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Printed inscription of the Imperial Seal of Tianchao, the personal seal of the ruler of the empire, carved from a piece of jade in the early Mei dynasty.
Top line: 接受天命/Jieshou Tianming/Receive the Mandate of Heaven
Second line: 天下勳爵/Tianxia Xunjue/Lord of the World
Third line: 正義規則/Zhengyi Guize/Rule Justly
Bottom line: 消滅邪惡/Xiaomie Xie'e/Destroy Evil

A comprehensive list of rulers of Tianchao, from the semi-legendary era to modern times. Pretender/Claimant rulers of unrecognized self-proclaimed dynasties and division period states/dynasties are included among them.

Rulers of the many dynasties of Tianchao were titled various ways:

  • The rulers of the semi-legendary dynasties, Lang, Tong, Cong, and Chi dynasties were titled "Qiu (酋/chief)."
    • These "dynasties" were really tribal chiefdoms that existed mostly contemporaneously rather than the proper dynasties that characterized the majority of Tianchao's history.
  • Rulers during the Predynastic era dynasties, Wan, Zao, Gao, Mei, and early Qiang, were titled "Wang (王/King/Prince)."
    • The former three are more properly described as loose confederations or collections of city-states and tribal chiefdoms, consisting of several loosely affiliated independent clans, who recognized a single ruler. Proper centralization of authority was achieved during the early stages of the Mei dynasty.
  • The majority of rulers since the founding of the imperial Qiang dynasty are titled "Huangdi (皇帝/Emperor)," but other titles were used, especially during division periods.
    • Such titles include old titles such as qiu and wang, but other titles used including:
      • "Tianwang" (天王/Heavenly King)
      • "Huangzi" (皇子/Prince), Huangfei (皇妃/Princess)
      • "Wuwang" (巫王/Witch King), used exclusively by rulers of the Mei dynasty.
      • "Niangdi" (孃帝), used exclusively by rulers of the women-ruled Jing dynasty.
      • "Khagan" (卡幹/ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ), an additional title used by the rulers of the Arslan-ruled Lin dynasty.
      • "Jiongdi" (煚帝/Fire Emperor) & "Bingdi" (冰帝/Ice Emperor), used exclusively by the co-rulers of the Shuang dynasty.

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Lang Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign
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Tong Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign
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Cong Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign
Personal Courtesy Posthumous
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Chi Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign
Personal Courtesy Posthumous
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Wan Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Wan (完)
Origin of Name: "All"
Capital: ???
Ruler Title: Qiu (酋)
Ruling Family
Name: Lang (狼), later the Su (素)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Wan dynasty is the namesake of the collective Wan (完) people, and in turn the more ethnic names of the empire, Wanbang (完邦)/Wanyu (完宇). The Wan dynasty was created when Lang Zhengzi of the Lang tribe conquered the three other tribes and united the lands of its neighbors into a single unified state for the first time, yet it retained a tribal way of life.

Near the end of the dynasty's reign the Lang clan was usurped by the Su clan, but the usurpation led to weak rule and the collapse of the Wan dynasty, which paved way for the Zao tribe to take over as the Zao dynasty.

While the Lang clan of the Wan dynasty had several leaders prior to Qiu Zun, he is listed first as the uniter of the tribes of the time.
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Lang Zhangzi
狼長子
Lingdui
領隊
Qiu Zun
完尊酋
1371 – […]TJQ
Leader of the Lang tribe, he united several of the other tribes into the first unified sovereign state in Zanghuan.
Su Longqiu
素龍虯
Qiu Jin
完金酋
[…] – 1286TJQ
Sole ruler of the Wan dynasty from the Su clan. A weak ruler who held no repsect from the people, his usurpation of the dynasty weakened it and paved way for the Fu clan of the Zao tribe to take over, beginning the Zao dynasty, and effectively starting the dynastic cycle that would characterize Tianzu history.

Zao Dynasty

The Zao dynasty retained the tribal way of life at first, but over time led the establishment of many customs that characterize Wan culture to this day.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Fu Yase
富亞瑟
Qiuwang Shixin
燥獅心酋王
1286 – […]TJQ
[…] – 954TJQ

Gao Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Gao (完)
Origin of Name: Toponym: Gaoyu (皋峪)
Capital: ???
Ruler Title: Wang (王)
Ruling Family
Name: Chajing (茶晶)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

While the Wan dynasty is the origin of the name of the Wan peoples, the Gao dynasty is the origin of the name of the Gao, the dominant ethnic group of the Wanzu.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Chajing Han
茶晶汗
Shangsheng
上升
Wang Cuiruo
皋脆弱王
Xinjian
新建
953 – […]TJQ
[…] – 713TJQ

Mei Dynasty

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Dynasty Name: Mei (魅)
Origin of Name: "Magic"
Capital: Meishi (魅市)
Ruler Title: Wuwang (巫王/Witch King)
Ruling Family
Name: Xi (覡)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Mei dynasty was the longest-enduring dynasty in Tianzu history. Rulers were titled "Wuwang."

The early stages of the Mei dynasty were a time of centralization, when every constituent kingdom was, at their core, fully subordinate to the central government with little to no freedom to act on their own and the monarch held supreme authority. A kingdom ruled by powerful magicians, it was also a time of vivification for Wanzu magic.

The second half of the Mei dynasty, referred to in history as the "Summer & Winter" period, was a time of experimentation with new governing methods, in particular the federalization of the empire. These included the elevation of the authorities of the constituent kingdoms to give them a say in the empire's affairs. However, these governing experiments were poorly executed and cost the Wuwang much of his authority, as the newly "promoted" vassal rulers began to exercise their new powers to satisfy and attain their own interests, leading to corruption and the inability of the Wuwang to keep them in check. The remaining tenure of the Mei dynasty was a struggle to hold the empire together.

The Mei dynasty finally lost all control of the constituent kingdoms when many of them went to war with each other at the same time over territorial and resource disputes, kicking off a period of civil war known as the Warring States period. Only a few smaller states remained loyal to the Mei dynasty through to the end.

Late in the Warring States period, the Mei dynasty finally collapsed when it and its vassals were conquered by the Kingdom of Hong.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Xi Gaoming
觋高明
Laoji
僚機
Wuwang Shanmei
魅善媚巫王
Xinjian
新建
733 – […]TJQ
The founder of the Mei dynasty, Wuwang Shanmei was a powerful magician, one of the most powerful of the age. Brought order to a nation torn by twenty years of civil war between squabbling kingdoms following the collapse of the Gao dynasty.
Xi Ying
觋英
Qiaochu
翹楚
Wuwang Jin
魅金巫王
[…] – […]TJQ
Son of Wuwang Shanmei, Wuwang Jin carved the Imperial Seal out of a magical piece of jade found atop a mountain during his tour of the realm.
Xi Yan
觋儼
Zhuhong
硃紅
Wuwang Guizu
魅貴族巫王
[…] – […]TJQ
Proper centralization of authority was achieved under his rule for the first time in Tianzu history.
Summer & Winter Period
Warring States Period
[…] – […]TJQ
Xi Zhu
觋珠
Yaoren
妖人
Wuwang Fenghuang
魅鳳凰巫王
[…] – 11TJQ
The last monarch of the Mei dynasty. Under his rule, the Mei dynasty finally collapsed when it was conquered by the Kingdom of Hong, just around the same time Jian Zheng, the future Huangdi Chuangjian, came to power in the Kingdom of Qiang.

Qiang Dynasty

Qiang Kingdom flag.png
Dynasty Name: Qiang (薔)
Origin of Name: Tribe Name & Noble Title:
Qiangwei tribe (薔薇部落)
Wang of Qiang (薔的王)
Capital:
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Zhi (治), later Jian (劍)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The first imperial dynasty of Tianchao.

The Kingdom of Qiang was originally founded as a vassal of the Mei dynasty until it rose to dominance during the Warring States Period.

Rulers of the Kingdom of Qiang before Huangdi Chuangjian established the imperial period were titled "Wang," and the ruling family before him was the Zhi clan.

During the Qiang dynasty's reign the empire was referred to as "Tianchao" (天朝) for diplomatic purposes with surrounding states and tribes, but with the dynasty's end the name fell out of use until the Zhai dynasty officially adopted it by law.

Title of Wang of Qiang was created during the first half of the Mei dynasty, but the title was purely ceremonial, and so those holders are not included in the list. This list begins with first Wang of Qiang following the creation of the Kingdom of Qiang at the beginning of the Summer & Winter Period.
Names Lifetime Reign Eras
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple Names yrs
Summer & Winter Period
Zhi Kongtu
治空頭
Xiongke
熊克
Wang Liequan
薔獵犬王
[…] – […]TJQ […] – […]TJQ
Warring States Period
Zhi Tong
治童
Chunan
處男
n/a n/a […] – […]TJQ […] – 11TJQ
The last monarch of the Kingdom of Qiang from the Zhi clan.
Imperial Period
Jian Zheng
劍政
Zhugong
主公
Huangdi Chuangjian
薔創見皇帝
Kaiguo
開國
31TJQ – 32TJH 63yrs as Wang Zaiqi
再起
11TJQ – 0TJH
11TJQ – 0TJH 11yrs
as Huangdi Tongyi
統一
0 – 32TJH
0 – 32TJH 32yrs
Jian Zheng used the title "Wang" from the time he usurped control of the Kingdom of Qiang from the Zhi clan until he established the Qiang dynasty, beginning the Classical Period of the Imperial Period.

He came to power around the same time the Mei dynasty finally collapsed.

As the founder of the imperial period, from then on using the title of "Huangdi," Huangdi Chuangjian is also known to history as Qiang Shou Di (薔首帝).

He proclaimed his dynasty upon his marriage to Lan Mi, the last wanghou (queen) of the Kingdom of Bao – posthumously known as Huanghou Baoxiao (寶笑皇后) – shortly after the pair led their combined armies to vanquish the Kingdom of Hong and annex its recent conquests.

The year of his ascension to Huangdi is the basis of the Luan calendar, though it wasn't adopted until the Chang dynasty.

Jian Mei
劍美
Mingmei
明媚
Huangdi Ziyuan
薔資源皇帝
Yongpi
永辟
7TJQ – 80TJH 87yrs 32 – 80TJH 48yrs Tongyi
堅貞
32 – 40TJH
Jinzhan
進展
40 – 55TJH
Jiegou
結構
55 – 70TJH
Fangxin
放心
70 – 80TJH
The second ruler of the imperial Qiang dynasty, Huangdi Ziyuan was Huangdi Chuangjian's third child and only daughter.

As she outlived her two elder brothers, both of whom died of unknown causes within months of each other several years before Huangdi Chuangjian's death, most saw it as a sign that she was her father's true successor. Thus she was enthroned as the first female monarch of Tianchao.

It was also during her reign that the term Tianfei (天妃/Daughter of Heaven) was coined. Before her enthronement, official and religious leaders were stuck on whether to used the old term, Tianzi (天子/Son of Heaven), for her as she was a woman. But she ended their debate by coining the word Tianfei, which would serve as the variation for female monarchs henceforth.

One of only a handful of recognized female monarchs of a unified period (aside for the Jing dynasty, which was ruled entirely by women), Huangdi Ziyuan was the longest-serving ruler of the Qiang dynasty.

Jian Han
劍含
Youxiao
幼小
Huangdi Bukong
薔不控皇帝
n/a 33 – 87TJH 54yrs 80 – 87TJH 7yrs Duzi
獨自
80 – 87TJH
Sixth child and fourth son of Huangdi Ziyuan out of her ten children.

After his mother ascended the throne, he superseded his elder siblings to the throne by eliminating the competition through systematic assassinations made to look like accidents or simple disappearances. So desperate he was for the throne that he did the same with any relative he felt threatened by, including his younger siblings, cousins, and even his own children. He did so slowly over the course of Huangdi Ziyuan's entire reign, and was so meticulously thorough that his mother never even suspected his involvement. Several palace officials and other relatives did suspect him but were never able to prove anything. Their suspicions were enough to try various things to block Jian Han from the throne, but Jian Han maintained a virtual army of loyal retainers that helped him stop attempts to block his succession.

He ascended the throne himself following the death of Huangdi Ziyuan. Within weeks of his coronation, one of his mother's retainers, Guan Jin, led an uprising against him to place another on the throne, but Jian Han had long suspected him and placed a spy in his ranks to keep him informed, allowing him to put down the rebellion with minimal resistance. He also used the rebellion as an excuse to execute anyone he believed to be unloyal to him, even several members of his own family. He was praised by the people for putting down the uprising, but it was shortly afterwards, with the last of his opposition to his rule eliminated, that Huangdi Bukong, to the horror of the people, showed his true colors as a brutal tyrant.

His brief seven-year reign is characterized as tyrannical, brutally cruel and oppressive, with the populace burdened with heavy taxation and unemployment, and anyone who either failed or refused to pay was jailed and then were later executed if they were still unable or refused. Any suspected dissenters were often executed without trial, and anyone found speaking out against Huangdi Bukong were often executed on the spot, even in broad daylight in a crowd full of people. Sometimes Huangdi Bukong ordered the executions of random people for his own amusement or just because he could, regardless of who they were. Huangdi Bukong even banned schools and proper education, believing that such institutions promoted too much free thought, which he believed provoked rebellious sentiment. Huangdi Bukong all but disbanded the imperial court in an attempt to have sole power over the nation.

The aftermath of natural disasters, such as flooding of rivers and the volcanic eruption of Mt. Hong, were also left unattended, resulting in a famine and weakening the country considerably. Huangdi Bukong's excuse for not trying to clean up the aftermath or fix the unemployment was to save money, a poor excuse in the eyes of the court, but Huangdi Bukong didn't care and spent his days indulging in sex and games with various women. Thousands of people died as a result of Huangdi Bukong's tyrannical governance.

All this eventually led to his own assassination at the hands of his own once-loyal ministers and palace staff, many of whom helped put him on the throne, disillusioned with the brutality of Huangdi Bukong's reign.

Jian Kong
劍空
Huisheng
迴聲
Huangdi Chuantong
薔傳統皇帝
Zuihou
最後
72 – 100TJH 28yrs 87 – 100TJH 13yrs Lengjing
冷靜
87 – 100TJH
The last huangdi of the Qiang dynasty.

He was the youngest son of Huangdi Bukong, and the only one to survive to adulthood, including his father's purge of potential threats to his accession. Historians often speculated that Huangdi Bukong left him alive solely so that he still had an heir. He was placed on the throne at the age of fifteen following the assassination of Huangdi Bukong.

Though huangdi in name, Huangdi Chuantong was little more than a puppet monarch for a regent and the palace officials, most of whom were still reeling from the tyrannical reign of Huangdi Bukong. However, without the huangdi exercising any central authority, along with the regent's own incompetence, the government quickly descended into corruption, weakening the state and hastening the downfall of the Qiang dynasty.

