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nathan1
04-20-2009, 01:16 PM
<p>The big dragon lore post from last year doesn't cover this stuff.  Can someone explain to me the deal with Barakah and Siyamak, Talendor and Gorenaire, the rest of the Overrealm dragons, AND any info regarding that vampire dragon. </p>

Cusashorn
04-20-2009, 04:00 PM
<p>Barakah and Siyamak are very loosely covered during Maj'dul story line. They're basicly brother and sister I think, who can take on the forms of normal mortals and live among them in Maj'Dul for whatever reasons may be.</p><p>Talendor and Gorenaire are brother and sister dragons who came from Kunark at first, but decided to join Kerafyrm's ranks just like Harla'Dar, Lord Vyemm, and Tarinax did. That is all.</p><p>The vampire dragon - NOTHING.</p>

Coniaric
04-20-2009, 04:18 PM
<p>Here's the brief story about Barakah and Siyamak:</p><p><strong>Barakah and Siyamak</strong>In the ancient days, when dragons ruled the worlds, Barakah of the Day was born. She was named for the color of her scales, which covered her body like sand rippling across the desert, supple and golden. She was a high-caste dragon, for only those whose bloodlines were pure would be the color of precious metals. For her, a consort was chosen from other high-caste dragons. Like Barakah, Siyamak of the Night was named for the color of his scales. Sharp and silver they were, like frosted moonglades upon the water.Turmoil came to the lands in which the dragons existed. Barakah, who was the older and stronger of the two, insisted they flee the Plane of Sky to seek a more stable world.High-caste dragons may travel where they will, yet Siyamak hesitated. He did not wish to flee one known peril only to face another that they could not imagine. And so, Siyamak consulted with a master of the djinn, in secret and without Barakah's knowledge.The djinn told of a wondrous place, where many dragons and djinn had relocated as the worlds shifted and the gods abandoned the mortal races. Siyamak determined that he and Barakah would go there also, to live amongst others of their kind. However, he did not know the way."I will show you, but it is not an easy path. One scale each I must have in exchange for this information," said the master of the djinn.Siyamak contrived to steal a golden scale from his betrothed while she slept, and the next day, he presented her scale and his to the master of the djinn. Using a secret pool, the djinn showed Siyamak the way to the new world and explained the dangers that would befall the dragons."You must travel in secret, for the many dragons there will seek to destroy you, knowing you are of high-caste," said the djinn. He gave Siyamak two powders, one for Siyamak and one for Barakah, which would cover them in the illusory form of creatures from their new world.Only then did Siyamak tell Barakah of his choice. Barakah distrusted the djinn, but when Siyamak dusted his silver scales in the powder, he changed before her eyes into the form of a high-caste Teir'Dal with hair as silver as Siyamak's own scales."As you see, in this guise we can travel easily into our new realm," said Siyamak. Reluctantly, Barakah dusted herself with the powder and looking into a polished brass mirror, found the reflection of a golden haired, high-caste Koada'Dal peering out at her. In this way, the trust of the dragons was won and they followed the path shown to Siyamak into the new realm.The djinn, however, had tricked Siyamak. For, once the dragons left the Plane of Sky, they found themselves unable to control the shifting of their shapes. They flowed from dragons to Elves and back again. Unable to predict when they would shift shapes, Barakah and Siyamak cursed the djinn and hid themselves in the desert where the shifting sands and changing landscape kept them from curious and hostile eyes.By chance, Siyamak encountered the master of the djinn who lived in the new world. No longer as trusting as he had been in the days of his youth, Siyamak confronted the djinn, who professed surprise and dismay."We shall see how dismayed you are when Barakah and I strip the flesh from your ones and feed it to the harpies," growled Siyamak. But the djinn asked for a chance to correct the problem."It is likely caused by the loss of your habitat in the Plane of Sky," said the djinn consolingly. "We djinn have likewise found things are not as we expected. My people suffer as surely as you do. You will need once again to bring me a scale from each of you so that I can make amends."This time, Siyamak told Barakah immediately. Though she was still mistrustful, she agreed to surrender a scale. She missed the constancy of her dragon form and the longing grew each time her body changed of its own will into the unnatural shape of an Elf.The master of the djinn welcomed Siyamak and Barakah to his Shimmering Citadel, the floating home of the djinn in the new world. Within its walls, the djinn secured many mementos from the Plane of Sky, infusing the Citadel with the electric familiarity of their old home.As soon as the master of the djinn received the dragons' scales, he gave them each another powder to apply to their bodies when they were in dragon form."You must do this only in your dragon form," cautioned the djinn, "for elsewise, it will not work."Barakah, already in the shape of a dragon, applied the powder immediately. And then they waited for Siyamak to likewise transform. They had never been able to predict when the transformation would take place; it could be minutes or hours or days. The master of the djinn welcomed them as guests until Siyamak could use the powder. He called it a gesture of goodwill, but Barakah grew suspicious. Days lengthened into weeks and months. Barakah had yet to see Siyamak transform into his dragon shape.Taking Siyamak with her, Barakah abandoned the Shimmering Citadel. She and her mate sat beside a spring in the hill and wept for so many days that their tears turn the waters bitter. As they sat there weeping, the master of the djinn came to speak with them and once again offer them a residence in his floating palace."You have cursed us for the last time, body-thief," Barakah snarled. She leapt at the master of the djinn in a furious rage.As his life slipped away, the djinn laughed hoarsely, "The powder works but you shall never see each other in the same form again for you are missing two of your scales. With them, I control the changing of your forms. And now, you will never find them. They day and the night will rule your changing instead."</p><p>*******************</p><p>They are not sister and brother, even though they are called "the Twin Dragons", they are not related. They are lovers. And they were cursed not to be together in their true form. Barakah shall be dragon by day and a high elf by night, while Siyamak is a dark elf by day and a dragon by night.</p><p>I think we have yet to hear a conclusion to their story, though. Master Djinn was killed by end of DoF, but I don't know if that lifted the curse.</p>

