Saga of Jaraah
Before the establishment of the refugee kingdoms in the Shomaal, Zabol was a sleepy fishing town and Daryaa trading post. Now, it is on the main thoroughfare connecting the capitals of Aval Kingdom, Yazd, and beyond. It is the main entry point for visitors to Aval Kingdom and has prospered greatly. It is now a major trading city that has grown at the expense of other coastal Aval cities. Besides the agricultural products raised in its hinterland, most products from Aval Kingdom intended for destinations beyond Yazd make a stop in Zabol. Yazd is a kingdom slowly sinking into chaos. Small groups of adventurers sufficiently well-armed and intimidating can use the road between New Zarch and New Sob-Rooz. However, too much criminal activity and capricious taxation force Aval producers to send their goods by sea to Mazra from where they go overland into Sob-Rooz. Because of Zabol’s central importance to international trade, the Carters and Coopers Chapter of the Aval Carpenter Guild has made its headquarters here.
<api: /> Zabol is currently “overseen” by Duke Hahry. Hahry, although slovenly, and not physically fit, is a master at micromanagement. The taxes he levies are levied by design to maximize his holdings. As for the criminal activity, he doesn’t seem to mind, as long as it doesn’t interfere with his bottom line. Duke Hahry has been slowly getting on in years, and his 3 possible heirs (Harmione, Rahn, Jehnnie) have been making the requisite “preparations” should his health fail.
Duke Hahry has left a bit of a succession mess. His first, but middle in age, child is Harmione who was born out of wedlock to one of the younger daughters of a prominent noble family in Zabol. The Duke acknowledged her and raised her in his household, but never married the mother. This slight has never been forgotten nor forgiven by the mother’s family. They do not hold this against Harmione, in fact they are fiercely protective of Harmione and what they consider her rights.
Jehnnie is the daughter of the Duke’s first wife born from a different father. Jehnnie’s father hailed from a genteel noble family based in Kahnul in the south. He led cavalry units in battle against the Claacos and eventually was killed while on a sortie. He was well-regarded and well-loved by the men he led and had excellent relations with the fighting nobility throughout Aval Kingdom. Many of Jehnnie’s father’s old comrades have grown in stature and influence over the years and consider protecting Jehnnie’s interests a way to honor their old friend and war hero her father. The Duke adopted Jehnnie when he married her mother and raised her in his household as well. She is the eldest child.
After Jehnnie’s mother died from a debilitating sickness, the Duke eventually remarried and finally had a fully legitimate and naturally born son named Rahn. However, Rahn’s mother was Jehnnie’s mother’s nurse while she was ill. Besides being a commoner, many found the Duke’s choice despicable because of what it implies was going on while Jehnnie’s mother was ill. Full-blooded nobles look down on Rahn who naturally resents that. Rahn has followed closely in his father’s footsteps and learned the family business of controlling trade to benefit himself. As the Duke has fallen ill and Rahn has taken more and more responsibility and control, he’s been using his power to pay back all of the slights and veiled insults over the years by squeezing out noble families he does not like from the gravy train that is trade through Zabol.
While the three children might have gotten along just fine, circumstances and powerful interests have made them enemies. All expect a battle for succession and inheritance.