|Group Name||Shard Sultanate|
|Residence||Underground Cave City|
The Sultanate is ruled and dominated by lyonesses, opposite of the world above which is usually dominated and led by males. The females of the Sultanate are very misandric and despise males, likely in response to that. They also work to keep their pelts dark, and only come out of their subterranean homes when night has fallen. They are a rarely seen people by those who dwell on the surface.
Shard lyons monitor their surface kin and, when they deem it necessary, kill Monarchs or even entire prides.
The Lyons here use scarring ritually, but unlike the Pale Ones, only criminals and troublemakers have scars. Lyons in fair or high standing do not.
Instead of calling themselves Queens or Empresses, the lyonesses leading the Sultanate are called Sultanas. It is unknown of the terms princess or prince exist in this society.
Males are hated and held in contempt within the Sultanate, generally relegated to the absolute bottom of the pecking order. They are useful as breeders, however the lyonesses aren't unaware of how life on the surface is usually centered around males. Though most are breeders or guards, some Shard males are sent above ground and used as spies and agents, including assassins, to survey and attack those dwelling on the surface. The credit for their hard work generally goes to their mother or whoever has taken charge of them.
Male Shard lyons are not allowed to call their mothers "mother", only by their names and/or whatever title they may have.
There are no known significant events at this time, however the Shard lyonesses seem to be a extinct kingdom by the time of The Forges of Dawn.