Morghus
04-20-2009, 04:55 PM
<p><cite>Coniaric wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>Here's the brief story about Barakah and Siyamak:</p><p><strong>Barakah and Siyamak</strong></p></blockquote><p>I always liked that story, It's a great injustice in my opinion that their story was never concluded in any way.</p>

Dasein
04-20-2009, 05:52 PM
<p>I've always wondered if there's a reason one has an Arabic and one has a Persian name.</p>

Cusashorn
04-20-2009, 05:57 PM
<p>Because the expansion takes place in the desert in general?</p><p>I'm surprised you can pinpoint the cultural origins of thier names.</p>

Dasein
04-20-2009, 06:54 PM
<p>More specifically, Barakah is an Islamic concept of divine grace or luck, while Siyamak was a character from the Shahnameh (albeit a minor one). Given the historical animosity of the Arabs and Persians, it seems there's a bit more than a coincidence that these dragons have names that draw from specific elements each culture.</p>

Xalmat
04-20-2009, 07:06 PM
<p>Considering that the Desert of Flames expansion was an Arabian Nights theme in the first place, not to mention there's large amounts of cultural references in the EverQuest series in general (ranging from ancient to contemporary to pop), I'd say it's pretty clever.</p>

BleemTeam
04-22-2009, 04:31 PM
<p>I saw this movie once... It's called Ladyhawke  <img src="/smilies/3b63d1616c5dfcf29f8a7a031aaa7cad.gif" border="0" alt="SMILEY" /></p><p>Man and Woman cursed to never have one anothers love. Turned to animals in the times of day and night.</p><p>Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfiefer are in it.</p>

Cusashorn
04-22-2009, 05:18 PM
<p>The entire Courts of Al'Afaz raid instance is based off of some old 70's song.. I forget the band or the name, but it makes mention of the Purple Piper and some other names of mobs in the zone.</p><p>But I digress.</p><p>There really isn't any explanation to why Gorenaire and Talendor decided to start following Kerafyrm. They just decided to.</p><p>Tarinax in his undeath, made a vow of loyalty to Kerafyrm to protect his treasures in the Deathtoll. Not even having his soul stolen away by shadowmen is enough to stop him from carrying out that task.</p><p>And that vampire dragon... well as I mentioned, there really is no mention of it's history or backstory.</p>

Silerua
04-22-2009, 05:24 PM
<p>Ladyhawke - great movie!!  That story of Barakah and Siyamak and the movie, Ladyhawke, have some interesting similarities.</p><p>You might be interested in the zone The Pedestal of Sky regarding these two.</p><p>Barakah and Siyamak are there, but behind them is a sun and moon respectively.  I wonder if that is how they are maintaining their forms?  There was some dialogue about how they're "guests of the Djinn Master."  I don't really remember, sorry.  (:  But I did take screenshots if you're interested... it was a lovely little zone</p><p><a href="http://img264.imageshack.us/my.php?image=barakahofday.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/8828/barakahofday.th.jpg" /></a>    <a href="http://img2.imageshack.us/my.php?image=siyamakofnight.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://img2.imageshack.us/img2/8969/siyamakofnight.th.jpg" /></a></p><p>I hope those work.  I'd love a preview button right now d:</p>

