The Summer Empire
Location: Lower reach
Characteristics: Khazak was founded by People of the Earth who fled to the depths to escape the rulership of the Nobility and remained underground for generations, occasionally joined by members of other races. Most Nobles thought it was too much trouble to root them out, and they were left mostly unmolested until they surged out of their tunnels during the Dawn War and proved the Nobility’s policy was misguided.
The Khazad are famous both for their ore exports and their fatalistic disposition. They have fought two wars since the Dawn War, and both times they retreated to their tunnels until the enemy essentially gave up and went home. In addition, Khazak is one of the few nations in the Summer Empire that is majority non-adni, being almost 50% guya and a further 30% kurai. This colors their relations with other nations, though their ore is valuable enough that no one complains too much. At least, not to their faces.