Legacy of Fire
There is only one law in Katapesh: Do as you will, but do not interfere with trade. Business is Katapesh’s lifeblood, as it has been for centuries.
Bards say Absalom boasts the finest markets in the world, but those markets pale in comparison with the weird bazaars of Katapesh. The city’s busy markets sell all manner of goods, ranging from the mundane, prosaic, and familiar to the illicit, dangerous, and outright bizarre. Buyers from all over Golarion come to Katapesh’s great bazaars, which attract traders from as far away as Vudra, Tian Xia, and even other worlds. On any given street, one might meet a Katapeshi gnoll slaver, a dwarven jeweler from Druma, an oni from Minkai, or an erinyes assassin from Hell.
Katapesh’s lax trade policies allow it to offer delights and wares unavailable anywhere else on Golarion, including its most iniquitous export: pesh, a powerful narcotic distilled from the spoiled milk of a rare cactus found in the country’s southern desert. Addicts from across the world f lock to the lurid pesh parlors of the capital to wallow in their degenerate indulgences. Even life is for sale here—Katapesh is a cornerstone of the lucrative Inner Sea slave trade. Its bustling slave markets host a bewildering variety of chattel from all corners of Golarion: tattooed Varisian ecdysiasts, elven rhapsodists from Kyonin, Qadiran geniebinders, Tian acrobats, fierce Arcadian barbarians, janni mercenaries, and even intelligent apes from the jungles of the Mwangi Expanse. Trade in Katapesh generally avoids the nation’s interior, moving in a circle around the borders along the cities and towns found there.