Sothis

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Sothis


Sothis
Sothis
(City)
Titles Stormhaven of Osirion
Nation Osirion
Region Sothis, Sphinx Basin
Size Metropolis
Population 111,989
Demographics 87,453 humans, 6,055 dwarves, 4,918 halflings, 3,361 elves, 2,266 gnomes, 1,924 half-elves, 1,563 genie-kin, 1,109 half-orcs, 3,340 other
Government Autocracy (dynastic king with council)
Alignment Lawful neutral
Adjective Sothan[1]
Ruler Ruby Prince Khemet III

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Source: Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, pg(s). 32ff.
Sothis
(Region)
Nation Osirion
Titles Stormhaven of Osirion
Alignment Lawful neutral
Capital Sothis
Ruler Ruby Prince Khemet III
Government Autocracy (dynastic king with council)
Adjective Sothan[1]
Languages Taldane, Kelish, Osiriani
Religions Abadar, Nethys, Pharasma

Source: Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, pg(s). 32ff.

The Osirian capital city of Sothis is located just south of the River Sphinx delta, and is the largest, and most prosperous city in the kingdom of Osirion. The city is built around the molted husk of Ulunat, a colossal beetle that was one of the spawn of Rovagug and slain by Ancient Osirion's first pharaoh, Azghaad. Except for a short time under the Four Pharaohs of Ascension, it was also the Osirian capital city before the millennia of Keleshite rule.[2][3][4][5]

Etymology

Sothis was named by Azghaad after the Ancient Osiriani word for Cynosure, the north star.[6] The adjective used to describe something from Sothis is Sothan.[1]

Government

As the capital city, Sothis has become accustomed to the Council of Sun and Sky dabbling in the politics of the city in addition to its charge as representing the whole country. This interest has grown under the current First Speaker, Dahnakrist Phi. Each city district has its own council, which generally sends one or more members to sit on the Council of Sun and Sky. The members of these district councils are highly influential in their area. These councils will defer to the Risen Guard or Pharaoh's agents whenever their interest is drawn.[7]

The city guard, known as the Eyes of Sothis, maintain order in the city. The First Captain of the Risen Guard serves as Commander of the Eyes of Sothis. Traditionally the holder of this role drops her name in favor of a title reflecting her favorite weapon. The current Commander is the Khopeshman of Sothis.[7]

Geography

Sothis is built a dozen miles from the River Sphinx in the eastern deserts of Osirion, and was largely dependent on oases for water until the construction of the Crimson Canal, which allows the shipping directly into central Sothis and the devotion of the River Sphinx to agriculture.[8]

Sothis began as a series of tribal settlements around the husk of Ulunat (which became the Black Dome) due to the natural springs and the shell's shelter from the khamsin winds.[9] Since multiple locks branch away from the main canal and traffic is observed and regulated from the canal's only island, the Eye of Sothis, there is less congestion than is common in other major ports.[8]

Sothis's skyline is dominated by the massive Black Dome, which houses the Palace of the Forthbringer and the Council of the Sun and Sky. Malhitu Bazaar takes up much of the southeastern sector.[9] The Necropolis of the Faithful is situated on the western bank of the Crimson Canal, expanding out from the original grounds of Pharasma's temple.[10] There is a Pathfinder lodge in the city.[11]

Districts

Sothans refer to the 'lower' and the 'upper' parts of their city related to the flow of the Crimson Canal and the River Sphinx towards the Inner Sea: the lower portion is to the north, while the upper is to the south.[1]

Sothis is divided into sixteen major districts with many of these incorporating many more smaller neighbourhoods. Each district preserves a distinctive culture refined over thousands of years. In addition to the sixteen districts, Sothis also includes the island within the Crimson Canal called the Eye of Sothis. There follows a brief overview of the sixteen districts:[12][13]

Aru-Da
a wealthy, peripheral suburb and the northernmost city district on the east bank of the Crimson Canal
Baza's Pool
a prosperous, peripheral district in the west of upper Sothis
Canal District
immediately west of the main Crimson Canal and the Old City, this district is the industrial heart of Sothis
Crimson Island
South of the Canal District, this island is one of the seediest parts of Sothis always watched over by the law enforcement agencies of the city
Grand Oasis
a wealthy, peripheral suburb and the north-easternmost city district
Marblecourt
a wealthy, peripheral northern suburb lying between the districts of Aru-Da and Grand Oasis
Newstone
a prosperous, peripheral district in the south-east of upper Sothis
Old City
lying immediately east of the Crimson Canal, the Old City surrounds the Black Dome and is itself surrounded by the old city wall
Oldstone
a prosperous, peripheral district in the south-east of upper Sothis
The Palms
a wealthy, peripheral suburb and one of the two easternmost city districts in lower Sothis
Peacock Square
a wealthy, peripheral suburb and one of the two easternmost city districts in lower Sothis
Rose Quarter
situated east of the Old City, the Rose Quarter is a seat of illegal trading lacking the frenetic atmosphere of the Malhitu Bazaar
Scorpion Road
a peripheral city district on the east of the city
Sphinxside
the most north-western peripheral district, Sphinxside is a poor area full of less successful artisans and merchants
Street of Artisans
a peripheral district on the west of the city, the Street of Artisans district is home to many fine craftsman
Triangle Gate
the most southerly city district it is a prosperous, peripheral district in upper Sothis immediately east of the Crimson Canal

Organizations

The Aspis Consortium, an international trade corporation with interests throughout the Inner Sea region, has placed its regional headquarters in the city.[14]

Inhabitants

For a complete list, please see: Category:Sothis/Inhabitants.

Halflings

Sothis is one of the main halfling settlements in the Inner Sea region, and they perform important duties in all parts of Osirian society, be they slaves, labourers, or artisans. This arrangement has changed little since the days of the ancient pharaohs. Osirians believe halflings emanate luck and are pleased to include them in their businesses.[15]

Religion

The most prominent temples of Sothis are the High Temple of Pharasma at the Necropolis of the Faithful, the grand temple of Nethys and Azghaad's Spire opposite Pharasma's temple, and the Temple of the Eternal Sun. The center of the cult of Norgorber in Osirion is a hidden, grand temple on the southern end of the Eye of Sothis, and the faith maintains a small temple at the southern end of the Malhitu Bazaar as well.[8] Temples to Nethys have been built and destroyed, often by the nation's rulers, several times throughout the ages.[2]

References

Paizo published a major chapter considering Sothis in Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 32. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wolfgang Baur, Adam Daigle, Jeff Erwin, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2012). Lost Kingdoms, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-415-3
  3. Wolfgang Baur, Adam Daigle, Jeff Erwin, and F. Wesley Schneider. (2012). Lost Kingdoms, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-415-3
  4. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 148. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  5. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 149. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  6. Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 4. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 33. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Jason Eric Nelson & Todd Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jason Eric Nelson & Todd Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 17. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  10. Jason Eric Nelson & Todd Stewart. (2008). Osirion, Land of Pharaohs, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-144-2
  11. Tim Hitchcock, Erik Mona, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor. (2009). Seekers of Secrets: A Guide to the Pathfinder Society, p. 33. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-178-7
  12. Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 32f. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  13. Alex Greenshields, Amanda Hamon, Jonathan H. Keith, Ron Lundeen, and David N. Ross. (2014). Osirion, Legacy of Pharaohs, p. 36. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-595-2
  14. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 263. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  15. Hal Maclean and Amber E. Scott. (2010). Halflings of Golarion, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-278-4