Mirrors in the Desert
One Year Later...
It is the Year of Wind’s Reverence. Almost one year has passed since King Kalak was overthrown, but life remains more or less the same — a brutal struggle — for the average citizen…
The movers and shakers of Athas, on the other hand, have realized that a fundamental shift has occurred, that their most basic assumptions no longer apply, and that they must quickly act to secure their own positions and further their own agendas.
What all characters know…
While a few refuse to believe that a Sorcerer-King can ever really die, most Athasians — even thri-kreen raiders and elven nomads — have learned that King Kalak was killed. Stories of the revolt have spread throughout the city-states, and though accounts wildly vary, it seems that revolution was led by three individuals: a compassionate Templar named Tithian, who now rules Tyr; a disgraced Nibanese noble, Hansa, who loved Tithian and who died dueling Kalak himself; and a wise goliath, Cyril, who rose from slavery and mastered the wild spirits of Athas, and whose current whereabouts are unknown.
Rumors also spread of copycat uprisings in Raam and Draj; however, in first case, the nobility was split over whether they should support the revolution or not, and eventually Alabach-Re personally showed up and destroyed the would-be revolutionaries. As a result, the nobility has been devastated and the merchant class has grown in power. In Draj, meanwhile, the revolution didn’t even get that far before Tectuktitlay had all the conspirators very publicly executed.
While Sorcerer-Kings and their agents are usually quick to squash any whispers of revolt, the outcomes in Raam and Draj have been widely broadcast by Templars in the other city-states.
Meanwhile, across Athas, new races have begun to appear. Some, mostly crazy, speak of the “Lands-Within,” a verdant paradise hidden by magic, while many swear they’ve seen men and women with skin made out of stone and sand and sun.
What your character may know…
It is true that Hansa and Cyril have, disappeared, leading the last member of the the trio to rule.
Since the revolution in Tyr, the acting King Tithian has moved quickly both to appease the Templars, bureaucrats, and nobility that still run the city that stability and their status is ensured. On the other hand, he’s had to appease the newly empowered populace. So far, he’s managed to balance this fairly well. Slavery is outlawed, but the nobility and merchant class has taken on new positions in Tithian’s government. Tithian says he will eventually abdicate and form a democracy, but in the meantime he has cobbled together a standing army, loyal to only him and large enough to stave off any immediate threat of invasion.
The Veiled Alliance in Tyr, after some debate, has gone public; in response, Veiled Alliance in other cities have cut off most ties, wary of security leaks and double agents.
Hamanu did mobilize his army to invade Tyr, but mysteriously drew back, telling his populace that Tithian “has recognized the leadership of King of the World and properly paid respects.” Tithian refuses to comment on what this means.
In Balic, Andropinis staged multiple debates in which he’s taken pains to point out that Tithian remains a king, unlike the duly elected Dictator, and that magic now runs dangerously wild in the streets of Tyr. He also had several corrupt Praetors publicly executed, approved the election of a wildly popular First Praetor, and announced expansion of his psionic academy, as well as his personal tutelage in the arcane and primal arts.