Into the Sands
Sultanate of Giddah
The Sultanate of Giddah includes the Western portion of Shimel-Ur, including the Shining City of Alcazar, the towns of Almagrit and Al Muhammara and the settlement of Al Rashid. The Sultan ruler of Alcazar, Child of the Sun and Prince of Coin is Selim III, grandchild of last surviving member of the Alcazi Padisha dynasty (most of whom were put to death when the Sylveon Empire first conquered the city).
The land in the Sultanate is mostly arid and unfertile, including a large swatch of the windswept and unforgiving Gefib Dunes. To the northwest are the Gobi Hills, populated by scattered tribes who are mostly descended from the Chagatai people from beyond the Great Glass Desert. There are a few oases dotting the landscape near every major settlement, allowing for some agriculture, mostly enough to sustain the region itself. Alcazar’s wealth comes from its “alliance” with the western Sylveon kingdom that had been a long time trade partner with Alcazar and Giddah until 50 years ago when the Shining City was conquered and the relationship between East and West changed markedly.
For the most part, Alcazar still remains the financial hub of Northern Ur, and Selim III still wields immense power and influence from his seat on the throne. The Sultanate of Ayyub to the East has always been an ally of Giddah, as Selim III and Sulayman share common ancestry. Alcazar provides a portal for the nomads and herders of Ayyub to reach the west and certain parts of Shimel-Ur, while Giddah shares in the bounty of such trade itself.