After thirteen miserable years on the throne, Huangdi Chuantong took his own life without naming an heir. Childless, and with most of the imperial relatives of the Jian clan eligible for the throne either dead or scattered since the reign of Huangdi Bukong, the Qiang dynasty ended with him.

Fan Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Eras
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple Names yrs
Kan Yang
看楊
Caozong
操縱
Huangdi Cui
飯粹皇帝
n/a 69 – 151TJH 82yrs 103 – 141TJH 38yrs Chongzu
重組
103 – 141TJH
Sole huangdi of the Fan dynasty.

A minor official during the last years of the reign of Huangdi Chuantong, the last huangdi of the Qiang dynasty, he came to power in a political coup after a three-year interregnum following the suicide of Huangdi Chuantong.

Although Huangdi Cui managed to stay in power for almost four decades, he was an ineffectual ruler who failed at every meaningful thing he did as huangdi, and nothing he did improved the lives of the people.

His bad rulership eventually led to his and his own dynasty's overthrow, to be replaced by the Chang dynasty following a three-year civil war known to history as the Fan–Chang Contention (飯與昌爭辯/Fan yu Chang Zhengbian). He was spared following his defeat and allowed to abdicate, but spent the remainder of his life in exile.

Despite his bad rule, Huangdi Cui was still recognized for bringing some order out of the collapse of the Qiang dynasty and was given a posthumous name upon his death, but not a temple name.

Chang Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Fa Mao
發猫
Shangren
聖人
Huangdi Haohan
昌好漢皇帝
Fuxing
復興
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
First huangdi of the Chang dynasty, Huangdi Haoban came to power after overthrowing the Fan dynasty in a civil war, known to history as the Fan–Chang Contention. He began to process of revitalizing the empire following more than half a century of bad rule.
Huangdi Yueliang
昌月亮皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
The second ruler of the Chang dynasty. The Luan calendar was adopted during his reign.
[…] – […]TJH […] – 346TJH

Can Dynasty

A short-lived breakaway pretender dynasty during a crisis of the Chang dynasty known as the Imperial Schism.
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Fa Tao
發陶
n/a n/a 296 – 302TJH 6yrs

Hua Dynasty

The first faun-ruled dynasty, and the first non-human ruled dynasty of the Imperial Period.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
346 – […]TJH
[…] – 428TJH

Yue Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Yue (悦)
Origin of Name: Toponym:
Yuequan (悦泉)
Capital: Yuequan (悦泉)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Qingse (青色)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Yue dynasty was founded in the wake of a rebellion that turned into a civil war that overthrew the Hua dynasty a year later.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Huangdi Kongyo
悦控唷皇帝
Yaozu
耀祖
[…] – […]TJH 427 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Qingse Zai
青色崽
Zhuanglie
壯烈
Huangdi Yan
悦儼皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Qingse Ding
青色丁
Nande
難得
Huangdi Juexin
悦決心皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Came to power following a palace coup to depose Huang-Taihou San; personal name: Huyu Ying (冴羽瑩); styled: Qixin (琪心), the fourth and final wife of Huangdi Yan before his death, whom had instigated a blood feud between himself and his brothers in an attempt to secure the throne for herself.
Huangdi Jiaoyong
悦教涌皇帝
Zuihou
最後
[…] – […]TJH 684 – 727TJH 43yrs

Bei Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Bei (悲)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Gongjue of Bei (悲的公爵)
Capital: Yuequan (悦泉)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Fan (繁)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Bei dynasty was founded as a usurper dynasty when it's founder, a prominent nobleman, rebelled against the Yue dynasty to found his own, fully supplanting the Yue after twelve years of civil war.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Fan Dou
繁鬥
Huangdi Tanlan
悲貪婪皇帝
Baojun
暴君
686 – 737TJH 51yrs 715 – 737TJH 22yrs
Founder of the Bei dynasty. Gongjue of Bei under the Yue dynasty, he came to power when he orchestrated a civil war against the Imperial House of Qingse, supposedly as revenge against the Qingse clan for mistreatment of his family for generations.

Once firmly in power over all of what was Tianchao at the time, Huangdi Tanlan's reign was characterized as oppressive toward the lower class, favoring the nourishment of the nobility while leaving the commoners destitute.

After his death, Huangdi Tanlan's personal diaries were discovered during the reign of grandnephew, Huangdi Liangjiong, and from them it was learned that his revolt and civil war against the Yue dynasty to establish his own was a false cause built on a lie. Huangdi Tanlan claimed he was an illegitimate offspring between a wangzi of the Yue dynasty and the Fan clan, whose mother was tossed aside by his father when she learned she was pregnant. No one was ever able to confirm whether Huangdi Tanlan really was offspring of the Qingse clan or not, but few questioned it at the time. The discovery that it was, in fact, a lie, led to further investigation and the discovery of a brief affair between another elder female member of his family and a wangzi of the Yue dynasty prior to his birth. A still-living co-conspirator admitted, with "persuasion," that Huangdi Tanlan used the affair to establish cause by falsely passing it off as his mother's affair, whom was no longer alive to dispute his claim, all but proving his crime.

These discoveries led to the conclusion Huangdi Tanlan just wanted an excuse to become huangdi and establish his own dynasty, to mold the country into the very image of what he perceived to be a perfect empire. These discoveries brought a deep shame to the Bei dynasty that would endure to the end of its reign, though they were not made public until the Zhai dynasty.

Fan Hui
繁喙
Sunshang
損傷
Huangdi Chuan
悲傳皇帝
716 – 743TJH 27yrs 737 – 743TJH 6yrs
Son of Huangdi Tanlan.

A staunch supporter of his father's polices, his short reign was no less oppressive toward the lower class than Huangdi Tanlan's. The second year of his reign saw a massive peasant revolt, referred to by the ruling class of the time as the Nijiang Rebellion (泥漿叛亂/Nijiang Panluan/Mud Rebellion). He put down the disorganized rebellion with ease, but he showed his cruelty when he executed nearly a thousand people, even a large number of random innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the rebellion, as a clear and harsh message of the consequences of rebelling against the Bei dynasty.

He died of illness after only six years on the throne.

Fan Kang
繁康
Huangdi Liangjiong
悲亮炯皇帝
726 – […]TJH 743 – […]TJH
Grandnephew of Huangdi Tanlan and the third ruler of the Bei dynasty.

His pre-reign life was tumultuous. At sixteen, he came across and fell in love at first sight with Qingse Jing (青色精), grandniece of Huangdi Jiaoyong, the final ruler of the Yue dynasty. Only an infant when her family was forced from the throne and into poverty, Qingse Jing had been struggling to provide for her family since she was seven years old, but Fan Kang took pity on her and started to discreetly help her whenever he could.

Over time Qingse Jing came to realize who her mysterious benefactor was and was reluctant to get involved, despite the blossoming feelings she was feeling herself. Her reluctance was shattered when, during a festival, Fan Kang chased her through the streets until he caught her and kissed her deeply before declaring his undying love for her. Qingse Jing accepted, but they both agreed to keep their relationship a secret due to unresolved bitterness between the Imperial House of Fan and the remnants of the Qingse clan.

Against the backdrop of their hidden romance, greedy old loyalists of the Qingse clan, seeking the lost privilege they enjoyed under the Yue dynasty, where scheming to restore the Yue dynasty and put Qingse Jing on the throne.

Fan Kang became huangdi at seventeen when Huangdi Chuan, his first cousin-once-removed, died of illness without an heir.

Immediately after his coronation, Fan Kang had Qingse Jing found and brought to the imperial palace. With nothing to hold them back anymore, Fan Kang asked Qingse Jing to marry him, to the shock of the palace retainers, whom had expected him to eke out some random punishment for her family's supposed crimes. Qingse Jing accepted.

Unable to reconcile the idea of the last daughter of the Yue dynasty marrying a supposed enemy, the old retainers of the previous dynasty revolted on the day of the wedding and attempted to install Qingse Jing as a puppet ruler. Their plan was foiled due to the combined efforts of Fan Kang's most loyal friends and several former loyalists of the Yue dynasty whom had since switched allegiances.

With the rebellion of the old Yue dynasty quelled and the bitter feelings between the clans resolved, Huangdi Liangjiong and Qingse Jing (posthumously named Huanghou Aidai (皇后愛戴)) repealed the policies oppressive to the lower class that had been in place since Huangdi Tanlan's reign and led the reformation of the Bei dynasty into another golden age. Yet, gaining the trust of the people, whom were still reeling from the oppressive reigns of Huangdi Tanlan and Huangdi Chuan, proved to be a daunting task that they eventually succeeded in achieving.

Fan Ling
繁齡
Huangdi Zhuping
悲主平皇帝
Zuihou
最後
[…] – […]TJH […] – 1032TJH

Shu Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Shu (樹)
Origin of Name: Toponym & Noble Title:
Shusheng (樹省)
Gongjue of Shu (樹的公爵)
Capital: Luanying (鑾瑛)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Shan (善)
Race: Gargoyle
Ethnicity: Gao

The only gargoyle-ruled dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Shan Ding
善定
Yeyi
夜翼
Huangdi Xinjing
樹心經皇帝
Dazu
大祖
1006 – 1109TJH 103yrs 1032 – 1087TJH 55yrs
Gongjue of Shu under the Bei dynasty.
Shan Shao
善少
Youzhu
幼主
Huangdi Xinruan
樹心軟皇帝
Zhepi
哲辟
1031 – 1119TJH 88yrs 1087 – 1119TJH 32yrs
The second and last huangdi of the Shu dynasty. He died suddenly without naming an heir, leaving his children and relatives to fight a bloodbath to succeed him.

Zhai Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Zhai (斎)
Origin of Name: Toponym & Noble Title:
Zhaiye (斎野)
Wang of Zhai (斎的王)
Capital: Luanying (鑾瑛)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Wei (薇)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

Under the Zhai dynasty, the name "Tianchao" came into use as the official name of the empire, though the dynasty name was still commonly used to refer to the empire, even after the dynasty ended.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Wei Rang
薇讓
Yingxiong
英雄
Huangdi Tongyi
斎統一皇帝
Dazu
大祖
1087 – 1162TJH 75yrs 1120 – 1162TJH 42yrs
The founder of the Zhai dynasty. Came to power through a coup d'état – referred to in history as the Xinnian Zhengbian (新年政變/New Year's Coup) because it took place during New Year's – to fill the power vacuum left by the death of the Huangdi Xinruan six months prior.
Wei Ming
薇明
[…] – […]TJH 1162 – […]TJH
Eldest son of Huangdi Tongyi.
Wei Zhao
薇找
Huangdi Mingming
斎命名皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Under his reign, "Tianchao" was legally adopted as the de jure name of the nation, yet referring to the state by the dynasty's name remained common practice.
Wei Bao
薇雹
Huangdi Tang
斎糖皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
The national anthem, "Dou Huanhu Tianchao," was adopted during his reign.
Wei Ku
薇库
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Wei Mao
薇貓
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Wei Si
薇思
Huangdi Rao
斎繞皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Wei Dao
薇掉
Miyao
密鑰
Huangdi Qingsong
斎輕鬆皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Son of Huangdi Rao and Huanghuo Mingyuan.
Wei Jingjing
薇精晶
Granddaughter of Huangdi Qingsong, and the only female ruler of the Zhai dynasty.
Wei Chong
薇衝
Huangdi Zhixu
斎秩序皇帝
1462 – 1501TJH 39ys 1479 – 1501TJH 22yrs
Father of Wei Sui and Wei Anzi. He came to the throne at the age of seventeen.

During his reign the Heijin zhi Luan (Black Turban Rebellion) broke out – backed by the Hanluan Jundi, the Tianzu branch of the Chaos Order – setting the stage for the Wars at the End of the Zhai Dynasty.

Died of his wounds on the battlefield in the aftermath of the final battle of the rebellion.

Wei Sui
薇歲
Huangdi Zhamen
斎閘門皇帝
1482 – 1503TJH 21yrs 1501 – 1503TJH 2yrs
Eldest son of Huangdi Zhixu and elder brother of Wei Anzi. Assassinated by Huai Gui to make way for his tyrannical puppet regime.
Wei Anzi
薇安子
Chunjie
純潔
Huangdi Ang
斎昂皇帝
Zuihou
最後
1496 – 1558TJH 62yrs 1503 – 1539TJH 36yrs
Last huangdi of the Zhai dynasty. Youngest son of Huangdi Zhixu and younger brother of Huangdi Zhamen.

Dominated by regents for his entire reign, Huangdi Ang's reign saw the complete deterioration of central Zhai rule into the hands of regional warlords.

Enthroned at the age of seven as a puppet monarch for the tyrannical Huai Gui, Chengxiang of Zhai until his assassination, and then kept in a ceremonial position under Guan Zhi, self-titled Zuigao Siling (最高司令/Supreme Commander) of Zhai.

Following his defeat of Guan Zhi, Huangdi Ang was under the thumb of Chengxiang Kong Song for most of the rest of his reign. He was forced to abdicate to Kong Hao, Kong Song's son and successor, ending the Zhai dynasty and beginning the Four Kingdoms period.

Robbed of his throne, he was given the title Gongjue of Tian but spent his remaining days in self-exile.

Pretenders, Usurpers, and Self-Proclaimed dynasties

Wars at the End of the Zhai Dynasty

Self-proclaimed dynasties during the Wars at the End of the Zhai dynasty. The Fei, Huang, and Dian dynasties were self-proclaimed during the period of chaos and civil war in the final decades of the Zhai dynasty, but were unrecognized and overthrown rather quickly.
Names Declared Dynasty Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Lin Lin
霖琳
Reqing
熱情
Huangdi Liang
匪亮皇帝
n/a Fei
Gao 1496TJH – unkwn unkwn 1519 – 1524TJH 5yrs
Lin Lin was a female ruler, one of only a handful recognized in Tianzu history, aside for the women-ruled Jing dynasty.

Originally an outlaw and bandit leader, Lin Lin waged war against the Zhai dynasty itself and all its lords during the Wars at the End of the Zhai Dynasty.

She used the suffering of the people caused by the recent famine and the chaos of the conflict between the regional warlords to justify her campaign, taking advantage of the chaos of the civil wars to better herself and the people.

She stole the Imperial Seal of Tianchao from the Imperial Palace when she led her bandit army to invade and sack the capital while Guan Zhi, then the self-titled Zuigao Siling of Zhai, was away warring with Kong Song, and used her "acquisition" of it as justification for declaring herself huangdi of a new dynasty.

She vanished following her final defeat; whether she escaped and went into hiding or died in battle was never known.

Xin Zhujiao
信主教
Jiaohuang
教皇
Huangdi Jiuzhu
黃救主皇帝
n/a Huang
Gao 1484 – 1532TJH 48yrs 1530 – 1532TJH 1yr, 6mo
A religious leader-turned-warlord, who proclaimed himself huangdi of the Huang dynasty – also known as Xin Huang (信黃) to differentiate it from the Warring States kingdom of the same name.

