Facing the Faceless
Duke Alejandro rules Southern Thyatis, in what is now southwestern Thyatis. Southern Thyatis lays claim to the only safe natural harbors to the Southsea as well as the Kiranti Archipelago, and along with Northern Thyatis forms the oldest part of the Thyatian Empire. Its grandest fortress-cities are Moros and Alamut, wonders of architecture and defensibility. Bahamut and Corellon compete for patron deity of Southern Thyatis, while Erathis is a distant third. While the goddess of order has been rising in popularity ever since the Thyatian Empire’s gain in power, Southerners are often too bold and lusty to dedicate themselves to Erathis beyond support for the Empire.
Southerners, as they are known in Thyatis, are boastful and capricious folk, prone to risk-taking and bravado. They comprise the greatest number of adventurers, pirates, and swashbucklers in Thyatis. Despite the duchy’s ongoing love affair with infamy, its loyalty to the Empire is unquestionable- it forms half of the bedrock upon which the Empire was formed, and any insult to Thyatis is a blow to the heart of any true Southerner. As any true Southerner will tell you, a Thyatian is proud of their nation, their Empress, and their unconquerable army, and will duel to the blood anyone who says otherwise.
While the dueling tradition runs as strong in Southern Thyatis as it does among Northerners, they will rarely fight to the death. Instead, a Southerner will prefer to render a foe unconscious, snipping off a few choice body parts as a stinging memento of the Southerner’s superiority. In their eyes, it is better for a foe to be humbled and yet live than to be murdered and have their blood on your hands, their family swearing revenge on yours for generations to come. Granted, that tends to happen anyway, but without the stain of murder on your family’s honor, the grudges tend to fade quickly.