The Ivory Kingdoms consisted of a collection of smaller principalities (with the rulers bearing the title of Raja) united under the rule of the Maharaja. The Ivory Kingdoms are similar in culture to the ancient South Asian civilization of what is now India. They have had limited economic and diplomatic contact with the Rokugani Empire over the course of both cultures' history.
The Ivory Kingdoms maintained a social caste system similar to that of Rokugan which was led by a warrior caste called the Kshatriya, who were much like Rokugani samurai. The Kshatriya were organised into Houses that mirrored the Rokugani Great Clans with a Raja leading each House, though the territories of the Houses acted more like separate nations or kingdoms with deep political divides fostering animosity between them. Ruling over all the Houses was the Maharaja, a monarch who occupied a position analogous to that of Rokugan's Emperor. However, the Ivory Kingdoms' caste system was much more strict than it was in Rokugan, as individuals were not allowed to marry outside the caste of their birth, and were discouraged from even associating with those individuals who belonged to another caste. 
Some known Houses of the Kshatriya:
Views of outsidersEdit
The Ivory Kingdoms were a very large and powerful nation, and had one very distinctive trait that made its culture differ from that of Rokugan. This was the Ivory Kingdoms' tolerance for outsiders. The inhabitants of the kingdoms did not share Rokugan's xenophobic views of the world. They had sent many ambassadors to various nations in the world, including a strong presence in the city of Medinat al-Salaam. 
Science and MathEdit
With their dislike of magic use, the Ivory Kingdoms did not rely upon it much and as a result had advanced in math, science, and medicine to a far greater extent than Rokugan had. 
Kshatriya held a deep and fearful respect for magic, seeing it as a force belonging only to the realm of gods and demons. 
The general philosophy of the Ivory Kingdoms on war was that it was a last resort for defeated men. This was however not to say they did not enage in, or were unskilled in the arts of war, they had fought seven different nations in war, and were masters of many combat styles. 
Arms and ArmorEdit
This is a list of weapons, armor, and shields of the Ivory Kingdoms: 
- Dhal: A small cicular shield made of steel or brass. A type of buckler shield.
- Jazerant: Light armour constructed of scales and horns fastened to a vest of cloth with straps. Worn with an armored skirt. Often used by Kshatriya while in the Burning Sands.
- Chain Mail: A Heavy armour, made of interlocked metal rings, Very protective, but weak to arrows and spear like weapons.
- Brigandine: Light armour made of small metal plates quilted in between layers of cloth.
- Lezam: four foot long bow, tension was held by a large chain allowing 150 pounds of pull.
- Ankus: Sometimes called bullhook, elephant hook, or elephant goad, this was a tool used in the training of elephants. It consisted of a sharp, pointed hook (usually bronze or steel) which was attached to a two- or three-foot handle.
- Bagh-Nakh: Also known as a tiger claw or a wagh nakh, this was a hand-to-hand weapon designed to fit over the knuckles or concealed under and against the palm. Usually made of metal, it featured between two and four claws, and was designed to slash through skin and muscle.
- Chakram: A circular disc of metal with a sharpened outer edge. This was thrown at an enemy much like an oversized shuriken.
- Jambiya: A small curved dagger that was generally decorated in some fashion.
- Kukri: A weapon that ranged in size from a dagger to a short sword with a curved blade and a very sharp inside edge.
- Tulwar: A curved sword that beared resemblance to a sabre, but was wider than a shamsir.
The Ivory Kingdoms are located to the southwest of Rokugan on the opposite side of the Shadowlands. The Naga once inhabited this region but fled north after the First Burning of the World. Tales of a 'Cult of the Destroyer' continued to draw refugees from that race into the extreme south. The Ivory Kingdoms are located on the same continental landmass as Rokugan, and have access and trade agreements with societies in the Burning Sands and several other nations. While the exact size of the Ivory Kingdoms is still a subject of debate, it would seem their lands are larger than those of the Rokugani Empire, but this is only conjecture.
Rokugan and the Ivory KingdomEdit
The Ivory Kingdoms was a land whose culture celebrated peace, wisdom, and intellectual pursuits, but the Rokugani view came from underground groups and criminal organizations who dared to perform the illegal trade with the Emerald Empire. More legitimate organizations feared prolonged contact with Rokugan out of fear that the Empire might take offense and declare war.  In Rokugan, stories of the Ivory Kingdoms included reports of assassins who left burning footprints, and ruthless warriors known as Kshatriya who wielded strangely curved swords. 
