The Anghirian Gods

The last thing that is necessary to mention is the Chyrrkhan pantheon.

The Chyrrkhans worship their Gods in sacred groves where they bring sacrifices. In Anghir and Bôghir exists a limited class of priests, the brins, who take care of those groves and lead the initiation ceremonies for young boys and girls during which a plant with intoxicating effects, so-called maghanai, is used.

The greatest god is the lord of the sky, Maghúr, who lives upon Maghrin, the highest mountain of Anghir. His opposite is his brother Drughár, the lord of the underworld. The gate between his world and the world of the immortals is the Drughnor volcano. Maghúr has his grove with each Chyrrkhan tribe.

It may differ for other gods; the one who is essential for one tribe my be easily unknown for another.

The Tighans worship Dargha, the god of sea storms, and his spouse Naiwel who is the goddess of all sailors and favorable winds. Those two are absolutely unknown to the Harghani living inland.

Adeghúr, the messenger of gods and the patron of all wanderers and Yallwel, the worshiped goddess of fertility and harvest are also among the most honored. Her spouse Zerlan, the patron of all craftsmen, is honored in Sirrach and Zerach where he has his only temple in Anghir.

Among the Erighani and Harghani, the goddess of herds and fertility Lónwelghi who is the wife of the wild and feared Astoghár, the god of war and warriors, is honored.

The goddess of forests and baby animals Lónai and her husband Roghár, the lord of forests and patron of hunters are worshiped widely among the Korlans and Nomghans. After all, he is also favored among the Harghani.

The last one who is worth mentioning is Lóben, the god of high mountains, who controls the wind and fog, snowstorms and is a worshiped god of the Sharians. In other places of Anghir, he is barely known.

The nations of Anghir

The nation that inhabits Anghir calls themselves Chyrrkhanril, the northern people. The Chyrrkhans themselves tell stories of their predecessors coming from the South in three waves. They call their ancient homeland south of Bôghir Schadarghir, the land of grandfathers.

When the first wave came to the mouth of Chermaghin, they found small settlements with a small population which the Chyrrkhans called the Teachers. The first Chyrrkhans, the Erighani,and especially the part of them that later parted, the Tighans, learned how to build ships, harvest plants, and basic crafts.

In the time when the second wave of Chyrrkhans arrived in Anghir, the fruitful and forested catchment area of Chermaghin had been already taken, so they began to settle along the upstream of Birighin. Later they proved to be great miners and blacksmiths who supplied the whole of Anghir with their bronze products.

Oghlar, one of the main characters coming from the tribe of the Tighans, called them Zerilansand their best-known city was Zerach at the Nobi Eragh, the Tin Mountain. These so-called southern Erighani were not as lucky as their earlier coming relatives. They also found indigenous people upon their arrival. Ancient predecessors of the Katawdos. They looked at the newcomers as intruders and soon after the Erighani settled on the upstream of Birighin, skirmishes broke out between the old residents and the newcomers.

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Katawdo warrior

The southern Erighani later managed to push the old residents further into the dry plains at the foothills of the Lion Mountains. The Katawdos, however, have never forgotten the injustice and during their robberies, they have come to the lost homelands for revenge. It is natural that the Erighani have always repaid with the same intensity, thus the hatred between these two nations have grown the more blood has been shed. 

The Chyrrkhans of the second wave who had stayed in the grassy plains of the downstream of Birighin later became the core of the tribal union of the western Harghani, the riders, although they acquired this name later after they had attained first horses from their eastern relatives. 

They lived for many generations as herdsmen, hunters and fishermen in their small families around a so-called fireplace, the hrin, which connected up to ten related families.

The eastern Harghani, they call themselves the Sharians in our story, came as the last, the third wave from the South and all that was left for them were the inhospitable grassy plains and rolling hills of Niri Eraghrin, the Low Hills. It did not take long before they discovered the picturesque, hospitable area surrounding the Blue Lake, Meri Ochir.

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Sharian warrior with his armour

The Sharians were the first who brought horses to Anghir which they had found during spying and robbing in the east beyond the pass Shari Kar. It was one of the few places where the Lion Mountains could be passed. These robberies, in particular, were the source of lasting hostility between the Sharians and their eastern neighbors the Orofantari (nomadic tribes of Nogaims called Aim il-shar).

The last, considering their numbers and importance, were the Nomghans – the herdsmen.

The Chyrrkhan nations live in free tribal unions led by an elected tribal chief who was the dawigelar. It is not, however, the case of the Nomghans who live in family villages led by the elder man, the shakhilar, and they have not yet progressed to creating the tribal union led by a chief.The last, considering their numbers and importance, were the Nomghans – the herdsmen.

It doesn’t apply to the Tighans either, who have always served as a bridge between the tradition and innovation that arrived with the merchant ships. They left the idea of the tribal system and are directly subordinate to the warden named by the king who is called scharughir.

The Cities of Anghir

The Chyrrkhans live mainly dispersed in small settlements. In the mountains, they have enclosed villages; in the lowlands and by the rivers, they live in big separate estates. This is the reason why there are so few settlements in Anghir we could call towns, let alone cities. All these towns are located within the area of the mightiest tribal union of the Erighani.

First, it is the only harbor of Anghir called Nirruch, which is the heart of a small area of the Tighans – the seafarers. Nirruch, however, is not a typical city. It has no walls and it is dense and asymmetrical town laid out on the side of a big mountain rising above a sea bay.