Devoted to Linglun faith and loved by his people, his rationale for proclaiming his dynasty was that the Zhai dynasty had long-since lost the Mandate of Heaven and that he had received a vision from the gods saying that it had been granted to him for the purpose of saving the nation from self-destruction. He died of illness a year and a half following his declaration. Passing on without an heir, his court quickly collapsed and his army scattered.

San Yinghao
傘英豪
Lijie
禮節
Huangdi Jingling
靛精靈皇帝
n/a Dian
Senzai 1504 – 1537TJH 33yrs 1535 – 1537TJH 2yrs
An ethnic Senzai warlord from the Dianqing (靛青) peninsula, who proclaimed himself huangdi of the Dian dynasty.

His rationale for proclaiming his dynasty remains unknown to history, but most historians believe he was simply an independence fighter before becoming overly ambitious. He intended on conquering the rest of Tianchao, but his self-proclaimed dynasty was defeated by Kong Song and his armies following a successful invasion and reconquest of the peninsula two years later. San Yinghao himself was captured and executed. His sons and daughters were spared, but the men were forced to serve in the armies the Kong-controlled Zhai, and later the Gan, court. San Yinghao's eldest daughter, San An (傘安), was forced to marry Kong Song's nephew, Kong Zao, but would later follow him when her husband defected to Yong Zhai Kingdom.

Four Kingdoms

Northern Gan Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Kong Song
孔嵩
Zhengke
政客
Huangdi Meng
感猛皇帝
Yaozu
耀祖
[…] – 1539TJH […] – 1539TJH n/a
Chengxiang of Zhai dynasty during the final years of the Wars at the End of the Zhai Dynasty. Father of Kong Hao, the first huangdi of Gan kingdom. Did not rule as huangdi – though he was de facto ruler of Zhai during his tenure as chengxiang following his defeat of Guan Zhi – but was posthumously honored as huangdi by Huangdi Gengxin.
Kong Hao
孔好
Youya
幽雅
Huangdi Gengxin
感更新皇帝
n/a […] – […]TJH 1539 – […]TJH
Huangdi Gengxin was the last chengxiang of the Zhai dynasty under Huangdi Ang, the last monarch of the Zhai dynasty.

Son of Kong Song, he took over from his father as chengxiang of the Zhai dynasty. Less than three months following Kong Song's death, he forced Huangdi Ang to abdicate to him, ending the Zhai dynasty,

Kong Dong
孔懂
n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Kong Jiong
孔炯
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH […] – 1581TJH

Yong Zhai Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Wei San
薇散
Sangjian
桑劍
Huangdi Qianbei
永斎謙卑皇帝
n/a […] – […]TJH 1539 – […]TJH
Scion of the imperial family of the Zhai dynasty.
Wei Fu
薇散
Longta
龍獺
Huangdi Heshan
永斎和善皇帝
n/a […] – […]TJH […] – 1574TJH
Second son of Huangdi Qianbei, as well as the second and last huangdi of Yong Zhai.

He abdicated following a massive defeat by the armies of Gan kingdom, and spend the remainder of his life in solitude.

Xue Lu Dynasty

A faun-ruled kingdom
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Xue Tai
學鈦
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH 1540 – 1580TJH 40yrs
Xue Han
學含
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH 1580 – 1588TJH 8yrs
Son of Xue Tai. Willingly abdicated to the Xuan dynasty rather than risk a substantial loss of life.

Western Zan Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Chan Kan
纏看
Yingxiong
英雄
Huangdi Ge
攢鴿皇帝
Dazu
大祖
[…] – […]TJH n/a n/a
Warlord of the Wars at the End of the Zhai dynasty. Father of Chan Ming and Chan Yue, the first huangdi of Zan. Took part in the Coalition Against Huai Gui. Did not rule as huangdi but was posthumously honored as huangdi by Chan Yue.
Chan Ming
纏名
Nujie
女傑
Huangdi Tian
攢甜皇帝
[…] – […]TJH n/a n/a
Warlord of the Wars at the End of the Zhai dynasty. Daughter of Chan Kan, and elder sister of Chan Yue, the first huangdi of Zan. Took part in the Coalition Against Huai Gui alongside her father. Did not rule as huangdi but was posthumously honored as huangdi by Chan Yue.
Chan Yue
纏越
Huangdi Jinyue
攢勁樂皇帝
[…] – […]TJH 1546 – […]TJH
Warlord of the Wars at the End of the Zhai dynasty. Son of Chan Kan and younger brother of Chan Ming, father and daughter successive warlords of the Chan clan during the Wars at the End of the Zhai Dynasty.
Chan Miqi
纏米奇
Huangdi Chiqi
攢池崎皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Daughter of Chan Yue, and the only female monarch of the Four Kingdoms Period.
Chan Ti
纏體
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Chan Jieji
纏傑基
Huangdi Haolong
攢好龍皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – 1589TJH

Xuan Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Shenji Jian
身幾檢
Piaobo
漂泊
Huangdi Huanyuan
軒還原皇帝
Dazu
大祖
[…] – […]TJH n/a
Grandfather of Shenji Rui/Huangdi Shanyu. Chengxiang of Gan Kingdom for the majority of its tenure during the Four Kingdoms. Posthumously honored as huangdi by Huangdi Shanyu in 1595TJH.
Shenji Rui
身幾瑞
Huangdi Shanyu
軒善于皇帝
[…] – […]TJH 1587 – […]TJH
First Huangdi of the Xuan dynasty. At first Chengxiang of Gan kingdom under the last two monarchs, he came to power when he forced Huangdi Kong Jiong to abdicate to him.
[…] – […]TJH […] – 1742TJH

Lai Dynasty

A short-lived centaur-ruled dynasty
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Sa Tang
薩瑭
Mushu
木薯
Huangdi Mashu
騋馬術皇帝
n/a 1711 – 1787TJH 76yrs 1746 – 1766TJH 20yrs
Sole ruler of the Lai dynasty.

A centaur of noble birth, he brought order to Tianchao when he replaced the Xuan dynasty following a three-year interregnum and war of succession within the imperial Shenji clan that followed the death of the Xuan dynasty's last huangdi.

Seventeen years later, Huang Wanjian (later known as Huangdi Qishi of the Hun dynasty) led a coup against him to force him to abdicate, but Huangdi Mashu, placed under house arrest, resisted for three years until he was left with no recourse but to abdicate, ending the short-lived Lai dynasty.

Hun Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Hun (昏)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Wang of Hun (昏的王)
Capital:
Ruler Title: Yedi (夜帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Huang (衁)
Race: Vampire (Xiaopa)
Ethnicity: Gao

The Hun dynasty was the only vampire-ruled dynasty to rule a unified Tianchao.

Under the Hun dynasty, vampires achieved a lot more freedom and rights than they used to have, to the point that they almost eclipsed other races.

Because the imperial Huang family were xiaopa (nightcrawler) vampires, and therefore couldn't go out in the sun, the primary way they maintained their grip on power was through an elite force known as the Fangshai (防曬/Sun Guard) – made up mostly of chenzou (daywalker) vampires – whose job it was was to maintain the Hun dynasty's rule during the day when the imperial family could not, as well as guard the imperial family when they slept during the day.

Also, being of a race with great longevity (usually), the rulers of the Hun dynasty, which were titled Yedi (夜帝/nocturnal emperor) would traditionally abdicate after between twenty-five to forty years on the throne.

Enduring for 562 years – the second-longest-enduring dynasty of the imperial era – the Hun dynasty was the last dynasty of the Classical Imperial Era.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Huang Wanjian
衁晚間
Anying
暗影
Yedi Qishi
昏騎士夜帝
Yongzu
永祖
1720 – 1831TJH 111yrs 1763 – 1809TJH 46yrs
First huangdi of the Hun dynasty. Before becoming huangdi, he was the Wang of Hun and a government official in the last years of the Xuan dynasty and throughout the Lai dynasty.

Partially inspired by Huangdi Mashu's victory, partially because he believed a centaur was unworthy of the Mandate of Heaven, he led a coup of the imperial palace – known as the Wuye Zhengbian (午夜政變/Midnight Coup) – to force Huangdi Mashu to abdicate to him, but Huangdi Mashu resisted.

And so, rather than kill Huangdi Mashu, Yedi Qishi placed him under house arrest, took control of the government, and declared himself huangdi of the Hun dynasty. Yedi Qishi pressed Huangdi Mashu for his abdication for three years until he finally broke him and convinced him to abdicate, ending the Lai dynasty.

Huang Jundao
衁軍刀
[…] – […]TJH Shouyue 9th 1939 – Meiyue 10th 1940TJH 6mo
The first huangdi part of the power struggle within the imperial family known as the Six Years and Ten Emperors, which precipitated the Crisis of the Twentieth Century.
Huang Tang
衁堂
[…] – […]TJH Meiyue 12th – Longyue 20th 1940TJH 3mo
Huang Ming
衁命
[…] – […]TJH Longyue 20th 1940 – Meiyue 8th 1941TJH 9mo
Huang Cao
衁槽
[…] – […]TJH Meiyue 15th 1941 – Tangyue 20th 1942TJH 1yr, 2mo
Huang Liu
衁流
[…] – […]TJH Tangyue 22nd – Bingyue 11th 1942TJH 6mo
Huang Sun
衁損
[…] – […]TJH Bingyue 20th – Xieyue 12th 1942TJH 2mo
Huang Wei
衁微
[…] – […]TJH Xieyue 13th 1942 – Bingyue 23rd 1943TJH 10mo
Huang Shu
衁屬
[…] – […]TJH Bingyue 24th – Xieyue 20th 1943TJH 2mo
During his reign, with chaos consuming the empire, the Crisis of the Twentieth Century began when the Jian dynasty broke away.
Huang Wu
衁吳
[…] – […]TJH Xieyue 22nd 1943 – Xieyue 25th 1944TJH 1yr
During his reign the Zhao dynasty, the other breakaway Crisis of the Twentieth Century, broke away.
Huang Duanjian
衁短劍
[…] – […]TJH Xieyue 30th 1944 – 1997TJH 53yrs
The last huangdi part of the power struggle within the imperial family known as the Six Years and Ten Emperors. Stability within the imperial family was restored with his coronation and he reigned until the Jian and Zhao dynasties were reconquered.
Huang Liang
衁亮
Yingjie
影傑
Yedi Lucao
昏綠草夜帝
Zuihou
最後
[…] – 2289TJH […] – 2289TJH

Jian Dynasty

A human-ruled breakaway dynasty of the Crisis of the Twentieth Century
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Tang […]
瑭[…]
n/a […] – […]TJH 1941 – […]TJH
Tang […]
瑭[…]
n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Tang […]
瑭[…]
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH […] – 1997TJH

Zhao Dynasty

A vampire-ruled breakaway dynasty of the Crisis of the Twentieth Century
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Yan Tang
眼糖
Manyan
滿眼
n/a n/a 1838 – 1991TJH 153yrs 1944 – 1991TJH 47yrs
The sole ruler of the breakaway Zhao dynasty.

He was a well-accomplished but unacknowledged general of the Hun dynasty. Declared independence of the land he was given to govern as both revenge and to grab some much-craved glory for himself.

Fought against the Hun dynasty to maintain his self-declared empire until he was slain in battle. His slayer was Wangzi Tao of Souchuan (藪川逃王子/Souchuan Tao Wangzi), a wangzi (prince) of the Hun dynasty, personal name Huang Chuang (衁窗); styled Jingzi (鏡子). Wangzi Tao was glorified in history as the slayer of a rouge general, but was demonized by Yan Tang's followers.

Kai Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Kai (愷)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Wang of Kai (愷的王)
Capital: Xingyun (幸運)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Tai (泰)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Kai dynasty was the first dynasty of the Medieval Imperial Era.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Unity Period
Tai Moshui
泰墨水
Dafang
大方
Huangdi Wan
愷玩皇帝
Bianjian
變建
[…] – […]TJH 2288 – […]TJH
Huangdi Songhan
愷嵩涵皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Tai Bing
泰兵
Bangshou
幫手
Huangdi Ju
愷句皇帝
[…] – 2590TJH […] – 2590TJH
Mentally stunted, he was dominated by regents for the entirety of his reign.

Throughout his tenure, there was constant internecine fighting between regents, imperial wangzi (his siblings, uncles, cousins), and his wife Huanghou Mihan Keyi (米晗可以皇後) for the right to control him (and therefore the imperial administration), causing great suffering for the people and greatly undermining the stability of the Kai regime, culminating in a conflict known as the War of the Twelve Princes (2154 – 2167ᴘᴄᴢ/2575 – 2588TJH).

Most historians believe and agree that Mihan Keyi provoked the wars between the twelve wangzi in a vain, foolish, and ill-fated attempt to establish supreme hegemony over the realm from behind the throne, or perhaps even usurp the throne herself.

Tai Yan
泰眼
Huakong
花控
Huangdi Yong
愷永皇帝
[…] – […]TJH 2590 – […]TJH
Youngest brother of Huangdi Ju. Vastly more intelligent than his predecessor, he attempted to exercise some central authority to initiate reforms to restore the empire, but Tai Zize, the regent the dynasty and de facto winner of the War of the Twelve Princes, kept him from exercising any real power.
Twenty Kingdoms Period
Huangdi who ruled the Kai dynasty during the Twenty Kingdoms period, a time when, in the aftermath of the War of the Twelve Princes, political order of what was then western and northern Tianchao splintered into a series of short-lived sovereign states while the Kai dynasty, whose power continued to wane, continued to rule most of central and eastern Zanghuan.
Tai […]
泰[…]
[…] – […]TJH
Tai […]
泰[…]
[…] – […]TJH
Tai […]
泰[…]
[…] – […]TJH
Tai […]
泰[…]
Huangdi Dang
愷黨皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – 2734TJH

Pretenders

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
War of the Twelve Princes
Pretenders who declared themselves Huangdi amidst the War of the Twelve Princes during the reign of Huangdi Ju.
Tai Han
泰喊
Gongtai
攻台
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Nanzhou Yuji Wangzi (南粥預計王子/Prince Yuji of Nanzhou). Uncle of Huangdi Ju. Executed for treason.
Tai Song
泰送
Jiatang
加糖
n/a n/a […] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Jiongxiao Tinan Wangzi (囧校題難王子/Prince Tinan of Jiongxiao). First cousin, once removed of Huangdi Ju. Commited suicide following final defeat.

