Kelvernia: A Dungeon Crawl Classics Campaign
Sulat was once the seat of the Sulati Empire, which ruled nearly all of Kelvernia. From what is now Lossara to the edges of Glaw, all peoples were under the thumb of the serpent empire. The sulati prowled the seas in galleys of bronze and conquered wherever they went. The subject nations tithed food, wealth, and slaves to their masters, and sorcerer-priests sacrificed prisoners to their dark god Baal. The demihuman races were hunted to near extinction, and fled from human lands.
Such was the way of the world for over twenty generations, until about two hundred years ago, when nearly all the conquering forces were suddenly withdrawn from the vassal states. The oppressed nations seized their chance and rose up against the reduced sulati garrisons. When the newly freed men of Kelvernia mustered enough forces, they sailed on Yarlat, the imperial capital.
What they found was desolation. Nearly half the city was leveled and corpses choked the streets. Signs pointed to some massive battle, but only Sulati dead were found. Later, the invaders discovered that some of the Sulati had fled into the jungles, but attempting to track them all down was a useless endeavor. The power of the empire had been broken.
Today, Sulat is a shell of its former self. Its people are dark and thin. In place of their former arrogance is now a low cunning. Some trade still occurs at Yarlat, as the jungles yield rare plants and beutiful hardwoods, but the city is still mostly ruins with ramshackle structures littered around the harbor.
The dread worship of Baal, once the state religion of Sulat, is now outlawed everywhere. The “new” sulati claim to follow the gods of law, but rumors persist of hidden jungle temples that still practice human sacrifice.
The language of Old Sulat was never the lingua franca of Kelvernia. Rather, it was the tongue of kings and priests. Much magical lore and ancient history is written in its script. Today’s Common Tongue –or “New Imperial”– is a descendant of the “Low Sulat” tongue and a pidgin of various indigenous languages.