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KINGDOMS, RULERS & GENERALS
Although Malika’s Azzazian Empire and The WindMaker’s Kingdom of Atala are both fictional places, the world they inhabit is very real, as can be seen from the map above. People familiar with African history will definitely recognize names such as Timbuktu, The Songhay Empire, The Oyo Empire, The Benin Empire, etc. Malika: Warrior Queen is sprinkled with MANY Easter eggs regarding African history!
From its humble beginnings with founder Hasan Bakwa to more than a decade of civil war and finally its expansion into a formidable empire under Queen Malika, Azzaz has seen its fair share of both prosperity and turmoil. Covering an area of about 850,000 square kilometers, Azzaz is divided into five provinces, with the capital city, Azzaz, at its center: the Kano Province in the North, the Bornu Province in the North East, the Fon Province to the West, the Mandara Province to the East, and the Nupe Province to South. Each province has a Chief to represent it in the Council; as a group, the Council advises the current ruler. Over the years, though not a law, it became implied that no one ruler was above the council – a notion that would eventually cause great disunity.
Fun Fact: Since taking over as queen, Malika is undefeated in battle.
The WindMaker & The Kingdom Atala
Once a very peaceful nation, the Atalians were forced to fight for freedom after being subjugated by General Cheng of the Ming Dynasty. Cheng, in search of ancient powerful relics he believed, had been hidden by the Atalians, got more than he bargained for when an Atalian warrior, Bass Kazaar, found one of the relics and became The WindMaker. With his newfound powers to manipulate the wind as well as his Red Raven Army, Bass would go on to drive Cheng and his forces away from Atala. His victory would go on to earn him the honor of being crowned the first-ever King of Atala.
Fun Fact: Bass Kazaar was trained by a group of Shaolin monks who disagreed with Cheng’s approach and rebelled against him, fighting side by side with The WindMaker and his Red Ravens
The Ming Dynasty is the ruling dynasty of China that followed the fall of the Yuan Dynasty. With its capital in Beijing, the Ming Dynasty boasts one of the most organized governments and socially stable economies. An army of over a million troops makes the Ming Dynasty the most formidable force in the world.
General Cheng, an accomplished voyager and military tactician, was sent by the Emperor to Atala to investigate the presence of ancient and very powerful relics called the Dragon Stones. Upon his failure to subdue the Atalians, Cheng called for massive reinforcements from Ming, but not before setting his eyes on the Empire of Azzaz after an apparent interference on their behalf.
Fun Fact: It is rumored that general Cheng’s forces (plus reinforcements) will total about 100,000, making it the largest Ming force ever assembled outside the empire itself.
The story of Malika takes place in the same universe (the YouNeek YouNiverse) as the E.X.O. series, roughly 500 years before the events of Lagoon City.