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Some of the earliest civilizations in my conworld

Post by Linguifex » 30 Dec 2015 15:49

So I was reading about the ancient Near East recently and I started working on some stuff related to the early cultures of my conworld. Here's a tentative list of kings from one of them.

The eleven kings

The eleven kings were semi-mythical and were the first dynasty of this civilization.

Mor-enna "king of the hill"/"king of the citadel"
Mor-cawbel I "king of the plain"
Mor-pawā "king of the doors"
Mor-siddim "king of the steppe"
Mor-su "the little king"
Mor-ḫē I "king of the land"
Mor-āswa "king of the city"
Mor-suʔāl "the inquisitive king"
Mor-secōde "the intelligent king"
Mor-tāl I "the red king"
Mor-bīd I "king of the peace"

The first Ennimor dynasty

Mor-bīd I died without leaving a suitable heir. His vizier was eventually selected to serve as ruler.

Enni-mor I "servant of the king"
Erul-siddim "master of the steppe"
Enni-mesḫō "servant of the people"
Mor-ḫanni "king of the rock"
Mor-ḫē II

The Origami dynasty

Following the death of Mor-ḫē II, there was a brief power struggle with Ōri-gami's faction eventually winning.

Ōri-gami "the bursar" ("keeper of the money")
Mor-sō-ḫitti "the king without equal"
Mor-sel "king of the wheat field"
Mor-tāl II
Mor-ḫē III
Mor-ḫē IV
U-nammi "strong man"

The Ennibadi dynasty

U-nammi eventually got into a war with a people known as the Bād (plural Bādi). They installed a series of kings with notably short tenures, mainly because they kept executing them.

Enni-bādi I "servant of the bāds"
Enni-bādi II
Enni-bādi III
Enni-bādi IV
Enni-bādi V
Enni-bādi VI
Enni-bādi VII

The Eremor dynasty

Ēre-mor was a scribe in the employ of Enni-Bādi VII and was a key figure in taking back the empire from the Bād. It's easy to cause supply interruptions when you're in charge of sending out requisitions and orders, after all.

Ēre-mor "the king's scribe"
Erul-bādi I "master of the bāds"

The Morigone dynasty

Erul-bādi I abdicated in favor of Mor-ī-gone, who was a direct descendent of U-nammi.

Mor-ī-gone "the king in exile"
Erul-bādi II
Mor-bīd II
Mor-mesḫō I "king of the people"
Mor-tāl III
Mor-ḫē V
Mor-cawbel II

The interregnum

Mor-cawbel II died and there was another power struggle between two particularly wealthy families for control of the throne. In the interim they installed a sort of placeholder king who was known for keeping his cool.

Bāb-rās "the joyous sapling"

The second Ennimor dynasty

Enni-mor II's family ended up winning the power struggle with a remarkably low body count.

Enni-mor II
Ūm-ami "downpour" ("severe rainstorm")
Mor-ḫē V
Mor-ī-ʔar "the king on the river"
Mor-mesḫō II
Mor-mesḫō III

The Erulsid dynasty

Mor-mesḫō III, who had conquered the people of Zid, died without leaving a suitable heir, so rule went to his nephew, Erul-sid. Things really started going downhill for the empire at this point, as you might guess from Erul-mesḫō's name.

Erul-sid "master of Zid"
Erul-mesḫō "master of the people"
Omay-leg "the order-bringer"
Mor-rin I "the king of the mountain"
Mor-rin II

The Morituri dynasty

Mor-rin II died of an illness shortly after being installed as king so his younger brother took the throne.

Mor-ī-turi "the king in the boat"
Eles-dī "student of Dī"

Eles-dī basically went crazy and caused the civilization's downfall, not quite singlehandedly but nearly so. Notably, Zid regained independence under his rule.
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Post by Qxentio » 30 Dec 2015 17:28

Sounds like a well fleshed-out dynasty and a good anchor to write more about the civilization's history, in case you haven't already done that. I like it.
Linguifex wrote: The eleven kings were semi-mythical and were the first dynasty of this civilization.
The names of those kings sound more like they were rulers of different smaller kingdoms. King of the Hill, King of the Steppe etc., almost like the Seven Kingdoms from ASOIAF. If they're a dynasty, what's the history behind those names? Did the controlled area shift with each king?
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Post by Lambuzhao » 30 Dec 2015 17:35

King Lists! Hooray!! :mrgreen:

almost all of the First Eleven sound like their names could have become the adopted title for succeeding rulers. It makes me think of how Egyptian Pharaohs have the various titles: nesu-bity, Horus-name, nebty-name, Son of Re, Lord of Appearances, ... etc.

Not to compound things, but as for example:

ádas, the first Mor-enna
Swōdaś, the 2nd Mor-enna
Dirās, the 3rd Mor-enna
Mójin, the 4th Mor-enna
Ngōs, the 5th Mor-enna
Kgáʼiʼ, the 6th Mor-enna
Wǝ̌qgis, the 7th Mor-enna
Nełkʼeǝkéł, the 8th Mor-enna

each of those First Eleven might become the titles of various splinter kingdoms... even though it seems you have your dynasties pretty much in place.

Just a suggestion. You might be able to use it somewhere else (?)

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Post by cntrational » 31 Dec 2015 08:59

Linguifex wrote:Mor-enna "king of the hill"
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Post by Lambuzhao » 31 Dec 2015 14:35

I tell you what.

