Morocco. Marrakech, specifically. The group are all slaves owned by Faisal ibn Ayyud al Qurtuba, a wealthy merchant whose family were displaced from Cordoba during the Reconquista.
As our story begins, the group are assisting Faisal’s son, Mutahhir, in the transportation of a shipment of slaves from the markets of Marrakech to Timbuktu, where they can acquire valuable Saharan salt and rare items from the near East. In addition to Mutahhir, there are a handful of other house slaves and pack animals to do a large part of the carrying; the group is to provide the muscle for this operation as they have all proven themselves useful in that capacity in the past.