Canthan imperial family tree
The Imperial Family of Cantha represents the longest known unbroken line of ancestral succession seen in the world of Tyria. The dynasty was founded by the first Emperor Kaineng Tah in 0 CC (510 BE).
The following is a family tree of the Canthan Imperial line, showing all the known descendants of Kaineng Tah. A question mark (?) denotes that the exact dates are not known.
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|AGE OF THE MARMOSET
510BE / 0CC
|♀Unnamed wife||Kaineng Tah
|♀Thirty favored concubines|
|♀Unnamed elder sister
Fate unknown, but vanishes from the record weeks after Yian Zho took the mantle of emperor.
|♀Unnamed elder sister
Fate unknown, but vanishes from the record weeks after Yian Zho took the mantle of emperor.
|Unnamed younger brother||♀Unnamed wife||Yian Zho
|♀Many concubines||Over two hundred sons and daughters|
|Several dozen children with wife and concubines||Several dozen children with wife and concubines|
|AGE OF THE FALCON
205BE / 305CC
Had more than one child. His eldest son, Chanang, defied his wishes and chose to follow the hero's path.
|AGE OF THE BAT
1AE / 511CC
1st ascendant emperor
Given that Chanang was described as the eldest prince, there was at least one younger brother and possibly sisters.
|AGE OF THE HEDGEHOG
221AE / 731CC
During this emperor's reign the wizard Magadore sucked life from Cantha's forests and converted it to magical energy which he planned to use to power a great magical war against the emperor. Zojun and an army of rangers and beasts defeated the wizard circa 572AE (1082CC), returning life to the forests.
13th ascendant emperor
Cruel dictator, held mass public executions and heavy taxation. Murdered in a fire, started by rebels, that burned down the old Raisu Palace.
|AGE OF THE TORTOISE
694AE / 1204CC
14th ascendant emperor
Did not enact widely expected revenge on the peasants for his father's death; instead, he decried Singtah's most egregious abuses of power. Granted the stewardship of the Battle Isles to the Zaishen Order. Commissioned the rebuilding of Raisu Palace, which he obsessed over, and is said to have breathed his last breath after taking his place on the new throne. During his reign in circa 772AE (1282CC), pirates assaulted the port of Dinfang and were driven off by Kitah. Around the same time, he invited Jaizhanju to visit him in the Forbidden City to offer her a reward for keeping the Canthan countryside safe from threats and personally petitioned the Oracle of the Mists to induct Jaizhanju into Tahnnakai Temple.
15th ascendant emperor
"It would fall to Senvho's successor to begin making right the inequities of Canthan society, an effort that would ultimately (in this scholar's view) fail."
~ Loremaster Ermenred
16th ascendant emperor
Resurrection and second death: 1072AE (1582CC)
Originally a loyal and ambitious guardsman and a descendant of Kaineng Tah. Was noticed by Emperor Angsiyan who appointed him as his personal bodyguard. Shiro later turned against Angsiyan and assassinated him on the last day of the Harvest Festival in 872AE (1328CC) due to the influence of Abaddon, but was also killed himself shortly after. Released the Jade Wind upon death. Became an envoy, caused the spread of the Affliction, and was resurrected in 1072AE (1582CC) only to be slain again and sent into the Realm of Torment as punishment, where he became one of Abaddon's generals and was defeated again in 1075AE (1585CC).
|AGE OF THE DRAGON
872AE / 1382CC
17th ascendant emperor
Youngest emperor in Canthan history at age 17. Was instrumental in preventing the empire from falling into chaos following the devastation of the Jade Wind. Created the Dragon Festival. Populated Shing Jea with farmers, which led to the Tengu Wars. Was able to secure a peace treaty with the Angchu chieftain to declare the Aerie autonomous Angchu territory, delaying the onset of war but turning the Sensali tribe against the Angchu.
18th ascendant emperor
Described as a petty, small-minded man ill-suited to ruling the Empire. He formally dissolved the longstanding trade agreements with the northern kingdoms and denounced Cantha's ties with the Kurzicks and Luxons. His reign marked the beginning of the most isolationist period in Canthan history. It was either during his or his successor's reign when the demon Mang arrived in Cantha in 972AE (1482CC) and terrorized the country for years before Teinai defeated the demon.
19th ascendant emperor
20th ascendant emperor
Died of old age. Mainly remembered for reopening trade and diplomacy between Cantha and Tyria in 1022AE (1532CC). Conversed with Loremaster Ermenred during this period. Also known as a "man of the people."
The favored concubine of Emperor Kintah.
|Chan the Dragon's Blood||♀Unnamed wife||Kisu
21st ascendant emperor
Sovereign ruler of a population of several hundred thousands. Respected and beloved by the Canthan people and considered a wise and benevolent ruler, though he was more withdrawn than his father.
