From Almeopedia

-300 - 1079
Native: Kahinisa
Verdurian: Kaino
Capital: Cantiego
Government: Monarchy
Ruler’s title narruos
Language: Kahinisa and Cuêzi
Religions: Cuzeian Theism

Kaino [qa ˈi no] was an ancient kingdom of the Central people known as the Kahinisa; the word is a cognate to Caďinas, and was borrowed by the Cuzeians as Cayenas, which became the Cuêzi name for the Svetla river.



Cuzeian period

The region was part of the Meťaiun kingdom of Davur. In -360 three great Cuzeian lords, Calēsias, Voricêlias, and Lēivio, upset with the pretensions of Inibē duke of Metayu, attacked Davur and its king Kadriumi in order to create their own realm. The Cuzeians took the cities of Colsindas and Osuripoli by siege; Kadriumi met them in battle at Cantiēgo. Kadriumi had a good grasp of phalanx tactics and his spearmen resisted the Cuzeian cavalry charges; but they ran after the apparently retreating cavalry of Calēsias; this disordered their ranks and allowed the Cuzeians to surround and defeat them. The Cuzeian lords divided the three cities they had conquered between them.

In -355 the new king of Davur, Giriweťe, counter-attacked; the Cuzeians not only resisted but took his western cities, on the Eärdur. They then redivided the conquered territory: Voricêlias received the northern Eärdur as the duchy of Sūās; Calēsias the middle Eärdur as the duchy of Eleisa; and Lēivio the cities of Colsindas, Osuripoli, and Cantiēgo as the duchy of Cayenas.

Lēivio was succeeded by his son Līxiruitas, who was persuaded to assist in the conquest of Tevarē on the upper Eärdur, itself founded by Meťaiun refugees from the Cuzeian conquest. The Davurian king Zewseugo took the opportunity to attack Cayenas; the Cuzeians left behind by Līxiruitas appealed to Itīrante, the son of Inibē. He pushed Zewseugo back but kept Cayenas for himself (-318).

Itīrante allowed the Meťaiun to worship him as a god; when the Knowers of Iáinos reacted with outrage, he killed some and imprisoned others, triggering a civil war, which intensified upon Itīrante’s death (-307).

Kahinisa kingdom

The Kahinisa had begun moving into the rural areas of Cayenas with the Cuzeian conquest. During the civil war the cities of Cayenas were left almost without defenders, and were taken over by the Kahinisa, who set up their own kingdom under their king Aeďovacus in -300.

Aeďovacus' son Aenos, with help from Sūās, conquered the remainder of the Meťaiun kingdom of Davur (-270). He founded the city of Aenocur (modern Enocur) in order to reinforce his southern marches against the lawless and ambitious Caďinorians.

The Kahinisa however modeled themselves after the Cuzeians: the upper class taught Cuêzi to its children, wore Cuzeian dress, watched Cuzeian plays, and dreamed of visiting Eleisa. They even worshipped Iáinos— in their own fashion, which did not preclude paying attention to the Caďinorian gods as well.

The Meťaiun kingdom of Ažimbea reconquered the coast in -24 thanks to its renewed power of trade, and retained it till the Munkhâshi invasion. Kaino suffered during this, but never lost its core cities on the Svetla.

In 92 the Kahinisa invaded Sūās, and in 95 conquered its capital Sonardos. They arrived at the gates of Tōurias when Lôdicūnas of Cuezi pushed the Kahinisa out of the country.

During their foray into empire (c. 600), Cayenas was occupied by Cuzeians, but by 650 had asserted its independence. Around 850 Cayenas reconquered the mouth of the Eärdur, and muscled its way into the brisk littoral trade. Kahinisa adventurers even briefly occupied Koto as well as Laiwen on Kebri, Meťaiun possessions, and took the mouth of the Serea from Munkhâsh; this latter territory was organized as the kingdom of Tel Neuor.

In the late 900s Cayenas and Tel Neuor cooperated to push the Munkhâshi out of the northern portion of Eretald.

Caďinorian rule

A civil war between the princes Selopos and Ayodom started in 1076, careless of the ambitions of Caďinas which also coveted the rich littoral trade, and which had emerged as a far stronger power with the conquest of Cuzei in 1024.

The civil war gave the Caďinorian queen Nouvaďora the opportunity to intervene; she reestablished the defeated Selopos who agreed to rule strictly as a Caďinorian vassal (1079). This arrangement lasted only till the reign of Keadau who established direct rule.

The region rather declined under imperial rule. The only cities to thrive were the administrative capital, Aenocur, plus the trading cities of Vereduria and Anaseris.

Verdurian title

As an ancient Central power not based in Ctesifon, the Verdurians sometimes see themselves as the successors of Kaino. The heir to the Verdurian throne is given the title šoh i Kaino (duke of Kaino). The current duchess of Kaino is king Alric's daughter Tilye.

The monarch is not considered duke of Kaino after their accession. The duchy has an Esčambra seat; if there is no titleholder or the heir is too young, by convention it votes with the party in power.