Then known as Khati, the land was annexed by the Imaskari during the height of the Imaskar Empire (−7975 DR to −6788 DR). Through the Middle Kingdoms period (−6422 DR to −4370 DR), it was a province of the Upper Kingdom of the empire, encompassing the lands later known as Ra-Khati and Khazari. These held the cities of Einihyi, Gajueh, Medzoa, and Thakos, which was capital of the eastern empire.
The Imaskar Empire fell in −2488 DR, but the eastern provinces of Khati and Katakoro emerged relatively unscathed. Thus, in −2487 DR, Kujawa claimed the Dragon Throne in Thakos and declared himself Emperor, founding a new realm, Anok-Imaskar, with Khati at its heart. Kujawa died fighting a great t'ien lung dragon in −1943 DR. His death led to the empire fracturing into warring states, among them the new independent realm called Ra-Khati. Thakos would become known as Saikhoi.
Ra-Khati was an isolationist nation that feared people from the outside. Anyone who wandered into the nation was given the option to either have their tongues cut out, to remain forever as a citizen, or to be killed, in order to prevent them from telling the outside world about it. Because of this, little was known about the country in the rest of the world.
The country was enormously wealthy in mineral resources. There was no lack of material goods for the average person.
Barley, millet, sheep, and yaks were the things primary grown and raised in Ra-Khati.
Each town was overseen by the lama of the town's monastery. The lamas were assisted by the sohei, who handled most of the administrative duties including tax collection, defending the town from monsters, and catching criminals.
The lamas ruled the people fairly, although many of their laws were considered arbitrary and strict.
Ra-Khati followed the Padhran faith as the state religion. However, outsiders sometimes reported Ra-Khati followed the Path of Enlightenment like most of the lands of the east, adding the many padhrasattva they worshiped as gods of protection to belief system of the Path.[note 1]
Every major city in Ra-Khati had a monastery of some size, and each monastery was dedicated to its own padhrasattva. However, there was no fighting between the monasteries, as monks worshiped every padhrasattva.
- ↑ Storm Riders explores Ra-Khati and presents it as following a Buddhism-inspired faith of the Padhra, but The Horde merges the Padhran religion with the Path of Enlightenment, a Confucianism-inspired faith (with Buddhism-like elements) presented earlier in Kara-Tur: The Eastern Realms, and even says that Ra-Khati follows "a version of the Path of Enlightenment". Owing to the ambiguities of these faiths in The Horde and their very different doctrines and origins, this wiki assumes they are different and that Ra-Khati indeed follows the Padhran faith, or some version of it. It is possible the Padhran faith here is influenced by the Path of Enlightenment.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders. (TSR, Inc), p. 2. ISBN 0-88038-834-X.
- ↑ Karen Wynn Fonstad (August 1990). The Forgotten Realms Atlas. (TSR, Inc), p. 14. ISBN 978-0880388573.
- ↑ Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders (Cover sheet). (TSR, Inc.). ISBN 9-781560-765646.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.9 David Cook (1990). The Horde (Volume II). (TSR, Inc), pp. 97–98. ISBN 978-0880388689.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 33. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Brian R. James and Ed Greenwood (September, 2007). The Grand History of the Realms. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7869-4731-7.
- ↑ Troy Denning (1990). Storm Riders. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-88038-834-X.