Notable Non-Player Characters
List of notable Referee characters from the campaign.
1. Umiyid: High City
The High City is exclusively home to wealthy, aristocratic families and their allies. It's total population, including servants, is roughly 15% that of the Lower City (~300,000 people). Access is highly controlled, and is effectively limited to members of the aristocracy, plus high-status artisans affiliated with the families and household slaves.
Politics in the City are dominated by a few major families and their allies, though relationships are always pragmatic and allegiances constantly shifting. The major families control large sectors of the economy, political bureaucracy, and military. The leaders of the major houses act as patrons to clients from lower-ranking families, as well as to lower-status individuals from other major families. Veiled intrigue and behind-the-scenes maneuvering are ubiquitous.
Major Families and Their Allies
The Khurasani and their allies are among the most powerful and wealthy families, not least because they dominate the influential Diwans of Exploration and Records. Many smaller families also support their interests. One notable family is House Katib, which overwhelmingly dominates the Diwan of Artifacts, Relics, and Cultural Preservation (a source of substantial looted wealth). Other substantial backers include the al-Dimashqi, al-Attar, al-Hindi, and al-Sufi.
- Suraya bint abi Ubayd al-Khurasani, Minister of Records (Matriarch of House Khurasani)
- Khonayn Hakom al-Katib Senior Scholar, University of Umiyid, Faculty of History
- Abu Fadl Khoran al-Katib, Mid-level official in the Diwan of Artifact, Relics, and Cultural Preservation; laundered and exposed demonic plot headed by Ibrahim al-Saghir, Aram al-Basri, and Mostafa Talaqani; ally of the Adventuring Company
The Saghir are an old trading and shipping family. They have many commercial interests in the Holy Association of Shipbuilders and Carpenters, the Navigator's Guild, and the Fellowship of Longshoremen. They have also cultivated substantial influence on the Diwan of Shipping. Allied families include al-Hallaj and al-Habib.
- Ya’qub ibn Husayn Wahid al-Saghir, Patriarch of House Saghir, Member of Diwan of Shipping Governing Committee, Rival to Sabir al-Zaida
- Ibrahim Fadl bin Hakom al-Saghir Cousin's-son of Ya'qub, former lover/betrothed of Namyla al-Zidane, ally of the al-Basri and Longshoremen's Union, implicated in demonic activities and graft, exiled to the colonies
The Zaida control the head positions in the Diwan of Commercial Licenses and Permits. They also maintain a number of commercial interests, which often put them at odds with the al-Sagir. Allied families include al-Majid and al-Ifriqi.
- Sabir Abu Utbah Hakim Abdul-Hadi al-Zaida, Head Minister, Diwan of Commercial Licenses and Permits (Patriarch of House Zaida; Father of Ruaida)
The Basri are an old, decorated military family. They are especially well-represented in the high ranks of the Imperial Navy. Allied families include al-Ghaffar, al-Talaqani, and al-Shirazi.
- Asor Khadon Abdul-Mubdi al-Basri, First Admiral, First Fleet of Umiyid; Chair of the Diwan of Military Strategy (Patriarch of House Basri)
- Hilal Khadon al-Basri,
- Aram Abdul-Aziz al-Basri, Retired Naval Captain, contacts in the military offices, implicated in demonic activities and graft
Independent Minor Families
These families are still fabulously wealthy by general standards, but do not have the economic or political clout of the larger, more influential families. They often ally with a more influential family through a complicated series of patron-client relationships.
The Faizal have generated many prominent artists and scholars. They are, unsurprisingly, influential in cultural circles and the University.
- Nuriyah bint Qurratul-Ayn al-Faizal, Ranking Advisor, Diwan for Regulation of the Arts (Mentor to Ruaida)
Former clients of House Saghir, but no longer allied after a substantial social and political falling out (orchestrated by PCs after several sessions of intrigue).
- Yunes abu Habib Zidane, Head Magistrate of the Diwan of Spectacles
- Namyla Banujah Amatul-Jabbar Zidane, Facilities Inspector and Chief Enforcer of Regulations, Diwan of Spectacles; former lover/bethrothed of Ibrahim al-Saghir
- ??? al-Abarta'i
- ??? al-Kasrawi
- ??? al-Burjani
- Umm Tahir Naweed al-Nasrani, female leader
2. Umiyid: Low City
The Lower (or Outer) City is home to a massive, sprawling metropolis of millions of people. Some areas are relatively affluent, while others are barely slums. The city stretches across the delta to the deep-water ports.
- Hotha ibn Ohana, Undermanager of the Fighting Pits, District 3, Diwan of Spectacles
- Mostafa Talaqani, Former CEO of the Longshoremen's Union, implicated in demonic activities and graft
- Rashid Abdul-Fattah al-Hijazi, ???
- Jedira Amatul-Batin al-Rahud, ???
3. Burkan al-Khafion
- Maidar Saihan, Daw's Rival
4. Muta Bahidun
- Atissi al-Yeften, Mayor of Muta Bahidun, Governer of the Eastern Province (al Qafr), former military general
- Mennac al-Yeften, Deceased Bandit and Revolutionary (Son of Atissi)
- Tamilla bint Demsiri, Hedge Witch, very old, strongly dislikes demonists
5. Al Awaj Oasis
- Mejdan ibn Mezwar, Caravan Leader (Umiyid to Muta Bahidun Route)
- Gregoras Agalion Zarides, Elyrikki Alchemist-Necromancer, gregarious but slighly deranged