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The Complete Guide to Umbar

"Oh, there is trade in Umbar. The whole city is based on trade...trade of information, trade of
goods, trade of people, trade of loyalties. It is a mighty city, surrounded by a great
impenetrable wall and holding an impossible amount of people inside. Six Towers made long
ago stand watch over this all, with her Lords and Ladies at times squabbling and making war
on each other and at times working together for the good of the city. It is a wild place filled
with intrigue, but it is also a wonderful place, where anyone can succeed if they just have the
luck and skill to. It can be a very fair place... and sometimes fairness can be harsh."
- Lady Arali, Tower Lord of Umbar, Farside Tower

Calendar
In Umbar the day is considered to be from sunrise
to sunrise. There are 356 days in a year, 7 days to a
week, and 12 months to the year. Ten months have
30 days and two have 31. There are three days in
the year that are considered to belong to no month:
the first day of the year, yestare; the middle day of
the year, loende; and the last day of the year,
mettare. Every fourth year two days called enderi
are substituted for loende.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: Ecology


The climate of Umbar is subtropical, dry. This means that
the city has hot summers (75-80 degrees F) and mild
winters (45-50 degrees F), giving it a moderate temperature
variation of about 30 degrees per season.
Precipitation ranges from virtually nothing during the
summer to five inches per month during the two midwinter
months. It averages 20 to 30 inches per year.
There are red and yellow soils around the bay with brown and yellow-brown in the areas
behind the bay. These all fade into the red, barren soil of the desert that backs Umbar.
The vegetation around the bay is mostly broad-leaf evergreen forest (the source of our wood
resource) and broad-leaf evergreen shrubs. Farther away from the bay, the forest gives way to
scattered broad-leaf evergreen shrubs, and even nearer the desert you find mainly scattered
broad-leaf deciduous dwarf shrubs. In the desert itself there are two major types of vegetation:
drought evaders, which grow fast during rare periods of wet and lie dormant as seeds
otherwise; and drought resisters, which have lowered their need for water by storing it and by
reducing leaf area.
The main crops grown by Umbar are wheat and rye. A few vegetable farms are near the city,
but only for their own needs; Umbar does not export any crops other than wheat and rye.
There are also grazing lands for cattle, mumakil and goats, and some herds of pigs. (The pigs
are barely tamed, and will attack anyone except their usual keeper.)
In addition to wheat and rye, Umbar also exports
copper and iron. There are several mines in the area
for each. There was also a small gold mine, but it
has been played out for generations. Umbar now
imports all gold from the south.

The most well protected crops in Umbar are those necessary for the building of ships. Wide
fields of flax provide linen for their sails, and two types of trees are used for the ships
themselves. The tall 'mast pine' is prized for its straight form and strength. It is a major crime
to cut down such a tree. The second tree is the 'southwood tree' used as planking and ribs for
the hulls.
The types of animals found in the wilds vary as one travels from the fertile area surrounding
the coasts to the arid desert. Owls and hawks can be seen along the coast, but they are
replaced by quails and doves as you enter the more barren lands bordering the desert. In the
desert itself, are swifts, swallows, and wrens. Vultures are everywhere.

One of the strangest birds of the desert is the road runner. This fast running bird is a hunter
who feeds on snakes. It is not unusual to see a road runner with half a snake hanging out of its
beak. Sometimes they kill a snake that is simply too big for their stomach to hold, and they
must wait for the first length swallowed to be digested before they swallow the next few
inches.
The most deadly snake of the desert is the viper (of which there are several types). It has
adapted to the sands of the desert, and moves through them in such a way as to leave parallel
grooves pointing diagonally in the direction that the snake is moving.
Another poisonous inhabitant of the desert is the fire ant; but they are small, and each ant can
only give limited damage. They are not dangerous unless a person is unable to move and
brush them off. However, if a man should be tied down over a fire ant mound, death could
result.
There are numerous non-dangerous animals in the area: rabbits, deer, squirrels, chipmunks,
etc. It is possible to live off the land except in the desert. To do so in the desert requires
specialized knowledge and training, and no little luck. The [link here] Narakshi are one such
example of a success (or luck) story.
There are also types of dangerous animals that live off the game in the area. The most
dangerous are the wild dogs, for they have lost their fear of man and will attack him. They are
highly social hunters and will cooperate to run down game. Wolves also cooperate on the
hunt, but are less likely to attack men unless driven to it. There are a few packs that orcs have
taught to hate man by provoking them with weapons bearing man-scent. These packs will
attack any people that they encounter. However, these wolves are found more closely north of
the city nearer the Poros River, where the Uruk population is more highly concentrated.
The desert puma has also been known to attack any man entering its hunting area, for these
rare sand-colored cats are extremely territorial. They usually live in pairs, but it is possible
that two to three half-grown cubs may hunt with the mother. They are found only in the
southern deserts, and in the lands bordering the desert. They are small, rarely growing more
than five feet in length.
Largest, by far, of the animals native to the
dry reaches of the area called the Haradwaith
is the mumak (mumakil, plural). They were
used primarily as beasts of war, and carried
war-towers. They also proved quite
frightening to horses. Being virtually
indestructible, they were most effective as
the center of defense for the Haradrim in
battles. Their one weak point was their eye;
an arrow to this small, elusive target could
bring a mumak down and kill it. The other
name this great best might be known by is
"oliphaunt."

The strangest animals of the area surrounding Umbar is the Giant Sloth Bear (so named for its
looks, rather than any provable kinship to either of these animals.) The creature is from 15-20
feet in length, has a deep, thick, dark-brown fur, and is reputedly the stupidest animal on the
continent. Even orcs seem smart by comparison. They live entirely underground in winding
sets of tunnels that they dig with their sharp claws, claws that can even go through the softer
rocks. They are not aggressive, but they are not timid either. Rather, they continue on
whatever they have decided to do, while ignoring anything around them. They can, and will,
dig right through a man if he is standing where they want to dig and doesn't get out of their
way fast enough. Since they are huge beasts (2500 to 4000 lbs) and run much to fat, it is
difficult for a warrior to hit a vital organ. There is much reason to suspect that either their
brain is not in their head or that it is not a vital organ, since head blows rarely kill them.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: General


Political Structure
Umbar is currently ruled by an oligarchy of six who are called Tower Lords. Each has his own
naval and ground military forces, loyal to him and completely at his disposal, as well as being
direct liege lord of approximately one sixth of the arable lands around the Havens. They are
evenly balanced in power, which explains why there is an oligarchy rather than a Kingship.
But while they contrive against and compete with each other, the Kin-Strife is clear enough in
their memory to prevent open warfare, for they were bred from the losers of that conflict and
civil war is still a bitter thing to them.
Umbar is a warrior society, and warriors are deemed to be superior to non-warriors. The
lowest ranking seaman considers himself vastly superior to the richest merchant, even though
the merchant, by reason of his riches, may command vast influence. Those who serve on the
ships consider themselves superior to the city guard and household guards of the wealthy, a
position that the city guard and household guards have been known to take exception to. But it
goes hard on any non-warrior who resents the warrior attitude - mainly because the warrior is
trained in weaponry and the citizen is not.
All of the oligarchy are Lord-Warriors. The personal devotion of their followers is based
primarily on pride in their Lord's military abilities, and [link to the religion page] religious
following. They have an unvoiced, but unbroken (so far), agreement not to meddle with each
other's territory during absences caused by raids, since they know that they must all raid or
lose respect, and thus lose power. This, of course, does not count for any other types of
absences, and so they all seek loyal and strong fiefholders to guard their rural interests when
they are in Umbar, and Tower Captains to Guard their urban interests when they are out of the
city on business. This poses no little problem since a weak landholder or Captain is useless
and a strong one might be a threat. The Tower Lords have solved this problem in various ways
- or believe they have.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: Geographic


Description

Umbar lies on an inlet of the Bay of Belfalas. The inlet provides a calm berthing for the Fleets
of the Corsairs, while the fertile lands surrounding the inlet provide farming area to feed the
city. Umbar raids not out of necessity out of desire. To the north lies Gondor and to the east
the deserts of Harad. Mordor, home of Sauron, who has cast his shadow over Umbar, is to the
Northeast. To the south lie desolate desert regions, mostly inhabited by nomadic tribesmen.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: General


History
Umbar in The Lord of the Rings
In the Second Age, the island kingdom Numenor began establishing colonies on the coast.
Destined to be the greatest of these was the fortress Umbar. She was built strongly and richly
by Numenor and great was her pride, perhaps too great.
In S.A. 3261, Ar-Pharazon, having seized the throne of Numenor some six years before,
assembled a great army and marched forth to challenge Sauron, Lord of the Dark and chief
wielder of the Power of he who forged the dark, Morgoth. He disembarked his army at the
great fortress city of Umbar and seemed to overawe Sauron so that the Dark Lord surrendered
to the might of Numenor. Sauron was marched through the streets of Umbar and taken
prisoner to Numenor. But while Ar-Pharazon seemed to have conquered by force, Sauron, in
truth, had conquered by guile. Under the Evil One's influence, Ar-Pharazon was led to assail
Valinor, the Undying Lands, seeking the secret of eternal life that was not meant to be given
to Men. Although some of Numenor remained Faithful to the old beliefs, they were not strong
enough to prevent Ar-Pharazon's attempt against Valinor. Numenor was destroyed for seeking
that which it had no right to seek, and it disappeared beneath the waves.
The Dunedain of Umbar also fell to the influence of Sauron and became known as the Black
Numenoreans. The realms of Gondor and Arnor, who were to be the main opponents of
Umbar, were founded in S.A. 3320 by the Faithful of Numenor who had not followed ArPharazon and were un-touched by Sauron. Their fleet had sailed just before the seas rose over
Numenor.

In S.A. 3441, Sauron was overthrown and the Third Age began, but the shadow did not depart
from Umbar. Falastur of Gondor established the Fleet that was to oppose Umbar's control of
the sea, and in T.A. 933 Earnil I, nephew of Falastur, defeated Umbar and made it a fortress of
Gondor. The Faithful built on the highest hill above the Haven, a monument to commemorate
Sauron's defeat, a great white tower topped by a globe of crystal which shown like a star
under the light of the sun or the moon so that it could be seen on the coasts of Gondor and far
out in the western sea.
Although the fortress of Umbar was taken, the area about it was still under the hand of the
Black Numenoreans, and from 933 to 1030 they laid seige to Umbar. During the siege, King
Ciryandil of Gondor was killed, but Umbar was not re-taken by the Black Numenoreans
owing to Gondor's seapower.
There were other factors rising against Gondor and Arnor in the next 500 years that were to
lead to the establishing of the Corsair State at Umbar. Dol Guldur became a holding of the
evil and the Nazgul, the chief servants of the Dark Lord, reappeared. Sauron reformed and reestablished his power. In 1409, the Witch King, Lord of the Nazgul, invaded Arnor. But the
worst blow to Gondor was the Kin-Strife which began in T.A. 1432. There followed 16 years
of civil war to determine who would be King. In 1448, the rebels, having lost the Kin-Strife,
fled from the port of Pelargir and seized Umbar to form the Corsair State. From 1448 to T.A.
1810 the Corsairs raided Gondor.
The men of Harad who roamed the deserts behind the fertile strip of farm land dominated by
Umbar were firm allies of the Corsairs. In 1540 their alliance warred with Gondor, and killed
King Aldamir. Later Hyramendacil II of Gondor defeated the Harad, but less than 100 years
afterwards the Corsairs burned Pelargir and killed King Minardil. The Great Plague of 1636
hampered Gondor's attacks against Umbar, but in 1810, almost 400 years after the rebels took
Umbar, King Telumehtar re-captured the city for Gondor.
Yet, as Sauron rose again in power the Men of Harad fell fully under his sway. They retook
Umbar and destroyed the monument built to his defeat. By T.A. 2710, Umbar was again
actively warring against Gondor, this time as a city of the Haradrim. During the reign of
Ecthelian II, Thorongil attacked the fleets of Umbar and burned many ships, but Umbar was
not taken. Umbar has remained at war with Gondor and under the influence of Sauron ever
since.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: Ships &


Sailors
Seamen
The seamen of Umbar do not have a guild, as such, but they do have a hall, supported by the
city, where unattached seamen may find lists of ships with empty berths. Those seamen who
are attached to one of the Captains of the Havens can usually be found in taverns near the
tower hold of their Lord, or in taverns near where their ships are moored. The typical seamen
is more likely to be faithful to a particular captain than to a lord and will follow his captain's
loyalties.

