Mirrors in the Desert
Athas is the name of the big, hot planet our campaign takes place in. More specifically, our campaign takes place within the region of Tyr (not to be confused with the city-state). Tyr, home of most of civilization, is made up city-states, indepedent villages, as well as nomadic tribes and other groups that call the forests, mountains, and deserts of Athas their home.
- Balic – Balic is possibly the richest city-state, due to its location along the shores of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue and the relatively fertile lands outside the city walls. Ruled by the Sorcerer-King Andropinis, Balic also boasts the only (nominal) democracy in Tyr.
- Nibenay – Nibenay is ruled its eponymous and reclusive Sorcerer-King, and competes with Balic for the title of richest city-state. Known for its art, decadence, and games of intrigue, Nibenay considers itself the height, if not the last bastion, of civilization.
- Tyr – Tyr has recently overthrown its Sorcerer-King, and now finds itself threatened by its traditional rival, Urik, as well as the multiple factions within, struggling for power. Tyr boasts a strong army and a rich history of interaction with the other city-states.
- Urik – Urik is ruled by the Sorcerer-King Hamanu, and under his rule has become both safe — thanks to its unrivaled military might — and totalitarian, thanks to Hamanu’s personal attention.
- Raam – Raam is an impossibly corrupt, borderline chaotic city-state that is largely ignored by its Sorcerer-Queen, Abalach-Re. Despite her recent displays of power, the city-state still simmers with anger and indifference toward Abalach-Re and her minions.
- Draj – Drag is ruled by Tectuktitlay and his mad cult, centered around sacrifices toward the “Father of Life.” When not consumed by war with Raam, Drag is consumed by fear.
- Gulg – Gulg is the mysterious city-state made up of hidden forest villages, ringed by a wall and ruled by Lalali-Puy. The citizens consider Lalali-Puy a goddess, and under her guidance, have bent the surrounding forest and its spirit to their will.