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Koth is one of the oldest kingdoms in the West, pre-dating the Hyborian invasion. Despite her landlocked status, Koth is among the greatest commercial nations of the age, dominating many of the overland trade routes.

The land of Koth includes farmland in the west and mountainous pastures to the east. Between the Kothian Highlands and pastoral lands of Shem are a series of barren hills. The Flaming Mountains, an impenetrable volcanic range, lie within these hills. Shamla Pass in the east is an important route between the extensive Kothian Hills and Escarpment, though a second pass is rumored to exist near the city of Eruk in Shem.

The capital of Koth is Khorshemish, a walled city of spires, temples, markets, fountains, and broad white streets. It's known as "The Queen of the South" by merchants.

The Kothians are a mixed people of Hyborian and old Stygian blood. They're of medium height and build with dark hair. They are generally more proud and short-tempered than other Hyborians.

Kothian law is like that of most other Hyborian lands. There is a system of justices and courts and a fair number of professional lawyers, particularly in Khorshemish. The primary distinction is the tax laws, which by the time of Black Colossus, have increased taxes almost to the point of causing armed insurrection.

The current King of Koth, Strabonus, is notable for several reasons. He has repeatedly broken treaties with Ophir, Shem, Corinthia, and Nemedia; he has invaded Argos twice, and Shem and Ophir once each. Most serious, however, is his association with the sorcerer Tsotha-lanti. This secretive being inhabits the Scarlet Citadel, which adjoins Strabonus' palace in Khorshemish. Tsotha-lanthi's citadel contains horrors which those few who have entered and returned only hint at.

Kothians worship the gods of Shem. This worship, however, is still tainted with the beliefs of the ancient kingdom of Acheron, giving Kothian religion a Stygian cast. Mitra is not popular in Koth.

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