Dark Sun: The Tyrant of Tyr
Population: 30,000 (75% humans, 10% half‐giants, 5% dwarves, 3% muls, 3% thri‐kreen, 2% elves, 1% halfling, 1% other)
Exports: Obsidian, pottery
Languages: Common, Dwarven, Urikite
Located northeast of Tyr, between the Dragon’s Bowl and the Smoking Crown Mountains, the square, clean lines of the city‐state of Urik can be found. The city‐state has remained virtually the same as it was since Hamanu, the King of the World and the Lion of Urik, established the city as his domain
Hamanu promises his citizens that they
have nothing to fear from Athas and its cruel temperament as long as he holds power. The sorcerer‐king’s word (and his magic) was as strong as precious steel, for nothing can breach the towering yellow walls of Urik.
Hamanu’s promise wasn’t unconditional. Though the Urikites don’t have to fear change, they do have to fear their king. To disobey Hamanu is to risk punishment and even death, while to obey him is to live without fear. That’s how it’s always been in eternal Urik, and that’s how it always will be.
Urikites wear their hair in square cuts with elaborate ringlets. Some men wear square‐cut curled beards. White linen shirts with short, tight sleeves are the fashion of Urik. Individuals of the lower classes wear plain, unadorned shirts that fall to their knees. Individuals of the upper classes increase the length to their ankles and add a striped or diamond pattern as well as a tassel‐trimmed girdle. Elaborate scarves, worn only at night, indicate a citizen’s station. The longer and richer the scarf, the higher the wearer’s social status.
By law and tradition, only templars may wear cloaks, and these are always bleached pure white for the low to mid levels and tinged yellow for the higher ranks.