Kidan people

The Kidan people, are a nomadic Shaose people, originally from the Kirin Clan of Rikushohi. They dominated a vast area in northern Shao-Wei in the name of the Rikushohi Empire, but have largely withdrawn from the Empire to become their own people. They are a horse-centric culture with a powerful military centered on cavalry and are also experts in falconry.

Their nomadic journeys have taken them as far west as the Kingdom of Vatharond in Nora.


The Kirin Clan and the Thunder War (1146 - 1101 PI)

The Kirin Clan was founded near the Time of Falling Gods.

Invading Shao-Wei (1101 - 994 PI)

The Kirin Clan comes into contact with the Shaose and defeats them in battle. Many Shaose soon swear fealty to the clan. As generations pass, these warriors become the Moto family. The Kirin remain with the Shaose for over one-hundred years, becoming the Kidan people.

The City of Sorcerers (873 - 852 PI)

After years of living in peace, the Kidan move west into Seruzhar. There, they battle the Starspawn and learn the ways of western wizardry.

War With The Rocs (852 - 741 PI)

Another hundred years later, the Kidan move into Morgenia and war with Roc-riding men.

Romance of Dark Skies (692 PI)

The Moonfall occurs, darkening the skies to the west. A bad omen. However, a series of events occur that lead to the creation of the Black Lotus, the White Lotus and the Silent Song Monastery.

Black Lotus occupy Yinjian

The Great Sea (503 PI)

see Kidan migration to the Great Sea

After an additional two hundred years, the Kidan people reach the Noran Sea, where they then turn back and leave, once again, for what many feel as their true home, Shao-Wei. The leader of this migration was Kardesh Khan.

The Settlement of the Kidan (161 PI)

Another three hundred years and the vast majority of the Kidan people settle in coastal Shao-Wei.









As nomadic people, the Kidans originally engaged in stockbreeding, fishing, and hunting. Looting southern Shaose villages and towns, as well as neighbor tribes, was also a helpful source of slaves, Shaose handcraft, and food, especially in famine times. Under the influence of their Shaose peoples, and following the administrative need for a sedentary administration, the Kidans began to engage in farming, crop cultivation and the building of cities. Agriculture is almost exclusively in the southern and western parts of their territory where the Shaose make up a great part of the population.

Different from the Shaose farmers, who cultivate wheat and sorghum millet, the Kidan farmers especially cultivate panicled millet. The ruling class still undertake hunting campaigns in late summer in the tradition of their ancestors.

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