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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c501; color: #ce490a; font-size: 18pt; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c501">Balic
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c501; color: #ce490a; font-size: 18pt; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c501">Balic </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic is ruled by the Dictator Andropinis, a powerful
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic is ruled by the Dictator Andropinis, a powerful </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">sorcerer-king who was </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">elected </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to his post over
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">sorcerer-king who was </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">elected </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to his post over </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">seven-hundred years ago. Though the term dictator
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">seven-hundred years ago. Though the term dictator </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">originally referred to the power of </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">dictating </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">(as
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">originally referred to the power of </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">dictating </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">(as </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in stating) a city policy sanctioned by a democratic
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in stating) a city policy sanctioned by a democratic </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">assembly of property owners, Andropinis has converted
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">assembly of property owners, Andropinis has converted </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the title and off ice into one of total authority.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the title and off ice into one of total authority. </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Anyone who speaks against him is executed by dictatorial
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Anyone who speaks against him is executed by dictatorial </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">decree.</span></p>
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">On the rare occasions that someone is brave
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">enough to voice a complaint about the harshness of
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis' rule, the old man takes great delight in
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">On the rare occasions that someone is brave </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">reminding all within earshot that their ancestors
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">enough to voice a complaint about the harshness of </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">elected him to his post for life. Unfortunately for the
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis' rule, the old man takes great delight in </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">citizens of Balic, nobody realized just how long Andropinis
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">reminding all within earshot that their ancestors </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">elected him to his post for life. Unfortunately for the </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">citizens of Balic, nobody realized just how long Andropinis </span></p>
   
 
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">might live.</span></p>
 
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">might live.</span></p>
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis lives in a majestic palace of white
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">marble, rectangular in shape and adorned on all
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">sides by magnificent columns. This palace is located
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis lives in a majestic palace of white </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">atop a stony, fortified bluff in the center of the city.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">marble, rectangular in shape and adorned on all </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis' personal army consists of ten thousand
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">sides by magnificent columns. This palace is located </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">highly disciplined foot soldiers who carry twelve-foot
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">atop a stony, fortified bluff in the center of the city. </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">lances, large wooden shields, and thrusting daggers
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis' personal army consists of ten thousand </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">made from the sharpened thigh bones of erdlus.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">highly disciplined foot soldiers who carry twelve-foot </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic's templars are unique in that the free citizens
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">lances, large wooden shields, and thrusting daggers </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">of the city elect them to their posts for ten-year
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">made from the sharpened thigh bones of erdlus. </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">terms. Andropinis is generally tolerant of these elections,
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic's templars are unique in that the free citizens </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">though he sometimes lets the citizens know
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">of the city elect them to their posts for ten-year </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">which candidates he would like to have elected. I
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">terms. Andropinis is generally tolerant of these elections, </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">have heard that if the wrong candidate wins the election,
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">though he sometimes lets the citizens know </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis has him executed and calls another
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">which candidates he would like to have elected. I </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">have heard that if the wrong candidate wins the election, </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Andropinis has him executed and calls another </span></p>
   
 
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">vote.</span></p>
 
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">vote.</span></p>
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The nobles of Balic are called </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">patricians. </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Like
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">most other nobles, they hold their lands from generation
 
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to generation. Most of them make their living
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The nobles of Balic are called </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">patricians. </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Like </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">most other nobles, they hold their lands from generation </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to generation. Most of them make their living </span></p>
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">from the olive orchards and grain farms surrounding
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">from the olive orchards and grain farms surrounding </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the city, but a few own large parcels of the scrub
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the city, but a few own large parcels of the scrub </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">plains, upon which they carefully graze kanks and
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">plains, upon which they carefully graze kanks and </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">other creatures, twenty miles west of the city.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">other creatures, twenty miles west of the city. </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic.s Merchant Emporiums sit nestled against
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic.s Merchant Emporiums sit nestled against </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the base of Andropinis. rocky fortress, in an area
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">the base of Andropinis. rocky fortress, in an area </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">called the </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">agora. </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The merchants do a bustling business
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">called the </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c576; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c576; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">agora. </span><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">The merchants do a bustling business </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in olive oil, kank nectar, and the decorated pottery
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in olive oil, kank nectar, and the decorated pottery </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">produced by the city.s famous potters. The
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">produced by the city.s famous potters. The </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Elven Market rings the agora on all sides, so that it
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Elven Market rings the agora on all sides, so that it </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">is impossible to do any legitimate bartering without
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">is impossible to do any legitimate bartering without </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">first being assaulted with dubious offers.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">first being assaulted with dubious offers. </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic.s secluded location is quite defensible as far
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">Balic.s secluded location is quite defensible as far </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">as the armies of other city-states are concerned, for
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">as the armies of other city-states are concerned, for </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">it is impossible to approach the city from any direction
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">it is impossible to approach the city from any direction </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">except the west. Unfortunately, its close proximity
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">except the west. Unfortunately, its close proximity </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to the Forked Tongue Estuary causes the city
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">to the Forked Tongue Estuary causes the city </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">more than enough trouble from giants who wade
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">more than enough trouble from giants who wade </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">ashore to raid. Every citizen in the city, male or female,
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">ashore to raid. Every citizen in the city, male or female, </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">slave or freeman, is a member of the militia.
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">slave or freeman, is a member of the militia. </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">On a rotating basis, they spend every tenth month
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">On a rotating basis, they spend every tenth month </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">helping the normal army patrol the fields and scrublands
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">helping the normal army patrol the fields and scrublands </span></p>
</span></p>
 
   
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in an effort to reduce the amount of crops and
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">in an effort to reduce the amount of crops and </span></p>
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<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt; mso-layout-grid-align: none"><span style="font-family: MSTT31c50d; color: black; mso-bidi-font-family: MSTT31c50d; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt">stock lost to raiding giants.
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===Location===
 
===Location===
   

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Balic

Balic is ruled by the Dictator Andropinis, a powerful

sorcerer-king who was elected to his post over

seven-hundred years ago. Though the term dictator

originally referred to the power of dictating (as

in stating) a city policy sanctioned by a democratic

assembly of property owners, Andropinis has converted

the title and off ice into one of total authority.

Anyone who speaks against him is executed by dictatorial

decree.



On the rare occasions that someone is brave

enough to voice a complaint about the harshness of

Andropinis' rule, the old man takes great delight in

reminding all within earshot that their ancestors

elected him to his post for life. Unfortunately for the

citizens of Balic, nobody realized just how long Andropinis

might live.



Andropinis lives in a majestic palace of white

marble, rectangular in shape and adorned on all

sides by magnificent columns. This palace is located

atop a stony, fortified bluff in the center of the city.

Andropinis' personal army consists of ten thousand

highly disciplined foot soldiers who carry twelve-foot

lances, large wooden shields, and thrusting daggers

made from the sharpened thigh bones of erdlus.

Balic's templars are unique in that the free citizens

of the city elect them to their posts for ten-year

terms. Andropinis is generally tolerant of these elections,

though he sometimes lets the citizens know

which candidates he would like to have elected. I

have heard that if the wrong candidate wins the election,

Andropinis has him executed and calls another

vote.



The nobles of Balic are called patricians. Like

most other nobles, they hold their lands from generation

to generation. Most of them make their living

from the olive orchards and grain farms surrounding

the city, but a few own large parcels of the scrub

plains, upon which they carefully graze kanks and

other creatures, twenty miles west of the city.

Balic.s Merchant Emporiums sit nestled against

the base of Andropinis. rocky fortress, in an area

called the agora. The merchants do a bustling business

in olive oil, kank nectar, and the decorated pottery

produced by the city.s famous potters. The

Elven Market rings the agora on all sides, so that it

is impossible to do any legitimate bartering without

first being assaulted with dubious offers.

Balic.s secluded location is quite defensible as far

as the armies of other city-states are concerned, for

it is impossible to approach the city from any direction

except the west. Unfortunately, its close proximity

to the Forked Tongue Estuary causes the city

more than enough trouble from giants who wade

ashore to raid. Every citizen in the city, male or female,

slave or freeman, is a member of the militia.

On a rotating basis, they spend every tenth month

helping the normal army patrol the fields and scrublands

in an effort to reduce the amount of crops and

stock lost to raiding giants.

Location

Located in the middle of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue in the Tablelands.

History

Climate

Notable Residents

Source

Dark Sun Campaign Setting

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