War of the Seven Brothers
Queen of Raj’uliana, Jiana, had two husbands (in succession) and seven sons, three from the first and four for the second. Upon her death, with no female heir, the eldest son from each husband, backed by his brothers, made claim on the throne. The eldest son from the her first husband, Ulco, based his on simple lineage, that as the firstborn he had birthright. However, the eldest son from second husband, Varnu, was married, and felt that his wife Nara, as the eldest female heir by marriage, had the rightful claim. Both factions had support from the people, and the country was torn asunder. Ulco’s faction made strong allies in the coastal cities and employed a variety of foreign mercenaries, forming its platform as one of a country made strong by trade. Varnu’s platform of a country for poor and strong alliances with indigenous peoples won him the east and allies amongst the grippli and other jungle tribes. Over the next decade, the two clashed, and it wasn’t until the penultimate battle that an end seemed near. Ulco, at the head of an elite mercenary army, led an expedition deep into the jungle, seeking to strike at Varnu’s sole true armory. Varnu’s twin younger brothers, Saresh and Haresh, were slain by Ulco himself in single combat during the defense. Having won what he felt was a decisive victory, Ulco led his force out of the jungle. But en route, he found his force enmeshed by an enormous and overwhelming force led by a vengeful Varnu. Challenged to a duel as the sole option to utter annihilation of his entire warband, Ulco fell at Varnu’s feet. Varnu delivered terms to the mercenaries, that he would end the war and divide the country, giving the coast to his half-brothers and keeping the jungles and mountains for his wife, and let them flee. Ulco’s brother accepted the terms they received, leading to the founding of Ulcana, named in Ulco’s memory, and Narajiana, named for Nara and Jiana.