War Of Eight Blades
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The Eight Blades
Prince Parentage Titles
Telkal'dec Shaagaan and Lhalkaan of Okhaaron Hekaanael and Daguur of Okhaaron
Telkalkhaan Lholthaaroc and Drakaag of Saakhen Hekaanael and Daguurech of Shal'dakhuuc
Telkal'doc Emperor Dokarthaan and Imperial-Spouse Lhol Kharkaac Hekhuul of Akaarlec
Telkarec Emperor Dokarthaan and Imperial-Spouse Lhol Kharkaac Hekaan of Maakharaal
Telkac Unknown; adopted by Emperor Dokarthaan and Lhol Kharkaac Hekhuulael of Hakhan
Telkuul Telkal'dec and Agec of Okhaaron Hekhuulael of Dekhuul
Telkaag Emperor Dokarthaan and Imperial Concubine Veraal Hekhuul of Ghel'daakhon
Telguur Telkal'dec and Arakaal of Okhaaron Hekaanael Ogaakhaal
Other Participants
Dol'tuun Emperor Telkuul Oc and Imperial-Spouse Dulhei Emperor of the Dhakaani
Lhol Kharkaac Taken and Ghal'derakaan of Laaruul Imperial-Wife to Emperor Dokarthaan
Guukhaa Lholthaaroc and Drakaag of Saakhen Merluukhaar (Adopted Imperial-Mother)
Lholthaaroc Rhuuc and Orlekhaan of Saakhen Daguur of Saakhen

The War of Eight Blades (or "Rebellion of the Eight Blade-Kings" as a more literally translation of the Dhakaani Kaakaal'dec ordaan Muun Lhesh-Sharaat) was a civil war for power among princes and daguur (dukes of cities) of the Dhakaani Haal'khar Dynasty from 7113 EC to 7149 EC. It was fought throughout Dhakaan but especially in the east where it devastated the country. This may have led to a weakening of the state aparatus in western provinces that allowed Aereni invasions and the backlash by native halflings during the Dagec-Khar Dynasty, though the First Huul'der Uprising in the east undoubtedly contributed. The term Kaakaal'dec ordaan Muun Lhesh-Sharaat is used as early as the period of the Western Wars by Dhakaani historians.

Following the death of Emperor Dokarthaan in 7111, a complex power struggle began amongst the Khar military clans. After reuniting Dhakaani territory after the Incursion War, the Khar emperors established blood relatives into posisions of daguur and daguurech within the Khar heartlands of Akhaac, Uthroul, and Targaask. The new emperor, Emperor Dol'tuun, was Dokarthaan's younger brother: a simpleton who and was unable to control the factions of hekaan and hekhuul which fought to control the imperial court. Initially, the emperor's stepmother, Imperial-Mother Guukhaa, exerted the most power at the courts, and empowered her biological children along with her father Lhorthaaroc who also exerted considerable influence. The former emperor's wife, Imperial-Wife Lhol Kharkaac, enlisted the help of her children Telkarec and Telkal'doc, whose troops then killed Lhorthaaroc and his faction in the palace in 7113 EC. Bereft of her military connections, the empress dowager was removed from power and died in prison and the regency then passed to Telkal'dec, the emperor's grand-uncle on his stepmother's side. Though she was gone, Guukhaa's influence was still felt through her uncle and the Imperial-Wife Lhol plotted with her son Telkarec and convinced the hekaan to kill Telkal'dec. She then announced that Telkarec was acting without imperial orders and executed him. The empress remained in power with the support of her daughter Telkal'doc until 7135 EC, when she deposed and assassinated the heir to the throne, Telkaag, her husband's daughter by the imperial concubine Veraal.

Telkalkhaan, the late imperial-mother's brother and commander of the imperial guards, took this opportunity to kill the Lhol and her faction except Hekhuul Telkal'doc who escaped. Telkalkhaan then placed himself in power and tried to centralize control over the state, only to face a large force marching on the capital led by Telkal'doc and her adopted sister Telkac. Telkal'doc was killed by Telkalkhaan's troops in a massive battle along the River Ghaal and Telkac fell back into the Seawall Mountains. Not wanting to take any more chances, Telkalkhaan all but imprisoned Emperor Dol'tuun in the royal palace and styled himself as the new acting emperor. What had been a disagreement between family members suddenly became a matter of imperial authority. Telkalkhaan's son Telguur turned against his father's naked display of dominance and joined with Telkac to lead a coalition of forces against the acting emperor. They defeated Telkalkhaan's troops, killed him, and then re-established Emperor Dol'tuun as the emperor, with Telguur and Telkac serving as joint advisers to the emperor and dominating the imperial court. When Telguur later tried to annul Telkac's imperial adoption, the hekhuulael turned against him and killed him.

Power then passed to Telkac who ruled her simpleton uncle until the imperial court turned against her and she fled to Koraal with the imperial regalia, hiring goliath mercenaries to hold off the coming retribution. Hekhuulael Telkac was finally captured by Lhesh Orthar the Ironborn and the War of the Eight Blades drew to a close. The emperor was never directly threatened and the actual military loses were slight, but the damage to imperial prestige was irreparable. Within forty years, the goliath tribes that Telkac had hired in the west rose up in rebellion, eastern Dhakaani cities were pushing aside imperial rule, and Aereni forces had begun an invasion of Shuugac. Many historians have wondered if the Khar Dynasties would have survived much longer without the War of Eight Blades, though the bugbear Khar clans were less than capable diplomats. No matter what the circumstances, this struggle was very much a product of the times and if it hadn't happened some other undermining event likely would have.

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