The Emirates of Ylaruam

The Emirates of Ylaruam

A confederation of six emirates, renowned for its superb military divisions and its fierce and noble warriors of desert nomadic heritage. Somewhat isolated from the rest of the world, and perhaps often ignorant of its ways, the Ylari enjoy a high standard of living, and can honorably claim to have some of the finest warriors and sorcerors in all of the world among their ranks. Much of the population is honorable and very religious, worshipping their patron god Al-Kalim and following the Way of Eternal Truth, the path of spiritual enlightenment.

Emirates of Ylaruam

A Nicostenian merchant briefs his recently-arrived Thyatian cousin on the eve for his first overland caravan.

“First, natives do not refer to this country as ‘Ylaruam.’ It is ‘the Emirates,’ when speaking specifically of the entire Confideration of Tribes. Ylaruam is simply the capital of a single province, albeit one of great symbolic importance. Natives are more likely to refer to themselves according to their emirate; these provinces are more closely related to the regions that various ethnic and social groups identify with…

“…Makistan, centered in the fertile Ust-Ust Valley and extending into the Alasiyan basin, peopled by tribesmen akin to the nomads of the Ethengar Khanate…

“…Nithia, a wasteland along the foothills of the northern mountains, and a short strip of fertile coastal plain populated by mixed desert tribes and descendants of Alphatian colonists…

“…Dythestenia, a highlands populated by tribal nomads, and in the fertile wadis, by civilized people of Thyatian descent…

“…Nicostenia, where we reside, a former Thyatian colony heavily influenced by contact with the Alaysian nomad and farming cultures…

“…Abbashan, a growing province centered on an interior oasis, but recently expanded to the coast, dominated by Alasiyan nomads intensely hostile to foreigners, certainly no place for you, my sharp-tongued cousin…

“…and Alasiya, the largest province, encompassing the Alasiyan desert basin from south to north, east to west, a vast wasteland inhabited by primitive tribes, yet graced in its center by Ylaruam, a small but lovely city, cultured and elegant, and full of rich chiefs, merchants, and scholars eager for your wares, my shrewd cousin, and safe, even for an ignorant foreigner like you.”

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The Ust-ust Valley

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Eighty percent of the Emirate of Makistan’s population is located in the Ust-Ust Valley, in agricultural settlements along the minor rivers and in the urban settlements of Parsa, Warqa, Uruk, and Anram. These urban settlements are really just big villages; unlike the other urban settlements in the Emirates, there are no fortifications associated with these towns, no enclosing city wall, and little monumental architecture. Dwellings of two stories or more are exceptional; mud or sod huts accompanied by a variety of auxiliary tents are common, even for relatively wealthy merchants or tribal leaders. The largest, most substantial buildings are often the sprawling wooden tribal stables, where each tribal community shelters and cares for its more valuable herd animals and ponies.

Wheat, millet, and rice are the primary agricultural products of the Ust-Ust Valley. The rich soil producers large yields, permitting Makistani farmers to sell a good portion of their harvest to nomads, or to be made into bread to provision caravan travelers. The nomad herds of cattle, sheep, and goats provide ample meat, dairy products, hides, hair and wool to fill local needs, with surplus sold as caravan provisions.

Some local Makistani crafts are in demand in other regions of the Emirates, particularly the fine blankets, rugs, and tents made from the hair of their herd animals, and the powerful laminated bows and lamellar armor the Makistani warrior prefers, but most of these products are consumed locally. The Makistani as a people seem to be commercially unambitious. Even established Makistani merchants are casual and uncompetitive traders; haggling is tiresome work for a Makistani, in contrast to typical Alaysiani merchants, who haggle for the fun and sport of it. Try striking a hard bargain with a Makistani – he’s likely to give you a fishy scowl of distaste and go off looking for someone more pleasant to deal with.

The Emirates of Ylaruam

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