The Sultanate of Roenok
Roenok is a land of various terrains. Droughty badlands separate Roenok from its northern neighbors, creating a colorful rocky outcropping named Raf Zincifre (or The Cinnabar Shelf). One narrow chasm, Konuk Kur (Guest Pass) cuts through this vast escarpment, allowing entry into Roenok. These badlands are home to small tribes, but the large, military outpost of Demir Gibi monitors passage through Konuk Kur; massive iron gates which close off this narrow fissure suggest a violent past, or a turbulent future.
Traveling south, the badlands give way to dry steppes and arid deserts. Known as Toprak Catlamak, these steppes have little to offer for survival; defiant grasses and truculent shrubs assault the dusty, cracked earth. Rain infrequently visits and quickly leaves. Only the rugged call this bleak landscape home. Most of Roenok is a desert of shifting sands. Temperatures range from boiling during the day to freezing during the night. Small patches of life dot the parched expanse, and nomadic clans (the astrali’nar) wander the oases, seeking shelter, safety, and sustenance.
The largest of the deserts, Sert Kum is home to the grand, golden-domed cities of Sultan Hehrezzeen III and his people. Hot-tempered, the people of Roenok are quick to anger, but their strong and loyal familial ties hold the different factions together. The Roenok people’s dress is thin, billowy silk, leaving little to the imagination; ancient fables tell of once-allied factions going to war over a woman’s seductive dance in little more than a translucent veil. Roenok’s cities pay homage to its sovereign through their Maharajah. Different factions ply for power, but Sultan Hehrezzeen III and his family have ruled Roenok for 150 years.
The Sultan’s family has maintained their reign with caution and counsel, but nothing has given them a greater advantage than the infamous Unsullied. These elite soldiers suffer years of training, making them impervious to pain. Early in their discipline the Unsullied are completely castrated, transforming them into dispassionate instruments of death. Traded to foreign diplomats and royalty, The Unsullied can be seen protecting the most powerful and prosperous.
Few exports have gained the same notoriety as the Unsullied, but Roenok has other products it uses for economic leverage. Pomegranates, dates, pistachios, and cucumbers are principle exports, along with rare spices—cinnamon, cumin, and black pepper are only a few. One strange commodity, Bereket is coveted among royalty and slavers: the prepared sap from a mysterious plant said to only grow in the vast Orman Jungles. This sap is distilled into an elixir, rumored to increase sexual potency and longevity. Little of this stock leaves Roenok, but the little that does brings a high price.
The Orman Jungles are the exception to the arid desert covering most of Roenok. These vast jungles hug the western mountains and run just south of Raf Zincifre to the southwestern edge of Roenok. Savage elven tribes make the Orman Jungles their home, and they are rumored to practice cannibalism and sacrifice; few outsiders return whence they came after entering the elven jungles.
Ruler: Sultan Hehrezzeen III
Capital: Caern Rho(Large City, Population 31,750)
Major Cities: Delphin, Est’che, Aierihol (elven), Hadsha, Hal’i Mahr, Gaessa Rha
Regional Language: Koophre’
Notable Locations: Raf Zincifre, Oases of Life, Temple of Baylar
Land Mass: 28,953 sq miles
Population: 499,760 inhabitants
Racial Distribution: 80% Human, 10% Desert Elf, 10% Other, ?% Jungle Elf
Geography: Mostly arid desert; northern badlands merge to dry steppes then to desert. Mountains along western coast, jungles hug base of western mountains.
Agriculture: Pomegranates, dates, pistachios, cucumbers, rare spices.
Primary Exports: Unsullied, slaves, rare spices, Bereket