West Africa 1912
The Tukulor Empire has been defeated these past 12 years. The French
Sudan is relatively quiet, and now that Morocco has been virtually pacified,
the Shadow's attentions have turned south through the desert and into the
Sahel region of the Sudan and the new colonial administration there.
The Red Shadow has just ridden with a patrol across the Sahara and entered
Segu with a troop of Chasseurs d'Afrique whom the locals call "The Pretty
Having arrived in Segu on the river Niger, the old capital of the now
defeated Tukulor Empire, the Shadow has heard rumors from the Bambara natives
of the emergence of the Tukulor Ghosts.
The French have spread inexorably eastwards from their colony in Senegal
and have linked the Senegal river to the Niger by rail. They control the
region along the Niger, patrolling by steam launch and dominate the territory
as far as Lake Chad.
There has been little trouble since the defeat of Ahmadu, Sultan of
the Tukulor,at the turn of the century.