Since the fall of the Gupta Empire, the subcontinent of India has once more fallen into a disunity and chaos to be expected of a land so layered in peoples, cultures and powers. From the ashes of this world has risen a new martial people of ancient lineage but newfound glory: the Rajputs, differenciated by the normal Kshatriya by virtue of their very name's definition - "Son of a King"./n/nNot merely the sons of royalty, the Rajputs trace their lineages (vanshas) back to one of three heavenly Patriarchs: The Suryavanshi of Surya (The Sun God), The Chandravanshi of Chandra (The Moon God), and Agnivanshi of Agni (The Fire God). From these three noble bloodlines descend 36 main clans or Kulas, which in turn divide further into various branches. Nobility of spirit and prestige of rule is not a virtue exclusive to any one bloodline, great dynasties of past and present possessed by all three lineages. Yet at least in Northern India it is the Agnivanshi who stand tallest this day, with the great kingdom of Chauhan in Delhi and the Paramara of Malwa poised for dominance of West and North Indian soveriegnty./n/nThough the whole of the Rajput people have taken to the equestrian arts far more than the Indian dynasties before them, it is amongst the Northern Rajputs where the Agnivanshi reign dominant that thrones are won not by the might of elephants but horses. It is said that there are three things must you never ask of a Rajput: His horse, his mistress, or his sword. By the merits of two of these things has the Rajput become the defacto warrior of India, challenged only by tradition's demand of the elephant and the rising threat of the Turkish horse archer and cataphract./n/nNowhere is this more true than the Kingdom of Chauhan centered at Delhi. The Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan has seen fit to rely more on his cavalry and infantry than elephants, relegating them to a supporting role rather than the vanguard of his strategies. The equestrian warriors of the Chauhamana hold a special zeal in battling the dreaded Turkish invaders by charging with selfless abandon to combat the heavier ghulam and lighter turkoman up close, where the Rajput's superior individual swordsmanship triumphs./n/nArmed with nimble Indian Shield and brutal forward-swept blades these Kshatriya possess little in the way of armor, featuring the typical quilted cotton protection of India though some have the wealth to afford limited scale armor. Such vulnerability in close quarters combat registers little on their minds - to fight and die as a Kshatriya hinges not on the cloth of the man but the man beneath.