Reign of Pharaohs
The city of Wati sits on a sandstone shelf at the confluence of the Asp and Crook rivers, important river systems in Osirion, which help to provide the city with much trade, thriving marketplaces, and rich farmland. However, Wati is forever known for its dead rather than for its living. Behind sanctified walls, an entire quarter of the city, known as the necropolis, represents a massive, urban tomb, serving as eternal resting places for those lost to madness and disease. To manage such an immense project, the city’s entire economy shifted to the industry of internment – many of Wati’s citizens continue to serve the city’s funeral industry as embalmers, undertakers, clerics of Pharasma, or indirectly as trades people who craft the myriad grave goods all Osirians hope to carry with them to the afterlife. Death has become the city’s lifeblood, and Wati prospers from its morbid specialty.
The Cult of Lamashtu unleashed a terrible disease called the Plague of Madness on the city many moons ago. More than 60% of the city’s population perished, and Wati was virtually abandoned for over 450 years. The church of Pharasma eventually returned to the city and established a new temple in the city’s ruins called the Grand Mausoleum. Walling off much of the original city, they transformed the abandoned settlement in an enormous necropolis, consecrating it in honour the city’s dead. Over the next 1,700 years, people returned to rebuild a new city adjacent to the old, and today the city is thriving again. This is, In large part, due to the formal opening of Osirion’s borders to “adventurers” by Pharaoh Khemet III, the Ruby Prince.