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Caliphate of Nonorra
The Caliphate of Nonorra
The foothold of the Urrabites on the continent of Nordhuralfa, with its capital at Qurtubah and a major port at Gades. The land was claimed by the Urrabites in 711 N.Y., and the new Emirate of Nonorra was established soon thereafter. In the 770s an attempt was made to expand the power of the Urrabites into southern Gaunorria, but in 778 N.Y. they were turned back in an epic battle at Orreaga. A few half-hearted attempts were made after Orreaga, but the battle effectively put an end to the expansion of the caliphate. In the late 9th century, during a struggle with Urrabites of the Caliphate of Babiru, the Emir of Nonorra decided to take the title of Caliph himself, putting himself on par with the Caliph in Babiru. The title is, in essence, a claim to be the successor to the great prophet Suleiman Abd-Hubal, who taught that the Urrabite god Hubal had set the Urrabites to be masters of all creation, demonstrating uncanny dominion over the elements and genies and all supernatural beings, and thus prophesied eventual world dominion.
Settlements of Note
- Qurtubah, the capital
- Balansiyya (aka Medina bu-Tarab, “The City of Joy”) on the east coast
- Gades (aka Qadis in the Urrabite language) on the west coast
- Salduba – a city from which the invasion of Gaunorria was once attempted
- Semurah (aka Zamura or Ocelloduro) – City of northern Nonorra recently reconquered from the Urrabites by a coalition of Nonorrans and Kallaeki
- Tulaytulah – Inland city on the north bank of the Tagus famous for its metalwork
- Turtuxa, city on the east coast (and the Ebro River)
- Ul-Lixbuna – city on the mouth of the Tagus on the west coast
- Yazirat (“The Peninsula” – aka Yazirat Ul-Khadra – “The Green Peninsula”)
Bodies of Water
- Baetis – The river that runs through Ul-Wadi Ul-Kabir – “The Great Valley”), on which sits Qurtubah and Gades
- Ebro – The river in the shadow of the mountains
- Tagus – The long river to the west coast
- Turia – The River of Balansiyya in the east
- Wadi-Ana – A river in the west, known since Norrani times as the “River of Ducks”
Other Geography of Note
- Mayurqa – The large island off the east coast
- The Pillars of Melkartes – The Strait, aka Jibal Ul-Yatha’ (“The Mountains of Yatha’”)
There are several indigenous peoples of Nonorra, most of them hostile to the Urrabites. Most of them share an ancient Vanic faith, revering Freyja under the name “Mari” and her husband Odhur under the name “Sugaar”, amoung others.
- Ayn Hasud – “The Evil Eye” – a tribe of cyclopes dwelling along the southern coast and in the mountains of Jibal Ul-Yatha’.
- Kallaeki – A tribe of humans living in northwest Nonorra, descended from the original Gwerryn human inhabitants of the region. They have refused to submit to the Urrabites, and so dwell as outcast barbarians.
- Iratxoak – A Lytlingar people native to eastern Nonorra. Having refused to submit to the invading Urrabites, they have been driven or withdrawn into the eastern mountains and rough lands, where they wage an unending guerrilla war against the Urrabites.
- Sorginak – An Alfar people who settled the northern coast of Nonorra in ancient times. They are hostile to the Urrabites, but do not actively engage them in war.