The Vakkusta Empire was a briefly powerful theocratic state in central Aels, the first Kanov empire in Aels, that was committed to the spread of the Kanov originated religion of "Vakkism". It had a major influence on politics and religion for some decades, and continued on as a religious influence for well over two centuries after that.
Vakkism, the Cult of the Cow, is a Kanov derived religion. While the Kanov had many animist religions and refined many into polytheistic systems, Vakkism is the only monotheistic religion that was created by kanovs, and was also aggressively proselytized, and even became the basis for a theocratic state for a time. Had things occurred differently, the Kanov might have become unified in Aels and have become a dominant power there.
The Vakkism originated around the 1.200 a.a.H (After the Apparition of Humanity), when the Vakkist prophet was born. The prophet began to predicate at age 17, at the 1.217 a.a.H., and only 3 years later, the religion extended in the steppes of central Aels.
While he was killed by an angry multitude of pagan barbarians he hoped to convert, only at 35 years old, his successors formed in the 1.238 a.a.H., there was already founded a Vakkusta Empire, that will extend, by preaching and by sword, for the next years, reaching the maximal extension of this empire at the 1290 a.a.H.
Decline and Fall of the Vakkusta EmpireEdit
This is the first Kanov empire of Aels, but soon, at the 1.297 a.a.H. Barbarians of the Prairies attack the Vakkusta Empire from the east, while the Dumians from the Dumian Empire did likewise from the west and south.
The Vakkusta Empire resisted still for some decades, but by the year 1.337 a.a.H. began the slow decadence of the Vakkusta Empire. At first, it was a military decadence, and the loss of several battles and territories, but for long the religion of Vakkism, core of the empire, resisted, and even lived some moments of further religious expansion (but not political one).
Controlling some trade routes of the plains, they did as well regain (or keep) an economic relevance.
Competition with ChristianityEdit
However, the following century, the human Christianity began to weaken the religious core of the empire, which will be a hit from which the empire wouldn't recover.
The Coming of the Dark Legion of DemonsEdit
The final blow will come from the Dark Legion of Demons: at the 1.510 a.a.H, the demons, allied with humans, other Kanovs and other species, the Daimons attacked the Vakkusta Empire, which will fall at the 1.530 a.a.H, after nearly 300 years of existence.
In a first moment, the Northern Dumian Empire celebrated the fall of one of their constant enemies. But with their fall, soon would come after them a worse danger: the barbarians, monsters and demons began attacking, from the lands of the disappeared empire, only 10 years after its fall.