The Reign of Dregoth
Raam has had many millenia to settle into its dysfunctional system of government and the conquest of Dregoth has only started to reshape entrenched civil institutions.
Under Abalach-Re, the templarate was a faction like any other, empowered by the Grand Vizier, but hated by everyone else. They had little real power in the city other than their arcane abilities and license to practice them. Dregoth, however, having decapitated the city’s traditional masters, the Nawab warlords, has made great strides in re-empowering the city’s templars. Under his own High Templar, Mon Adderath, the city’s near non-existent civil bureaucracy is being built from scratch. Like all new governments, Raam is experiencing growing pains and turf wars over which civil faction has jurisdiction over which areas of the city’s administration. The Templars have done very well for themselves in these squabbles. Only the Cult of the Dragon has received more overt favor from the city’s new master.
For the first time in the memory of the citizens of Raam, the templarate is starting to resemble the templar bureaucracies of other city-states, and the status and authority of templars is being grudgingly respected.
The mansabdars were, under Abalach-Re, the city’s police, city watch, and professional soldier corps. They were drawn overwhelmingly from the Warrior caste and considered the use of force to be their domain. The massive army of Raam, consisting of legions of conscripted slave soldiers led by disciplined mansabdar regiments, was one of the largest in the seven cities.
That said, the endemic factionalism of Raam was rife amongst the mansabdars. Corrpution, especially by the Nawab warlords, was everywhere. Most mansabdar officers were more beholden to their Nawab paymasters than the state. When the city’s official police force became more interested in extorting bribes and “collection money” on behalf of their Nawab overlords than protecting the citizenry, the citizenry also turned to the Nawabs for protection, intensifying the city’s unstable foundations. These fractured loyalties contributed heavily to the speed with which Raam was conquered despite vastly outnumbering their foe. The mansabdar officers, split between following the orders of the Grand Vizier or the orders of their respective Nawab overlords, fell into confusion and were easily overcome by Dregoth’s admittedly unusual forces.
Under Dregoth, the mansabdars are being slowly rehabilitated into something resembling a “citywide” military force. Excising old loyalties has proven difficult, and has often been accomplished by simply slaughtering those Nawabs who still attempt to wield influence over the warriors. Dregoth has also bound the army and police force more firmly to the Templarate, which are mostly Vizier caste, and so culturally and socially superior to the warrior-caste mansabdars. The addition of significant corps of undead to the city guard and the army, however, have caused a good deal of discomfort among the “high caste” warriors and it is therefore unsurprising that hidden factions within the mansabdars are forming with mutinous intent…
With her templars powerless and her police and army factionalized, Abalach-Re relied heavily on the one civil institution that was unquestioningly loyal to her… the secret-police / assassins of the Kuotagha. The Grand Vizier was no fool. In a city where she was widely loathed, she could only trust a small, powerful faction whose loyalty was sorcerously ensured. Since Dregoth’s conquest, there have been no known examples of a member of this highly secretive group coming forward to declare allegiance to Dregoth. In fact, the Kuotagha continue to wage a clandestine war of assassination against the new regime. The High Templar has offered a significant bounty on the heads of each and every one of them, provided the killer can provide evidence of the head’s provenance.