Twenty Kingdoms

Western, Central & Northern Dynasties

Western dynasties

Sai

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2736 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2816TJH

Northern Sai

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2816 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2872TJH

Southern Sai

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2815 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2900TJH

Rao

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2872 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2911TJH

Chao

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2911 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2930TJH

Fang

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2900 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2935TJH

Central dynasties

Central Tan

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2734 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2790TJH

Western Tan

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2790 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2912TJH

Eastern Tan

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2790 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2920TJH

Ling

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2920 – 2927TJH 7yrs
2927 – 2930TJH 3yrs

Kang

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2912 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2938TJH

Northern dynasties

Three of the Northern Dynasties were rule by ethnically Tukhii families. By this time the Tukhii had only been partially Cathized, and so they used both Wan and Tukhii names for their kingdoms, the former for diplomatic purposes with Wan kingdoms.

Yutian/Boroo

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2735 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2809TJH

Xiatian/Zuny

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2809 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2905TJH

Jiu

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2809 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH
[…] – 2864TJH

Dan

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2864 – 2868TJH 4yrs
2868 – 2894TJH 26yrs
2894 – 2900TJH 6yrs
2900 – 2904TJH 4yrs

Qingwa/Malkhii

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
2905 – 2920TJH 15yrs
2920 – 2940TJH 20yrs

Zan Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Zan (簪)
Origin of Name: Toponym:
Zanxian (簪縣)
Capital: Zanhui (簪會)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Yang (杨)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Tonglu

The first unity period dynasty since the Kai dynasty and the ruling family was the first non-Gao ethnic group to rule a unified Tianchao, the Tonglu in this case.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Yang Soutu
杨藪土
Xianqu
先驅
Huangdi Zhaoze
簪沼澤皇帝
Kaijian
凱建
2875 – 2952TJH 57yrs 2940 – 2950TJH 10yrs
Brought order back to Tianchao through the reunification of the empire out of the dark age of the Western, Central & Northern Dynasties. Abdicated after ten years so that his eldest son could rule and sought to spend the rest of his life in retirement.

Huangdi Zhaoze died of poisoning by Huangdi Qipian at the same time as as Huangdi Jinglao did.

Yang Wangxiao
杨旺销
Bangshou
幫手
Huangdi Jinglao
簪敬老皇帝
2918 – 2952TJH 34yrs 2950 – 2952TJH 2yrs
Eldest son of Huangdi Zhaoze, whom abdicated so he could rule. Died of poisoning by his own brother, along with his father, after only two years on the throne.
Yang Danyao
杨弹药
Yajun
亞軍
Huangdi Qipian
簪欺騙皇帝
Huaipi
壞辟
2919 – 2973TJH 44yrs 2952 – 2973TJH 21yrs
Younger brother of Huangdi Jinglao, coming to power by usurpation after poisoning his brother and father. An utterly corrupt, selfish and tyrannical ruler, the policies of his two-decade reign led to financial ruin and began the downfall of the Zan dynasty. Midway through his reign he was faced rebellion and civil war to remove him from power, but the conflicts ended up deadlocked through the rest of his reign through to the end of the dynasty under his successor.

Died of a plague that swept through the empire and claimed the lives of half a million people near the end of his reign, an event seen by sages of the time and historians as harsh divine retribution.

Yang Wajiao
杨挖教
Jianbing
尖兵
Huangdi Caoze
簪草澤皇帝
Zuihou
最後
2951 – 2986TJH 35yrs 2973 – 2986TJH 13yrs
Son of Huangdi Jinglao, and the last ruler of the Zan dynasty. He spent the entirety of his uncle's reign in hiding, only coming out again to take the throne following Huangdi Qipian's death.

When he took the throne, his empire attempted to recover, both financially and culturally, from the tyrannical reign of his uncle and the plague near the end of the latter's reign, but did not have the chance to properly do so. The Zan dynasty remained locked in civil war, with warlords and several imperial relatives vying for the throne since the final days of Huangdi Qipian, and his ascension did nothing to convince them to lay down their arms.

His reign saw the conquest of Tianchao by the Qiu dynasty of the Xiyi people, for which it was unprepared but still managed to resist for ten years despite ongoing civil war.

Claimants

Individuals who claimed the imperial title while fighting the civil war to remove Huangdi Qipian from power or simply take it for themselves. Many of these claimants endured for long after the extinction of the Zan dynasty until their final submission at the hands of the Qiu dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
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Qiu Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Qiu (虯)
Origin of Name: Toponym:
Qiulu (虯陸)
Capital: Gulong (古龍) (first)
Longcheng (龍城) (second)
Ruler Title: Longdi (龍帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Mijingyu (冪鯨魚)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Xiyi

The imperial family of the Qiu dynasty originated from the island of the same name and was of the Xiyi (爬蟲) people, and was the second non-Gao ethnic group to rule a unified Tianchao. Before this period, the island of Qiu was not yet under the sovereignty of Tianchao.

Rulers of this dynasty used the self-made title Longdi (龍帝/Dragon Emperor). Mijingyu Linpian, the final ruler of the dynasty, changed the title to Shendi (神帝/God Emperor) during his reign as a reflection of his vanity in attempt to make himself seemingly a god, but was given the title Xiuhuang (羞皇/Disgraced Emperor) as part of his posthumous name upon his overthrow.

Additionally, while the dwarven invention of black powder had been available for various actions across Marlakcor for centuries, the Qiu dynasty's conquest of Tianchao was the first time in Tianzu history it had been utilized as a weapon of war.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Mijingyu Cijijian
冪鯨魚刺棘尖
Heijin Huoyan
黑金火焰
Longdi Pachong
虯爬蟲龍帝
Dazu
大祖
2925 – 2984TJH 59yrs 2976 – 2984TJH 8yrs
The founder of the Qiu dynasty.

The same year he established his dynasty, seeing an opportunity to establish glory for himself and his people, and revitalize the empire his way, he orchestrated the Xiyi invasion of Zanghuan, known as the Gao–Xiyi War, to replace the faltering Zan dynasty, plagued by instability and civil war since the mid-reign of Huangdi Qipian.

Regretfully, even with victory in sight, he did not live to see his ambitions realized.

Mijingyu Kanjinji
冪鯨魚刊晉級
Zanzhu Yuansheng
贊助原生
Longdi Jiayin
虯甲胤龍帝
Kaijian
凱建
2944 – 3014TJH 70yrs 2984 – 3014TJH 30yrs
Eldest son of Longdi Pachong, the second huangdi of the Qiu dynasty and the first to rule over the entirety of Tianchao following the final conquest of the Zan dynasty and the submission of the warlords tearing the empire apart since the reign of Huangdi Qipian, ten years after the Qiu dynasty's founding, fulfilling the ambitions of his late-father.

Though not the dynasty's actual founder, he was giving a temple name that implied he was as he was the first huangdi of the Qiu dynasty to rule the entirety of Tianchao.

Mijingyu Sourongni
冪鯨魚藪蠑鯢
Qinglu Yulong
青綠羽龍
Longdi Mangshe
虯蟒蛇龍帝
2997 – 3084TJH 87yrs 3014 – 3084TJH 70yrs
Grandson of Longdi Jiayin. One of the longest-ruling monarchs in Tianzu history. He was also the first Huangdi of the Qiu dynasty to rule it from a place in Zanghuan.

One of his acts in the second decade of his reign was to found what is now the city of Longcheng (龍城) in eastern Zanghuan, moving the capital there from Gulong (古龍), the old capital of the Qiu dynasty. His rationale for moving the capital was to give the dynasty further legitimacy by ruling it from a place within Tianchao's cradle of civilization, while the placement of the new capital also meant to serve as a reminder of the dynasty's roots.

Mijingyu Sanbihu
冪鯨魚散壁虎
Gulao Konglong
古老恐龍
Taishang Longdi Qiancheng
虯虔誠太上龍帝
3066 – 3125TJH 59yrs 3084 – 3099TJH 15yrs
Youngest son of Longdi Mangshe. Later abdicated for health reasons in favor of his son, Longdi Jinglu.
Mijingyu Chilonggu
冪鯨魚齒龍骨
Congjing Mingling
叢精命令
Longdi Jinglu
虯晶顱龍帝
Lieshi
烈士
3084 – 3130TJH 46yrs 3099 – 3130TJH 31yrs
Eldest son of Taishang Longdi Qiancheng. He was later violently overthrown and executed by his own son, the infamous Huangdi Shui Bude Mingming.
Mijingyu Heilinpian
冪鯨魚黑鱗片
Huaizao Sheguai
壞糟蛇怪
Xiuhuang Kuangguai
虯狂怪羞皇
Xiuhuang Shui Bude shi Mingming
羞皇誰不得是命名
3109 – 3165TJH 56yrs 3130 – 3165TJH 35yrs
Son of Longdi Jinglu. He came to power by violently overthrowing his own father. Historians speculate that he also had a hand in the death of his own grandfather, Taishang Longdi Qiancheng, a few years prior so that he couldn't interfere, but this has never been proven.

Xiuhuang Shui Bude shi Mingming, was a monstrous tyrannical ruler so cruel and evil that his name still lives infamy. He used the title Shendi (神帝/God Emperor) during his reign as a reflection of his vanity in attempt to make himself seemingly a god, but was given the title Xiuhuang (羞皇/Disgraced Emperor) as part of his posthumous name upon his overthrow.

Throughout his reign he committed numerous atrocities, including: raising taxes despite a famine, massacring entire populations of several towns and villages who failed to pay just for sport, executing random people for amusement, forcing kinsmen to fight to the death, kidnapping hundreds of random women for his harem to fuel is lust, killing many for fun later, and many more besides.

So infamous is he that during and since his reign his names came to viewed as synonymous with evil, to the point that people fear to even speak them, a fear that persists into present day; he is commonly referred to in conversation by his unique temple name: Xiuhuang Shui Bude shi Mingming (皇帝誰不得是命名/Disgraced Emperor Who Shall Not be Named).

He was finally overthrown and his dynasty replaced after a year-long civil war known to history as Muren's Rebellion (木人謀反). Captured alive when the capital fell, he was denied a proper execution and burial. He was instead cursed and buried alive in a tomb that was more of a prison, the location of which was purposely unrecorded in history to prevent anyone from finding him.

Wanzu mage texts call his curse the Xie'e Juexing (邪惡覺醒/Evil Awakening). It's described as the worst of all curses. Should he be awakened he would take his revenge by destroying all of Tianxia; which, in modern terms, would include all of Qirsyllviar, not just Marlakcor.

Jia Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Jia (嘉)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Gongjue of Jia (嘉的公爵)
Capital: Xingyun (幸運)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Pang (滂)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

While short-lived, it was the first Gao-ruled unity dynasty since the Kai dynasty.

The Jia dynasty was an unstable regime from the outset, as the founder of the dynasty had little interest in being ruler. The lack of effective ruling led to corruption and the destabilization of the regime, setting the stage for the destructive War of the Seven Emperors and paving way for the rise of the Gun dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Pang Yu
滂與
Muren
木人
Huangdi Zui
嘉醉皇帝
Jiuxing
救星
3134 – 3181TJH 47yrs 3164 – 3181TJH 17yrs
Gongjue of Jia during the last decade of the Qiu dynasty, Pang Yu became the founder of the Jia dynasty after overthrowing the last tyrannical ruler of the Xiyi-ruled Qiu dynasty following a year-long civil war – an event remembered as Muren's Rebellion – restoring Gao rule to Tianchao for the first time in almost two centuries.

Generally regarded as the sole true huangdi of the Jia dynasty.

While lauded as a hero for ending the tyrannical rule of Xiuhuang Shui Bude shi Mingming and the Qiu dynasty, he was well known for his drunken temperament and general lack of interest in actually ruling the empire. Because of this, he is also widely regarded as an inefficient ruler whose policies, or lack thereof, destabilized the regime and the empire, setting the stage for civil war following his death. His only true act as ruler was to move the capital back to Xingyun, the capital last used by the Kai dynasty. His inactive rulership also caused the government to descend into corruption and saw the formation of various factions, either supporting one of his brothers to succeed him or for someone else to replace the dynasty.

He died suddenly during the seventeenth year of his reign. His cause of death is unknown, but historians have long suspected that he was somehow assassinated, perhaps by his own huanghou.

Claimants

Huangdi Zui is generally regarded as the only true huangdi of the Jia dynasty. The reigns and conflicts of his brothers and assumed son, part of the wider War of the Seven Emperors, is considered by most historians as an interregnum between his death and the founding of the Gun dynasty. Yet Huangdi Xiong (Pang Long) is traditionally counted by historians and scholars among the official list of huangdi as the final monarch of the Jia dynasty for conclusionary reasons.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Pang Wu
滂吴
Jujue
拒絕
Huangdi Hunwai
嘉婚外皇帝
n/a 3166 – 3189TJH 23yrs 3181 – 3189TJH 8yrs
Huangdi Zui's direct successor, but was an illegitimate bastard whom was not born to him. Huangdi Zui's huanghou, known to history as Jin Ting (尽挺), deceived him into thinking he was. The common belief among historians is that he was born of an affair between Jin Ting and her childhood friend from before her marriage.

He was fifteen years old at the time of Huangdi Zui's death. Though he was given a posthumous name, historians traditionally don't count him among the official list of huangdi, but rather as a pretender.

He was known as a selfish tyrant whose policies made the common people suffer, though historians admit that he was not nearly as bad as his presumed father's predecessor. He was also an inept politician worse than his presumed father, and all his actions kept bringing his empire further into ruin. He refused to consider surrender or negotiation under any circumstance, executing anyone who attempted to counsel it, even his own mother and several of his other relatives, and kept his empire on the path of civil war.

Early on his mother tried to control and manipulate him as the power behind the throne, but was only minimally successful. Pang Wu proved uncontrollable and was not eager to listen to her advice; he only instated a small few of the many policies she recommended to shut her up, thus he was partially her puppet but mostly did as he pleased. Two years into his reign, as Pang Wu grew tired of listening to his mother's "advice," he realized just what he could really do with his power and eventually had his own mother executed for the crime of "annoying" him. With his mother gone, he reveled in his supposed freedom and appointed an assumed sycophant, Song De, as his advisor. However, while he continued to do as he pleased, Pang Wu failed to realize that, throughout the remainder of his reign, Song De was only inflating up his ego and thus didn't realize that most of the policies that he passed were Song De's idea in the first place. He even agreed to an arranged marriage Song De organized to keep him occupied. Thus he became the puppet of Song De.

in 3189TJH, Pang Wu was killed along with many of his nearest relatives in a palace coup initiated by Song De, who became the founder of the Gun dynasty, replacing the Jia.

Pang Gou
滂够
Wenxian
文獻
Huangdi Shi
嘉獅皇帝
n/a 3130 – 3189TJH 59yrs 3181 – 3189TJH 8yrs
Huangdi Zui's eldest older brother. Declared himself huangdi within days of Pang Wu's enthronement. Died in the Battle of Yongting against the army of Pang Long, almost simultaneously as Song De overthrew Huangdi Hunwai and established the Gun dynasty.
Pang Mingce
滂命策
Weilian
威廉
Huangdi Hu
嘉虎皇帝
n/a 3132 – 3186TJH 54yrs 3181 – 3186TJH 5yrs
Huangdi Zui's second eldest older brother. Declared himself huangdi within days of Pang Wu's enthronement.

