, is basically a collection of drawings, which aims to portray women warriors drawn in historically inspired attires and armors from various
with my personal stylistic elements, anachronism and (in)accuracies, which makes them so wrong, yet so right! At first, it was made as an alternative way of depicting
, but somehow along the way, history has taken roots into my passion and now, all drawings comes with historical commentaries. so maybe you can learn something new from them and share your thoughts!
is currently the largest project which I am working on. It started in January 2014 and the series deals with the portrayal of Women Warriors in historically inspired armors based on the 800s AD to 1400s AD era of warfare. At the moment,
. Each cultures are unique in their own way, and every drawing comes (or will come) with historical commentaries based on independent studies. You can find pretty much most corners of the world, from Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, to even the New World like the Mesoamerica and Inca.
The Artbook will be an independent self-published personal projects that will include all the illustration made in this series, plus the accompanying historical descriptions as well as historical references. You will that not only it contains a diverse illustration portraying the women warriors during middle ages, but also an exposure of the diverse and beautiful era of the middle ages! Current expeted completion is end of 2016 - early 2017 (subject to change).
Current Progress (as of October 2016): 68% : 55 Drawings completed out of 81 Total (Including Re-sketch)
HWS: Medieval Women Warriors Artbook (Update)Hi Guys!
Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is fine wherever you are! I am just going to dedicate this page in regards to the upcoming Art-book that I am working on which compiles the drawings I have made (and will be making) in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Series
As it's been awhile since the last update, I from now on, I shall regularly inform you guys regarding the completion progress!
What is a Historically Wrong Sketch Series?
Historically Wrong Sketch Series, or the HWS Series, is basically a collection of drawings, which aims to portray women warriors drawn in historically inspired attires and armors from various
Women Warriors of the Historically Wrong Sketch: Medieval Revisited Master List
Faction Map version 1.30 as of February 2015 - Links with current drawings updated
. Numbering system is changed to accommodate better categorization and catalogs.
Based on Medieval History of the World that covers roughly 800s - 1400s AD. Each factions links to their respective Representation of Women Warriors.Many of the faction names are by no means linguistically accurate, which is intentional. Correction is most welcome. ** denotes culture that will be re-drawn for the Artbook.
WESTERN EUROPEAN FACTIONS
What most medieval portrayal is all about, Western Europe was home where hero and heroines of the middle ages were made, from the Vikings Warriors to their Knights in shining armor; Western Europe offers the desired and often familiar pictures of the medieval world. While people tend to generalize or over-romanticize the feudalistic nature of this part of the middle ages, in reality, its history was vibrant and often complicated, involving various rival dynasties and conquerors in constant fighting against each other, for either wealth, prestige or in the matters of faith.
REGION: FRANKISH WORLDWhat most medieval portrayal is all about, Western Europe was home where hero and heroines of the middle ages were made. While people tend to generalize or over-romanticize the feudalistic nature of this part of the medieval world, in reality, its history was vibrant and often complicated, involving various rival dynasties and conquerors in constant fighting against each other, for either wealth, prestige or in the matters of faithWF1. Royaume de Frankonia (Latin: Frankish)
Or simply, the french. They represents the beacon of the series' medieval feudalism. Originally founded by the migrating Franks who bested the other Germanic tribes in the region, they would later earn the recognition from the pope and founded the Frankish Empire under the Carolingian dynasty. The disintegration of the empire founded many subsequent kingdoms, who would later evolve into the "french royal crown" throughout the middle ages.
WF2. Duche de Nortmanuss (Latin: Norman)The Normans were the elite christian war machine of medieval Europe, whose presence had left lasting mark from England to Jerusalem. They were the descendands of the Vikings who were granted a piece of land by the French King in northern coast of France, whose integration with the local community and adoption of Christianity earned them the name "Norman" or "North-men". Excludes the Norman in Southern Italy.
WF3. Ducat d'Aquitána (Latin: Occitania)While the Kingdom of France was considered by many as the beacon of feudalism in Europe, in many cases, the french crown was held by those realm was often smaller than that of the Duchy of Aquitaine. besides, Occitania offers a rather different perspective of the rise and fall of the Frankish Kingdom in the middle ages.
WF4. Duché de Burgon (Mix: Burgundian & Swiss)
The Burgundian, along with the swiss, were some of the most ambitious and militaristic people that medieval had to offer, often clashing with their neighbors. While technically speaking Duchy of burgundy owes allegiance to the French Crown, in reality, it was carving their own power base.
FS. Kroon-Nederlanden (Mix: Flemish & Dutch)
Portraying the low-counties during the middle ages with rich and prosperous cities backed by lesser nobility and working men. It's military and attitude serves as a contrast to their neighboring feudal high-born nobles. Think of the Battle of Golden Spurs.
ENG2. Kingdom of Albion (Germanic: English)The English, as we know today, with their plate armor and knights and conflicts with the french crown during their 100 years war.
REGION: GERMANIC ENGLANDEngland throughout the middle ages was a subject to much medieval epics and stories which many are familiar to general audience, such as King Arthur. Historically speaking, it was a volatile and unforgiving land where numerous battles were fought for the supremacy of the land. All of which, created a unique blend of culture, language and administrations that became distinct to their medieval neighbors.ENG1. Saxanana Rice (Germanic: Anglo-Saxons)
The Anglo-Saxons are not dead yet, at least in this series. While the name Anglo-Saxons refers to the Saxon people who migrated to the British isles, in reality, the realm was born fromt he combination of other migrating germanic tribes like the Jutes, local Britons as well as the remnants of previous Roman populations. Comparable to the Historical Kingdom of England before the Norman invasion, or Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and to the lesser extend, Northurmberland.
REGION: CELTIC WORLD
The Celtic people of the medieval ages were some of the most warlike and ferocious warriors in Europe, earning them the notoriety to any foes they came across. This was due to the fact that, when they were not happily slaughtering a common enemy, they kept themselves busy fighting against each other.
C1. Treibheanna na Eireann (Celtic: Irish & Norse-Gaellic)
The people of Eiru, or Hibernia as the Romans called it, were proud and ferocious warriors, whose taste of battle never grow weak. Constantly at each other's throat, Many invaders found it the hard way when fighting against people who are so used to killing each other.
(under construction)C2. Rìoghachd na h-Scoti (Celtic: Scottish)
The inhabitants of what is now modern day Scotland has a rather mixed origin, whose lineage became a topic of debate and studies in academic communities. Nevertheless, in the Middle ages, it was home to a Kingdom that boast powerful warriors from descended from across the highland to the lowlands. C3. Ternas Cymru (Celtic: Welsh)
The welsh are the people of song and word, whose leaders bend their knees to no one, a characteristic that they can still boast today. Its history is as dynamic as its neighbor, and is currently home to some of the most difficult names any foreign tongue can ever pronounce like Llanfairpwllgwyngyll for example.
C4. Dugelezh Breizh (Celtic: Breton) This part of modern france was home to the Cletic Breton people who developed independent duchy after the expulsion of vikings. Throughout the middle ages, the land was a volatile and often fragile, but managed to survived for at least 6 centuries before being absorbed by the French crown.
From the time of Vikings to their Knights in shining armor; Medieval Scandinavia offers the desired and often familiar pictures of the medieval world where battles were fought in the name of ambition, courage and honor, at least, in a romantic sense.
NR. Vikingrunionen (Scandinavian: Norse)
The scourge from the Sea, or the Northmen as the Anglo-saxon chroniclers call them; The vikings forever occupies our imagination as a proud and often barbaric warrior race that would stomp whoever got into their bad side. Despite all the image of fighting with humongous axes, horned helmet and minimal clothing, the actual norse people were pretty cultured and had their own proper set of belief, civil & moral codes, as well as strong sense of business and exploration, not to mention the strong practice of hygiene as compared to the rest of western European of the time!
NR1. Kongeriket Norge (Scandinavian: Norwegian)
The Norwegian were one of the so called "Norse" people that invaded the British isles and Ireland, establishing settlements along the way and even going as far as Iceland, Greenland and North America. Despite their ferocious image during the Viking age, the history of the Norwegians in the later middle ages and beyond remained insignificant as compared to their Scandinavian neighbors.
NR2. Kongeriget Danmark (Scandinavian: Danish)
Amongst all of the Norse Vikings that terrorized western Europe, the Danes were the most infamous. The raided many of the coastal area, even as far as Asturias, and later invaded England and set up their own power base, before being expelled by the Anglo-Saxons. Some of their descendants even became one of Medieval Europe's most fearsome warrior people, the Normans! They were more influential in the late middle ages, ruling a personal union over both Norway and Sweden at one point.
NR3. Konungariket Swerighe (Scandinavian: Swedish)
The participation of the Swedish people in the Viking raids that dominated Western Europe may be small, but most of their activities lies in the Eastern Part of Europe. From Trading, Raiding, Plundering and later on, Crusades, the Swedish left their mark in eastern Europe differently than that of their brethren to the British isles. Their later history of the middle ages are somewhat less known apart from the northern crusades, but they would grow into one of Europe's most powerful empire in the 16th-17th century.
