Rise of Heresy
The Jistka Imperium
The Jistka Imperium ruled over north-western Garund from the early years of the Age of Anguish (ca. -4120 AR), through the first 700 years of the Age of Destiny. At is height (in ca. -3500 AR) it dominated all of northwestern Garund and also parts of southwestern Avistan. This is evidenced in the Chelish cities of Westcrown and Corentyn, where some of the deepest and oldest ruins are clearly of Jistkan design.
Weakened by raids of desert nomads and attacks by powerful outsiders from ca. -3300 AR onwards, and the lack of a strong eastern trade route, led to the slow decline of Jistka. The newly-risen kingdoms of Ancient Osirion and the Tekritanin League were simply easier for Jistka’s eastern trade partners to reach.
In addition to the economic pressure put on Jistka by its eastern neighbors, came their eventual military push for expansion. Osirion, then a burgeoning kingdom under the control of the powerful Pharaoh of Forgotten Plagues pushed westward, forming an alliance with the Tekritanin League. Together, they overthrew already weakened Jistka, and the Imperium was plunged into numerous succession wars around -2764 AR, from which it was never again able to recover its former political, military, and economic power. Because of this military and economic defeat, the important cultural, magical, and technological advances of the Jistka Imperium were largely lost and forgotten.