The Song of the North
The Twin Cities of Bram and Bold were founded 50 yars ago. The horse steppe west of the mouth of River Down had been home to horse riding savage humans for some time. They invaded the city, renaming it after the barbarian cheif Bramoy.
Instead of pursuing the fleeing civilians, the barbarians settled in the sturdy city walls and opened the ports to trade. A period of mercantile success has been followed by yars of stagnation. The barbarians, now fancying themselves noblemen, would have annexxed the more prosperous city of Bold across the river, were the majority of their resources not devoted to the [[tribute.]]
Bram trades in precious stones, looted plunder from nearby settlements, narcotics, “magical” fetishes, and of course, weapons. Much of their tribute comes in the form of new test subjects.