REGION:EMPIRE OF THE GERMANS (KAISERREICH) KR1. Grafschaft Harzberger (Germanic: Central German)
Medieval Germany differs in a sense that, although the region came under the so-called Holy Roman Empire, in reality, the land was divided between various competing German dynasties, often bickering at each others throat. It was thanks to the volatile condition, especially along the marches, that they were able to field some of medieval most numerous and impressive armies.
The iconic representation of the german sword sister in the series, the County of Harzberg is the seat of the von Harzbeg minor noble in the series, whose image is depicted with the the Ruthless Ilda von Harzberg
KR2. Herzogtum Südland (Germanic: Southern German)
Southern Germany is home to many distinct cultures (and stereotypes), from the frugal, business-minded Swabians to the proud Bavarians whose beer-drinking culture and traditional dress is often associated by foreigners as the overall culture of Germany! Despite their association, it was home to some of the most influential dynasties and region that remained important in the history of Holy Roman Empire.
KR3. Markgrafschaft Ostland (Germanic: Eastern German)
Eastern Germany had their rather unique culture, owing to their contacts with the neighboring Slavic people to the east. In the series, they will be depicted with influences from the Teutonic Knights that indeed, brought the german might to the eastern Europeans and the balts.
KR4. Herzogtum Ostarrichi (Germanic: Austrian)
Austria originated as a part of the South-Eastern March under the Carolingian Empire, but over time, its people had developed distinct culture and dialects. Perhaps, Austria is famous for the two powerful noble houses that remained influential within the Holy Roman Empire, the Babenbergs and the Hapsburg. Drawing is courtesy of , representing her OC.
KR5. Markgrafschaft Westland (Germanic: Western German)The region along the river Rhine, was part of the Lotharingian Kingdom after the Carolingian Empire, before being divided into several duchies. Historically speaking, the region was where most of German emperors were crowned.
KR6. Markgrafschaft Nordland (Germanic: Northern German)Northern germany offers a rather different perspective compared to the rest of Germany. The land was rich and dominated by the Northern German Plains, where some of the wealthiest German nobles could be found with their great estates. It was also home to the famous Hanseatic league, whose influence, wealth and power over the Trade in the Baltic and the north sea rivaled that of the great Italian Trading City States. Drawing is courtesy of representing him and his OC
KR7. die Regenborgen Garde Lantknechtsregiment (Germanic: Landsknecht)Warfare is no strange business for the German people in the middle ages and given the volatile nature of the Holy Roman Empire, war was essentially a part of people's life. As such, whenever there's conflict within and abroad, there's always the need for mercenaries which provided opportunities and profit to be made for those with enough gut. One of the famous mercenaries to have come out during the later stage at the end middle ages was the Landschneck, originally formed in the end of 15th century by the Holy Roman Empire Maximilian I, these well armed professional mercenaries would later dominate the landscape of 16th century European warfare.
REGION: ITALIAN PENINSULAIT1. Compagnia di Ventura di Serpente Azzurro (Italian Mercenary Companies)
The Italian Peninsula was previously home to the Roman Empire, but in the Medieval world it was a battle-ground for various foreign rulers and competing trading city-states. The precarious nature of the peninsula gave Italy a highly dynamic history where culture, wealth and war flourished together hand-by-hand.
The Italian peninsula was home to various rival powers contesting each others hegemony over the peninsula, which made it a healthy breeding ground for wars. As such, many mercenary companies were attracted to this land offering their services. Unlike the other feudal troops consisted of nobles, retainers and levies, these mercenaries are professional soldiers, hardened from numerous battle.
IT2. Settentrione Repubbliche Marinare (Italian Merchant Republics)The Trading Merchant Republics of Italy, such as Pisa, Genoa, Almavi and Venice, were short of independent power of their own, backed not only by numerous mercantile fleet, but also, the control of many trade commodities that goes to Europe. While each and every city-states had their own agenda, they remained influential throughout the middle ages.
. Unione di Mezzogiorno (Mix: Italo-Norman, Italo-Greek and Siculo-Muslim)Southern Italy is a unique place and its history has been vibrant since ancient time. In the middle ages, it was home to some of most influential foreign power, such as the Greeks, The Muslims in Sicily, and finally, the Normans who bested them both.
