Ninsum is the busy trading city jewel of the deep desert. Nestled at the base of a desert mesa (Named Dakar) famous for quality gems and the lush oasis head of the Niobe river. The city has a thriving trade market where any sort of rare exotic can be found, and even the most obscure services rendered to the right person with the right coin. Surrounded by the unforgiving Shilish desert the city has in its 2000 years of trading never once been attacked by an army, though several political coups and revolutions have occurred. The desert surrounding the city has long been filled with ancient ruins and bleached bones of lost civilization. There are also some small settlements that have risen up around the city proper over its ages, often time these villages are victims of raiders looking for more money to spend in the city. Across the Desert to the West the Vinticus Maximus, a massive paved road lain down by an ancient ruler of a powerful empire, leads into the western territories. To the south the Niobe river leads to the sea, and the Metropolis Gilded Arcanus. And to the East of Ninsum lies the Mithril Road, the trade rout from the Eastern kingdoms of the Humans and Dwarves.
The current ruler of Ninsum is a man known as Griswol Hannshur. The city is governed by a council with a ruler heading the council. The actual seats of the council are inherited seats and stay in a family line until the seat is given to someone out of the family.