Skirting The Dodgy Path
Empire of Great Kesh
The Empire of Great Kesh is located to the south of the Kingdom occupying most of the southern region of Triagia. It is the largest political entity on the continent. The Empire is vast and includes many differing peoples and cultures. Great Kesh is probably the most cosmopolitan nation in Midkemia. The powerful hold the Empire has on its lands and people provides needed stability in the face of such diversity.
From the center of power in the ancient Imperial City of Kesh on the shores of Overn Deep, the Empire is ruled by “She/He who is Kesh” – an Empress or Emperor who enjoys god-like status. Those of the royal family, no matter how distant a relation, are known as “Truebloods” and consider themselves to be the only true Keshians. Most instrumental in upholding the Empires rule are the Izmalis, the legendary Shadow Warriors of Kesh. In all of Midkemia they are counted extraordinary warriors, as well as spies of superior ability – and assassins if needs be.
The Kingdom and Kesh have experienced a strained relationship throughout history which has found a constant outlet in the territorial disputes over the Vale of Dreams. Although initially opposed by the Crown, the independence granted to the Magicians at Stardock would become the Kingdom’s best guarantee against Keshian incursion.