Various human cultures in the wake of the Elf-Dwarf war blundered into existence. The First Empire of the Tawny was born, the Jade Kingdoms came into existence and the Island of Malkia was rising under the first monarchy. Each and every one of these ancient cultures in their earliest records has legends and history of their battles, conquest and eventual liberation from an Empire of Horsemen.
So much was consigned to legend. Until the first Ancienian explorers landed on Discoverie and came upon the Hesclek peoples. Not only did scholars determine the Hesclek tribal dialects were incredibly close to the languages of the Crimyelan peoples of Western Ancienia but on both sides of the Discoverie Ocean they had legends of the horseman taking tribes into bondage across the sea.
Crossing over the Hesclek Hills, Explorers than came across a fierce proud people of the steppe, the Khansmen. The Khansmen were divided into warring tribes united only by language, horsemanship and veneration of the great Khans of Old who had ruled the world.
The Khansmens legends told to the first unsuccessful Adrianist missionaries were of their rise as mercenaries in the Elf-Dwarf war fighting first for one side and then the other. Their Shamans borrowed magic freely from both sides and were able to make their great leaders demigods. Their growing armies of horsemen were able to gallop across the ocean and take the world in their thrall snatching it from the exhausted older races.
A thousand year Khanate was their legacy. Slaves brought from the world over tended to the Khanmen elite in their great capital Caracosa on the banks of Lake Hali. Many escaped over the years and the sheer diversity of the Black Alps is due to these escapes (the Widnez for example are rumoured to be the descendents of escapees.) The Escapees eruptions of new monsters helped these exiles escape the vengeance of the Khans.
Hubris was to be the end of the Great Khanate. First the slaves of Caracosa revolted led by apprentices to the Shaman, made over years a class of Priest-Nobles. As a new Khan mastered his armies to retake his capital the sundry vassal states took advantage to strike for their freedom. Tawny revolted and marched up the Halit. Malkia nobles overthrew their vassal king and established a republic. The Jade Kingdoms rebelled and proved irrepressible. Armies of vengeful slave descendants erupted from the Black Alps armed and goaded by the older races.
Fearing destruction the rebels of Caracosa pulled into great and infernal magics. A fiery maelstrom blasted down the steppe down both sides of the River Halit devastating the assembling Khansmen and producing the Great Desert that exists to this day. This fiery vengeance extinguished one of Mud’s two suns and two of her three moons (never to be seen again.) With their horse armies devastated, the Khansmen remaining armies of slave and mercenary could not resist the forces of revenge.
With the Khansmen removed from the stage was set for the foundations of current history. In the case of Ancienia the Malkian Empire.
Or so say the Khansmen’s legends.
So began the Second Age of Men.