Jassira was once a client state of the great and mighty Belharan Empire, and one of its greatest exporters of slaves. The ancient sultans became wealthy and prestigious from this trade with the mighty nation, and many owned vast harems of slaves themselves. Jassiran slaves were able to withstand even the roughest of conditions, but were far more fabled for their beauty and fertility. Perhaps because of this, Jassira earned a reputation for opulence and decadence in equal measure, a shining jewel in the desert.
After the Godswar came to a close and Belhar fractured, Jassira recovered relatively quickly and within a few generations became a world leader in trade once more. Though the sultanate still keeps a hand in the slave market, the nation has shifted mainly to importing slaves to serve in its temples and in the harems of its vast nobility.
Jassira is a sandy desert land with infamously hot days and blistering cold nights. It rarely rains there, and as a result there is little in the way of agriculture throughout most of the sultanate. Lush plant-life exists on banks of rivers and oases, and the majority of the country's cities and villages are found along these life-giving rivers.
Jassira is currently ruled by a Sultana. Many of the regional governors are close to the royal family, making it easy for her to enact laws.
At some point before Leorah left Jassira, the Sultana was in the process of giving out many eccentric edicts, which changed frequently (in the span of months), making it difficult to follow the ones in effect at any given time.
Jassiran society is much more open than the cloistered village of Hawkethorne, with topics of sensuality treated as nothing more than common street gossip. It's common for even middle class citizens to own at least one slave, most often used for household labor and childcare, and it's not uncommon to see slaves shopping for their owners at local markets. Treating ones slaves badly is seen as disrespectful, and can result in being shunned from polite society. After all, anybody can end up in chains someday...
Given that firewood is sparse, and an expensive import on top of that, the majority of Jassira opts to go without despite the cold nights. Warm bodies to cuddle with are in ample supply.
Mallach is the most commonly worshiped god in Jassira, and there are multiple temples to him in any given region. Temples to other gods can be found in larger cities, but in smaller village conglomerates most are overshadowed and neglected.
Jassira thrives on the export of silks, spices, and slaves, easily maintaining it's wealth through trade with the rest of the world. Imports consist mostly of a wide variety of non-catfolk slaves, along with fruits and vegetables that cannot be grown in the sandy deserts.
Story relevant natives
- According to Savin, a real-world analogue of Jassira would be a mix of ancient Egypt and Babylon.