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
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
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
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.
Located in the middle of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue in the Tablelands.
Dark Sun Campaign Setting