Dark Sun: The Scorched World of Athas
Within the verdant confines of the Crescent Forest, the smallest of the city-states exists as a collective of villages that draws sustenance from the bounty of the lush land. Gulgans have no doubt the Oba, as they call Sorcerer-Queen Lalali-Puy, is a goddess, and most willingly serve her. Lalali-Puy teaches that she and her templars stand as the city-state’s only defense against the primal spirits that burn to destroy Gulg and its people.
Gulg at a Glance
Gulg persists as it always has: simple, unchanging, and devoted to its queen.
Population: The smallest of the city-states, GuIg has a population of only 13,000 within the city wall, plus small outlying dagadas in the nearby forest and plains. Nearly all Gulgans are human, with elves, dwarves, and muls as the largest minorities. A small thri-kreen community is counted among the judagas.
Water: Most individual dagadas have a well for their citizens. The Oba maintains cisterns throughout the city for the use of residents; by law, all Gulgans are entitled to water. The cisterns are not guarded—fear of the terrible curses placed by the nganga to punish water thieves keeps the citizens honest.
Supplies: Any items beyond simple stone or bone tools and weapons are difficult, if not impossible, to find in the city-state. This supply problem is due to Gulg’s primitive culture and its draconian trade laws. As part of its isolationist policies, GuIg places heavy restrictions on trade with the outside. Merchants from outside the walls can trade only with the city-state; buying from or selling to individual citizens is strictly forbidden. Nonresidents can buy and sell goods from the merchant house emporiums by the Queen’s Gate, but except for House Inika few maintain much stock in GuIg.
Defense: Lalali-Puy can count on the devoted service of more than two thousand judagas to meet any threats to GuIg. In a dire emergency thousands of militia could be raised from the dagadas. Most young adults in the city-state have some familiarity with the spear and bow.
Inns and Taverns: Outsiders usually settle for the merchants’ lodges or the travelers’ dagadas outside the city wall. Within GuIg, most dagadas have a few empty guest huts, but such accommodations are rarely made available unless travelers are known and trusted by the dagada.
Notable areas of the city include…