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Many have asked about the secret of my wealth, dear boy, and I always invent some
pithy fable that makes me look quite brilliant. But the truth is that I owe it all to a
land few in this benighted realm could even name: the Empire of Koghi.
It is a mighty kingdom controlling the full bounty of Western Taphria. The Mansas
there are so dizzyingly rich that they don’t know what to do with themselves. After
converting to the Alihat religion, the last Mansa undertook a pilgrimage to the Midan
holy site in Qassar. His retinue was so large and extravagantly supplied with gold
A merchant with the right goods can fetch ten times the price in Dogoko as he can in
Avras. We don’t realise it, but we all live in the shadow of the Koghinan. Their
wealth in gold and salt is felt in the markets of Sonnstahl and Equitaine. When I
close my eyes I can see it: the great golden desert - and the endless caravans, like a
From a missive stored by the solicitors of Matthias Bechtholdt, “the richest man
in Sonnstahl ”, to be delivered to his son on the event of his death.
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