City-State of Vhal Quaaros
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Capitol: Vhal Quaaros (population: 95,000)
Population: 112,000 (75% Eloysian, 21% Hakeen, 4% other)
Current Leader: Khalil Novilay (N 8th level bard/7th level rogue)
Coat of Arms: black puma on a dark red field.
Exports: Shipbuilding, Whaling, spices, slaves, Textiles, fragrances, timber

One of the legendary seven Cities of Brass, located north of Ona Miertay and south of Dhal Viera along the Bronze Coast, on the eastern coast of the continent of Avokhar, along the banks of the Nekron River. The city was once part of the great Eloysian Empire, but is now an independent city-state. Vhal Quaaros is the sixth-largest of the Seven City-states, and the city competes with its neighbors on the Bronze Coast for market share in trade. The city-state has a small navy of 15 warships and standing army of 2,000 soldiers, but can call up as many as 8,000 in time of war. The city is much more welcoming to outsiders than its coastal neighbors and has the highest number of Hakeen settlers living within its walls of any the seven cities of Brass. Despite its relatively small population compared to the larger city-states, Vhal Quaaros has very large and very profitable whaling and shipbuilding industries. Its spice and textiles markets are quite famous as well. It is commonly said: Vhal Quaaros may not the largest of the Seven Cities, but it is the richest.

HISTORY


In a ten year period between 359 and 369/4 (AR -64 to AR -54), King Axilar Rennarë of Ralas sailed all the way around the continent of Avokhar, stopping at all of the Seven Cities of Brass along the Bronze Coast, befriending the Eloysians who dwelt there. The seven visits were recorded in his journal, and tell of the wonders of Eloysian culture and magic Axilar encountered on his journey,and the deep friendships he made with the various rulers of the seven city-states. His second visit was with Amir Mur'Taza; the Ruler of Vhal Quaaros. The two became great friends and a treaty was signed with mutually beneficial terms for trade between the two nations.

When the Kingdom of Eloysia began growing in power and influence, its kings began to demand tribute from the Seven Cities of Brass. After the death of King Tilvanos, the various rulers of the seven cities refused to pay these tributes, and openly defied Queen Lorica. Once her son Al'Dur assumed the Jade Throne and declared himself Emperor, everything changed. He began a brilliant series of military campaigns to defeat the seven cities; appropriately named the Seven Glorious Conquests. The City-State of Vhal Quaaros was the target of Al'Dur's sixth campaign. The Eloysian armies invaded its territory in the year AR 31 and the City-State was defeated and captured in the year AR 35, despite the assistance of over 20,000 solders from neighboring Ona Miertay. For nearly two millennia afterward, the city was subject to imperial rule from Sanjakar, and only became fully independent again when the empire collapsed in AR 2079.

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