Dark Sun: The Tyrant of Tyr
King of Tyr
Tyr is led by the Sorcerer King Kalak who is the absolute dictator of his subjects and has ruled Tyr for hundreds of years.
King Kalak is at the top of the social order. He lives near the center of the city in a fortified palace called the “Golden Tower”, named so due to the magnificent Gold coloured granite used in its’ construction. When the King finds it necessary to leave his palace, he does so only with a great deal of preparation and pomp, well-protected by magic and with his full bodyguard. If this cannot be arranged, he will not leave (except in the most dire of emergencies). The last thing any king of Athas wants is to walk unprotected among his subjects.
Kalak jealously guards the use of magic and employs a sizable force of templars whose sole duty it is to ferret out and execute unauthorized Preservers. He is especially anxious to infiltrate agents into the Veiled Alliance, as an organization of Preservers presents a viable challenge to their magical power base.
The merchants see Kalak for what he is-a center of political and magical power that must be appeased if they are to continue their commerce in his city. If the ranks of slaves see the king as a god, it is certainly as an evil and corrupt one that keeps them in bondage and makes a misery of their lives In return for his exalted position and unlimited authority, the king has the duty to administer justice, protect the citizens from famine and crime, and safeguard the city from external attack. In practice, these gluttonous monarchs spend most of their effort protecting their power base and seeing to their own comfort. Justice tends to be self-serving and arbitrary, and the king’s agents are so corrupt that they often ignore crime altogether-providing the criminal pays them a large enough bribe.
All kings take the matter of famine seriously, however. When a city’s population starves, one of two things happen: a terrible revolt breaks out or disease and pestilence run rampant through the streets. In either case, the slave population plummets. Untended fields go barren, fortifications fall into disrepair, and the city grows weak. Therefore, most kings take quick and decisive action when famine begins: they raise armies and go to another city-state, steal
its food, and replenish their supply of slaves.