Shield of Sarduri II, King of Urartu, 8th Century BC
Decorated with images of lions and oxen. A cuneiform inscription on the edge reads: “Sarduri, son of Argishti dedicates this helmet to god Ḫaldi.”
Sarduri II (ruled 764-735 BC) succeeded his father Argishti I to the throne. The Urartian Kingdom was at its peak during his reign, campaigning successfully against several neighboring powers, including Assyria. Sarduri II was so confident in his power that he erected a massive wall at Tushpa (modern-day Van) with the following inscription: "The magnificent king, the mighty king, king of the universe, king of the land of Nairi, a king having none equal to him, a shepherd to be wondered at, fearing no battle, a king who humbled those who would not submit to his authority.” He was succeeded by his son, Rusa I.
Take me to my home, to my land. I long for stepping on the lush ground, for breathing in the crisp air. High above on the Armenian plateau is where I belong. There, I can worship my God and live in peace. The canyons of Nairi are calling, the sea is beckoning, the mountains wait to welcome me back home. Let’s go back home to Ararat, to the Garden of Eden.
The light isn’t on my side lately, so all pictures get terrible lightning. But I had to participate for this day. Being a lesbian myself, I have a disproportionate amount of lesbian dolls, but most of them aren’t in relationships atm (or their partner isn’t shelled yet), so they don’t contribute much to the lesbian visibility in the hobby. But here are the ones I currently have at my apartment who’re gay girls and relatively finished. I also have some at my parents’, and some here but lacking face-plates (due to being off for face-ups), and some lacking both wig and clothes. But these are here at least.
Song-Hwa’s technically bi, but she and Naminé (who’s gay) are the only complete girl couple I currently have here so she got to join anyway.
Kessie and Lynette made the flag together.
(and Nivah’s also trans so she’ll show up on trans bjd day too :3)
One of the world’s oldest civilizations, Armenia once included MountArarat, which biblical tradition identifies as the mountain that Noah’s ark rested on after the flood.
According to Genesis, …the boat came to rest on a mountain in the Ararat range. Ararat, located in the heart of Armenia, was a Holy Mountain for the peoples of the ancient world. Many ancient scriptures placed the Biblical Garden of Eden in the Land of Armenia also called the Land of Ararat. Thus, the territory of the Armenian Plateau is regarded as the cradle of civilization, the initial point for the further spreading of mankind all around the world.
The oldest myths reflect the wars of ancient Armenians against the neighboring Assyrians. Haik, considered the patriarch of the Armenian people, led his army to defeat the Assyrian giant Baeleus. By approximately 2100 BC, the first Armenian state was founded known as Hayasa. Even now, Armenians call themselves Hai (pronounced high), and their country - Haik or Haiastan, in honor of Haik. The Hittite scripts also mention a Haiasa country. Meanwhile, the Assyrian cuneiform writings designate Armenia as Urartu (Arartu), which means Ararat.
The Old Testament also associates Armenia with the Mount Ararat (the Kingdom of Ararat). In ancient times, Armenia was equally associated with the rivers Tigris, Euphrates, Araks and Kura. That is why the neighboring Assyrians also called Armenia, Nairi, standing for Riverland, Country of Rivers. Haik, once thought to be just a hero of an epic legend, is presently accepted by some researches as an actual chieftain of Armens in the 3rd millennium BC. Historians proved that later Haik was deified and proclaimed the prime god in the pantheon of gods in the pagan Armenia. One of Haik’s most famous scions, Aram, considerably extended the borders of his country, transforming it into a powerful state. Since then, Greeks and Persian began to call the country Armenia, i.e. the country of Aram.
Aram’s son, Ara the Beautiful succeeded him. A very romantic Armenian legend tells that Ara was so handsome that the Assyrian Queen Semiramis (the same who founded Babylon and planted its marvelous hanging gardens) fell in love with him. Ara repeatedly rejected her love proposals until the desperate queen began war with him. The Assyrians troops won the furious battle, and Ara was killed, in despite of Semiramis’s order to preserve his life. Inconsolable Semiramis reputed to be sorceress took his body and tried in vain to enliven him. When Armenians advanced to avenge their leader, she disguised one of her lovers and spread the rumor that Gods brought Ara back to life. As a result, the war was ceased.
Under Tigranes the Great the Armenian empire reached its height and became one of the most powerful in Asia, stretching from the Caucasus to Egypt. It was the first country in the world to officially embrace Christianity as its religion (c. 300) Armenians speak a unique language considered one of the archaic still spoken today, a language with a graphically unique alphabetical writing system that was introduced around 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots,
Throughout most of its long history, Armenia has been invaded by a succession of empires. Under constant threat of domination by foreign forces, Armenians became both cosmopolitan as well as fierce protectors of their culture and tradition.
Varlen Lavellan: the son of a man who doesn’t want him, and the younger brother of a sister who doesn’t need him. A hunter by title alone, he was far more likely to be found chatting up the clan healers, or spinning dashing stories of adventure for the children as he entertained them with his sleight of hand tricks.
A naïve soul with a reputation for being adventurous, Varlen learned a tough lesson one day when he slipped away from his hunting partner – a new member of the clan named Nairi - and ventured too deep into human territory. There, he ran into of a group of huntsmen, who he initially believed had mistaken him for a wild animal. When he realised that they were actually targeting him, he attempted to flee, but was struck in the leg by an arrow. Evidently harboring a grudge against clan Lavellan, they attacked Varlen and left him for dead. Luckily, he was tracked down and rescued by Nairi, who, unaware of his reputation for eloping, had been beside herself looking for him.
Varlen grew into a more jaded person after that, no longer trusting implicitly and treating everyone with new-found wariness. Once he recovered, he made the decision to leave his clan, unable to stand the mixed looks of pity and ‘I-told-you-so’. His wandering eventually led him to the Temple of Sacred Ashes, where he managed to stumble headlong into even more trouble than he could ever imagine.