The Middle Kingdom
Eras of Alaadian History
The Alaadians divide their history into three eras, each with a different Imperial dynasty. The first dynasty, the Tiger Lords, is only dimly remembered through legends. The second dynasty, of the Sage Emperors, begins in misty tales of divinity and magic, but at least left a few historical fragments behind. The third dynasty, the Children of the Sky, was founded approximately 1,100 years ago, and it’s the one that still reigns (if not always ruling) the Middle Kingdom.
The Third Dynasty can be further divided into the Early Empire — in which the Emperors ruled directly — and the Three Naari or “occupancies.” Under the “occupancies” the Emperor performed his ritual duties while military governors wielded direct political power.