Sudderlands

The Sudderlands is only a term used by Arcadians and to refer to the vast continent South of the Inner Sea. Its people are black-haired and dark-eyed, with skin ranging from black to a dark tan. They have countless autochthonous communities within it with their own religions and cultures. Though there is a long history of trade and conflict across the Inner Seas, ships from Galisport and Isperia are only beginning to stumble upon the rest of the continent.

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• The Kongo is a vast state in the Western coast of the Sudderlands Far South of Arcadia. It was united under the Manikongo, their ruler. Its people are farmers and traders, experts in metalwork, pottery, and weaving raffia cloth. Its people speak Kikongo.
An explorer from Galisport, took a few Kongo nobles back to Arcadia, leaving many of his men behind promising to return, but the ship disappeared before ever arriving back at Galisport.

Ubinu is a powerful city-state on the Western Sudderlands far North of the Kongo, and yet still many many leagues from Arcadia. The King offers the surrounding lands military and royal protection in exchange of use of resources and implementation of taxes paid to the royal administrative centre. Its people, the Edo, are warriors, traders and artisans working in bronze, iron and ivory. Speak Edo.

• North of Ubinu, the Songhai Empire was founded only a dozen or so years ago by their leader Sonni Ali, and yet they control a large area in Western Sudderlands, including Timbutú, a Ruhanni trading and cultural hub. However, Sonni Ali has little interest for the religion. Its economy is based on clans which dictate an individual’s occupation, the most common being metalworkers, fishermen, and carpenters. Speak Songhai and Badiyan.

The Northern coast of the Sudderlands is dotted with many trading ports. Its people call themselves the Imazighen. They speak Badiyan or Imazighen. Once connected to the Great Ruhanni Empire, now three remaining dynasties rule the area:
• The Al-Wattasiyen. Their sultan, Abu Abdellah al-Shaykh Muhammad ben Yehya, betrayed by the previous dynasty, has since recovered much of the North-Western coast.
• The Abd Al-Wad ruling the Kingdom of Tlemcen, to the Chelif bend, in the Northern coast.
• The Al-Hafsiyins ruling Ifriqiya, in the Northern coast at the edge of the desert…

The North-East of the Sudderlands is covered by desert which stretches further East into the Sandlands. The lifelessness of the desert is broken by the ancient Iteru River and the valley it has carved southwards.
• This river has kept Khemia, the Kingdom Eternal, alive for endless history; according to them this is the will of their Gods. Once an ancient and powerful empire, perhaps the oldest in known history. It has surprisingly managed to retain some of its culture, despite political instability. It is now ruled by the Al-Mamlik Sultanate, Ruhanni lords with cultural ties to Osman. Its people speak dialects of Badiyan and Osmani.

Amharia is an Arcadian kingdom within the Suddernlands almost surrounded by Ruhanni states. They claim direct ancestry from Saul. Speak Amharic.

• The Sultanate of Ajuuraan is a powerful Ruhanni state that controls the Eastern coast of the Sudderlands and thus, the trade between the Inner Sea and the lands in the far East. Its port cities are some of the richest in the world. The royal family, the House of Gareen, has expanded its territories and established its hegemonic rule through a skillful combination of warfare, trade linkages and alliances. Speak Badiyan and Ajuuraan.

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