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The citadel of Arjijil is an infamous pirate's nest within Araby known as far as the Estalian Kingdoms. Said to be impregnable, the citadel looks over a precipitous cliff from which one can see the expanse of the Sahra, and at the base attempts at cultivating the region's poor soil. Arjijil is ruled by one Alkadi Nasreen, who styles himself as the Caliph of Mahabbah and Lord of the Twin Seas (one such 'sea' being the Sahra). Although not immediately obvious, Alkadi is not an Arab, but Estalian, his skin darkened by the sun. This is not uncommon, for those Estalian Shipmasters and Border Princes who elect to turn pirate often come to Araby's ragged Pirate Coast, where there are abundant harbours for shallow boats. Such individuals must reconcile with the stern priests of Araby by 'taking the turban' and swearing devotion to the Arab's single god. There is no great hardship to men who are used to offering prayers to any deity which seems appropriate at the time, or at least, so believes Orfeo the Minstrel.[1a][2a]

The corridors of Arjijil wind around its walls in complex fashion; sometimes they are brick and sometimes stone, sometimes whited and sometimes decorated with rugs and hangings, lit by huge candles nestlings in their alcoves. Scurrying servants and a few men-at-arms, such as any seen in any castle of the Old World, made so alike to Oldworlders by the shadowy light, might be mistaken as such were it not for their turbans.[1a]

Trivia

  • Nasreen states that in Araby, a wife succeeded in evading execution by telling a thousand and one stories, one per night that left on a cliffhanger to force her husband to stay her sentence till the next day. This is a reference to the real world legend of Scheherazade.[1b]
  • According to Orfeo the Minstrel, Arab bodyguards who bear no weapons are seen as a sign of both prestige and skill, the latter being because it is considered a boast of one's combat prowess that mere blades are deemed unnecessary. The ones found in Arjijil wear the customary turbans, as well as colored jackets, wide trousers, and soft slippers which, in Araby, are to be worn when indoors.[1a]

Source

  • 1: Zaragoz, by Brian Craig
    • 1a: Prologue
    • 1b: Interlude
  • 2: White Dwarf (Issue #125)
    • 2a: pg 10

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