Shi'a Imamat

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Foundation: 1735-date (T205-date)
Capital: Yathrib in Kosala
Religion: Shi'a Islam

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

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The leader of the Shi'a Muslim community.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1735-1736 T203
Yasarid India: At the same time, while brooding in mountain-girdled Yathrib, Abdullah took steps to see that a favored Shi’a high imam was proclaimed judge of judges for the Moslem faith. By these means the Shah hoped to spark a resurgence of Islam, which had fallen on hard times of late.

1737-1738 T204
Shi’a Imamat: Despite grand dreams, poor Rhemini found himself lacking gold, servants, even a roof over his head. After wandering the streets of Yathrib for some time, a Moslem merchant took the destitute imam into his house. Rhemini expressed a certain dissatisfaction with the lord of the world: “I have nothing,” he complained, poking a finger through a hole in his shoe. “Will not Allah provide for me and my holy mission?”

The merchant raised a bushy white eyebrow and gave the cleric a scathing look. “Momentous signs have come to you from your Lord,” he said with a certain brisk tone in his voice. “He who sees them himself will have much to gain, but he who is blind will lose much. I –” And here the merchant referred to himself, “am not your keeper. But I will share this meal with you, and let you dry off before sending you on your way.”

By this, Rhemini realized he needed to pay attention to the wishes of the lord, and not to his own desires. By the end of 1738, he had gathered some servants, other like-minded mullahs and managed to secure the support and provenance of the governor of Yathrib (who was busy fortifying the city against an expected Khemer attack). As well as a house with a roof which did not leak.

1739-1740 T205
Khemer: Even as Moldo's armies advanced into India, the saffron-robed priests of the Pure Realm were not far behind - extensive missionary efforts plagued the (already religiously divided) citizens of Palas, Gaur, Assam, Samatata and Arakan. A fervered melting pot of repressed Hindus, angry Moslems and now newly devout Buddhists threatened to create even more chaos in fractured, bleeding India. Efforts to preach the Way among the Arakan also yielded massacres and general fighting as the Moslems of the coastal forests took up sword, spear and musket to drive out the spiritual invaders.

Shi'a Imam: Diplomacy: Seylan(ch), Chela(ch)
The ayatollah found his chosen path still very rough, though now he had a house and some assistants, and they had managed to open a shop where they copied the Quran by hand. Also, some of his cousins went down to Seylan and managed to secure the assistance of the imams there. A letter sent to the mullahs of Chela also drew some assistance, though mostly good advice and moral support. Still, that was better than nothing.

Then, by tremendous good luck, the Yasarid princes remembered to help out the Imam and dispatched a gaggle of clerks, scribes, learned men, copyists and workmen to help Rhemini spread the word of the Lord of the World. He was vastly relieved to see some support from the princes of the land.

1741-1742 T206
Pure Realm: Missionary work continued apace in Arakan, Mon, Kalinga, Vengi, Madurai and Chola. These activities again exacerbated the tension between Moslem and Buddhist, leading to rioting, murders, and general confusion in unrest in all six provinces. Despite the deaths of countless monks, the weight of the Realm's efforts began to tell...

Khemer: Indeed, his piety extended to the dispatch of armed bands of Buddhist monks into Arakan (where they fought fierce battles with the local Moslems, and most perished). A similar effort among the Burmese nearly ended with equal tragedy, but lord Honshon managed to run very quickly away from the angry mobs and escaped to Rangoon, where he felt safe.

Shi'a Imam: Diplomacy: Kalinga/Kalil(ch), Vengi(un)/Chabaz(ch), Madurai(un)/Zafara(ch), Chola(ch)/Amon Sûl(ch), Pandya(ch), Dahala(ch)/Tripuri(ch), Nadavaria(ch)/Aliyesha(ch)
Well... peace threatened to break out all across India, and frankly Ayatollah Rhemini breathed a big, long sigh of relief about that. Enough trouble was brewing on his borders with the persistent encroachment of the Buddhists in Kalinga and the provinces of the Ganges delta. Despite this, the imams concentrated their efforts on establishing control over the mosques, schools and hermitages within Yasarid lands and to the south and west. Missionaries were sent into Pawar (which, under the treaty, now fell within Yasarid/Moslem purview.)