Shipbuilder's Guild
In Umbar, shipbuilders are highly respected. You do not have to be a warrior to belong to the
guild, but only guildmen who are also warriors are allowed to work on fighting ships, the
others build flat-bottomed traders for the merchants and smugglers. Probably the most
influential and famous of Umbar's current shipbuilders is H.B.Valwin, whose shop can be
found just inside the Harbour Gate.
Ship Construction
The basic ships of Umbar are oared ships with a central mast bearing one great sail made of
linen. An average-sized raider will be 130-250 feet long, 10-20 feet wide, and 15-20 feet from
the bottom of the keel to the top of the side. It will have 20-25 pairs of oars approximately 16
feet long, and will carry 90 - 130 warriors as well as enough slaves to man at least two thirds
of the oars.
The planking on the sides of the ship overlaps rather than having the edges flush. They are
thicker at the water line and where the oar holes are. This type of hull construction produces a
very elastic hull which gives with the movement of the ship. The bottom of the mast rests on a
large block of wood that is fixed to two of the ribs rather than to the keel. The mast will be 4050 feet tall. The oar ports are round with notches in the side so that the oars may be put in
place from inside; they will have port covers to close them off when the oars are not being
used.
Most Umbarean ships are lateen rigged, as the Haradrim prefer manoeuvreable ships, and one
of the raiders' greatest strengths are their capabilities when sailing upwind. The triangular
fore-and-aft rigging design provides less resistance when moving close-hauled into the wind.
This advantage, combined with oars and sleek ship design, ensures that a raider is very rarely
outrun when sailing into the wind. Some merchant ships as well as some heavy ships of
Numenorean design are square-rigged for better running capabilities before the wind.
A merchantman or smuggler will be shorter and wider, although many relatively narrow,
sleeker versions can be seen. They generally have a flatter bottom and fewer oars.
The larger fighting ships vary considerably in design, but generally enjoy similar approaches
to construction. The Haradrim have obtained significant skills in shipbuilding from the past
Umbareans. Even the average raider ships are made with care and skill, and those vessels of
pure Numenorean origin are usually exceedingly well built.
The most infamous trademark of the Corsair ships is the ram. Most raider vessels have steelenforced bows with heavy rams pointing out in the bow. There are countless stories of ships
being torn open or even split by these devices.
Ship Combat
Ships are clearly an integral part of the culture of Umbar. One of the city's main reasons for
existence is its large well-protected harbor. Although relatively small compared to some of the
great northern harbors, the city is home to many more ships than can be housed within its
confines at any one time.
The fleet of Umbar consists of a colourful variety of ships of many designs obtained from the
past Umbarean generations and inhabitants. In theory, any kind of a ship (except for Swan-

ships and other elven designs) can be found from the port of Umbar, but it is clear that most
designs are clearly overshadowed by the traditional Corsair and Numenorean designs.
The primary fleet within the city is that of the Corsairs. Comprised of warships designed for
long-range raiding, the Corsair fleet uses keeled ocean-going galleys and specially designed
raider ships for the most part. Long, well-armed deck crews and large, expendable rowing
crews mesh well with their "close and board" fighting tactics and their inland raids. Generally
being average sailors, they do not often venture far from shore. Some gifted captains, or ones
with enough cash to hire an astrologer, have explored the entire coast and developed maps and
charts that can be used to navigate if care is exercised and someone on board has the skill.
The Haradrim trading fleet is also extensive. Consisting mainly of sailing vessels, the trading
fleet still uses soldiers on all of their merchants and all of the rowing crews are slaves. Plying
up and down the coast in great numbers, the merchants are not averse to pirating a weak or
stricken ship.
There is also a war fleet in Umbar, but its reputation is not as glorious as that of the Corsairs,
as it seems that many warships and other vessels with enlisted crews (with monthly wages)
and chains-of-command issued from above spend most of their time idling at port or
patrolling safe nearby waters.
The Black Numenoreans have left a rich legacy of shipbuilding knowledge and designs to the
Haradrim. While the most popular designs have been obtained by Corsairs, certain ones
remain built and maintained by the remaining rare Black Numenorean nobility. They are the
only ones to use catamarans these days. The most popular Numenorean design is the war
prog. Coming in two varieties, light and heavy, these ships are renowned for their viciousness.
The infamous rams were originally invented in these ships. War catamarans are the cavalry of
the fleet and also provide a stable firing platform for some light artillery. The final, major ship
type is the most important, overall, since it is a design based entirely upon those ships that
were built in Numenor. Called the Palanrist, or "Far Cleaver," these ships maintain the Black
Numenorean's cultural integrity. A true sailing vessel, they vanish for years at a time on
voyages of adventure, trading, exploration, and looting.
The Corsairs
Today, the word "Corsair" stands for a profession in general and not for a people. Umbar is
being inhabited almost completely by Haradrim, while only a small elite of nobility and other
influential groups (such as Corsair families) remain from the formerly dominant peoples.
In general, a corsair is a sailor who is also a warrior. In the lands of other seafaring nations, all
seafaring Haradrim (except for friendly merchants) are known as Corsairs, for the people of
Umbar have become infamous through the Corsair warfare. For Umbareans, a Corsair is a
member of a raiding crew and participates the dangerous but profitable strikes into the waters
and coast of Gondor.
A Corsair crew is a rather democratic community. The crew consists of men hired for a single
expedition and it sails together until it divides up its plunder and disperses. These expeditions
are mostly single strikes in Gondor, but sometimes they may consist of months of raids, trade
and piracy. When the loot is divided up, it is divided into equal shares. The shipboard officers
and Captain get larger shares respective to their greater responsibility at sea and in battle.

Corsair Captains are usually aligned with a Tower. In return of an oath of loyalty, a Captain is
granted a letter of marque (and sometimes a ship or a loan for purchasing one). The letter
grants the Captain a permission to board and capture enemy ships and sack enemy towns in
the name of his Lord, a permission to fly the colours of his Tower, and the promise of
protection against any threats caused by such activity. The Captain will be free to raid as he
wishes, but he is obliged to join his Lord's expeditions or battles should he be asked to do so.
Also individual Corsairs may swear allegiance to a particular Tower. This makes them citizens
of Umbar, which is sometimes of great advantage. Joining a Tower can often get a Corsair a
"permanent" position in the crew of a raider ship. This does not deprive him of the permission
to continue raiding in one-time expeditions, but rather makes sure he will not be turned down
by his "own" Captain when seeking to raid.
Every raid is taxed. An officer's share goes to the Harbour Master of Umbar, and Towers
mostly tax a share slightly larger than that of the Captain from the whole income of the
expedition. Attempts to cheat with taxes accounts as smuggling.
Not all Corsairs are aligned with a Tower, however. The bulk of the Corsair mass is unaligned.
They sign up on an expedition, raid on it, get paid, and then spend the loot at their leisure
before signing up on the next raid. Some Captains, mostly noblemen and Corsair houses,
choose to remain unaligned as they can afford their own ship and crew. While such crews pay
no taxes to a Lord, they still have to pay the Harbour Master's taxes. According to Umbar
Constitution, even the unaligned Corsairs must gain a permission to raid the north (most
Corsair houses are being "sponsored" by Towers). While being unaligned brings freedom
from taxes and other obligations, it also means that a Captain lacks a Lord's protection should
he be captured, sunk, accused of treason or otherwise put into jeopardy.
Raiders known to attack friendly ships are treated as pirates. Pirates are outlaws, and their
sinking leads to no charges. Sometimes there is a price on a pirate's head. Piracy is relatively
rare in Umbar, as there are ways to loot and plunder legally. Some pirates are known to sail
the southern seas, however, often finding shelter from island havens and smuggler hideouts.
Ship Designs
Light Raider
Intended for small raids and sorties against merchant ships, this craft has a relatively large
deck crew for boarding and a keeled hull to give it superior ocean-going characteristics. The
ship is a favorite among the poorer and younger captains and will be the most common
warship encountered singly. Its poor endurance tends to keep it close to shore and makes it
unfit for extremely long expeditions. Due to the high losses among this class of ships, the log
of names of over 200 active vessels is probably overstated.
Heavy Raider
This ship is large and fast. Also possessing a keeled hull, it is the best warship for long raids
and attacks on convoys and other warships. Usually operating in groups of three, these vessels
are the most feared. A very large deck crew and great speed make it extremely difficult for
any but the best of ships to escape or win a boarding contest. The ship's ram poses a
significant threat to any sailing ship. It is with the Heavy Raiders that the Corsairs of Umbar
have established their widespread reputation. Around 130 Heavy Raiders are on the active list,

but many of these will be far from home at any given time.
Coast Patrol
A small, poorly-equipped ship designed mainly to police the rest of the navy, especially any
foreign craft. Several will be on customs duty outside of the port at all times. The excess,
about twenty, will be wherever the main fleet units are located.
Large Slaver
These ships have a shallow keel and thus have poor ocean-going capacity. Their primary
purpose is the gathering of poor unfortunates for the insatiable slave marts in Umbar. About
thirty exist and operate in large groups in the far south where pickings are easier. Groups of
these ships are often accompanied by one or more heavy raiders for scouting and pursuit.
Extremely large deck crews and the cargo space for the catch make this design somewhat
ungainly, but if the ship's ram does connect, the damage is devastating.
Large Merchant
Far-reaching in their travels, these ships are responsible for much of Umbar's wealth. They are
reasonably well stocked with soldiers and provisions, and often venture out without escort.
About 250 exist, and can be encountered singly or in groups up to 10.
Small Merchant
Fit mainly for coastal travel, these ships usually travel in convoys of 5-15 with an escort
commensurate to the worth of the cargo. About 150 are enrolled in the name logs, but many
unofficial ones exist.
Heavy Prog
An excellent design, this ship is the ultimate ram. It combines rapid acceleration with a very
small turning radius and an armored prow. Its sails have gotten influences from square-rigged
vessels and thus increase the prog's performance when going large. The prow is famed for
cutting even larger opponents in half due to the weight and speed of the ship, and the strength
of the hardened Corsair crew allows for maneuvers and abilities beyond those of ordinary
ships. Their favorite tactics are (1) the ramming attack and (2) a war of maneuver using the
ship's light artillery. Only about 30 heavy progs are enlisted in the entire navy.
Light Prog
A smaller faster version of the heavy prog. It has a proportionally larger rowing crew,
however, and can accelerate even faster, although the ramming attack is somewhat less
fearsome. These ships favor a shearing attack rather than a full ram and use the heavy ballista
in the bow to great effect during pursuits, their favorite action. Twenty of these ships exist.
War Catamarans
An unusual ship class, the war catamaran is a fast and nimble sailor with good close hauling
abilities. This makes them a good scouting force and gives the ability to attack from any

