Irsham is the capital and largest city in Lysia. It is in southwestern Lysia, at the opening of the Maras Delta. Irsham was founded in 41 AF after the conclusion of the Holy War. Lyss the Great took it as his seat, and it has been the base of power for the al-Khyr sultans ever since. It serves as the economic and political base of western Lysia, with a huge native and immigrant population, nearly all the country's government, and with riparian access to most of the cities of the Maras Watershed. It is the beginning point of the Sand Road and the end of the Maras River (before it opens to the Maras Delta). It is very well fortified, and has only been taken once, by General Aerven Dyral and the 3rd Expeditionary Force in 406 AF.