The Hands that Move the World
“The colonists in the mostly lawless jungles of Q’barra trade much more than the region’s famed dragonshards, though little of this other business is quite as legal. Then again, some, like the dragonborn, might object to trading the shards just as well.”
– from Essays on Q’barra, by Jeffin d’Sivis
Though only recently settled by outside Khorvairians, the jungles, swamps and highlands of Q’barra (pronounced kuh-BAR-ruh) have long been populated by the various indigenous species. Two separate outsider colonies exist, dealing mostly in abundant dragonshards and crime, while disparate clans of dragonborn rule nearly everything else.
Q’barra in Detail
Two major territories exist in colonial Q’barra. The first, New Galifar, is the older of the two, originating with the first colonists who arrived fleeing the Last War in 928 YK. These settlements are larger and better defended than those of the other territory, Hope, which includes mostly newer and rougher towns around the Endworld Mountains. Both are home to refugees and retired or deserted soldiers from all sides of Khorvaire, as well as some criminals seeking a lawless region to do business. This combination makes for a diverse group of settlers, but they do share one trait: a distaste for the Five Nations.
The Treaty of Thronehold, signed in 996 YK, recognized Q’barra (among others) as a sovereign nation, though it is difficult to say who — if anybody — truly rules it. King Sebastes ir’Kesslan is the ruler of the New Galifar territory, though Hope does not recognize him as a ruler except in the loosest sense, and the natives, which include the lizardfolk, the kobolds, the troglodytes, the dragonborn, and some others, don’t acknowledge his rulership at all.
Culture & Society
The dragonborn in particular see Q’barra as their own, though they have no centralized government. Long before human history was even recorded, the dragonborn had a civilization of their own here, and many ruins still stand in the jungles and swamps as testament to their old empire. Now, though, the proud dragonborn are reduced to a number of scattered clans throughout Q’barra, each clan given a clanhold to be ruled autonomously by an elder. These clans once warred with the Khorvairian settlers, but things have since calmed down.
Q’barra is rich with Eberron dragonshards, which are its most valuable export. This particular item has driven trade with other groups that might not otherwise be inclined toward it, sch as the nation of Riedra on the continent of Sarlona. King Sebastes also seeks to form treaties with the Lhazaar Principalities and the Valenar elves, both of which are known for making raids on Q’barran borders.