Xana is one of the seven Tiro states. In recent history, Xana is notable for its invention and perfection of airships, and its conquest of the other six Tiro states, which began the Reign of One Bright Heaven. The islands of Dasu and Rui make up Xana's historical domain before the Xana Conquest. Xana's old capital, Kriphi, is located on Rui and was replaced by Pan as the capital of the Xana Empire.
Geography and Environment
Xana is the northernmost Tiro state, one of the smallest Tiro states, and the only Tiro state wholly surrounded by ocean. One of its islands, Rui, is home to the snow-capped volcano Mt. Kiji, which is dotted with craters and holds two lakes: the higher and larger Lake Arisuso, and the lower and smaller Lake Dako. Lake Dako is the only source of lift gas on Dara, a fact that facilitates the creation of Xana's airships and subsequent dominance in air-based warfare. Rui and Dasu are also surrounded by underwater volcanoes, which form various paths between them and toward the Big Island. Xana's climate is described as arid.
Xana was founded when Ano settlers colonized the island and killed the native population. Xana was traditionally seen as one of the weakest Tiro states by the other six states, until the Unification Wars and the conquest of Dara by King Réon, who later renamed himself Emperor Mapidéré. After Emperor Mapidéré died, Emperor Erishi took the throne in the Reign of Righteous Force.
Culture and Religion
Before it became an empire, the Tiro state of Xana was considered unsophisticated, even semi-barbaric, by the other six nations. Its islands, isolated from the cultural exchange of the other states, were populated primarily by peasant farmers and fishermen, and so the inhabitants of Xana were looked down upon as the poorer cousins of the rest of Dara.
The traditional garb of Xana peasantry is decorated with knotted tassels and colourful, geometric patches that symbolize good luck and prosperity. Xana is also known to produce decorative knots as trinkets, which are distributed as mementos and propaganda merchandise during the Imperial Processions of Emperor Mapidéré.
Fishing composes a large part of Xana's local economy, and Dasu in particular is noted for its tasty seafood and spicy dishes. The specialty is used as a method of fundraising by Cogo Yelu and Kuni Garu, who create training programs for becoming "Authentic Dasu Cooks" to attract business from chefs and merchants of other Tiro states.
Though the people of Xana worship all seven gods of Dara, their patron deity is Kiji, the god of wind, flight, and birds. The official colour of Xana is white, and its flag is a white field charged with a Mingén falcon spreading its wings.
- Under Xana law, treason is considered a taint of the blood. An act of treason from one individual thus incurs punishment on the individual and five generations of their family.
- Those who commit crimes and are convicted under Xana law are branded with facial tattoos symbolizing their crimes.
- Xana horses are noted to be taller and stronger than most Cocru breeds.
- Rui Island is the only known home to Mingén falcons, Dara's largest predatory birds and natural users of lift gas.