Headmaster of the Shing Jea Monastery
15 years older than his half-brother Kisu. Lived in the palace with his mother and became close with his younger half-brother Kisu. Became headmaster of the Shing Jea Monastery and helped bring an end to the Tengu Wars. Slain by Shiro while protecting Kisu. His spirit was ensconced into Tahnnakai Temple for his service to Cantha.
22nd ascendant emperor
Spent millions in platinum to arm his troops and defeat the warring Luxon and Kurzick factions. Unified the Canthan nation behind a strong national identity and began to remove all non-humans from Cantha with help from the Ministry of Purity.
Died when Raisu Palace collapsed and the Risen invaded during the Great Tsunami.
Eldest daughter. Died when Raisu Palace collapsed and the Risen invaded during the Great Tsunami.
Brother, father, or son of Kyobok?[verification requested] Haebaragi's father.
Became too ill to govern by 1738CC (1228 AE) and was succeeded by Minister Yeongi as regent until Haebaragi's crowning in 1743CC (1233 AE).
Youngest son. Died when Raisu Palace collapsed and the Risen invaded during the Great Tsunami.
First empress regnant of Cantha.
Haebaragi's consort. Unknown if he was called emperor consort, prince consort, or other title.
Father of Ihn and Joon.
Joon's mother. A jade trader.
Second empress regnant of Cantha.
Illegitimate daughter of the previous emperor. Head of the Xunlai Jade company.
Age of the Marmoset
After uniting many human clans in Cantha, the warlord Kaing was crowned as emperor and took the name Kaineng Tah in 510 BE which marks the beginning of Canthan Calendar with the year 0 CC. Kaineng City was named after him. Kaineng Tah had a wife and thirty favored concubines with whom he had over two hundred children; he and his wife are known to have had at least four children: two daughters, the son Yian Zho, a younger son. The emperor ordered the building of Raisu Palace as his seat of power, and it would become home to the Imperial Family for the next millennia.
Kaineng Tah died under mysterious circumstances in 46 CC (464 BE) while riding his favorite horse on a hunting expedition. Although official history describes the first emperor's death as purely accidental due to him falling off the spooked horse, fragmentary records have mentioned unexplained wounds on his usually trusty and well-trained horse's rump and on the emperor himself with a few records even suggesting some involvement from his fellow huntsmen.
It is unknown whether Kaineng Tah left a will behind to declare his eventual successor although contemporary writings by the emperor himself indicated that the document might have existed at some point. However, no will was ever officially discovered, leading to later scholarly speculation that the will might have been destroyed. The throne passed on to the older of Kaineng Tah's two sons, Yian Zho. The new emperor's two elder sisters were neither consulted nor welcome in the succeeding government. The sisters' fates remain unknown, but they vanished from the record weeks after Yian Zho had taken the mantle of emperor.
During Yian's reign, the Luxon and Kurzicks tribes united into two nations and seceded from the empire, only to be forced back with military might and diplomacy as vassal states as Yian Zho's army was unable to fully annex the two tribes' territories. This time was also the birth of the hostility between the Luxons and Kurzicks that would remain for over a thousand years. After Yian Zho's reign, Cantha remained fairly isolated in the south, only opening trade with the northern continents centuries later in 731 CC (221 AE), when resources became low for their growing population.
Although the Canthan throne would not always pass directly from father to son in the following centuries, it always went to one of royal blood—at most, a first cousin as seen in several well-documented cases. Many emperors in Canthan history met with unnatural deaths as assassination was a Canthan tradition.
Age of the Falcon
Age of the Bat
Age of the Hedgehog
Age of the Tortoise
Senvho, crowned in 1204 CC (694 AE), did not enact widely expected revenge on the peasants for his father's death; instead, he decried Singtah's most egregious abuses of power to win back the people's trust. The emperor commissioned the rebuilding of Raisu Palace, which he obsessed over for over eighty years, and was said to have breathed his last breath after taking his place on the new throne. During his reign he granted the stewardship of the Battle Isles to the Zaishen Order. In circa 1282 CC (772 AE), pirates led by Appollonia assaulted the port of Dinfang and were driven off by Kitah. Around the same time, he invited Jaizhanju to visit him in the Forbidden City to offer her a reward for keeping the Canthan countryside safe from threats and personally petitioned the Oracle of the Mists to induct Jaizhanju into Tahnnakai Temple.
