Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
For centuries, Cherak ruled a colonial empire encompassing the northern Blessed Isle, numerous western islands and much of coastal An-Teng. Cheraki merchants profited handsomely trading in Western spices and Haltan slaves. But that empire has long since disintegrated, leaving Cherak a shadow of its old self. Now old and sedate, the nation retains a good standard of living and some small measure of international prestige.
Cherak’s alliance with Meruvia has lasted over two centuries, providing a mainland bridgehead in exchange for protection against UES aggression. But the disintegration of the old Eastern power structure has given the Cheraki government cause to rethink its old arrangements. Alliances with Calin
and the richer Northern states could establish a new power bloc—a prospect that’s spurred foreign espionage assets into a frenzy of investigative activity.
Foreigners know Cherak best for its liberal attitudes toward drugs, gambling and prostitution. Such activities are especially prevalent in Margard, a semi-autonomous commune within the capital where the city government has largely turned over policing to the enclave’s residents.