REGION: IBERIAN PENINSULAMedieval Iberian Peninsula was unique in a sense that the region was the western frontiers against the Islamic moors, where combination of culture, religion and rugged terrains resulted in a blend of unique military tactics that reflected a different approach as compared to the contemporary western European world
IB1. Reino di Iberia (Iberian: Castillan/Spanish & Basque)
This faction represent the united Iberian forces, similar to that of the various christian kingdoms that has existed before the reconquista, like the Castile & Leon, Navarra, and Asturias. Medieval Spain was unique in a sense that the region was the western frontiers against the Islamic moors, where combination of culture, religions and rough terrains resulted in a blend of unique military tactics that often differed from the rest of western European world.
IB2. Reino de Oeste (Iberian: Portuguese and Galician)A short of combination of the Portuguese and the Galicians of the middle ages. The Portuguese did not came into picture till about 12th century, where it became independent. Most of its history was one way or the other, involved in preserving its sovereignty from both its Spanish Christian neighbors as well as the remnants of Muslim powers in this peninsula. IB3. Corona d'Catalunya (Iberian: Catalonian)The unique region which borders south of france and the Occitan world, the realm of Catalonia offers a delicate yet important chain in the history of Iberian Peninsula. While true feudalism didn't really developed until very late in the middle ages, Catalonia could boast about their battle-hardened and loyal free-warriors, respected even by the moors. IB4. Imarat Al-andalus (Mix: Andalusian & Jews)Islamic Andalusia at it's height was a beacon of multicultural and multi-religious power of its era, where Islam, Christianity and Judaism co-exist alongside each other to create one of the wealthiest, most advance and progressive society in the middle ages. Nevertheless, the growth of it's christian neighbors and internal problem would lead to its downfall and eventual expulsion from Iberian peninsula.
EASTERN EUROPEAN FACTIONS
Not all Europeans in the middle ages were the so called "knights in shining armor", In fact, Eastern Europe offers a much more dynamic, intricate and volatile history through their contact with the eastern civilizations, offering a much more rich and interesting perspective than their western neighbors. E1. Krolestwo Polonie (West Slavic: Polish)**
The faction that represents the medieval polish kingdom, more closely to the Piasts dynasty. While Poland is just a small player in the medieval world, its participation in the game of politics would eventually lead to the founding of one of Europe's most powerful state, the Polish-Lithuanian CommonwealthE2. Vélke Království (West Slavic: Czech/Bohemian)A representation for the Bohemian faction, another west Slavic culture. While it remained for sometime as an elector of the HRE, the true turning point lies in the Hussite wars that foreshadowed the conflict of religions, and seeded the sense of nationalism among the Czech people. RS1. Velikoye Knyazhestvo Kaviarovkoye (East Slavic: Russian )**
I love Caviar, and eating it has been rare luxury for me, hence the name Kaviarov. The faction represents various Slavic principalities that dominated eastern Europe, such as the Novgorod Republic and the Muscovite. RS2. Ryazhenkaya Zemnya (East Slavic: Ruthenians/Rus)
Ryazhenka is a famous curdled milk beverage which i like the most, hence the name. Since I receive a lot of feedback saying that Ukrainians aren't the same as Russians, this is dedicated to save my ear from the constant nagging. Nevertheless, this faction represents the early Rus medieval state, like the Rus Khaganate and Kievan rus.
REGION: BALTICBAL. Baltai Didzioji Kunigaikštystė (Baltic:Lithuanian)**
The Pagan Baltic Tribes were pretty much content and left mostly to themselves while the rest of their neighbors slowly united under the new christian faith. The arrival of the Crusaders in their land marked the beginning of a wholesale genocide, which in turn, let the desperate survivors to unite into a single powerful polity that fought the crusaders back.
The Balts, which is a rather anachronistic collectives of people inspired by the pagan prussians, lithuanians, livonian, Latvian and many more. Though their history is somewhat given less light, it remained as the last bastion of Pagan Worshipers amongst its christian neighbors and a prosperous one until the arrival of crusades that lead to the founding of one Europe's most powerful state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
REGION:EURASIAN FINNO-UGRIAN TAIGAFU1. Suomen Kuningaskunnat (Finno-Ugric: Finnish)**A rather anachronistic representation of the Medieval Northern Finno-Ugrians, representing the Finns as well as Saami/lappish people. Historically speaking, there was never any unity between the independent tribes, but they did developed some impressive walled cities and had some warrior and religious elites amongst their societies.FU2
While the eastern europe was known for their harsh climate and even harsher warrior, the Slavs regarded the Finno-Ugrians who lived within the Taiga with somewhat admiration and even fear. This ranged from powerful trading walled-community of the Finns in the north, to the enigmatic tribes beyond the Ural mountain.