angle. The dual hull makes them a stable firing platform an one or more heavy artillery pieces
are placed on each ship. Twelve of these ships exist.
Palanrist
A technological marvel, the Palanrist is a true elvish design. Durability and strength are
apparent in their construction and the size provides for excellent endurance and flexibility of
cargoes. The Black Numenoreans favoured this ship and most of the men of military age spent
the majority of their time on board these ships when they made their epic journeys. Eight of
these ships exist, but they rarely are seen in port. The design can last for hundreds of years
and it is a rare event when one is constructed. Because of the lasting design, Palanrists often
run in families for many generations and thus most of the remaining ones are owned by rich
and traditional noble houses rather than Towers.
War Galley
War Galley is a worn-out patrol ship design. Seventy-two War Galleys exist and are stationed
in two areas, the main fleet located in the city itself and the vanguard fleet assigned near the
mouth of the Bay of Umbar. Smaller versions with slightly reduced statistics number about
thirty and are stationed in units of three at the numerous small towns spread around the bay.
Unkeeled hulls make them unseaworthy and ships of this type do not stray far out of the Bay.
Merchant
The Bay of Umbar houses a large quantity of these ships and their range extends far up and
down the coast out of the Bay. Going on their way unescorted, the captains and crews of these
ships have a reputation for toughness and fearlessness. Estimates of their number range from
75-300.
Patrol Boat
A generally useless ship due to its poor design and size. Used mainly for picket duty outside
of the small ports along the bay, these ships often board merchantmen ships while performing
surprise customs searches.
Khurn-Nagla "Lively Wind"
The Khurn-Nagla is a special ship for its design originates not from Numenor but from the
native Haradrim traditions. A sub-culture has sprung up around these ships and their crews
have fully adapted to homeless life at sea. Strong endurance and excellent sailing
characteristics make this ship a good choice for long-range trading missions and the traders
aboard use these attributes to fully indulge their nomadic tendencies. Due to the secretive
nature of the crews, estimates of their number vary from 25-150. The captains and their
subordinates are hard to approach and caution should be used.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: People and


Culture

There are three major types of people in Umbar: the descendants of Numenor who rule, the
coastal people who lived on the edge of the sea before Umbar was built, and the Haradrim
who came to the city from the desert.
The descendants of Numenor who rule Umbar
A select few of the warriors and seaman can trace their lineage back to Numenor in the days
when she ruled the waves instead of lying beneath them. Those who are of Numenorean
heritage are most often the Lords of Umbar, or hold positions of high military importance.
Positions such as the Harbour Master and Captain of the Guard often fall into the purveyance
of the Black Numenorean.
The husband is the head of the family, but he does not have absolute control over his wife and
grown children. He does have sole control over who will be head of the family after him.
Usually this is the son most adept in war, but not always. It is unusual, but not unheard of, for
a daughter to inherit. The mother decides on the disposal of her dower property, but it
generally goes to her daughters. Two or three children is average, and five considered a large
family. Marriage with the other races of the coast is not forbidden, but because of their pride,
is rare. However, marriages for love are more common than marriages for advantage or to
consolidate holdings. They are strictly monogamous, and divorce is also rare. A man who
cannot hold his wife's attention is considered a subject for jokes and taunting. Wives are
expected to be faithful, but husbands are not.
The husband is responsible for fighting, maintaining his battle equipment, and commanding
his men if he is of a rank to have men to command. The wife runs the home, raises the
children until they are old enough to start being trained with weapons (both boys and girls are
so trained), and handles the family finances. Women are permitted to be warriors, but only a
few do. They do fight, however, when the city needs defending. The children normally belong
to the father's family, but if a woman's family has a few living members it is possible for the
man to join her lineage group and raise the children as members of her family, so that it does
not die out. This is considered to be a reasonable practice, but only a younger son of a large
extended family would consider it.
Their diet consists of meat, bread, cheese, and wine. They believe red meat to be necessary for
warriors and scorn fish unless starving. Green vegetables are considered to be food for
peasants or rabbits.
They speak Haradaic as their official language, but most also speak Adunaic fluently. Westron
(Common Speech) is considered a second language even though they dislike its relationship
to Elvenish.
They are a strong and long lived people. A typical lifespan for one of pure Numenorean blood
is 300 years.
The coastal people
The coastal people had a thriving, if primitive, culture when the hosts of Numenor came to the
Bay of Belfalas' asserted dominion. They did not suffer much because they were fishermen
and traders, two jobs that the Numenoreans were glad to have someone else do.
The man is ruler of the family, and the wife and children are considered to be his property. In
most cases this is true, but in some cases, where the wife is strong willed, it is but a polite

fiction. Families are large, for having children proves the strength of the husband and the
worth of the wife. A family with few children is pitied, and one with many honored - even if
most of them die young from a poor diet and too little attention. The inheritance goes strictly
to the eldest surviving son, but it is his duty to provide for his mother if she outlives the father.
She is expected to live with him, and takes precedent over his wife. Marriages are arranged by
parents, and love is considered to be ill-bred. A man may divorce his wife, but she may not
divorce him. Family structures are patrilineal, i.e. traced through the male line.
Their diet consists mainly of fish, because fish is cheap, unless they belong to one of the
trading families who are trying to imitate the Numenorean Lords of the City. The lower class
families will also eat cabbage and lettuce, foods that the upper classes consider fit only for
cows or pigs. A few of their sons have found their way into the warrior society of Umbar as
Corsairs or even Tower militia, but most are fishermen, traders, smugglers, or thieves.
The coastal people are not a strong race, perhaps because of poor conditions in childhood, and
do not have a long lifespan. To them 60 is a ripe old age and most die in their 50's.
The Haradrim
Some of the Haradrim have been lured into the city from their native desert. Although many
of their customs have been modified to city living, their ways are still very different from
most of the rest of Umbar.
A Haradrim may have as many wives as he wishes, but is disgraced if he cannot support them
and their children adequately. Although the man is the head of the family, inheritance is
through the female. A man's oldest sister's son inherits, and then the husband joins the wife's
clan.
They are a warlike race, with much courage. For the most part, they are either warriors or
work for one of the Towers, bringing goods across the desert trade routes or providing their
military services to the Tower defenses. They still tend to wear loose clothing that is best
suited to the desert, although they have learned to wear leather armour.
They speak the language of the Haradrim, Haradaic. Many are versed in some of the desert
dialects used primarily by the outland tribes-people. Westron is also a language many are well
versed in used commonly when dealing with members of higher echelons.
They are tall and dark and much given to the wearing of gold ornaments. They are excellent
riders of their small desert horses. They were of a nomadic race, and their diet is still
influenced by that. They are fond of goat meat, goat milk, and cheese made of goat's milk.
They also like wine, and their women are famous for making a flat bread that they say tastes
best when made from wild grain. But their eating habits were based on what was available
and not truly custom, so they are in no way reluctant to adopt the meat of the Numenoreans or
the fish of the coastal peoples into their own dietary repertoires.
The Haradrim are a strong, tough race spawned by the desert. They have a lifespan that is
shorter only than those of Numenorean blood, but those living in the city have become softer
over the years as harsh conditions no longer kill the weaker of their offspring. They now
measure the expected life of one of their race in terms of 90 to 100 years.

The Narakshi
The Narakshi are one of many tribal, semi-nomadic peoples of the Haradwaith that have
roamed the deserts and plains of Harad since the time of Ar-Pharazon or possibly earlier. They
are a clanninsh people, very distrustful of outsiders even including other Haradrim, but
particularly towards non-Haradrim and even more so of non-humans. Out in the desert the
tribes cherish their freedom and take great pride in being ruled by their own Chiefs rather than
being pressed under the crushing rule of either the Tower Lords of Umbar nor the heavy
enslavement of the Eye. The Narakshi have long held a primary Camp on the Harad Road at
the Poros Crossing. There they watch the border against incursions of both Gondorians and
non-human Mordain and are the northern eyes of Umbar should trouble arrise as Narakshi
Riders are reknown and swift horsemen... the communication link for many tribes.
More information on the Narakshi is available at harad.elendor.net/narakshi.

The Complete Guide to Umbar: Religion in


Umbar
The majority of Haradrim (especially the desert tribes) worship the Dark Lord (also called the
Eye) in one form or another. This cult-like worshipping stems from the beginning of the Third
Age when the Black Numenoreans were swayed into allegiance with Morgoth's chief servant
Sauron. In Umbar-proper this takes the form of The Dark Religion, which perhaps 90% of the
populace practices.
The central focus of the Dark Religion in Umbar is the Dark Citadel, located on the eastern
side of the city, just off the Rath Bad-nez. Housed within the Citadel is the priesthood of the
Eye, led by the High Priest or Priestess. Within the dark temple, prayers and meditations are
offered, as are sacrificial victims.
Some of the Corsairs either exclusively, or in combination with the Dark Religion, practice a
form of Hero Worship. Traditionally this has been the religion of choice for the aristocracy of
the city, as they themselves hope to one day be canonized as a god--though they will
acknowledge that the Dark Religion is the more powerful of the two forms of worship. Even
though not everyone follows the Dark Religion, nobody speaks openly against it or publicly
denounces it. Conventional wisdom says, "It's not wise to anger Gods."
Within the walls of inner Umbar, on the Rath Corsair, is the Hero's Shrine. Within that temple
reside golden and bronze statues of the war heros since elevated to mythical stature:
Sangahayndo, Ar-Gimilzor, Ar-Pharazon, Castamir, Angamaite and Illandra. These are but a
few of those the Haradrim call 'the Heroes.'

The Dark Citadel of Umbar


The majority of Haradrim (especially the desert tribes) worship the Dark Lord in one form or
another. In Umbar-proper this takes the form of The Dark Religion, which perhaps 90% of the
populace practices.

Some of the Corsairs either exclusively, or in combination with the Dark Religion, practice a
form of Hero Worship. Traditionally this has been the religion of choice for the aristocracy of
the city--though they will acknowledge that the Dark Religion is the more powerful of the two
forms of worship. Even though not everyone follows the Dark Religion, nobody speaks
openly against it or publicly denounces it. Conventional wisdom says, "It's not wise to anger
Gods."