He was assassinated by agents of Song De on behalf of Huangdi Hunwai, making him the first of the self-proclaimed huangdi of the War of the Seven Emperors to die.

Pang Long
滂隆
Yadang
亞當
Huangdi Xiong
嘉熊皇帝
n/a 3137 – 3191TJH 54yrs 3181 – 3191TJH 10yrs
Huangdi Zui's younger brother. Declared himself huangdi within days of Pang Wu's enthronement. Died in the Battle of Rongke against the armies of the breakaway San dynasty.

Huangdi Xiong was the last of the self-declared huangdi of the Jia dynasty to die. The Gun dynasty had been founded two years prior, and with most of the imperial Pang clan dead or scattered his death officially ended the Jia dynasty, though the wider aspects of War of the Seven Emperors would continue for another five years.

Though a pretender, he was the last of the imperial house of Pang to hold the title, albeit illegally; and so, historians and scholars traditionally count Huangdi Xiong among the official list of huangdi as the final monarch of the Jia dynasty for conclusionary reasons.

Pian Dynasty

A centaur-ruled dynasty and one of the breakaway states of the wider War of the Seven Emperors.
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Sui Han
虽韩
Dianzhui
點綴
n/a n/a 3154 – 3188TJH 34yrs 3181 – 3188TJH 7yrs
Sole huangdi of the breakaway Pian dynasty.

Wang of Pian under the Jia dynasty before seceding, he declared independence within weeks of Pang Wu's ascension. His kingdom was conquered by Huangdi Shi. Sui Han was personally executed by Huangdi Shi for his rebellion.

Nian Dynasty

A vampire-ruled dynasty and one of the breakaway states of the wider War of the Seven Emperors.
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Ren Jizhi
稔機智
Pianzi
騙子
n/a n/a 3150 – 3329TJH 179yrs 3181 – 3192TJH 11yrs
Sole huangdi of the breakaway Nian dynasty. Wang of Nian under the Qiu and Jia dynasties, and aided Huangdi Zui in overthrowing the Qiu dynasty. Following the enthronement of Huangdi Hunwai, Within weeks f Pang Wu's ascension, he seceded to form his own dynasty for reasons unknown to all but himself.

Save for some border disputes with the other two breakaway kingdoms and the Pang clan claimants, Ren Jizhi mostly managed to stay out of the fighting between the other six huangdi.

Four years after the establishment of the Gun dynasty, with the Gun army beginning to encroach upon his lands following the fall of Pang Long in battle against the San dynasty, Ren Jizhi challenged Song De to a "duel of champions" and his champion lost. Per the terms of the duel, in which his kingdom would retain independence if he had won, he willingly abdicated, ending his self-proclaimed dynasty. Stripped of his titles, he quietly lived out the rest of his days in retirement, undisturbed and practically forgotten by the Gun government.

San Dynasty

One of the breakaway states of the wider War of the Seven Emperors.
Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Na Bin
拿斌
Jingzhi
精製
n/a n/a 3135 – 3191TJH 56yrs 3181 – 3191TJH 10yrs
First huangdi of the breakaway San dynasty. Wang of San under the Jia dynasty, he was a sworn brother Huangdi Zui and a loyal general of during the latter's rebellion to overthrow Xiuhuang Shui Bude shi Mingming and the Qiu dynasty.

He learned the truth about Pang Wu's parentage by accident in the last days of Huangdi Zui's reign, but the latter died before he could tell him.

Unable to stop Huangdi Hunwai from coming to power, and realizing that Huangdi Zui's brothers were going to contend for the throne themselves, Na Bin fled the capital and soon declared independence, with the eventual aim of conquering Tianchao, either once the four false huangdi of the Pang clan had killed each other off of he killed them himself.

Assassinated by agents of the Gun dynasty same day his armies defeated Huangdi Xiong. His death is widely considered the beginning of the end for his self-proclaimed dynasty.

Na Ao
拿澳
Haiwan
海灣
n/a n/a 3156 – 3196TJH 40yrs 3191 – 3196TJH 5yrs
Second son of Na Bin, and the second and last huangdi of the breakaway San dynasty. He took over after the death of his father, as his elder brother, his father's initial heir, died in battle just days before Na Bin died, and Na Ao's uncles, nephews and cousins all died of varying circumstances, including the war, over the course of the previous decade.

Under his reign, his kingdom was the last resisting faction to fall the the Gun dynasty after a series of substantial defeats, and Na Ao himself committed suicide when he realized all hope was lost. His own children were spared any punishment, yet lived out the rest of their days in exile.

Gun Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Gun (磙)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Gongjue of Gun (磙的公爵)
Capital: Xingyun (幸運) (first)
Dongtan (東灘) (second)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Song (松)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Gun dynasty came to power through the usurpation of the Jia dynasty in the midst of the ongoing War of the Seven Emperors.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Song De
松德
Qinqing
親情
Huangdi Chunzhen
磙純真皇帝
Yongzu
永祖
3144 – 3211TJH 67yrs 3189 – 3211TJH 22yrs
Founder of the Gun dynasty. Gongjue of Gun during the Qiu and Jia dynasties, he is lauded as a hero for bringing order back to Tianchao by replacing the collapsing Jia dynasty during the War of the Seven Emperors. He initially feigned allegiance to the illegitimate Huangdi Hunwai for the early stages of the war before he came to power. His reign began when he instigated a palace coup, killing Huangdi Hunwai and many of the tyrannical bastard's nearest relatives, both his presumed ones and his actual blood relatives, yet he spared Huangdi Hunwai's young an innocent children.

Ended the war with the reconquest of the breakaway San dynasty.

He is viewed by historians with mixed impressions: on one hand he is lauded as a hero for restoring order to a nation plagued by decades of strife and war; on the other he is admonished as a manipulative opportunistic usurper for overthrowing a dynasty to establish his own. Sparing the innocent children of Huangdi Hunwai the death penalty earned him some respect, but not enough to fully redeem his reputation.

Song Kun
松坤
Huangdi Tilu
磙題錄皇帝
3211ᴛ – 3248ᴊʜ 37yrs
Second ruler of the Gun dynasty. Founded the new imperial capital, Dongtan. His rationale for creating a new capital was to hopefully wipe away the bad memories of the last great war through a massive construction project, as well as inaugurate a time of new beginnings.
Song Quanti
松權體
Huangdi Yiwang
磙遺忘皇帝
3248 – 3272TJH 24yrs
Third ruler of the Gun dynasty. Often nicknamed "Bei Yiwang de Huangdi (被遺忘的皇帝/the forgotten emperor)" due to his relatively uneventful reign, which is also the origin of his posthumous name.
Song Mao
松毛
Yingjun
英俊
Huangdi Tanpan
磙談判皇帝
n/a 3250 – 3284TJH 34yrs 3272 – 3284TJH 12yrs
Forth and last huangdi of the Gun dynasty, his reign saw the end of patriarchal rule to the matriarchal Jing dynasty for over six-and-a-half centuries.

When the capital fell at the end of the Jing–Gun War, he committed suicide once he had heard Jing forces had breached the palace defenses rather than be executed or forced to abdicate.

Out of respect for his resolve, Huangdi Cuilu, the founder of the Jing dynasty, decreed he be given a posthumous name, but not a temple name.

Jing Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Jing (晶)
Origin of Name: Toponym:
Jingwen (晶溫)
Capital: Dongtan (東灘) (first)
Tangzhai (瑭寨) (second)
Ruler Title: Niangdi (孃帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Yuan (苑)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

Unique among the rest of the dynasties. While there were female monarchs in past and future dynasties, in both unity and division periods, the Jing dynasty was the only unity period dynasty ruled entirely by women. Monarchs of the Jing dynasty used the title Niangdi, with the title passed mother to daughter matrilineally, and all children of daughters of the imperial family took their mothers' surname as well. While men were forbidden from succeeding the throne during this dynasty, inheritance of the family name was remained as unchanged for sons born into the imperial family, and their sons and daughters continued to inherit the family name.

Enduring for over six-and-a-half centuries, it is longest imperial dynasty in the history of Tianchao, and is also famous for being the longest period of female-preference primogeniture in Tianzu history.

While women had achieved high military and political status many thousands of times under previous dynasties, they were difficult to attain and required great merit before they were even considered for those statuses. Under the Jing dynasty, women's rights and status were elevated to equal of that of men, given them equal opportunity, which saw the rise of many influential characters of both sexes throughout the dynasty's tenure.

Names Lifetime Reign Eras
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple Names yrs
Yuan Lan
苑藍
Ganqing
感情
Niangdi Cuilu
晶翠綠孃帝
Zuangli
壯麗
3258 – 3321TJH 63yrs 3277 – 3321TJH 44yrs Shengkai
盛開
3277 – 3304TJH
Qiangwei
薔薇
3304 – 3321TJH
The founder of the Jing dynasty.

Her parents were named Sheng Jin (繩筋) and Yuan Minglin (苑茗琳). Yuan Lan's mother, Yuan Minglin, was born a commoner woman from a well off merchant family. A bad investment on her father's part led to debts and her being sold into slavery to pay them off. Not long after, Yuan Minglin met Sheng Jin, another slave, who became her constant companion until he died. Yuan Lan, the future ruler of Tianchao, was born some time after, and they decided that she would have her mother's surname rather than her father's.

Born a slave, Yuan Lan endured harsh conditions under the tyrannical slave system of the Gun dynasty. Her father died as a result of these conditions when she was just eight years old.

When she was a teenager, Yuan Lan started to speak out against slavery and the oppression of women under patriarchal traditions. Even though she endured harsh punishments for speaking out, including whippings and being striped nude and tied to a pole in public, she kept her head high and never let herself be silenced.

Influential and charismatic, with an innate talent for public speaking, she accumulated some sympathetic listeners, both freemen and fellow slaves, and even some sympathetic nobles, some who turned into devoted followers. Among them were her two lifelong friends: Tian Meili (甜美梨), styled Aifeng (爱風), a young noblegirl of high stature who was her oldest friend and sworn sister, whom also taught her to read and write; and Xiong Wu (熊舞), styled Jianshi (劍師), her sworn brother, and her lover. Another of Yuan Lan's close allies was her teacher, Po Han (迫含), styled Wushi (武師), the Abjaksan of the time and the greatest martial arts and zhishu (質術) master of the era, who trained her in everything he knew when he discovered she was a zhifu (質婦). Even after she became ruler of Tianchao, he continued to train her and her children.

When she was nineteen, Yuan Lan's mother was arrested and imprisoned on trumped up charges in an attempt to shut her down, but that was the final straw for her. With support from Tian Mili's family, she organized and led a slave revolt in Dongtan, the imperial capital of the time. Her uprising was repulsed from the city, but word of her cause spread far and wide and attracted followers from all corners of the empire, women and men, until they had grown into an army many-thousands-strong within just a few weeks. A slave no more, her cause then waged war against the Gun dynasty, a conflict known to history as the Jing–Gun War (3277 – 3284TJH).

Following the Battle of Tanxian, a few months into the conflict, Yuan Lan and some of her retinue came across a small hidden temple that had been left derelict for a long time; the writings they found seemed to indicate it had been built during the Hun dynasty, but something about the temple felt much older. Enshrined in the temple was a locked puzzle box that nobody could budge. But when Yuan Lan touched it the pieces began to move, allowing her to solve it. Her solving the puzzle unlocked the lid which opened with a bright glow. To the awe of everyone, in the box was the Imperial Seal of Tianchao, long thought lost since the end of the Kai dynasty, and on the inside of the lid was an inscription: 只有天朝真正的統治者可以佔有璽。(Zhiyou Tianchao zhenzheng de tongzhi zhe keyi zhanyou xi./Only the true ruler of Tianchao may take possession of the Imperial Seal.).

The acquisition of the long-lost Imperial Seal proved a major propaganda and morale coup. At the urging of her most loyal retainers – who believed that the sudden growth and support of her rebellion, as well as her acquisition of the long-lost imperial seal, meant that the Gun dynasty had lost the Mandate of Heaven and it had been granted to her – Yuan Lan hesitantly declared a new dynasty, naming her dynasty "Jing (晶)," and coined the imperial title of "Niangdi (孃帝)." Her declaration was met with applause from her entire army and retinue. To solidify her position and give her new dynasty some legitimacy, she married Xiong Wu, fulfilling a lifelong goal of hers, and decreed that her children would use her surname. Once the news spread across the empire, not only was there a tidal wave of support for the new Jing dynasty, but much of what little support remained for the Gun dynasty faded away in favor of the Jing.

The final conquest of the capital seven years later saw the deposition of Huangdi Tanpan and the end of the Gun dynasty. Once he had heard Jing forces had breached the palace defenses, Huangdi Tanpan committed suicide rather than be executed or forced to abdicate.

Once firmly in power, Yuan Lan freed her mother, who was surprised to learn her daughter was now the ruler of the empire, and outlawed slavery – a policy that endured until the inauguration of the Arslan-ruled Lin dynasty – and ushered in a golden age that lasted until the end of the dynasty. She also revitalized the empire with various welfare projects that improved the lives of people of all races and social classes; and for these reasons she is firmly acknowledged as one of the greatest rulers in Tianzu history.

Soon after securing her place on the throne, she gave birth to three sons named Yuan Ping (苑评), Yuan Kou (苑摳), and Yuan Yong (苑勇), in 3285, 3290, and 3297TJH respectively. In 3304TJH, her granddaughter and heiress, Yuan Ying (苑硬), was born to her eldest son. Before the birth of her granddaughter, most assumed that one of Niangdi Cuilu's sons would be her heir, but the day of the birth of her Yuan Ying she shocked the nation when she decreed that successors to the Jing dynasty would only be women, something not only defied all old traditions but she had longed to do but couldn't until she had female progeny to do so.

Niangdi Cuilu died of natural causes in 3321TJH and was deified as the goddess of Childbirth and Motherhood after her death. Aside for her posthumous and temple names, in later years of the dynasty she was also sometimes known as Zuchuan Niangqin Zhongda (祖傳孃親重大/Great Ancestral Mother).

Yuan Ying
苑硬
Yonghai
勇孩
Niangdi Hongbao
晶紅寶孃帝
3304 – 3353TJH 49yrs 3321 – 3353TJH 32yrs
Granddaughter of Niangdi Cuilu via her eldest son, Yuan Ping and his wife Qin Ren (琴忍). Before she was born, most assumed that either her father one of her uncles would be Niangdi Cuilu's heir. But the day of her birth Niangdi Cuilu shocked the nation when she decreed that successors of the Jing dynasty would only be women.

