Isn't there a maximum of 25?
Mundhum (Various Eastern Kirat languages: "way of the spirits"), called Khas-Kirati religion by foreigners, is a decentralized faith with highly centralized sects.
Both Magarati and foreign scholars regard the various tribal beliefs of Vendriothos (better known as the Magarat region) as having born from the fusion of Buddhism brought by Argean Ipachi tribes with the Hey˙va faith practiced by the Xrevaro-descent Yaxa people and Protacism brought by the Corinthusi (ancestors of modern-day Roendavarians) after they began conquest of the area starting in 119 BCE and established the colony of Corinthus Vendriothos. The Magarat region experienced "further religious synthesis" when Domanania was conquered by First Mahang Srijunga the Conqueror as he established the Khas-Kirat Empire and the Magarati Doman citizens brought their native religions with them.
Further contact with various religions around the Isles such as Jimenean Catholicism, Jacirianism, Old Nyssic Paganis and Nyssic Presbyterian Church enriched the religious thinking in the Khas-Kirat Empire until the imperial declaration of Reformed Mundhum in 1575 by Yengdem Hangma (the then Mahang of the Khas-Kirat Empire). She and her followers claimed that a unified faith was necessary to unite the religious diverse peoples of the Khas-Kirat Empire and that it was necessary to protect the realm against the Crusades declared by Razzgriz, Dothrakia and Eurania (which were declared in response to Khas-Kirati aggression with Yitoria being a Crusader State). The implications of this new religion (which deemed the the diverse tribal beliefs as merely its sects and "foreign religions" within the empire as secondary religions) were the primary reason for the religious revolts by hangates now known as the Heavenly War (1579 - 1701). The resulting peace resulted in Reformed Mundhum becoming the dominant faith of the Khas-Kirat Empire but also ensured "Freedom of Religion" especially in hangates that had historically followed the so-called "foreign religions".
Depending on what sect he or she follows; an adherent of Reformed Mundhum can be polytheistic, pantheistic, panentheistic, pandeistic, henotheistic, monotheistic, monistic, agnostic, atheistic or humanist with most of them also adhering to vegetarianism, nonviolence, belief in rebirth (as spirit animals) and infinite number of universes. While not as common as in the past, many Khas-Kirati men still tend to follow the sect of his wife or have her faith as his secondary religion (if she followed a so-called "foreign religion"). This ancient practice was prevalent among the hangs who would conquer foreign territories, marry a local woman (often a former princess) for legitimacy and convert to her religion. As per the peace agreed in the aftermath of the Heavenly War, Reformed Mundhum highly discourages proselytism and encourages adoption of secondary religions. Thus, as a consequence, almost all of its adherents tend to be Khas-Kiratis (in particular citizens of Athara Magarat). This has led to accusations that Reformed Mundhum is an isolationist and exclusive ethnic religion.
Since most adherents of Reformed Mundhum lead religiously syncretic lifestyles and many sects have close ties with so-called "foreign religions", it is not uncommon to find Protacist priests performing birth, death or marriage ceremonies. Surveys conducted also found that most adherents of Reformed Mundhum in Athara Magarat felt close connections with Roendavar; with the two nations often being termed "the last pagan strongholds in the Isles".
A particular common theme in the various sects of modern-day Reformed Mundhum are the Vargas; spirit animals tasked with guarding an individual, a particular location or even nations. Some polytheists consider Higher Vargas and Great Beasts to be animal forms of their deities while monotheists consider all of these said Vargas and deities to be different forms of the one and only God Varga. Both Magarati and foreign scholars agree that the concept of assigning Higher Vargas to Great Beasts to nations is derived from the Protacist practice of designation new lands they encountered as realms inhabited by exotic mythical races.
The four categories of the Vargas are:
Atma Varga or Personal Varga - Each person has his or her own Varga; who is usually the reincarnation of a distant ancestor or in some cases, that of a lost family or friend. In the past, a person's Varga used to be his or her recurring visions of a particular animal at the age of twelve. Those who were unfortunate to not the get the visions were helped by shamans with special medicinal herbs to induce the visions at their thirteenth birthday. Since 1996 in Athara Magarat, that is no longer the case and thirteen year old children take part in the Species Entrustment Examination (SEE) to determine their Varga; which can be anything from a common rodent like chuchu or Ipachi rat to uncommon animals such as Kirati eagle or Yak Maruwa hornet.
Chhetra Varga or Higher Varga - When explorers and conquerors from the Khas-Kirat Empire went on their travels, they found that the Isles possessed many small islands. Thus came the reasoning that each of these islands must have a unique Varga that is rare in other islands. Higher Varga are also associated as guardians of villages or cities or even a particular region. Usually, only shamans, priestesses, hangs or individuals of authority could channel a Higher Varga such as a Chuli leopard or Highland goat.
Great Varga or Great Beasts - The Great Vargas are beasts with god-like powers. The Khas-Kiratis then positioned themselves as followers of the great Yellow Dragon and started assigning Great Vargas to almost each and every culture or civilization they encountered. Great Vargas were often national heroes who reincarnated into these mighty beasts. The Yellow Dragon was reincarnation of Srijunga Hang, the founder of the Khas-Kirat Empire. The Great Varga of a nation could change with time. The Yellow Dragon of the Khas-Kirat Empire (914 - 1918) has been replaced by the White Tigress.
God Varga - God Varga is the lord of all Vargas and the one who spawned the 50 or 60 Great Vargas. Each Khas-Kirati tribe or Reformed Mundhum sect has differing opinion on what exactly the God Varga is. Yumaists will say that God Varga is their supreme mother goddess Yuma whereas Mastoists will say the God Varga is the eternal energy Masto and so on. The Kisan tribe will say that the God Varga is the World Tree whereas the Four Kham peoples will argue that the God Varga is actually the First Human who utilized all of her magic in giving life to the Great Vargas and so on. There are also those who believe that all deities and Vargas are just different forms of the God Varga.
Subhagi the White Tigress
Subhagi is believed to the reincarnation of Khas-Kirati Eastern War's hero Su Hangma; who is nowadays considered the Greatest Athara Magarati despite having born in Xrevaro and served the Khas-Kirat Empire mostly on frontier wars. Su Hangma had said at her deathbed that she had seen too much war and wished to return once again in a time of peace. Her status as the country's Great Varga began in 1996 after the reunification of former Empire of Magarat core territories as a new country called the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates. Despite Subhagi's recent origins, White Tigresses are quite ancient to Khas-Kirati myths.
Subhagi and the White Tigresses mentioned in Khas-Kirati myths before her were most likely inspired by the Chuli Leopard.
ăriv literally comes from the Doman word for crow. When Khas-Kirati invaders came to Domanania, they noticed that the locals venerated the crow with military ranks including the bird in the symbols and festivals celebrating its presence. This was because Tqm (pronounced as: Dah-yah-mah) the goddess of war shape-shifted into a crow to start the First War. Like the Doman war goddess, ăriv the Great Varga is associated with trickery and as an omen of war.
ăriv was most likely inspired by the Doman crow.
When the Nine Gyarong Gun of the Khas-Kirat Empire invaded the Tabajara Empire in 1122, they were amazed by the skills of the JaekarÚ warriors, who could reportedly decapitate a horse with one swing of their Arapuß. Khas-Kirati legends state that Yakecan Taba, the last Emperor of the Tabajara, reincarnated as the Great Sea Beast DragŃo after his death.
DragŃo seems to have been based upon the KarÚ Crocodile.
Jarayo the Ancient Deer of Life
When the Khas-Kirat Empire reestablished contact with Roendavar in late 10th Century, they were mesmerized by the country's dense forests and ancient buildings merging nature and grand works of architecture.
Despite the name, the Ancient Deer of Life seems to resemble the Gael Antelope; which were once common throughout the Gael subcontinent in the past but are an endangered species now.
When Khas-Kiratis came to Xrevaro, they saw the great care Xrevarans took in taking care of bees not only in hives but in the wild as well. That, along with the Festival of the Bee which takes place in the spring, and the symbolic attachment of bees to goddess Sesit, "Mother of Man" and "Queen of the Heavens" in Hey˙va religion, got Sev˙ the Giant Bee assigned as Xrevaro's Great Varga.
Sev˙'s design takes inspiration from the Xrevaran bee but on a much more gigantic scale.