A series of letters were sent to the Sunni imams in Baghdad and the Gulf coast seeking an accommodation with them about the whole matter of Ali and Fatima and the schism between the various Moslem faiths. No response came back, not yet, but there was some hope for a resolution in the future.

Efforts to reach the Moslem communities in the Ganges delta, where the Khemer and their Pure Realm thugs held sway, failed.

Yasarid: Buddhist monks continued to plague the provinces of Kalinga, Vengi, Madurai and Chola - despite the best efforts of the Yasarids to slaughter or imprison every saffron-clad holy man they could find. Unfortunately, the Hindu underclasses remembered Siddartha as one of their own... and they did hate the Moslems so very much.

Georgia: The imams in Baghdad and Abadan received a delegation from the Shi'a ayatollah in India, but though his words were heartfelt, they were suspicious and had long memories for many slights and insults suffered between the two arms of Mohammed's tree of faith. Coupled with the swarms of faithful oozing across the border with Persia, everyone in Baghdad was on edge. Things were quiet and peaceful in Georgia - people should just leave well enough alone!

1743-1744 T207
Pure Realm: Undaunted by the political repercussions (or the constant bloodshed the effort engendered) the Pure Realm continued to flood the Bay of Bengal-area provinces of Arakan, Mon, Kalinga, Vengi, Madurai and Chola with priests fired up with missionary zeal. Thousands of martyrs resulted - particularly in Madurai, Arakan and Vengi where the Buddhists were outright slaughtered by local Moslem gangs.

Khemer: Moldoraja was pleased to hear the fighting on his northeastern border had ended, for he was stirring up a great deal of trouble in the west. His priests (and those of the Realm) were very busy along the Indian frontier, constantly pressing and pressing, seeking more converts.

General Blajakay was dispatched to Palas to take command of the large Khemer army stationed in the midst of so many Moslems. He arrived by sea and immediately took to the field with 26,000 men. "Time to kick some Moslem bee-hind!" He declared. The emirate of Samatata (which had recently revolted) was the first objective. Despite spirited resistance, the Samatatans could not resist the relentless barrages of the Khemer guns and died in droves. After installing a new viceroy in the province, Blajakay returned to Palas.

His men blooded by the fighting in Samatata and their spirits high, Blajakay now instituted a vicious pogrom in Palas - the Moslem landowners would be stripped of their holdings and enslaved, and boatloads of Khemer colonists would be given their homes, estates and lands instead![2] As you might imagine, this provoke a vigorous response from the natives - not only in Palas, but in Gaur, Assam and Nadavaria as well. Everyone could see the writing on the wall...

The Khemer responded to the rebellion with an iron hand. While the garrisons of the outlying provinces fled towards Palas (helped by a passel of spare Khemer generals), Blajakay smashed the revolt in Palas itself and executed fifteen thousand rebels. The rest were enslaved and set to repairing the roads and irrigation canals. At the same time, Khemer colonists swarmed in to loot and steal and generally set up shop. (This made Palas a 2 / 6 region.)

The Moslem rebels from Assam, Gaur and Nadavaria barraged the Yasarid sultan for assistance, pleading for his army to intervene in their uprising. But there was no answer from Abdullah. Driven by desperation, the Assamese and Nadavarians marched on Gaur, hoping to join forces.

Blajakay - having crushed the Palans - let them gather and then pounced with his entire army. Among them the three provinces had managed to muster about nine thousand fighting men. The Khemers swept down upon them with 25,000 veterans. The Moslems were encircled, hammered with artillery and then the Khemer regulars hacked their way through the screaming fedyaheen, slaughtering them to a man. The bodies were left to lie in the fields of Gaur, though the skulls were taken as trophies and made into a great mound near the Palan border.

At the end of '44, both Assam and Nadavaria were in Moslem hands (and Nadavaria had reverted to Yasarid control), though no one expected them to be able to resist the Khemer, when Blajakay Red-Hand came knocking.

(1) Though Khejaraja is the crown-prince, his mother was Thy Lan, who is dead - leaving him without a voice or a patron in the snake-pit of the court. So - did the new queen, Jehemana, have something to do with the boys disappearance?
(2) Cool. Dave is so evil...

Shi'a Imam: Diplomacy: Nadavaria(ab), Pandya(ab)/Mozul(ch), Chola/Amon Sûl(ab), Madurai (ch)/Zefara(ab), Tripuri in Dahala(ab)
Coupled with the revolt of the Bengalese Moslem princes and a massive effort by the Imamat to throw back the latest Buddhist offensive, the yellow-robe incursions into the piety of the people of Nadavaria and Kalinga were crushed. Both regions remain firmly Moslem. Elsewhere, the imams hurried to establish a consolidated, effective church hierarchy throughout Yasarid lands - before it was too late and the Buddhists overwhelmed them all.

Yasarid: The Buddhists continued to make trouble in Kalinga, Vengi, Madurai and Chola - precipitating violent rioting and massacres by mobs of enraged Moslems (and those few Hussites still around). Hundreds of houses were burned, the newly-Buddhist inhabitants dragged into the street and hewn to bits with machetes and axes. The Yasarid governors turned a blind eye to these brutal scenes - "a good Buddhist is a dead one, roasting in the fires of hell."

Arnor: Tovar Brunson was dispatched to Rajput, where he became the duke of the province. He and Valerus also instituted a vicious pogrom against the Moslem clergy and landowners - "you will become Hussite, or you will test your faith in hell!" Crushing the revolt of the Rajputs was a lengthy process - occupying Brunson and Valerus for most of '43 and '44. In the end, though, the province became nominally Hussite.

1745–1746 T208
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Madurai(ab), Chola(mn), Jihjohti(ch), Chandela(ch), Jaunpur(ch), Palas(ch)
The mullahs in Yathrib acceded to a request by the Yasarid authorities to bend their prayers to certain private government projects. Given the great debt owed Abdullah by Rhemini, this request was swiftly granted. Otherwise, many voices were raised in joyous praise for the retreat of the Buddhist invaders from Palas and the lower Bengal. A Quranic school was opened in Yathrib by Rhemini, to train mullahs and imams in the way of Allah.

Mullah Jehen slipped across the Arnor border and, after a few scrapes and close shaves, managed to reach and organize the Moslem communities in Hussite lands.

Yasarid India: Buddhist missionary activity (though still inciting a rabid and violent response on the part of local authorities) continued in Nadavaria, Kalinga and Vengi. Driven underground by the mob attacks and massacres, the local imams now faced a much more furtive enemy – and one which simply refused to abandon his efforts – no matter the cost.

1747–1748 T209
Thai Empire: For a wonder, the priests of the Pure Realm actually backed off on their aggressive campaign of proselytization in Moslem lands. Instead of engaging in fisticuffs with the Shi’a imams in Yasarid territory, they concentrated on the independent or Thai provinces of Samatata, Arakan and Ava – where they found great success.

Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Kalinga(ab), Panyda(mn), Gaur(ch)
Rhemini, while traveling throughout the south and convincing the local imams, mullahs and judges to follow his direction, responded a letter received from the west by sending Aba’sin Hammadi to the court of Mosul, where the noted Islamic patriot and war-hero Muyayia Sayyaf Adin was grappling with a number of pan-Islamist issues.

Efforts at missionary work in Palas were foiled by the intransigent nature of the Buddhist colonists there (who, even with the withdrawal of the Thai armies in the area, were still fighting on.) In a similar matter, the Imamat withdrew it’s ‘interest’ in Jaunpur.

Southern League: Eager to make hay while the sun shrone, Fulk and Tancred did not pursue Abdullah (yes, he’d survived again) south, but looted Madurai and shelled Zefara into submission. The hapless city was subjected with a thorough sacking by the Hussite soldiers, who took great delight in wreaking as much havoc as possible. They were helped, in great part, by the large underclass of Hussite landowners, peasants and tradesmen in the province, who took great delight in overthrowing their hated Yasarid oppressors. Those mosques, schools and libraries maintained by the Shi’a Imamate were also destroyed.