The Complete Guide to Umbar: The City


Plan
In 2280 S.A., Umbar was made in to a great fortress of Numenor. The First Wall was built
encircling the higher ground overlooking the Bay of Belfalas, and the city laid out inside it.
The stoneworking of this wall is superior, the best example of the genius of Numenor, both
strong and beautiful with alternating sizes of stone forming a pleasing pattern.
But as Umbar grew, the area inside the wall was filled, and many were forced to build outside
the protection of the Wall due to lack of space inside. In 3270 S.A., pride in the part that the
city played in Ar-Pharazon's 'defeat' of Sauron led to an expansion of Umbar and the building
of the Second Wall. This wall has now been dismantled. At this time the Black and Desert
Towers were begun. It took two years to complete Black and three for Desert. The towers
guarding the inlets to the port were built in 3275 S.A. as the last part of this expansion.
In 1449 T.A., the rebels from the Kin-Strife began the Third Wall and the Great Towers that
are now occupied by the Tower Lords. This wall was the first one that included the harbor.
After the Third Wall was complete, they ordered the Second Wall dismantled, for they
believed that if there were too many inner defenses to drop back to the defenders would not
fight as strongly as they should on the outer defenses. The stone from the Second Wall was
used for the six great towers. What remained was left for whomever wished to cart it off for
building, and soon the Wall was part of many houses about the city. At this time Eradas,
Caldur, Maros and Pellardur were begun. They were all completed within 5 years.
The outer wall is 40 feet thick and 65 feet tall with a ditch backed by a palisade in front of it.
The main purpose of the ditch is to prevent attackers from undermining the walls. Along both
the First and the Third Wall are 'D' shaped two story towers. The top story is used for shooting
at attackers while the bottom is used as storage, quarters, or armory for city guards. There are
always one to three guards in each of the outer towers and one in each of the inner ones.
There are two main gates and two postern gates in each wall. All four are accessed by
relatively good roads, and there is a good road just inside the Third Wall. The rest of the paths
are narrow, winding alleys. The area inside the walls is not wasted on wide streets.
The Postern gates are all alike, small gates five or six feet above ground level that permit only
one person in or out at a time. They are used to send out spies in time of war or to mount
attacks. The two in the outer wall have palisades around them for use as a staging area for
counter-attacks against besieging armies.
The two gates in the Inner Wall are identical, great circular two-story towers. The road goes
through the first story of the tower, and there is a large hole in the second story through which

defenders can shoot arrows or pour hot oil or tar on attackers. There is a stout door to close off
the outside of the tower and a portcullis to cut off the inside wall. Stairs go up to the second
floor from the outside of the tower, inside the First Wall. No one can get to the second story
from inside the first story.
The Harbour Gate of the Third Wall is a narrow passageway between two round towers. The
Harad Gate is a ''Z' shaped twisting passage that ends at two flanking towers with a
connecting bridge. The purpose of the gates is two-fold, both protection and tax-gathering.
Going through the gates can take a while, and so some enterprising merchants and tavern
owners have establishments just outside the gate for those waiting to get in.
Walking is the main means of transportation for most citizens, so it is important for them to be
close to one of the major roads; otherwise so much time is spent walking to the centers of
supply that there is not enough time left in the day for working at their crafts and pursuing
their livelihood. This accounts for the starfish-shape of the city layout. Areas too far from
trade centers or roads are economically unsound.
Most of the houses are two or three stories and narrow, allowing maximum living space on the
smallest possible area of land. However, all the wealthier citizens will have a private
courtyard behind their houses.
The central market place has a deep artesian well that forms a fountain. The run-off goes into
a giant cistern beneath the market place. The six main towers and guard headquarters also
have either a well or a cistern or both. There is a large system of cisterns in Umbar for use
during sieges.
The port is now completely enclosed with towers guarding the two inlets to the harbor. The
wharves are divided into merchant and military areas. Unauthorized people are not welcome
in the well-guarded military part of the port.

The Fleets of Umbar


The fleets of Umbar sport many types of vessels, from the infamous and gigantic
Galleys to the small cattamarans, they all excel in their purpose. The bulk of the cities
war ships align with one of the six towers, even though some remain independant
(for now).
The ships of Umbar operate on a ship parent constructed specificly for them. The
Harad Ship Parent, better known as HSP, has been around in one form or another for
some 3 years. We do not support Belegrils ship parent due to reasons that I wont go
into here. In the hope of keeping it simple, the HSP is a rather 'bare-bones' parent in
that it doesnt provide much more than the basic sailing commands for use in
navigating the water ways of Middle Earth.
Fleets
Black - Desert - Farside - Flame - Harbour - Seaward - Unaligned/Merchant
Black Tower Fleet:
Defunct
Desert Tower Fleet:
Klejona - For many years she sat a derelict in the docks of Umbar, forgotten by her
owners and left to gather barnacles. Harbour Master Magius siezed the ship in the
stead of an unpaid bill, and subsequently sold it to Desert Tower. Though her past is
somewhat blemished, considering what she was used for during her long spell at the
docks, Klejona has recently pulled herself from the gutter and assumed the role as
Desert Tower's leadship.
Farside Tower Fleet:
Klamath - Much like Klejona, Klamath spent many years at port, discarded by the
Lord of Farside Tower (then Lenina). Upon Orion's successful coup of Farside Tower,
Klamath has recieved much attention in the way of a new Captain and crew, and has
begun serving her Lord and Tower.
Flame Tower Fleet:
Belegzor - Not Submitted. Bug Torus to get off his lazy arse and write this up.
Harbour Tower Fleet:
Cutter - Not Submitted.

Seaward Tower Fleet:


Torath - Flagship of the Seaward Fleet, newest vessel in the Harbour Master's fleet.
Magius, then Fleet Master of the Seaward Tower, had the ship built to his
specifications and lead it on its maiden voyage, where they nearly sunk the
Gondorian Flagship. Now under its new Captain, Lucasto of House Hassad, The
Torath stands out as a beacon of Naval Power in Umbar. See log page for more on
its exploits(under several captains).
Unaligned/Merchant Ships:
Caergoth - The private vessel of Umbar's Harbour Master, Caergoth is a relic of his
past career as a merchant. An ship of an older style, Caergoth measures some 30
feet long and 13 across, double masted and a fare sized cabin below the deck.
Antildar - Property of the infamous House Hassad in Umbar, the Antildar was
hijacked while it sat moored in the Anduin River. As one of the largest private vessels
in Umbar, and its Gondorian craftsmanship, it stands out on the docks like no other.
This is also a sister ship of The Alcarondas, archnemesis to all Corsair vessels. See
log page for more on its exploits.
Earrame - Another ship of the growing fleet of House Hassad and Caldur. Also once
a Gondorian ship, but now it bears the color and marks of the Haradrim and the
Umbar House of Hassad.

Umbar's Code of Laws


1) Unauthorized beasts of Burden are not allowed in the city. Penalty: Sacrifice of the beast
and 100 copper pennies or 1 day's imprisonment.
2) Fighting in the city:

Civilized fights or duels are to be held at the Square of Judgement in a scheduled,


public forum.
Weapons training can only take place in one of three places: 1) The Training Center in
Upper Umbar. 2) Ar-Pharazon's Isle. 3) Outside the city's outer walls.
Fighting in the city by non-residents: If they survive (subdued) and are captured, use
the formula (7-x)*100 copper pennies + x days imprisonment.
Fighting in the city by residents: If they survive (subdued) and are captured, use the
formula (5-x)*100 copper pennies + x days imprisonment
Murder of City-residents: If they survive (subdued) and are captured, the penalty is
death by the method chosen by the capturing TL/COG/HM (subordinates yield the
method to the TL)
Murder of non-residents: If they survive (subdued) and are captured, use the formula
(10-x)*100 copper pennies + x days imprisonment. In addition, any fees due to loss of
property (ie, a slave or prisoner) may be applied.

3) Travel:

Unapproved travel into enemy territory is not allowed. A TL must approve such travel
beforehand, and notify the other TL's of the action. A TL may authorize his/her own
travel. Penalty: If a TL's subject is caught in unapproved travel, he/she will be stripped
of all armor and weapons, and the TL fined 500 copper pennies.
Approved ambassadors must have their papers in order (signed by as many TL's as
possible) and should be accompanied at all times by a guard. Penalty: Loss of
Ambassador status.

4) Treason: any TL without question may declare citizens treasonous. Any Tower personal
accused of treason must be reported to the respective Lord and may by TL request have a trial.
TCs and FMs are entitled to trial by all TLs, unless the TC/FM's Lord has declared the act as
treasonous. HM, CG and HP are entitled to trial.
Penalty: Public execution and loss of armor/weapons/money.
5) Visitors:

Non-Haradrim are not allowed into Upper Umbar except upon approval by a TL. NonHaradrim must be escorted in Upper Umbar at all times, unless given a Writ of
Passage signed by at least 3 Tower Lords.
Any other non-Haradrim in the Upper City will be considered spies (same penalty as
treason).
Quendi and Gondorians are not allowed in the city at all. Penalty: (see Treason).

6) Exemptions: TL's are exempt from judgement, except by judgement of a TL vote.


7) Raids/War:

Any TL may authorize a raid into enemy territory with the following provisions:
o The TL may only use his/her own forces
o The TL is accountable for all losses of his/her own forces/property
o The TL is accountable for any damage done to other TL's forces/property due
to reaction from the enemy
o The TL keeps all but one percent of the gains which goes to city funds to
support the Harbormaster and Captain of the Guard
o The Captain of the Guard must be aware of the raid involving land forces
o The Harbormaster must be aware of the raid involving sea forces
o Failure to notify the appropriate person before a raid will result in a ten percent
share of the gains going to the respective fund.
War may only be declared by a TL council vote
o All TLs are responsible for defense and supplying forces for war even if they
didn't vote for the war
o Profits from the war are divided by percentage of the total forces supplied by
each tower
o Harbormaster and Captain of the Guard act as Admiral/General for the
combined forces

The TLs may collectively overrule the decisions of the HM and CotG but no
TL may individually overrule the decision of the commanders

8) Docks: Docking ships at the inappropriate docks will result in a fine of 1 GF/ft of deck
length.

THE NARAKSHI

An Introduction
The Narakshi are one of many tribal, semi-nomadic peoples of the Haradwaith that have
roamed the deserts and plains of Harad since the time of Ar-Pharazon or possibly
earlier. They are a clanninsh people, very distrustful of outsiders even including other
Haradrim, but particularly towards non-Haradrim and even more so of non-humans.
Out in the desert the tribes cherish their freedom and take great pride in being ruled by
thier own Chiefs rather than being pressed under the crushing rule of either the Tower
Lords of Umbar nor the heavy enslavement of the Eye. The Narakshi have long held a
primary Camp on the Harad Road at the Poros Crossing. There they watch the border
against incursions of both Gondorians and non-human Mordain and are the northern
eyes of Umbar should trouble arrise as Narakshi Riders are reknown and swift
horsemen.. the communication link for many tribes.

