Middle Kingdom

Domain Summary

Ancient Egyptian Gods and culture have returned to Earth, brought forth by the ancient vampire, Set, who now rules this kingdom as Pharaoh.

Dominant Races

Vampires, Mages, and Shifters

Politics & NPCs

The Middle Kingdom is a theocratic monarchy. The God-King Set rules unquestioned, served by a variety of other Egyptian deities within the ruling class. All others who serve them are faithful followers.

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Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 2 (Amenti - Shroud 0)
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 5
  • Dreaming - Mists 8 (Far Dreaming - Mists 9, Deep Dreaming - Mists 10)
  • High Umbra - Periphery 4 (Afterworlds, Bibliotheca Iskandria - Periphery 1)

Historical Information

A Kingdom of Sand

Very little was known of the Middle Kingdom but rumor. Dischordians heard claims that the god Set walked the sands with other gods of the Egyptian pantheon bowing to him as pharaoh. Verifying these rumors was impossible, however, as a wall of sand surrounded the kingdom, preventing any from passing it.

War of Aether

Nul struck against the Middle Kingdom and pierced the veil of sand. None know for certain what happened beyond the veil, merely rumors of armies of the underworld with Anubis at the fore. Set and his followers do not speak of it.

Africa Fractured, Africa United

The Kingdom of Diamond and the Middle Kingdom were among the first guests of the Court of Empires. The most powerful of the Diamond's warlords, King Tore, sought to expand his kingdom, and his sight fell upon his closest neighbors: the Middle Kingdom of Egypt. In exchange for Dischordia supplying weapons and beasts to amplify their strength against their enemies, their ambassador promised hordes of magical gems, diamonds the color of blood. It was later learned that the Blood Diamonds held spirits of tribal ancestors, trapped in an endless nightmare of blood and death. Drawing magical energy from the gems destroyed the spirits within, offering power at a terrible price.

The Middle Kingdom of Egypt was enraged that Dischordia had armed it's enemies. To sooth the diplomatic incident, Dischordia offered to aid the Middle Kingdom as well. Tzeentch, the first Praetor, promised land and population to others in his domain if they assisted in the Middle Kingdom’s war efforts. However, he had made no such arrangements with the Middle Kingdom. During the conflict, the Middle Kingdom put the volunteered troops on the front line, while Set and his followers enacted a great ritual. At the conclusion of the ritual, many of the Blood Diamonds shattered, releasing the angry spirits bound within. In that instant, the spirits turned upon their captors, and the Kingdom of Diamond was thrown into upheaval. When the dust settled, the grateful spirits of the Diamond had joined with the Middle Kingdom, uniting Africa under Pharaoh Set, for a time.

A Bargain with Ptah

During their first visit to the Court of Empires, the Middle Kingdom identified a follower of Ptah, a member of their Pantheon, among the nobles of Bermuda, and sought to make a deal with him to return their people to the Umbral realm from which many of their number originated. Doc agreed to aid them, in exchange for their fealty. Before his half of the agreement could be fulfilled, however, the war against Lazarus embroiled them in the conflict. Doc was able to send many of them home, though many chose to remain. During this time of transition, however, the Kindgom of Diamond broke away once again, regaining its independence under a new King, Ogun, God of Iron.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed, and the longstanding hostility between those two kingdoms erupted into war. A coordinated attack by Dischordian nobles on the European domain of Carpathia and its lord, Alyosha Buljiev, precipitated the conflict, which would come to be called the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.