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Askok is a Shadar-kai from the Shadowfell. Formerly a member of a small Shadar-kai enclave, he now resides in Ikemmu where is a considered a champion of the god Tempus.[1]


Ashok was raised in a Shadar-kai enclave located in a series of large caves north of Ikemmu. Ashok's father was the enclave's leader and he encouraged his sons to fight each other. His childhood was hardly idyllic as he had to constantly fight his brothers for standing within the clan. As a young man he gained his father's approval by killing a brother in self defense in front of his father.[1]

In 1479 DR, the Shadar-kai ruled city of Ikemmu sent a scouting party lead by the witch Ilvani to investigate the area near Ashok's enclave. At the same time, Ashok's father became concerned about a pack of Shadow hounds near the enclave and he sent Ashok to eliminate the pack.[1]

Ashok killed the pack but was gravely wounded. He was found by a group of Shadar-kai from Ikkemu who took him back to the city. The Shadar-kai healed Ashok's wounds and he was given permission to roam the city, although he was always watched. Uwan, the leader of Ikemmu, believed Ashok could be useful to the city and encouraged Ashok to train with the city's warriors. Ashok was allowed to attempt to tame a nightmare who had been captured by Ikemmu and was successful enough that he was able to ride the creature as a steed.[1]

Ashok was sent on an expedition lead by Vedoran to rescue Ilvani's party from the Shadar-kai enclave. Ashok used his knowledge of his clan's caves to lead the group through the complex to free Ilvani although the other members of Ilvani's group were already dead. During the rescue attempt, Ashok's nightmare came to his aid, slaughtering many Shadar-kai.[1]

Vedoran suspected that the enclave was Ashok's home and conspired with a priest of Beshaba to frame Ashok as a traitor to Ikemmu. Uwan found Ashok guilty and sentenced him to ten days of solitary confinement, a sentence that could be fatal to Shadar-kai who require constant sensory stimulus to avoid fading to oblivian. During Ashok's confinement, Vedoran attempted to kill Ashok in his cell but was stopped by Uwan, although Uwan was seriously injured. Vedoran was killed by Ashok during the fight.[1]

in 1480 DR Ashok travelled with a caravan from Ikemmu to Rashemen to discover the source of the spirits that were plaguing Ilvani. Along the road he helped battle bandits, trolls and winter wolves. When the group arrived in Rashemen, he helped Ilvani defeat the Wychlaran Sree which put an end to Ilvani's hauntings.[2]


Ashok is a close fried of Cree and Skagi and was a friend of Chanoch prior to his execution. Because of his martial prowess and because he was named chosen of Tempus, Uwan respects Ashok although Ashok doesn't fully trust Uwan.[1]


Ashok carries a chain and a dagger and wears bone armor.[1] He has an uneasy alliance with a nightmare who at times allows Ashok to ride him.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Jaleigh Johnson (July 2010). Unbroken Chain. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-5760-3.
  2. Jaleigh Johnson (July 2011). Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road Kindle Edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-5533-3.
  3. Jaleigh Johnson (July 2011). Unbroken Chain: The Darker Road Kindle Edition. (Wizards of the Coast). ISBN 0-7869-5533-3.

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