The Nexotar Imps
"Vezkur nir vaz alata" – ancient proverb of the Nexotari imps.
The Nexotari were a race of imps that lived in the ancient mountain citadel of Nexotar, nestled high on one of the peaks of the Rovari Mountains. As a society, they prioritized scholarly pursuits, especially the understanding of magic. However, due to infighting in their advanced society, they were banished from the world and all they created was destroyed. Although they were aware of other races, such as the Ragreud dwarves who lived on the Pale Coast south of the Rovari Mountains, they refused any kind of contact, which made their disappearance all the more mysterious.
Table of Contents:
1. Age of Strife
2. Age of Ascension
3. Age of Knowledge
4. The Schism
4.1 The Banishment
5. The Return
Age of Strife
The nexotari imps have differing accounts as to how they came to be, but most agree that their existence began in a place deep beneath the Rovari Mountains called the "Ishtak Arzul" (Lake of Origination). After the imps emerged from the Lake of Origination, they spread out into the surrounding caverns and formed several clans that would war with each other for supremacy over many decades.
Many imps perished during these wars, and it is said that the spilled blood of their brethren turned their skin red and leathery. Such were the atrocities that were committed.
The brutal fighting among the clans came to an end after an event known as "Orgo Serulum" (The Emergence of the One).
The One (as the imps began calling him because he had no name) was an unusually tall and well-built imp whose skin was dark blue compared to the red skin of the other imps. His eyes were also like burning coals, and it is said he could dominate any imp’s mind with a single glance.
After emerging from the Lake of Origination with a mysterious amulet called "The Eye of Vezkur", The One travelled around the caverns, moving from one clan to another.
He used the amulet to dominate the minds of any imp who opposed him, and he gave all his enemies a choice: to serve willingly or as slaves deprived of free will.
Eventually, he would dominate all of the warring clans and unite them under his banner. This marked the end of the age of strife.
Age of Ascension
After the subjugation of the clans, The One led the imps towards the surface until they reached one of the many peaks of the Rovari Mountains. They emerged on a clear, starry night, and the imps were in awe of the surface world they never knew existed.
There, on one of the highest peaks in the world, The One named the imps "nexotari" (The Enlightened) and ordered them to construct a great citadel atop the peak, which would be named after them.
Under the watchful eye of the One, the citadel was steadily constructed over the course of several decades. A great library and an observatory were given special attention during the construction.
When the construction of the citadel was completed, The One gathered all the imps in the great courtyard of the citadel. It is there that he proclaimed the "Manon ul Zephon" (The Edict of Knowledge). With this edict, all the imps were commanded to gather as much knowledge as they could "from the world above, below, and in between" in the words of The One.
The One then summoned a large pillar at the centre of the courtyard and fused the Eye of Vezkur with it. He then informed the imps of Nexotar Citadel that the pillar would grant them the ability to use magic and thus study it more effectively.
However, he imposed three rules for using the pillar’s magic that the imps were to respect for all time, lest they face terrible consequences.
These rules were:
Never use the pillar’s magic outside the citadel
Never use the pillar’s magic to murder another imp
Never remove the Eye of Vezkur from the pillar
Never draw magic directly from the pillar
With the Edict of Knowledge declared and the rules for using the pillar’s magic established, The One opened a portal to an unknown dimension and disappeared, vowing to one day return to the nexotari and witness the knowledge they gathered in his absence.
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