Feast and Fortune
Masters of the great plains and mountains of Augea, ogres are among the toughest of all creatures. Famed for their appetites and their brutality alike, the tribes are feared around the world. Do not anger them, for their fury is legendary - and only a fool would stand before the earth-shaking footfall of the Ogre Khans!
Steppe ogres and mountain ogres have developed two quite different cultures. Both are rich and ancient, and can be reasoned with - provided you respect their traditions, and lay on a sufficient banquet. In the days of the greatest Khan of Khans, ogres walked as masters of the great nation of Tsuandan, or so their campfire lore speaks. Today, their reach encompasses the Silk Road, giving access to the wares and riches of many nations. Trading caravans often employ tribes of ogres for protection, often against their own kin. These mercenaries can be as treacherous as they are hungry, for they have come to respect the power of coin, at least so far as outsiders are concerned.
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Lore of Ogre Khans
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The ogres are mercenaries, plain and simple. They may not seek out violence if there is no need (war costs money), but neither will they hesitate to employ it to secure their trade interests. Their existence in the mountains, where nothing grows, depends on a monopoly of the wealth that travels through them. Any substance that moves east or west in this world - unless it takes the Steel Road - incurs the ogre tithe. Many are the great leaders of Sagarikadesha who have attempted to move their goods past or around the mountains without negotiating - all have lost in blood what they would not pay in gold.
If you seek to avoid these wretched middlemen, there is only one option - and that is to pay up for an ocean voyage departing the southern ports. Even this brings risk of reprisal if the ogres catch wind - and the Highborn leverage their control of the seas no less ruthlessly than the khans do that of the land. Remember that the Khaganate founded by Bayalag, which ruled Sagarika for several centuries, was originally intended simply to ensure the continued use of his trade routes. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that we could see another Sagarikan khanate in our lifetimes.
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