As her father and uncles held no ambition for the throne, this caused no friction between them. In fact, when she was old enough to understand her father openly told her how relieved he was that she had been born.

Niangdi Hongbao came into the throne at the age of seventeen upon the death of her grandmother.

Under her reign, the modern capital, Tangzhai, was founded. But the new imperial palace would not be occupied or completed until the reign of her successor, Yuan Ren (Taishang Niangdi Baolan).

She gave birth to four children, three daughters and a son, over the course of her reign.

She died of illness.

Yuan Ren
苑忍
Bingyin
丙胤
Taishang Niangdi Baolan
晶寶藍太上孃帝
3336 – 3398TJH 62yrs 3353 – 3366TJH 17yrs
Third daughter and child of Niangdi Hongbao, she superseded her elder sisters to the throne when they declared their intentions forgo any right to the throne in favor of personal pursuits.

Came into the throne at the age of seventeen upon the death of her mother.

The imperial palace of Tangzhai, the new (and modern) imperial capital founded during her mother's reign, was completed a few years after she ascended the throne. Thus Niangdi Baolan was the first monarch of Tianchao to occupy the modern capital.

She later abdicated in favor of her chosen heir – passing over her elder daughter, Yuan Jin, the future Niangdi Huangjing, in favor of her younger daughter, Yuan Qing (Niangdi Lingxing) – but retained power as regent until she reached age of majority, transferring all powers to Yuan Qing when she turned seventeen before going into retirement.

She only briefly came out of retirement to be regent for her granddaughter, Yuan Chanjuan (Niangdi Jinyu), daughter of Yuan Qing, upon the death of Yuan Jin. She transferred full powers to her granddaughter upon her twentieth birthday before spending the remainder of her life in quiet retirement

Yuan Qing
苑青
Mikai
蜜凯
Niangdi Lingxing
晶菱形孃帝
Weipi
偉辟
3356 – 3374TJH 18yrs 3366 – 3374TJH 8yrs
Second child and daughter of Niangdi Baolan. Ascended to the throne at ten years old following the abdication of her mother. Her mother continued to rule as her regent until she turned seventeen. The following year, she died in childbirth giving birth to her daughter and only child, Yuan Chanjuan, the future Niangdi Jinyu, living long enough to name her and declare Yuan Chanjuan her heir.
Yuan Jin
苑勁
Rexin
熱心
Niangdi Huangjing
晶黃晶孃帝
Junpi
軍辟
3350 – 3387TJH 37yrs 3374 – 3387TJH 13yrs
First child and eldest daughter of Taishang Niangdi Baolan and elder sister of Niangdi Lingxing. Initially passed over to be heir to the throne by her mother. Tomboyish and adventurous, she held no grudge against her and instead opted to pursue a military career over a political one. Achieving an astounding record in the field, mainly against the Sinjok kingdoms in Guangdai, Yuan Jin was awarded the title of Taiwei – one of the offices of the Liugexia and the highest military rank in the Tianzu army – by her sister; one of Niangdi Lingxing's first acts when their mother fully turned power over to her.

When Niangdi Lingxing died in childbirth with her only daughter and heir, Yuan Chanjuan, a newborn infant, Yuan Jin was elected to take over as ruler. Despite being passed over for the throne initially, and she never held any desire for the throne, she proved herself a capable ruler.

Niangdi Huangjing was later killed in battle during a war of expansion.

By her will, she was succeeded by Yuan Chanjuan, upon her death; yet upon the death of her niece, who died from illness without any living children or naming an heir, her own daughter, Yuan Qiqi (Niangdi Kuihua), took over as ruler.

Yuan Chanjuan
苑嬋娟
Wanqiang
頑強
Niangdi Jinyu
晶金玉孃帝
3374 – 3407TJH 33yrs 3387 – 3407TJH 20yrs
Daughter of Niangdi Lingxing. Enthroned at the age of thirteen following the death of her aunt, Niangdi Huangjing. Her grandmother, Taishang Niangdi Baolan (Yuan Ren), ruled as regent until her twentieth birthday.

She died of illness. None of her children lived past infancy, and so she died childless without naming an heir.

Yuan Qiqi
苑氣器
Zhongshi
忠實
Niangdi Kuihua
晶葵花孃帝
Xinzu
新祖
3373 – 3426TJH 53yrs 3407 – 3426TJH 19yrs
Daughter of Niangdi Huangjing and cousin of Niangdi Jinyu.
Yuan Jing
苑靜
Ruhua
如花
Taishang Niangdi Shanhu
晶珊瑚太上孃帝
3400 – 3460TJH 60yrs 3426 – 3456TJH 30yrs
Daughter of Niangdi Kuihua. She later abdicated in favor of her daughter, Yuan Luoji.
Yuan Luoji
苑邏輯
Zaobo
造波
Niangdi Chuju
晶嘛龛孃帝
3422 – 3462TJH 40yrs 3456 – 3462TJH 6yrs
Daughter of Taishang Niangdi Shanhu. Took over as Niangdi following the abdication of her mother.

Her brief reign ended when she suddenly died unexpectedly, outliving her mother by barely a year and a half.

Imperial doctors of the time diagnosed her cause of death as sudden heart failure, but historians continue to debate the actual cause of it.

Yuan Jiang
苑將
Yunying
熨英
Niangdi Ciqian
晶慈繾孃帝
3444 – 3502TJH 58yrs 3462 – 3502TJH 40yrs
Eldest daughter of Niangdi Chuju. She ascended the throne when her mother died unexpectedly.

During her reign, her twin brother, Yuan Huan, attempted to overthrow her in a coup. They were close, nigh inseparable, in their childhood, but grew apart as Yuan Jiang was being groomed to take the throne.

While she was briefly deposed, her loyalists proved greater than Yuan Huan's support and she was restored. Yuan Huan eventually came back with an army to retake the capital and the throne by force, but Niangdi Ciqian and her government managed to escape. She then, with great reluctance, waged a civil war against her brother to retake the throne.

After five years, she eventually defeated her brother and retook the capital, but, out of love and against the advice of her court, spared his life, merely throwing him in prison for the rest of his natural life. She became his only regular visitor for the remainder of their days. Her mercy, combined with her general gentle nature, earned her her posthumous name.

Yuan Chiqi
苑池器
Niangdi Shuo
晶爍孃帝
[…] – […]TJH 3502 – 3513TJH 11yrs
Yuan Pingmen
苑瓶們
Niangdi Taijian
晶鈦劍孃帝
[…] – […]TJH 3513 – 3529TJH 16yrs
Yuan Li
苑李
Niangdi Taoshu
晶桃樹孃帝
[…] – […]TJH 3529 – 3552TJH 23yrs
Yuan Wu
苑舞
Niangdi Huaxin
晶花心孃帝
[…] – […]TJH 3552 – 3582TJH 30yrs
Yuan Shuang
苑爽
Niangdi Beiwei
晶卑微孃帝
3588 – 3658TJH 70yrs 3611 – 3658TJH 47yrs
A scion of the imperial family born into a distant and destitute branch descended from Niangdi Ciqian's son, Yuan Bo (苑博). Came into the throne by election following a massive civil war of succession that resulted in the near-extinction of the main line.
Yuan Bei
苑被
Taishang Niangdi Kanka
晶龕卡太上孃帝
[…] – 3767TJH 3739 – 3763TJH 24yrs
Yuan Suyin
苑素銀
Niangdi Zisi
晶自私孃帝
Huaipi
壞辟
3746 – 3778TJH 32yrs 3763 – 3778TJH 15yrs
Niece of Taishang Niangdi Kanka. Taking the throne at the age of seventeen with the abdication of her aunt, when Niangdi Zisi came to power her reign seemed right for prosperity. But… within a few years of her ascension, around the same time Niangdi Kanka finally died, her love of power and a lavish lifestyle caused her to descend into corruption, leading her down the path of tyranny.

The selfish actions of her reign started a decline of the Jing dynasty when she allowed certain ministers certain illegal activities in exchange for favors meant to increase her own influence and luxuries.

Her reign abruptly ended when he was reluctantly killed by her own sister, Yuan Meiying, the future Niangdi Bugan. They had been close in their youth, but Niangdi Zisi's tyranny led Yuan Meiying to make the heartbreaking decision to assassinate Niangdi Zisi.

Yuan Meiying
苑美英
Qinghua
輕花
Niangdi Bugan
晶不甘孃帝
Xinzu
新祖
3750 – 3815TJH 65yrs 3778 – 3815TJH 37yrs
Younger sister of Niangdi Zisi. Titled Kongling Ken Wangfei (空灵肯王妃/Princess Ken of Kongling) during the reign of her aunt and sister, Yuan Meiying reluctantly came to power at the age of twenty-six after killing Niangdi Zisi by stabbing her sister in the heart. They had been close in their youth, but, unable to bear seeing the tyrant that her sister had become, she made the decision to assassinate Niangdi Zisi. Her decision to kill her sister, whom she still loved, caused her endless heartbreak.

Despite never having sought the throne for herself, in fact she asked to be severely punished for the crime of regicide, she was elected niangdi by both her family and the imperial court. She initially declined the throne, instead advocating for some of her other female relatives. She only yielded to the government's decision to install her as monarch when it was suggested that her intention was to end the dynasty.

Depressed and initially unwilling and to take charge of her nation, for several years she left most affairs to her ministers and shut herself away in the palace, only coming to court as a formality, earning her the deserved nickname "Nage Yanwu Niangdi (那個厭惡孃帝/The Reluctant Empress)." Her unwillingness to rule in turn allowed some of the corrupt officials from Niangdi Zisi's reign to continue their illegal activities relatively unhindered.

Six years into her reign, Niangdi Bugan finally took charge of her empire when her own daughter, Yuan Tudi, the future Niangdi Liang, admonished her for letting her guilt blind her from what was truly important: her people. The reality check from her daughter snapped her out of her depression and she became a more active ruler, revitalizing the empire that had been in decline and ending the corruption of the officials that had been running rampant since her predecessor's reign.

Yuan Tudi
苑土地
Guangbo
光波
Niangdi Liang
晶亮孃帝
3768 – 3837TJH 69yrs 3815 – 3837TJH 22yrs
Eldest child and daughter of Niangdi Bugan. Ascending to the throne at the age of forty-seven, she earlier earned her place as Niangdi Bugan's successor when she snapped her mother out of a years-long depression stemming from the guilt of killing Niangdi Zisi.
Yuan Lin
苑琳
Xuezhe
學者
Niangdi Qingfu
晶情夫孃帝
3793 – 3854TJH 61yrs 3837 – 3854TJH 17yrs
Second child and eldest daughter of Niangdi Liang.
Yuan Ruyi
苑如意
Shuangkou
塽口
Niangdi Weikou
晶胃口孃帝
3823 – 3885TJH 62yrs 3854 – 3885TJH 31yrs
Third daughter of Niangdi Qingfu.
Yuan Lian
苑戀
Tangmi
糖迷
Niangdi Xiangliao
晶香料孃帝
3851 – 3926TJH 75yrs 3885 – 3926TJH 41yrs
Third child and only daughter of Niangdi Weikou.
Yuan Milin
苑密林
Huaji
滑稽
Niangdi Chuai
晶踹孃帝
Zuihou
最後
3906 – 3939TJH 33yrs 3926 – 3939TJH 13yrs
Granddaughter of Niangdi Xiangliao and the last ruler of the Jing dynasty. Her reign and the dynasty ended when she was tricked into abdicating to Luo Hao, the Gongjue of Jun. It was only when the Sisters of the Yellow Dragon rebelled against the Jun dynasty weeks later that she finally realized her mistake. But, she and the former imperial family were prevented from taking any action when Luo Hao had his agents assassinate her and many of her kin, preventing any resurgence of the Jing dynasty.

Several members of the Yuan clan, including Niangdi Chuai's son and her two daughters, were spared this fate and later fought against the Jun dynasty, but the remnants of the Jing dynasty were never able to return to power.

Claimants & Usurpers

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Yuan Huan
苑煥
Cancao
燦草
n/a n/a 3444 – 3500TJH 56yrs 3468 – 3473TJH 5yrs
Twin brother of Niangdi Ciqian (Yuan Jiang). They were close, nigh inseparable, in their childhood, but grew apart as Yuan Jiang was being groomed to take the throne.

Six years into the reign of his sister, he attempted to orchestrate a coup to become huangdi. While he briefly deposed his sister and proclaimed himself huangdi, his coup failed when the loyalists of Niangdi Ciqian proved too great. But he amassed a great support from many opponents of the women-ruled dynasty. His following turned into an army that retook the capital, expelling the loyalist government. Niangdi Ciqian still managed to escape and Yuan Huan's followers waged a five-year civil war to hold the throne.

Yuan Huan was defeated but not executed. He remained in prison the rest of his life, visited solely by Niangdi Ciqian until their final days.

Jun Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Jun (菌)
Origin of Name: Noble Title:
Gongjue of Jun (菌的公爵)
Capital: Dongtan (東灘)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Yuan (苑)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The Jun dynasty was a usurper dynasty whose founder overthrew the Jing dynasty for selfish reasons. Thus the gods denied him and his sons the Mandate of Heaven, and with the regime destabilized from forty years of civil war, the stage was set for the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Luo Hao
蓏豪
Dangao
蛋糕
Huangdi Ganju
菌柑橘皇帝
Xinzu
新祖
3897 – 3991TJH 94yrs 3939 – 3991TJH 52yrs
He was an alleged descendant of Xiangrikui Gongchan through his father, Luo Yao (蓏要).

The Gongjue of Jun and the last Chengxiang under the Jing dynasty, he came to power when he tricked Niangdi Chuai, the last monarch of the Jing dynasty, to abdicate in his favor. A conservative traditionalist educated in the pre-Jing ways, Huangdi Ganju became huangdi purposely to end the women-ruled Jing dynasty and reinstate male-only primogeniture for the first time in centuries. He even moved the capital back to Dongtan and ordered Tangzhai abandoned, believing the city to be a sicking reminder of women-rule.

However, his dynasty did not begin peacefully, as the Sisters of the Yellow Dragon – a women-only Wan military order founded during the Western, Central & Northern Dynasties period that had served as the personal army of the Niangdi since the founding of the Jing dynasty – rebelled and began the forty-year Yellow Dragon Rebellion (黃龍叛亂/Huanglong Panluan), a civil war so devastating that it destabilized the Jun dynasty to a point it couldn't recover.

It is for these reasons that he is remembered infamously.

