War of the Burning Sands
For decades Tyr’s slaves whispered about a hidden village called Freedom that welcomed anyone who escaped from bondage. Unlike many slave tales, this one is true—Freedom exists, hidden in a remote crater in the foothills between Tyr and Urik. The village’s former slaves raid to support themselves; however, with Kalak’s fall and the liberation of Tyr’s slaves, the village elders are pursuing a new path: trade, or at
least trade with Tyr.
From their hidden refuge, the ex-slaves have sent trade delegations to Tyr, presenting themselves as House Lirr, a new minor merchant house. The delegations are led by Bartras, a male mul who once worked as a slave for House Vordon. Bartras rose as high in the house as a slave could before he fled with a purse of stolen gold, and he fears he would be recognized in Tyr. Therefore, Bartras travels in disguise, wearing the long black robes and hood of a desert ascetic.