War of the Burning Sands
Ancient beyond measure, Nibenay, located in the Ivory Triangle, 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 is ruled by the sorcerer-king who gave the city-state his name, Nibenay the Shadow King. He is an enigmatic, retiring figure, rarely seen by anyone but his Templars. Deep within the royal compound at the city’s heart—the forbidden dominion called the Naggaramakam—Nibenay immerses himself in arcane studies and mysterious pursuits, leaving governance to the bureaucracy of his Templars. He is so reclusive that rumors of his death circulate every few years, giving rise to unrest and feuding among the nobles until he appears and puts to rest any stories of his demise.