Haven't been posting lately, as there was some intention of doing social media linking before I posted again. Not really up on that point, but I do have to say that I have gotten to detailing a little big of the town of Sharafkhaneh itself, the religions, and NPCs. The big cheese that I'm happy to be working on is a mega-dungeon!
Yes, you see, the current town of Sharafkhaneh is not the first one. It's a relatively recent development after the older settlement was razed about 80 years ago when the people revolted against the Ashari occupiers. Vengeance came swiftly and brutally, as the inhabitants were put to the sword, the town burned, and then buried. The survivors were then located closer to the River of Honor and the town built anew. A fort and a watchtower were built on the massive mound that composed old Sharafkhaneh. What was forgotten, overlooked, or deemed not worth the time to excavate was that the old town was thousands of years old, built up over the centuries on older iterations of Sharafkhaneh. As the years turned into decades, the old town was forgotten and the new one began to prosper.
Now, the captain of the guard, Juma, has a problem on his hands with the men stationed on Old Sharafkhaneh. Discipline breaks down within weeks of men being posted and now disturbing incidents of the soldiers turning against each other - fights, assaults, even murder have come to light with even the most solid, stalwart of warriors going mad. Whatever is underneath these fortifications stirs.
So, I'm working on that. :)
In the meantime, here's a link to a blog post from the Smithsonian on the thieves of Islam's Golden Age - the true thieves guild:
The Banu Sasan