Realms of Myth
the Silk Wars were fought between the mercenaries of the merchants of West and East in an effort to control all trade along those routes.
The great merchant houses of Calador demanded that there remain an open avenue for the free trade of valuable luxuries no matter what the Sodma’ali emperor in far Birjanni had to say about it, and without him strangling that route to squeeze therm for every dinar he could get.
Some were more successful than others, on both sides, and many a fortune made and squandered in the attempts. The emperor in Birjanni proved to be the most perennially troubling
When the new Light came into the picture, the merchants appealed to the Church to preach the cause, to fire the nobles to defy the greedy infidels of the West.
In time, with the indisputable triumph over all other religions in the East, the Church took the merchants’ cause as its own, calling upon all the faithful to reclaim the seat of the Light Bearer, lying as it did in the hands of the infidels who had spurned him, his teachings, his message, his shining Light, and who still did so, but held onto those holy places for their own religious purposes, long superseded by the Light Bringer’s teachings.
At the same time there was a great and heated debate between the great gathers of the Church of the Light over doctrine and practice, with differences having much to do with cultural influences and the ancient practices of the hermits and fathers who originally brought the teachings forth from the reign of the Light Bringer, easily distinguished between the West and the Middle Kingdoms and realms of the East. This tension became a conflict that finally resulted in the Great Purge, which finally broke the Church of the Light into East (Regna Mediis to Regna Oriens) and West. This give full, undisputed ascendancy of the Church of the Light from edge of the West all the way to the East. It was snidely referred to in later years as the Silk Corsade, a great stain on the honor of the Church and the Knights of St. Coraman who formed the vanguard of the Church’s forces and brutally and unrelentingly prosecuted the Church’s cause.
But history is written by the victors.