Sayatai (LoD Shard)
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- Size: Large (Small country)
- Shape: Sphere
- Location: Outer Ring
- Climate: Cold
- Other Features: Marsh
- 92% Sayatamese
- 1% Annis Hag
- 5% Imperial
- 2% Others (Mane, Troll)
 Civilization Traits
- Owner: The Shadow Court
- Dominant Alignment: Lawful Evil
- Civilization State: Small villages
- Religious Beliefs: None
- Other Civilization Traits: None
 History and Background:
When the Empire first discovered Sayatai, the found a large, dark shard filled with ruthless barbarians who were plagued by the depredations of a strange species of behir that inhabitated the marshes. Building a small well-defended fortress on the shard, the Imperials left a small contingient of troops behind, before moving on to search for other hospitable shards.
When the Imperials returned less then thirty years later, they were met by an army of heavily armed warriors mounted on the backs of the very behirs that had hunted them. In a battle that lasted a meager twenty hours, the natives defeated the invaders, gaining control of the three warships that they had brought, and blackmailing the captains to leave.
In the years since the Imperials' first landing, the rulers of the tribes on Sayatai, the alien Shadow court, seized control of their fortress, using it as a focal point from which to unite all of the tribes together. With a new, virtually impenetrable base of operations, the Shadow Court forged a treaty with the behirs, offering them slaves in exchange for their aid in battle. Once peace was established, there was little to do except sit and wait for the Imperials to return.
Today Sayatai remains one of the few entirely Imperial-independant shards, controlled exclusively by the Shadow Court, a powerful covenant of annis hag shadowcasters. Although the empire has sought to conquer them more than a few times, the Sayatamese bear little animosity towards them, in fact they have actually established trade with them in recent years, trading rare herbs and medicines for produce, namely vegetables, which are very scarce on the dim-lit shard.
Sayatamese: The Sayatamese a mix of the barbarian tribes of Sayatai, and the enslaved remmanents of the first Imperial invasion.
Personality: Descendents of fierce warriors, the Sayatamese have inherited blindly fast tempers, going from calm and collected to foaming at the mouth in moments. A very (read VERY) proud race, they view any insult as a threat, even if it's only in jest.
Description: Tall and swarthy, they are easily picked out in a room for their dusky skin and pale eyes. A typical Sayatamese has numerious self-inflicted scars all over his body, often mingled with dozens of tattooes. Generations of poor lighting have lead them to have better night vision than other human races, a trait which helps navigate through the dark swamps of Sayatai.
- Low-Light Vision: A Sayatamese can see twice as far as a normal human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. She retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.