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Sind and Jaibul

by Marco Dalmonte English translation by Gary Davies

Sind is an enormous nation formed by many mumlykets, each governed by a rajah (King), who answer for their own duties to the Rajadhiraja (King of Kings), an inherited position that lasts for life. Sind extends west of the Republic of Darokin and of the Plateau of Atruaghin, reaching south to the Sea of Dread and north to the plateau of Adri–Varma, while it’s western border is that of the Great Waste (an immense desert). The Kingdom of Jaibul is found on the southern coast, south-west of Sind, and once was part of Sind, but later became independent when a group of jadugerya (magicians) took the power and organised an insurrection, gaining its independence from the Rajadhiraja. Actually is governed by the Black Raja, who has expansionistic aims and conducts frequently acts of piracy against the Sindhi merchants and of the western nations. The Sindhi pantheon (also widespread in Jaibul) is made of practically all the Immortals known on Mystara, with the exception of any niche Immortal (the choice is left to a single Master). This culture has in fact an extremely polytheistic religion, in which the same Immortal can appear under different forms, each to show a different aspect of its personality. The cases cited in the module HWR3 – Nightstorm (set in Shahjapur) and in the section about Sind in the boxed set Champions of Mystara including: Ixion, who is worshipped as the patron of creation under the identity of Ayazi, as the patron of existence, as Himayeti, and finally as the patron of death and the end of the life cycle under the identity of Aksyri); Asterius, is worshipped as Murtijai (patron of trade) and Kudesha (patron of wealth); Ilsundal, worshipped as Ayodhya, the aspect that presides with wisdom, as Sita, the female manifestation of Ilsundal associated with the contemplation of nature, and as Laksman, the incarnation that is opposed to the evil power of Atzanteotl; Ganetra (alter ego of Ssu–Ma), elephant-faced humanoid patron of knowledge and memory; Hel, who is worshipped with the name Kala, patroness of darkness, corruption, entropy and malicious reincarnation; and finally Runar, patron of vigour, probably identified with Thor. Also the novice Benekander began to create his own proselytes from Sind, in which he is known by the name of Gareth and gaining a broad following by 1009 thanks to the miracles completed by his most famous priestess, Sitara Rohini, to whom was given a prodigious staff artefact by the amazing curative powers.