Ophir was the wealthiest of the Hyborian kingdoms. It did not have the population or the agricultural base of Aquilonia or Nemedia, but it had something else of great value—gold mines. Ophir was mostly rolling plains, with forested regions throughout. In the east, Ophir’s land turned mountainous, merging into the rocky Nemedian-Corinthian border at its eastern end. Ophir was slightly rainy, with western storms pouring along the western edge of the mountains. There was little snow, except on the highest peaks, but the winters could become bitterly cold, with sudden drops below freezing.
Ophir abounded in veins of gold, silver and a large number of gem-bearing ores. Some of the finest jewelers in the West resided in Ophir, where their raw materials were in the most abundance. As a sign of this skill, the knights of Ophir all possessed gilded armor—a most conspicuous extravagance. Ophir had a Hyborian culture, very similar to that of Aquilonia. The most striking difference was the presence of great wealth among the populace. As noted, every member of Ophir’s military wore gilded armor, and almost every bourgeois person (which itself was extraordinary since few Hyborian Age cultures were wealthy enough to have a middle class) possessed a sizable quantity of gold, jewelry and gemstones. This wealth, and the associated high standard of living in Ophir, had given the Ophireans a reputation for generosity unsurpassed among the Hyborian nations. It is said that no one went hungry in Ophir, and that no one slept in the cold. Though this was a slight exaggeration, it was true that the Ophireans were free with their belongings, and their “charitable contributions” to other nations were unsurpassed. These riches also paid for a large army powerful enough to protect Ophir from its larger neighbors, such as Koth, Aquilonia and Nemedia.
The Ophireans were devout Mitra worshipers, although this belief was tempered with more religious tolerance than was seen in Aquilonia. The nature worship of the druids had a following here as well, but it was limited to the more remote villages and towns.
Names: Ophir’s culture is halfway between that of Shem and the Hyborian culture and the names reflect this; most are Latin but some Middle Eastern style names are included. Examples: (male) Amalrus, Chelkus, Fronto, Theteles; (female) Livia, Olivia, Tina.