Midnight at the Oasis
A wealthy, decadent city, Nibenay is ruled by its Shadow King, also called Nibenay. Most Nibenese consider themselves the only true civilization in a world of barbarism, and they engage in intrigues and self-indulgence. The people are haughty and corrupt, but soft. The city is covered in artwork depicting great beauty, ancient triumphs, and shocking hedonism.
The nobles are little more than wealthy landlords who control the outlying farms; the true power in Nibenay is in the shadow brides, the city’s templar caste. Composed entirely of women, the shadow brides are powerful arcanists and psionicists who run the city bureaucracy through five houses of governance: the Temple of the House (day-to-day administration), the Temple of War, the Temple of Trade, the Temple of Thought (runs the city’s psionic academy), and the Temple of the King’s Law.
Rumors persist every few decades that the famously reclusive Shadow King is actually dead. Once these rumors grow into open rebellion, the Shadow King appears and promptly squelches any dissent. This is often the only time most citizens see their liege; none but the templar-wives are allowed into the Naggaramakum, his inner city.