The Manus Kingdom is an ancient human civilization of which very little is known. Their origins forgotten and many of their customs lost due to the razing of their cities and the eradication of their people, they are remembered as the sole state of Mankind to withstand the yoke of the Elrathyr. Eventually, the kingdom was caught by surprise and torched, its people slain and driven from their lands which were then annexed by the elves. But still, the whispers of the unbroken Manusites pervasively inched into subservient human society, their sacrifice unforgotten as many years later a prophet would emerge to deliver them from oppression. Auros, the Crusader, the God of Mankind.
The Manus Kingdom was constructed and erected upon lands formerly belonging to the Elrathyr Hegemony during the Age of Dusk. As the Elrathyr dominated the surface of Edriel; it was the Manusites that acted as a barrier to their re-expansion into a region connecting the West and the Orient, what is in modern times the Mountaineers Pass. Technologically and magically advanced in comparison to the humans, the Elrathyr were incensed to have come across a people with customs, technologies, and magics of their own. It was due to these latter two factors that the Manusites were able to hold out for so long, as well as the foreign terrain which was nigh impossible to traverse without stumbling into ravines, jagged rocks, or woeful beasts that roamed the plateaus. Although magic was key to the Elves' unhindered expansions into the realms of man and even the world at large, the Elrathyr Hegemony could not hope to fully understand the acrid terrain they hoped to win back from the hands of desperate humans.
The Hegemony of Elrathyr attempted unsuccessfully to make contact with the Kingdom of Manus, and was rebuked every single time in their desperate bid to end the war. Fearing that the Manusites could represent a growing independence movement in Elrathyr's own native human populations which they had successfully shepherded since times immemorial, they sued for bargaining no longer and then took to declaring war upon the independent humans who had so long endured outside their sphere of influence. Far more advanced then the other humans who had been subjugated by the elven Hegemony, they knew that they would have to act swiftly and not allow any form of retaliation. The longer the war lasted, the more likely it was that their own human subjects would rise up in revolt. Around the year 320 B.E., the Elrathyr Hegemony launched a surprise attack on the Kingdom of Manus, their massive armies at the doorstep to the last remaining Free City of Mankind. Unwilling to submit, their home was razed and their people killed. Survivors fled and brought with them their technologies, customs and what little was left of their history of resistance against the elves. Few survivors remained within the city's bounds, its many people rich or poor, artisan or nobleman, slave or freedman, were all entombed within the city's remains.
The victory was decisive, crucial and regarded by some as a symbol of increasing elven brutality. The remaining Manusites were scattered among the lesser human tribes, and in the aftermath of the battle problems arose. These once submissive tribes began to grow discontent with the rule of the elves, hearing and witnessing the genocide of their brethren. They sang songs of the Manus and their nobility, valor and freedom, romanticizing them as bygone heroes of humanity. A new spirit was born into humanity, one that yearned for freedom and sought vengeance upon the elves who slew their kith and kin however far-flung they had been. The few Manusites who survived spoke of evil on part of the elves, and they hoped to sow the seeds for further revolutions against their suppression and perceptually tyrannical rule.
Once the elves were disconnected from their magic source after the Fall of Eyrm, they could not muster the force to resist their own mortality. The humans revolted against the once invincible Elrathyr Hegemony, led by Auros, the God of Humanity who brought the elves to heel with relentless crusades, he and his apostles freeing their downtrodden race from the tyrannical rule of the Elrathyr. Three-hundred thousand humans are said to have followed their God into battle, natives of the Kingdom of Zoran and into the Illura Dominion they traversed, successfully putting them to the torch and ending them. All the incessant and brutal fighting ended up culminating into Auros' champions storming the Aeryn Citadel, where the last primeval elven monarch awaited what had befallen his contemporaries. The ancient plight of the Manusites culminated in the destruction of the Elrathyr's vast colonies and great empires, and so began the Age of Golden Fire to which they owed their freedom from bondage in perpetuity.
Culture, Society and Behavior
The Manusites were a people beholden to agency, freedom and liberty. Although retrospectively many might find their acts against other native tribes to their lands barbaric and unprecedented, it is understandable due to the scarcity and lack of resources that could be found naturally in their terrain. Despite their preaching of liberty, freedom and a supposed hatred of conquest, they brought many human tribes in the area to heel which led to the emergence of a complex caste system. Many men were born into slavery and could not hope to ever escape bondage. The nobility had tenuous relationships with the slave masters at best, and due to the nature of free enterprise the slave masters held much sway within the King's Court. Furthermore, it was speculated that perverted behavior and tradition defying behavior, referred to as "Insidious Antics" by the Tribunal of Acts, a secret police that had votes to decide whether or not an offender would be spared the death penalty for nonconforming behaviors in their traditionalist society.
Despite this, the Manusites ended up so wealthy, knowledgeable and powerful that they are one of the few democracies to have existed in Edriel. The King was appointed every four years by the Noble Caste, and public officials were expected to serve two weeks and were voted upon by the Freedman's Populace regularly to take up positions such as Head Scribe or Tax Collectors. Because of this the government was fairly ineffectual and at times even the aristocracy fell prey to woeful sloth, not leaving their manors and estates for weeks at a time. Illicit acts were known to take place regularly and the government itself was in shambles. When the elves first came to the Kingdom of Manus' doorstep, the military rose up in revolt and forcibly "elected" their own King while threatening the death of any who would oppose him.
Religion and Customs
The Manusites were originally pagans, but once they conquered local tribes they absorbed them and allowed them to continue practicing their own respective faiths, which eventually intermingled to form the Manusite Pantheon. This pantheon consisted of the gods Icarus, Parcturis, and Vel-Solis; the Gods of Sun, Law and Justice respectively. This triad of gods, frequently referred to as "The Triumvirate" was worshipped by all three tribes that had been conquered to form the Kingdom of Manus in the preceding eras of the Age of Dusk and Age of Elrathyr Hegemony.
The Manusites garbed themselves within ritualistic armor pieces, togas or if they were a slave humble stitched up rags. The nobility and spell casters are remembered to have carried themselves in linen, fresh wool and at times even silk they smuggled in from the Orient.
The humans of the Manusite Kingdom had names such as these.
- Aeneas, a masculine name once born by a wanderer in myth and legend with no home.
- Consus, a masculine name meaning "providence" which belonged to an esteemed general of the military.
- Aemilius, a masculine name belonging to a slave master's son.
- Iovita, a unisex name which is speculated to have referred to beauty, tempest or running water.
- Agrippa, a feminine name originating from an agrarian village by a river within Manus' region of control..
- Alba, a feminine name believed to have belonged to farmers wives and fisher women.
The Manusites bore three names, their first being the one granted by their parents, the second being the one they've adopted in adulthood. Their third, or their "surname" is taken when they take upon themselves a lifelong profession.
Although the Kingdom of Manus has since long fallen, some people have adopted the culture or can trace their family lineage back to the original Manusites prior to their systematic extermination and annexation by the Elrathyr.
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