Eberron - Dreams of Xen'drik
Sheik Nezami-ye Ganjavi
Sheik Nezami-ye Ganjavi rules the desert city of Al Shiraz in the Menechtarun Desert of eastern Xen’drik. The sheik rules with a fair but distant hand, preferring to allow people to settle their own difficulties and interfering in the life of Al Shiraz’s citizens as little as possible. However, when needed he is a fair and wise ruler, although those who have had dealings with him have noted that he will often resolve a conflict or conundrum in a way that serves him the most. It is clear to those that have spent much time around him that Sheik Ganjavi maintains Al Shiraz for his own purposes, and has little interest in the minor affairs of the world around him.
What does interest the sheik, in a word, is hedonism. He indulges in the finest things that life has to offer, including food, drink, music, art, and female companionship. The sheik’s harem is very large, and the women are chosen by the sheik for their beauty, grace, and artistic talent. They are not prisoners by any means, but most of the women chose to stay because life in the sheik’s court is vastly preferable to life in the desert.