Another common theme among various sects of Reformed Mundhum are the "Kumaris"; preteen girls who are believed to be the vessels of Higher Vargas. While each town has its own Kumari who never speak in public and are supposed to be emotionless; the High Kumari of Athara Magarat, said to be the living vessel of the nation's Great Beast White Tigress, is seen as the unifying figurehead in Reformed Mundhum akin to Catholic Popes or Muslim Caliphs; despite her role being highly restrictive and many sects refusing to revere Kumaris. Marrying the High Kumari of Vendriothos (the former name of this title) was one of the ways "gain prestige" in the race to become Mahang. However, only hangs from outer hangates were allowed to marry the High Kumari. Though not confirmed pubicly, retired Kumaris supposedly earn 5 million USD.
Though Reformed Mundhum is a diverse system of thought with beliefs spanning monotheism, polytheism, panentheism, pantheism, pandeism, monism, and atheism among others; it is often referred to as henotheistic (involving devotion to a single god while accepting the existence of others) as there is an established pantheon. Different sects worship a different deity from the pantheon as the supreme god whereas polytheists tend to worship certain deities depending on the circumstance.
Most of the deities in the pantheon were tribal gods of various Khas-Kirati peoples until the imperial declaration of Reformed Mundhum in 1575 by Yengdem Hangma.
Goddess of Moon. The supreme deity of the Eastern Kirati tribes was Tagera Ningwaphumang. This deity had two earthly forms: the female Moon goddess Yuma Sammang (Yakthung Pan: Grandmother Goddess) and the male Sun god Theba Sammang (Yakthung Pan: Grandfather God). Over the generations, as Yuma's sect became popular and grew in numbers, Theba Sammang and even Tagera Ningwaphuwang gradually vanished into oblivion.
According to the monotheistic Yumaist sect, she is the supreme mother goddess who created the entire universe. Members of her sect tend to follow matrilineal marriage systems. Her sect is by far the largest in terms of followers (but not in Athara Magarat) are Kirat-Limbus (the term used for Yakthungs and other Eastern Kirats in North Argus and Gael) dispersed through nations as diverse as Alteran Republics, Noronica, Thuzbekistan, Vancouvia, Wellsia and others. Yumaists worship her during the Sakela festival for good harvest.
In the Reformed Mundhum pantheon, Yuma's title is just the "Goddess of Moon"; which is not ironically not that far off from her initial origins. She is also associated with rabbits and fertility.
Both Magarati and foreign scholars agree that Yuma has been inspired by Selenia (Protacist Goddess of the Moon), Nus (Doman Goddess of Twilight), RÚnalda (Old Nyssic Queen of the Moon) and Jaci (Jacirian Goddess of Moon, Night and Life).
God of Earth. According to the Chepangs (a Central Kirati people who make up the majority in Eastern Chatha, Western Chatha and San Montagnan Chatha), Gaidu the Great is their ancestor. He is said to be the son of the sun god Aita Bare and earth goddess Bhumi; while also being the brother to another earth deity Namrung. Like his mother and brother, Gaidu was also associated with the earth element. However, he was easily recognizable from other deities by his thick battle armor and a horn sticking out of his forehead.
In Reformed Mundhum pantheon, he is associated with war as well in addition to the earth element. In these later additions, he was depicted using spears and hammers in combat.
Both Magarati and foreign scholars agree that Gaidu was probably a real life warrior who was later on deified by his people. He is considered to have been inspired by Q˙nolaju (Hey˙va God of Harvest). Both have war as their secondary domain. They are also both pacifist warriors who will nonetheless join wars to protect their believers.
God of War. Unlike most other deities in the Reformed Mundhum pantheon who used to be tribal gods, Paru Hang is a latter addition worshiped by all those who require his assistance in wartime. He is also one of the few deities in the Reformed Mundhum pantheon without an exclusive sect of his own. He is mostly depicted as a barely clothed warrior armed with a trident and close friends with Same, the Snake God.
However, there is no accurate description of Paru Hang. His skin has been said to be blue, yellow or white by different sources. Sometimes he is shown with just two arms whereas in other times, he is said to have eight arms. His role is not fixed. Some sources mention him directly leading armies into battle whereas other sources say he is above taking sides and instead sends the Great Beasts under him to whoever requests assistance.
The legends also have it that Paru Hang was the one who taught martial arts to humans. These stories mention Paru Hang as a wandering ascetic in human form who teaches a new martial arts style to every new person he meets.
