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Ylaruam (Emirates of)

Location: North of Thyatis, west of Rockhome and Darokin, south of Soderfjord. OW

Area: 53,130 sq. mi. (137,606 sq. km.).

Population: 208,000 (recent losses due to civil wars within the emirates).

Languages: Ylari (also known as Alasiyan), Thyatian, Alphatian.

Coinage: Dinar (gp), dirham (sp), fal (cp).

Taxes: 10% sales tax. Also a monthly head tax according to social rank (peasants: 1 cp, townsfolk and nomads: 1 sp, merchants: 1 gp, nobles: 10 gp). Heretics (those who refuse to follow the edicts of the Eternal Truth) and foreigners pay double the monthly head tax.

Government Type: Bureaucracy with administrative departments called voucheries (such as the Vouchery of Water Resources), under the supervision of the sultan and his grand vizier.

Industries: Textiles, horse-breeding, mining, marble-quarrying, glassmaking, and the cultivation of dates.

Important Figures: Hassam "the True" al-Kalim (Sultan), Khalid-al-Sharif "the Tale Teller" (Grand Vizier).

Flora and Fauna: Horses, camels and cattle are by far the most common animals found, followed by sheep and goats. In the wilderness of the desert, djinn, chimerae, dragons, undead, giant lizards, sphinxes, and manscorpions are all rumoured to be present. Demons recently released into the Prime Plane near the Emirate of Nithia are also a rare sight.

Further Reading: GAZ2 The Emirates of Ylaruam, previous almanacs.

Last Year's Events: The wizard Wastoure hired adventurers to find out whether there is any truth behind the rumours of the existence of the infamous Barimoor-who, incidentally, may not be dead after all.