. Permiya (Finno-Ugric: Komi-Permiyak)Another rather anachronistic representation of Urallic people of the Great Perm, which includes the Mordvins, Permiyans, and Komi. Their interaction with the Eastern slavs and the Turkic tribes from the pontic steppe created a unique blend of history, though the later period saw their dominions ruled by foreign rulers.(under construction)FU3. Khanty-Mansia (Finno-Ugric: Khanty-Mansi)Where's my Deer? Disregard that, this faction represents the Khanty Mansi people and those that lived beyond the Ural mountains. History saw little warfare conducted by these people, but their elusive and obscure nature were, at times, regarded with suspicions and/or fear by their Turkic and Slavic neighbors.
REGION: BALKANThe Balkan is often under-represented in the portrayal of the middle ages, mainly being the place where crusader went to Constantinople. Beyond that, it was actually a historically diverse region where the Byzantines, Southern Slavs, Turkic Invaders and later on, the Latins, fought for their supremacy to control this part of the world.BK1. Karpati Kiralysag (Hungarian: Magyar)
The Hungarians was one of the largest kingdom in the history of Europe, yet, its portrayal remained less significant. Moreover, the origin of its founder, the Magyars, is still shrouded in mystery! Despite the less popular image, It deserve a mention here since, unlike any other short-lived kingdom/empires set by equestrian people, the Magyars managed to build theirs that lasted for almost a millennia. BK2. Balagarsko Tsarstvo (South Slavic: Bulgarian) The Bulgarian originated from the Migration of Bulgars people after the fall of Old Great Bulgaria. Despite being originally Turkic, they quickly adopted the Slavic custom and language once settled near the Danube. Their conversion to Christianity helped to consolidate their power over the region as well, and before long, the Bulgarians were carving their own empire, rivaling that of Hungary and Byzantines that became the foundation of Modern day Bulgaria.BK3. Kraljevina Sarbija (South Slavic: Serbian)The Serbians had somewhat a speculated origins, and even then, remained an insignificant power in the Balkan in the early middle ages. But when opportunity was presented, it managed to carve a large, but short-lived Serbian empire. BK4. Țaras Vlahilor (Latin: Romanian
)Romania, Transylvania and Moldavia are often associated with vampires and superstitious people, but in the middle ages, it was home to some of the strong powers in the region, like Avars, Great Moravia, Pechenegs, and finally, independent Romanian principalities.
BK5. Kraljevina Hrvotska (South Slavic: Croatian)
Historically speaking, the Croatian Kingdom was often tangles in conflicts and rivalries between the other Balkan states as well as Venice. But in the series, the nerentines pirates will be represented.
REGION:HELLENIC, ANATOLIA AND CAUCASUS
The Eastern Roman Empire, better known as the Byzantines, was a remnant of it's glorious past in the medieval era after the conquest under Justinian I. Despite numerous foreign incursion, wars on multiple sides and the loss of territories to their "Barbarian Neighbors", It managed to survive and stood its ground. The same could be said about the Armenians who tried to fought and established their independence and the Georgian who stood tall against its adversaries.
BZ. Basileia Rhiōmaniōn (Hellenic: Byzantine Greeks/Eastern Roman Empire)
The Rhiomaion Empire, the counterpart of the well known byzantine empire that bridge Europe and the oriental world. Despite being surrounded by enemies from all sides, It was one of the most admirable empire whose shrewd diplomatic maneuver and efficient administration ensured its survival amidst numerous attacks from both its eastern, and western neighbors.
TUR. Devleti Orhaniyye (Turkish: Anatolian Ottomans)The Ottoman Empire is no doubt, one of the most remarkable state that has ever been founded in human history. What originated as a small tribe of Oghuz Turks who fled from the Mongols to Asia minor, they had succeeded in building an Empire from the remnants of the Byzantines that not only was one of the biggest, but also one of the most feared, especially by its European neighbors.
CAU. Kavkasia Samepo (Caucasian: Georgians)An anachronistic representation of the Georgian and other dwellers of the Caucasian Mountain. Historically speaking, the Orthodox Kingdom of Gerogia had a unique approach to feudalism and warfare, allowing them to stood against the onslaught their hostile neighbors.
.Kauvkaus Hayk (Caucasian: Armenians)
A representation of Medieval Kingdom of Armenia, Both during the Bagaratid Dynasty as well as Armenians of Cilisia. Although for the majority of the middle ages they were eclipsed by the powerful Muslims and Byzantines realm, they became a valuable ally to the crusaders who ventured into the holy lands
AL. Alania (Sarmatian: Alans)The representation of Alans in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series - I'm just surprised not many of them exists here. Perhaps, the Alans were the few remnants of the medieval equestrian people who were, unlike the other Turkic tribes, adopted the Orthodoxy and came under the Byzantine influence.
