Erland hails from the distant north, no one knows from whence he came or why, nor
what he seeks if indeed he searches for anything.
Whatever his motives he seems to prefer the warmer climes of the south and is often found travelling to and from Simurgh, a town in the Eastern Desert.
Much like Erland, little is currently known of Eydis, though some say she is descended
of noble blood and has been cast into exile. Why she wanders the Southern lands none
Whatever her reasons, one thing is clear, she is quite immune to Erland's advances.
Crom Ogun -
Crom Ogun was born into slavery but his owner noticed a talent for metal working and graciously allowed him to become an apprentice and study his art.
Once his mentor had taught him all he could, Crom Ogun slew his master, freed
all the other slaves and recently found his way to Simurgh, which being born again asks little of it’s peoples past.
Ali Durust -
Many believe he chose this name himself, though he insists it is the name bestowed upon him by all who trade with him.
Ali Durust travels from the lands of the East to the cities of the West, Simurgh is mid route and he can often be found there resting a while.
Well travelled and always with his faithful bodyguards, he can be a handy person to know.
Kalan Al Kishtar -
We did learn however that in the first chapter of our chronicles, Erland was fleeing from Kalan Al Kishtar.
It is also rumoured that he has been seen in the streets of Simurgh.
Zoroastres is the High Priest of Simurgh’s shrine to Apis.
A quiet but devout man, he has dedicated his life to spreading the word of his God.
Queen Oya -
Queen Oya is the ruler of the lands to the South West of Simurgh and she maintains an iron grip over her lands.
The various tribes under her reign are united as one, where as previously they were disparate and fragmented.
However not all villages accepted her rule and some left to wander as nomads and raiders rather than be ruled by a woman.
Utuseb is the most recent village to come under her rule and it is the closest to Simurgh.
Kibuka is the warrior chief of Utuseb and it is ruled by his word alone.
This being said, he puts great stock in the counsel of his shaman Ekwensu.
Kibuka has been challenged for leadership by the people of his tribe and the skulls of these challengers can be seen on spikes outside his hut.
Ekwensu is a shaman and has the ear of Kibuka. It is said Ekwensu can call upon the spirits of the ancestors of his people.
A conjuror of foul spirits and demons, he lives outside the village of Utuseb in a cave that none claim to have seen the inside of.
The Hatun Yasmina -
Yasmina herself is new to Simurgh and has asserted her right to rule there based on her title.
Currently little is known of her motivation, but her wearing of the Caspian neck collar has been adopted by the women of Simurgh who seek to copy the style, whilst her soldiers prevent open dissent.
Yel Ata -
Yel Ata is an archer of great ability and wanders the deserts and plains with his hound seeking adventure and excitement, prone to wandering the Open Steppe he owes loyalty to no place or person.
He is quick to anger and quick to laugh.
The Atalanta -
It seems that both their names are tied together, maybe fate has started to reveal its hand.
All we know for now is that it is a common merchant ship with a very small modification to the prow.