The Shariqyn are an ancient people, and in fact, is a culture composed of many different peoples. Shariqyn means “of Water”, and the Shariqyn people are the People of the Water. Sha’ra, once a highly variable region or jungles, cedar forests and swamps, is now a vast desert. Its name, which once meant “The Land of Water”, now is more readily translated as “The Sea of Land”. The desert ergs stretch out in an endless ocean of shifting dunes and standing waves. Its water-like appearance is taken as a metaphor for its spiritual significance to the people who belong to it.
In ancient times, in the prehistory of the Age of Heroes, the Shariqyn civilization had vast empires and mighty cities. Uncharacteristic of those times, some records do survive. The oldest recorded Shariqyn culture, known to history as the Aa’bosaa’d Empire, learned of in records that are recorded in the form of tablets of clay and engraved stela, suggest that the Aa’bosaa’d had seen the rise and fall of even yet more ancient cities before even its time.
Many kingdoms and their successors have built, occupied and rebuilt the settlements in the river valleys, deserts and jungles of the Shariqyn region. The Shariqyn way of life was to follow the scarce water with herds of camel and goats, forever moving to follow the life-giving pastures. In the most water-rich settlements, those built into the large ziggurats and great ruins near the river valleys, permanent settlements turned them into trading outposts and merchant hubs. The nomadic Shariqyn, called altariq, could not produce all of the goods they needed because of their constant movement, and depended upon the permanent settlements for these materials. In exchange, altariq guarded caravans and taxed for transport through their territories. So it remained, until the Fayudan.
THE SHARIQYN PEOPLE
PLANTS AND CLOTHING
GEOGRAPHIC EFFECTS ON CULTURE
HAZARDS OF TRAVEL
SHARIQYN PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES
EFFECT ON CULTURE
COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE