LQ's Mummy's Mask
The seat of the pharaonic power and the nation’s largest and most influential city, Sothis is the heart of Osirion’s culture, politics, and economy. Its population sprawls to the edge of the River Sphinx’s fertile flood plain, flourishing among the scattered springs and oases reputed to have sprung from the spattered blood of Ulunat, a spawn of Rovagug whose immense, scarablike shell now looms over the city’s skyline.
But it’s the presence and influential patronage of the pharaoh that truly elevates Sothis to its status as first city of Osirion. From the Forthbringer flows all good things, and the bustling, thriving city in the desert is living proof. The industrial and residential areas of Sothis are consigned to the area beyond the city proper by the ever-growing array of civic monuments, offices, and palaces springing up near the Black Dome and the Palace of the Forthbringer. Monuments line the major roads into the capital and dot the Old City, where visitors can spend days gazing at the impressive architecture as the work of the city buzzes on across the Crimson Canal. Many point to Sothis as the showcase for Osirion’s rebirth, but for residents it’s also a living, breathing city—one with civic leaders who are much more interested in their own advantage than in any lofty ideological or cultural concerns.