Description Men
Narakshi Women's Garb
The women of the tribe normally prefer deep rich colors in fabrics in contrast to the men's
lighter shades. They remain in the shade of the tents most of the long hot days and are out and
active at dawn and dusk so have less need to concern themselves with blending into the desert
or for heat. Loose robes or gowns are the usual clothing with bare feet. Again, the women are
slim, shorter than average and rarely stand over 5'5" tall. They too are dark coppery skinned
with black hair and eyes. Color is an important part of a woman's clothing. Bright embroidary,
dyed goat or horse hair belts, jewels and finely worked metal jewelry if the woman is wealthy
within her tribe. Veils or other head coverings when outside the tents or outside the tribe are
commen but it is not tabboo to forsake them. Facial or body tattooing is fashionable for both
men and women and is often a mark of beauty. Designs in embroidary, jewelry, and tattooing
are often intricate and stylized.
The Herds

Weapons & Armour


For the most part, steel is precious and hard to come by for the Narakshi. All men and many
women carry long, curved knives worn tucked in thier belts to be used as both weapon and
daily tool. This is often the only steel a person might own. Slim wooden hunting lances and
bows are most commen hunting implements and only a few of the men can boast to have a
scimitar. Although the Narakshi have traditionally been herders they are not without their
history in warfar. Using gurrilla tactics from horseback they can be exceptionally devastating
fighters and frightening in hand to hand combat with their famous long knives but are
primarily ineffectual against an army. They serve better as scouts, message bearers or raiders.
Therefor tribesmen do not usually have armour of anykind as it's really impractical in the
desert heat. Stealth and speed are instead more important. On a rare occation, ceremonial and
decorative armour might be used, made from boiled leather and painted.

Other Haradrim Tribes


Although they are less well known than the Narakshi, there are numerous other tribes both
along the coast bordering the sea north and south of Umbar and in the deep desert of Far
Harad. Little is known about these tribes as they are many, scattered and mostly small, being
little more than Clans compared to the Narakshi. Those along the coast north of Umbar are
like the Narakshi, pure blooded, sharp featured people with dark brown skin and medium
height. Those south of Umbar tend to me mixed blooded and drifters from that city itself.
Those in Far Harad are rumored to be hugely tall and muscular in comparison, black and bare
skinned, painted and wear garish amounts of gold and other ornament. These distant and
secretive people are loosely termed as being of the 'Black Tribe' and are greatly feared by the
other tribes nearer to Umbar and most certainly respected from Legends of old. They and their
kin are rarely seen in and around Umbar in recent memory. Instead of horses they long ago
tamed the Mumakil of the forests there.

Ranks Within the Tribe


These are the rank structures in the Narakshi tribe in order of highest to lowest down to the
tribesmen and women. For more information on who currently holds these positions, please
type: +umbar rp_roles_tribes
Chieftain: - This is the IC Leader of the tribe and giver of Law. His word is absolute unless
vetoed by a unnaminous vote of the other ranks presant. This position is traditionally held by
a man who has risen to take the Leadership with his tribe's support. This will most likely be
the OOC leader for the tribe as well so see them if you wish to join, etc.
Outrider Leader - This is the position second in rank to the Chieftain and in the Chief's
absence, rules in his place under the same guidlines. This traditional male role sets up and
leads the Outriders who are scouts and protectors for the tribe.
HeadWoman - This is a position held by the most respected woman of the tribe and a critical
advisor to the Chieftain. In the absence of the Chieftain she may order the tribe with the
Outrider Leader. This position is currently being held by a puppet for lack of players.
Shaman - This person, male or female is the tribe's spiritual leader and carries a heavy
influence if he or she has the tribe's support. On very rare occurances this position might even
outrank the Chieftain if concerning a religious matter and has the backing of the tribe. But
absolutely no Shaman may lead the tribe in the Chieftain's place.
Master Herder: - This man (or woman) is the one who oversees the management of the
Herds and the resources produced for the tribe. This person should have contacts with those
who are the craftspeoples and traders of the tribe as most of the resources are used by them or
trade with Umbar for needed goods.
Tribesmen & Tribeswomen: - These are the non-council members of the tribe who have no
outstanding ranks in the ordering of the tribe. They are the Shepherds, Outriders,
Craftspeoples, Traders, children, etc who comprise the peoples of the Narakshi Tribe. They as
a group have a voice in counsil and may influence tribal desicions but individually don't carry
much weight. All new members to the tribe will begin here and are encouraged to seek out
and place in his or her IC background what IC skills or jobs they wish to hold within the tribe.

This is the rank ICly most in the tribe will have and hold unless thier role play and activity are
suitable for a higher rank and that rank is open or can be taken in challenge.

Narakshi Positions Available


There are many types of jobs/positions available within the tribes. The following is a listing of
some -possible- in character jobs you might hold but by all means you are welcome to come
up with others. This is intended only as a guide to give you ideas. Just keep in mind that this
is a small desert tribe, a closely knit family where everyone depends on his/her tribemates for
survival. A Clan. Everything any character does ICly should benefit his or her tribe in some
fashion. There are basically two types of jobs... those one does while in the tribe, for the tribe,
and those types of short term jobs one might take on in Umbar or abroad. You will find
suggestions for each listed here.
Positions within the tribe are earned one of two ways; One may learn a trade early on in life
by apprenticeship or one may climb the social ladder within the tribe and earn jobs of rank.
Sometimes these are two may be intertwined. Listed below are some job ideas one would do
for one's tribe.
Shepherd
Water Witch
Brewer
Animal Healer
Hunter
Lore Masters
Knife Maker

Tanner
Lance Maker
Baker/cook
Falconer
Weavers
Tent Maker
Jewelers

Bow Maker
Herbalist
Healer
Scout/Tracker
Potters
Misc Craftsmen
Tattoist

These are some suggested outside jobs that a character might gain on a temporary or long
term basis along with one or more of the jobs within the tribe. The jobs within the tribe often
do not pay anything but jobs taken outside the tribe are normally for gold or other valuables.
Mercenary
Assasins
Horse Trainer

Guides
Spies/informents
Merchant/Trader

Trackers
Messengers
Animal Healer

Keep in mind that these positions would be obtained through RP in Umbar or abroad with
other players and not within the tribe.

Who is Who - Narakshi Tribe


This is a current listing of the regularly ICly active players within the tribe and what they do
ICly. The list is maintained in order of oldest active with the Narakshi.
Leuthyn - Chieftain and weapons trainer. Breeder of some of the finest Narakshi horses in the
tribe.
Fuxan - Outrider Leader and close confident of the Chieftain. Dabbles in falcons and herblore.

SEAWARD TOWER

....History
The Seaward Tower, once known as Minas Gaerlin, looks down upon Umbar from its place
in the north-western quadrant of the City of Corsairs. Built against the outer wall of the city
itself, this mighty edifice is perched upon the top of a great escarpment rising up from the sea
itself, beneath which the roar of the waves can be heard at all times.
The Tower of Seaward is known for its strong, noble Lords, from Armand Fenmore to
Adrazor of the Eldrakhori. During the rule of the current Lord, the Seaward Tower has grown
a Fleet the like of which has not been seen in Umbar for decades. The Tower has kept isolated
ever since the incidents that followed Lord Khazamr's coup, and few outsiders have seen the
Tower Grounds enclosed by the great walls. A stronghold of Corsairs, the Seaward Tower
continues to prosper in its own way, often scorned and criticised by the rest of Umbar.
But also envied.
Learn more about this Tower's history in the chronicles of the Seaward Wars.
Learn more about some of the important Personas from Seaward's past.
EPISODE I: THE NAZGUL MENACE

Before Khazamr the Corsair became the Lord of Seaward, the Tower was ruled by Lord
Andrah, a young woman whose politics were very friendly towards the rest of Umbar. She
was an exception from the line of rulers such as Lord Daneel, Corsair Lord Adrazor and
Regent Pentalion. She did not rule for long, but even in that short time she earned the respect
of Seaward.
It is not exactly sure what happened to Lord Andrah. At the time of her disappearance, a
Nazgul was seen circling around the parapet of Seaward with a Winged Beast, Then, one
night, when Andrah had gone to wander around the Gardens of Seaward with Fleet Master
Khazamr, she did not return. The nazgul took her away, but why or where was not to be
learned. The Fleet Master could have known, but he would not tell. For a long time, he spoke
nothing and did nothing.
A time of confusion followed. The Tower had only recently risen from a total decay left by the
rude imprisonment of the leading figures of Seaward after the departure of Lord Adrazor.
Now it threatened to come back. People were afraid, started to move away, not willing to
submit under the rule of a puppet of the other Lords of Umbar. The time of change had
come...

....The Tower Lords

Black Khazamr continues to reign on the throne of the Corsair Lord. The Seaward Tower has
grown a fleet of substantial power. The Corsair organisation has changed from a navy-like
fleet into a navy of independent, gold-hungry Corsairs. There is great wealth and prosperity in
today's Seaward, yet the Tower is almost completely isolated from the rest of Umbar by the
Lord's suspicions.
Game note: You can get information on the current Lord by using +tower lord while on ST grounds.

Here we shall share with you the stories of Seaward's rulers...

Khazamr 3017 to present. The current Lord of Seaward originally rose into power through a
coup, but soon proved himself to be a vicious and strong Corsair Lord. Today, he is a feared
legend in the land of Gondor.
Andra'kel an'Selar 3016 to 3017, After serving as Regent for a year and a day, Andrah was
elected Lord of Seaward Tower. The summer after her ascension she suddenly disappeared,
leaving the throne empty once again.
Helluin "Pentalion" Elrakhor 3015 to 3016, former Regent, Adrazor's Steward, his politics
made him extremely unpopular. After news of a disastrous order became public, he was
charged with treason and placed under house arrest in Seaward Tower. During his
imprisonment he was spirited out of the Tower and murdered.
Lucasto ben-Jabar ben-Hassad al-Sayf 3013 to 3015, Last Lord of Seaward Tower, took the
reign name Adrazor. He stepped down, disappearing from the city with his wife, lady Gaelle.
Daneel 3009 to 3012, Once High Priest of the Dark Religion, Lord Daneel took the mantle of
Lord of Seaward until he disappeared into the desert after the Lord of Flame, Namir, along
with his Lieutenant Even. Captain Morrahd was left to govern in his place.
Armand Fenmore 2995 to 3003, Captured by Rohan during the Gondorian occupation of
Umbar, believed killed there by Theoden. Later showed up in the south, proclaiming himself
the new Emperor.
LeVaath before 2995 to 2995, Disappeared silently. Gondor suspected.
Learn more about some of the other important Personas from Seaward's past.

....Black Khazamr
The Lord of Seaward bears many feared names. He is Black Khazamr, the Dread Captain,
Lord of the Corsairs. By many fearless Raids, many killed men and burnt homes, he has
earned himself a feared and respected reputation all across the Seas.
Little is known of the life of the man named Khazamr before his arrival at the City of Umbar.
In his early days, Khazamr was known as a young, loyal and humble Corasir among his
crewmates. The young warrior proved great potential during his early years as he served the
famous Captains Magius and Lucasto. Steadily, the young man climbed up the ranks of
Corsairs in the crew of the mighty Torath.
After the Seaward Tower was left without a Lord by the sudden disappearance of Lady
Andrah, Khazamr the Corsair rose to power by seizing the Tower with force and executing
those who opposed. Only some months later, after getting terribly wounded by the now
deceased Lord of Desert, Suldarthen, his mind bent more and more into the way of bitter and
aggression. From that day, he has born his famous and terrible jet black Iron Mask, never
revealing his face -or, it is rumoured, what remains of it- again.
Lord Khazamr proved his worth as a Corsair Lord sooner than many had expected.
Commencing immediate renovations in the Corsair organisation of the Seaward Tower, the
Lord's near-fanatic waging of naval war against Gondor made Seaward soon strong and rich
again. The Tower Gates were closed from the rest of Umbar by the command of the Lord, and
this policy of isolation was used to promote more vigorous and enthusiastic concentration on
the Lord's primary intention - Corsair warfare.
The Lord of Seaward soon reached a name of fear in the land of Gondor. He became Black
Khazamr, the Dread Captain of Umbar, Lord of the Corsairs. His career is unlike any other in
the near history of Umbar, as he has known to have struck Gondorian merchantmen, warships,
coastal towns and major cities more than fifteen times during his six-year regime.
And the tale of the Corsair Lord is far from its end, for Black Khazamr continues to rule with
his iron fist and determination, bowing little before non-Seawarders but earning their respect
with his deeds of valour and glory.

