Long ago, before the rise of Nerath, or even Arkhosia, the great dynastic empire of Maru-Qet thrived. Here, in this lush and fertile region, humanoids lived in eternal subservience to their draconic overseers, a dynasty of brown dragons. For thousands of years, the empire grew, and none could stand against it.
None, that is, until the last pharaoh, the great brown dragon Nefermandias, declared war on a neighboring clan of dragons. As a result of that disastrous war, Maru-Qet is nothing now but a hot and windswept desert blasted and ruined. Only a few struggling city-states and a handful of nomadic tribes prove that anyone once dwelt here. (For more on Maru-Qet and Nefermandias, see Draconomicon 240.)