The Heroes of Travia
Anubi are animal-like desert-dwellers of the south. They have the body of a human and the head of a jackal, and are covered in short, dark fur. Despite their animalistic appearance, they have a sophisticate society of warfare and oasis agriculture. Their warriors, clad in robes of blue, white, and gold, are widely regarded as the most deadly in the desert. Unlike the hulking bruisers of the Dwarves and the Orcs, Anubi fighters are light, quick, and agile.
The Apep are a sub-species of Anubi which split off as a result of a great corruption among Anubi society roughly 200 years ago. The Apep greatly outnumbered the Anubi, and the Anubi were forced to flee their homeland.
The Anubi were created in (year) by Jekmuh, The God of Chaos, to fulfill his wish of having his own people: a race bred for combat. By His divine grace, Jekmuh imparted upon the Anubi the gift of free will so each Anubi could choose their own path, their own philosophy. According to Priests of Jekmuh, they were not given the gift of benevolence or malice because both would ensure the Anubi would carry a single vision and thus squabble very little among themselves.
The Anubi were made to stand upright and be bipedal with opposable thumbs and fingers, similar to many of the existing intelligent races. They were made part jackal, to give them the fierceness of the desert.
The first Anubi appeared around the largest body of water in the southern desert region of Travia. A harsh land to ensure an enduring people. The first villages were small and scattered and would often war with each other to try and grab hold of the few resources that were difficult to acquire. As agricultural techniques were developed the need to raid other villages decreased and many even found it beneficial to work together. This led to the development of the first Anubi city: Gebtu.
The government of Gebtu consisted of a monarch known as the Pharaoh, similar to the early Anubi villages, assisted by a number of advisers who had no real power. The next Pharaoh is always chosen by the current one, and while it can be virtually anyone he chooses, it has historically always been someone in the same family. The citizens of Gebtu were for the most part content with this arrangement because it gave a unified vision, however villages surrounding the city were happy with their own leaders and did not want to follow the Pharoah’s rule and pay taxes and tribute. This led to the Pharaoh sending soldiers out to force them to submit to his rule, and while there was some fighting the villages did not band together to fight back and their individual power was no match for Gebtu’s significantly larger force. (I believe there was a revolt at some point that I shall mention here, but I need to check the creation log to see when, how, and what the results were).
The ability to sustain a higher population allowed the Anubi to spread along the entire outside of the oasis. Another city, Pilak, began to develop on the other side of the oasis from Gebtu. The development began due to the land being especially fertile in that area. Pilak was still subjugated to the rule of the Pharaoh, however because he could not directly rule over the city he appointed a Ma’at, or a judge, to enforce the law of the Pharaoh.
The Anubi soon discovered that other intelligent races existed on Travia and that there was much benefit to trading with them. Because of the Inapu Canyon virtually all trading had to take place by boat. Construction began on a bridge to allow people to cross the canyon and truly bring the Anubi into the rest of the world. It took many years to finish and was named The Kutaman Bridge, after the Pharaoh who ruled throughout its construction.
The construction of the bridge brought about a golden age for the Anubi. The increased trade made them a very prosperous people and Kutaman commissioned the city Hut-Atum to be built on the other side of the bridge.
Jekmuh felt that the Anubi were becoming soft. The Anubi had no been in any large wars for many years and fighting between themselves was almost non-existent. Jekmuh had been content to let the Anubi develop without his interference for many centuries, but felt it was time he acted again. Jekmuh chose a single, ordinary Anubi and cursed him. This curse was contagious, but worked slowly at first. It spread to a few people and had no visible effects. Slowly though, it corrupted these people’s very souls. The Anubi who first had the corruption totally affect them were taken care of quickly, though it was unknown at the time that they were anything but deranged. The corruption had already spread too far to stop though and the number of completely corrupted Anubi was rising quickly. Looking no different than a normal Anubi they were very difficult to spot. Because of this, while the Anubi killed many of the corrupted, they also accidentally killed many of their own.
Over many years the Anubi were slowly pushed out of their own cites and villages, forced northward across the bridge to make a last stand in Hut-Atum. Because the bridge was the only way to cross the Inapu Canyon, the Anubi were able to hold the corrupted from crossing. Fort Ra was built on the desert side of the bridge: the last stronghold preventing the Anubi race from total corruption, and possibly the rest of the world.
The defense at Fort Ra is costly. Many Anubi are killed or fall to the corruption. The current Pharaoh, Kahlufuh, sent emissaries to the different races of Travia requesting soldiers to help man For Ra.