The Nine Cities of Charya
Peoples and places
© 1999 Boudewijn Rempt
That includes my drawings.
The Nine Cities of Charya
In the first few hundred years since the great exodus, the Charyan empire
quickly expanded along the mountain range of the Xiy'Kahara. In a
quick succession seven cities were founded. Then, in the fertile plain
north of the Xiy'Kahara, the advancing Charyan armies were
checked by the Barushlani.
Only after several decades were the Barushlani subjugated and could
the Barushlan plain be occupied. The conquered people were immediately
enslaved, a cause for many bitter songs. The eight city,
Troi was founded to oversee this plain.
Still later, to defend the Troian plain against Dushatlan
barbarians who frequently crossed the border river, the Wangla,
the ninth city, Peroi, was founded, on the northern bank of the river.
Not being terribly imaginitive, the practical Charyans simply
numbered their cities. Every city was governed by a
farah. It wasn't long before every farah kept a
court as if he were a small king, and before long, the Nine Cities
where known as the Nine Capitals of Charya.
Of course, every city is supposed to have a special, unique character,
the inhabitants are supposed to show traits peculiar to that city and
so on. Prejudices are rife.
- Broi or
- The seat of the emperor, the largest city in the world. Broi
was the first Charyan city on the Northern continent, and it is
still the most important. Once the eastern capital of Chandoír
eclipsed its glory, but since the great famine a century ago,
the emperor again resides in the palace on Temple Mountain.
- Veroi or Vroi
- Still governed by a representative from the emperor in Broi, Veroi
once was an important trade city. All caravans going to the north and the
west passed through Veroi, in the times when war was raging on the
- This was once the most important military center of the Charyan
empire. Safe from enemies in the north and the east, this was the place
the regiments were trained for their duties. Through Kroi pass the
caravans to Vustla, Charya's most important ally. The favourite
concubine of emperor Rordal is the beautiful Vustlan princess Chazalla.
- Always aloof, always on the brink of war with
the emperor, Droi is governed by a guild of mages. Whether the mages can
really work magic is a point of heated debate, and most people are rather
incredulous. But it is a fact that the Council of Droi is always meddling
in the imperial affairs. They seems to are very friendly with the
Matraians, and that does little to endear them to the emperor who is alway
waging war on that eastern country. The city is built around a huge
table-mountain, with the mages living on top and the ordinary people
around the base of the mountain.
- Loroi is know for its doctors and medicins. The mountains around
Loroi are famed for their beauty and the springs that arise there
are said to be very healthy. Once, this was a favourite summer resort
for the emperor, but Loroi has been independent for more than two
centuries. The proud citizens of Loroi have embellished their
city with many monuments, and since the city stands protected from
almost all warfare, almost all the ancient buildings still stand.
- Siroi or Sroi
- Siroi is a privileged city, in the sense that it does not have
to pay taxes. All the emperor demands from Siroi is hospitality
for his troops who oversee the eastern plain where the food
is being produced that feeds his million subjects in Broi. This
plain is not really governed. On the eastern borders the emperor
maintains an ill-paid army which frequently marches west-wards
to Broi. On the plain there are no representatives of the
emperor and banditism is endemic. But twice a year the Northern Army
from Siroi marches out and gathers the taxes from the farmers
on the plain.
- Nroi is the basis of the Northern army. From here
the western subjects of the emperor are taxed. The province
of Nroi (which lies south of the city, see the map) is one of the
wine-growing regions of Charya. Nroi is of course famous for its wine,
which however isn't as good as the wine from the independend western
kindoms (not on the map).
- This is the capital of the northern plain, where
tens of thousands of slaves work on the imperial grain
and rice-fields. While the eastern plain feeds the
city population of Broi, the northern plain feeds the
- Only fifty years after Peroi was founded, the city
was sacked and subsequently occupied by the Dushatlan
barbarians. Since then, Peroi has been in Charyan hands
five or six times, but never for longer than a decade