Campaign of the Month: June 2012
The Silk Road
The Silk Road or Silk Route refers to a network of interlinking trade routes across the Northeastern landmass that connects Mung-Li with Phthiya and the Caspian Sea, and subsequently the Alabic nations and the Free Kingdoms. The land routes are supplemented by sea routes which extend from the Crystal Sea north to the Northland Kingdoms, Kushar and points south. Mung-Li trades silk, spices, teas, and porcelain; while Kushar trades ivory, textiles, precious stones, and pepper; and the Phthyan Empire exports gold, silver, fine glassware, wine, carpets, and jewels.
The Silk Road gets its name from the lucrative Mung-Li silk trade, a major reason for the connection of trade routes into an extensive trans-continental network.
The Silk Routes (collectively known as the “Silk Road”) are important trade routes for goods of all kinds between merchants, pilgrims, missionaries, soldiers, nomads and urban dwellers. From its city of origin, the legendary city of Chi-ang, beyond the great wall in Mung-Li, this route leads through the extent of Kushar, down the breadth of Carpathia, cutting across the breadth of Aetrelia then traversing the length of Phthya, ending in the Imperial Capitol of Phthyanopolis.
Extending over 1,000 miles, the routes enable traders to transport goods, slaves and luxuries such as silk, satin, hemp and other fine fabrics, musk, other perfumes, spices, medicines, jewels, glassware and even rhubarb, as well as serving as a conduit for the spread of knowledge, ideas, cultures, zoological specimens and some non indigenous disease conditions between Ancient Mung-Li, Ancient Kushar, the Phthian Empire and the Caspian and Aethian Seas. Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of many great civilizations
Although the term the Silk Road implies a continuous journey, very few who traveled the route traversed it from end to end. For the most part, goods were transported by a series of agents on varying routes and were traded in the bustling markets of the oasis towns.
Certain routes, specifically ones through Southwestern Kushar and Carpathia, are considered very dangerous due to constant raids by warlords of the Dark Hordes. An Imperial Phthian presence acts as a deterrent, but many Chieftains and Warlords see this presence as a challenge for glory, wealth and renown.