Arnor: The newly-married Arwen, meantime, spent her honeymoon in Jaunpur as commander of a strong army, where the Imamate was run out of the province and every mosque, madrasa and Moslem holy-place was put to the torch. A vicious and protracted effort was made to stamp out Islam in the region, which resulted in thousands of deaths, a great deal of property damage, enormous ill-feeling and – by the end of ’48 – very little change in the beliefs of the populace.

Islamic Union: Help did arrive from the east, where the Shi’a Imam had dispatched an embassy to aid Muyaiya and his efforts to restore Islamist control over the Middle East. A large number of clerks and scribes were also sent, which heartened the prince greatly.

1749–1750 T210
Shi’a Imamat: Cowered in Yathrib, waiting for either the Hussites or the Buddhists to come knocking… the loss of Chola and Vengi meant more mosques looted, more temple-farms sacked and an ever-shrinking treasury for the ayatollah.

1751–1752 T211
Shi'a Imamat: The Imam cowered in Yathrib, sweating as he read the dispatches from the Middle East and craning an ear for the rumble of Hussite artillery - which he expected at any moment… some of the mullahs begged him to send support to the Lion of Bundelkhand, but Rhemini was too craven to even lift a finger to help the 'Savior of Islam.'

1753–1754 T212
Shi'a Imamat: Not a darned thing. The Ayatollah stayed home and hid in the basement. Eventually, the Lion came knocking on his door…

Chandellas: While Singh marched inland and seized an undefended Yathrib (along with the cowering remains of the Yasarid government and the Shi'a Imam to boot), his son Kumar and lord Ahnam swept outwards to secure the provinces of Vengi and Chela. Despite this seemingly fatal blow, the Yasarid state did not collapse.

1755–1756 T213
Shi’a Imamat: Continued to cower in a basement in Yathrib.

1757-1758 T214
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Chola (^ch), Pandya (^ch)
The Buddhist pukes continued to press hard in the regions newly conquered by the Thai, which provoked an open uprising in Leakai in Assam. The Muslim rioters were viciously suppressed by the Thai goons and thousands were killed. Fortunately for the Moslem cause, many of those killed were newly converted Buddhists. There was also mild Buddhist missionary effort in Gtsang, though these priests were making a long journey overland from Ming China itself. Stricken as they were, the Shi’a imams did try and reverse the Buddhist tide in Palas, which was quite difficult given the steady influx of Khemer settlers.

1759–1760 T215
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Chola (^ab), Pandya (^ab)
Rhemini’s failure to establish the Imamate as a going concern, and the indolence (in religious matters) of the Chandellas, let the Buddhist clergy pressing their faith in eastern Bengal have a clear field of play... Assam and Gaur became Buddhist, while the last Shi’a were driven out of Palas. Only ornery Samatata and the isolated provinces of Gtsang and Manipur remained a bastion of Moslem faith in the east.

Truth be told, Rhemini was struggling just to keep the mosques open and his imams and mullahs paid at home.

1761–1762 T216
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Seylan (^ab)
The Imam continued to struggle even to pay for mosque upkeep and candles. Things were not going well for the Moslems in east India…

1763–1764 T217
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Chola (^mn), Madurai (^ch)
Finally managing to raise his head above water, fiscally-speaking, the ayatollah Rhemini betook himself to work upon the infidels of Madurai, whose souls Allah dearly loved… and by the grace of the Lord of Heaven, that entire province was converted to Shi’a. Most of Rhemini’s subordinates he sent south to Pandya to investigate rumors of a strange new religion arisen there.

They did not expect to find themselves in the midst of war…

Southern League: Duke Maximillian of the Carnatic happened to be garrisoning those lands – and trying to deal with the sudden, fervent conversion of the most of the local populace to Orange Catholic – when Singhor and his army fell upon him like a thunderbolt… thoroughly outnumbered, Maximillian fell back into the weak defenses of Mozul and dispatched messengers to Joseph of Satava (then in Nasik) pleading for help.

Singhor wasted no time, his guns immediately hammering the walls of the city. At the same time, the general was besieged in his camp by a whole clutch of Shi’a clerics who were boggled with fear at the prevalence of this strange new faith. Singhor, however, had no time for their wild warnings of disaster and had them dragged from his sight.

