Into the Ashlands
The glittering red and gold domes of Ahmar Hazaq rise from the burning sands of the Harr desert like a sun dawning on the horizon. Ancient and mysterious, the Ahmar Hazaq kingdom has existed in the great desert for thousands of years. The Ahmar Hazaqi are fervidly protectionist and isolationist, and they guard their borders and their secrets with a passion bording on crazed xenophobia. It is truly rare for a traveler from another kingdowm to visit Ahmar Hazaq and return alive, but the stories they tell will awe listeners for the rest of their days. The capital of the kingdom, Az Fadim, is said to be so dazzling that it can blind the unprepared eye.
While the majority of the population is human, Tieflings also occupy an important place in the Ahmar Hazaq kingdom. The first prophet and founder of the kingdom is said to have been the father of the first Tieflings, and Tieflings are considered semi-divine in the Akhti religion. Tieflings occupy places of power and influence in Hazaqi society, and many are nobles or leaders.
Ahmar Hazaq is also home to a small group of firesoul Genasi, a race said to have been born when the great prophet wed the desert and she bore him seven sons. The firesoul Genasi, or “burning souls”, are a small number but live as near demi-gods in Ahmar Hazaq and are highly revered.
The Alchemists of Ahmar Hazaq are legendary for the strange power held in their brews and devices. Only Hazaqis have mastered the secrets of Alchemy, and their power is both admired and feared. The Alchemists of Ahmar Hazaq are said to be able to conjure all types of wonderous effects with their potions and brews, and it is rumored that the Caliph has extended his lifespan and rule for hundreds of years through imbiming poweful alchemical potions.
Hazaqi parties often make journeys to the towns bordering the great desert to trade or gather information. While they are feared and eyed with great suspicion, tension rarely erupts into violence. Some Hazaqi make their living guiding those who desire to venture into the desert, as they know the desert best and are able to survive the harsh environment.
Appearance: Hazaqi range in skin tone from dark brown to black. Their hair is often dark brown, black, or dark red. Hazaqi men and some women ceremonially shave their heads, and it is not uncommon to see sacred tattoos on their shaved heads. Hazaqis dress in clothes befitting people who live in a harsh desert climate, with brown, bright red, and yellow being common colors for Hazaqi garments. To ward off the heat and protect from blowing sand Hazaqi men often wear face coverings and cloth turbans, while Hazaqi women favor veils.
All Hazaqi are hardened against the harsh climate of the great desert. Hazaqi gain resist fire 5 (or +2 to existing resist fire). Hazaqi add endurance to your class skill list gain +2 to endurance checks and +5 to endurance checks to resist thirst.
Hazaqi warriors are skilled with the deadly singing blades native to their kingdom. Hazaqi Martial characteers gain +1 damage with scimitars, khopeshes and khukris.
Hazaqi alchemists are renowned across the continent for their strange powers. Hazaqi characters may gain the Alchemist feat for free even if they do not have ritual caster as a class feature. Hazaqi alchemists begin the game with 100 gp of alchemical supplies.