Khambir
LN Large City
Corruption -1; Crime +0; Economy +2; Law +6; Lore +1; Society +1
Qualities abundant, population surge, prosperous, rural, strategic location
Danger +5
Demographics
Government military
Population 21,600 (7,100 half-orcs, 5,600 half-elves, 3,600 half-ogres, 2,200 taddols, 1,800 kobolds, 800 tengus, 500 forgeborn)
Notable NPCs
Thozug Cyredraheal, Keeper of Arms (LN half-orc fighter 9)
Mialen and Maylen, Keepers of Wisdom (LN taddol cleric3/monk 5)
Korag Stoneheart, Keeper of Fury (N half-ogre barbarian 5, hulking marauder 4)
Marketplace
Base Value 11,200 gp; Purchase Limit 75,000 gp; Spellcasting 7th
Minor Items 4d4; Medium Items 3d4; Major Items 2d4

Khambir sits at the very center of Azag-Ithiel, a sprawling city built to house and train the nation’s military forces. At the heart of the city lies Fort Karaden, a squat, blocky affair. The fort would hardly be impressive if not for its immense size, capable of simultaneously housing every not only the entirety of the Newlands’ military but every inhabitant of the city in times of war.

Khambir is ruled by three Keepers, masters of war who have risen to excellence. Thozug Cyredraheal serves as Keeper of Arms, a fearsome warrior who has mastered the use of every weapon to fall into his hands, oversees the training of the Fists of the Word. The taddol Mialen and Maylen serve as Keepers of Wisdom, teaching those soldiers who have the talent how to bring into harmony both body and spirit. While only a few who train under Mialen and Maylen go on to pursue the path of either monk or cleric, their pupils often climb to lofty positions within the military. Korag Stoneheart oversees the smallest, but certainly the most fearsome, troops: Hulking Marauders, half-ogre shock troops, whose thundering charges are feared throughout the neighboring regions.

Situated on a highland surrounded by fertile farmland, the site for Fort Karaden, and the city that sprung up around its walls, was chosen to be as defensible as possible. Just south of Khambir is the hub for the na15 tion’s near-completed system of roads, which allow for greatly increased travel within its borders. The road that leads from this crossroads north to Khambir is narrow and rocky, forcing would-be attackers to drastically reduce their speed as they move through a four-mile
chokepoint.

Despite serving as the home for the nation’s military, Khambir feels much more like a small township than a city home to over 20,000 souls, most of whom are soldiers and their immediate families. Soldiers trained in Fort Karaden are expected to protect their nation, not only as soldiers, but as strong leaders in their families and community. A great sense of pride and purpose unifies the people of Khambir, strengthening bonds between neighbors almost as strong as those of family.

Neighborhoods tend to group around similar racial backgrounds, each residential district containing the various shops and tradesman necessary to support their needs. A great open-air market lines the main thoroughfare, vendors hawking wares to passers-by as merchants seek to unload their goods at the city market. The area surrounding Khambir is some of the most fertile farmland in Azag-Ithiel. As farmers are able to harvest more food than either they or the military has need for, caravans full of grains and produce are a common sight heading from Khambir to other townships and cities.

As the abundance of both soldiers and resources increases, so do the number of new families outside the walls of Fort Karaden. Children flock through city streets, many of whom dream of one day joining their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters inside the walls of Fort Karaden.