Modern Exalted: Bring back the Light
This militaristic Southern state was beaten badly in its last major war half a century ago. The harbor district of its capital, Chiaroscuro, was leveled by a nuclear strike, fusing the beach sands into mildly radioactive glass. Reconstruction put power in the hands of corporations and criminal syndicates. Delzahn picks its battles more carefully now, but border disputes with neighboring Varangia remain volatile. The capital city of Chiaroscuro has always been a nexus of Southern trade. The nation’s oil reserves have fueled its post-war renewal. So has aid from the city’s spiritual patron, the enigmatic Grandmother Bright.
While Delzahn is ostensibly a republic run by an elected legislature and a premier, the hereditary Tri-khan actually holds the reins. The current ruler, Yejouj, has warded off Varangian expansionism and avoided civil unrest between the country’s three main ethnic groups, all while expanding trade and starting the country toward modernization. But he grows old, and his eldest son Semanos lacks his presence and guile.