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The Chandaran Empire is a political unit that governs southeastern Dinotopia, ruled from the city of Chandara by an emperor. It was one of the four ancient empires of Dinotopia during the Age of Heroes, rivalling the Empire of Poseidos in strength, and the only one of the four to persist to the modern day.

The imperial city of Chandara is located at the mouth of the Zhengtao River at the northern edge of Silver Bay, it's far older and more steeped in mystical traditions than Poseidos was.[1]

Within its borders, Chandara has Dinotopia's largest population of both humans and saurians, including many of the exotic feathered maniraptors like Caudipteryx and Microraptor.[2] A group of giant carnivorous warrior-monks lives in a monastery on the Pungdok and Shaoling Islands.[3]

History[]

Map Ancient Chandara

The approximate extent of the Chandaran Empire during the Age of Heroes (Fifth Kingdom period).

Early history[]

The city of Chandara was founded in 3855 BC as a fortified palisade on the promontary above the Zhengtao River.[4]

An era of monument building began a few centuries later, culminating in masterworks like the Temple of Ballakaloosh and the Dengahari Gates, designed by the saurian architect-scribe Djhuty, who escaped Dinotopia in 3107 BC and retired to Egypt, where he became known as "Thoth." Several times in Chandara's history, waves of invaders have tried to plunder its riches, but each group has been converted and absorbed by the magic of the city.[5]

The Age of Heroes[]

Chandara has never had a democratic government, being ruled by a succession of imperial leaders. During the early years of Chandara, these Emperors and Empresses were enlightened and surrounded themselves with poets or artists, but during the Age of Heroes they had grown increasingly decadent. During the Fifth Kingdom period, Queen Almestra of Chandara married King Ogthar of Poseidos, leading to closer ties between the two major powers of ancient Dinotopia. In exchange for gold and sunstones mined beneath Poseidos, Ogthar was allowed to construct strutter bases at Mujo Doon and Neoknossos, while the Poseidian fish fleet routinely patrolled Silver Bay.[6]

The two empires disagreed on many things, each considering itself the superior one. The Chandarans opposed the Poseidian harassment and killing of dinosaurs.[7]

Known rulers of Chandara[]

  • Queen Almestra, Human, ruled Chandara during the final days of the Age of Heroes. Almestra married King Ogthar of Poseidos, leading to closer ties between the two empires. Almestra ruled during the Chandaran "Fifth Kingdom" period, which coincided with the Age of Heroes.[8]
  • Emperor Hugo Khan, Microraptor, ruler of Chandara in 1869.[9]

References[]

  1. Dinotopia: First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 96
  2. Traveler's Map of Dinotopia
  3. Traveler's Map of Dinotopia
  4. Dinotopia: First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 96
  5. Traveler's Map of Dinotopia
  6. Dinotopia: First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 96
  7. Dinotopia: First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 96
  8. Dinotopia: First Flight: 20th Anniversary Edition, p. 96
  9. Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara
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