The Hunt for Endobar Filch
Bael Turath was an empire that encompassed most of the islands between Kolanthia and the Endless Sea up until about the year -600 DL. Most people know little about this ancient kingdom except that it was much better unified and organised then today’s islands, and that it was centred on the city island of Turath, which now lies in shattered ruins. Some people know that the demonic-looking tieflings of today are the descendants of the Turathi, the once-human nobility of Bael Turath who made a pact with dark powers from beyond this world to gain the power to forge an empire. Few people if any know how the empire fell; some say it was destroyed by dragons, some by the serpent-folk of Kolanthia, some by rebellion and some say the Turathi went too far with their dark magicks and destroyed themselves. What is known is that after the Fall of Turath Dendransia was terrorised by a leviathan of immense power for hundreds of years before somehow eight wizards rose up from under it’s yoke end defeated it, ushering in the Days of Light, but we still have not seen a civilisation like it.
Like some of the Bright Eight seek to do now, the Turathi took a fractured collection of islands full of barbarians and monsters and unified it into a whole, making great advances in magic and science and amassing fabulous wealth in the process. They didn’t do this for the good of all though; most people had few of the privelidges afforded to the Tiefling nobility, and the non-humans absorbed into their empire were treated like scum – if they weren’t driven from their homelands altogether and hunted down, like the orcs, dragons, and others the Turathi felt were to dangerous to live.
Most of Bael Turath’s creations are now ruined – particularly their cities, libraries and war machines, but they crafted a wealth of magical items which are being uncovered all the time by treasure hunters, and the strange metal known as Turathi Steel is highly sought after by metalsmiths of all kinds.