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Keshan is a country of the Hyborian Age.


The nation's easternmost border is the River Styx, separating it from Punt, its hereditary enemy. Over the river to the north is Stygia. Keshan's westernmost neighbor is Darfar.

The broad savanna merges with jungles, which rise up from the south. Some caverns here glow with a fixed phosphorescent encrustation, which is a common phenomenon in this region of the world.

History and politics[]

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Population and culture[]

Keshan is a barbaric kingdom. Unattached strangers are not welcome here and must explain their presence immediately.

The people are a mixed race, a dusky nobility ruling a population that is largely pure black. The rulers — princes and high priests — claim descent from a white race which, in a mythical age, had ruled a kingdom whose capital city was Alkmeenon. This forgotten city is enclosed in a natural amphitheater, three or four miles in diameter, confined within a ring of cliffs. Intelligent monsters brought from the southern jungles, ape-like and hideously human, very strong and agile, lurk and hunt there.

Keshia, the royal city, is a swarm of thatched huts crowding about a mud wall, which encloses a palace of stone, mud, and bamboo. Story-tellers in the market squares repeat tales handed down from mouth to mouth through the centuries.

Priests wear ostrich plumes and leopard skin tunics.

Stories set in Keshan[]

Characters from Keshan[]

  • Gorulga — high priest
  • Gwarunga — priest

Cities found in Keshan[]

  • Keshia — Capital city.
  • Alkmeenon — lost city, ruled by ape men.