The Goddess of the Seven Seas of the East (Argean, Eterna, Kavju, Nova, Far Nova, Southern and Lotus as well as many other minors seas such as Karnali, Mechi, Gatadpatigan and so on). She was initially the tribal god of the Kumals, a Western Kirati tribe who have brought her worship to their new homeland in Almorea. Regardless of their sect, most Reformed Mundhum adherents tend to worship Same before embarking on a sea voyage.
The Same worshiped as a tribal deity by the Kumals was a gender-less serpent and associated only with the Karnali Sea. In Reformed Mundhum pantheon, Same was made a goddess to provide example of male-female platonic friendship that she has with Paru Hang. Some newer myths also claim that she was actually the first student of the God of War. These later stories also assign war as a secondary attribute to her. She is mentioned as being the commander of the Great Beasts when Paru Hang is unavailable. With progression of time, Same has been depicted more and more as attractive half-woman half-snake deity than a gigantic serpent.
God of Life.
God of Lakes.
Goddess of Earth.
God of Sun.
Goddess of Fortune.
What do you guys think of this pantheon? Too many war gods?
A modern 2 in 1 bullpup, chambering both 6.5Î39 mm Caseless and .50 BW Caseless.
Enabling infantries to pose a threat not only for infantry, but also armored targets.
The M24 (known internally as the FR10EP or Field Rifle 2010 Enhanced Firepower), is a Scantarbian selective-fire assault rifle and part of the M2X series produced by Malik Armaments that's primarily chambered to fire caseless 6.5Î39mm ammunition. What makes M24 different from the rest of the series is the existence of an under-barrel anti-materiel rifle module that is designed to fire specialized caseless .50 BW rounds. The rifle can reach a fire rate of 895 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s with its 30-round caseless 6.5Î39mm ammunition. The M24 accept accessories on all three of its rails; top, side, and under-barrel (located beneath the AMR module) and can mount attachments onto its muzzle as well. The most unique feature of the M24 is its anti-materiel rifle module. Fed from 10 round box magazines, this component grants the operator the ability to disable lightly armored vehicles and possibly even damage exposed components of armored vehicles (e.g. optics) with several well-placed shots. In Scantarbia, the weapon finds common use within special operatives, especially the Orion Teams.
Mass: 3.38 kg
Length: 508 mm
Cartridge: 6.5Î39 mm Caseless (main), .50 BW Caseless (AMR module)
Rate of Fire: 895 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s (6.5Î39 mm Caseless), 620 m/s (.50 BW Caseless)
Feed System: 30-round box magazine (6.5Î39 mm Caseless), 10-round box magazine (.50 BW Caseless)
Sights: Iron sights and Picatinny rail for various optical sights
Cost: $ 3,200
Operators: Scantarbia, Athara Magarat, The Aziran Islands
Grab yourself a new gun folks!
A modern lightweight bullpup rifle, chambering 6.5Î39 mm Caseless ammuniton.
Lightweight, reliable, low recoil. Standard isssue of Scantarbian Millitary.
The M20 (known internally as the FR10 or Field Rifle 2010), is a Scantarbian selective-fire assault rifle and the baseline of the M2X series produced by Malik Armaments that's designed to fire caseless 6.5Î39mm ammunition. The rifle and its subsequent series is the result of the Firearms 2035 program initiated by the Scantarbian Armed Forces to fulfill future warfare needs. Production on the rifle began in 2010. The weapon loads from a 30-round box magazine and can reach a fire rate of 895 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. The M20 accepts accessories on its top and bottom and can mount attachments onto its muzzle as well. The rifle is commonly seen among the ranks of Scantarbian Armed Forces as it is the standard issue for all Scantarbian Armed Forces personnel.
Mass: 2.82 kg
Length: 508 mm
Cartridge: 6.5Î39 mm Caseless
Rate of Fire: 895 RPM
Muzzle Velocity: 900 m/s
Feed System: 30-round box magazine
Sights: Iron sights and Picatinny rail for various optical sights
Cost: $ 2,000
Operators: Scantarbia, Athara Magarat
Why have one when you can have two!
(TG/DM me if you want to purchase any of my items)
Vancouvia, you asked for this. Happy now, Lord Protector?
What the heck is a Gurung film?
