Around the Central Sea

A lush and temperate collection of settlements, the Central Sea nations are prosperous but troubled.

By Chris Sakkas.

Dharis: The tribes of the Dharis, though they war unrelentingly, are of the same people and it is not uncommon for them to intermarry. Some fo the fattest merchants of Bytr are also Dharis, though their rugged kinsmen scorn them.
Dharis worship Alwasi, the High God, and speak Urzaddish. Each tribe is lead by a chieftain, amin (priest) or council of elders.

Tuhlis: The newly formed empire of Tuhlistan is a large and heterogenous union of tribes, cities and towns united by their worship of Mitras. Tuhlis consider themselves sophisticated, cosmopolitan and civilised, though they have not abolished the Quemish practice of slavery.

Tuhlis worship Mitras (though some have kept their tribal faiths) and speak Quemish. Their government is a centralised theocratic bureaucracy administered by the Heliodromuses.

Quemites: The ancient empire of Quem was split by the newly arisen cult of Mitras. The cult declared death worship forbidden, and sparked a civil war that tore the country in twain. While the aristocratic osirots (undead) held their island palaces and temples, their ex-slaves and soldiers seized the rest of the country. Then a Tamtuan conspiracy claimed the land west of the Jal River, while the Mitran Quem became the heart of the new state Tuhlistan.

Quemites worship Tamtu or the Osiran death cults, and speak Quemish. The government of Old Quem is an aristocratic, theocratic oligarchy, while New Quem is a theocratic socialist state.

Urzadis: The city-states of Urzad are a proud, though archaic, constellation that has survived for centiures but are long past their glory days. Though much ancient wisdom survives, they are decadent and depend on slaves and trade to maintain their lavish lifestyles.

Urzadis worship Alwasi, the High God, Tamtu or tribal faiths, and speak Urzaddish. Their city councils are nominally democratic, though merchant guilds wield significant influence.

Mwambis: The white-skinned people of the south, Mwambis are considered uncivilised and barbaric by the other races of the Central Sea. The fair Akrotiris have a bond with the Mwambis, because the Akrotiris believe their own people are migrant Mwambis. Some Akrotiris still speak Mwamban, adding credence to this theory. Mwambis are savage, but their strict code of honour demands captives be taken alive, and it forbids slavery.

Mwambis worship Ilthmar and Zanzir, the Celestial Brothers, the Court of Birds and the Great Spider (which appears to be a variant of Tamtu’s cult). They speak Mwamban, and are governed by a tribal hierarchy based on age and gender.

Akrotiris: Tracing their heritgage to a pilgrimage from the Mwangan Wastes, to slavery in Quem and finally a brave sally from that state, the Akrotiris are proud merchants and pirates. Their mastery of unarmed fighting was learnt in slavery, where they were denied weapons.

Akrotiris worship Xanxos, the Celestial Lord, and his Court of Saints. They speak Achayyar and Mwamban, and are ruled by ship’s captains who are democratically elected and meet in a yearly council. Though the ship captains are elected by the crew, the crew are employed by hereditary merchant families.

Achayyeans: The Achayyeans worship the Etrusci deities and speak Achayyar. They are governed by individual palaces ruling feudal societies.