The hobgoblin nation of Kataf has been completed and is awaiting my drive to transfer the information over into the wiki. Just for fun, I'm going to post the "history" section of the fine nation here so you can all get a taste of what has dominated the northern steppes of Avantarra.
Hobgoblins are the orderliest of the goblinoid peoples. They are prone to militaristic order, but also prone to cruelty and personal ambition. In a martial meritocracy, this works relatively well. All goblinoids are originally from Naduum, and the Katafin are no exception. They still speak a dialect of Naduumian and have many Naduumian traditions (as best remembered by the short lived people). Hobgoblins were used as the primary non-giant workers in the Pileusean Empire outside of the shivan lands and have been on Avantarra since the Diaspora. For several thousand years they were entirely dependent on the giants for their daily lives, as almost willing slaves to the giants. Slowly, their own culture and independence developed and tribes began to form among the slaves. These proto-tribes were encouraged by the Pileuseans, since it made the workers more efficient and their work better done. But the development went too far for the giants' comfort and they crushed these tribes before they could organized enough to rebel. The tribes were scattered and mixed so that no two families who had shared a tribe were within a hundred miles of each other. But this didn't stop the hobgoblins. They realized that the giants saw them as a threat, and this fueled them. It took another four hundred years, but they were able to secretly establish new tribes and were able to create a network between these tribes. In around 5200 PN, the First Vidra began, a great rebellion of all of the hobgoblin tribes. They threw down their giant masters and established for themselves independent tribes.
This warrior state existed for roughly a thousand years, but it had begun to diminish by 4500 PN when the Pileuseans were able to reorganize and drive back the hobgoblins. By 4200 PN, they hobgoblins were once again a conquered people. They were the second people to gain their independence from Pileus after the dwarven rebellion and the suicide of Garus. The Second Vidra started in 3728 PN, as the hobgoblins struck back against the weakening giant empire. Their insurrection was swift and bloody. Tens of thousands of each people died in the conflict, but the goblinoids were able to carve out for themselves a territory once again, regaining some of their former glory. This time, rather than a war-confederate, the despot Nasaha took the reins of the people in his iron fist. He ruled the nation cruelly and roughly for twenty years before passing it down to his firstborn son. For fifteen generations, Nasaha's family ruled over the "free" hobgoblins. Three hundred years was too much for the tribes. They had essentially leapt from "anvil to the furnace", to use a Katafin idiom, and they wanted no more of it. An uprising ensued, with the first blood drawn at the end of the year 2421 PN. This rebellion was lead by the warrior-prince Katafi, who became the first Tikari (similar to a triumvir) along with Hadura and Jabuta. The Tikari state was roughly a republic, with each tribe sending a representative to the senate, but all final decisions were determined by the Tikarom (pl. Tikari). This republic, known ad Picasa, lasted another 500 years before Nirdayi seized power. 1974 PN, when he was appointed Tikari after the death of Harada, he quickly slew his fellow Tikarom and anointed himself the Tanas of Picasa. As an autocrat, he squandered the wealth and power he had stolen, but he was still respected by the hobgoblins. Ancient Naduumian tradition, which the people still preserved, allowed for a stronger man to take when he could from a weaker man. Nirdayi had seized what he wanted from not just one man, but from an entire nation. The respect was begruding, but it was still offered.
Bloody and violent despots assassinated their way into power over the hobgoblins for another 800 years. Some were better than others, but all took the scepter at the tip of a blade. The size of Picasa fluctuated over these centuries, based on the power of the Tanas and his military. By this time, Vangir had become the chief enemy of Picasa, and they squabbled over territory constantly. In 1048 PN, during a civil war in Picasa, the Vangir struck and overwhelmed the hobgoblins. They took everything from them and forced them back into the servitude that had been the hobgoblins' fate under the giants of Pilea. Vangir had to quash pockets of resistance and uprisings all throughout the area of Picasa for several hundred years, and finally completely removed all weapons from Picasa. In secret, the hobgoblins kept training. They honed martial techniques using what tools they were allowed, mostly farming implements and craftsmans tools. Honed into weapons in the fields and forests, the hobgoblins waited their time to once again rise up and establish for themselves a nation.
In autumn 238 PN, the time came. Sipasa had been making secret dealings for years with the various unofficial tribal chiefs, setting up the system to overthrow the Vangiri. He only gave them as much information as they needed to complete their task and made sure that no single task was essential. He knew that many would die, as sacrifices for the betterment of the people, and he made sure that none were included that were not willing to give their lives for the cause. The coup was swift and violent. Katafin history claims that the Vangiri were deposed in a single day, though it took only marginally longer. The major Vangiri heads of state were all removed within the month. Before the year was out, the nation of Kataf was officially established and Sipasa was set as its head.
I hope to have the Valean nation of Chien completed (at least a first draft) by this weekend.
Pillows are designed for relaxation. If they are fighting, what hope do we have?