Kathow-tio-Horari is one of the newest and most powerful nations of Habololy. The Horarians came to Habololy as the puppets of Amat. Their culture was decimated in the wars that Amat had them fight. For centuries after that time, the Horarians lived under the rule of the Kingdom of Icefia. Despite their limited population, the Horarian faith in Quan Yin and in peace eventually brought back the population. The Horarians started only in the newly built city of Tas-tio-Horari, but soon had to travel to other close by islands. After The Hunt began to open up more islands to the Horarians, they began to move into islands that had never felt the touch of human, demi-human, or humanoid hand. Recognizing that the Horarians were growing in number, the Kingdom of Icefia allowed them some self-government. The Horarians were quick to accept the responsibility and place the clergy of Quan Yin in power. The rule of peace that had helped them for their entire existence on Habololy continued to serve them well.
The Horarians continued to expand, and by the time of the War of Technology, they lived on over one hundred and fifty islands, many of which were unknown to anyone except the Horarians. As the war raged, the Kingdom of Icefia was forced to take a lesser role in the governing of the Horarians. The rule of Quan Yin, which was adequate for all of the faithful, did little to hinder those who were not. Since the Horarians had always relied on the kingdom for law, they could do nothing to prevent the spread of piracy and theft. That continued until a group calling themselves the Duo-tio-Selleshe claimed that they could ensure the safety of the majority of travelers and merchants if they were given an official mandate. Having no other choice, the clergy of Quan Yin quickly accepted. It took no time at all for Duo-tio-Selleshe to stop most of the crimes against the Horarians. While the pirates no longer stole from the Horarians, they remained a problem to other nations. The Kingdom of Icefia warned that Duo-tio-Selleshe was a pirate organization, but the clergy of Quan Yin ignored the warnings. After the problem was dealt with by the Duo-tio-Selleshe, they were accepted as part of the government along with the clergy of Quan Yin.
As the War of Technology pressed on, Duo-tio-Selleshe pressed the clergy to declare independence from the Kingdom of Icefia, which had for decades been unable to help the Horarians. After some debate, the clergy agreed and declared themselves independent. The Kingdom of Icefia, embroiled in the war, could do nothing to protest. The clergy of Quan Yin created the Matriarchy to rule the nation. Duo-tio-Selleshe became the de facto military. The nation of Kathow-tio-Horari was created. It continued to expand to other islands, and the population exploded, while staying out of the War of Technology as best they could.
After the War of Technology, the Kingdom of Icefia attempted to reclaim the Horarians, but failed. Kathow-tio-Horari soon after had a second patron deity in Lavash-Ki, and their place in the world was solidified. Since that time, the nation has slowly climbed in power and prominence. The Horarian pirates are the most feared force that sails the seas. To the apparent praise of Duo-tio-Selleshe, those pirates rarely attack a Horarian target. Although the nation has few warriors, no invader has ever been able to make it through the maze of islands and the ships that protect the nation’s most important islands.
Kathow-tio-Horari wants for and has no true allies. Their insistence that they do not condone the pirates infuriates other nations. The clergy of Quan Yin, which holds the majority of positions in the matriarchy, does not allow the presence of any cleric of a warlike deity, and will not negotiate with any nation that espouses one of those deities. Their only consistent enemy is the Grean Republic, which is the only other nation that has every ruled the seas as the Horarians now do.
Horarian society is one where having a child and supporting peace are the greatest honors possible. Duo-tio-Selleshe is the only honorable way to fight for the nation and Lavash-Ki is the only acceptable deity to worship for skill-at-arms. Those without honor are looked down upon, but never slain, as killing another is the ultimate evil one can perpetrate on another. A philosophy that dates back to the near extermination of the Horarians when they arrived on Habololy.
The Horarians are in the process of cataloguing every island in the ocean, a task that was never possible due to the presence of the dragons. The matriarchy wants every island catalogued so that it can better control its nation. Explorers are being paid very well to accomplish this task, as well as those who can deal with any problems that arise when exploring the island.
Quan Yin – “Every minnow is a dolphin in the eyes of its mother.”