Along with the fact that Huangdi Ganju lived and reigned for a long time, his four sons struggled with infertility, specifically with producing sons, producing nothing but daughters, and their daughters only produced more daughters. As Huangdi Ganju's usurpation of the Jing dynasty was meant to restore patriarchal rule, he forbade women from claiming the throne as soon as he took it, and it was for this reason that the throne passed between his four sons following very brief reigns until the end of the dynasty. Most religious scholars believe that the inability of Huangdi Ganju's sons' and granddaughters' to produce male heirs was a karmic curse cast upon them by the gods, as punishment for his selfish usurpation of the Jing dynasty, thus denying him the Mandate of Heaven.

As most of his other male relatives were long-deceased or scattered, with no man to assume the throne with the end of his youngest son's reign nearing, and with the empire still unstable following the Yellow Dragon Rebellion, the empire fell apart into the chaos of the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms Period until the conquest of Tianchao by the Gergazartan Khaganate and the establishment of the Lin dynasty.

Luo Han
蓏寒
Huangdi Mangguo
菌芒果皇帝
3932 – 4001TJH 69yrs 3991 – 4001TJH 10yrs
Luo Sun
蓏筍
Huangdi Xingshu
菌杏樹皇帝
3935 – 4004TJH 69yrs 4001 – 4004TJH 3yrs
Luo Ming
蓏銘
Huangdi Fengli
菌鳳梨皇帝
3940 – 4011TJH 71yrs 4004 – 4011TJH 7yrs
Luo Qin
蓏琴
Huangdi Yangguo
菌蘋果皇帝
3941 – 4020TJH 79yrs 4011 – 4020TJH 9yrs
Youngest son of Huangdi Ganju and the final ruler of the Jun dynasty.

Produced only daughters, who only produced granddaughters. As women were forbidden to succeed the throne Jun dynasty, with no son or grandson to assume the throne with the end of his reign nearing, and with the empire still unstable following the Yellow Dragon Rebellion, the empire fell apart into the chaos of the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms Period until the conquest of Tianchao by the Gergazartan Khaganate and the establishment of the Lin dynasty.

Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms

Seven Dynasties

Yin Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

An Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Qu Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Tai Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Gui Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Geng Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Huangdi Cheng
耿誠皇帝

Man Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Twelve Kingdoms

Hang

Hang Kingdom, along with Sang Kingdom, was never recovered by Tianchao and continued on independently for a time. Eventually, it collapsed into several states that eventually became Dongbalian.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Sang

Hang Kingdom, along with Sang Kingdom, was never recovered by Tianchao and continued on independently for a time. Eventually, it collapsed into several states that eventually became Dongbalian.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Zhang Chi

Founded by alleged descendants of the Chi dynasty, a dynasty/chiefdom of the Semi-Legendary Era.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple

Lin Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Lin (霖/ᠯᠢᠩᠨ)
Origin of Name:
Capital: Shiltgeen (是老天戈恩/ᠰᠢᠯᠲᠦᠭᠡᠨ) (first)
Tovguren (托夫格伦/ᠲᠥᠪᠭᠦᠷᠡᠨ) (second)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝), Khagan (卡幹/ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ)
Ruling Family
Name: Altanzul (阿壇族勒/ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Arslan

An Arslan-ruled conquest dynasty, established through taking advantage of the chaos of the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period. While non-Gao ethnicities had ruled Tianchao before, the Lin dynasty was the first non-Wan dynasty to rule Tianchao. The first three monarchs of the Lin dynasty were also rulers of the Gergazartan Khaganate, as Lin was founded as a division of the Khaganate (sort of like dual monarchy: two mostly autonomous states ruled by a single monarch); said three were also elected by a body known as the kurultai (ᠻᠦᠷᠦᠯᠳᠠᠶ), as were the six Khagans before them, The kurultai are were council of senior khans whose job it was to choose the next khagan from a series of candidates from the ruling family or another powerful clan.

The first six rulers of the Gergazartan Khaganate were never huangdi in their lifetime, but were posthumously declared so following the foundation of the Lin dynasty.

Following the death of Khundet Khagan in a far-away land, a coup by a rival clan forced the Altanzul clan out of power in Gergazar, resulting in the complete separation of the Lin dynasty from Khaganate, as well as the general collapse of Gergazartan hegemony throughout much of the continent. Beginning with Baatar Khagan, the use of the kurultai to choose a ruler was also ceased by the rulers of Lin dynasty, who began passing the throne by right of blood rather than let a council choose.

Even before independence from Gergazar, the ruling family made efforts at Cathization for ease of rule, but retained most of their traditional ways.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Khagan Posthumous Temple
Gergazar
Altanzul Selemchin
阿壇族勒
塞勒姆琴
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠰᠡᠯᠡᠮᠡᠴᠢᠨ
Selemchin Khagan
塞勒姆琴卡幹
ᠰᠡᠯᠡᠮᠡᠴᠢᠨ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Guojia de Chuangshi Renhe Tuanjie zhe Huangdi
國家的創始人和團結者皇帝
Yongzu
永祖
n/a
Unifier and First Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Originally the leader of the Altanzul Horde (ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠣᠷᠳᠣ), Selemchin was elected Khagan by the first proper kurultai in three hundred years following his campaign to unite the tribes and hordes of the eastern steppes under one ruler.

Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.

Altanzul Gol
阿壇族勒
高爾
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠭᠣᠣᠯ
Zalgamjas Khagan
紮啦加姆賈斯卡幹
ᠵᠠᠯᠭᠠᠮᠵᠢᠰ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Dong Huhe Luoxue de Huangdi
凍湖和落雪的皇帝
n/a
Second Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.
Altanzul Tsagaan
阿壇族勒
灑感
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠴᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Tsagaan Khagan
灑感卡幹
ᠴᠠᠭᠠᠨ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
n/a
Third Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.
Altanzul Tejeelten
阿壇族勒
特耶爾滕
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠲᠡᠵᠢᠭᠡᠯᠲᠡᠨ
Anchin Khagan
安欽卡幹
ᠠᠩᠴᠢᠨ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Chusheng de Taiyang Huangdi
初升的太陽皇帝
n/a
Fourth Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.
Altanzul Medremtgii
阿壇族勒
梅德雷吉
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠮᠡᠳᠡᠷᠡᠮᠡᠲᠡᠭᠡᠢ
Shüügch Khagan
屬故扯卡幹
ᠰᠢᠭᠦᠭᠴᠢ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Huangdi Shuimu Yang Qun Yang
皇帝誰牧養群羊
[…] – 4039TJH n/a
Fifth Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.

Arguably one of the wisest Khagans of pre-Lin Gergazar.

Altanzul Juram
阿壇族勒
具蠟木
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠵᠢᠷᠤᠮ
Zorigtoi Khagan
祖里戈托卡幹
ᠵᠣᠷᠢᠭᠲᠠᠢ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Zhengfu zhe Guowang Huangdi
征服者國王皇帝
Kaijian
凱建
4017 – 4054TJH 37yrs 4039 – 4054TJH 15yrs n/a
Sixth Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Posthumously honored as Huangdi of Tianchao by Möngtai Khagan in 4080TJH.

Though not the founder of the Lin dynasty, he was given a temple name to imply he was as he laid the foundation for the conquest of Tianchao.

During his lifetime, even before his reign, he set his sights on conquering Tianchao – known as Ömnöd Khaant (ᠡᠮᠦᠨᠡᠲᠦ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨᠲᠤ/Southern Kingdom) to the Arslan – torn asunder by the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period since the fall of the Jun dynasty.

Elected Khagan by the kurultai at the age of twenty-two, as soon as his ascension was affirmed he took advantage of the ongoing conflicts to invade what was then acknowledged as the borders of Tianchao. and secured the whole of the Pianpilu (called Övöggazar (ᠡᠪᠦᠭᠡᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ) by the Arslan), including what remained of the Bogino Khanate at the time. His aspirations included the conquest of the lands to the south across the sea and made plans for a naval invasion of Zanghuan (called Zöölgazar (ᠵᠥᠭᠡᠯᠡᠩᠭᠠᠵᠠᠷ) by the Arslan); however, he did not live do see his ambitions fulfilled. His reign and conquests were cut short when he was slain by an assassin on the eve of his planned invasion of the south; credit for the assassination was claimed by the Huangjing Cike.

Gergazar & Lin Dynasty
Altanzul Sanakh
阿壇族勒
薩納赫
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠰᠠᠨᠠᠬᠤ
Möngtai Khagan
門泰卡幹
ᠮᠥᠩᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠲᠠᠢ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Diqi Zuichu Huangdi
第七最初皇帝
Zuangli
壯麗
4037 – 4111TJH 74yrs as Khagan […]
[…]
[…]
4054 – 4111TJH 57yrs
as Huangdi
4076 – 4111TJH 35yrs
Eldest son of Zorigtoi Khagan, seventh Khagan of the Gergazartan Khaganate and founder of the Lin dynasty.

Elected to the Gergazartan throne by the kurultai at the age of seventeen, he intended to take over where his father left off and invade Zanghuan, but securing his place as the rightful khagan to succeed his father, in competition with his uncles, his father's brothers, proved to be a daunting endeavor that took him two decades to achieve despite his election.

With his place secure, he finally launched the invasion of Zanghuan in 4074TJH. Within two years he conquered two Wanzu splinter kingdoms and the imperial capital of the Man dynasty, the last of the Seven Dynasties. With the capital under control and the imperial seal in his hands, he proclaimed the establishment of the Lin dynasty as a division of the Khaganate, declared himself huangdi of Tianchao and claimed the Mandate of Heaven. Within another year he crushed the last remnants of the Man dynasty, ending the Seven Dynasties. He made plans conquer the rest of Tianchao, but a need to rest the army and rebuild the infrastructure of his conquered lands forced him to pause his campaign for several years.

Fascinated by Wan culture and traditions from a young age, under him the Altanzul clan began the slow process of Cathization, becoming more and more like the people they had conquered.

By the end of the first decade of Möngtai Khagan's reign as huangdi, the entirety of Zanghuan was secured – save for the Hang and Sang kingdoms to the far south, whose successor states would later go on to form Dongbalian.

Möngtai Khagan intended to invade and conquer Guangdai (known as Örgönörnöd (ᠥᠷᠦᠭᠡᠨᠡᠷᠦᠨ᠎ᠡ ᠳᠦ) to the Arslan), but by the time Zanghuan was secured he and his armies were again militarily exhausted and required many more years to rebuild, along with the infrastructure of his newly conquered territories. He died with the ambition of his father still only partially fulfilled.

Altanzul Jargaltai
阿壇族勒
賈爾嘎泰
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠵᠢᠷᠭᠠᠯᠲᠠᠢ
Jargaltai Khagan
賈爾嘎泰卡幹
ᠵᠢᠷᠭᠠᠯᠲᠠᠢ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Shui Wanchengle Renwu Huangdi
誰完成了任務皇帝
4075 – 4153TJH 78yrs 4111 – 4153TJH 42yrs
Third son of Möngtai Khagan, second ruler of the Lin dynasty and eighth Khagan of Gergazar.

Elected Khagan at the age of thirty-six after the death of his father, superseding his elder brothers mainly by popularity, during his reign he set out to conquer the splinter kingdoms in Guangdai for the the Lin dynasty, finishing the job Zorigtoi Khagan and Möngtai Khagan started. By the twenty year mark of his reign, the entirety of what was then acknowledged as Tianchao in Guangdai was secured, ending the Twelve Kingdoms and finally ending the Seven Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period.

Altanzul Khundet
阿壇族勒
昆德
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠬᠦᠨᠳᠦᠳ
Khundet Khagan
昆德卡幹
ᠬᠦᠨᠳᠦᠳ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Yu Zhongshen Jiemeng Huangdi
與眾神結盟皇帝
4124 – 4173TJH 49yrs 4153 – 4173TJH 20yrs
Third ruler of the Lin dynasty, and ninth and last Khagan of Gergazar from Altanzul clan. Eldest grandson of Jargaltai Khagan, Khundet was elected Khagan at the age of twenty-nine.

He was the first huangdi of the Lin dynasty to actually rule it from a place in Zanghuan, choosing the newly-founded Tovguren (ᠲᠥᠪᠭᠦᠷᠡᠨ) – now known as Waiyang (外央) – as his capital. His reasoning for moving the capital to Zanghuan rather than keeping it in the Arslan homeland was to assert dominance over the Wan world. Little did he realize that this would work against his clan in regards to Gergazartan politics later.

In the final three years of his reign, Khundet Khagan led his army and navy in the First Arslan Invasion of Fuso, conquering a large chunk of it before he was killed in battle against the recently-founded Empire of Yamatai. Khundet Khagan died during the Siege of Hansei (繁星の包囲) against the defending forces of both the Yamato Empire and local daimyo, slain in a duel with Shintoki-tenno himself. His empire in Fuso was recaptured by Yamatai within the following year.

His sudden death so far from home, and without naming an heir – and worse the kurultai was unable to come to a consensus on the election of a new khagan, in part because Khundet Khagan's branch of the Altanzul clan had mostly gone native with the Wan – resulted in a succession dispute that saw the Altanzul clan being ousted from their position position as Khagan of Gergazar, and the fragmentation of the Khaganate into five separate states.

Lin dynasty independent
Altanzul Baatar
阿壇族勒
巴塔爾
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠪᠠᠭᠠᠲᠤᠷ
Baatar Khagan
巴塔爾卡幹
ᠪᠠᠭᠠᠲᠤᠷ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Tashui Chongxin Huo de Kongzhi Quan Huangdi
他誰重新獲得控制權皇帝
4154 – 4210TJH 56yrs 4173 – 4210TJH 37yrs
Khundet Khagan's tenth son and fourteenth overall child via various concubines

Baatar Khagan was the fourth ruler of the Lin dynasty, but was the first not to be elected by the kurultai, and the first to be independent of the Gergazartan Khaganate. Because Khundet Khagan died in Fuso without naming an heir, a succession dispute erupted between Baatar Khagan, his brothers and rival clans. The primarily origin of the dispute was that the kurultai was unable to come to a consensus on a new Khagan, nor were the majority of it willing to elect a candidate who's family had both gone native with the Wan and had never set foot in the Arslan homelands,

In the end, within a year after Khundet Khagan's death, the Khaganate fragmented into five states: Gergazar fell under the reign of the Tunadas (ᠲᠤᠨᠤᠳᠠᠰᠤ) clan under Tuimer Khagan (ᠲᠦᠢᠮᠡᠷ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ); Baatar Khagan won succession of the Lin dynasty as undisputed huangdi after defeating his brothers in battle; the northern sector became split between the resurgent Boginotan Khanate and the Shengwai-ruled Shuang (雙) dynasty; the territories in Guangdai became the Sinjok-ruled Gwan (관/棺) dynasty; the Island of Qiu broke away into the Xiyi-ruled Pan (磐) dynasty.

Baatar Khagan and his successors continued to rule the Lin dynasty independently as hereditary monarchs unbound by the kurultai, while still retaining the title of Khagan for themselves.

