The known world of Karthador is comprised of nine “free nations” who were once part of the Myratan Empire but now pursue their own destinies. Here’s a quick preview of one of those nations: Tharran.
An isolated land cut off from the rest of Karthador by water, tundra, and xenophobia, Tharran has become an inbred land of fishermen, farmers, poets, and mystics.
Before the rise of the Myratan Empire, Tharran was known for its universities and tradition of rich literature. The best novels, plays, and poems came from Tharran, and were translated into multiple languages across Karthador. When the Empire nearly destroyed Tharran with mass aerial bombings, the nation closed its borders, isolating itself even further from the rest of the world.
Tharran is just now beginning to break through that isolation, unsure of its place in post-Imperial Karthador. Its novelists and reporters are going out into the world, looking for new stories to write. Its universities are opening their doors once more to the nobles of other nations. This is a time of awakening of Tharran.
The people of Tharran are fantastically literate; most have volumes of poetry and fiction memorized. Family and family honor are exceptionally important to them, and they will fight to defend either. They respect those of intelligence, education, and civility. The uncouth and illiterate are shunned.