- Player: Hello. Who are you?
- Ektheme: Hi there, I'm Ektheme, an expert on the Xerician era.
- Player: Who was Xeric?
- Ektheme: Xeric ruled Great Kourend for at least ten decades.
- Player: At least? Do you not know how long he was in power for?
- Ektheme: We do have records of course. However, while Xeric was indeed ruler of the city from the thirty-seventh to the forty-seventh decades, we also have evidence to suggest he was in fact King Shayzien VII.
- Player: How could that be?
- Ektheme: Dark magic. King Shayzien VII was fascinated with the Dark Altar, and the darkness eventually corrupted his mind.
- Ektheme: King Shayzien VII was killed at the Battle of the Concourse during the thirty-seventh decade. We have many accounts of this yet his body was never recovered.
- Ektheme: Just days later we have the first recorded mention of Xeric, an incredibly powerful mage who resembled King Shayzien VII and was believed to be controlled by the Dark Altar.
- Ektheme: It is written that Xeric killed the remaining Lords of the houses and claimed the city of Great Kourend as his own.
- Player: So King Shayzien VII was resurrected as Xeric, using the Dark Altar?
- Ektheme: Indeed. I am not an expert on necromancy but we know the Dark Altar has to power to resurrect beasts; Xeric must have found a way to manipulate the magic to work on humans.
- Player: How did Xeric have so much power?
- Ektheme: Xeric drew much of his power from the Dark Altar but he asserted his authority as ruler through his personal army of creatures, the Lizardmen.
- Player: Xeric created the Lizardmen!?
- Ektheme: Sadly so, though we're not exactly sure how he did so. Xeric used the citizens of Kourend for many experiments, as well as for his own sadistic purposes.
- Ektheme: We have little written record of the experiments, but we believe they involved a combination of traditional breeding humans and a Lizard creature and dark magic.
- Player: Do you know why he created the Lizardmen?
- Ektheme: Xeric was undoubtedly powerful but he couldn't rule the people singlehandedly, nor could he rely on human informants. He needed an army he could control.
- Ektheme: Lizardmen are loyal creatures and would do as he commanded without question. With them at his disposal, the people were powerless to resist his authority.
- Player: What happened to the Lizardmen after Xeric's reign?
- Ektheme: They remain loyal to Xeric. Even to this day they continue to attack the city as you have seen.
- Ektheme: Fortunately the Shayzien army keeps them under control.
- Player: Why do they keep fighting? Surely after a thousand years they must know Xeric is dead?
- Ektheme: Without examining their minds we will never know for sure. However we assume Xeric genetically altered them, to enforce that their duty is to serve him.
- Player: But if they are serving Xeric, why do they attack the city?
- Ektheme: A good question, <player name>. One that I'm afraid I do not know the answer to.
- Ektheme: Is there anything else you would like to know?
- Player: What happened to Xeric?
- Ektheme: During the fourty-seventh decade, after ten decades of oppression, the people revolted against Xeric and his army of Lizardmen.
- Player: Why did the people suffer for so long?
- Ektheme: The events were triggered through the courage of one man, Byrne. He was not a man of particular stature of nobility, though he did proceed to become King.
- Player: What happened?
- Ektheme: 'Twas the three-hundred and twelvth day of decade fourty-seven. Byrne, a farmer by trade, is said to have witnessed a Lizardman guard murder a child whilst working his farm.
- Ektheme: Outraged at what he had just seen, Byrne gathered his pitchfork and sprinted towards the guard.
- Ektheme: Blinded by fury, Byrne attacked the guard, slaughtering the lizardman in plain sight of all within the town.
- Ektheme: Legend has it Byrne then gave a galvanizing speech, standing over the butchered guard with his bloodied pitchfork held aloft in the air, urging the people to fight back.
- Player: Do you know what he said?
- Ektheme: Sadly no, while we have many witness accounts they all differ so we can not verify it at all.
- Player: Ah, so what happened next?
- Ektheme: Whatever Byrne said, the people responded; together the citizens of Kourend revolted, grabbing whatever they could use as a weapon. They fought the Lizardmen.
- Ektheme: The Lizardmen, while strong and powerful were simply outnumbered. In a matter of days they had been driven to the caves beneath Kourend and beyond the city.
- Player: So what happened to Xeric?
- Ektheme: During the battle the temple surrounding the Dark Altar was destroyed, weakening Xeric's power. We believe he fled, though we're not sure as to where.
- Ektheme: Some say Xeric was killed during the revolt but we have no record of his remains being discovered.
- Player: So no one knows what really happened to him?
- Ektheme: Xeric was incredibly powerful but we can reasonably assume wherever he went, he soon perished. Without the power of the Dark Altar, Xeric would have become mortal.
- Player: Good riddance by the sounds of it.
- Ektheme: Indeed. Is there anything else I can help you with?
- Player: No thanks.
Inhabitants of Great Kourend