Ghan

Ruler: King Laird
Population: 1,000,000
Capital: The City of Bridges

The Sea Kingdom of Ghan

Look long, my friends.
Look hard.
Greener hills, bluer waters
you’ll never find
than those of my heart, in the kingdom by the sea.
Look long, my friends.
Look hard.
Finer men, prettier smiles
you’ll never find
than those of my heart, in the kingdom by the sea.
—The Song of Ghan

Known for its coastal trading ships, the so-called Sea Kingdom of Ghan is a relatively peaceful land. King Laird has no wish to challenge or even appear to challenge Queen Armalu of Navarene or the ruling council in Draolis, yet he doesn’t want to appear weak and ripe for the taking, either. Thus, he protects his borders and maintains a careful vigil without making aggressive moves. Most important, however, he ensures that his merchant fleet plays such an important role in the Steadfast that no one would want to suffer his kingdom’s sudden collapse— or, just as bad, his sudden refusal to maintain the coastal trade routes vital to most of the nine kingdoms.

The rolling green hills of Ghan are known for herds of gallen and aneen. King Laird lives in the Coral Palace off Ghan’s coast, a part of the City of Bridges. Ghan has little in the way of an aristocracy. Most of the people are free citizens owing fealty only to their king. Few people own slaves. Governors and mayors rule over districts and towns, but the organization is varied and unofficial. Seafarers and herding folk, Ghanites do not abide a strong government, and King Laird is happy to oblige them.

Ghan’s merchant fleet is controlled directly by the king, who at heart is more a mariner than a ruler. The fleet has more than 200 vessels that travel up and down the Steadfast coast, trading goods and collecting money. The ships range in size from small coasters and cogs to multimasted caravels and carracks. Two 700-ton hulks called the Latecomer and the Iron Glove are the flagships of the fleet.

Ghan ships suffer heavily from piracy, and many are plated in synth or light metals to ward off attacks. Some carry weaponry as well, and both flagships bear massive numenera armaments that keep them quite safe.The sailors of the fleet are often called Sternmen, but despite the name, most of them are female. It’s a fleet tradition to never leave dock with more men than women aboard. To do so is considered bad luck.

Notable Places:
The City of Bridges
Omar
The Scarred Monoliths
Keford
Jaston
Ledon

Ghan

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