Aegyptus, the Land of Two Soils

In the far south of the world, on the borders of the Etruscan Province of Phoenicia and the Southron Desert, there is a vast and inhospitable realm. It is a land of ancient wisdom, powerful magic and lordly independence: for how could those who are literally descended from gods bend their knee to the Etruscan Emperor, a mere man?

Aegyptus is home to two neighbouring kingdoms, who have frequently made war on each other in the past. In the south, the hardy people of the Upper Kingdom of Khemet survive on the flood plains of the life-giving Nile River. In the north, the Lower Kingdom of Teoth thrives in the vast swamps and jungles of the Nile Delta.

Although their history is fractious and filled with bloodshed, the Upper and Lower Kingdoms are united by their shared gods and culture. When the Etruscan Empire threatens, the Magi of both nations join forces to repel those who would make them kneel. This, in conjunction with the natural barriers presented by the desert and the jungle, has made Aegyptus safe from Etruscan colonisation while their neighbours fell. However, it has consequences of its own: within both kingdoms, the Magi wield power - both magical and political - akin to royalty.

Khemet, the Upper Kingdom

Khemet is a land of two soils, each serving their own purpose: the red soil, and the black. The red soil is the harsh expanse of the Southron Desert, in which little survives. Though the sands and the scorching sun are deadly, they are a protective wall against Khemet's neighbours and a source of valuable mineral wealth in the form of precious metals and semiprecious stones.

The black soil is the heart of Khemet: the great flood plains that lies alongside the banks of the Nile. The yearly flooding of the Nile deposits the precious fertile sediment that allows the Khemethrians to eke out a living in the scorching expanse of the Southron Desert. Its significance is so great, in fact, that the yearly flooding of the Nile is seen as a symbol of the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

It is along the Nile that the kingdom of Khemet, ruled by the Great King who is descended from the gods themselves, stretches - a long and narrow kingdom. Khemet continues for as long as the Nile is fruitful and extends deep into the Southron Desert, although the great cities and monuments are closer to the north. As one travels south along the river, the river is more sparsely settled simply by virtue of sheer distance from the center of civilisation. Eventually, the boundaries of Khemet end entirely and give way to the Southron Desert proper - inhabited only by the nomadic Temer clans that traverse from wadi to oasis.

In the north, Khemet continues until it reaches the southern border of the Lower Kingdom of Teoth. Here the Nile splits and becomes a vast delta, and the desert becomes a great jungle. Bodhi, the capitol of Khemet, is near the Teothi border - this places it just upstream from the Nile Delta, and historically its position has been of great strategic importance in the constant conflicts with the Lower Kingdom.

Teoth, the Lower Kingdom