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Khemri is the most important city of the ancient empire of Nehekhara. In its time it was the centre of the empire and the greatest of Nehekhara's cities. It was built by Settra around -2500 IC as his capital.
It is located on a river now known as the Great Mortis River (originally known as the "Great Vitae River"). The land around was flat, surrounded by fertile flood plains and then expansive deserts, leading to Araby. The fertile lands provided ample food for the population and the flat desert around gave them advanced warning of incoming enemies. Its position on the river allowed it to command the trade routes to the east of Nehekhara.
Most other cities in Nehekhara, when not rebelling against its rule, paid vast amounts of tribute in gold, slaves and military units. This made Khemri the greatest centre of trade and finances, military power and it boasted the biggest pyramids for its dead. Two of these major cities were Zandri and Numas.
It also contains a vast area known as the Necropolis of Khemri. It is a labyrinth of hundreds of smaller pyramids dwarfed by the Great Pyramid of Settra, and in turn dominated by the Black Pyramid of Nagash.
When Nagash arose, he was given the rank of High Priest of Khemri. He desired the title of King, and as such killed all in his way. He placed the current king, his own brother, in the tomb of King Khetep, their father.
Khemri was besieged by various kings, united to destroy Nagash. They succeeded and abandoned the Black Pyramid of Nagash. Khemri was sacked, badly damaged and its population destroyed.
Hundreds of years later, Nagash returned. He poisoned the land and killed huge amounts of the population. Soon, the dead outnumbered the living. The king, Alcadizaar, was captured by Nagash and dragged to his citadel, where he was imprisoned.
Nagash then unleashed his spell, killing all of the living for hundreds of miles around. Eventually the ancient kings rose from their slumber and fought over control of the cities. Khemri was eventually conquered by Settra, who proceeded to take over the rest of Nehekhara.
Famous locations within Khemri
Several locations in Khemri are renowned throughout Nehekhara. These can be huge pyramids, temple complexes, burial sites and spectacular sphinxes. Some of these include:
- The Necropolis of Khemri
- The Great Obelisk of Khemri
- The Great Pyramid of Settra
- The Great Pyramid of Khetep
- The Tomb of Queen Rasut
- The Temple of the Sun
Khemri still stands to this day, but it is far from its former glory. It huge towers of gleaming gold and pyramids of shining limestone and alabaster are decaying from age, rotting like the corpses of the people. The Liche Priests are tasked with the preservation of such monuments but, like themselves, they still collapse under the weight of time. The priests may be timeless, but the monuments they protect are not.
|The necropolises of the Tomb Kings.|
|Khemri - Numas - Zandri - Bhagar- Beremas - Quatar - Rasetra - Mahrak - Lybaras - Lahmia|