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Toppling the Temple

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Hubris of the Shissar

Striking at Divinty

The Shissars were one of the great powers of antiquity on Norrath, though few traces remain of what was once a mighty empire dominating the continent of Kunark. They rose to power at some unclear point between the Age of Scale, dominated by the dragons, and the great Iksar empire – presumably the Shissar powers were a feature of the Elder Age of Norrath.

As often in the history of Norrath, it was hubris and a desire to challenge the gods that resulted in disaster.

The Shissars traditionally worshipped Cazic Thule , but as they came to dominate Kunark they started to think of themselves as greater than the God of Terror. To demonstrated this they enslaved the lizard-like Iksars , one of the races created by Cazic-Thule.

Whether the Shissars were themselves created by Cazic is unclear. Though their reptilian appearance and their taste for terror and necromancy are quite reminsicent of the God of Terror’s preferences, the Shissars themselves came to claim that they had been created instead by the primordial deity Veeshan , the crystal dragon.

It was also claimed that their perpetual emperor, the immortal and very powerful Shissar warrior Ssraeshza, was himself a demigod. Ssraeshza, the Shissar theologians claimed, was the very son of Veeshan and had created all Shissars from his own scales.

They also claimed that the other gods had grown jealous of the perfection and power of the Shissars, and had stolen Ssraeshza’s strongest divine powers.

The conflict between Cazic-Thule and the Shissar escalated, and the God of Terror may have been the one who pushed for the gods to release one of their weapons of mass destruction against the empire of the serpent-men of antiquity. The deadly, airborne disease was called the Greenmist and killed nearly all that it touched. Soon, the once-mighty empire was ravaged by divine plague.

Whom the Gods Would Destroy

This targeted extinction-level event was not entirely successful. Most Shissar mages were dead or dying, but the very knowledgeable Imperial Wizard T’sharnell still lived.

At the Emperor’s urging, he tried a desperate spell that didn’t quite produce the intended effects, but took him, the Emperor and perhaps a hundred shissar survivors to the moon of Luclin. Being largely defined by their slave-holding practices, they also brought as many thralls as they could.

The Shissars, once possessed of formidable arrogance, were at that point culturally traumatised and living in terror that the Greenmist would follow them to the moon. As their slaves toiled to create a fortress in the hostile environment on Luclin, T’sharnell created magical barriers against the Greenmist.

To be even safer, the Emperor ordered to create a gigantic vacuum around their fortress, which even the Greenmist would be physically unable to cross.

T’sharnell and lesser wizards were successful, and blasted the atmosphere out of a large area around the fortress. This region became known as the Grey, an airless mineral desert.

The haggard Shissars were now safe, but their culture ossified. The elder lamented the loss of their great empire, many of their slaves died off, and the youths grew up without having ever experienced the grandeur of the true Shissars.

The life in the mostly-underground fortress (defiantly called the Temple of Ssraeshza) was much simpler and harsher than the imperial life, and they still were afraid.

Meanwhile, on Norrath, the Iksars were free – and eventually assembled an empire rivalling that of their former masters at its height.

Threats Anew

During the Age of Turmoil, in the deepest levels of the Temple, a conflict erupted with a strange race of beings, called Thought Horrors by Humans. At first, T’sharnell’s wards could contain the things from the caverns below, but the wizard sacrificed his life essence to prevent the renegade shissar black magician Vyz’dra and his minions from overthrowing Ssraeshza.

This coup attempt left the loyal Shissars reeling — as the power of Vyz’dra had been great — and deprived them of many of T’sharnell’s more recent wards. Albeit the airless barrier remained at the surface, the Thought Horrors found it much easier to reach the Temple, and they launched a great underground assault against the snake-folks.

Though they had hordes of mind-slaves and burrower worms, the Thought Horrors had underestimated the cruel power of the Shissars, and were repelled. Still, their attack had inflicted serious losses to the serpent-men and their slaves.

The war between the brood of Ssraezsha and the Thought Horrors commanded by the terrible Overfiend continues to rage under the Temple – in the immense network of caverns called the Deep. Though dreams of conquest were again awakening in Emperor Ssraezsha’s alien mind, the losses from the Vyz’dra plot and the Thought Horrors onslaught made them impractical.

Furthermore, the reactivation of the Combine Spires on Norrath , allowing Norrathian to teleport to the moon of Luclin on a regular basis, created grave concerns that the gods would notice the Shissar survivors and sent the Greenmist anew to finish the job.

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Ssra Temple

The Ring of Scale Disposed - 11/19/2016

The Iksar had left the Dragon lands alone, but their threat was easy to see. The Dragon lords convened the Ring of Scale and argued about how to proceed. Trakanon, the large blue, advocated swift intervention on behalf of all races against the Iksar. However, Trakanon was voted down and the Ring of Scale decided to intervene only indirectly.

Trakanon and a number of the younger dragons decided more direct action was required. They conjured a squall at sea that destroyed Rile's warship while the King was on board. This action triggered a spectacular war among the Dragons that lasted for almost a half century. Since this Ring of Scale was, in all likelihood, responsible for the capture of our companion, we were understandably curious to learn as much as we could. Vanusk answered only one question with, "There are lesser dragons that fly across Norrath and pluck candidates for slavery to the Ring of Scale."

The Ring of Scale, a fracture group of the mighty Claws of Veeshan, made it's way to Kunark many ages ago. We totally forgot to kill them all so we went back to remedy that! The event was a lot of fun and made even better as we welcomed many new members into raiding with TMO.

The Realm of Luclin's Chosen

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