AR1. Sultanat Misr al Sarraviyah (Mix: Semitic/Egyptian Arabic & Altaic/Turkic)**
THE ORIENTAL FACTIONSTo some, the Oriental East was often begrudgingly considered as home to untamed, unforgiving and zealous people that often came in conflict with the west. While other, consider the Oriental east was home to civilizations that beacons their legacy and achievements that dwarfed anything the west had to offer. While such statements may be highly inaccurate and subjective, it was indeed home to some of world's greatest empires, whose dynamism took the known world by storm. REGION:THE ARABIC CALIPHATEThe land of Arabia had been dominated by powerful empires since ancient times, though the native tribes were pretty much left to meddle with their own affairs. It was not until the arrival of Islam in the 7th Century that the Arabs were united into a single polity that turned them into an impressive force which not only created one of the world's largest empire, but also one of the most progressive and advance civilization in the middle ages.
Egypt has been home to great civilizations and were ruled by great empires. In the series, The Egyptians serves as military power over the Arab world here, forming loose alliances with its neighbors while at the same time, nurturing it's warrior elite, the mamlukes.
AR2. Wilayah Al-Jazira (Semitic: Hedjazi/Bedouins/Yemeni/Omani Arabic)
The representation of the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, its holy prophet Mohammad (عليه السلام) as well as home to numerous trade center along the coast of Red sea as well as zealous warriors. AR3. Bilad Al-Sham (Semitic: Levantine/Syrian Arabic) Al-Sham which incorporated modern day Syria, Lebanon and the Levantine, is home to important holy sites and cities like Aleppo, Antioch, Jerusalem and Damascus. During the height of Rashidun, Ummayad and Abbasids Caliphate, it was home to some of the most elite warriors of Arabia.
AR4. Bilad Al-Rafidayn (Mix: Mesopotamian/Mashriqi Arabic & Kurdish)Better known as Mesopotamia where the river Tigris flow, the region has been the birthplace of great civilization, and subsequent rule by even greater civilizations. During the middle ages, cities like Baghdad became important learning and trade center, as well as housing the seat of power of the Abbasid Caliphate.
REGION: PERSIAPersia was home to the some of the greatest empire the world had ever seen. Since it's early establishment by the Medes to the birth of Sassanid empire, they were amongst some of the most well known civilization ever recorded in our History. Their defeat under the Arabs may have brought an end to the native Persian empire, but it was thanks to many of the Persian skills that Islam was brought to its Golden Age, a reputation that lasted even after the Turks and Mongols came into Persia. PER1. Bahramiyan Eranshahr (Iranian: Pre-Islamic Persia)
The Persians of the Medieval series. Technically by this timeline Persia is already under Islam, but I will take the Sassanids as inspiration, whose ruling dynasty consolidated the nationalism that became the self-identity of every Iranian today.
. Ferdoushiyan Eranshahr (Iranian: Islamic Persia)Persia had undergone several and noticeable changes during the early Islamic period. The combination of its efficient administrative system, science and technology helped to contribute to the so-called Islamic golden age. Despite the slow and gradual process of conversion, what was originally land administered by the arabs, conflict would rose and the rulers were now replaced by the local persian noble house, consolidating the Persian culture with the newly embraced religion of Islam.
. Temuriyan Eranshahr (Mix: Persian, Turko-Persian and Turko-Mongol)The Persian may have ruled independently for a brief period form their Arab overlords, but continous rivalries between ruling Persian dynasties and conflict allowed the newly converted Muslim Turks who migrated into persian land to snatched away the power from the Persian hand, and established their Turko-Persian dynasties. When the mongol came, it swept through the Turko-Persians and established their own Turko-Mongol-Persian dynasties.
REGION:INDIAN SUBCONTINENTWhile the European World and their eastern neighbors was engulfed in zealous religious wars, the Indians of the subcontinent thrived from the diversity of the Dharmic faith of its people, while the south enjoyed booming trades. Despite of that, the political nature between various native dynasties and later on, the arrival of Islamic dynasties, resulted in wars that rampaged through the land that saw the rise and fall of some of India's greatest empire. IN1. Jaganavanshi Raj (Indo-Aryan: Rajputs, Marathi, Hindustani, Gujurati, Sindi, Punjabi, Gurjar etc..) **The Western North of India was a place for the Powerful Indo-Aryan ruling dynasties who in the past, have succeeded in fending off foreign incursions. But in the middle ages, several incursion and later, invasion by the Turko-Persian dynasties from Afghanistan and Baluchistan created a mix of Hindustani and Turko-Persian culture that remained unique to this day.IN2. Suryavanshipati (Indo-Aryan: Bengali, Assamese, Oriyan, Bihari, Nepali, etc..)The Eastern North of India offers a slightly different scenario. While several ruling dynasties often came in conflict with each other, occasionally with Nepal and the Burmese, it would soon fell under the Turko-Mongol Invasion the later middle ages. Despite of that, Turko-Persian influence remains less significat as compared to the local culture which still remains strong to this day.IN3. Dravidanagar (Mix: Indo-Aryan/Sinhalese & Dravidian/Tamil/Telugu/Malayalam/Kannada etc..)South India and Sri-Lanka enjoyed a much more prosperous era of trade, science and culture as compared to their northern neighbor due to minimum foreign incursion in the middle ages. Their influence and legacy can still be found in many south east Asian nations whom they maintained healthy trade relationships.
THE EURASIAN STEPPE FACTIONSThe Steppe is not just about Mongols and their horde, but rather, its history is full of rich the steppe nomads, who build their domain of power only to be toppled by another more powerful steppe nomads. It was their migration to Europe and middle east that lead to rich intermixing of culture, technology and legacy that changed the course of our history, forever.
STP1. Desht-i Yurtubi (Turko-Altaic: Cuman, Kypchak, Khazar, Pecheneg, Tatar etc...) Based on the Cuman Kypchack Confederacy in their heights, before mongol invasion. This also represents the turkic tribal nomads that ruled in pontic caspian steppe, who not only shaped their neighbours socio-politically, but also in warfare and economy. STP2. Orhanli Beylerbeylik (Turko-Altaic: Oghuz Turks/Turkish? )A pretty anachronistic representation of the Turkic nomads, the Oghuz. The Oghuz is the ancestors of modern day turkish people in Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Gagauzia and Iranian Azerbaijan. They also were the founders of some of Asia's and Anatolia's greatest empire, such as the Seljuqs and various Turkic dynasties in Persia and India.
. Ural Khaganligi (Turko-Uralic: Uyghur, Blue-Turks/Gökturk)There's the Turkish Turks and the Cuman Turks, but this faction represents the origin of the great Turkic power that ruled central asia and the silk route. This includes the Uyghurs, and other turkic tribal nomads like the Qara-Kahnids, Qara-Khitans, as well as those trading states in Tarim Basin.STP4. Itil Turgu (Turko-Altaic: Volga-Bulgars)Not to be confused with the Bulgarians, the Volga-Bulgars, or the Eastern Bulgars, were related to the early Bulgars ruler of Bulgaria, since they originated from the same Khanate of Bulgaria. The difference is, while those who migrated to the west became assimilated into the local slavic population forming Bulgaria, the Easten Bulgars settled along the Volga rivers, hence the name, Volga-Bulgars.
STP5. Nodai-in Ulus (Altaic: Mongol) **
The Mongols Empire was known as the world's largest continuous empire at its high. It achieved what no other nation could till the 18th century, fighting and ruling a truly global empire in the known world. This drawing represents their great culture.
AF1. Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus (North African: Maghrebi/Berber/Moor)
Africa may have been the source of our fantasy and prejudice whose history is often forgotten. But in the middle ages, they were home to some of world's powerful, religious and wealthy Kingdoms and Empires that were part of complex global trade network.
The faction that represents the north African people, typically the Manghrebs such as the Berber dynasties and Tuareg people. AF2. Mandeka Kurufaba (West African: Manden)
Based on the powerful and the legacy of the Mali Empire of West Africa under the reign of Mansa Musa. Also, kingdoms like the Kanem Bornu, Hausa and Songhai will be taken into account.AF3. Mangisa Abissinia (East African : Ethiopian/Nubian)
that ruled the Eastern Africa. Think of the historical Axum and AbyssiniaAF4. Suldaanada As-Sumaliya (East African: Somali)
We have the Christian East African under the Abyssinian, now for the representation of Muslim East-AfricanAF5. Uflame Waswahilli (Bantu: Swahili)
A pretty sketchy representation for the Bantu/Swahili people of South East Africa, as historically speaking, in the middle ages they exists as several trading city states, like that of the medieval italy.AF6. Mwene a Zimbabawa (Bantu: Proto-shona?)
Areas surrounding the Zimbabwean plateau was rich in gold, and with that, it laid the foundation of some of South Africa's enigmatic and yet, wealthy kingdoms! Kingdom like the Great Zimbabwe which was lost in history, but has enjoyed recent revival in research and archeology.
CN. Yang Chao (East Asian: Han Chinese)The Great Chinese Empire of Yang. Will be based on Song Dynasty during its height, along with its brutal military machine, though the context also applies to the earlier Tang and the latter Yuan as well as Ming.
EAST ASIAN FACTIONS
To the Far East, many kingdoms and empires were build with wealth and blood, whose unique languages, cultures, and might were comparable to any western civilization in the history.REGION: TIBETAN PLATEAU
TB. Gelupa Bod (Tibet: Tibetan)Tibet was once a great empire that ruled from the top of Tibetan plateau, exerting their sovereignty over vast territories and adopting a rather power theocratic government.
REGION: CHINA AND MANCHURIA
MNC. Jusen Gurun (Tungustic: Jurchen)The Barbarians of the north as the Chinese chronicled, were some of the most ambitious and warlike people that have proven their martial skills against their more settled neighbors in the south. This includes the Khitans and Jurchens to the North, and the Taunguts to the west.
REGION: KOREAN PENINSULAKOR. Jima Seon-guk (East Asian: Korean)Korean Kingdom, roughly based on Koryo before the arrival of mongols.
REGION: JAPANESE ISLES
JP1. Hibangana Bakufu (East asian/Japanese) **Based on the Kamakura period of Japan, during the early rise of feudal samurai class, and various clans feuding for power over imperial control.JP2. Ryuuchuu-Kuku (East Asian/Ryukyuans)Because, Why not? the people of the Okinawan Islands surely deserve some mention no?
REGION:INDOCHINASRVBM. Suvarnabhumi Kambujadesa (Mix: Tai, Khmer, Cham, Mon etc...)
Kingdom of Khmer, based on the historical Khmer
Empire that inhibitted the south-east asian Indochina of the era.BUR. Myanma Pranynai (Bamar: Burmese)
In this corner of the world, the Burmanse sought the best from Indochina and India. With people as majestic as their neighbors and army as numerous as their enemies, the Burmese are more than capable to carve their own empire.
VT. Đại Triện (Vietnamese)
The Representation of the Vietnamese Dynasty that ruled the region in the middles ages, notably the Tran dynasty that defeated the Mongol Yuan invasion.
REGION: INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO AND MALAY PENINSULA
IND1. Kerajaan Pulau-Pulau Rempah (Austronesian: Indonesian/Javanese)**Based on the Majapahit empire that ruled much of the East Indies Archipelago. IND2. Kedatuan Malaya (Austronesian: Malay)
Based on the various islamic sultanates as well as kingdoms that ruled Sumatra and Malayan Peninsula
REGION: THE PHILIPPINESFLP. Kedatuan ng Viluminda (Filipino) A mixed and anachronistic representation of various medieval sultanates and kingdoms of Philippines into a single, condensed nation. Viluminda is derrived from the three major islands of Phillipines, VIsayas, LUzon, MINDA
NEW WORLD FACTIONS
Beyond the Atalantic and the Pacific oceans, lies rich, sophisticated and majestic Civilizations that built great nations and empires comparable to the old world. In the north, the native American tribes alongside the Mississippi rivers built impressive city states and mound architectures, while to the south, great empires like the Aztecs and Inca had developed impressive civilization whose wealth brought awe and envy to their foes and allies alike.
MEX. Tototl Tlahtōlōyān (Mesoamerican)**
Based on the Mix of Mayan and Aztech Civilization in central America. Historically speaking, The Aztec Empire was an alliance of 3 city states in central Mexico, with Tenochtitlan being the center of its power. It was an impressive civilization whose technological marvel and highly militaristic societies left
REGION: SOUTH AMERICAINC. Inkatinsuyu (South American/Inca)
Based on the historcial Inca Empire that ruled the western coast of south america.
REGION: NORTH AMERICAAM1. Mississippian Ani-Yvwuyu (North American Natives)**
Based on the early Mississippian native north American before the arrival of European settlers. The name is a bad translation of Cherokee language.AM2. Ancient Pueblo (North American Natives)
Not much to say about this one, its still under research AM3. Inuits (Canadian Artic)The inuits, or perhaps, their ancestors, the Thule people, may have made contacts with the Vikings, so I guess they deserve to be mentioned here
SEA CUCUMBERSSC. Ry'leh (Holothurians)
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Holothurii R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn?
17/10/16 Links updated and some adjustment to the definition and descriptions.
26/03/16 links to factions updated. Added the completion status and ** definition.