Vex Thal - "Heart of Shadow"
The first and greatest of the goddess Luclin’s creations were the giant four-armed immortals called the Akheva.
Guardians of the moon, their powers were unchallenged by any other lunar race and they ruled a vast section of the moon’s dark side, in the region today known as the Maiden’s Eye. There, they built a mighty citadel called Ka Vethan.
For ages, they remained the most powerful force on the moon of Luclin, served by numerous other races (most notably the Centi clan of the tegi, who crafted many of the Akhevans’ greatest weapons).
Yet eventually the Akheva’s great culture fell, as so many do, because of greed and violence. The Akhevan high priestess, Akelha’ra, created a twin from her own blood and shadow. This twin, called Atenha’Ra, was to aid in the administration of Akhevan affairs. However, in the end all she brought was destruction.
In those days, the Akheva spoke a language called the Fleshless Tongue. While outsiders might learn to understand a handful of words, this language in its entirety is utterly incomprehensible to ordinary mortals. Yet many Akheva at that time chose to communicate directly with mortals in their own languages. Atenha’Ra, devoted to the service of Luclin and utterly convinced of Akhevan superiority, demanded that the practice be stopped and that
Akheva speak only the Fleshless Tongue. Akelha’ra resisted, and the Akheva began to split into rival factions.
Though to outsiders this might have seemed a trivial cause for conflict, to the Akheva it was a matter of deadly seriousness, and in time the rivalry between the followers of the two priestesses exploded into open warfare. The factions fought viciously, the members of each claiming that they were the true servants of the goddess.
The conflict raged for many years, and many Akheva perished. At long last, the priestess Atenha’Ra prayed to Luclin and summoned a great storm to destroy her rivals.
She got far more than she bargained for — the resulting tempest blasted the region and scoured it of life. Akelha’ra and many of her faction perished in the cataclysm, but in the end the war had no real victor, for both sides were devastated. As the storm subsided, Atenha’Ra led her people from the place, now called the Maiden’s Scar, and founded the citadel of Vex Thal. Those still loyal to Akelha’ra’s cause remained behind in the Maiden’s Scar, inhabiting the ruins of their old temple.
The rivalry between the two factions continues today, but neither has the numbers or the will to march on the other. Just the same, the rival strongholds — the Akheva Ruins and the deadly citadel of Vex Thal — remain two of the most dangerous places on the moon of Luclin.
Keepers of the Fleshless Tongue
Loot Aten Ha Ra (AHR), December 22, 2016Leggings of Secrets - Nildrach, 186 DKP
Torch of Judgment - Zeramus, 184 DKP
Crimson Runed Mask - Kaizo, 200 DKP
Ancient: Destruction of Ice - Nildrach, 36 DKP
Soul Essence of Aten Ha Ra - Gertarh, 260 DKP
Loot Aten Ha Ra (AHR), January 2, 2017Leggings of Secrets - Tade, 187 DKP
Great Shadow Platemail - Kaizo, 255 DKP
Wristband of Judgement - Snoogles, 182 DKP
Soul Essence of Aten Ha Ra - Stac, 295 DKP
Ancient: Feral Avatar - Somdood, 2 DKP
Loot Aten Ha Ra (AHR), January 12, 2017Orb of Secrets - Tade, 161 DKP
Mask of Judgement - Meeseeks, 200 DKP
Soul Essence of Aten Ha Ra - Naginni, 314 DKP
Ancient: Destruction of Ice - Ozirus, 5 DKP
Loot Aten Ha Ra (AHR), January 23, 2017Ancient: Greater Concussion - Impurio, 1 DKP
Torch of Judgment - Klain, 151 DKP
Orb of Secrets - Zephon, 168 DKP
Gloves of the Crimson Sigil - Kaizo, 120 DKP
Soul Essence of Aten Ha Ra - Arkonn, 331 DKP
Well holy shit! This completes our Tour of Luclin Series. It looks like we beat EverQuest.
Miss the rest of the ass-whoppings we handed out across Norrath's tidally locked satellite? Don't know your Tashakhi's from your T’sharnell's? Trying to figure out why everyone thinks this Seru dude is such a jerk? Check out the rest of our Tour of Luclin coverage!
Oh My GoD
After months of protest, appeals and resilient affirmations of intent, Gamebreak Games has reversed their stance on combining Gates of Discord and Omens of War! We will now be able to experience the expansion that John Smedley called, "SOE's worst mistake in five years," pure and unadulterated. In addition the full timeline for 2017 has been released:
Planes of Power & Legacy of Ykesha – Weds, February 1, 2017
Lost Dungeons of Norrath – Weds, April 26, 2017
Gates of Discord – Weds, July 19, 2017
Omens of War – Weds, September 13, 2017
Dragons of Norrath – Weds, December 6, 2017
Expansion content unlocks on Phinigel are scheduled for 2PM pacific time (5PM EST "Guild Time") on the day they’re to occur, unless there’s a reason the team needs to change a specific expansion unlock.
