The Pliranti Empire was a huge shaping factor in the history of the society and politics on the continent of Ackarom and landseven further than that. But what it exactly was is worth a look.
The Pliranti Empire was founded in the shadow of a mountain peak called Pliran, at the southern tip of the Impjasegi mountains. Several tribes agreed to organize and their leaders, all arcanists or mediums, decided to form a mutually beneficial relationship whereas they would ever only marry their children to the children of ruling families. This would ensure that the arcanist’s gift – which they already knew was transferred down the bloodline, would continue to manifest in their families.
The gift of blood
The blood ties of the arcane gift was well-known, but it had always been a matter of luck, even within the arcane families, and a single child with the arcane gift born to a peasant could upturn the social order if the ruling family did not have sufficient gifted offspring. The Pliranti tribes merely had the idea that purifying the blood beyond a certain point would help to increase their luck. And it did. After several generations of having children exclusively with other people bearing the arcane gift, the Pliranti tribes had founded an Empire with an incredibly powerful ruling class that could guarantee almost all of their children to have the arcane gift.
This enriched the inhabitants as well. Building houses for the lower classes and tilling fields was suddenly something that the ruling class had ample workforce to do with magic. It drew the ruled classes closer to the rulers. And so, many tribes, clans, and even kingdoms submitted to the Pliranti Empire when it arrived at their doorstep, although military conquest still made up the largest part of expansion. The conquered would be granted access to a vast pool of pure blood and also knowledge, for the Pliranti made sure to confiscate any books or scrolls on magic the conquered had, take them to their capital and copy them, returning the originals. This made sure that knowledge would not be lost and to ensure the future generations being well educated in the use of magic.
Upon conquering a people, the Pliranti conquerors would also take the firstborn children of the conquered to educate them in the city, acting as a hostage. They would also arrange marriages with another, far-off family to ensure the newly conquered people would keep their loyalties to the Empire, no matter how far it stretched. In exchange, even those conquered had a shot at the senate and even throne of the Empire, for the leader was determined not necessarily by birth right. As long as a candidate was of noble and arcane blood, they had the chance to convince their fellow arcanists of the Empire to let the ascend in the hierarchy.
The Pliranti Empire existed in one form or another for well over two millennia, often splitting up into warring or feuding member states, which expanded on their own, sometimes remaining independent, but the continent of Ackarom would always rejoin the Empire into a greater whole. One of the most significant events happened roughly 450 years before the Great Sundering, where a long-lived emperor had so much influence among the ruling class, that he brought many of them together in a conspiracy to make sure his son would sit on the throne. The loyalists to the system ultimately split off, allying with the northern half of the Empire and some distant eastern parts, to create a counterweight, preventing the monolithic Empire ruled by a single bloodline, from expanding further north or east. Many wars were fought between these two Empires, until they reuninted just a decade before the Great Sundering
The Pliranti Empire fell, of course, and this fall came during the Great Sundering, that world-shattering event that saw entire cities crushed to rubble and buried under landslides and tsunamis.
Still persistent infighting, loss of almost all resources and disarray in the centralized governing apparatus, ultimately lead to the Great Sundering being unsurmountable for the Empire. Many local noble families tried to pick up the pieces and get to rebuilding former glory, but in the dark era now known as the period of mending, more pressing matters, such as making sure local food production could be upheld, meant that few families were interestred in forging another huge Empire. The reliability of the birth of mediums and the ease of a medium to learn their craft to a sufficient degree, also meant that there was no need for a huge ruling class carrying pure blood of the arcane gift.
However, this ruling class should rise again not long after in a new form, as the rebuilt city of Pliranto-Nova was the focal point of a new development in the growing world after the calamity and led to the foundation of Universities and their network.