs from "outer" cadet branches began vying for the throne. After the War of the Khas-Kirati Succession (also called Great Gael War in Gael, War of Contested Throne in Raedlon and Third Central Argus War in parts of Argus), the Khas-Kirat Empire's throne was passed to TBD of the Noronnican crown. TBD dissolved the empire and established the highly centralized Magarati Dominion under Noronnican administration.
Current Mgar pretenders
There are several families in Samudera that claim descent from Gole Hang, the founder of Kilat Hangate. Among them, the most famous is the House of Banser, which was the last dynasty to rule the Kingdom of Samudera (the successor state of Hangate of Sanggar which itself was successor state to the Kilat Hangate). All of the surviving members of the Banser family have claims to the Khas-Kirat Empire as well as the Kingdom of Samudera.
TBD Banser members
In Nhoor, Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar and her children have claims to both the Dominion of Nhoor and the Khas-Kirat Empire. Her grandmother AnhÝ (1834 - 1888) was married to the Mgar prince Sheng Hang (1830 - 1925). Due to the Mgars favoring direct matrilineal inheritance while considering children of male members to be "outer families"; the couple's children became the cadet branch known today as the House of Cenharruc-Mgar (officially proclaimed by their second child and eldest son Armhad III after he became the King of Nhoor in 1898). During the Khas-Kirati War of Succession, Rhato's mother CalavÝ involved herself in the succession crisis despite other members of her family forbidding her to do so (as a dominion of Osean Empire of the Eastern Isles in Razzgriz, Nhoor was obliged to support the Osean Ran dynasty who had their own candidate vying for the title of Mahang). As punishment for embarrassing the nation in front of their Osean overlords and the international community with her unauthorized involvement, CalavÝ and her descendants were excluded from being in the line of succession to the throne of Nhoor and even exiled. The current pretenders from this particular line of Cenharruc-Mgar family are -
Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar: born in 1939 and pretender since 1988
Eldest Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar: born in 1965
Daughter of Eldest Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar: born in 1990
First Son of Daughter of Eldest Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar:
Second Son of Daughter of Eldest Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar:
Younger Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar: born in 1972
Daughter of Younger Daughter of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar: born in 1972
Son of Rhato Cenharruc-Mgar:
Mehis II of House Mgar-Ran, the current and acting Razz of the Grand Principality of Razzgriz, is another strong claimant to the title of Mahang.
The descendants of King Hans III and Aspru; with the living ones being King Leon III of Havalland and his siblings along with the duchess of Turwick and her brother.