Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a kingdom located in the utter south that, like Hyperborea, is favored by the gods. The people are long-lived and very rarely grow ill. The primary residence of Notus, the South Wind, can be found here. Its capital city is Nysa, on the southernmost point of Africa.

The Royal Family
Over a century ago, Ethiopia was ruled by King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. The queen claimed that her daughter Andromeda was more beautiful than the sea nymphs, which angered them. In revenge, they sent a sea-monster to plague the kingdom. The king and queen were forced to offer Andromeda to the monster to appease the gods, but Perseus slew the creature and rescued the princess. Her grateful parents rewarded him with her hand in marriage.

Cepheus was succeeded by his son, Lampon, who was succeeded in turn by his son, Hipasis. This last king had no sons, so his daughter Hemera inherited the throne. She needed a king or consort in order to produce an heir, but did not choose one for quite some time.

Around this time (a generation ago), Eos, the goddess of the dawn, abducted the Trojan prince Tithonys and brought him to Ethiopia to be her lover. She bore him a son, Memnon, who soon became very popular among the Ethiopians. When he reached adulthood, Memnon wed Hemera and was crowned King of Ethiopia. This title makes him supreme military leader of Ethiopia, in charge of maintaining its impressive army and defending its interests. However, Hemera administers the day-to-day business of the realm.

Memnon now has two grown sons (Magnes and Phantes) and two marriageable daughters (Calliacassa and Beroe) by Hemera, and a number of younger bastards by various mistresses. (His most recent mistress is his mother's high priestess, Limnoreia, who remains Hemera's friend despite Memnon's affair with her.)

Emathion, another son of Eos (and thus Memnon's half-brother) was king of Arabia until he was slain by Heracles.

Ethiopia and the Trojan War
Memnon's father, Tithonys, is a prince of Troy and half-brother to King Priam. As the Trojan War drags on, Ethiopia will be one of the chief allies to whom Priam will appeal for help. (Delivering this call may be Kynthia's motive for visiting the utter south.)

The royal family and their advisors will be divided on whether or not to send an army to Troy's defense. While Ethiopia has a mighty army, and Memnon himself is a demigod hero, Troy is quite far away, and Ethiopia generally prefers to tend to its own paradise-like existence rather than getting involved in foreign politics.

In spite of his age and infirmity, Tithonys will be the most vocal about sending aid to his half-brother--he sees it as a matter of honor and piety to defend Troy against his family's enemies. Magnes, the crown prince, is also eager for war in order to prove his valor (and his right to rule after his father). Memnon himself is willing to lead warriors to Troy, but is opposed by his pacifistic son Phantes. Hemera will be opposed to the campaign if she hears of Cassandra's prophecy of Memnon's death if he comes to Troy. 

(Obrimus, a Colophonian scholar who is Eos's current paramour, has second-hand knowledge of the war, up to the time of his own abduction, and Kynthia can provide more recent information.)

Gods of Ethiopia
The acropolis of Nysa contains a large temple to Zeus, whose oracle is consulted before all warlike expeditions, as well as a temple to Eos (the dawn) and her children, the four Winds (of whom the South Wind, Notus, receives highest honors). The other chief god of Ethiopia is Dionysus, whose temple lies on the outskirts of the city, near the fields that he blesses with abundance.

The Small Council
Memnon has a small council consisting of advisors chosen from among his family, palace officials, the priesthoods of Nysa's temples. The current members are Queen Hemera, Princes Magnes and Phantes, Protheon (captain of the palace guards), Toxis (palace record keeper), Amphirho (local Oceanid), Echenor (high priest of Helios), and Limnoreia (high priestess of Eos). Tithonys is also considered a member, but rarely attends due to his infirmity.
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