Balic is the last remaining stronghold of a seafaring people whose cities surrounded the southern shores of the Sea of Silt before the defiling magic of the sorcerer-kings turned the water into dust. Balicians are a hardy, olive-skinned people who were already acclimated to dry, Mediterranean conditions before the transformation of their world began. Their culture and technology is reminiscent of ancient Greece. They are natural sailors and storytellers, fond of drama and philosophy, who are proud of their democratic traditions.
“Balic” is the name both of the walled city at the tip of the Balican peninsula and of the state that extends thirty miles west through one of the only remaining agricultural areas in the southern Tyr region. The city is home to 24,000 merchants, artisans, and slaves, with about half that number again living on farms and estates beyond the city walls. The state of Balic is well fortified and the Balican legions also maintain outposts along the Road of Legions to the west and among the islands in the mouth of the Estuary of the Forked Tongue. The city has only one small trading colony, Last Port, on the far side of the estuary’s northern fork, but Balic’s nobles and traders wield considerable influence throughout the Estuary region. Their political influence fades beyond the eastern mouth of the Estuary, but small populations of ethnic Balicans live along the southern shores of the Sea of Silt and as far away as the chain of islands known as the Silt Archepelago. Because of the city’s enterprising economy, Balican agents and spies travel widely though the Tyr region and beyond.