This evil place first appeared in 1051, when it was revealed by a gigantic earthquake that knocked horses over all across Pent. The denizens of Senbar terrorized the herds of Pent until they were finally defeated as a result of the Great Contest. The place is still haunted by demons and avoided by the Pentans. (Guide to Glorantha)
It is also described as 'rising from the stone rubble'.
While there is a temptation to go down the path of living demonic walls, this appears to imply that it was actually built on the stone ruins of something older.
The denizens themselves are described as Huan To, ghouls, and 'other demons'.
There are insufficient to appear as a separate category in the Pentan population table, and it is implied that their power is now severely constrained, but as a marked permanent settlement one can assume a population in excess of 1,000. The Ten Arrows still avoid the Haunted Lands, so their ability to harm major Pentan tribal coalitions must be accepted.
|Humanoid Senbarites at leisure|
Since the Huan To elsewhere exhibit a similarity to the Kralorelans, perhaps we may posit large herds of slave sentients in mimicry of cattle and pig herds.
What other demons would one expect to find here? Since the Huan To are described as originating from the Vithelan Underworld, perhaps others of that brood, such as Andins?
There is also the fact that it would appear to be the Pentans defining them as demons, so perhaps those of the Pentan pantheons might also be present in some numbers.
Therefore, I think one might reasonably populate Senbar as follows.
|Preparation for a ghoul-feeding|
Huan To 300
Other Vithelan 50
Argoomi Diokos riders 100
Badaski weaponsmiths 10
Bound Tilnta Brood-mares 40
Enlo herd-slaves 1000
Dark Troll Brood-mares 10
Human herd-slaves 200
Various demonics 100
Various draconics 100
Chaotic elementals 100
Chaos ghosts 500
Passion spirits 100
Animated skeletons 500
The magics available in the city's defence would be immensely varied and unpredictable, much to the inhabitants' advantage.
|That which awaits|
The nature of the city itself might be quite dramatically varied also, with a stone basal ring, but then with towers and walls based on the whims and abilities of each quarter's inhabitants. In some parts, demonic organics may yet hold sway. Given the proximity of Hell and the abilities of many of the inhabitants, the old 'non-Euclidean' description could fit very well. The powers invoked during a Great Contest might have been required to make any headway against them at all.
|One survivor's memories of what he saw as part of the ritual at the Great Contest|