The city-state of Kandara is a Realm satrapy located within the Southeastern Threshold, roughly 400 miles southeast of Jiara. Encompassing the settlement of Kandara itself, as well as numerous villages and farms within the surrounding countryside, it was founded by survivors of the Balorian Crusade shortly after the birth of the Realm, and became an official satrapy but a handful of years later, the newly-formed Scarlet Empire using it as a base to strike out against remnants of the Fair Folk within the area. Under the Realm's protection, Kandara has expanded to become a wealthy and populous city over the course of many centuries, as well as a hotbed of Realm culture; the city's architecture bares much resemblance to that of the Blessed Isle, and peasants are far more likely to speak Low Realm than Flametongue or Riverspeak.
The city of Kandara has an approximate population of 40,000 people, with an estimated 400,000 living within villages, farming communities and other settlements within the nearby area. Satraps of Kandara have traditionally been of House Ragara, the house of bankers mining seemingly never-ending amounts of jade, silver and gemstones from the surrounding regions, and investing money in the form of loans into the city-state's prosperity, all for the sake of ensuring increasingly larger returns from it. Other Great Houses with notable influence within the region are House Cynis, who own the vast majority of Kandara's gambling dens, brothels and opium houses, among other investments, and House V'neef, who operate a number of large tobacco and qat plantations nearby, as well as a game reserve where one can hunt ox-dragons, hellboars and even tyrant lizards
With the Great Houses preparing for civil war following the disappearance of the Empress, Kandara has suffered like many other satrapies. The Realm garrison has been all but pulled back to the Blessed Isle, leaving the Kandarans open to attacks from bandits and monsters. The extortionate tributes demanded by House Ragara have beggared the populace, impoverishing many and working others to beyond the bone. And the brutal measures taken to enforce House Ragara's rule, as carried out by a self-righteous and sadistic satrap, have turned the common people against both the Realm and the Dynasts.
As if sensing this hatred, a group calling itself the Cult of the Illuminated has come to Kandara and begun preaching defiance of the Scarlet Empire and the Immaculate Philosophy, galvanizing the Kandarans against the Realm. The once great city-state is now a pile of firedust and lit candles; a single gust of wind could destroy everything in a great burst of fiery chaos.
The capital city of Albahr, a Peleps satrapy encompassing the inland seas south of Kandara, Omodar was one of many enclaves used by the Alkirsan, a pirate people who once terrorized those very waters. They took slaves and other valuable goods from trading vessels and coastal settlements, and when those same corsairs accepted satrapy, the Scarlet Empress allowed them to continue their raiding of non-Realm affiliated nations in exchange for a portion of their plunder, seeing it as a more efficient means of gathering tribute than making their victims satrapies as well.
The capital city of the Mnemon satrapy of Thueban, named as such for the gigantic carved snake's head where the city is located, and the serpent-like mountain ridge running for hundreds of miles to the north of it.
The capital city of a Ledall satrapy located in the hills several hundred miles northeast of Kandara, Yangofu was said to have been built long before the Shogunate, before being ravaged by both the Great Contagion and the Balorian Crusade. Whatever the case, powerful wards generated by a manse within the city prevented it from both becoming a shadowland and being lost to the Wyld, allowing for its reclamation after the Realm came into being.
Early on in the spring, Yangofu - which had been suffering from post-Empress decline much like Kandara - was liberated from the Realm in a peasant revolt supported by an unknown patron, said to be either the Guild, a powerful Terrestrial God, or even Lookshy. Whatever the case, the Realm leadership of Kandara now looks towards the area with a wary eye.
Appearance: Ragara Satori is a slim and buxom woman in her twenties with long blonde hair, blue eyes and a near perpetual arrogant expression (Appearance 5). She typically wears form fitting silk robes in House Ragara colors (white and gold), but when called upon to do battle, she will don an ornate set of White Jade Lamellar Armor gilded with Orichalcum.
Background: Having graduated from the Spiral Academy at the top of her class, Ragara Satori soon found herself appointed Satrap of Kandara. Despite being young, and possessing senses of entitlement and sadism beyond those of any other Dynast, she did surprisingly well for herself in the position, but this was mostly due to her negative urges being kept in check by her four chief assistants, three of whom were appointed by the Scarlet Empress herself for this exact purpose. And all that went out of the window when the Scarlet Empress disappeared a year after Satori's appointment.
Before long, all but two of Satori's chief assistants - her military commander and her Ragara-born financial advisor - were stripped of their positions and executed on alleged charges of treason, and replaced by more sycophantic members of House Ragara. A year ago, following the fall of Jiara to a group of Anathema, Satori killed the King of Kandara after discovering that he'd been corresponding with the Anathema about getting their help in liberating his domain from Realm control. His twelve-year old son took the throne afterwards, but was soon made into a figurehead when Satori declared herself his regent. Today she controls Kandara with a jade fist, demanding large tributes and loan interest payments in order to fund her house's war effort, and inflicting horrific cruelties on the people of Kandara whenever they refuse to acknowledge the divine right to rule of the Dragon-blooded, something that has been happening increasingly often in the last few months.
Abilities: Satori is a Dragon-blooded of the Earth Aspect with Essence 2, and Bureaucracy 4. She has Resolve 4 and Guile 2.
Merits: Besides the aforementioned armor, Satori also possesses a White Jade Daiklave. Her position as Satrap gives her Resources 4 - her stipend plus money gained from loan interest payments - and Influence 3, among other benefits. Her palace is a Manse.
Minor Principle: I have failed in my duty, and I bear responsibility for the consequences.