Reign of the Rakshasa Edit
The Ivory Kingdoms were once ruledd by the Rakshasa a race of powerful shapeshifting demons with an appetite for carnage, they treated humans as cattle. Revan, the King of the Rakshasa, was overthrown by the hero Arun, avatar of Vishnu the preserver. He led a an army of mischievous but good-hearted shapeshifting spirits who the Rakshasa's reign of terror. Several of the Rakshasa survived, and several fled to Rokugan. Due to their immortal life they affected the Rokugani affairs in the following centuries. 
Cult of Rhumal Edit
The Cult of Rhumal, worshippers of Kali-Ma the Destroyers, was a cult who sought the destruction of the Kingdoms to a greater glory of their goddess. In the 7th century the rulers of the Kingdoms made an alliance with the Order of the Ebon Hand, a powerful organization who had been enemies of the ruhmalists since decades. The alliance ended quickly, upon the political dissensions between the factions of the Kingdoms. 
The first contact with Rokugani happened through sheer chance when a Mantis kobune was blown off course. During repairs on an unknown island they met another group whi had come from the Kingdoms to harvest timber there. Since that they the island was used as intermediate base between the Mantis Islands and the Kingdoms.  The Crane and Mantis Clans fostered trade with the Ivory Kingdoms and they in turn were granted the right to post an ambassador to the Imperial Court. One of the Houses, House Suresh, would then become the primary trade partner of the Ivory Kingdoms with the Crane Clan. The Ivory Kingdoms maintained a wide variety of trade agreements. 
In 1147  during the War of Spirits in Rokugan, Yoritomo Aramasu led the Mantis Clan in a different war. Within the Ivory Kingdoms a coup lead by the Cult of the Destroyer was under way to remove the Maharaja from power. Since the Mantis Clan was a long-time ally of the Maharaja, it came to his aid and with the help of the remaining loyal Houses of the Kshatriya, these allies restored the Maharaja to power. 
Rama Singh, a native of the Ivory Kingdoms, was fluent in Rokugani, and had a great deal of experience with the Mantis Clan while acting as an ambassador to the Rokugani Empire. He had for the most part been charged with maintaining a supply of ginseng for the Maharaja. Rama was aware of Rokugani xenophobia and understood their reasons, yet at the same time he hoped to help prove their ideas wrong through his and his people's example. In 1167 he swore fealty to the Mantis Clan, becoming Yoritomo Singh. 
Fall of the Ivory Kingdoms Edit
In 1168  worshippers of Kali-Ma, current Champion of Jigoku, enacted a bloody ritual, where they willingly gave their blood and flesh, turning upon one another until only the strongest and most horrible remained. The Ivory Kingdoms were put to the torch while Kali-Ma fought the gods in the heavens. Fueled by Jigoku, the gods fell before Kali-Ma's power. One goddess remained alive with its form broken and its mind shattered; Kali-Ma transformed her into something else: the God-Beast, a impossibly gigantic creature. The few cities that remained within the realm were destroyed utterly by its power. 
Ruined Kingdoms Edit
When a Mantis fleet attempting to get information on Kali-Ma reached the kingdom's shores in 1172, it found it essentially empty. The cities had been abandonned and there was little trace of its inhabitants. Only a few of them, former friends and family of Aramasu, had remained on the coast, watching on his fleet called Fourth Storm.  After the revelation of the Ivory Kingdoms' fate, they became known to Rokugan as the Ruined Kingdoms. 
The wood in the jungle was well suited for building, and the food was plentiful and required no tending. The Mantis claimed the area as theirs. 
The Ivory Kingdoms kept at bay monsters that usually roamed there, but after this area was depopulated its spawns spread beyond there, and were first time seen by the Rokugani. 
Rokugani colonies Edit
In 1173, following the defeat of Kali-Ma, Empress Iweko I sent the tainted members of the Spider Clan to join the Mantis. They were called the Iweko's Conquerors.  A colony was founded there, the Second City.  In 1198 despite the decades of tireless effort by the Mantis, the Spider, and the Spider Clan's overseers, much of the former Kingdoms were still a vast and largely unexplored wilderness. 
Known Champions Edit
|Kali-Ma||? - 1173|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Complete Exotic Arms Guide, p. 71
- ↑ Complete Exotic Arms Guide, p. 72-73
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Burning Sands, The Ebonites, pp. 261-282
- ↑ Secrets of the Mantis, p. 92
- ↑ Secrets of the Mantis, pp. 90-91
- ↑ Masters of Court, p. 169
- ↑ Imperial Histories, p. 222
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Strangers, by Rich Wulf
- ↑ Burning Sands, The Jackals, pp. 245-260
- ↑ Unleashed, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ The Ruined Kingdom, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ The Ruined Kingdom, Part 2, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ The Haunted Lands, by Rusty Priske
- ↑ Insurgency, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ Goddesses, Part 4, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ The Hand of the Empress, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ Rulebook story (Forgotten Legacy), by Shawn Carman and Rusty Priske
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