Realm; Desert Realm

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0 – 50 ALD
After the Undead were beaten back at Kio in the year 0, Generl Rigat was crowned as the King. Many of the humans settled in their own land building the kingdom of Tralon.

A number of warlords, especially the nobility of the destroyed territories, unhappy about the general's election as the High King's, gathered their retinue and formed small groups of raiders.

The Desert of Azula, once a fertile land of fabled riches and magnificent cities turned barren by the Long Dark and the magic of the undead, became their hiding ground and the base of their operations.

During Rigat's madness, the able-bodied people elected to flee to the beys, as the warlords were styling themselves in Azula. Among these refugees came Venecca, a daughter of a significant noble, and the only survivor of her repressed family.

She was powerful in the ways of magic, and earned herself a place in the band of Bey Arman. Later she became his sand wife, sharing the bey with his advisor and lover, a drow man, named Istash'ya. The two plotted to make the Bey the Lord of the Desert, and for this purpose they bought and stole as many magic wielding slaves as they could, creating the greatest Sorcerer Posse since the Long Dark. By that magic they brought back the two mighty rivers - Al'Azula and Ul'Azula from under the sands, where they were driven by the undead, found the lost city of Mangush and, finally achieved their goal.

23 ALD
Bey Arman is pronounced the Bey of all Beys, the Padishah of Azule and since that time his line is ruling over this vast territory. Istash’ya becomes the Great Vizier, and Venecca – Esse’Padishah, the first wife.

487 ALD
The Great Vizier Istash'ya convinces Arman's descendent, Padishah Raul Al’Ahmat to make an alliance with the drow and build a flotilla of ships in their land, bring it to Azula’s southern shore and conquer the independent Isle of Gredan and build his capital and the Padishah's palace there. He creates the Crystal (also known as the Ghost) Bridge that connects the Gredan, now known as Seraglio, to the mainland. The act of creation takes Istash’ya’s life, and he is buried in a luxurious mausoleum on Seraglio.

By that time Azula is powerful enough to contest and threaten Tralion.

500-521 ALD
Civil war in Tralon. Azula annexes borderlands, while Tralon breaks into two Kingdoms.

721 - 726 ALD
The first Desert War (see human history).

1707 - 2000 ALD
The second Desert War. Azula annexes Hibla principality. (see human history).

2001 ALD
At present Azule is a vibrant land, full of opportunity for the strong and peril for the weak.

Anyone can be turned into a slave of the Padishah, if he breaks a law or owes money. The noblemen of the nation are the descendents of the raiders and bandits, yet any crime committed against a free citizen of Azul is punished swiftly and with cruelty. Torture and slow painful executions, such as boiling alive, or breaking every bone in a body are commonplace and viziers of various provinces and cities seemingly compete for the title of the most fierce.

The banks of Al'Azula and Ul'Azula are covered with gardens, and mansions of the nobility, who buy their ranks by unimaginable bribes, which they can only receive back through the taxation of the population.

Magic and sorcerers’ posses are as powerful as Azula’s warriors. The army is divided into two parts: the cavalry, called Spahis, which consists of the nobles and mercenaries who bought their way into the service, and Janissaries – the foot soldiers. Among them the especially praised are the corpses of the eunuch slaves trained from early childhood to be a perfect and completely obedient force.

The country is ruled from the Magnificent Seraglio – an Island-Stronghold dominated by the Padishah’s Palace and Harem. Some say that Seraglio is ruled by women, and indeed the politics is influenced heavily by the concubines close to Padishahs and the Esse’Padishah. No matter how beautiful a woman is, she won’t hold on to her influence if she is not highly skilled in the art of political intrigue and does not have support of the important Viziers.

Seraglio is connected to the mainland by the long bridge, shining like crystal and transparent, which is supported by a thousand arches, glittering in the sky. It is said, that Istash’ya gave the Padishahs of Azula the power to turn the bridge into light, thus severing the link and leaving any invading army to the task of building ships in the desert.

Azule exercise religious tolerance, but Serzon, the God of Sun and Magic is a prevalent deity, with all the other gods finding very little worship.

The main cities of Azule are Buhara, Sara’bach, Dujayura and Akkermen.

In Azule the drow are not only tolerated, but are respected and can be found occupying various important posts. However, the desert climate is adverse for them, and living in Azule shortens their lifespan by 100-150 years. Half-drow are not a rare occurrence in Azule, and they too have a shorter lifespan (100-120 years) than their half-elven counterparts elsewhere and are almost always infertile.


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