Minor Tie: Cynis Manato (Affection)
Minor Tie: Cynis Manato (Respect)
Minor Tie: Sesus Asuna (Gratitude)
Minor Tie: Sesus Asuna (Lust)
Major Principle: "I do not wish to suffer the dishonor of being driven from my post".
Major Tie: Sesus Asuna (Affection)
Tepet "Cold Waters" Kirito
A Dragon-blooded of the Water Aspect and the current commander of Kandara's military, Kirito was an austere and disciplined officer even before the sobering experience of his house's fall from grace. He appears to be a muscular man in his fifties, with grey hair arranged in a topknot and a short grey beard running along his jaw. He nearly always wears a set of Black Jade Lamellar Armor when on duty, and carries a Daikalbar of the same material, with which he can use White Reaper Style.
Kirito is one of the two remaining chief assistants of Satori who were appointed before the Empress's disappearance - the other being a Ragara relative of hers - and he has maintained his position by keeping his head down and not provoking Satori's ire. Instead, he occupies himself with trying to protect Kandara's people and the Realm's interests with what few military assets he has left. No longer believing that House Tepet has a future - thanks to the Bull in the North - his loyalty lies foremost with the Realm.
Minor Tie: Cynis Manato (Respect)
Minor Tie: Ledaal Fel (Respect)
A Dragon-blooded of the Earth Aspect, Kandara's head of finance, and the man responsible for generating as much wealth from the satrapy as possible. He is a handsome, tall and lightly muscled man with neck length wavy-blond hair, and a goatee on a pointed chin (Appearance 4).
Minor Tie: Cynis Manato (Respect)
A Dragon-blooded of the Water Aspect, and the spymaster of Kandara. He is a smooth-faced man who looks to be in his mid-thirties, with long black hair worn in a top-knot, and attire that typically consists of black and navy blue robes, though he is also a reputed master of disguise (Appearance 3).
A Dragon-blooded of the Air Aspect, and the court sorcerer of Kandara, tasked with matters relating to demons and sorcery.
King Hasuri Boroma
House Hasuri is one of the Realm's many cadet houses, and has been the ruling family of Kandara ever since it was officially founded, which was the same time Kandara became a satrapy. The current king and head of the family however is the black-haired and twelve year old Boroma, after his father was killed by Satori for corresponding with Anathema. Witnessing the death of his father has all but broken Boroma, as has the knowledge that his regent Satori exceeds him immeasurably in terms of power and experience. Today he is little more than a figurehead ruler, with minimal authority and influence regarding the rule of his kingdom.
Minor Tie: Cynis Manato (Respect)
A mortal from a local patrician family, Mucao is a grey-haired and slightly plump man in charge of all the servants within the satrap's palace. Besides overseeing the day to day business that keeps the household running smoothly, he also helps organize events and parties as demanded by Satori. He prefers to try and stay out of Dynastic politics, saving his concern for the palace, for which he feels no small amount of pride.
A Dragon-blooded of the Wood Aspect, and the woman in charge of all House Cynis's interests within the city of Kandara, namely its slaving operations and vice-oriented establishments. She is a woman who looks to be in her forties, with tanned skin and long hair the color of tree bark (Appearance 4).
A top graduate of the Spiral Academy, Harun has been handling her family's affairs in Kandara for over fifty years, and set her roots down into a comfortable position within the city. She is a skilled, wealthy and well-connected businesswoman, as well as a refined hedonist; she happily engages in the debauchery House Cynis is well-known for, but goes about it with a highly formal air uncommon to the house - at least until she engages in foreplay.
Minor Tie: Cynis Maruto (Fondness and Trust)
A Dragon-blooded of the Air Aspect, and the woman in charge of overseeing maintenance of Emerald Chevalier. She used to be a warstrider pilot herself, going through the training program with Fel, but a battle with the Lunar Yin-Shizi led to her losing her right arm, left leg and left eye, and suffering serious PTSD, putting an end to her piloting career. She crafted artificial limbs and an eye to replace the ones she lost.
Ledaal Sengon A Dragon-blooded of the Air Aspect who attended the Cloister of Wisdom at the same time as Larissa, and is now an Immaculate Monk of the Third Coil, and abbot of the order's main temple in the city. Having been appointed prior to the Scarlet Empress's disappearance, he has witnessed firsthand the Great House-induced decay caused by it, and he and his monks now strive to keep belief in the Immaculate Philosophy alive, in addition to their usual duties.
A Dragon-blooded of the Earth Aspect, and the satrap of Thueban, with his own manor in Snakehead. He is a stocky and somewhat short man who appears to be in his sixties, with a bald spot and neck-length grey hair. He is loyal to Mnemon, working Thueban hard to support her play for the Scarlet Throne, but he also appreciates the effects such hardfisted rule has within the Threshold.
A Dragon-blooded of the Water Aspect, and the satrap of Albahr. A dark-skinned woman in her thirties with cerulean blue hair that she wears in a topknot.
Tahaki An outcaste Dragon-blooded of the Water Aspect from the Scavenger Lands, and member of the Wyld Hunt. A believer in the Immaculate Philosophy, he has little love for the present state of the Realm. He wields a pair of black jade short daiklaves.
A Dragon-blooded of the Wood Aspect, daughter of V'neef herself, and the ambitious representative of her mother's interests in Kandara. A fair-skinned young woman with long, wood-brown hair (Appearance 4), she owns and operates the vast majority of the vineyards, tobacco and qat plantations in the lands surrounding the city, and even a safari area in the nearby grasslands, where Dynasts can hunt ox-dragons, hellboars and tyrant lizards.
If Haruni is the fully grown tree, content enough with its current size to simply exist, Merina is the young sapling - or weed, as her enemies might say - eager to spread her leaves and roots across the surrounding environment, no matter the consequences for the surrounding plants.