Ready to PoP!
Looking at the schedule, I noticed that it looks like Planes of Power is coming out in just a few short days. Can you believe it? It's too bad. I was really enjoying clearing the same bullshit trash for hours on end week in and out in Vex Thal! Truly thrilling content.
Our aggresive raid schedule can be found at the top of that guide as well so check out the plans for the planes! TMO has built up incredible momentum over the past couple expansions and we fully intend to push that even harder coming into Planes of Power.
Thank you all for being a part of it and enjoying Luclin together. I personally found a new appreciation for this expansion that saw me quit the first time around and that's in no small measure due to the community we have here. Looking forward to PoPing super hard with all my favorite foxy ladies and cuteboys!
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.
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.
Loot Emperor Ssraeshza (Emporer's New Groove - TMO), November 21, 2016Azaliil's Ring of Analogies - Kaizo, 255 DKP
Spell: Garrison's Superior Sunder - Ammno, 48 DKP
Loot Emperor Ssraeshza (Emp ), November 28, 2016Mace of Confusion - Somdood, 47 DKP
Imperial Symbol of the Shissar - Hannibull, 35 DKP
Caen's Bo Staff of Fury - Naginni, 123 DKP
Caen's Bo Staff of Fury - Hyddin, 70 DKP
Velvet Slippers of Harmony - Raxdin, 187 DKP
Silver Lined Sleeves - Erratic, 7 DKP
Spell: Funeral Pyre of Kelador - Ranari, 1 DKP
Loot Xerkizh the Creator (XTC), November 28, 2016Shield of the Creator - Tett, 27 DKP
Shield of the Creator - Ammno, 65 DKP
Cudgel of Cowardly Death - Ezudar, 31 DKP
Loot High Priest of Ssraeshza (HP), November 28, 2016Sapphire Studded Mantle - Cirice, 51 DKP
Bone of Bertoxxulous - Nahabii, 29 DKP
Shield of Ssraeshza - Snoogles, 160 DKP
Loot Arch Lich Rhag`Zadune (AL), November 28, 2016Bone Golem Vambraces - Sarienna, 30 DKP
Mana Twined Staff - Impurio, 10 DKP
Gloves of Control - Zalerico, 25 DKP
Sword of Nochular - Gardadar, 17 DKP
Savage Lord's Pitchatka - Gertarh, 21 DKP
Polished Bone Collar - Hannibull, 75 DKP
Hoop of Emptiness - Sarienna, 40 DKP
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.
Loot Special Event (Gorenaire), November 19, 2016Runed Bolster Belt - Kojaar, 50 DKP
Kavruul`s Mystic Pouch - Hyddin, 48 DKP
White Dragon Scales - Skaa, 10 DKP
Gnarled Staff - Ammno, 5 DKP
Donal's Leggings of Mourning - Daxyl, 11 DKP
Loot Severilous (Sev), November 19, 2016McVaxius` Horn of War - Hannibull, 7 DKP
Selo`s Drums of the March - Ammno, 8 DKP
Green Dragon Scales - Yety, 2 DKP
Kavruul`s Mystic Pouch - Hannibull, 25 DKP
Green Dragon Scales - Gardadar, 1 DKP
Runed Bolster Belt - Dailanar, 1 DKP
Loot Trakanon (Trak), November 19, 2016Tolan's Darkwood Breastplate - Shootfirst, 1 DKP
Undead Dragongut Strings - Skaa, 1 DKP
Zombie Flesh Bracer - Ammno, 16 DKP
Zombie Flesh Bracer - Tade, 15 DKP
Amulet of Necropotence - Snoogles, 100 DKP
Bone-Clasped Girdle - Hannibull, 30 DKP
Robe of Inspiration - Tade, 35 DKP
Halo of the Enlightened - Snoogles, 2 DKP
The Realm of Luclin's Chosen
As we reach the summit on the long stairway that was laid before us, we can see the horizon and it is bright and full of pixels.
VT Guides and Resources
Check out the Vex Thal Guide @ vt.themysticorder.com we have in development. Oh, wait, you don't have your key yet? Why not check out the VT Key Quest Guide @ vtkey.themysticorder.com!
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Loot Thall Va Xakra (TVX), December 1, 2016Gorget of Superiority - Calatio, 87 DKP
Umbracite Bracer - Calatio, 50 DKP
Ring of Rage - Kojaar, 80 DKP
Boots of Silent Dreams - Ammno, 79 DKP
Loot Kaas Thox Xi Ans Dyek (KTXAD), December 1, 2016Floating Rune - Marps, 86 DKP
Sandals of Contemplation - Naginni, 51 DKP
Loot Diabo Xi Xin (DXX), December 1, 2016Stein of Falling Tears - Sarienna, 120 DKP
Bone Chill Shield - Nahabii, 60 DKP
Cloak of Destruction - Xita, 70 DKP