Fall of the Warlock Kings
The most southern city of the kobolds, Zaros is openly ruled by its Warlock King. Engaged in near constant war with the Sylean daughter cities of Ghudan and Gerne, Zaros is not a lovely city, but rather, a strong one. It looms on a stony ridge that juts like a prow into the meeting of the two rivers that frame it, and even atop that ridge there are walls, burdened with catapults and ballistae. The walled and seperate wards of the city are each responsible for raising a company of soldiers, and take pride in how well outfitted, trained and prepared they are. At the summit of the city rises the Sanctum of the Vicars, where the Warlock Legion is based, comprised of dozens of warlocks devoted to a variety of Infernal powers, and captained by the Warlock King himself. Other mages live in a the ward immediately around the Sanctum, and while free to earn a living as they wish, are all liable for conscription at the whim of the Vicar. The armies of Zaros have twice taken Gerne, and only by massive effort do the alfar hold them away from that city. Forces from Zaros are also among the only troops from the west to have participated in the wars of the Great Kingdom; a Zarosti army crossed the White Mountains to oppose the Great King at the north edge of the Raider’s Coast], and blocked his southward advance, so that the Great Kingdom still has not seized that territory. The Vicar of Zaros has suffered a stroke recently, it is said, and he certainly moves with great clumsiness now, half his face sagging, and his right hand dangling uselessly at his side. Still, his powers seem unaffected, even if he no longer leads from the front. Zaros ignores the claims of seniority from Ek Acail, but on occasion will send tribute merely to not be bothered by what the Vicar views as a distraction he does not wish to swat.