Grasp of the Emerald Claw

History of the City from Chinxero

Chinxero begins a long tale of the history of the city. It appears his speech is much better than he originally displayed, perhaps that was part of his bargaining. “Stormreach has a remarkable history my friends. Tens of thousands of years ago, a city built by giants stood on the same location, obvious from looking at the gigantic ruins. The city’s remnants are visible throughout Stormreach, including the great statue that overlooks the harbor, the rings of standing stones that radiate magic, and the colossal walls that divide the city districts. Sahaugin and Thri’kreen comunities left their own marks on the city as well. The indestructible statue of Eldred’s Pool in the center of Locksmith square is one of the relics they left behind, it is always filled with purifed water, so if you need water, get it from there. Though the inspired agents tend to steer clear of the statue for it has some property that terrifies them. ”

Chinxero spins the tale deeper. “In the decades before the war, around 800 YK, Riedra had been exploiting Xen’drik’s resources for centuries, yet Brelish and Zilargoan smugglers probed the coast. As trade flourished in the Thunder Sea, pirates from Breland, Cyre, Zilargo and even The Lhazaar Principalities began preying on ships there. “

“Piracy and smuggling grew ever more profitable in the region, and captians needed a base to resupply their ships. Smugglers established hideouts along the coast, but most were quickly destroyed by monsters or marauding dark elves.” Chinxero looks a bit awestruck as he mentions the drow. ” The captains neeed a secure refuge. Some claim it was Delera Omaren, Pirate Queen of the Thunder Sea. Others say it was Kolis Sel Shadra, the wily smuggler…said to have a spectral fleet.” The lizardman crosses himself with a warding gesture as he whispers of the spectral fleet. “Whoever began the project, it soon became a joint venture, with many captains contributing resources in exchange for sanctuary, the walls of the giant ruins provided simple fortifications, and jungle predators seemed to shun the ancient city.”

Chinxero continues his tale. “The outpost grew and prospered, as did piracy on the Thunder Sea. Delera Omaren and Korchan Amanatsu left bloody wakes, and emboldened pirates began preying on on Zil, Aerenal and Lyrandar shipping. During this time, the dragonmarked houses had become increasingly interested in Xen’drik’s hidden resources.”

“With pressure mounting from the dragonmarked houses, in 800YK King Galifar moved to bring an end to the piracy. Galifar’s greatest strength was on land, but the royal navy was still a force to be reckoned with. After a battle with bitter losses on each side, a gnome smuggler appeared in the court of Galifar. Kolis Sel Shadra was known as the smuggler who completed the Kessel Run in under four parsecs” Chinxero chuckled. “A smuggler who’d never been known to lose a cargo. He represented the four most powerful pirate captains of the Thunder Sea, The dwarf Yorrick Amanatsu, Delera Omaren, Molou Lassite and himself. He offered truce in return for amnesty and authority over Stormreach, the four would use their considerable influence to disperse the pirates. After extended negotiations, King Galifar agreed in 802YK, on the condition that one of his representatives would rule alongside the four pirate captains in Stormreach, and he would join with the dragonmarked houses in funding the city’s expansion. The fifth lord would be someone Galifar trusted, and after much debate, Jolan Wylkes became the First Harbor lord, who would rule alongside the four piratelords who would come to be known as the Coin Lords. The five together would be known as the Stormlords. Jolan Wylkes and his descendents would uphold their bargain, as would the Coin Lords.”

“Wait, don’t wander off…” Chinxero pipes in. “I’m almost done” He continues. “For nearly two centuries, Stormreach has grown and prospered. Several dragonmarked houses have established sizable enclaves in the city, and the kuryevas of Molou’s Distillery is prized across southern Khorvaire. There have been times of trouble, The Omaren revolt of 890YK, and the giant invasion of 946YK, but the city perseveres. Today with the great war over, Stormreach is stronger than ever. Full of War veterans, misplaced mercenaries and deserters.”



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