Western Shem is a fertile meadowland with cities and city-states in the hills. The land becomes more and more arid as one travels the caravan routes eastward; but busy trade-centers continue to abound. There is constant warfare between the meadow cities and those of the desert.
Anciently the lands of Shem were part of the Old Stygian Empire. Nomadic savages of the eastern borders of Shem-Stygia, called the Sons of Shem, slowly attained a higher level of culture through contact with the Stygians.
|The Geography of Hyboria|
|North||Vanaheim - Asgard - Hyperborea - Cimmeria - Border Kingdom - Brythunia|
|South||Black Kingdoms - Zembabwei - Vendhya - Kosala - Kush - Darfar - Keshan|
|Punt - Stygia - Iranistan|
|East||Kambuja - Khitai - Uttara Kuru - Meru - Kusan - Hyrkania|
|West||Zingara - Pictish Wilderness - Argos - Aquilonia - Ophir - Nemedia - Shem|
|Koth - Khoraja - Corinthia - Khauran - Zamora - Turan|