War of the Burning Sands
Many of the sorcerer-kings claim (or have claimed in the past) to be gods upon Athas. In Guig, deep within the Crescent Forest of the Ivory Triangle, that assertion is made not by the sorcerer-queen of the city-state but by its residents. Ask any Gulgan, and he or she will tell you: Lalali-Puy, Queen of Gulg, is the Oba, the Forest Goddess, the Mother of Trees and Beasts, and a dozen more epithets besides. This declaration is no empty platitude mouthed to avert the baleful eye of the Templars—the people of Gulg sincerely believe that their ruler is divine.
Gulg is a city only in the loosest definition of the term; it consists of a cluster of forest villages enclosed by a single wall. Most buildings are made of thatch or mud, and roads are little more than trampled earth, worn down by the feet of generations. Gulg is roughly divided into small communities called dagadas, each of which comprises ten to fifty huts. A dagada is enclosed by a mud wall or wooden fence and is built around one or more wells shared by the residents.
Lalali-Puy is an absolute monarch in the purest sense: All property in Gulg is hers, and she holds the ultimate power of life and death over all citizens, from the lowest slave to the greatest judaga warrior.