View Full Version : The History of the Iksar

12-30-2004, 01:53 AM
<DIV>From the in-game tome:</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV><U>Story I: </U></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>"Now they speak of the terrors of the Greenmist, but we have known of the Mist for many long ages, beyond count.  Yes, in our time of need we too were saved by the Mist from the skies that covered our enemies and stripped them of life.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Come, young ones, and listen to the story of the Iksar.  We have existed far longer than the babes that prattle about being first at this and first at that.  Cazic-Thule created us in the long ago, shaping us the way we are now: long of tail, strong of arms and armored from birth.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Our mighty fortress of Sebilis we built as a place of learning and lore on Kunark.  For many long years we honed our skills in all the areas that interested us.  And then the Shissar came, the slime-slitherers.  They cursed and enchanted us.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>The soft-skinned call us bitter.  They too would know bitterness if they had been enslaved by those they had thought were like them.  To be iksar is to have all others serve them.  To be iksar and forced to serve another is wrong. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>The skies opened up after many long years the the Green Mist fell upon our enemies.  Their screams gave us pleasure and we snapped the frail bonds with which they thought to bind us.  We saw the fields littered with their remains and we knew satisfaction for the first time in many long years."</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV><U>Story II:</U></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>"We prospered then, building over the bones of the Shissar.  We took what was rightfully ours.  All fell before us as is right and proper; they wished us to take over their leadership, and we consented.  We cut through the others like a boat through the foam on the surface of the swamp. </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>The only ones who felt threatened were the dragons, who could sense our might.  And even they thought they could thwart us, though frightened of directly confronting us.  As well they should be, for we had years of pent up anger to release.  We used what we had learned from our former conquerers against them.  They would have left us alone, if not for the treachery of the dragon Trakanon, who meddled in things that did not concern him, in our councils and between our tribes.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Because of his lies, our servants turned against us and our outposts were destroyed.  Trakanon destroyed Sebilis.  With our city in ruins and his lies spreading, we could no longer govern our servants as they needed.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>After Sebilis was destroyed, we rebuilt again, this time in the city of Cabilis and the City of Mist.  All around us were reminders of our age of glory, when we had Norrath in our hands to govern.  All that happened since would not have occured if we had still been in charge.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Of all the creatures under our rule, the sarnak were our own creation.  Created by the joining of iksar and dragon, the sarnak had our strengths and intelligence.  They kept to themselves, which we appreciated.  We do not like hangers-on."</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV><U>Story III:</U></DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>"Now, beyond Kunark the world was deep in its Age of War.  We had our plans but we kept them close to our scales for we know that there is no one that we can trust.  Our scouts brought word over and again of the Rallosian Army and its victories.  We readied for battle.  They came from the Frontier Mountains, where the sarnak lived.  We sharpened our claws and our teeth.  The new army of Rallos Zek was large, but we are iksar, and the strength of the ages flows through us.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Though the battles raged on, we defended no one else, nor fought for any other.  When we were under siege, no one came to our aid; we would go to no one else's.  Some say this is selfish of us.  Is it selfish to treat others as they have treated you?</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Soon enough, the skies opened and what many had thought was a tale of old scales happened again: the Green Mist.  The Rallosians were defeated as the shissar so long ago.  The others knew then that the iksar had told the truth about the death from above.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Kunark was broken apart by many tremors from deep within the world.  The Lake of Ill Omen became a violent churning pool that eventually undermined and swallowed Cabilis.  All in the city were lost and those of us elsewhere were left leaderless.  Now you know also that the shape of the world changed, the violence of its agony tearing the lands apart.  By a coincidence that need not be related here, a ship carrying many iksar was close enough to what had once been Antonica for some of our kind to reach shore.  </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>We should only trust again through the power of our might, through our strength and our skill.  Though we had trusted in the maker, Cazic-Thule, he abandoned us.  We trusted him, but we will trust no other.  We stand tall and believe only in ourselves."</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>**note** I tried to keep this verbatum to the text (which explains the terrible punctuation, different spellings of "Greenmist", and capitalization that I at times disagreed with) but there was one point were they quite obviously used the wrong tense of the verb "to be" so I felt compelled to correct it.  Please forgive me :smileytongue:</DIV><p>Message Edited by troodon311 on <span class=date_text>12-29-2004</span> <span class=time_text>12:55 PM</span>

