North of Thyatis and Karameikos on the continent of Brun lies an arid region of rocky badlands and sandy wastes. It is the home of a proud desert-dwelling race of human much like the Earthly Bedouins of Arabia.
The Sultan is advised by a grand vizier, who in turn oversees a large, well-organized bureaucracy of departments call voucheries. Ylaruam is divided into emirates to help keep control over these voucheries. Unlike Thyatis, the Ylari people have exceeding control over the bureaucracy.
Alasiyan is the language of the people of Ylaruam, though Thyatian is sometimes spoken (but be warned, it is not a well-like language, since the Ylari have been conquered or at war with Thyatis often).
The Ylari gold piece is called the dinar, the silver piece a dirham, and its copper piece a fal.
Textiles (cotton, linen, carpet manufacture), horse breeding, salt mining, glass making, tar, naptha, dates, marble, mining (gold, nickel, copper).
Although many think of the Emirates as one huge desert, the land varies, and is organised into six Emirates; the mostly desert Emirate of Alasiya, the insular Emirate of Abbashan, the northern Emirate of Nithia, the western Emirate of Maksitan, the relitavely fertile coastal Emirate of Nicostenia and the hilly Emirate of Dythestenia.
The most important site of Ylaruam is not on the map, but in the heart. The natives overthrew their colonial masters led by al-Kalim, who has since become an Immortal. He is very devoutly followed here, and his words have become the guiding principal, or the Nameh.
All users of Arcane magic (called ‘sorcerers’ here) are required by law to wear disinctive robes marking their profession.
Things to Remember
Be polite and follow local customs. The Ylari respect storytellers, warriors, and scholars, and are generally very honourable (and expect the same from visitors). Ylari hold grudges for a long time.
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