Gorean Chronicles – Worldbook Sample ‘O’

Oases

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Oases: Besides the main oases there are many other, smaller ones. The Oasis of the Lame Kaiila is a tiny, barely notable oasis while the Oasis of the Sand Sleen is claimed by the Kavars and is of reasonable size. The Oasis of the Stones of Silver is another small oasis while the Oasis of Two Scimitars is an out of the way place held by the Bakah tribe, vassals of the Kavars. Two Scimitars welcomes bandits – by night – to add to their income.

Gorean oases in the Tahari are rich centers of trade and favored targets for bandits. Caravans from Tor, Kasra and Turia thread them together and bring them the goods they need to survive (cloth, silk, rugs, metals, jewels, ivory, perfume, hides, wood, leather, salt, spices, weapons, tea, slaves) and in exchange they export dates, pressed date bricks and vegetables.

Oases settlements are built as forts but cannot protect the farms that depend on the oasis – and irrigation – to work, rendering those vulnerable to bandits. Most settlements side with one of the nomad tribes for increased protection.

Oasis of Nine Wells: The Oasis of the Nine Wells is one of the larger oases with a population of twenty-thousand people. Of the larger oases it is typical with a fortress kasbah protecting the agricultural land around the oasis itself and its many wells.

Oasis of the Battle of Red Rock: The Oasis of the Battle of Red Rock is claimed by the Aretai. A mirage on the sand reflects and magnifies the image of the oasis at a distance, making it hard for those unfamiliar with the route to find. Red Rock itself is a large shelf of red sandstone behind the oasis. Red Rock is the last major supply point for two-thousand pasangs, beyond it lies the dreaded and deadly dune country.

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