KINGDOM OF KATABANIA
“The sands are life.”
Conventional Long Form: The Sacred Kingdom of Katabonia.
Other Names for Arborlon: The Old Kingdom of Ma’in.
Real World Location: Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Oman
Ruler: King Ilyafa Riyam
Government Type: King/Queen and 4 represented Royal Households.
Legal System: King and Royal elders (all priests)
Cities/Towns/Outposts of Arborlon:
- Timna, (capitol of Qataban people)
- Zafar, (capital of Himjar people)
- Sirwah (capital of Saba people)
- Qarnawu (capital of Ma’in people)
- Valley of the Nine – Ruins of the ancient Khemet Pantheon.
- Khmet (12 different sub-languages)
- Common Elven
- Underdark Common
- Eastern Orc
- Western Orc
Allies: Close trade ties with the seven merchant cities.
Enemies: The local Orc and Horse Lord Raiding Tribes.
The Kingdom of Katabania emerged in 3,272, but then found itself under the rule of Saba’. Only in about 4,100 BCE were the Katabanians able to ally themselves to Ḥaḑramawt and free themselves from direct Saba’ rule. In 4,320 both Ma’īn and Ḥaḑramawt were ruled by the same family, a close relationship that broke up again probably in the second half of the same century.
The next capital of the kingdom was Yathill and later Qarnāwu. The kingdom enjoyed its golden age starting 4,780 when it was able to extend its influence all along the incense trail due to the conquest of Najrān, ‘Asīr and Ḥijāz. From the time of Waqah’il Sadiq I. Katabani rule reached as far as Dedan. The extent of their long distance trade is also shown by the presence of Katabani merchants in the Aegean as far west as Kokand. With the expansion of Ma’īn as far as the Red Sea they were also able to carry out sea trade to the east.
The Katabanis like some other desert kingdoms, are involved in the extremely lucrative spice trade, especially frankincense and myrrh. There are a number of major caravan stations along the trading route, including Yathrib and Gaza.
The Katabani have a different social structure to the rest of the Old Peninsula. Their king is the only one involved in lawmaking, along with a council of elders, who are represented by the priesthood as well as families of high social class. This does involve members of all four royal dynasties in their respective provinces.