Antiok stands as a beacon of rationality and critical thought among The Twelve. The state started after a group of rationalists broke away from the Emerald Republic in 82AE following the First Exodus from the Homelands. In recent years, the academy has yielded a large number of wizards, bards and clerics, the best of whom are cherry picked to serve the Empire as Satraps, Viziers and Mayors.
In Terms of Religion the citizen body mostly worships Arhamin, the Almighty, the god of balance. Despite this, there are still those who worship the Tetrarch of the Emerald Republic, as is common across the Twelve. Despite this, Antiok remains in the Empires good graces, largely because they produce so many talented individuals.
There is, however, a dark side to the city. While Antiok is famed for it’s academy and rationalism, Antiok also hosts Riverside Sanitarium. Where once it was a beacon of hope and healing for the mentally ill, Riverside has now become a immensely corrupt institution, ready to fall under it’s own weight. Rumors abound of corrupt guards who abuse and steal from the patients, and it is not uncommon for people to end “institutionalized” for some perceived misdemeanour.