Altanzul Taitan
阿壇族勒
泰坦
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠲᠠᠶᠢᠲᠠᠨ
Taitan Khagan
泰坦卡幹
ᠲᠠᠶᠢᠲᠠᠨ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Leiming Ban de Mapi he Mingzhi de Long Huangdi
雷鳴般的馬匹和明智的龍皇帝
4176 – […]TJH 4210 – […]TJH
Son of Baatar Khagan.
Altanzul Sharlagyn
阿壇族勒
沙拉金
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠰᠢᠷᠠᠯᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠶᠢᠨ
Suvdan Khatun
蘇凡丹皇后
ᠰᠤᠪᠳᠠᠨ ᠬᠠᠲᠤᠨ
Shouxian Nuzi Huangdi
首先女子皇帝
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Daughter of Taitan Khagan and the first female ruler of the Lin dynasty
Chadal Khagan
乍得古卡幹
ᠴᠢᠳᠠᠯ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Altanzul Olon
阿壇族勒
奧龍
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠣᠯᠠᠨ
Sarsorvi Khagan
薩索爾維卡幹
ᠰᠠᠷᠰᠣᠷᠪᠢ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Weineng Zhengfu Fusang de Huangdi
未能征服扶桑的皇帝
4305 – 4367TJH 62yrs 4329 – 4350TJH 21yrs
Initiated the Second Arslan Invasion of Fuso; another failure.

An ambitious and militaristic ruler, he sought to reassert Tianchao's dominance through the conquest and subjugation of a once apparently inconquerable foe. He was desperate to show strength given that, while the Lin dynasty had been independent since the Khaganate's fragmentation, he and his family remained an initially foreign ethnic group. While the Altanzul clan had since fully Cathized since Möngtai Khagan's reign, while keeping many Arslan traditions alive, many pro-Wan traditionalists and religious figures remained unable to reconcile the notion that they remained under the rule of foreigners, and thus the imperial family struggled to maintain its authority over a nation mostly comprised of many different (mostly Wanzu) ethnic groups.

The hotheaded and militaristic Sarsovi Khagan had never been popular to begin with, and many believed that his invasion of Yamatai was a foolhardy endeavor. This opinion reversed somewhat following the invasion's initial success, but the initial view was renewed when the tide turned against Tianchao in Fuso, in particular in the aftermath of the betrayal and defection of the Lin dynasty's best general, Altanzul Shonkor (ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠱᠣᠩᠬᠣᠷ), aka Shonkor Khan (ᠱᠣᠩᠬᠣᠷ ᠬᠠᠨ), Sarsovi Khagan's half-brother.

The defeat of his invasion after much initial success weakened the his position and Lin dynasty considerably, and the authority of the non-Wan imperial family was once again called into question. In shame, Sarsovi Khagan abdicated while the peace treaty was being negotiated, believing that the empire would collapse following such a humiliating defeat and did not want to be the sitting ruler when it happened. However, his abdication turned out to be what saved the Lin dynasty, as his nephew and successor, Zaltsus Khagan, turned out to be a much more temperate and diplomatic ruler.

Even more ashamed that his nephew succeeded where he failed at restoring the Imperial House of Altanzul's authority and the faith of the public, Sarsovi Khagan spent the rest of his life in self-exile.

Altanzul Sayakhan
阿壇族勒
沙耶汗
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠰᠠᠶ᠋ᠢᠬᠠᠨ
Zaltsus Khagan
扎爾特蘇斯卡幹
ᠵᠠᠴᠢᠰ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Huangdi Shuijiu Huangchao
皇帝誰救皇朝
4323 – […]TJH 4350 – […]TJH
Nephew of Sarsovi Khagan. He ascended to the throne following his uncle's abdication during the negotiations for the peace treaty that ended hostilities with Yamatai. A much more temperate and diplomatic ruler, his ascension turned out to be what saved the Lin dynasty.

His first acts as huangdi were issuing a series of reforms meant to help the empire recover, both from decades of war and the economic cost of the treaty. He even gave favorable terms to the Yamato in an attempt to foster future peaceful relations. Later in his reign he tried to broker a mutually-beneficial trade treaty with Yamatai, yet Yamato distrust of the Tianzu prevented anything from coming to fruition. Regardless, his efforts won him popularity with the people of Tianchao. A change in leadership saved the Lin dynasty from collapse, at least for the foreseeable future.

Altanzul Sumiyaa
阿壇族勒
蘇蜜壓
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠰᠤᠮᠢᠶ᠎ᠠ
Uyanga Khatun
烏揚加皇后
ᠤᠶᠠᠩᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠬᠠᠲᠤᠨ
Cong Xifang Huilai de Huanghou
從西方回來的皇后
4342 – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Only daughter of Zaltsus Khagan.

From the age of eight she was raised in Yamatai as a hostage as part of the peace agreement that ended hostilities following the Second Arlsan Invasion of Fuso. There she became a close friend, and rumored lover, of Orihime-tenno.

At the age of twenty Sumiyaa was returned to Tianchao as part of an attempt at normalization of relations. Once back in the Lin court for the first time in years, she used what she had learned in the imperial court of Yamatai to earn her place in the politics of the empire, which not only earned her the favor of her father, and her status as his heir, but popularity of the people. When her father died she became the second, and last, female ruler of the Lin dynasty.

Altanzul Zügblai
阿壇族勒
祖布賴
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠵᠦᠭᠪᠯᠠᠢ
Züir Khagan
蘇伊爾卡幹
ᠵᠦᠢᠷ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Altanzul Kunziin
阿壇族勒
昆濟寧
ᠠᠯᠲᠠᠨᠵᠤᠯ ᠺᠥᠩᠽᠢ ᠶᠢᠨ
Oyuutan Khagan
大嶼山卡幹
ᠣᠶᠤᠲᠠᠨ ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ
Huangdi Yanjiuyuan
研究員皇帝
Zuihou
最後
4389 – 4430TJH 41yrs 4404 – 4430TJH 26yrs
Final ruler of the Lin dynasty.

Well known as a scholar and a pacifist, his reluctance to take armed action against rebels, preferring to find peaceful solutions, led him to be ousted from his throne by the Ang dynasty. He was executed within a week after his overthrow, and most historians claim it was unjust and unlawful.

Gwan Dynasty

An Sinjok-ruled splinter dynasty, centered in Guangdai, that broke away with the fragmentation of the Gergazartan Khaganate a year following the death of Khundet Khagan, within months of the Altanzul clan's ousting from rulership of Gergazar. Eventually reconquered by the Lin dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
[…] – […]TJH 4174 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4295TJH

Pan Dynasty

A Xiyi-ruled splinter dynasty centered in Qiu island, the Xiyi homeland, that broke away with the fragmentation of the Gergazartan Khaganate a year following the death of Khundet Khagan, within months of the Altanzul clan's ousting from rulership of Gergazar. Eventually reconquered by the Lin dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
[…] – […]TJH 4174 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4283TJH

Shuang Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Shuang (雙)
Origin of Name: "Twin"
Capital: Beijia (北家)
Ruler Titles: Jiongdi (煚帝)
Bingdi (冰帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Hanleng (寒冷)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Shengwai

A Shengwai-ruled splinter dynasty, centered in the Bianjing region of Pianpilu, that seceded into independence with the fragmentation the Gergazartan Khaganate following the death of Khundet Khagan, within months of the Altanzul clan's ousting from rulership of Gergazar.

Uniquely from any other dynasty of Tianchao, the Shuang dynasty always had two co-rulers at a time, ruled by two families descended from the two rulers who founded the dynasty, twin brothers Hanleng Sansun & Hanleng Dongmu, sons of revolutionary leader Henleng Fengfu.

Following the untimely death of the father in battle, both brothers stepped up to lead the cause in his place. They adopted a different stance though; instead they had the rebel army temporarily disband until it was time to gather again. Immediately after hearing the news of the death of Kundet Khagan, the brothers sounded the call, the army regrouped within days, and within months carved out their empire in northern Marlakcor.

Unlike the Gwan and Pan dynasties, which endured for over a century but were eventually reconquered by the Lin dynasty, the Shuang dynasty endured for the better part of five centuries, contemporaneously with the Lin, Ang, Ting, and early-Lei dynasties, enduring many wars with Tianchao, Gergazar and Bogino until it was finally conquered by the Lei dynasty. It is for this reason that is considered a true dynasty of Tianchao rather than a simple breakaway state, even though it never ruled any part of Zanghuan, the cradle of Wanzu civilization.

The rulers also used two different titles, Jiongdi (煚帝/Fire Emperor) and Bingdi (冰帝/Ice Emperor) respectively, not only to differentiate their offices but to differentiate themselves from Tianchao, still under Arslan-Lin rule at the time of the dynasty's inception.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Hanleng Fengfu
寒冷豐富
Hongse
紅色
Yehuang Shengwai
雙生外爺皇
n/a 4126 – 4170TJH 44yrs n/a n/a
Father of Jiongdi Juge and Bingdi Dongge.

Hanleng Fengfu was the leader of a rebellion and independence movement against Arslan rule in central Pianpilu, and he waged war against the Gergazartan Khaganate for years before the fragmentation of the Khaganate. In 4170TJH, Henleng Fengfu died in the Battle of Shuangye (霜野的開戰/Shuangye de Kaizhan), four years before the fragmentation. Despite his untimely demise, his cause did not die with him as his sons stepped up to lead the rebellion in his place.

In 4180TJH, with their empire secure for the time being, Hanleng Fengfu was posthumously anointed as Yehuang Shengwai by his sons.

Line of Jiongdi Juge

Names Lifetime Reign Co-ruler(s) Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Hanleng Sansun
寒冷三筍
Shixin
獅心
Jiongdi Juge
雙炬哥煚帝
4149 – […]TJH 4174 – […]TJH Bingdi Dongge
雙凍哥冰帝
4174 – […]TJH
Founder, twin brother, and co-ruler with Bingdi Dongge.
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4642TJH […] – 4642TJH

Line of Bingdi Lengge

Names Lifetime Reign Co-ruler(s) Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Hanleng Dongmu
寒冷冬木
Zunjian
尊劍
Bingdi Dongge
雙凍哥冰帝
4149 – […]TJH 4174 – […]TJH Jiongdi Juge
雙炬哥煚帝
4174 – […]TJH
Founder, twin brother, and co-ruler with Jiongdi Juge.
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4642TJH […] – 4642TJH

Ang Dynasty

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Qiao Kuaili
俏快樂
Lingsheng
鈴聲
Huangdi Zhanshi
盎戰時皇帝
Jiuxing
救星
[…] – […]TJH 4428 – […]TJH
Founder of the Ang dynasty, Huangdi Zhanshi is a mixed figure in Tianchao history. He's lauded as a liberator by those who disdained having an originally foreign clan rule over their country and the restoration of Wan rule, but others denounce him as an opportunistic usurper who seized the throne for himself after he overthrew and unjustly and unlawfully killed a peaceful monarch.

The same year he toppled Kunziin Khagan and the Lin dynasty, he was forced to deal with the invasion of Marlakcor by the Yamato Empire to the west, preventing him from restoring to Tianchao the way he envisioned.

Qiao Ci
俏刺
[…] – […]TJH […] – […]TJH
Qiao […]
俏[…]
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4523TJH

Ting Dynasty

The second unitary dynasty to be ruled by the Xiyi and the third overall. It was short-lived compared to the former Qiu dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
[…] – […]TJH 4509 – […]TJH
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4576TJH

Lei Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Lei (雷)
Origin of Name: Toponym & Noble Title:
Leizhou (雷州)
Wang of Lei (雷的王)
Capital: Leishan (雷山) (first)
Tangzhai (瑭寨) (second)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Kuangshi (礦石)
Race: Dwarf
Ethnicity: Gao

The only dwarf-ruled dynasty in the history of Tianchao, and the last non-human unity dynasty to rule the empire.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Kuangshi Shujing
礦石水晶
Jiecheng
結成
Huangdi Geng
雷耿皇帝
4545 – 4618TJH 76yrs 4576 – 4618TJH 42yrs
Founder of the Lei dynasty.

Descendant of powerful mining magnates, he was the Wang of Lei and governor of Leizhou during the Ting dynasty.

While dwarves in Tianchao had served in many powerful positions for thousands of years, he was the first dwarf to rule the empire.

Kuangshi Can
礦石燦
Tiejiang
鐵匠
Huangdi Cheng
雷誠皇帝
[…] – […]TJH 4618 – […]TJH
Son of Huangdi Geng and the second ruler of the Lei dynasty. His first act was to move the imperial capital and administration back to Tangzhai for the first time since the overthrow of the Jing dynasty.
Kuangshi […]
礦石[…]
[…] – […]TJH […] – 4902TJH

Nao Dynasty

A faun-ruled rebel dynasty during the Lei dynasty.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
[…] – […]TJH 4776 – 4802TJH 26yrs

Dongji

A Shengwai-ruled breakaway dynasty. It was reconquered by the Cui dynasty as it took over from the collapsing Lei dynasty.

Cui Dynasty

Dynasty Name: Cui (翠)
Origin of Name: Toponym & Noble Title:
Cuishan (翠山)
Wang of Cui (翠的王)
Capital: Tangzhai (瑭寨)
Ruler Title: Huangdi (皇帝)
Ruling Family
Name: Sun (笋)
Race: Human
Ethnicity: Gao

The latest dynasty to rule Tianchao.

Names Lifetime Reign Era Names
Personal Courtesy Posthumous Temple
Sun Liu
笋留
Makan
嘛龛
Huangdi Shiwu
翠飾物皇帝
Xinjian
新建
4867 – 4933TJH 66yrs 4903 – 4933TJH 30yrs
Founder of the Cui dynasty.
Sun Mulan
笋木蘭
Bamei
八美
Huangdi Qiji
翠奇蹟皇帝
Zhepi
哲辟
4903 – 4961TJH 60yrs 4933 – 4958TJH 25yrs
Daughter of Huangdi Shiwu, and the last female monarch of Tianchao. She later abdicated in favor of her third son and chosen successor, Sun Xuan.
Sun Xuan
笋炫
Shuocan
箾摻
n/a n/a 4933TJHstill living n/a 4958TJHIncum n/a
Son of Huangdi Qiji, and the current ruler of Tianchao.

Notes & Trivia

  • The lifetime and reign years use the Luan calendar years. There is a 421-year difference between the Luan calendar and the Solramese calendar. I.e. 0TJH = 421ᴀᴄᴢ. To get the equivalent year to the Solramese calendar, subtract 421 from the year. Note: negative Solramese years, years before year 0, are suffixed ᴀᴄᴢ, while years 0 and after are suffixed ᴘᴄᴢ.
  • The Wan characters of the posthumous names of rulers, if applicable, are the name of the dynasty, the name, and their title, in that order.
  • For rulers whose reigns ended before they died, this is an indicator that they abdicated or were somehow deposed without being executed.
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