Tajahnaman dies and his son, Churadu, assumes power. In an effort to seal his rule, Churadu establishes the Priesthood of the Dragon, converting the previous loose-knit dragon worshipers into a cohesive religious order, declaring himself to be the direct representative of the Dragon Father and the religion's High Priest. Backed by the Dragon Throne, and protected by an elite force of the Emperor's soldiers, the Priesthood is placed in charge of the distribution of darakal. Those not authorized by the Priesthood or who are not gifted directly by the throne, and who are found in possession of darakal, or of cultivating the herb without authority, face execution. In spite of those efforts, a black market that trades in the herb comes into existence, and efforts of the Throne to stamp it out meet with only limited success.
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