....Past Lady, Andrah


Andra'kel an'Selar was born around 2996 TA to a Naraskshi horse breeder. She was the third
daughter of seven children, and appeared doomed to follow in her mother's footsteps; to
simply marry and become a mother herself. Discontent with this sort of a future, Andrah took
it upon herself to shape her own destiny. Disguising herself as a boy, Andrah stole a horse and
departed her family's tents forever.
After her arrival in Umbar, Andrah signed on as a cabin boy aboard the Klamath, shortly
bound for Lond Daer. It was on that near-tragic voyage that Andrah made the first of many
friendships, and the most enduring. The Priestess, Naiara, first took Andrah under her wing,

but it was to Lord Lucasto that Andrah swore her devotion and service in the Seaguard, upon
their return to Umbar. Her service under Lucasto, who came to be known as Lord Adrazor,
swiftly resulted in her promotion to Corporal.
Only once did Andrah stray from her oath to Seaward, and that was during the war with
Gondor. The current Regent, Pentalion, forbade Seaward's participation, which she felt was
imperative, and so (now a Lieutenant) she resigned her post and joined the campaign as a
mercenary. Severly injured in the war, she returned with the armies to Umbar, but not to
Seaward Tower.
At the next Council of Lords, Andrah and the Seaward Tower Captain, Khazamr, attended
hoping to be able to speak and plead their case against Pentalion. In a surprising move by
Lord Suldarthen, Andrah was nominated for Tower Lord, and the motion was backed by Lord
Torus. However, this nomination was voted down due to Andrah's youth and lack of
experience, but she was named Regent in Pentalion's place, with the next vote for Seaward's
Tower Lord to be put off for a year and a day. Despite some difficulties, when her
probationary period ended, Andrah was voted in as Lord of Seaward Tower.
The summer after gaining the throne, Andrah's repeated defiance towards the minions of
Sauron led to her downfall. She disappeared one night, allegedly taken back to Mordor by the
Wraith-Lord Indur. What punishments she'll suffer may never be known.
For more about Andrah, visit her page at http://www.midnightgarden.com/andrah/

....The Former Regent


Helluin Elrakhor was born in TA 2951, one of several children, into one of the noble
Numenorean houses of Umbar. He grew up in a military house, hearing the tales of his
ancestors, the "Masters of the Foam" that were the eponymous lords of his line. Apprenticed
from youth to Sea-Captains, he began as a cabin-boy at age thirteen and moved up the ranks
to be Mate of the _Remmirath_ by 2975.
Under Captain Sothud on the three-masted palanrist, Helluin earned a savage reputation
among the men, and a nickname as well: "Pentalion", from the Sindarin "Penna
Thalion"--'downward-slanting-strength', for his habit of swinging brashly onto the decks of
enemy ships from stray lines in his own vessel's rigging.
After several years, he was given command of his own ship, the _Drachaer_, a smaller vessel
but nonetheless glorious, and sought the hand of the Lady Adrabeth, a relative of the House
Hassad, even though she was also Numenorean by birth. Beautiful and terrible in her youth,
Adrabeth nevertheless was pleased by the choice of Pentalion, as he was now most oft called,
as her husband, and before theyear was out she was with child. In her career, the clipper
_Drachaer_ served mostly raiding and rearguard duties, keeping the seas free of pirates other
than those who flew Umbar's colors, and most notably in 3004 captured a Gondorian party on
a "trading mission"--suspected to be spies of Dol Amroth. One Eridanus, anemissary of Dol
Amroth, was brought to Umbar and executed at the Dark Citadel. However, Pentalion was
troubled by this, and began moving away from duties that would require the destruction of the
Amrothians. For he, like all his line, had studied the histories and knew that the Ernili of
Amroth's line were as pure in the Blood as those of Numenor.

Fathering four children, two young men and two women, Pentalion nevertheless spent most of
his time at sea, leaving them to the cares of his wife. At age thirteen, his youngest, in 2997,
signed on with the _Drachaer_, but was lost in a battle--something for which his wife never
forgave. The other son and daughter disparaged the ways of the past and left the confines of
Umbar for the deserts beyond, leaving only his eldest daughter Elenazil to take up position as
the next curator of the family's history and lineage.
In 3008, Pentalion's vessel was destroyed in the Gondorian attack on Umbar, and he was
forced into retirement by the then-lord of Seaward, Daneel. Taking up the bottle rather than
returning to his now-shrewish wife, Pentalion spent several years in the gutters of Umbar,
nurturing his always strong predilection for drink. Finally, with the ascension of Lucasto
Adrazor, the new Lord of Seaward, Pentalion was given a place as Chamberlain and then,
upon Adrazor's own retirement to Caldur, the Regency of the Tower.

....Past Lord, Adrazor


Born Lucasto ben-Jabar ben-Hassad al-Sayf, Adrazor the Young is the younger cousin of
Dubhglas the Infamous and a member of the Corsair House Hassad. His father, Jabar, was not
so fortunate as the current head of the House, Garad; Jabar died a true hero's death in the
Gondorian siege of Umbar some eight years ago, defending his ship from the sailors of Dol
Amroth, who sought to (and eventually did) burn her. A traditionalist, Jabar named his only
son for Castamaite, the grandson of Castamir who slew the Gondorian King in 1634. His
mother Adrabeth of the Eldrakhori, meanwhile, named the boy Adrazor... a name he would
not go by until much later in life.
With such a lineage and namesake to live up to, Lucasto fully bought into House Hassad's
doctrines of honour and duty; to Umbar and his House first and foremost, to the Corsair
tradition which they represent, and to his Lord. A Corsair in the service of Seaward Tower
since he was old enough to sail, he was already an experienced seaman as he approached the
prime years of his life.
Serving as an officer on several smaller ships over the first few years of his Corsair life,
Lucasto was eventually chosen to Captain the Torath, Seaward Tower's leadship, by the
Harbour Master Magius himself. As Magius' hand-picked successor, the youngest lead
Captain in the fleet led his ship upon a series of daring raids. These included the burning of
Edhellond's ancient elven library and a bold dawn attack on Pelargir, and culminated in the
kidnapping of Prince Amrothos of Dol Amroth upon his return from the first Lond Daer
expedition.
Named a Lord of Umbar following the hit-and-run triumph in Pelargir, Lucasto set about
ordering Seaward Tower after his own tastes. With the aid of his friend and fellow Corsair
Daerith the Dreadblade, whom he swiftly promoted to Commander of his new marine force,
the Seaguard, Lucasto built a Tower based on loyalty between Lord and liegemen--rare indeed
in this modern-day Umbar. It was soon following the return from Dol Amroth that he assumed
the name Adrazor, given him by his mother in the Adunaic tongue, and took his place among
the Black Numenorean leaders of Umbar.

...Past Lord, Armand

Armand Fenmore was born in the year 2975 with the name Malenkir (Cut of Gold) to father
Nicanor and mother Yalina. Nicanor, Lord of Farside Tower had ruled for nearly 45 years at
the time of his second sons birth. His older son Talan had been sent out as a mercenary, to
return and take his place as Captain of the Tower. Malenkir was sent to Caldur to study under
a mastersmith and learn the trade of weaponsmithing. Under the tutelage of Master Falin,
Armand learned many arts, but lacked the lessons due his ancestry of the Numenoreans.
Master Falin was unable to provide this and sent for Master Armand, khazad weaponsmith
from Emyn-Engrin (residing in Umbar as the proprietor of Dulimers Forge) to continue his
education and provide lessons in several dwarven techniques.
When Armand was only about 17 years old, Lady Rachael infiltrated Farside Tower, driving
the Fenmore family out and killing Nicanor and Yalina. The few people that knew of
Malenkirs and Talans existence fled the Tower, sending warnings to Master Falin. Malenkir
took the name Armand in his new Masters honor. Talan was never heard from in all the years
away and assumed dead. Malenkir, now Armand moved to the city to take the place of his
dwarven master who left in search of rumors of a dwarven ring.
Establishing himself firmly as the new proprietor of Dulimers and Mastersmith quality, he
grew a reputation for himself, though none knew of his past except that he came from Caldur.
Developing in his mind were plans to kill Lady Rachael and claim the Tower once more for
his family. Unfortunately for Armand, the Lady Rachael proved a most beautiful and
intriguing woman. She eventually asked him to become her own Tower Captain, fighting by
her side and securing Farsides strength. Still seeking revenge and finding a perfect
opportunity, he accepted. However, as the years passed, he truly fell in love with the Lady.
Lord LeVaath of Seaward Tower disappeared in the year 2995, leaving the Tower free for
conquest by any wishing to take charge of its soldiers and lead them. Armand sought and won
his Ladys approval of his desires. He walked into Seaward, killed all that got in his path and
ended with a single officer left who accepted Armands worth as a Lord after his display. The
officer, Enelgar, helped Armand establish the troops as his own, securing the Tower as
Armands. The Tower Council, little surprised by the arrogance displayed by the former
Tower Captain of Lady Rachaels (arrogant in her own right), approved Armand as the new
Lord of Seaward.
Lord Armand ruled the tower for several years following the hostile takeover. Pledging his
love to Lady Rachael, they were engaged, but never wed. Armands brother Talan reappeared
in the city sometime in the years that passed, eventually revealing himself as the High Priest
of the Dark Religion. Armands own dedication to the faith strengthened considerably with
the new discovery. It was this event which unfortunately lead to the end of Armands reign in
Seaward Tower in 3003.
It was a well planned and highly important sacrifice to be performed in front of the Mouth of
Sauron himself. Armand prepared and performed the ceremony well. Success and power were
soon hoped for him. However, it was soon after the ceremony that an invasion of forces
combined of many enemies collaborating to free the victim, too late however. In the battle,
Armand was taken captive as was Lord Lukthil of Black Tower and Armands brother, the
High Priest Talan.
Imprisoned in an Imladris jail awaiting trial, they were fought for and won by the Rohirrim
for crimes against their own lands and people. On the journey moving to Rohan, the Haradrim

attacked and freed Lord Lukthil and Talan, but Armand was unfortunately assumed dead,
beheaded by the King himself. This is where the story of Lord Armand ends for the Haradrim
in Umbar.
The story continues Lord Armand, devout worshipper of the Eye, had sought the power to
save his own life, finding what was his best chance. During the battle, Armand switched
places with another Haradrim, using the confusion to escape himself. The Haradrim still in
custody and assumed to be Armand was beheaded on the spot. Armand made his way to the
south, skipping Umbar completely and working into the ranks of the Empire in the south.
Eventually, Armand worked his way into the position of Advisor of the Emperor. Building his
own loyalties amongst the guards, Armand guided the Emperor to make decisions which in
3013 enraged many of the Empires tribes. Taking advantage of the new anger, Armand killed
the Emperor and claimed the title for himself. So began the tribal wars

