Thieves & Kings
The Hordelands - The Shining Horseclans
The Hordelands, also known as “The Shining Lands” or “The Sea of Grass”, are a vast region of dry grasslands, dominating the northeastern quarter of Argoth. It is bound by mountains everywhere except the south, where it connects to the River Kingdoms, and its denizens are a loose confederation of nearly 100 tribes, known collectively as the Horseclans. Although not actively hostile to outsiders, unless one is an established trader with contacts among the tribes, one travels the grasslands at one’s own peril. The clans are bound by the “Couplets of the Law”, an ancient collection of rules which are maintained by the clan bards. Cattle and horses are the mainstay of clan wealth, though every clansman bears a uniquely powerful composite shortbow (called a “Hornbow” ), and all are trained in their use from an early age, regardless of sex. Horses and bows are the primary trade goods, and barter is the common practice, though foreign coins are accepted if of honest weight. Despite what traders might think, the tribes are shrewd bargainers, and know full well the value of their own goods.