In the vast expanses of the Saharan desert, groups of pillagers
and bandits moved around in small groups, taking whatever they
needed from villagers and caravans unlucky enough to cross their
path. Wherever they came, they took able craftsmen and beautiful
women as slaves and forced them to work for their captors in various
ways. As time passed, these small groups started to assemble in
larger clans that fought amongst each other over water, food and
fuel for their vehicles.
When the first Padisha, Walid Ibn al-Tagin, united the clans under
his rule, the Marauders society started to show first semblances
of discipline and order. The unified clans established a council
of six of their mightiest warlords that answers directly to the
Padisha and carries out his orders. Yet the barbaric ways of their
past still carry much sway in their daily life, and violence,
backstabbing and vicious plots are still very much the order of
the day in their political life. The current Padisha, Muhammed
AlQuin, has risen to his position through ruthlessness and
brutality; years of wealth and idleness have made him fat and
slow. He manages to hold on to his power through the fanatical
devotion of his troops.
were weak. We were separated by the winds. Then came the Ruler,
Ibn Al-Tagin, the Great One, the Exalted One. He united us. He
gave us power. He prepares us for the ultimate fight. He prepares
us against the mother of all evil.
-Legend of the Marauders
time, the Padishas city has become the heart of the Marauders
society, and this is also their weakest point for while
the citys defenses are formidable, it holds not only the
head of their administration, but it also serves as their central
depot for food and fuel. Marauder bands often come to the city
after their raids to revel in their victories, to drink away their
loot and to visit the citys many brothels.
To retain a semblance of control over the citys population,
the Padisha decreed that nobody inside the city walls shall be
allowed to carry firearms, with the exception of the city guards
who have the duty of keeping up law and order with every means
necessary. Even though firearms are illegal, noone in the city
leaves his house unarmed.
she lies, like a raw diamond. We will shape her, we will give
her new value. She shall be our stronghold.
-Ibn al-Tagins words before
capturing his city
Padisha and the council reside in an old palace where all pleasures
known to man can be found in abundance. The palace is guarded
by the Padishas best and most loyal troops.