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The Ring of Storms is a region of Xen'drik located in the mountains over a thousand miles southeast of Stormreach and yet to be discovered by the explorers of Khorvaire.[1][3][2]

Description[]

The Ring of Storms is a sunken valley surrounded by a ring of cliffs and mountains.[1][2] The region is covered in an unending hurricane whose gale-force winds and frequent lightning strikes are a mere warning to adventures, explorers, and travelers alike that far worse awaits them inside the Ring of Storms.[1][2] The valley teems with life of all kinds, and dangers await beneath the storm clouds and dense vegetation, as well as beneath the very earth.[2]

History[]

The Qabalrin[]

An obscure legend of the giants tells that for thousands of years a tribe of advanced elves, known as the Qabalrin, ruled the region from their mighty fortress city. Even the giants at the height of the Cul'sir Empire feared the Qabalrin, whose magic included conjuration and necromancy the ancient giants believed to be pulled from the Sovereign of Light and Law Ouralon's Shadow.[1]

Forty thousand years ago, a massive Siberys dragonshard fell from the sky, smashing into the Qabalrin's fortress city. The magic unleashed by the blast destroyed not only the city, but the surrounding region and created the Ring of Storms. The giants tell a legend of how Ouralon brought down the meteorite that destroyed the Qabalrin as a warning to those that consider using the powers of the Shadow.[2]

The few remaining ruins of the Qabalrin lie deep beneath the surface of the Ring of Storms, and are occupied by the drow known as the Umbragen, the shadow elves.[2][4]

Inhabitants[]

Umbragen[]

A group of drow known as the Umbragen have been living under the Ring of Storms in Khyber for more than a millennium; it is unclear exactly when they arrived.[3][2] The Umbragen have been losing a war against one of the daelkyr for several decades.[4] The aberrations that they war with are led by none other than Belashyrra, the Lord of Eyes.[3] Several aberrations have slipped from Khyber to menace the surface of the Ring of Storms over the course of this conflict.[2]

Besides the Umbragen drow and aberrations in Khyber, the Ring of Storms is filled with various tribes of lizardfolk. These lizardfolk were settled in the region by the dragons after the fall of the great dragonshard that ended the Qabalrin civilization.[2] These guardians were charged with guarding the meteorite, known as the Heart of Siberys, after the dragons bound a portion of the power of the Silver Flame along with the spirits of the restless Qabalrin dead within it.[2]

Notable Inhabitants[]

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Notes[]

Keith Baker has mentioned on the Eberron Discord server that the Umbragen campaign in the Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard video game was originally longer and included an entity known as the Blood Queen, an ancient vampire the Umbragen would uncover and try to use for their own purpose.[5]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Keith Baker, Jason Bulmahn, & Amber Scott (2006). Secrets of Xen'drik. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 52–53. ISBN 0-7869-3916-8.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Keith Baker (May 2005). “The Ring of Storms”. Dungeon #122 (Paizo Publishing) (122)., pp. 72–80.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Keith Baker, Nicolas Logue, James Desborough, C.A. Suleiman (2008). City of Stormreach. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 124. ISBN 0-7869-4803-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Keith Baker (April 2005). “The Umbragen: Shadow Elves of Xen'drik”. Dragon #330 (Paizo Publishing), pp. 43–48.
  5. Keith Baker (2019-01-08). Keith Baker on the Blood Queen. Chat. Discord. Retrieved on 2022-05-05. "Just before I leave, quick note on the Umbragen and the game Dragonshard. There was an entire Umbragen campaign scripted that wasn't used in the final game, which dealt with the sacrifices they were making to fight the daelkyr. They delved into the Qabalrin ruins and recovered a number of Qabalrin undead (including the hero character the Blood Queen, an ancient vampire). So the undead units in the Umbragen forces were scavenged Qabalrin, not reflective of a strong necromantic tradition among the Umbragen."

Connections[]

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