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Post by Yalensius » 04 Jan 2016 08:50

Mor-cawbel II
More cowbell.

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Post by Linguifex » 05 Jan 2016 09:18

Lambuzhao wrote:King Lists! Hooray!! :mrgreen:

almost all of the First Eleven sound like their names could have become the adopted title for succeeding rulers. It makes me think of how Egyptian Pharaohs have the various titles: nesu-bity, Horus-name, nebty-name, Son of Re, Lord of Appearances, ... etc.

Not to compound things, but as for example:

ádas, the first Mor-enna
Swōdaś, the 2nd Mor-enna
Dirās, the 3rd Mor-enna
Mójin, the 4th Mor-enna
Ngōs, the 5th Mor-enna
Kgáʼiʼ, the 6th Mor-enna
Wǝ̌qgis, the 7th Mor-enna
Nełkʼeǝkéł, the 8th Mor-enna

each of those First Eleven might become the titles of various splinter kingdoms... even though it seems you have your dynasties pretty much in place.

Just a suggestion. You might be able to use it somewhere else (?)
If I can work something out that wouldn't be a bad idea. Did you get some of those king names from Kgáweq'?
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Mor-cawbel II
More cowbell.
I actually had quite a bit of fun with the king list:

Mor-pawā "king of the doors" (more power)
Mor-secōde "the intelligent king" (Morse code)
Mor-tāl I "the red king" (mortal)
Mor-bīd I "king of the peace" (morbid)
Enni-mor I "servant of the king" (anymore)
Ōri-gami "the bursar" (origami)
Mor-sel "king of the wheat field" (morsel)
Enni-bādi I "servant of the bāds" (anybody)
Mor-ī-gone "the king in exile" ("gone" referring to the exile)
Bāb-rās "the joyous sapling" (Bob Ross)
Ūm-ami "downpour" ("severe rainstorm") (umami)
Omay-leg "the order-bringer" ("Oh, my leg!", Wheelchair Guy's infamous cry from Happy Wheels)
Mor-ī-turi "the king in the boat" (Latin morituri; the empire failed within a generation of his death)
Eles-dī "student of Dī" (LSD; basically, Eles-dī went crazy and caused the downfall of the empire)
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Linguifex wrote: Bāb-rās "the joyous sapling" (Bob Ross)
I'm dying. This is true art right here.

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Linguifex wrote:I actually had quite a bit of fun with the king list:

Mor-pawā "king of the doors" (more power)
Mor-secōde "the intelligent king" (Morse code)
Mor-tāl I "the red king" (mortal)
Mor-bīd I "king of the peace" (morbid)
Enni-mor I "servant of the king" (anymore)
Ōri-gami "the bursar" (origami)
Mor-sel "king of the wheat field" (morsel)
Enni-bādi I "servant of the bāds" (anybody)
Mor-ī-gone "the king in exile" ("gone" referring to the exile)
Bāb-rās "the joyous sapling" (Bob Ross)
Ūm-ami "downpour" ("severe rainstorm") (umami)
Omay-leg "the order-bringer" ("Oh, my leg!", Wheelchair Guy's infamous cry from Happy Wheels)
Mor-ī-turi "the king in the boat" (Latin morituri; the empire failed within a generation of his death)
Eles-dī "student of Dī" (LSD; basically, Eles-dī went crazy and caused the downfall of the empire)
Wonderful! Conworlds' obscure lore is such a great place to hide comic relief, lest we start taking our worlds a little too seriously.

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Post by shimobaatar » 26 May 2016 23:26

cntrational wrote:
Linguifex wrote:Mor-enna "king of the hill"
Famous producer of propane and propane accessories.
Lambuzhao wrote:I tell you what.
Linguifex wrote:I actually had quite a bit of fun with the king list:

Mor-pawā "king of the doors" (more power)
Mor-secōde "the intelligent king" (Morse code)
Mor-tāl I "the red king" (mortal)
Mor-bīd I "king of the peace" (morbid)
Enni-mor I "servant of the king" (anymore)
Ōri-gami "the bursar" (origami)
Mor-sel "king of the wheat field" (morsel)
Enni-bādi I "servant of the bāds" (anybody)
Mor-ī-gone "the king in exile" ("gone" referring to the exile)
Bāb-rās "the joyous sapling" (Bob Ross)
Ūm-ami "downpour" ("severe rainstorm") (umami)
Omay-leg "the order-bringer" ("Oh, my leg!", Wheelchair Guy's infamous cry from Happy Wheels)
Mor-ī-turi "the king in the boat" (Latin morituri; the empire failed within a generation of his death)
Eles-dī "student of Dī" (LSD; basically, Eles-dī went crazy and caused the downfall of the empire)
Yalensius wrote: Wonderful! Conworlds' obscure lore is such a great place to hide comic relief, lest we start taking our worlds a little too seriously.
[+1] I absolutely love the Easter Eggs in these king lists, in addition to the details of the dynasties themselves! Out of curiousity, have you considered how long each king/dynasty stayed in power? In any case, I was already thinking about making some similar lists myself after spending time around Egyptian and Canaanite artifacts at the museum where I volunteer, but seeing these has definitely made me want to try coming up with my own. [:D]

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Post by OTʜᴇB » 27 May 2016 23:07

I'm waiting for Mor-dor, king of the two towers...
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OTheB wrote:I'm waiting for Mor-dor, king of the two towers...
I think we're all waiting for the return of that king.

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