A game of nobility and betrayal in ancient Arabia.
The early history of the Islamic empire was one fraught with chaos, conflict, and frequent clashes of factions and leaders. In 661 C.E. one of these factions—the merchant clan Umayyad—gained the upper hand and was installed by Sunni partisans and supporters as a dynasty which lasted until 750 C.E. The Umayyad dynasty was the first to retain singular, unchallenged succession to the caliphate since the death of Muhammad; but it did not last—in 750 the Umayyads were overthrown by the Abbasids, a Shia clan which gained popular support against Umayyad rulers. Abbasid leader Abu al-Abbas, however, was wiser than his Umayyad precedents, and, in order to ensure that his line survived longer than theirs had, he invited the surviving Umayyad aristocrats to a reconciliatory dinner—during which he ordered his men to slaughter the Umayyads, annihilating the last remnants of the clan.
It is here, however, that our story diverges from history as the historians tell it, for in our Arabia, there was magic at play that night, and the hand of Allah in the movings and turnings of Fate, and not all the Umayyad were executed—indeed, the central focus of our tale shall revolve around the survivors, and the events which transpire upon and because of them.
These are they who survived the fall:
- Urwan al-Terad: extremely successful exotic goods/imports dealer (unique crafted goods, etc) as well as a renowned military leader who, though young, has already built a fearsome reputation as to his piety, wisdom, and strength. Directly in line for the Umayyad caliphate after the slaughter.
- Seram Kovos:
And these are their foes:
- Abu al-Abbas: Caliph and Abbasid leader/patriarch. The characters’ ultimate political and military foe.