....Personas
EPISODE IV: RETURN OF THE CHAMPIONS

This is a list of some important people seen in the past of the Tower of Seaward. They are
mainly those whose deeds still affect us here in Seaward today.
Adrazor - The Lord of Seaward before Lord Andrah. Also known as Captain Lucasto,
Adrazor was one of the greatest Corsairs the world ever knew. A feared man of House Hassad,
a strong ruler, this man was feared by the other Lords of Umbar, and his charm ensured him
the absolute trust of the Seaward personnel. After ruling his own time, he decided to retire to
Caldur with his wife, Gaelle. Despite his resignation, Adrazor is remembered in Seaward as a
Lord of Power and charisma, and his dream still lives on in the new ruler.
Daerith - The Champion of Adrazor. Daerith the Dreadblade served Lord Adrazor as his
Tower Captain. He has recently returned to Umbar, rousing both cheers and anger. Pentalion Regent Pentalion, named by Lord Adrazor upon his departure, leaving the Tower under
Pentalion's regency until Daerith would claim the throne. Daerith disappeared with his Lord,
leaving Pentalion into power. Pentalion almost became a Lord, but was later imprisoned and
accused of treachery because of reluctancy to coordinate the troops with the Lords at war
against Gondor. He was imprisoned along with the Tower Captain Khazamr. Unlike Khazamr,
Pentalion did not survive the imprisonment but was assassinated by a mysterious assassin
named 'Red Hand'.
Andrah - The previous Lord of Seaward. Andrah was but a Tower Lieutenant when she
returned from the war in Gondor. Since Khazamr and Pentalion were both accused of
treachery, she remained the highest officer on duty. Andrah was made the new Regent of
Seaward and later, when she had created amiable relations to the Lords of Umbar, she
declared herself a Lord. Her regime ended suddenly one night, when a Nazgul of Mordor took
her away as a punishment for her crime against the Dark Religion.
Arali - The former Tower Captain of Lord Khazamr. She was made a Tower Captain during
the Gondorian invasion. She served Lord Khazamr with loyalty, but for an unknown reason,

she lately resigned from her post. Arali presently serves as the Tower Lieutenant of the Flame
Tower.

....Seaguard
The Army and Navy
The two military branches have been separated in Seaward again because of an evolution that
occurred during the construction of the new Fleet. The branches are not combined in one
versatile Seaguard anymore.
Similarly, all battles are being divided into two categories: At sea and on land. The general
outline is that if the Corsairs of Seaward will be taken into a land battle, all the land officers
are considered to be higher than their naval equivalent. On the other hand, if the Raiders carry
soldiers for support, or for some other reason the Seaward soldiers are involved in Corsair
activity, the seaside officers become more important.
Generally, if an operation is in such a big scale that a combined sea-land assault or defence is
used, the Lord himself is almost always present to lead the battle. In such cases, though, land
officers are considered to be more important than the naval officers, due to the simple fact that
the targets are located on land.
The Tower of Seaward is a true Corsair Tower. Therefore, the Umbar Constitution is at a
conflict against the Tower's interest in lifting the Fleet Master above the Tower Captain when
it comes to political and legal rights and position, as well as the inheritage of Lordship. While
officially the post of a Tower Captain is still held higher, it is true that within the Seaward
Tower, the Fleet Master is the true second-in-power.
(Click on a position for a more detailed description, and to see who holds it. For simplicity's
sake, all positions are referred to as 'he' though there's no prohibition against a female holding
any of these positions.)
Tower Captain
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Lieutenant
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Seargent
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Corporal
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Seaguard

Fleet Master
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Ship Captains
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First Mates
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Boatswains
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Corsairs

See Corsairs for additional information.


Game note: You can get a list of ST personnel by using +towerwho while on ST grounds.

Tower Captain: (OPEN)


The Captain runs the military structure of the Tower. Per the lead or instruction of the
Tower Lord, the Captain organizes and executes all military actions of the Tower

army. In addition, the Captain serves as the liason between the troops and the Lord.
The Captain acts as the highest level of law enforcement over the Tower forces but
may be overruled by the Tower Lord. All grievances, and anything else that a soldier
or officer thinks the TL should be informed on, are brought to the Captain. The
Captain also functions as the chief judicial officer for military personnel, often serving
as an advisor on all tower affairs.
Lieutenant: (OPEN)
The Lieutenant is the second in command to the Tower Captain, overseeing more of
the day-to-day tasks and training of the Seaguard. The Lieutenant is sometimes in
charge of diplomatic missions (not necessarily being a diplomat in the mission). He
also helps coordinate between the army and the navy.
seargent: (OPEN)
The Seargent is in charge of the weapons and weapons training. It's his (or her)
responsibility to keep a sharp inventory of Seaward's arms. Nothing leaves the
armoury without his knowledge.
Corporal: Ramadil, Corporal of the City Guard of Seaward.
The Corporal's duties include maintaining an up-to-date roster of the Seaguard,
making sure that new recruits are properly oriented- showing them where they, eat,
sleep, and bathe, explaining when they get paid, about leave, etc.
The Seaguard: (See also Corsairs) (OPEN)
The Seaguard, as Seaward's main land force is known, is the body of the military.
They are highly trained men and women, equally skilled in land and sea combat.
Tower Fleet Master: At the moment, there is no Fleet Master of Seaward, but Daerith
Dreadblade is the Marine Commander
The Fleet Master is the highest naval officer in the Tower. He runs the Seaward Navy,
and oversees the disposition of its ships, men and equipment. He has the right to lead
any naval offensive, but can hand off to a Captain (no one below a Captain may lead
an offensive). All hirings, terminations and transfers should be authorised by him,
although he often delegates this to his Ship Captains. The Fleet Master acts as the
highest level of law enforcement over the Tower's naval forces but may be overruled
by the Tower Lord. He also is in charge of all disciplinary actions to be taken.
Ship Captains: Khazamr, of the Raider Torath, Harbour Master Vrael, of the Suleiman
Each Captain has full command of his or her ship, and has final say over all actions
taken aboard it when at sea, unless the Fleet Master or Tower Lord is aboard. At
harbour in Umbar, he is answerable to each of them. He is expected to maintain
discipline and efficiency within his crew. He also oversees new personnel, and either
hires/terminates or presents them to the Fleet Master, at the preference of his superior.

First Mates: Thera, of the Raider Suleiman.


The First Mate is the right hand of his Captain. He often is the one in charge of
dispensing discipline and maintaining order. He is also in charge of keeping crew
morale high, and staving off any possibility of mutiny. He has the right to lead a
boarding action, if the Captain does not request it.
Boatswains: (OPEN)
The Boatswain is in charge of keeping the ship running efficiently, and making sure it
has been provisioned properly. He also oversees the disposition of all booty taken, the
inventorying of it and the safe return of it to harbour.
Corsairs of the Torath: Daerith, Korbel
Corsairs of the Suleiman: Matrim, Thera
Corsairs make up the fighting force of the ship. Even mercantile ships owned by the
Tower have a force of at least half a dozen, to help protect its goods. The warships can
have upwards of fifty men to skirmish and take merchant ships, or fight against
another ship of the line.

....Corsairs
Tthe key to a military triumph over Gondor are the Corsairs. They used to be the true spirit of
Umbar. "Corsairs" is the name the Haradim are known with in Gondor and lands beyond, and
it is unfortunate that the men and women of Seaward are the last of the true Corsairs of
Umbar. With pride they serve, and now that the great Fleet of Seaward has been rebuilt, there
is again hope in the horizon - hope of making all the lands up North to kneel before the power
of the azur blue of Seaward. No dress codes or strict, disciplined trainings are needed to keep
the loyalty of Seaward Corsairs. A Corsair of Seaward is a Corsair at heart, and that means
that he will serve his Tower and Home with all that he can.
There are two kinds of Corsairs; the aligned Corsairs and the unaligned ones. The difference
at sea is little, but on land, the two are easily distinguished.
When a person joins the Navy of Seaward as an aligned Corsair, he will swear loyalty to the
Tower of Seaward and to the Captain of his ship, and after this he will be christened in a
ceremonial drinking party. Being aligned means that the Corsair is one with the Tower of
Seaward; he will follow the Tower's will on land, serve the Tower and its Lord the best he can,
and never betray another Seawarder. In return, the might of Seaward is on his side, offering
protection against the opportunism and anarchy within Umbar... Not to mention the equipment
and money granted to them by the Tower Lord over the time.
The unaligned Corsairs are pirates and sailors hired for single expeditions. Once they join a
crew for an expedition, they oblige themselves to follow the Captain of the ship with utmost
obedience. In return, they are offered an equal status with an aligned Corsair of Seaward. The
pay will be the same, the discipline will be the same, and the workload will be exactly the
same. The contract of an unaligned Corsair is based on trust that lies on one's honour; the

Captains do trust their unaligned Corsairs as if they were true Seawarders, no matter what the
relationship is between the Corsair's Tower and Seaward. The Corsairs of Seaward raid for
their own people and the glory of Seaward and Umbar; any pure-hearted men are free to join
them on their quest for glory and fortune.
See Corsair Pay for details on Corsair salaries.

....Personnel
These are the people who make up Seaward Tower and keep it running. We are always
looking for men and women to fill positions within the Tower. If you're interested in
becoming part of Seaward Tower, please +mail one of the people below. (Click on a position
for a more detailed description, and to see who holds it. For simplicity's sake, most of the
positions are referred to as 'he' though there's no prohibition against a female holding any of
these positions.)
Tower Lord
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Steward
Lord's Advisor
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Mistress/
Lawspeaker - Lorekeeper
Master of Keys
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Scholars &
---------------------------------Students
/
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Gardeners
Household
Head Groom
Pages &
Servants
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Messengers
Stable Hands

See Salaries for details on how to earn your keep.


Game note: You can get a list of ST personnel by using +towerwho while on ST grounds.

....Personnel
These are the people who make up Seaward Tower and keep it running. We are always
looking for men and women to fill positions within the Tower. If you're interested in
becoming part of Seaward Tower, please +mail one of the people below. (Click on a position
for a more detailed description, and to see who holds it. For simplicity's sake, most of the
positions are referred to as 'he' though there's no prohibition against a female holding any of
these positions.)
Tower Lord
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Steward
Lord's Advisor
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Mistress/
Lawspeaker - Lorekeeper
Master of Keys
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Scholars &
---------------------------------Students
/
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\
\------|
Gardeners
Household
Head Groom
Pages &
Servants
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Messengers
Stable Hands

See Salaries for details on how to earn your keep.


Game note: You can get a list of ST personnel by using +towerwho while on ST grounds.