12-30-2004, 05:59 AM
<DIV>Very handy transcription, thanks a lot for putting this down.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>I just finished that quest myself.  While it doesn't fill in too much detail on the fate of Kunark during the Shattering and the Rending, the information it provides is pretty daunting...from my memory of the geography of Cabilis and its surrounding zones, Cabilis lay more or less on a plateau...Warsliks Woods ran rather markedly downhill from the Cabilis Gate, Swamp of No Hope had a bit of a bowl but was more or less even, Field of Bone ran downhill to a relatively slight degree before evening out (and of course the pit where there used to be a lake), and the Lake of Ill Omen was basically one long valley surrounded by mountains on either side.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>At the best case scenario for keeping the surrounding geography intact, Cabilis becomes one end of a long crater lake that would run from Cabilis at one end to the mountains surround the Lake of Ill Omen at the other, with maybe some ruins at the edge where the old gatehouse courtyards used to be.  A more destructive scenario...Most of the surrounding zones become drainage to the ocean and the Swamp of No Hope marks a further shore of the aforementioned lake.  At the worst the whole thing sundered enough to let the ocean merge with the Lake of Ill Omen, leaving maybe a few rocky pinacles of land above the sea level.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>This is all completely conjecture of course, based off a small aside from the writer of the Iksar Lore tome.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Ghidron Machta,</DIV> <DIV>Iksar Bruiser of the 26th Rank</DIV> <DIV>Steel Stitched Veteran</DIV> <DIV>Seeker of the Court of Pain</DIV> <DIV>Lucan D'Lere</DIV>

12-30-2004, 08:21 PM
<DIV>You say you finished the quest. What quest was it? I'm so eager to know more on what happened to the Iksar.</DIV>

12-30-2004, 09:07 PM
<DIV>The History of the Iksar quest. You need to buy the book from a scribe in NFP arcane science building. Costs about 12sp?</DIV><p>Message Edited by Kamimura on <span class=date_text>12-30-2004</span> <span class=time_text>11:07 AM</span>

12-31-2004, 12:54 AM
<DIV><3 Iksar</DIV>

12-31-2004, 05:38 AM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Kamimura wrote:<BR> <DIV>The History of the Iksar quest. You need to buy the book from a scribe in NFP arcane science building. Costs about 12sp?</DIV> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE>Yeah, costs 12 silver.  First you have to run to the statue in Longshadow, then you run to the Crossroads, then you run to the statue in Scale Yard, then it takes you on a very long tour of Nektulos Forest.  I did it on my level 12 Iksar for kicks (although he dinged 13 about 3/4 the way through because of all the exploration experience); only died once in Nektulos thanks to my mad aggro-avoiding skills mastered in EQ1 :smileywink:

01-01-2005, 12:06 AM
<DIV>Wish the reward was something other than a book and some lore. </DIV>

01-03-2005, 01:32 PM
<DIV>Man!  The History of Ayr'Dal quest wants me to go to Feerrott for part 3!  And half elves don't even have any history!!</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Lazy lizards...</DIV>

01-03-2005, 01:41 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Jowaa wrote:<BR> <DIV>Wish the reward was something other than a book and some lore. </DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> It's a quest from a book.  What kind of reward do you expect?

01-03-2005, 02:37 PM
<DIV>We are NOT lizards.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>We are Iksar. Do I have to make you go read Izavahss' FAQ and Guide To Iksar posts? Cuz I will if you keep calling Iksars lizards. :smileymad::smileytongue:</DIV>

01-03-2005, 03:56 PM
<BR> <BLOCKQUOTE> <HR> Kaitar wrote:<BR> <DIV>We are NOT lizards.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>We are Iksar. Do I have to make you go read Izavahss' FAQ and Guide To Iksar posts? Cuz I will if you keep calling Iksars lizards. :smileymad::smileytongue:</DIV><BR> <HR> </BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>Readers take note: the lizard quoted above made no effort to deny his laziness. <img src="/smilies/8a80c6485cd926be453217d59a84a888.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></P> <P>I rest my case. :smileysurprised:</P>

01-04-2005, 01:45 AM
<DIV>Hey.... ok. So I sunbathe sometimes and fall asleep doing so, I'm an Iksar... I mean, that's what we do. And so I'd rather just walk at a leisurely pace in Qeynos than run. Ok, I might like to eat cookies a bit too much, and maybe I'm a little lazy. But I'm still dead sexy and buff. RAWR!! And when I'm not sunbathing or eating cookies, I can kick some serious butt.</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>/flex</DIV> <DIV> </DIV> <DIV>Not a lizard!</DIV><p>Message Edited by Kaitar on <span class=date_text>01-03-2005</span> <span class=time_text>12:45 PM</span>