One hundred years ago, Thyatia was a proud and strong empire, that could have been compared to the Roman Empire at the height of its glory. Now, however, Thyatia is an empire in decline that drowns in its own depravity and bloodlust for violent recreation.
The men of Lamara are regarded as a degenerate and evil people by other nations, a belief that mainly springs from ignorance, but is strengthened by the fact that the Lamarans have unnaturally keen eyesight in the dark, and that they worship many weird and loathsome gods in the isolation of their remote hill kingdom.
The kingdom of Shoma is rich in gold, to the extent that even the king’s great herds of cattle wear golden ornaments. There are many skilled artisans and goldsmiths among the Shoma. Outside of the capital city of Katanga, the land is populated by semi-nomadic tribes.
The turbaned fire-worshippers of Zadj are an offshoot of the Iranon race in the west. They have exploited the riches of their new homeland well, and grown rich as spice merchants and slave-traders. Having brought with them a high level of culture from Iranon, the Zadjites are skilled artisans and Iraab, the marble capital by the sea, is a center of learning as well
as rich trade and exquisite craftsmanship. The interior plains and forests of Zadj are dominated by the fortress-city of Al-Qazir, also known as the City of Slave Sultans, for it is held by a council of slavelords who only pay lip service to the emir of Iraab.
Also known as the “kingdom of tombs”, Ammon is a land covered with desert and haunted by ancient sorcery. The silent streets and broad ceremonial avenues of black-templed Amenti is a awesome sight to behold. The papyrus used by the scribes and sorcerers of Ammon is harvested from the inland marshes of Fakhuum.
Dwellers in the desert-cities of the west, the Iranon are renowned as master craftsmen, breeders of fine horses, and cunning thieves. Mercenaries from the cities of Iranon are employed across the subcontinent.
The cannibalistic tribes of the Ikuna lands are a constant plague upon the neighboring nations. From their homeland south of the Hills of the Dead, between the jungle and the coast, the Ikuna wage a war of terror upon the Zadjites, Azimbans, and anyone venturing into the southern waters. Few dare go into these lands; likewise, an Ikuna raiding party on the warpath is something best avoided.
The nomadic tribes of the northwestern desert are descended from Iranon stock. Calling themselves the Khazjrah, they are a free-willed, fierce and stubborn lot; a constant menace to caravans and travelers.
Deep in the southern jungles rise the moss-grown palisade walls of the Mazanians, a matriarchal society whose female warriors raid into the surrounding lands for male slaves. The jungle kingdom is ruled by the black sorcerer-queen of Boma-Ya, the forbidden city of the amazons.