The Harbour Bridge area of Kharé[1]

For other uses of Kharé - Cityport of Traps, see Kharé - Cityport of Traps (disambiguation)

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Kharé - Cityport of Traps is a city in the Old World, the capital of Kakhabad.

Kharé is one of the most lawless and dangerous cities on Titan; it is often ranked with Tak in Khul and Port Blacksand in Allansia, as one of the most deadly metropolises in the world.[2]

A view of Kharé[3]

A view of Kharé[4]

History[edit | edit source]

The origins of Kharé are obscure. Some have it that it grew up around the only ford across the great Jabaji River between the Earth End Coastline and Lake Lumlé. Others say that it began as a camp of River Pirates who preyed on those transporting cargo between Lake Lumlé and the Kakhabad Sea. Whatever the truth, it grew quickly from a village to a city, attracting settlers, many of nefarious character, from the lands around.[5] At some point in its history, the city was enclosed by the Great Wall of Kharé, in a bid to protect it from the Baklands to the north and the Shamutanti Hills to the south.

Over time, an elaborate system of "Traps" were placed around the city by the more lawful citizens in an attempt to protect themselves from the multitude of beggars, thieves, murderers and hostile populations of non-Humans who had also made Kharé their home.[6]

According to the Kharé - Cityport of Traps module, a revolt against the nobles took place in Kharé led by Garin Alderay, leader of the Merchants' Guild. Alderay's revolt resulted in the murder of leading nobles and governors of Kharé. Alderay killed Sansas. Alderay then became overlord of Kharé and instituted a harsh rule. [8] Alderay is mentioned in the Fighting Fantazine adventure "In Search of the Mungies' Gold" as being the head of the Merchants' Guild. [9]

Geography[edit | edit source]

Kharé is more or less circular in shape, although the circle may be somewhat flattened on its northern side.

The city, which lies entirely within the Great Wall of Kharé, straddles the great Jabaji River. The Jabaji River divides the city into two, the North Side and the South Side, and these two halves of Kharé are connected by the Harbour Bridge, the only crossing of the river.

A map of Kharé

The North Gate of Kharé is magically locked to protect the City from Bakland raiders; it is said only the First Noble knows the full spell to open it. [10]

Governance[edit | edit source]

Little is known of the form of governance in Kharé. It may be assumed, although outright confirmation is lacking in Fighting Fantasy canon, that the Nobles of Kharé rule the city, or are, at the very least, citizens of considerable power and influence there. Whoever rules the city is doubtless responsible for the guards who man the North Gate and the South Gate - at least some of whom are from Mauristatia (see Crolian for further details).

According to one source, the First Noble of Kharé is also Governor of the city.[8] According to another apocryphal source, the Nobles of Kharé are the chiefs of state who rule the city.[11]

Kharé has a force of 600 Militiamen, who act as both the city's police and its army.[8]

Population[edit | edit source]

It is not the known what the exact population of Kharé is, though there is plenty of information on the inhabitants. The species and creatures residing in or visiting Kharé when the Analander passed through included the following:

According to one source, Kharé has a population of 11,600 citizens. Seventy-five percent of these citizens are humans, while the rest include Dwarves, Black Elves, Man-Orcs and Red-Eyes. [8]

Notable Residents[edit | edit source]

Places of Note[edit | edit source]

The Traps[edit | edit source]

Further Notes[edit | edit source]

  • The Hero of Moonrunner may encounter "a locked Kharian puzzle-drawer" in Blackhaven, which would only open when pressure was applied to a specific point on its surface.[12] The "Kharian" name must mean the puzzle-drawers are created in Kharé.
  • Like some other names in the Sorcery! series, Kharé is named after a place in Nepal, in this case the village of Khare in the northeast of the country.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - Inside Front Cover
  2. Blacksand! - p.78
  3. The Crown of Kings - 800
  4. Kharé - Cityport of Traps - 1
  5. Kharé - Cityport of Traps - 1
  6. Kharé - Cityport of Traps - 1; Titan - The Fighting Fantasy World - 20/??
  7. The Shamutanti Hills - Map; Kharé - Cityport of Traps - Map; The Seven Serpents - Map; The Crown of Kings - Map
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Kharé - Cityport of Traps (d20) , p. 7
  9. Fighting Fantazine Issue 4 -"In Search of the Mungies' Gold :Background", pp.20-1. Non-canon
  10. Kharé - Cityport of Traps - para 256
  11. "The Nobles of Kharé seem more incapable than ever of governing the city..." Quoted in Fighting Fantazine Issue 4 -"In Search of the Mungies' Gold :Background", pp.20. Non-canon
  12. Moonrunner - para 33.
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