The Throne of Celedon
Information about Falak
The people of Falak were all nomadic people in the southern part of Alyssia prior to the War of the Heavens. The area was arid, but livable for smaller, nomadic tribes. Following the War of the Heavens and the Great Cataclysm, when the continent of Alyssia was split into three pieces, they remained in the Southern Continent instead of fleeing to Balrul as most other common races did.
After the Great Cataclysm, the Southern Continent became desolate desert and only the far northwestern portion of the continent contained enough water to sustain life. The rest of the continent became a vast, sabulous wasteland. Two large settlements developed around large sources of water and the cities of Dunya and Furat were established. Several small cities developed nearby these cities, again centering around sources of water. After these cities were united under a conquering Emir, the country of Falak was born.
The rulers of Falak are known by the title of Emir (Prince). The term Malik (King) is reserved for someone who rules over the citizens of the cities within Falak AND the nomadic tribes. These nomadic tribes are ruled by Sheiks (Ruler – Royalty) and currently do not swear allegiance to the Emir. They will be discussed later.
In recent history, the rulers of Falak ruled simply by right of birth and were essentially nothing more than politicians. They did not adventure or lead their armies in battle or engage in any type of combat. The worst of these leaders was Emir Akmal Tariq who embraced the god Malum and required the citizens of Falak to worship this evil deity. He sided with Valburn in the Second War of the Heavens against the country of Celedon. However, his brother, Faiz Tariq, rebelled and overthrew his brother during the war. His first act as Emir was to outlaw the worship of Malum. Under Faiz’s leadership, Falak changed sides in the war and fought against Valburn and their allies. Falak played an important role in the final battle which saw the defeat of Valburn. Since that time, the rulers have adventured as the emirs of old.
The current Emir, Nasib Tariq, is known as a fair and wise leader. He is known for his renovations of the Furat library and his growth of the silk trade. Like most of Falak, he is an avid worshipper of Ferian and has constructed numerous fountains to honor this beautiful goddess. He is known to be a ranger and is at home in the desert as he is in the city.
The Blood Guard:
The Blood Guard are the Emir’s Royal Guard. There are only 12 Blood Guards at a time. They are chosen at birth and trained in the art of war without weapons. Additionally, they are subjected to strong ritual magic that survived from ancient times which provides the Blood Guard with spell resistance, removes the need for sleep, and grants the ability to dodge any weapon that would normally hit. They are considered the most fearsome single fighter in the world.
Their presence as the personal guard of the Emir makes it almost impossible to assassinate the Emir. They are intensely loyal and have no interest in material goods, fame, women, etc. They live for the sole purpose of protecting the Emir. However, it is rumored that the powerful magic that enhances the Blood Guards restricts the Blood Guards to the country of Falak. This has never been confirmed, but for whatever reason, the Blood Guards have never traveled outside of Falak with only a few very rare exceptions.
The Nomadic Tribes:
Falak is also full of nomadic tribes (currently there are 14 primary tribes). They are unique in that they view themselves as independent tribes, but still pay homage to the governing body of Falak. The nomadic tribes are ruled by Sheiks and are the true rulers of the tribe. The nomadic tribes accept the Emir as a primary leader, but not necessarily their primary leader. They would only truly bow to a Malik, but these incredible leaders who can unite the nomadic tribes are very rare.
The nomadic tribes are territorial and have well defined boundaries. There are occasional conflicts between the tribes and this is resolved by diplomacy or warfare, just like any true nation. The central government of Falak does not get involved in these conflicts and generally leaves them alone.
Additionally, language is somewhat different within the tribes. They speak a special dialect of Southern Common, but more importantly, they have a highly ritualized method of communicating. Even if someone knew the dialect and could speak to the tribal people, it is likely they would offend the people they talk to. There are phrases which must be used and ritual responses to ritual greetings. Only a person from the tribes would know how to communicate properly.
The Language of Falak:
The language of Falak is known as Southern Common, which is very different from Common as it is spoken in the north. Although someone who speaks Common may understand snatches of words or even a phrase or two, they would never be able to communicate fully. Southern Common is more accurately called Ancient Common, as it reflects the common language before the Great Cataclysm. Ironically, a dialect of this language is also spoken by the barbarian tribes found in the northern wildlands. This is because the barbarians, like the Falakians, did not flee to Balrul as the rest of the common races did. Finally, the Elven and Dwarven kingdoms, found in Dalphine and Grinadier respectively, speak Southern Common as well, although these kingdoms have transitioned to modern Common and speak both easily. The merchants and many of the educated individuals in Falak speak Common as well as their native language of Southern Common.
Religion of Falak:
Due to the scarcity of water, it is not surprising that Ferian, the goddess of water, is the most popular deity of Falak. However, all of the good and neutral gods are worshipped in this land. Further, Chellos is openly worshipped, as he is in much of Alyssia, but he is usually worshiped as a neutral deity.
Economy of Falak:
Falak is rich in gems and silks. There is tale of large caverns that house the type of worms that spin the precious silk. It is in these same caves that the gems are mined. Rumor tells of these caves reaching all the way into the underdark. Nevertheless, these two goods are the primary export for Falak and have helped to make Falak one of the wealthiest countries in Alyssia.
Although Falak has made vast agricultural improvements in the last 100 years, it is still dependent on foreign trade to feed its people. However, with Falak’s resources, they have never had a period in time where food was scarce.
Other Items of Note:
Since the people of Falak never fled Alyssia, they have a better knowledge of Ancient History than those whose ancestors came back during the re-colonization. For this reason, the library in Furat is considered to be one of the best on Ancient History and even rivals that of the library in the Dwarven realm of Rengar. Most of what is known regarding the War of the Heavens is contained in this library.
The horses of Dunya are renowned in all of Alyssia and are occasionally made available to foreigners, although usually some kind of service to Falak is required to become eligible to purchase these steeds.
The flag of Falak is a large sun. When Royalty is present, stars are added above the sun. The star formation would identify the specific royal member. The highest ranking member is always the only one identified.