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Geography:   Echam is a province in the heart of Khoros, and was the first culture conquered by the Khorosians.  Its fertile fields provide much of the grain that fuels the Khorosian army, and its still-impressive cities remain cultural centers within the Khorosian empire, as they were for the Echamites.  The twin rivers that flow through the Loris valley deposit a rich silt every spring that provides great sustenance to crops.  While there exist some more hilly regions of Echam, where houses need not be built on stilts and cities can grow, the majority of the region is flat and temperate. 

Religion:   The Echamites claim that the world was created by a god and a goddess who are simultaneously one god.  All opposites, such as dark and light, summer and winter, good and evil, are but twin aspects of the same creation.  When the end of the world comes, these aspects will be rejoined into an amorphous whole, which will then divide into other aspects, as the cycle begins again.  Therefore even those people who seem to be completely different or engaged in different activities are merely expressing different aspects of the same divinity.  The Khorosians look upon this religion as degenerate and unnatural, and forbid its public practice, contrary to their usual tolerance to their subjects' cultural practices and religious beliefs.

Politics/Military:  Whether justifiably or not, the Echamites are looked upon as weak by their conquerers, although they are respected for their skills in writing, debate, rhetoric, commerce and accounting.  They are often found in the employ of wealthy men, politicians and administrators, as advisors, clerks, bookkeepers, housekeepers, or in some similar capacity.  Echamites who are not educated enough to obtain such positions (the majority) work in the fields.  They have no military, but some small percentage of them join the Khorosian military in hopes of improving their social status.

Legal System:  There no longer exists an Echamite legal system, though history tells of a strange system in which common people from the streets were allowed to judge whether a man was innocent or guilty of his crime.  Rumors such as these merely confirm the alien and degenerate nature of the Echamite culture in the average Khorosian mind.

Economics:  the region of Echam plays a major role in the Khorosian economy; its fields provide grain and other foods for the Khorosian army and for trade, and its twin cities of Mardul and El-Kadduk remain active trade centers where deals for enormous amounts of goods are struck between Khoros and other nations, as well as between merchants and provinces within Khoros. 

Inhabitants/Culture:  Although there has been mingling between the Echamites and the Khorosians over the years, a pure-blooded Echamite can still be identified by a Khorosian as being more sallow of skin, and Echamites often have eyes that are large, heavy-lidded and very dark.  Their stature is generally somewhat shorter and smaller-framed than that of the average Khorosian.  The duality of the male/female aspects of Echamite religion mean that bisexual behavior is not uncommon among Echamites, though it is usually expressed discreetly for fear of Khorosian disapproval.  Echamite culture is very old and sophisticated; they introduced Khorosians to theater, philosophy, iconography, and the concept of a contract.  Theater still plays an important role in the culture of the region, with comedy and satire being the most popular genres of play. 

Places of Note:  Mardul and El-Kadduk are the former twin capitals of Echam, and remain the centers of Echamite culture.



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