Fiction: Game Module, Talislanta

This is flavor text I wrote for my Talislanta game module, Retribution.

FYI: Aaman and Zanth are countries and a people diametrically opposed in almost every way. The Aamanian people are pious, monotheistic zealots. The live in a theocracy, led by The Heirophant. The Zandir are polyglot, polyandrous libertines. They are ruled at the whim of the Sultan.

As you can imagine – the two countries detest each other.



Aspirant Aabas
Personal Journal Entry
Ardan 31, Year 624

All-Seeing Aa has shown me the Way! I see it so clearly, now!
Only through the conversion of the unfaithful will Aa’s Light be spread. His Law shall shine down upon the sinners and they will be uplifted to glorious heights. With their uplifting, they shall be grateful – and we shall benefit as well. Only when we are independent shall we have victory!
Aa! Most Victorious and Noble Aa!
No more shall we depend upon the whims of the mineral traders! By controlling Shattra, we shall be able to bring the merciful and just Law of Aa to the masses who await their redemption! From Shattra, we shall shine Aa’s Holy Light into wretched Zandu and destroy the herectics!

I have seen it!  I have seen it!



Coded Message
From: Aabas, Monitor of Aanu, Newest City in Aa’s Domain

In the knowledge that Aa the Omnipresent will deliver this safely into proper hands, written on this 17th Day of Drome, Year 625.

Most HOLY,

In the wondrous city cities of Aaman and especially in Aamahd, all praise to Aa the Omnibenevolent!,  the great work moves forward. The perfidious Zandir know nothing of our plans; may Aa smite the eyes from their heads! Captured infidels are being placed in the Halls of Penance at a constant pace and are being shipped to Aanu every day to supplement our newest city. They praise Aa the Omnibeneficient  at their chance to convert other infidels, as is proper. As discussed, no traders or merchants are being detained. It is our thought – assuredly given by Aa, Most HOLY – that by the final week of Jhang, all will be in position and ready.

In Aa’s Holy Light,
Monitor Aabas of Aanu


Inscribed on this Glorious Day, the 35th of Drome

Most Blessed and Magnificent Sultan,

As the captured missive indicates, it is perhaps in our best interest to find out what those idiots are doing. I have not heard of a new city being raised in Aaman. May I humbly suggest an infiltration party? I have some….candidates in mind for this particular job.

By my hand,
Palitarus, Master Seneschal



Inscribed on the 37th Day of Drome

I am busy with my newest wife, who is the light of my eye and has the roundest bottom I have ever seen. Her breasts are as pomegranates and her aim is WICKED.
If you are not getting my hint, leave me out of this (for now.)
Do whatever you think is necessary. But lest you forget your place, please recall your predecessor.

I will not tolerate incompetence.

Scribed verbatim

<Sultan’s Personal Seal affixed here>





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