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Zakhara
The lands of Zakhara.
Zakhara
Geographical information
Aliases Land of Fate[1]
Type Continent
Capital Huzuz
Societal information
Religion Zakharan pantheon
Currency
1 gp[2][3]= 1 gold "dinar"
 = 10 silver "dirham"
 = 100 copper "bits"
Political information
Ruler's type Grand Caliph
Ruler Grand Caliph Khalil al-Assad al-Zahir[4]

Inhabitants of Zakhara
Locations in Zakhara
Organizations in Zakhara
Settlements in Zakhara

Zakhara, called the Land of Fate, was a giant peninsula of the same super-continent that hosted Faerûn and Kara-Tur on the planet Abeir-Toril.[5] The land was located south and east of Faerûn, beyond the region of the Utter East, with the closest Faerûnian lands to Zakhara being Dambrath and Var the Golden (by sea) and Ulgarth or arguably Konigheim (by land).[5][6][7][8][9] Zakhara was mostly isolated from the rest of the world, as the peninsula was separated from the main mass by the treacherous World Pillar Mountains.[10][11]

The Land of Fate was home to a diversity of non-human inhabitants, but the majority was comprised of human Zakharans[12] with brown skin, dark hair and relatively small height[8]. They usually all spoke the common language of Midani and shared in the common culture of Enlightenment, racial values were much less prominent than elsewhere.[12] Only few Zakharans ventured outside their homeland, usually as traders, and could then be found especially in the very south of Faerûn.[13][8] At least two human groups were the exception to this rule: the peoples of the Bedine[14] and Calishites came from the Land of Fate to Faerûn a long time ago with the help of portals.[15]

Waters around Zakhara were bountiful with pirates and corsairs who charged traders tolls to cross their seas, such traders willingly paid these exorbitant fees as Zakhara's exotic trading goods tended to be well worth the price back in Faerûn. Occasionally the pirates decided to completely cut off Zakhara from Faerûn.[5]

The land was full of secretive cities, unwelcoming to travelers, huge deserts, lush oases and powerful genies who meddled in the affairs of humans frequently.[5] The continent was governed by a theocracy headed by the Grand Caliph, a prestige ruler of the state, who ruled from the capital city of Huzuz, the City of Delights.[4] Tales told of demon-infested cities and godless sorcerers, like the genie-binding sha'irs[16] wielding strange magic.[5] Zakhara was a land of many types of exotic magic and powerful warriors.[17][18] Zakharites were firmly convinced they were more civilized than the rest of the world and treated these 'barbarians' accordingly.[19][20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 18. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  2. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), p. 85. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  3. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), p. 66. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), pp. 14, 63. ISBN 978-1560763291.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 230–231. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 101. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  7. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), pp. 29, 53, 73. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 110. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  9. Tachyon Studios (1996). Brian Fargo. Blood & MagicInterplay.
  10. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Map). (TSR, Inc) ISBN 978-1560763291.
  11. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), p. 54. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 11–14. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  13. Tom Prusa (1993). The Shining South. (TSR, Inc), pp. 32, 55. ISBN 1-56076-595-X.
  14. Ed Greenwood, Sean K. Reynolds, Skip Williams, Rob Heinsoo (June 2001). Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting 3rd edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 102. ISBN 0-7869-1836-5.
  15. Reynolds, Forbeck, Jacobs, Boyd (March 2003). Races of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 81, 106, 110. ISBN 0-7869-2875-1.
  16. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  17. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 29–44. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  18. Sam Witt (January 1994). The Complete Sha'ir's Handbook. (TSR, Inc) ISBN 978-1560768289.
  19. Jeff Grubb and Andria Hayday (April 1992). Arabian Adventures. (TSR, Inc), pp. 14, 18, 70. ISBN 978-1560763581.
  20. Jeff Grubb (August 1992). Land of Fate (Adventurer's Guide to Zakhara). (TSR, Inc), p. 23. ISBN 978-1560763291.


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