The Midnight Mirror
|Rulers:||The Umbral Court|
Ruled by divine decree enforced with lethal powers of darkness and horror, Nidal is almost perfectly controlled by the Umbral Court—but “almost” is never enough. Eternally fearful of losing its mandate from the Midnight Lord, the court tightens its grip even more firmly around the blasphemers who sing praises to Desna, who trade in diabolical secrets, or who would dare usurp the supremacy of Zon-Kuthon.
When Earthfall cast Golarion into a thousand years of darkness, the warrior clans of ancient Nidal cried out for the protection of their long—forgotten gods. their pleas instead reached the ears of a malignant entity from a distant corner of the Great Beyond who uniquely appreciated their predicament and delighted in their fear of the dark. the immortal being-a powerful being from the Plane of Shadow known as Zon-Kuthon—offered the terrified humans succor from the darkness in exchange for unquestioned obedience for eternity.
Facing extinction with the blotting out of the sun, the proud warrior-lords of Nidal relented, ensuring the nation’s eternal survival while enshackling its freedom. thus did the rulers of Nidal become shadowbound to the Midnight Lord, and eternal bondage revealed by the dull black eyes of Nidal’s Umbral Court.