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Gimarayya

Between the Twin realms, the port of Ostrakon and the Crusaders lands, lie the Gimarayyan lands. The region has been settled long time ago by the Gimarayya, a nation of horsemen barbarians, who are the ancestors of nowadays independent towns like the port of Dostjahaz, Susnajild or Darwaaza, the city of the Gate. These cities are commercial centers and many caravans begin there. Though the Gimarayyan civilization was influenced by the Cynodean one, they keep a lot of their own customs, like sacrifices of horses during burials, and some they learned from the Bardis – like the worship of Sed. Burial mounds are a common feature of the landscape; most people avoid them. Gimarayyan are stocky-build and muscular, generally with dark or red hair. Both men and women shaved completely their hair and despites hairy strangers, so generally travelers use caps and hats to conceal their hair.

Some dwarves, known as the Maadani, also live in the forest hills, being miners and hunters; theyr share most Gimarayyan customs, including about hair. The Payatu elves are nomad horse riders. They’re known for their mystical relationship to martial art of swords and shields. Unlike Gimarayyan, they bear long black hair, which make them wild and disgusting for town dwellers. The Ganjakutta Orcs adopted the Gimarayyan customs and are such accepted in most cities as regular citizen. They’re fond of dogs races and fights.

Darwaaza is a very important and very civilized port, being a theocracy led by the Patriarch of the Gate of Sed. He organizes both the spiritual and temporal life with his numerous officers and clerics. Unlike most others, law is strictly enforced and weapons are prohibited in town. It doesn’t stop the smugglers, pirates and thieves to use the Fire island, namely a dominion of Darwaaza, as a basis of operation. Even the sect of Thugs is able to operate in the city, though very discretely.

Based in Dostjahaz, the Chains of Steel, or Ukku in the local language, are raiders and slavers with a private army, who plunders villages and sell people. This is a very prosperous, feared and respected organization. Its soldiers are known as the Mastiffs, as it is their flag and emblem. The city is warlike and keeps strongly the fighting tradition of the Gimarayyan tribes.

Susnajild is mainly known for its shrine of Farishtaa, the boatman of the gods. He’s depicted as a shiny young man on a celestial boat and he’s very popular. Allied to the Maadani dwarves, the town is surrounded by goblinoids tribes which impose it a tribute.
Bardis, also known as the jackal-folk, were among the first inhabitants of the continent and their civilization greatly influenced the later Cynodean Empire. They worship the god Sed, which they depict as Jackal-headed as themselves, and put emphases on a very strict and regular lifestyle. With the creation of the gnolls, a chaotic mimicry of the Bardis obtained by the mix of gnomes and troll blood under weird sorcery rituals, the Bardi theocracy has been shakened, slaves fled massively and created the first men civilizations. The ancient city of Xitahualqa, where are the pyramids of the high priestesses since centuries, is now the only surviving Bardi town still trying to keep their old culture and religion.

The region is also the land of the Talvaar red goblins, the Khopri wolf-riders goblins, the sneaky Zeher, giant-snake riders goblins using drugs and poison, the Panjazaard goblins and their slave baboons, the Koonsar Hobgoblins blood-drinkers, the Jaalkala giant-spiders riders orcs, the Sarmot gnolls with shamanic practices. Striges, snakes, dire wolves, giant bats, lizards and spiders are very common in the forests, and piranhas in the rivers, making the Gimarayyan lands a dangerous place. Baboon’s bands are even common near the village and sometimes rampage town’s suburbs.

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