Age of the Dragon
A distant descendant of Kaineng Tah, Shiro Tagachi was originally a loyal and ambitious guardsman. He was noticed by Emperor Angsiyan due to his prowess with weapons and thus invited to join the Imperial Guard as the emperor's favored bodyguard. As a bodyguard, Shiro famously defeated an attack by Am Fah rebels in 1368 CC (858 AE), executing all who surrendered and decapitating their leader. In 1375 CC (865 AE), he rescued Angsiyan's son Prince Hanjai from Celestial Ministry rebels, mercilessly slaughtering them all in front of the boy and later mounting their heads in front of the Ministry. Though not often admitted by the government, Shiro Tagachi was an integral part of the peace treaties Angsiyan was forming with the bickering Kurzicks and Luxons, and was the one who convinced their champions to work together and attend the Harvest Ceremony.
During Shiro's service as both a guardsman and later bodyguard, a demon sent by the fallen god Abaddon had disguised itself as a fortune teller and consulted Shiro multiple times, eventually telling him that he would be killed by the emperor during the Harvest Festival, a long-standing annual Canthan tradition where the emperor prayed for the blessing of the goddess Dwayna at the Kuan Jun Temple. Angered by the fortune teller's prophecy, Shiro slew her although he could not stop thinking about her words and if the emperor truly intended to kill him. This caused him to turn to forbidden magic, breaking imperial law, and led him down the path of insanity.
Beginning to fear for his life, Shiro became further confused when Emperor Angsiyan began acting oddly during the Harvest Festival that took place in 1382 CC (872 AE, altering protocol and allowing Shiro to accompany him into the temple for unknown reasons. Shiro slew his master in the middle of the main ritual of the Harvest Ceremony and absorbed Angsiyan's soul along with the powerful magic granted to the emperor by Dwayna through the conduit of his enchanted swords. The Betrayer was eventually defeated by the combined efforts of the assassin Vizu and the Luxon and Kurzick champions Archemorus and Saint Viktor zu Heltzer; however, Shiro's death wail unleashed the now corrupted magic within him, leading to the catastrophic Jade Wind that petrified the Echovald Forest and turned the Jade Sea into jade.
Angsiyan's son Hanjai took the throne while the empire was on the verge of collapse due to the aftermath of the Jade Wind. Tales tell how Hanjai prayed to the ancients for guidance, to seek a way to reunite his people and restore glory to the troubled lands. His prayers were answered in the form of a mighty celestial dragon that swooped from the heavens and assured him that Cantha would rise once more. The inspired Hanjai poured every ounce of his blood, sweat, and tears into achieving that goal by bringing Canthans together via offering refugees a place to stay in within Kaineng City, making the land as safe as he could in the aftermath of the Jade Wind, and restoring leadership.
The next summer, Hanjai instituted the Dragon Festival. It was meant to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the Jade Wind, unite all denizens of the empire, and celebrate the establishment of a community on Shing Jea Island. It also symbolised the survival of the Empire of the Dragon in the face of calamity. The emperor and his subjects would bow their heads in respect as they prayed for the blessings of the Celestial Dragon, possibly Tahmu, while invoking its name.
It took Loremaster Ermenred of Ascalon almost a decade of effort and a great deal of his own personal fortune to arrange his year-long study of the Dragon Empire in 1532 CC (1022 AE). During that year, he was able to open new routes for Tyrian merchants and uncover new mysteries of the nations of Cantha. He also established strong cultural ties with Canthan academics and the emperor himself. In the decades since Ermenred's first visit, an exchange program was set up between the Kingdom of Ascalon and the masters of the Shing Jea Monastery, leading to a greater understanding of political, military and magical issues. By Emperor Kisu's reign, the disparity between the wealthy nobility and the more desperate elements of society had grown along with the size of Kaineng City.
Ihn on her throne with Navan about to receive the Krytan delegation in the Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Gameplay Features trailer.
- Concept art
- Although the Canthan throne has not always passed directly from father to son, it has always gone to one of royal blood—at most, a first cousin (as seen in several well-documented cases). It is not known when any late emperor's throne was inherited by the nearest male relation (e.g. a first cousin) rather than the eldest son, so the family tree above uses direct succession from father to eldest child until more evidence is revealed.
- ^ a b c d e f An Empire Divided: A Selected History of Mysterious Cantha for the Traveling Scholar
- ^ Celestial Plaque
- ^ Before Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons, it was unclear if Tahmu was related to the Empire of Cantha or not. The Celestial Plaque's story mentioning Kaineng City suggests that she was part of the Imperial Family. The lore of the Celestials suggests that the Six Human Gods turned humans into Celestials; if Tahmu was a historical person, her transformation would have happened either before the Exodus of the Gods or some time after the Jade Wind turned the naga increasingly hostile although it is possible that the naga could have been hostile beforehand until they turned peaceful and stayed friendly up to the time of the Jade Wind. As such, Tahmu's actual placement in the family tree's timeline, if she did exist, is arbitrary until more evidence comes to light.
