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The Southern Continent is the continent to the south of Erilea. It is ruled by the Khaganate, who conquered it 300 years ago.
The Southern continent was originally ruled by the Queen of Antica, who had the Torre Cesme constructed after a healer saved her child's life. Her kingdom was eventually attacked and destroyed, and multiple rulers held her title for years until the first khagan conquered the land.
The first khagan originated from a tribe of nomadic horse-riders known as the Darghan. This warlord formed a coalition of various tribes and began subjugating the continent. History depicts him as a shrewd strategist who eschewed combat when possible and restrained shows of ruthlessness for times of necessity; he preferred instead to target prominent figures with brutality to intimidate other cities into submission. Upon a territory's surrender, the khagan generously compensated its residents. Eventually he set up a sprawling infrastructural system that connected the many regions of the continent to one another.
The khagan's palace was built atop the ruins of the Queen's palace, and the empire of Antica took root, growing into an unstoppable force that conquered surrounding areas and thrived under the khaganate's rule.
The khagan preceding Urus outlawed slavery.
Peoples and Cultures
The people of the southern continent have darker skin than some of their northern neighbors, such as the peoples of Terrasen and Adarlan. Generally, hair color is black. Eyes tend to be varying shades of black and chestnut, but occasionally may be hazel or green.
Because the khaganate embraced cultural differences, knowing that repression would foment dissent, the empire is a blend of myriad cultures. One of the most conspicuous evidences of this tolerance is the temples dedicated to numerous deities within Antica. The empire celebrates holidays for thirty-six gods and goddesses, so festivals and feasts frequently take place.
Views regarding gender are notably more egalitarian than those in Erilea. Females and males hold joint control over households, and at least one khagan has been female. A male or female offspring of the khagan may be appointed as heir; the khagan makes his or her selection based upon fitness to rule, regardless of gender. Violence against women, though extant, is also less common here than in other places in the Throne of Glass universe.
Slavery is frowned upon within the khaganate. Wealthy families hire paid servants, who can choose to pursue advancements in their careers. Servants often have sex with their charges in hopes of gaining such promotions, and a married person who participates is not typically viewed as an adulterer.
- Main article: Antica
Antica is the capital of the Southern continent and the seat of the Khaganate's power. It houses the Khagan's palace and has a harbor.
- Main article: Torre Cesme
The Torre Cesme is the ancient tower located in Antica that houses the healers and serves as an academy to train new ones. It predates the Khaganate.
- Queen of Antica † (formerly)
- Urus (current khagan)
- Tumelun †
- Grand Empress
- The Southern continent appears to be heavily based on the Mongol Empire, as it is ruled by a Khaganate (clearly derived from the Mongol Khanates), of which the first khagan originated from a nomadic horseriding tribe (like the Mongols) and united other tribes as Genghis Khan did in order to conquer other lands. Many of the characters from the Southern Continent have Mongolian names as well.