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“The first Hyborian kingdom had come into being: The rude and barbaric kingdom of Hyperborea, which had its beginning in a crude fortress of boulders heaped to repel tribal attack. The people of this tribe soon abandoned their horse-hide tent for stone houses, crudely but mightily built, and thus protected, they grew strong…”

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The Khazari Tribes

The Khazari Tribes dwell on the great plains that border on the kingdom of Turan, a loose conglomeration of nomadic tribes and petty kingdoms. Their word for themselves, Khazari, means “free men”, reflecting both their status as horse nomads and as ancient enemies of the hated Hyperborean slavers. A diverse bunch, the Khazari serve numerous chieftains and kings, sharing a language and a shamanistic tradition between them.

Companions:
Moonhawk, a singer of long songs.
Manduhai, a Merkit warrior-woman.
Zeynep, Borchim’s daughter.
Khurdan the Wolf, a Khutan ranger.

Ondar:
King Bishtak, the dead King of Ondar.
King Aldin-chaa, son of Bishtak and his first wife Anay.
Princess Imzash, the would-be bride of Ögedei.
Princess Vashtu, an esteemed archer.
Prince Tolui, a spoiled child.

Old Uncle Baatar, a famed warrior.
Tengar, a veteran warrior.
Roylik, an Ondar man.

Other Tribes:
Xuren, Moonhawk’s cousin.
Izdir, a Nagalai traitor who killed his kin.

The Northern Khural
Prince Tobur, a wealthy man with a great herd.
Jarkha, formerly of the Nagalai
Ay-demir, Tobur’s first wife
Shulami, Tobur’s second wife
Ilcham, one of Tobur’s closest men
Vargerim, a hunter, good marriage material
Sabriye, a shaman woman
Tashik, one of the men slain by the Ape
Karban, Tobur’s warrior
Virinaz, Tobur’s warrior

Borchim, the Khan Tobur slew
Irgizash, Borchim’s wife

The Khutan
Chief Garza, deceased, and his three sons:
Azarga, domineering oldest son, deceased.
Vardak, grunting middle son, deceased.
Chief Esugan, youngest son by another wife. Presently in charge.
Buchijin, Azarga’s wife and Khurdan‘s lover. Killed by Vardak’s arrow.

The Vulture Tribe:
Grandmother Kiryat, Vulture Tribe elder
Shigatse, the Vulture Tribe diplomat
Azim, Vulture Tribe warrior

The Merchants:
Bildash, the merchant
Kvergim, the injured hunter

The Hyperboreans

Lords

Boyar Valishin of Poitavi
Chief Crahask
Boyar Belgaru, hunting the White Stag
Marshal Vashka, Belgaru’s neighbor

Peasants

Arkady, the village elder
Ilyana, the Hyperborean captive
Karel, the herbalist

Rulers:

Ögedei of the Merkit Tribe
Jamukha of the Kongar Tribe
Prince Kushkash of the Nagalai Tribe
Queen Jeshid, also of the Nagalai Tribe

Spirits:
Araataan, the Bear Woman

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Major Tribes:
Ondar, of the eponymous fort
Kongar, their allies
Merkit, a rival tribe of archers
Nagalai, a ruined tribe, raided by Hyperboreans
Khutan, a rugged tribe of yak herders
Nuur, warriors and fishermen
Samarkha, Turan-friendly merchants

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