Tarband-Khâl

CategoryRuins
ContinentBrucrumus
RegionClans
Founded3 Kindle 9494 GE
MapsNarbuzad

Tarband-Khâl was founded by Turkûn-Khâl soldiers that had served under Naraz-Nâru in the Demon Spawn War. They were part of the storied Mîmêk Army that had served long in the Underdark. When the war with the demons ended, these people became known as the Mîmêk. They settled in the hills east of the Rukhs desert. They chose this area because of its proximity to an ancient primordial edifice called Nemexus. This structure then had, and still does, troves of lore and wonders left behind by the disembodied thinker Ingu'lumin. The Mîmêk planned to use the place technology in securing the wild lands around them. Patrolled by air elementals and psychic imprints scattered and always shifting, discovery was slow. Nonethless, Tarband-Khâl became a place of importance, with travelers from afar, seeking ancient lore and relics. Schools of magical studies were founded, enticing some travelers to join their ranks in collaboration or in teaching. Andigimok history books say the first printing press was developed in this hold, and with it businesses specializing in copying and printing. The more accurate account is the printing press an invention of Ingu'lumin, designed but never built. The archives of Nuciregmas has the original receipt for the item, dated 6 Temporal 203 LE, listing a "replicator" schematic, plundered from Nemexus Section 421G.

By 348 LE, Tarband-Khâl was a large fortified town. In the same year, the town's leaders were greeted by the Lith-Crillion. This advanced race, seekers of technology and lore, were interested in Nemexus. They pushed aside Tarband-Khâl claims, telling the town's leaders that they were not to the task of truly understanding the works of Ingu'lumin. They also warned that their tampering would in all likely release some being locked away in the place, something so powerful that it would extinguish their upstart civilization. They failed to come to terms, leading to the Maziggandîm Conflict. Tarband-Khâl was hard-pressed, a struggle for survival for the less advanced Mîmêk. In 355 LE, Tarband-Khâl was abandoned. Its people fled into Zurukthûr, then into the Underdark reaches of Unaraggumak. Some went to live in the mining town Munarkûn and others went east where they founded Dushinbal.

By the end of the Maziggandîm Conflict, Tarband-Khâl was a ruin. The Lith-Crillion had no interest in, yet made sure none re-settled here. It was simply to close to their business at Nemexus. In a remote area, surrounded on three sides by hazardous lands, the only thing here today are beasts and monsters. For a few centuries in the First Epoch, it served as the abode of a family of shadow dragons. Andigimok had driven them to the surface for preying on Munarkûn's peasants. These dragons were a nasty lot, preying on the weakest elements of civilization. Once on the surface, hiding by day, they searched for a dark home. At Tarband-Khâl, a ruin now thousands of years old, they felt a bit at home, living in the Mîmêk's first settlement. The people of Phlehorn called these dragons, Tarband's Wraiths. They were a constant nuisance, preying on Phlehorn's farmers and frontier villages. In 353, they sent a band of adventurers into Tarband-Khâl, slaying the dragons and finding mounds of skulls, sprinkled with jewelry and coin, the former sleeping spots of Tarband's Wraiths.

Civilization Tree
Mîmêk Army
Tarband-Khâl
Munarkûn
Dushinbal