House of Ashar
|Imperial House of Ashar|
Shənazəm "Holy Abode"
|Parent house||House of Marashan|
|Current head||Mîşanlî Aşar|
The House of Ashar is a Shawaddi Zarasaist Vaniuan imperial dynasty originating from the Golden Steppes of northern Vaniua in the late 13th century CE. It is the largest and most historically significant royal house of Vaniua. It is composed of the descendants of Ashar, founder of the Great Horde and conqueror of Eastern Vaniua (c. 1289-1657). It is most notable for its rapid expansion to Eastern Vaniu after the conquest of the Khanate of Qomandi and the fall of the Kalkali Khanate (700-1220). Its gradual expansion to the east led to a large influx of demographic changes which are still seen today.
The House of Ashar has gone through four phases: The Great Horde (c. 1289-1657), known for being a Golden age for Vaniua, the Koman Mizarates (1657-1811), marked by continuous infighting and armed conflicts, the Imperial unification on 15 January 1811, which led to the Tughanjuh proclamation and the unification of Komania and the overthrow of the Mishayan and Basher regimes (1811-1880)(1880-1910) accordingly, leading to a stage of political instability in the Koman state.
The name Ashar comes from its founder Ashar who founded the newly proclaimed Great Horde in 1289. Today the name Ashar is carried by its descendants who can claim royal heritage only through paternal lineage. "Ashar" is believed to be a derivation of the Middle Koman verb âshân meaning "to put right, rectify", the symbolism of the name is reflected on its emblem, with the winged lion Ajamya Ghera following a set of mythological legends from the times of Ashar.
While the imperial house is globally known as the "House of Ashar", the dynasty refers to itself as Shənazəm meaning "Holy Abode", in reference to its own mythology as "sons of God", and the pious role the dynasty held during its rule of Vaniua.
The origins of the Oshar dynasty goes back to the royal lineage of the Hamashanid tribes, who created the Qazsara assembly and laid the bases for the succeeding Ghashran dynasty, commonly known for holding obvious pre-Vaniuan origins. It is hypothesised that the royal Ghashranids lived mainly as nomads along the Golden Steppes, they were known for holding warlord titles and exercising strong influence in the Qazsara. Their position as the head dynasty of the khanate changed as the Tamirs migrated southwards due to the fragmentation of the Tamir Khanate. Led by Shi Oshar, his people conquered the Qaman kingdom of Qomandi and proclaimed their own state. The newly proclaimed Oshars subsequently settled along the coastal regions of Melkanchuta and adopted a more homogeneous demographic, additionally, the rise of agricultural activity along the coast subsequently forced the nomadic Oshar dynasty to a more sedentary lifestyle, nevertheless, their nomadic roots have always prevailed among their traditions.