The southern empire of Men. It is a vast and powerful empire, but culturally very diverse. This makes Phar-Shekem prone to internal squabbles and frequent power struggles. The dominant entity is the Caliphate of Shekem, however the numerous tribes of the Phar Desert could pose a serious challenge to the Caliph’s authority if they were ever to unite. The major religious movement revolves around ancestor-worship and reverence for the dead, but there are also numerous small sects devoted to mysticism and gnosticism. Rumors (spread mostly among Aquilonians) say that the true power behind the Caliph is a cabal of evil necromancers. Cultural Touchstone: Amalgamation of Bedouin, Ancient Egyptian, and Near-East.
The Capitol of Phar-Shekem is in Buraj Azhad, the “City of a Thousand Towers”. There the Caliph of Shekem rules from the famous Palace of the Sphinx. Buraj Azhad is also home to the Crystal Lighthouse of the Selicari, one of the greatest of the Selicari Wayshrines.
Other notable Settlements include: