Merchant Princes of the Southsands
Since before recorded history, many nomads have made a living in the barren wastes of The Southsands through continuously moving in search of water and grazing land for livestock. Many gathered around central points such as oases, creating temporary settlements.
With the discovery of the salt mines, many traders now had a vast supply of a valuable commodity. Through trade with Ionia, these individuals were able to accumulate large amounts of wealth in a very short period of time, and became known as Merchant Princes.
With large wealth at their disposal, the Merchant Princes began to look for opportunities to expand their power and influence in The Southsands through hiring armies of mercenaries.