Garnaf
04-22-2009, 08:49 PM
<p>They're there because in the quest Capturing Day and Night you actively subdue both of them and bring them to the Djinn master (who puts them on display).  I agree though that it's tragic the story isn't solidly concluded.Also as to note of their names being of different origins and those origins not getting along.  Maybe there's a reason then that one is High Elf and the other is Dark Elf (neither of which get along that well either) then?</p>

Silerua
04-22-2009, 09:23 PM
<p>They're opposites, just like... *cough* Night and Day *cough*... huh?  d:</p><p>Thanks for the info about the quest - I'll have to look into it.  Never heard of it before (:</p>

Rainmare
04-23-2009, 07:25 PM
<p>I think they are restored to full form as dragons. when you subdue them you give them thier scales back which lets them becomes fully dragons instantly. defeating them in Night and Day gives you the 'scale of the master' which is how he was controling them. so I imagine after the Djinn masters defeat, provided the they aren't officially killed, they probably take over the shimmering citadel.</p><p>though that story does bring somethign to mind. Siyamak is a cold based dragon, his breathweapon is at the very least. Barakah is a fire based dragon by her breathweapon...wouldn't them being lovers go against that whole 'opposite aligned dragons aren't allowed to mate' thing?</p>

nathan1
04-24-2009, 12:33 AM
<p>OO, ok, one more question, how and why did the soul of Tarinex get taken away?</p>

Meirril
04-24-2009, 02:38 AM
<p><cite>[email protected] wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>I think they are restored to full form as dragons. when you subdue them you give them thier scales back which lets them becomes fully dragons instantly. defeating them in Night and Day gives you the 'scale of the master' which is how he was controling them. so I imagine after the Djinn masters defeat, provided the they aren't officially killed, they probably take over the shimmering citadel.</p><p>though that story does bring somethign to mind. Siyamak is a cold based dragon, his breathweapon is at the very least. Barakah is a fire based dragon by her breathweapon...wouldn't them being lovers go against that whole 'opposite aligned dragons aren't allowed to mate' thing?</p></blockquote><p>Maybe this doesn't apply to dragons from different planes of existance? Their backstory (above) implies they arn't from Norrath.</p>

Silerua
04-24-2009, 04:57 AM
<p>Well, just because they can't mate doesn't mean they can't be lovers, since the two aren't mutually exclusive.  d:</p><p>Though, Lady Vox had an egg... was that a Naggy/Vox egg?  Or was it something else?  Sorry, I need to do that questline, I know... *lol*</p>

Noaani
04-24-2009, 10:00 AM
<p><cite>Cusashorn wrote:</cite></p><blockquote>The entire Courts of Al'Afaz raid instance is based off of some old 70's song.. I forget the band or the name, but it makes mention of the Purple Piper and some other names of mobs in the zone.</blockquote><p>Court of the Crimson King, by, err... King Crimson.</p><p>The purple piper plays his tune,The choir softly sing;Three lullabies in an ancient tongue,For the court of the crimson king.</p><p>The keeper of the city keysPut shutters on the dreams.I wait outside the pilgrims doorWith insufficient schemes.The black queen chantsThe funeral march,The cracked brass bells will ring;To summon back the fire witchTo the court of the crimson king.</p><p>The gardener plants an evergreenWhilst trampling on a flower.I chase the wind of a prism shipTo taste the sweet and sour.The pattern juggler lifts his hand;The orchestra begin.As slowly turns the grinding wheelIn the court of the crimson king.</p><p>On soft gray mornings widows cryThe wise men share a joke;I run to grasp divining signsTo satisfy the hoax.The yellow jester does not playBut gentle pulls the stringsAnd smiles as the puppets danceIn the court of the crimson king.<span style="color: #474747;">In the court of the crimson king. </span></p>

Rainmare
04-25-2009, 11:08 AM
<p>actually, Naggy said he has a whole clutch of prismatic eggs. which is why he isn't to terribly upset he lost one. he'd rather seen it destroyed though then it (and it's potential offspring) beyond his control.</p>