The Mountain without Mercy
It is up the titanic mountains of the Tuskunovna alps and pass the clouds where the great Monkhu Empire prospers. Ruled by the ruthless Arku Khan, The Monkhu Empire ranges its territory from the southern dunes and open steppes to the top of the northern goliath of Kudao; A sixteen-mile (25 km) tall inactive volcano where the people are bred to face a life of frigid hardships and unforgiving trials. It was once deemed impossible by the known world for humans to settle anywhere higher than a mile up this mountain, but the first settlers said otherwise, and built their empire 8 miles up the mountain.
Now the people of Monkhu merely make the mountain's harsh conditions a part of their culture, purely believing that one's nationality is based on their ability to endure the below-freezing temperatures and lack of oxygen on the peaks. The leaders of Monkhu ploy to share this strength with the nations down below, slaughtering the weak until there is only the strong. The Khan's army is known for suppressing the Shilon empire for hundreds of years, conquering a mass majority of their land over the years, and the great khagan will not stop until he has unified all of Kudao as one in the Monkhu Empire.
A Monkhu soldier mounting a War Ram, a type of goat used to charge in battle. It's a tradition to make them wear the skulls of their dead relatives.
Monkhu started out as a small tribe filled with departed Shilon nomads who refused and disagreed with Shilon's political and religious beliefs. Ever since they've built their community with the sheer power of survival. In contrast to Shilon's justice and lawful society, Monkhu's history has been more harsh and chaotic. Having wars with itself and factions splitting into pieces every few centuries, and even name changes to the mountain itself. But one of the oldest pieces of recorded history is that the mountain was under a different name; Mt Tuskunovna.
The Twelve Tribes
The mountain was split into 12 different tribes; Nayaan, Batukhan, Olar, Jensitu, Sinju, Hanggai, Orbei, Maa, Gambu, Oko, Avyn, Kutunova, and last but not least, Monkhu. Some tribes allied with each other with respect, but most held raging rivalry against each other, waging conflicts over territory and resources. Not all the tribes had the same motives and morals, Tribes such as Hanggai, Sinju, and Jensitu acted friendly towards the other tribes with compassion and generosity, leading to very rare ambushes and absences of war, but will not hesitate to defend their land when attacked. Other tribes, however, such as Batukhan, Oko, Maa, Kutunova, and Monkhu were ambitious and aggressive. Constantly getting into wars with each other for land. The rest of the tribes were in between the constitutions of peace and aggression. Some tribes whereas low as the sea level next to the mountain such as Hanggai, and some like Sinju are located as high as the very top of the mountain.
Warring States Period
With no official khagan, the land was in an untamed, chaotic quarrel that has violently been disputed by each tribe. Batukhan, feared by most of the tribes, held the most power then, owning a significantly large portion of land in the mountain and having the most fearless of solders. Oko, Kutunova, and Gambu weren't too far behind. Monkhu wasn't high enough to compete nor low enough to stand down. One belligerent, barbaric soldier named Arku Bengu grew bitter towards the Monkhu hierarchy, believing the nobles and generals to be cowardliness and weak. He foresaw and fought for a stronger, triumphant future for Monkhu, and knew the only way to win this war was with a merciless, ornery motivation for domination.
As Monkhu's fate lies above a raging fire of war, Arku's bivouac suffers a devastating ambush from the Oko tribe, slaughtering numerous Monkhu soldiers. None other than Arku were able to survive the attack, barely. Wounded, blinded, and alone, Arku limped through a dark and vicious blizzard until stumbling upon a rare, abnormally large Phantu Hound; a beast only spoken in myth. Unarmed, but unafraid, Arku stood tall, fists clenched. The beast charged towards the vulnerable and crippled young man, who bears no possible chance of surviving, but still standing tall. As the canine reached to his prey, it suddenly came to a complete stop to notice Arku still, standing still without a flinch. He showed no fear, but rather a malicious glare. He passed the test, and in reward, the hound surrendered to him, becoming his new deadly companion.
Arku marched back to his tribe with burning rage, order an onslaught onto his fearful, dastardly nobles with his tamed beast. Claiming the position as khagan for himself as the tribes-people watched in fear. Under new management, Arku refused weakness in his tribe. Turning the tides of war, conquering each tribe, one by one without falter or effort, until Arku had apprehended the entire mountain, forming from a tribe into an empire. Arku and his soldiers slaughtered those who showed weakness and pleading for mercy and sparred those who refused to yield showed true courage. This quality of courage and strength is what Arku wanted from the people of the mountain, which makes them a worthy vessel to the mountain. The tribes that were sparred were Oko, Nayaan, Maa, Batukhan, Sinju, and Hanggai, the rest where wiped out from the map and became nothing more than a pitiful memory.
Monkhu, as a tribe, has reached its peak, the entire mountain was under Akru's control. Even with the suppression from Shilon's new unmatched power, Emperor Ren, Monkhu still stood strong with their shaking fist against the winds of hell.
Then Yamamura laid waste . .
The invasion quickly made it's way up the mountain, Monkhu did not resist temptation when charging into battle. Even with their environmental advantages, victory was achieved not as easy as it should've. Seeing this world-ending threat lead to them joining forces with their age-old enemy; The Shilon Empire. The Huyve stepped down from their mountain and fought in one of the largest battles in Kudao history.
After the war, Yamamura left Monkhu with nearly half of its population slain in battle. Unlike other nations, the people of Monkhu were thought to be dead within the next ten years in their current state. The Monkhu lifestyle of hardships and durability is slowly decaying, and it's up to the people to come to terms with its own weakness and humility.
Culture and Economy
Those who bare residence on the mountain are expected one strict rule, strength. If you can't survive the bitter conditions nor bare any use to the military then don't bother, the weak are unwelcome in Monkhu. Those who are worthy enough to withstand the mountain's wrath, are filled with pride for being a Monkhu habitat, motivating their will to serve the empire. Humans have settled among the mountain long enough for them to evolve into a completely new ethnic group that adapts to the unforgiving nature of the mountain, known as the Huyve. They are taller, stronger, and physically superior to the average human in every aspect possible. If strong enough, a single Huyve warrior can match a demigod.
Population: 2 Million
Emperor: Arku Khan
General: Buljaar Khan
Army: Monkhu Army
Exclusive Wildlife: War Rams, Alpine Bears, Ghost Hounds, Boreal Apes, Maku Tigers, and Black Eagles.
Common Dining: Boiled Muttons, Beef, and Pork.
Crime-rate: Very Low