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Raseir is the second city under the sultanate of Shapeir serving as the sister to Shapeir (the capital). In some cases, it may also refer to the land of Raseir, the birthplace of the Katta[1]. The city is located alongside a major trade route, and receives a great deal of commerce comes from imports and exports. It is apparently located in the Middle East. Raseir lies east of Silmaria.[2]

History Edit

Raseir and its sister city Shapeir were constructed around prominent Katta settlements within the area. The lifeblood of the cities are the magical, neverending refreshing springs of water which provide the cities with sustenance and shelter in an otherwise dead land. The cities of Shapeir and Raseir were constructed as "mirror cities" of one another, with near-identical layouts. The Emir's palace in Raseir was designed to mirror the Sultan's in Shapeir, and vice versa.

The Katta Edit

Of the two cities, Raseir was constructed in particularly close proximity to the Katta societies in the Shapeir Desert. No such settlements are seen in Quest for Glory II: Trial by Fire, implying that most of the Katta migrated to Raseir. Indeed, many such Katta consider Raseir to be their native province, and it is also probably has the greatest concentration of Katta in any place on Gloriana. The humans grew fond of the Katta for their expertise in crafting, and many of them serve as humble, but sincere merchants and artisans living in harmony with the humans.

Tyrannical Rule Edit

Raseirmap

At some point prior to the second game, the Emir Arus al-Din, who normally answered to the will of ruling Sultan Harun al-Rashid, was deposed of by his treacherous Vizier, Ad Avis. He was transformed into a Saurus and removed from the city - whilst his passive brother was placed on the throne to serve as a figurehead. Ad Avis made his close accomplice, Khaveen, the new captain of the city guard - a cold and ruthless military commander, Khaveen enforced a police state of sorts over all peoples of Raseir.

Khaveen's greatest known act of cruelty was when he banished all the Katta from his city, harboring a deep hatred for their kind. Whilst some fled to other nearby areas such as Fricana, most of them sough refuge in Shapeir where the Sultan had offered them peace and sanctuary with open arms. The quality of life in Raseir declined as the magical well-spring that kept the city alive stopped flowing, placing its citizens at the mercy of Khaveen's state-regulated water distributions.

Many other harsh regulations were made as well - for example, citizens required visas in order to leave or enter the city, and all women were forced to remain isolated in harems (probably at Ad Avis' suggestion). Raseir became a breeding ground for thugs and resistance movements, effectively falling into a civil war. Efforts were made by Harun al-Rashid to restore contacts with Raseir, but they were halted by Ad Avis' magical tamperings.

Restoration Edit

Eventually, a Hero was summoned to answer the call of the Sultanate by the two Katta Shameen and Shema. When he arrived in Raseir, he was intercepted in an alleyway by Ad Avis and hypnotized into thinking he was his friend and had to help acquire the Statue of Iblis from the Forbidden City of Suleiman in order to stop the new Emir. The Hero did just this, only learn that he was being manipulated by Ad Avis, and the Vizier was now preparing to summon the Marid Iblis in order to conquer all of Gloriana.

With the aid of a Djinn known as He Who Waits Behind, the Hero successfully defeated Ad Avis and Khaveen and restored peace to Raseir by replenishing its magic fountain. The Emir Arus al-Din was restored to his position of power, and the city prospered again. It is said that by Quest For Glory V: Dragon Fire that his neice, Zayishah, has become the new Emir of the city.

Locations Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Marrak:"...a Katta from the land of Raseir, a desert birthplace of my people.", "Several years ago, my people were driven from our homeland and scattered with the winds by a most evil man who usurped the throne of Rasier from its rightful Emir. I have heard word that my homeland has been freed by a Hero, and the land is now ruled by a wise and gracious women."
  2. Marrak: "We Katta are desert people from the lands to the East."

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