1765–1766 T218
Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Maghada (^ab) / Bihar (^ch), Chola (^ca)
The Shi’a continued to scrimp and save and whine, hoping someone would send them lots of money. But no one did. The few remaining mosques and madrasas in Pandya fell under the sway of the Orangists, which just made Rhemini cry.

1767–1768 T219
Chandellas: Diplomatic efforts by Singh’s emissaries in Avanti failed to gain the release of the Hussite leaders held captive there – while also gaining no advantage for their own diplomatic cause. Further south, the garrison of Pandya was reinforced, which proved an excellent idea as some Shi’a malcontents in the area attempted to blow up several Orangist churches on a given Sunday – but only managed to detonate their cart-bomb in a residential neighborhood, killing several dozen on-lookers, the cadre and two goats.

Shi’a Imamat: Diplomacy Mozul in Pandya (^ch), Chabaz (un)
The Imamat focused nearly all of it’s activities on attempting to roll back the presence of the Orangists in Pandya. Both good luck and the extreme fervor of the Indian Shi’a were successful in turning nearly all of the fickle provincials back to Allah. But not quite all…. Rhemini himself spent all of ’67 and ’68 in Mozul and the surrounding countryside, preaching to the Orangists and bolstering the will of the faithful.

Elsewhere, however, things did not go so well. Efforts to gain greater control of the mosques and madrasas in Chabaz only sparked an open break between those mullahs and the Imamat. Many scribes and clerks were lent to the Chandellans to help them complete a census and tax roll.

1769-1770 T220
Shi’a Imamat:Diplomacy: Church in Mozul shut down by local Orangists
Ayatolla Rhemini and Mullah Vikrandita met with a turbaned person in dark alley. The Ayatollah spoke quietly to the stranger and gave him a large sum of cash. “We have heard of your skills of deal with dealing with the unbelievers. We give you all the money of our temples to rid our country of the evil Theocracy of the Organist. We wish peace in out lands, but we are not able. This sign, for the service of Allah, is for the killing of all of their leaders in Chandellas, the lands of the great lion! We know you will not fail us, for you have not done so in the past! Your faith in Islam is that of a great mountain. Go forth and purge our lands -- for Chandellas and Islam!!”

The stranger bowed. “ Yes, my lords. Allah's wish shall be done!” He then turned swiftly and vanished into the streets of the city. Rhemini shook his head, wondering how things had come to such a sordid pass… Vikrandita held the old man's arm as they walked quickly back to the residence. Sadly, Rhemini's health failed soon afterwards and before the spring of '69 had come, he was dead. After a spate of internecine squabbling, the mullah Wazur became the new leader of the Shi'a sects in India.

The Shi'a mullahs were quite busy in the south, trying to repel the inroads the Orangists had made into their flock. A particular effort was focused on returning the army of the Chandellan general Ghotangar Sayman Singh to the 'right path'. This met with excellent success, once the general had been summoned to Yathrib to explain himself. Singh went willingly, trusting in the Revealed One to ensure his fate. His audience with Wazur and the Chandellan imam Abdoon did not go quite as planned, however. Despite their vigorous arguments, the Shi'a priests were entirely unable to shake Singh's fate and they were loath to have him murdered, for the general was much beloved of the Lion.

Amid all of the hubbub about the evil, demon-worshipping Orangists, the Buddhists of Vengi (ha! You didn't know there were Buddhists in Vengi, did you?) also felt the whip and ire of the Moslems, having their houses burned down, shops looted and their quiet, contemplative temples ransacked and confiscated by the local Chandellan authorities. Further south, in Pandya, the efforts of the Shi'a was met with fierce resistance - mullah Jehen, in fact, was waylaid beside a road and beaten to death by outraged farmers of Danish descent.

Ayatollahs of the Shi’a

  • Wazur 1769-date
  • Rhemini 1735-1769

Players

  • Adrian Freeman T218-date
  • Open T215-T217
  • Christian Richards T207-T214
  • Autumn Day T205-T206

Last updated 30 March 2005

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