An Introduction to Mahid
The near-convergence of three major canals to form Sagtakabur, a wedge of land with easy access to a torrent of water and no natural entry, making it imminently defensible.
The Canals are named as follows:
- Northeastern – The White Canal, for the color of its silt
- Southeastern – Abul’s Sweat, for its smell
- Western – Arrow (of Hadrok), for its almost perfectly straight path north
The tactical and economic value of this land was recognized long ago, and it is one of the few Southern settlements old enough for its origins to be lost to time.
In truth, Sagtakabur is not one settlement but a few large ones guarding and feeding off the few heavily-tolled bridges entering the place, combined with thin strings of little hamlets along the canals, numbering in the hundreds… a population density all but unknown elsewhere in the South, especially outside the thin air of the mountains.
Recently, Sagtakabur has been in the throes of revolt. A labor-class movement originating with miners actually to the south of Sagtakabur proper, outside the Canals, has spread rapidly amongst the many agricultural workers. Fueled by resentment at their treatment, generally either as slaves or near enough, It all began when one Uzzim Lotocra, a Sheikh of the mountainous land to the south and a part of the court of Sultan Fazid of Nagid, passed a decree forcing any known relations of an indentured laborer to finish his debt should he die, flee, or otherwise be unable.
Nagidi mine-owners immediately ceased whatever conciliations they’d made for age or weakness in their laborers, some even actively trying to work the infirm to death that they might be replaced with their sons or nephews, even if they had to be run down in the street.
The resulting riots were catastrophic. In these early stages, its chief figure was the enigmatic Hazar, whose rousing back-alley speeches incited more than one bunch of wretches meeting to grumble into angry pickaxe-swinging, mansion-torching mobs.
However, it wasn’t long before the revolution had seized control of Nagid and spread to other towns. If the movement were to survive, it would need to ascend from mere rabble reacting to oppressive leadership, to leadership and government of their own…