Maj'Dul and the Courts
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The desert of Ro is a harsh and unyielding place. The only major city remaining after the Shattering is Maj'Dul and it is the seat of the Dervish empire. There are two distinct regions, both different in their harsh landscape. You have arrived here in the Sinking Sands, name for the large area of sandy dunes to our west. Far to the west, beyond the dunes, lie the Pillars of Flame."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"Maj'Dul is the only city in the deserts of Ro. It was created by the first sultan of the Dervish empire, Ahkari. It is now a city of intrigue and danger. After Ahkari's death, his sons could not agree on who should lead, so they formed the Courts of Maj'Dul from their own followers and began to vie for power over the Dervish Empire."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"Maj'Dul was originally a fortress for Ahkari. As he gathered the various tribes of Dervin under his banner, Maj'Dul slowly became the center of the Dervish empire. It is rumored that Ahkari went insane and leapt from the palace walls to his death. I did not find out exactly what happened, but Akhari's death was the event that led to the formation of the Courts and to the decline and instability of the Dervish empire."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The Courts of Maj'Dul were originally distinct sects, each formed and controlled by a son of Ahkari. After Ahkari's death, each son established a court based on his sect. These are the Court of the Blade, the Coin, and Truth."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The Court of the Blade, currently headed by Dukarem, believes they must lead the Dervish empire through military force to expand it. Dukarem succeeded his father, Dukar, as the leader. Dukarem's son, Dukaris, is rumored to be quite the hero and is called the Champion of the People."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The Court of the Coin, headed by Neriph, seeks to lead and revive the Dervish empire through commerce and trading. It is rumored that Neriph was unprepared to lead the Coin when his father, Omren, died; and, that he depends heavily upon his advisors."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The Court of Truth, headed by Ishara, seeks to control the Dervish empire through its complex judicial system and they are also the caretakers of all essential knowledge. Ishara became the caliph of the Coin when his father, Ishti, was exiled. It is rumored that the prized aqueducts in Maj'Dul are having problems, and Ishara is looking for help in solving this."
Kallon Ebbtide says to you,"The courts of Maj'Dul are three separate factions within the city that vie for power over the remnants of the Dervish empire. They have each established an outpost at the docks, and their goal is to attract new arrivals to their competing causes. Asim Jul represents the Court of the Blade, Shahid Baligh represents the Court of the Coin, and Atyaf Nasiha represents the Court of Truth. I encourage you to converse with these individuals, as collectively the courts are the most powerful political force in these lands."