The small port nation of Sommel is both wealthy and vulnerable in the dangerous world of Dirio. Too small to muster the forces required to protect it, Sommel instead uses trade and diplomacy. Defended by Shynam, who require many of the resources supplied by the wealthy land and who have a treaty that protects Sommel from invasion, Sommel does great business due to its great natural resources and impressive trade routes. Sommel alone trades with both the Elves and Dwarves, and are even rumoured to trade with dragons. Their army is mainly a navy to protect their merchant ships and a small contingency of cavalry known as Bithintae that defend caravans. The official churches of the land are Gwengora and Diodassar. The kingdom is run by a merchant’s council and a royal family. In terms of personal freedoms the merchants council works very hard to protect its interests from the intrusion of the state, despite the fact they represent a significant power centre of that state.