Ancient beyond measure, Nibenay, also known as the City of Spires, is a wealthy, powerful city-state immersed in decadence and intrigue. Most Nibenese regard themselves as the only civilized people remaining in a world of barbarism and desolation; the events that take place outside the city walls are little more than the squabbles of savages. Even the architecture of Nibenay reflects these prejudices. Splendid statues and carvings cover the walls, public buildings, and private homes throughout the city, depicting great heroes and honored ancestors from ages long forgotten by the rest of Athas. Some are works of surpassing beauty, some glorify ancient triumphs, and others depict shocking hedonism.

Nibenay’s Power Structure

The city-state of Nibenay is ruled by the sorcerer-king Nibenay, also called the Shadow King. For twenty centuries or more, he has left the city entirely in the hands of the temple bureaucracies, emerging from the Naggaramakam only when necessary to lead the forces of war or crush rebellions against his rule.

However, news of Kalak’s assassination has reached Nibenay, causing him to reconsider his habitual detachment from the city’s affairs. In the last few weeks, the Shadow King has summoned several meetings of the High Consorts’ Council, asking probing questions about the manner in which the group is governing his city. Similarly, he has taken an active interest in the readiness of his armies and in the affairs of the city’s noble houses.


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