- ^ Karei
- ^ Guild Wars Factions takes place in 1072 AE, and Karei's plaque in Tahnnakai Temple states that Dwayna visited Cantha 700 years ago, which would be circa 372 AE.
- ^ Zojun
- ^ Guild Wars Factions takes place in 1072 AE, and Zojun's plaque in Tahnnakai Temple states that Canthan forests began to shrivel 500 years ago, which would be circa 572 AE.
- ^ a b The exact date of the end of Senvho's reign is not known. An Empire Divided states that "it took over eighty years to finish construction."
- ^ a b Guild Registrar
- ^ a b Kitah
- ^ a b Guild Wars Factions takes place in 1072 AE, and Kitah's plaque in Tahnnakai Temple states that pirates invaded the port of Difang 300 years ago, which would be circa 772 AE.
- ^ a b Jaizhanju
- ^ a b Guild Wars Factions takes place in 1072 AE, and Jaizhai's plaque in Tahnnakai Temple states that Jaizhai lived over three hundred years ago, which would be circa 772 AE.
- ^ Teinai
- ^ Guild Wars Factions takes place in 1072 AE, and Teinai's plaque in Tahnnakai Temple states that Mang appeared one hundred years ago, which would be circa 972 AE.
- ^ Most Wanted Am Fah 2
- ^ a b c d e Research Log 1282: Casualties in the Zhaitan Disaster
- ^ a b New Kaineng Zoning Record 0024
- ^ a b New Kaineng Zoning Record 0039
- ^ Ministry of Justice Rulings, 1738–1741 CC
- ^ New Kaineng Zoning Record 0111
- ^ New Kaineng Zoning Record 0072
- ^ Historic Plaque
- ^ New Kaineng Zoning Record 0132
- ^ Dissolution of the Ministry of Purity, 1747 CC
- ^ Fallout
- Kuunavang: The empress knew my identity, as did her father before her, and his father before him.
- ^ a b From the Ascendant's Shadow
- ^ Weight of the World
- Vase: This is one of the vases made by Yu Dal-Rae. While most of her life she only had access to simple materials, Xunlai's success allowed Joon to gift her many new crafting tools.
- <Character name>: Joon was clearly a devoted daughter.
- ^ Welcome to Cantha cinematic
- Fortune Teller: I see great things in your future.
- Fortune Teller: Yours will be a story told by generations.
- Fortune Teller: Your swords will be sought by many.
- Shiro Tagachi: Nonsense.
- Fortune Teller: Yes. Yes. You will do things no other man would dare.
- Fortune Teller: Your name will live on for a thousand years.
- Shiro Tagachi: Shut your mouth. Old fool.
- Fortune Teller: Look for fortune to come your way.
- ^ A History of Violence
- Imperial Guard Hao Li: Thank you for releasing me from Shiro's treachery. You know, he did not always have such darkness in his heart. Ambitious, yes, but loyal to Cantha and a true guardsman. I believe that evil forces from this realm manipulated Shiro to assassinate the emperor. How they managed to sway him is the true mystery. [...]
- Imperial Guard Kaichen: I'm indebted to you, friend. Although it has been many years, I still cannot believe that Shiro alone committed the treachery against emperor. During preparations for the harvest ceremony he was on edge, talking about a fortune-teller and a choice he must make. He made no sense at all, and the whole thing still doesn't. But then again, perhaps it can all be explained by how far out of his mind my poor comrade had gone. [...]
- Imperial Guard Tiendi: Ah, freedom. I will remember this compassion, hero. All of these years my anger has been focused on Shiro, but now I find darker forces were at play. Shiro can never gain forgiveness for his crime against the emperor, but know that a greater evil acted as the driving force behind his actions. Abaddon, lord of this realm, sent a minion of his evil to entice Shiro's dark side. Disguised as a simple fortune-teller, this avatar corrupted Shiro thoroughly and used his own black thoughts against him. [...]
- Imperial Captain Shi Wang: Thank you for liberating the other guardsmen. They fought too valiantly in life to deserve such a fate. You say a fortune-teller played a part in Shiro's treachery? Perhaps she ignited the spark of evil that always resided in him...or perhaps he was a pawn all along.
- ^ Guild Wars Factions cinematic, YouTube.com
- ^ Dragon Festival Finale
- ^ M. Lummis, K. Pleet, E. Kern and K. Ricketts, Guild Wars 2 Official Strategy Guide, 1st ed. Indianapolis, IN: DK/BradyGames, 2012.