Steward: (OPEN)
The Steward is the Second in Command of all of Seaward, acting as the head of the
Tower when the Lord is away, overseeing political interactions, the running of the
household inside and out, and to a minor degree, the Seaguard. In addition, the
Steward serves as the liason between the non-military personnel and the Lord, and
performs any additional duties the Lord sees fit to assign.
Lord's Advisor: (OPEN)
He is the only member of the Seaward household personnel who does not answer to
the Steward, unless the TL is away. He acts strictly as an advisor and isn't really part of
the chain of command, though the Lorekeeper and any scholars or students within the
Tower fall under the Advisor's jurisdiction.
Mistress/Master of Keys: (OPEN)
This person is responsible for the day to day running of the Tower. The Master of Keys
oversees all of the indoor and outdoor staff, including all servants, pages, gardeners,
and grooms. All grievances, and anything else that a servant thinks the TL should be
informed on, are brought to the MOK.
Lawspeaker: (OPEN)
The highest authority when it comes to laws and cultural customs in politics, policies
and activities. The Lawspeaker is an advisor and informant, and even though answers
to the Lord's Advisor, his particular role is to provide the Lord himself with aid and
interpretation of the complex laws and manners of Umbar.
Lorekeeper: (OPEN)
The chief archivist of the tower, in charge of the history of the Tower, as well as
keeping the genealogies of the Lords. It is the Lorekeeper's duty to be able to identify
by heraldic signs the other houses, and know something of their ancestries as well.

The Lorekeeper only answers to the Lord's Advisor or to the TL. Often, students and
scholars will study under her tutelage.
Scholars & Students: (OPEN)
These are youths of Umbar who have chosen to align themselves with Seaward while
pursuing their studies. They may occasionally be called upon to do services such as
research by the Lorekeeper, Lord's Advisor, or Steward. Or perhaps, even by the Lord.
Head Groom: (OPEN)
He is in charge of the stables, ensuring that the horses are well cared for, groomed,
fed, doctored, and ready to go when needed. The Head Groom answers to the Master
of Keys.
Stable Hands: (OPEN)
These are the people actively caring for the horses, cleaning out the stables, and
feeding the animals. The stable hands answer first to the Head Groom, but also to the
MOK.
Gardeners: (OPEN)
Quite simply, the gardeners maintain the grounds, planting, pruning, sweeping, and
raking year round. These people answer directly to the Master of Keys.
Household Servants: (OPEN)
Everyone from maids to butlers to cooks. These people answer directly to the Master
of Keys.
Pages & Messengers: (OPEN)
These are usually the youngest working members of the Seaward household, charged
with such errands as shopping for the cooks or delivering messages. These servants
equally answer to the Steward and Advisor on down.
Occasionally, there will be people within Seaward who don't quite fit into any of the roles
listed above. They may be guests or relatives of Seaward personnel, and would fall under the
jurisdiction of the Steward. These people are listed below.
Tsu'gul = Ka'ishim Haradrim, Woman of Many Things
Seth = Informant

....Politics
If any of the Towers of Umbar can be named reclusive, then it is Seaward. Great bitterness
has been created in the Lord of Seaward by the former general inacceptance of his position

and some vulgar violations of Umbar Constitution aimed at him. As a result, Seaward can
hardly be called friendly towards any other Tower.
The gates of Seaward are locked from foreigners. Only Seaward personnel are allowed to
enter the Tower Grounds. Any other discovered in the Tower Grounds is to be beheaded
immediately on the block that is even now in the middle of the Seaward's courtyard. No trial,
no mercy. Only with a personal permission from Lord Khazamr himself may a foreigner walk
on the grounds of Seaward.
The Tower members are not punished because of friendships or other relations towards the
other Towers' members, but it is known that their loyalty to the Tower of Seaward naturally
puts them under the suspicions of the rest of Umbar.
The coldness and separation of the Tower is only defensive; Seaward has not committed any
acts in order to attack their own kin. Seaward wants to be left alone, to work on its true
meaning: The war against Gondor. As the name Seaward says, the Tower of Seaward is a
Corsair Tower. While obviously weaker than the rest of the Towers -not to mention the armies
of the Swan-Knights of Gondor- in battles fought on hard land, Seaward Tower rules the Seas
of the world. The flagship Torath, the jewel of the Umbarean Navy, is a sight that is never
forgotten in the lands of the pale-skinned men.
See also Goals.
Seaward Tower - The Tower of Seaward is the last of the Corsair Towers. While other
Towers may possess Corsair Fleets, they do next to nothing in order to maintain the main
cause of their existence: Raiding. We are the last of the Corsairs. We are the true Haradrim
and Umbareans. It is up to us to go on with the battle against Gondor. And we shall one day
triumph, for the great Lords of Seaward have made the Tower strong, dedicated and glorious.
Farside Tower - After being shut for about a year because of the order of Lord Aiendur,
Farside was re-opened by Lord Khazamr of Seaward himself. Even today, many of those who
dwell there have once born the blue-green of Seaward. The Lady of Farside, Arali, was
personally chosen by Lord Khazamr, and, despite several rumours of intense friction between
the Corsair Lord and the Farside Lady, she has at least kept the Tower together with
considerable honour. Farside being the only potential ally of Seaward, Lady Arali is known to
have an exceptional permission from the Lord of Seaward to enter the Tower grounds
unopposed, as long as she brings no armed host of any kind with her.
Black Tower - The Black Tower has always been a Tower of religious fanatics who believe
that they are superior to the rest of Umbar. This attitude, combined with serious violations of
the laws of Umbar against Seaward, has earned Black an untrustworthy reputation in
Seaward. The new Lord of Black, Talan, a politician rather than a Corsair, has not proven
himself worthy of Seaward's comradeship.
Desert Tower - Desert Tower does not earn sympathy from Seaward. They are a
dishonourable Tower spoiled by the now-dead ruler Suldarthen. The new self-proclaimed
Lord, Miragor, previously a Corsair with little reputation, had better not seek to get in touch
with Black Khazamr...

Flame Tower - The Flame Tower is an old rival of Seaward. Its Lord Torus is known for
having mistaken himself for a King of Umbar more than once. Needless to say, this attitude,
combined with complete lack of real deeds for the last few years, make Seaward classify
Flame as yet another pawn in the game of anarchy that goes on outside Seaward.
The House Hassad - The strongest Corsair House and family in Umbar is respected by
Seaward. It is known that heroes such as Adrazor and Dubhglas are Hassadites. Also, a small
unit of their elite warriors now fight in the ranks of Seaward. They are known as the Hassadite
Marines and are lead by Commander Daerith.
The Dark Citadel - The Tower of Seaward consists mostly of Worshippers of the Eye. There
are no official politics between the Tower and the Citadel, but Seawarders are known to use
the Citadel for their worship just like anyone else in Umbar.
Game note: You can get this information by using +tower politics while on ST grounds.

....Goals
Seaward Tower's politics are aimed to the everlasting battle against Gondor. The ultimate
goal throughout history -the downfall of Dol Amroth, and Pelargir, and even Minas Tirith- is
still alive and held in mind in the Tower of Corsairs. The rest of Umbar may fall into a
bickering anarchy of sick and greedy Lords, but Seaward shall go on. The gates are closed.
Seaward has turned her eyes far north.
Now that the Fleet of Seaward has been rebuilt, the glorious Corsairs are back in their activity.
There is only one goal for the Corsair Lord now; to fight against the Gondorians by striking
them where it hurts, and to make Seaward rich again with plunder and loot from the Northern
lands.

....Colours
Seaward Tower has always been acknowledged for its strict discipline in uniforms and
colours. Under the rule of the new ruler of Seaward, Khazamr the Corsair Lord, this situation
has slightly changed.
Nowadays, the guards of Seaward Tower are expected to be dressed in the strictly formal
uniform of Seaward that displays the colours (azure blue) and sigil (a gold tower with blue
waves lapping at the base) at all times that they are on duty. Because of the current political
situation in the City, the guards are expected to be fully concentrated on their duty and this
must show: The uniforms must be clean and absolutely well kept. The armaments of the
Tower Guards are strictly decided: The pikes carried by the gatekeepers and the guards on
duty in the Hall of the West are only formalities, for the true weapons of Seaward are the
scimitar and spear.
The regular members of Seaward, those who work in the civilian jobs, are not obliged to wear
the colours of Seaward, except in any official In-Tower or Inter-Tower happenings or

activities they participate. At those times, the Seaward personnel are expected to be wearing
proper, tidy clothes and an azure blue sash of Seaward.
The Corsairs of Seaward, after the great naval tragedy in the latest Gondorian War, got into a
slight disorder. When this situation was remedied, the informality of dress was not fully
corrected. Nowadays, the Corsairs of Seaward follow pretty much the same rules of dress
code as the civilian Tower Members. However, it is very common that the Corsairs wear the
sash in the presence of any of their superiors that are not a part of their own crew.

HARAD
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Harad: The lands south of the River Harnen. Except that Oliphaunts lived there, nothing
much is said of the land, except for Umbar. Harad was most probably hot, and perhaps had
deserts.
Harad was divided into Near Harad and Far Harad. Politically, it was divided into the many
kingdoms of the Haradrim...
-from The Complete Guide to Middle-Earth, by Robert Foster
Umbar has existed for over 5000 years, making it one of humankind's oldest cities. It was
established in the middle second age by the expansive Numenorean 'King's Men' and became
a haven for many of them--some of which survived there after the downfall of Numenor.
Umbar and Gondor have been at odds throughout the whole third age, both at sea and in the
desert. Umbar proper is a great port and the Corsairs excel at sea-battle and piracy.
Umbar originated as a Numenorean port city, though after the downfall of Numenor the
mixing of bloodlines with 'lesser' men diminished the Black Numenoreans. Umbar was
captured by Gondor in 933 TA and held for almost 500 years until the kin-strife of Gondor in
1432. The Gondorian rebel Castamir fled Gondor with much of its fleet and reestablished the
Corsair state. This held until 1810, when Gondor again took Umbar. This victory by the
Gondorians was short-lived as the Haradrim rallied and took Umbar at the turn of the
millenia. Since then, Umbar has been a Haradrim city, though much of the history, politics,
and tradition of the past has been maintained. Some few Umbarians can still trace their
Numenorean bloodline, and these few often take the role as leaders.

The Towers of Umbar


Umbar is ruled by its Tower Lords. Once numbering six - one for each of the Towers ringing
the Inner City, the Towers have begun to fall, their Lords disappearing or descending into
madness.
Below you will find information about each Tower: its Lord, its people, its politics, and its
histories.

Black Tower
Tower Lord: Shethu-kal
Lady: None yet
Captains: Taryn and Bendati
Fleet Master: None, Black has no Fleet
Ship Captains: None, Black has no Fleet
Tower Color(s): Black

Current Religious Alignment:


The Dark Lord
Sources of Revenue:
The vast herds to the south of Umbar in and around Black's Fiefdom
Fiefdom:
Tolkar along the southern caravan route, just north of the Sea of Dust
Flame Tower
Lady: Naiara
Captain: OPEN
Fleet Master: OPEN
Ship Captains: Hanno
Tower Color(s): Red
Current Religious Alignment: The Heroes
Sources of Revenue:
Fiefdom:
The Harbour Tower currently stands empty, a ruin.
A mere shell of its former glory.
Seaward Tower
Tower Lord: Khazamr
Lady: None
Captain: OPEN
Fleet Master: OPEN
Ship Captains: OPEN
Tower Color(s): Azur Blue
Current Religious Alignment:
The Dark Lord
Sources of Revenue:
Fiefdom: