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The vast scope of the empire and the continual threat of invasion from the skyfaring tribes of the Jaggudorns and invasions from the Asdaurian heartlands demanded a strong military leader.  This period is traditionally called the dual monarchy.  The military king or 'emperor' was supreme and appointed the High Priest of the Sun from eligible candidates.  The sons of the High Priest were usually held ineligible as the emperor did not wish to create the precedent for a dynasty or succession. This arrangement, begun shortly after 840, the year of the [[First Sack of Yophénthë]], lasted for about 146 years until the [[Third Sack of Yophénthë]] in 986 which is regarded as the fixed end of the [[Yophenthean Empire]].  Despite the supremacy of the emperor, the show of a sovereign high priest of the sun was maintained with the emperor kneeling to the high priest during religious sacraments and ceremonies.  There were many dynasties who rose to the occasion and fell sometimes faster their their predecessors. The extinction of one military imperial dynasty could often mean the conclusion, sometimes violent conclusion of the reigning priest-king. Nevertheless, the office of priest-king was conserved because the whole religious and bureaucratic apparatus of the Yophenthean Empire expected that an heir to Arathrax should sit on the holy throne of Yophénthë.  This period of about one and a half centuries established the precedent for the non-hereditary [[sunfather]] of the post-imperial ages.
 
The vast scope of the empire and the continual threat of invasion from the skyfaring tribes of the Jaggudorns and invasions from the Asdaurian heartlands demanded a strong military leader.  This period is traditionally called the dual monarchy.  The military king or 'emperor' was supreme and appointed the High Priest of the Sun from eligible candidates.  The sons of the High Priest were usually held ineligible as the emperor did not wish to create the precedent for a dynasty or succession. This arrangement, begun shortly after 840, the year of the [[First Sack of Yophénthë]], lasted for about 146 years until the [[Third Sack of Yophénthë]] in 986 which is regarded as the fixed end of the [[Yophenthean Empire]].  Despite the supremacy of the emperor, the show of a sovereign high priest of the sun was maintained with the emperor kneeling to the high priest during religious sacraments and ceremonies.  There were many dynasties who rose to the occasion and fell sometimes faster their their predecessors. The extinction of one military imperial dynasty could often mean the conclusion, sometimes violent conclusion of the reigning priest-king. Nevertheless, the office of priest-king was conserved because the whole religious and bureaucratic apparatus of the Yophenthean Empire expected that an heir to Arathrax should sit on the holy throne of Yophénthë.  This period of about one and a half centuries established the precedent for the non-hereditary [[sunfather]] of the post-imperial ages.
  

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The rule of the Arathracian priest-kings of Yophenthea was as extensive as the breadth of their dominions. The monarchy underwent repeated transformations from a single to a dual monarchy and back again over the centuries of the Yophenthean Empire. Unlike dynasties and rulers from other civilizations, the Yophenthean sacral and military monarchy (or monarchies as they sometimes were divided) was expressly racial in conception. Rulers were not simply drawn from the best class of society, they inherited the traits and sense of dominion from the god Arathrax himself. Thus they were thought to be ruling in the behalf of Arathrax with his implicit approval and possessing something of the capabilities of a god as descendants of cambions.

Arathraciot Dynasty, 268 to 383

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Arathracian Priest-Kings 268 to 383
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
1 Erithraigean I Arathraciot 225 268 to 347 ~79 347 Firstborn of Aireánnau by Arathrax, Subjection of Erechóreb
2 Erreagea Arathraciot 347 to 356 ~9 356 Regent and Aunt of Erriorth, daughter of Erithraigean
3 Erriorth Arathraciot 356 to 383 ~27 383 Grandson of Erithraigean; 362 Conquest of Xsys

After the reign of Erriorth follows a nearly thirteen year conflict, 383 to 396, over succession. Elves were accused of placing changelings intentionally into the royal cribs to exacerbate the matter of succession.

Calantuvil Dynasty, 395 to 476

After the twelve year struggle for succession, the functions of the priest-king were divided into high priest and king. The Calantuvil branch, descended from Erigándor, assumed the mantle of kingship, while the role of high priest remained the function of the eldest successor of Erithraigean. The powers were thus shared and separate, and they were considered co-rulers of somewhat equal standing with separate functions. As the fledgling kingdom encountered and resolved conflicts with foreign princes and powers, the two rulers became obliged to co-operate and present a united face to the world if they were to fulfill the charge of their Lord, Arathrax, to unify the dominion of earth under one dominion of the sun. The Calántuvil Dynasty's reign is still considered very much a golden era of the early Yophenthean Empire. All High Priests and Kings were cousins and could trace their lineage with little effort to the god Arathrax and Saint Aireánnau Mother of the Folk.


The Calantuvese Priest-Kings, wishing to emphasize their descent from Arathrax, took the name Erithraigean as their regnal name which became a synonym for córonde "priest-king."

Calantuvese Priest-Kings

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Priest-Kings, 396 to 476
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
4 Erithraigean II Arathraciot 395 to ~
5 Erithraigean III Arathraciot to ~

Calantuvese Kings

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Calantuvil Kings 396 to 476
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Gweiudh Calántuvil Calántuvil 358 396 to 408 ~12 408 Great-great Grandson of Saint Erigándor
x Rhulliath Calántuvil Calántuvil 378 408 to 431 ~23 431
x Leithgan Calántuvil Calántuvil 431 to 439 ~8 439
x Disiach Calántuvil Calántuvil 439 to 452 ~13 452 445 Conquest of Bryndyd
x Terth Calántuvil Calántuvil 452 to 473 ~21 473 469, Battle of Danallo
x Siercha Calántuvil Calántuvil 473 to 476 ~3 476

Subject Monarchy or Early Empire, 479 to 533

The last of the Calantuvils died without clear successor and the Senate (Senator = Aichedh) assumed control for nearly three years, 476 to 479. During the Senatorial Interregnum, great care was taken to avoid the earlier twelve year conflict which sometime came to open blows between the heirs of Arathrax. The High Sun Priest would be only one dynasty, but if there were only daughters, the eldest daughter could marry a son of the monarch. The High Sun Priest was very strictly required to be the oldest available heir of Arathrax and Aireánnau, thus preserving the spirit of the monarchical priest while enabling the military monarchy to have potentially any lineal son of Arathrax through Aireánnau as heir. This system lasted for about seventy four years, 479 to 553. In principle, the monarch was subject to the High Sun Priest who could determine the successor to the military kingship by decree. This precedent was sometimes invoked in later centuries even beyond the Third Sack of Yophénthë in lands that had formerly been under the rule of the empire as Arathracian high priests and sunfathers insisted their decree could resolve succession to the local monarch. The Subject Monarchy is sometimes called the "Restored Calántuvil-Errigealtha Dynasties."

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Priest-Kings, 479 to 553
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
? Erithraigean ? Arathraciot to ~
List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Calantuvil Kings, 479 to 553
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Srambhal Calántuvil Calántuvil 479 to 490 ~11 490
x Eregweibhu Calántuvil I Calántuvil 490 to 506 ~16 506 503 Jerushabla becomes Client State; Zelukian War, 492 to 513, with Midretasso and her allies
x Eregweibhu Calántuvil II Calántuvil 506 to 518 ~12 518 509 Conquest of Southern Barathorn, 513 Battle of Siul, 515 Conquest of Gliri, Deliops, and Desthor
x Eregweibhu Calántuvil III Calántuvil 518 to 537 ~19 537 521 Conquest of Ebinóë
x Rhochabhean Errigealtha Calántuvil 537 to 553 ~16 553 nephew to Eregweibhu Calántuvil; 537 Conquest of western Midretasso, 547 Conquest of Tassan Highlands

High Empire, 553 to 840

The high empire, described as the unified monarchy, is the period of nearly three centuries when the functions of the king and high priest of the sun were held in a single office and person. Erreach whose name by his successors' use, became a synonym for Erithraigean, was a charismatic potentate who relied on the shrewdness of loyal generals. Through a cunning internal coup d'état among the generals, he secured their submission and re-founded the priest-kingdom with a renaissance for Yophenthean civilization. Erreach and his first successor held great power, but with time, the "patron legates" usurped this power without dethroning the priest-king who was held to be sacrosanct and the offense of whom brought the tacit rule of the military leader into disrepute. Access to the priest-king became restricted and he often lived as a prisoner on the island of Erechóreb with all the trappings of kingship and priesthood without any real power. This table shows the military rulers, similar to the Japanese Shoguns. The firstborn of the High Priest of the Sun was with rare exception always the successor. For the legate patrons, succession was not so simple. The legate's son could succeed him, but any victorious general could overthrow the legate and claim the legate-patronage for himself.

The Erreachs or priest-kings were given the name Erreach on birth, but adopted a regnal name and so were called Erreach plus the regnal name. The holy court of the Priest-King during this period was infamous for lavish pageantry and rich adornments. It was customary for the royal family to wear golden silk brocade with metallic gold threading for so much as an informal outing to one of many royal parks on the island of Erechóreb. Despite his limited political power, the priest-king presided directly over the holy senate and appointed many of the diocesan high priests throughout the empire with the tacit approval of the legate patron.

The High Empire came to an end in 840 with the First Sack of Yophénthë which saw the theft of the Sixteen Tablets of Arathrax, the slaying of the Legate Patron and the capture and subsequent execution of the Priest-King in the Jaggudorns.

Priest-Kings of the Unified Monarchy

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Priest-Kings, 553 to 840, ~287 years
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Erreach I Arathraciot 553 to 574 ~21 Erreagite Reforms, 566 to 570; Re-organization of Empire in 569
x Erreach II Arathraciot to ~
x Erreach III Arathraciot to ~
x Erreach IV Arathraciot to ~

Legate Patrons

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Legate Patrons, 553 to 840, ~287 years
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Medhearga Rhugarionil 553 to 567 ~ 559 Conquest of Maturn
x Cúvean Rhugarionil 567 to 579 ~ Re-organization of Empire in 569

Rhugarionil Dynasty 553 to 661, (~108 years)

Falfiombil Dynasty 661 to 744, (~83 years)

Legate Patrons, 553 to 840, ~287 years Elanáivil Dynasty, 744 to 755 (~11 years)
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Saragean Elanáivil 744 to 746 ~2
x Erin-Turantúve I Elanáivil 746 to 751 ~5 Kalikan Tribes lead invasions of eastern Pytharnia
x Erin-Turantúve II Elanáivil 751 to 755 ~4 Elanaivese War, 751 to 755; Great Kalikán War, 754 to 763
Sachsindil Dynasty 793 to 840, Dynasty E, ~47 end with First Sack of Yophénthë (840)
Legate Patrons, 553 to 840, ~287 years Ancuívimil Dynasty, 755 to 793 (~38 years)
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Brándar Ancuívimil 755 to 773 ~18 773 Great Kalikán War concluded, 763
x Brandállean Ancuívimil 773 >1 773
x Amállean Ancuívimil 773 to 793 ~20 793 Amállean was rumored to be the illegitimate son of Brándar and goddess Dáwan, Ruler of Siul

Late Yophenthean Empire, 840 to 986

Dual Monarchy

The vast scope of the empire and the continual threat of invasion from the skyfaring tribes of the Jaggudorns and invasions from the Asdaurian heartlands demanded a strong military leader. This period is traditionally called the dual monarchy. The military king or 'emperor' was supreme and appointed the High Priest of the Sun from eligible candidates. The sons of the High Priest were usually held ineligible as the emperor did not wish to create the precedent for a dynasty or succession. This arrangement, begun shortly after 840, the year of the First Sack of Yophénthë, lasted for about 146 years until the Third Sack of Yophénthë in 986 which is regarded as the fixed end of the Yophenthean Empire. Despite the supremacy of the emperor, the show of a sovereign high priest of the sun was maintained with the emperor kneeling to the high priest during religious sacraments and ceremonies. There were many dynasties who rose to the occasion and fell sometimes faster their their predecessors. The extinction of one military imperial dynasty could often mean the conclusion, sometimes violent conclusion of the reigning priest-king. Nevertheless, the office of priest-king was conserved because the whole religious and bureaucratic apparatus of the Yophenthean Empire expected that an heir to Arathrax should sit on the holy throne of Yophénthë. This period of about one and a half centuries established the precedent for the non-hereditary sunfather of the post-imperial ages.

Priest-Kings of the Dual Monarchy

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Subject Priest-Kings, 840 to 986, ~146 years
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
x Bercha Arathraciot 840 to 855 ~ 15 855 appointed after First Sack of Yophénthë
x Cubhean Arathraciot 855 to 876 ~ 21 876 867, Edict of Culfarran
x Mamarra Arathraciot 876 to 881 ~ 5 881
x Thragoniar Arathraciot 881 to 894 ~ 13 894
x Husphean Arathraciot 894 to 901 ~ 7 901
x Clambastadh Arathraciot 901 to 920 ~ 19 920
x Fihearn Arathraciot 920 to 923 ~ 3 923
x Smiahara Arathraciot 923 to 932 ~ 9 932 Slain in Second Sack of Yophénthë
x Dadhal Arathraciot 932 to 938 ~ 6 938
x Turantúve I Arathraciot 938 to 962 ~ 24 962
x Terchamb Arathraciot 962 to 971 ~ 9 971
x Eruchamb Arathraciot 971 to 973 ~ 2 973
x Turantúve II Arathraciot 973 to 986 ~ 13 986 Slain in the Third Sack of Yophénthë, last priest-king of Yophenthea

Military Emperors

List of the Yophenthean Rulers of Erechóreb Military Emperors, 840 to 986, ~146 years
Order Name Dynasty Birth Year Years of Reign Length of Reign Death Year Remarks
Gweiudh Airechambil Airechambil 840 to 847 ~7 847
x x Airechambil 847 to 852 ~5 852
x x Airechambil 852 to 859 ~7 859
x x Airechambil 859 to 863 ~4 863
x Gioadh Teachril Teachril 863 to 872 ~9 872 867, Edict of Culfarran
x Soghain Glambrifil Glambrifil 872 to 875 ~3 875
x x Glambrifil 875 to 879 ~4 879
x x Glambrifil 879 to 883 ~4 883
x x Glambrifil 883 to 898 ~15 898
x x Glambrifil 898 to 905 ~7 905
x x Glambrifil 905 to 914 ~9 914
x x Asimbuvil 914 to 929 ~15 929
x Fihearn Asimbuvil Asimbuvil 929 to 932 ~3 932 slain in Second Sack of Yophénthë along with Priest-King
x x Asimbuvil 932 to 946 ~14 946
x Thihearg Rheivaspil Rheivaspil 946 to 949 ~3 949
x x Rheivaspil 949 to 968 ~19 968
x Adirreach Spelúntomil Spelúntomil 968 to 971 ~3 971
x Saimirreach Spelúntomil Spelúntomil 971 to 986 ~3 986 986, slainThird Sack of Yophénthë, Fall of Yophénthë

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