Duke Zithulele rules Northern Thyatis, in what is now western Thyatis. Its wide savannahs are excellent for livestock, and its thick jungles hide rich veins of ore and jewels. Moyamba and Pendembu are its two largest baronies, ancient strongholds of wealth and luxury. Kord and Ioun have been worshipped together in dual shrines throughout Northern Thyatis since pre-Imperial times, although Erathis has gained a significant following since the rise of the Thyatian Empire.
The hearty folk of Northern Thyatis produce the strongest warriors as well as the wisest sages in Thyatis. They are matched only by the Southern Thyatians in their dedication to the military arts and their love of honor and conquest. Hundreds of years ago, their nascent kingdoms engaged in eternal, vicious warfare, honing their skills against each other to such a degree that when they finally engaged in truce, they found they had much more in common than they had previously imagined, and their eventual alliance was powerful enough to unite the warring feudal states into what is now known as the Thyatian Empire.
Northern Thyatis is rabidly loyal to the Empire: The first Warrior-King hailed from this region, and the ‘Northerners’ are ecstatic to have a Warrior-Queen on the throne instead of nobles who rule by birthright, which they feel is prone to creating soft and ineffectual leaders. Their nobles, second only to those of Southern Thyatis, are infamous for selecting spouses and vassals based on merit rather than good breeding, a practice which scandalizes them among the other nobles. It is an ongoing insult to the nobles of Thyatis that such a diluted bloodline should take the throne… but it is never spoken openly, for such an offender would instantly be challenged to a duel- and few survive a duel with a Northerner.