Mano-Capac

Mano-Capac is an ancient silver dragon, a demi-god who, as described in the story of Ayarpay Yanasuchuq Uma, led the people of Kay to the stars to escape the devastation of their world after the battle that ended the War of the Dracholich.

After forging the Great Alliance of the peoples of Kay, he fought Ayarpay in a duel over the skies of Kay, empowered as the avatar of the dragon earthmother, Pachamama. Pachamama sacrificed herself in the battle, and Ayarpay was slain and Supay banished back to the deep dark of Ukhu in the center of Kay, but Mano-Capac survived.

After the battle, he led the now exiled peoples of Kay to the edge of the system, where using his magics he bound several asteroids together and founded the city of Cuzco. He ruled the city for a hundred years as god-king, taking on 3 mortals as queen, the Human Maysumak, the Dwarf Rawaoqllo, and one Lizardfolk Yanawayta, before, seeing that the peoples of Kay prospered and tiring of the short lives of mortals, he ascended to the heavenly planes where he watches Kay from atop the mountains of gifts that, to this day, the peoples of Pachaspace burn to him as tribute.

The daughters of these three queens went on to found the three major dragonborn families of Pachaspace: The House of Waterspirit, the House of Firestone and the House of Blackthorn.

Mano-Capac also took on a male halfling lover, Kusi. When Mano left, he left Kusi as his steward and mayor of Cuzco, with the instruction to pass on that title to whoever Kusi felt was worthy. Of course, once Mano had left, all three of his wive’s first daughters claimed that they should have the right to rule. The daughter of Maysumak claimed she should rule because she was the daughter of the first wife. The daughter of Yanawayta claimed she should rule because she was the daughter of the last wife. The daughter of Rawaoqllo claimed she should rule because she was the daughter of the favorite wife. At the same time, the chiefs of the alliance all worried that they were becoming irrelevant, that Mano’s heir would not do as well for their peoples as Mano did and that their position in Mano’s empire was uncertain. Finally, the priests of Inti and the priestesses of Mamaquilla worried that the cult of Mano-Capac would outshine the gods of the sphere in this new empire, and that the new ruler would leave the old ways behind.

Kusi was a simple man of kind soul, and not a King, and while he also had a claim to the title as the executor of Mano’s will, he saw that neither he, nor the heirs nor the chiefs could rule such a large empire alone the way Mano had. He also saw that they needed each other to keep these peoples together: The three daughters and the houses they now headed each brought with them a vision of the empire’s future, of what it could become and not just what it was. The chiefs, whose peoples less than 200 years ago were bitter enemies, in the fires of battle had found a common ground and learned to settle their disputes peacefully. The priests bore the will of the Gods and carried the light of tradition into the uncertain future.

And so, in a big meeting on what is now called year 151 After Kay, Kusi called a big meeting and, as his last act as steward, founded the Carayku Empire out of Mano’s Empire and, together with the three heirs, the high priests and the chiefs, established the system of laws known as Kusi’s Code.

Mano-Capac

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