Dark Sun: The Tyrant of Tyr
Outpost Kaprak was a small, remote storehouse and waypoint for House Malaxi, a once-great merchant house that fell on hard times, let some of its assets go free, and then declared bankruptcy. The outpost struggled along between caravans for a hundred years or so, housing guards, storing food and water, and sending out patrols to try to keep Malaxi’s interests safe.
About 60 years ago, young man named Venhis Nourald dedicated his life to the way of the druids. His guarded lands included this minor outpost. House Malaxi, then still busy but unprofitable, was doomed to imminent disintegration. When the inevitable came, the residents of outpost Kaprak appealed to Venhis for his aid. He sadly refused, for his time of wandering had begun. He left the area for seven years.
When he returned, the outpost had grown in size, but its people were poor and miserable and held in virtual slavery by raiding tribes, bandits, monsters, and hunting thri-kreen. Venhis defeated all of these threats in turn, demonstrating the necessary savvy—and savagery—to survive and prosper as a leader. This time, Venhis accepted the people’s petition to rule and quickly set up the bureaucracy that has allowed the town to grow into a small city