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Keshan is a country of the Hyborian Age.
The broad grasslands merge with the forests that roll up from the south. Some caverns glow with a fixed phosphorescent encrustation, which was a common phenomenon in that part of the world.
History and politics Edit
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Population and culture Edit
Keshan is a barbaric kingdom. Unattached strangers were not welcome there and are required to explain their presence.
The people are a mixed race, a dusky nobility ruling a population that is largely pure Negro. The rulers — princes and high priests — claim descent from a white race which, in a mythical age, had ruled a kingdom whose capital city was Alkmeenon. That city is enclosed in a natural amphitheater, three or four miles in diameter, confined within the ring of cliffs. Intelligent monsters brought from southern jungles, ape-like and hideously human, very strong and agile, lurk and murder there.
Keshia, the royal city, is a swarm of thatched huts crowding about a mud wall that encloses a palace of stone and mud and bamboo. Story-tellers in the market squares repeat tales handed down from mouth to mouth through the centuries.
Priests wear ostrich plumes and leopard skin tunics.
Stories set in Keshan Edit
- Jewels of Gwahlur (alternate titles: Teeth of Gwahlur, The Servants of Bit-Yakin)
Characters from Keshan Edit
- Gorulga — high priest
- Gwarunga — priest