On the midstream of Chermaghin lies wooden Sirrach, the largest and the only real city of Anghir, which is, unlike Nirruch, surrounded by a continuous wall with a wooden palisade.

The last settlement that can, with a bit of exaggeration, be called a city is the famous town of blacksmiths and miners, Zerach, upstream of Birighin. Halfway between Sirrach and Zerach lies the above-mentioned king’s fortress Dowril Awrakh.

The Geography of Anghir

Anghir is an area clenched between a seashore and impassable hillsides of the Grey Mountains, that turn to the East, into the mainland. The Chyrrkhans call these mountains Erighi i Roghíril, the Lion Mountains, for the numerous population of the mountain lion.

The northern border of these mountains is created by the sacred mountain Maghrin. Two rivers spring at its base – Chermaghin, the Snowy River, and Urughin, the Eastern River, which disappears in the plains of Urughir, and legends say that it ends in the faraway eastern sea.

South from Maghrin, on the hillsides of Erighi i Roghíril, springs the longest river of Anghir, Birighin, the Red River, having its name given by the color of its waters. However, it gets its red shade only when it begins to erode the red soil of the plains of Anghir.

Upstream, Birighin passes a lonely mountain called Nobi Eragh, the Tin Mountain, at which stand the renowned workshops of the southern Erighani – the Zerilans.

Midstream, Chermaghin and Birighin come so near to each other that their riverbeds are less than a mile apart and only divided by a high rocky ridge upon which the city of Chyrrkhan kings stand, Dowril Awrakh. To the east from the city, clenched by those two rivers, rises a high plateau, the home of a small tribe of the Korlans.

After Birighin leaves the rolling foothills, it turns into slow, meandering river that, further down the stream, creates several islands which are the core of the area of the western Harghani. Its journey ends by the seashore with a short, but wide waterfall which continues over the coastal cliffs.

It’s necessary to mention that the entire shore of Anghir, except for the mouth of Chermaghin, is created by impassable rocky cliffs.

In the south, the border between Anghir and the wild Bôghir is created by the black stream of Madrughin, the Border River, which zigzags along the deserted and vast volcanic fields. Drughnor, the Hellish Mouth, is a volcano standing south from Madrughin and according to Chyrrkhan legends, it is the entering gate to the underworld. In the foothills of Erighi i Roghíril lies a large lake, Meri Ochir, the Blue Lake, from which flows Bôghin, the Wild River, which is the mightiest tributary of Birighin.

There is one more place that is necessary to mention for our story, the so-called Great Breakage, Darli Grot.

The plateau on the hillsides of the Lion Mountains first descends slowly into the eastern plains only to end with a steep slope where the only passable way is a narrow gorge eroded by the waters of Bôggur, the Wild Stream. At the mouth of this gorge stands the mysterious Great Eastern Fortress of the Sharians‘, Dar Uru Awrakh.

Anghir – the world in the South

The novel The Wayfarer which tells the story of Abarhil from the city of Merélos takes place in faraway lands of the South hundreds of miles away from his hometown. The locals have two names for this land – Anghir and Bôghir.

Anghir is an area clenched between a seashore and impassable hillsides of the Grey Mountains, that turn to the East, into the mainland. The Chyrrkhans call these mountains Erighi i Roghíril, the Lion Mountains, for the numerous population of the mountain lion.

The northern border of these mountains is created by the sacred mountain Maghrin. Two rivers spring at its base – Chermaghin, the Snowy River, and Urughin, the Eastern River, which disappears in the plains of Urughir, and legends say that it ends in the faraway eastern sea.

South from Maghrin, on the hillsides of Erighi i Roghíril, springs the longest river of Anghir, Birighin, the Red River, having its name given by the color of its waters. However, it gets its red shade only when it begins to erode the red soil of the plains of Anghir.

Upstream, Birighin passes a lonely mountain called Nobi Eragh, the Tin Mountain, at which stand the renowned workshops of the southern Erighani – the Zerilans.

Midstream, Chermaghin and Birighin come so near to each other that their riverbeds are less than a mile apart and only divided by a high rocky ridge upon which the city of Chyrrkhan kings stand, Dowril Awrakh. To the east from the city, clenched by those two rivers, rises a high plateau, the home of a small tribe of the Korlans.

After Birighin leaves the rolling foothills, it turns into slow, meandering river that, further down the stream, creates several islands which are the core of the area of the western Harghani. Its journey ends by the seashore with a short, but wide waterfall which continues over the coastal cliffs.

It’s necessary to mention that the entire shore of Anghir, except for the mouth of Chermaghin, is created by impassable rocky cliffs.

In the south, the border between Anghir and the wild Bôghir is created by the black stream of Madrughin, the Border River, which zigzags along the deserted and vast volcanic fields. Drughnor, the Hellish Mouth, is a volcano standing south from Madrughin and according to Chyrrkhan legends, it is the entering gate to the underworld. In the foothills of Erighi i Roghíril lies a large lake, Meri Ochir, the Blue Lake, from which flows Bôghin, the Wild River, which is the mightiest tributary of Birighin.

There is one more place that is necessary to mention for our story, the so-called Great Breakage, Darli Grot.

The plateau on the hillsides of the Lion Mountains first descends slowly into the eastern plains only to end with a steep slope where the only passable way is a narrow gorge eroded by the waters of Bôggur, the Wild Stream. At the mouth of this gorge stands the mysterious Great Eastern Fortress of the Sharians‘, Dar Uru Awrakh