Kayaba
Once a vast land, imperial in scale, and a bastion of Goblynkind, Kayaba (kye-AH-bah) boasted borders that stretched from the Shoulders of the World to the edges of the Taurvann. Many believe that is was settled by a tribe of Kai, who ceased their nomadic ways. Others that the Kai were displaced herders who escaped kholopdom by riding into the wilds of the east. Whatever the truth, the schism seems to have been repaired untold generations ago (though the two peoples remain wary of one another). Now Kayaba is now a shadow of its former scale, and its once-wealthy lands have become depleted in the face of centuries of Goblyn ingenuity.

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Lending its name to the Kayari Steppe, Kayaba was once the name of the entire Farland region, but in the backlash of the sundering and the subsequent chaos the region splintered politically into smaller and smaller regions, until only this eastern-central borderland along the edge of the Taurvann remained. The steppe is a vast, flat expanse of featureless grassland. An onlooker might be forgiven for thinking that he was looking at a shifting desert, or even a grey-green sea, so flat is the land here. And on the western horizon loom the Shoulders of the World, far distant, and obscured by a miasma of sand and dust that breaks like a continual wave against their western slopes. Where the steppes end in the west, rugged heaths inherit the land, with small marshes dotted here and there, but little in the way of forest.

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The common folk of Kayaba are less than serfs but more than slaves. They can be sold and moved from place to place by powerful overlords, but they also have the opportunity to purchase their freedom with goods and exceptional service at a price set by law and not by their overlord. Strict laws also govern how these serfs, known as kholops can be treated. A master can have them beaten, or maimed, but if either of these result in the kholop's death then the overlord is guilty of murder and will be heavily fined and publicly flogged. Still, a kholop is bound to obey his master's orders and work his lands without complaint or recourse, and if he leaves he must fend for himself, and no longer has rights in the eyes of the law. A person can become a kholop as a result of capture, selling oneself, being sold for debts, after having committed crimes, or through marriage to a kholop. Kholops represented a majority among the servants, who had been working lordly lands. Some kholops, mainly house servants, replenished the ranks of the noble servants. Common peasants who are not kholops are also common, but as these men have the freedom to move from place to place and demand a decent wage they are a rarer portion of the workforce than a kholop. However in terns of social status there is little difference between peasant and kholop.

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