Babduat is the modern name used for this ancient city. The original name derives from the pyramid of an ancient tribal leader who founded this city – the pyramid Coptic Ali Babaan Dua, (the good place of Ali Baba the Second). During the Middle Kingdom, the city was known as Athnan Rabt Al’Aradi, or “That Which Binds Two Lands”. In fact, its location lies on the one and only trade route between the Mirian Basin and the Easterlands (Kaelinde, to Mureti and beyond).
Early on, Babduat was more likely a fortress from which AliBaba was first declared pharoah by the primitive priesthood at the time. It controlled the land routes between Upper Kaelinde and the Delta. However, by the Third Dynasty, the Pharoah (and therefore capital) moved to the much more fertile and luxurious city of Saqqara. It has been through 4 dynastic cycles and remains there today.
Tradition tells us that Alibaba founded the city by creating dikes and utilizing a strange hybridized creature to create watertight “sandtraps”. It was with almost a generation of work that he created the anomalous Desert Lake that provides much of the water for Kaelinde outside of the river basin. This lake flourishes today fed by a deep underground spring and offers clear, sweet water to those who pay homage to Pharoah.
Where Ket is the religious center of Kaelinde and Saqqara the political center, Babduat is without a doubt the trade center of this region. In fact, trade so dominates the city that many refer to it colloquially as Commerce-City or as Bartertown (by commoners) – where literally anything can be bought and sold. Babduat is a cosmopolitan community and is bustling at all hours of the day and night.
Babduat is huge, with a population dwarfing even Elwynn of the Mirian basin. Over a hundred thousand people live, work, and toil in this city – and this doesnt even take into account the tens of thousands of slaves. This population tradition is evident judging from the size of its necropolises which extend for some 19 miles along the road of the dead leading into the wastes.
Babduat has very little exports aside from secondary goods (artwork, crafts, etc). It produces no raw material for trade besides water and glass.