The City of Ubar came to be through trickery and vengeance. King Shaddad ibn’Ad promised to release an ifrit from her service to his family if she would first build him the city of his dreams. She listened carefully as he spelled out every detail right down to the exact location of the city.
“Right where I’m standing?” she asked.
He agreed, not realizing his mistake. A Jinn always stands partly in another world. She built his magnificent city in only nine days and it was everything he’d hoped for. Ubar quickly became wealthy due to its location on the trade route and the ability to produce frankincense. Unfortunately, in a year’s time, the city vanished, slipping into a world of deep magic and shifting sands.
The City of Ubar appears and disappears by mysterious rules. Jinn walk the streets and make their own profits now. The King has been replaced by a shape-shifter and the citizens are harshly used or disregarded.