The term Gurung film refers to any movie made in Tamu Kyi, a Western Kirati language. Note that Gurung films are not the only films from the Athara Magarati Federation of Hangates. It is just that barely 20 "other Magarati films" are released every year whereas anywhere between 60 to 90 Gurung films are made at the same time. In general, other Magarati films are mostly in Nyssic (sometimes Doman and if it is any other national language of the federation; high chances that you are just watching a documentary made either by students or the Magarati government) tend to be "realist" and "anti-war" (leading to jokes about how Magarati movies other than Gurung films are just depressive and unimaginative anti-war rant-filled government-sponsored documentaries which will make you insane). On the other hand, Gurung films are often family-friendly movies with fantasy elements and "optimist" messages than just providing anti-war monologues. Most Gurung films are have less than an hour run-time and are part of a series. And every Gurung film must contain at least one song (mostly opening songs but some tend to have an ending song as well).
How did this start?
As mentioned before, there are "other Magarati films". The first film screened in the then Khas-Kirat Empire was the Noronican movie TBD in 189X. The first film made in the Magarat region itself was the Yakthung Paan language movie Yuma ("Grandmother", 1905) from Hangate of Arun Valley. It was an adaptation of the novel Your Wars (written by pacifist Sang Bokhim), setting in the immediate aftermath of the First Central Argus War and was heavily anti-war; a trait still seen in most "other Magarati films" still today. Over the next few years, other hangates also started making their own films until the outbreak of the War of the Khas-Kirati Succession in 1911 (also known as the Third Central Argus War, Great Gael War or War of the Contested Throne).
In 1918, war in Argus came to an end (although the actual peace treaty would be signed two years later). The Noronnican prince/ss TBD was crowned the Mahang and s/he disbanded the Khas-Kirat Empire; replacing it with the Magarati Dominion under Nyssic crown. Though Nyssic had long been used as a lingua franca within the Khas-Kirat Empire, it was now the official language of the Magarati Dominion and every single movie made in Magarat was now in Nyssic. After the dissolution of the Magarati Dominion and establishment of the Empire of Magarat under Temur Buduja; the Magarati cinema suffered even worse. The rate of films being made sharply dropped and the few that were produced were merely just propaganda.
In 1945, the Invasion of Magarat by the Free Powers began and Polar Svalbard was tasked with occupying the Second Tamuwan Hangate. Unlike other Free Powers that severely limited and controlled local media to curb "Magarati nationalism" in their occupation zones, the Svalbardians exposed the Tamuwanis to their films to introduce "Svalbardian concepts of democracy and freedom". And that was it. The Tamuwanis became hooked into Svalbardian films. Even after Second Tamuwan Hangate joined the communist People's Republic of Chuli around the 70s, most Tamuwani families would be watching Svalbardian movies after dinner or during other free time; a practice that has now been ingrained into local Tamuwani culture. Influenced by Svalbardian film directors such as Oliver Winblad, Luuk Oldemaat and Spencer Fraser; several Tamuwanis started to make what would later be known as "Gurung films".
Are there any notable Gurung films?
Cafe Lho - A 2013 movie that has now become a cult classic of sort. Unlike most other family-friendly Gurung films, Cafe Lho is full of graphic sex and violent deaths. The plot has 12 people trapped in a cafe during a storm as they are all murdered one by one. Rita Paljai Pachyu, who played the mysterious Tipper lady, won TBDXrevaro? award. Best not to talk about its 2015 prequel that ended up being a huge disappointment (and a franchise killer as many claim).
By the Lake - A semi-historical film about an ancient man who walks the globe in search of the woman of his dreams.
I Date Demons - The I Date Demons is a series of three light comedy films about a heavenly spirit who has reincarnated as a high school girl in order to arrest incubus-like demons. Its more serious spin-off Naraka, about the half-demon son of the titular character, is more well-known in other countries.
School Battles - Two schools. Constant fights. TBDblahblah
Ummn...yeah. All you blue guys are nations I have not invaded. I am a disgrace calling myself an empire when more than half of the stuff is not under my grasp.
If you would like to, you know, discuss history, so that I can be that middleman who connects everyone's history to one another...
(This is my super lame attempt to try to grab more clay...)
You tried to invade me. It just didn't work out.
An invasion would be unlikely although maybe a small war. I'm also thinking of some general political instability, the 'immigrant' family could come back from Athara Margarat and institute some tension.
I assume just 100 or so confused Magarati rookies landed in middle of nowhere in Miklania and were rounded within an hour sort of thing?
The south of Luxembourg has just been hit by some sort of tornado; normally that never happens.
It was a larger invasion as I recall our previous conversations. We can discuss that over TG if you want.