We make worth. - Phrase of Eribaratta.
City Nation of Eribaratta
Eribaratta is a city on the banks of the Karma river, two hundreds miles north of its sister hepa, Tadukhepa. Instantly recognizable due to its spiraling and domed architecture, Eribaratta is a beacon in the desert, with the land surrounding it largely flat and endless. Eribaratta, near the center of the Sand Seas, is a transient city. It is a way station for those out in the desert and a resting point for vessels travelling up and down the Karma on their way to Suppalialis and eventually the Southern Highway.
Eribaratta is also a fortress city, with a large wall surrounding it made of thick mud, sand, and stone. The great gates on the northern and southern ends of the city greet all visitors. Within the walls is a bustling city of the desert, with tightly packed homes, buildings, civil structures, and a great palace of the Ramaltas in the center. Around the palace is a commons of the people where market stalls line the stone streets. Towers dot the walls around the city allowing a view across the flat, endless land for miles.
Known for its fierce independence and warlike regime, Eribaratta throughout history has stood as the most aggressive of the Ramal City Nations. Rooted in its violent past, multiple civil wars have been waged between Eribaratta and both its sister hepa and alis. Some of these wars have been won, seeing a balance of power fall in the favor or the atta, but some have also been lost. The ruling Ramaltas of the city nation has had its line replaced several times, but each time, the fierce independent will of the people has slowly led the regime towards a more warlike stance.
As a martial people, although having won and lost many wars, the citizens of Eribaratta have never had their will crushed. Ramaltas of the past from Tadukhepa have referred to the people as the Unbreakable, for no matter how much they may have tried in the past, the will to fight and conquer has never truly been beaten out of them. Thus, the nature of the relationship between Eribaratta and both Tadukhepa and Suppalialis has been shaky, but long periods of peace exist in between allowing ease of access to the Karma and a steady flow of trade.
The Kasene in Eribaratta have always been maintained at a much higher level than those of other City Nations. They are perhaps the best drilled and most loyal of all in the Ramal Nations. Nearly twice the size of even the second largest contingent, the Ramaltas of Eribaratta often carries half of them with him or her on trips to neighboring city nations as a sign of power and indignation. The Ramaltas of Eribaratta has little need for some of the more subtle elements of society, such as the Unbodied that many other Ramaltas employ because his or her martial power is great enough to control the city and surrounding lands without subtlety.
History of Eribaratta
The founding of Eribaratta actually came from within a village that was bordering the Karma in 124 AF. For centuries, the people of this village had been plagued by raiders in the Sand Seas, but they had always stood defiantly against repeated attacks. It had become known as the Death Raid to any who would attempt to attack the village for even if successful in a raid, the death toll would almost certainly collapse the raiding band in the attempt. Isolated in the center of the Sand Seas and without other nearby villages, this village had to survive on its own, and it did so with fervor.
After the rise of the Ramaltas in Tadukhepa, with word of the empowered growth that came with it traveling down the Karma, the village leaders came together and nominated a Ramaltas of their own. Emboldened with the idea of creating a powerful city and bringing the desert under their control, rather than continuing to be victims of attacks, the villagers created their own militia and decided to attack back. In short order, they attacked and subjugated many of the nearby raiding bands. This conquest continued into further away villages and other bands. Eventually, the Ramaltas of what was to become Eribaratta considered this enough and consolidated power. Many peoples were brought from the desert and into the village which exploded in size. Farms grew, buildings grew, and eventually, Eribaratta was born as a city out of the sand.
Growing jealous of the success of Tadukhepa and Suppalialis throughout time has led to many wars between Eribaratta and its sister cities. These wars were what eventually led to the construction of the walls around the city, and since, the city has never been taken.
Eribaratta Training Grounds
It is no secret in the Ramal Nations that the Kasene of Eribaratta as the most feared of all the nations. Further, the roving bands of raiders that the Ramaltas of the city controls are also typically more fierce, better armed, and better drilled than most. This is not by accident or luck but rather by hard work and training. The Kasene of Eribaratta enjoy something not found in other city nations and that is a training and drilling grounds all their own. To the west of the city is the fighting pits of the Ramaltas. Here, the Kasene enjoy training which borders on sport with the people of the city watching and gambling on the result of sparring matches. Kasene in this city are considered heroes of the people, especially those with large amounts of wins and large purses. This contest of battle and the riches that it can produce draws in fighters from all over the surrounding land, coming to Eribaratta to test their mettle and attempt to earn a name.