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What can one poor historian say about his homeland that hasn’t already been said a hundred times better by historians five hundred lifetimes ago? It is a nation that was already old when Azlant’s children founded Taldor. It was already ancient when Aroden raised the Starstone from the Inner Sea and became a god, and it was truly venerable when Qadira toppled the last, feeble remnant of a once-great line of pharaohs. Despite the vandalism and other atrocities the Keleshites committed during their rule, they did accomplish one thing: they cleared away the weeds that had grown up under millennia of pharaonic rule, so that a new growth, germinated from an ancient seed, was restored to its native earth when its people needed it the most.
— Introduction to Osirion: A History in Four Ages by the Sand Sage
A nation of prideful people who till the current century chafed under the yoke of foreign rule, Osirion now stands independent once more, and both it and the rest of Golarion’s nations look to its past to divine what the future holds. Since the cataclysmic fall of the Starstone in the Age of Darkness, the desert nation has played host to one of the first flowerings of civilization as humanity clambered its way out of barbarism. Untouched by the influence of the first humans of Azlant, the native Garundi of Osirion charted their own destiny as a nation and a culture, potentially with deific influence from one of their own ascended or even with aid from worlds beyond the dark tapestry of night. Whatever the means, Osirion rose to legendary heights during the Age of Destiny, led by majestic, all-powerful pharaohs revered as living gods by their subjects.
From their apex under the rule of the ancient god-kings, Osirion’s civilization suffered periodic rises and falls under different royal dynasties, dying a slow death through complacency for most of a millennia before ultimately succumbing to the conquering Qadiran armies of the Keleshite Empire. Ironically, it was this oppression that galvanized the Osirians once more, and under Keleshite rule they suffered but refused to break. Now, less than a century after the death of their last foreign sultan and the resumption of native rule, Osirion finds itself led by a powerful and equally mysterious autocrat versed in elemental magics and linked by blood to the pharaohs of the Age of Destiny.
Although Osirion is often assumed by foreigners to be a monolithic sea of wind-blown sand, this view is a flagrant overgeneralization. While it is true that hot, sandy deserts comprise much of the arid landscape, and that the elemental-fueled khamsin storms define Osirion’s yearly cycles as much as the River Sphinx’s annual floods, Osirion is packed with vibrant history, and sites of enormous character and historical importance cover its breadth from mountains to shores.