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Assim Asteris

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Assim Asteris
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19th Century rendering of Asteris
Hashim ibn Ashtar

August 11, 1447
Karwat, Sabrid Emirate
DiedJune 19, 1511 (aged 64)
Other namesHashim ibn Ashtar
Sir Assim of Vehemens
OccupationMaritime explorer, merchant, cartographer
Known forDiscovering Asteria Superior and Asteria Inferior for Eucleans, opening the continents up for colonisation.

Assim Asteris (هاشم ابن عشتر, tr. Hashim ibn Ashtar; August 11, 1447 – June 19, 1511) was a Rahelian explorer, navigator, merchant, cartographer and colonist in the service of the Crown of Caldia, who is lauded with having discovered the Asterias for Eucleans.

He was born in Karwat, in the realm of the Sabrids, in modern-day northern Tsabara. The early life of Asteris is poorly documented, though it is attested that he began his adult life as a merchant in the bazaars of Karwat. He also became a proficient sailor and navigator in this time. In 1476, Assim Asteris left Rahelia, and went on to travel across Euclea, first spending time in the city-states of Florena.

Asteris found it difficult to find work in the continent, and made his way north with each rejection, eventually arriving in Caldia. Asteris was impressed with the Amendist Church of Caldia, and noted that both it and his own Irfanic faith shared a rejection of idolatry. He offered his services to the Ghaillish monarchs. He promised to chart the unknown seas to the east for them, bringing them riches and fame. The King, impressed by his vivacity and beholden to his charisma, funded Assim's expedition in 1488.

Later that same year, Assim would navigate three ships - the Reverence, the Duty and the Mary Ellen - across the Vehemens Ocean, landing in the Barrier Islands, and claiming them in the name of the Crown of Caldia. He would later go on to chart the coast of northwestern Asteria Superior. After charting the coast of Sheah, Asteris returned to Caldia for the last time, was made a citizen by royal decree, knighted, and retired to a manse in Spálgleann. He would pass in his sleep in 1511.

Assim's legacy was to initiate a period of exploration and colonization, which helped to elevate Euclea in geopolitics for the next few centuries. Celebrated in the centuries following his death, his legacy was downplayed by many early modern Euclean philosophers, who argued that his role in Euclea's rise was minimal. In the modern era, criticisms are levied at his role in unleashing colonialism.