The History of Oasis Lands
Three thousand years ago, Oasis Land was nothing but a mass of perpetually swirling dunes that makes up the great desert of Eternal Sands now. The land was barren and nothing but sand and brimstone survived under the merciless glare of the sun. Eternal Sands have been the oldest known part of the planet. Made up of bone dry ridges and primordial dunes, Eternal Sands has always been home to Ifrits, a race of sentient creatures made out of smokeless fire and stone. Ifrits ruled the dunes of Eternal Sands in the form of tribes with Tilism Hoshruba as the seat of their dead and barren kingdom.
This changed three thousand years ago when King Solomon brought a nation of herdsmen in the middle of the desert with the promise to give them an oasis of flowing rivers and palm trees. The Herdsmen of Mesopirth, a land that was once home to the greenest of pastures had been invaded by a plague that brought famine and ash from the sky leaving the herdsmen at the brink of annihilation. So they sent an emissary to King Solomon with the daughter of their as a token of good will to help them secure a land where they could survive.
Legend has it that King Solomon was insulted by this attempt from the simple herdsmen of Mesopirth yet before he could dismiss them, he fell in love with the chief’s daughter Nephthys. King Solomon married Nephthys but at their wedding night she made him promise to find her people a land where they could flourish and live in peace. King Solomon obliged but that presented a problem to him. His own kingdom could not support and integrate another nation nor was he allowed by the decree of the faith to populate holy lands with people of the other faiths and races.
But King Solomon always kept his promise so he marched the seven tribes of the herdsmen to the plateaus before the endless desert of the Eternal Sands and negotiated with the Ifrits to allow humans to settle a small part of their massive kingdom. That was simply unacceptable for the Ifrits to co-inhabit their homeland with another frail race, they could not even stand their own kind. But King Solomon could not be denied.
So a war broke out between the armies of King Solomon and the Ifrits that resulted in the annihilation of one of their largest tribes dwindling their numbers. Seeing their damages, they retreated into the deeper parts of the Eternal Sands giving enough room for the tribes of the herdsmen to settle.
But Eternal Sands was no place for humans and despite their best efforts, the herdsmen started losing their people to famine once again as the place simply was not designed to sustain life. Nephthys complained to Solomon that he had not fulfilled his promise of settling her people. She accused him leaving her people to die in the middle of one of the harshest places in the world. Her anger and disapproval melted the King’s heart once again so he took away four rings from the hands of his beloved wife, dipped them in the blessed fountain at the holy rock and buried them in four different parts of the Eternal Sands.
The blessing of the Holy Rock imbued with the miracle of Solomon’s prophetic powers made four wells of spring water gush from the grounds and in just a matter of a decade the part of Eternal Plains was no longer made out of scorching desert and dry jagged ridges but an oasis with palm trees and enough grass for the herdsmen to graze their cattle upon. The remaining four tribes of the herdsmen settled around each well and lived there in peace.
The blessing of water and the miracle of Solomon’s power imbued in the ring kept the water flowing for centuries keeping the Ifrit at bay because water was life. So the remaining tribes of Ifrit withdrew themselves to the city of Tilsim Hoshruba where no human ventured and their tales became part of legends and holy ceremonies. For the people of Oasis Lands, Ifrit were just a myth that people liked to talk about around bonfires and on their travels to the edge of the Oasis Land where the never ending sand dunes beckoned nothing but empty chaos.
The Four Kingdoms of Oasis Lands
The herdsmen that settled around the wells of Nephthys flourished into independent kingdoms after their grand migration. The well to the west closer to the Mountains of Aeaga transformed into the city state of Dier Jabel, the well to the west gave way to the city of Dier Baher with its boundaries touching the Sarafan Sea. To the north rose Doriah Kild extending all the way to the arid plains of Itarowa while in the south by the edge of the Eternal Sands lied Drish Barahir, the final frontier. And the center of the Oasis Lands rose the fortress known to the world as Solomon’s Throne.
To be continued..................