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Ulatos was the greatest city in Payit on the continent of Maztica.[1]

GeographyEdit

Ulatos was located a few miles inland along the Payit River. It was centered around a great plaza, around which were pyramid-temples. The temple of Qotal, which was the biggest and greatest, had a magical spring on top of it.[2] The city itself was full of gardens and fountains.[3]

InhabitantsEdit

Ulatos was inhabited by Maztican humans of the Payit ethnic group. They spoke their own language, also called Payit.[4]

SocietyEdit

Ulatos was the center of Payit culture and the capital of the Payit nation. The Payits were a peaceful people, and villagers tended toward practicality in their education, but in the city of Ulatos the ancient curiosity and learning of the people thrived. Their sages were especially knowledgeable about biology and astronomy.[5]

The Payit people worshiped the Maztican pantheon, especially the god Qotal. Unlike their western neighbors, they did not practice human sacrifice.[4]

Like many Maztican cities and nation, Ulatos was ruled by a Revered Counselor. It was also the capital of Payit.[4]

HistoryEdit

Millenia before the rise of Nexal, the peoples of Payit and Far Payit had a great civilization. Their sages and scholars had great knowledge, and their physicians could treat nearly any injury or illness. Great works of art and magic were created, and a mighty stone highway was built connecting the cities of Ulatos and Tulom-Itzi.[5]

This golden age ended when a prince of Tulom-Itzi came to desire a princess of Ulatos. She was already betrothed to another prince, so he plotted to steal her away by force. Ultimately, his plan failed, ending with his death and her's. Not long afterwards, the culture of Payit and Far Payit began to decline for mysterious reasons, with people simply leaving the cities. The cities fell into ruins, and knowledge was lost.[5]

Not long after the decline, a small group of Dog People arrived in the Valley of Nexal. After Nexal's rise, merchants from that city began to travel to Payit to trade.[6]

AppendixEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Douglas Niles (August 1991). “Maztica Alive”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), p. 32. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
  2. Jeff Grubb and Tim Beach (September 1991). Fires of Zatal. (TSR, Inc), pp. 7–8. ISBN 1-5607-6139-3.
  3. Jeff Grubb and Tim Beach (September 1991). Fires of Zatal. (TSR, Inc), p. 3. ISBN 1-5607-6139-3.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Douglas Niles (August 1991). “Maztica Alive”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), pp. 29–33. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Douglas Niles (August 1991). “A Journey to the True World”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), pp. 12–17. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.
  6. Douglas Niles (August 1991). “A Journey to the True World”. Maztica Campaign Set (TSR, Inc.), pp. 29–33. ISBN 1-5607-6084-2.