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The War of the Zulkirs took place in 1375 - 1478 DR between the self-proclaimed regent of Thay, the lich Szass Tam, and the combined forces of the other zulkirs Lallara Mediocros, Nevron, Yaphyll, Lauzoril, Kumed Hahpret, Mythrellan and Samas Kul under the guidance of Dmitra Flass.

The war took place at various locations in Thay.

ParticipantsEdit

Szass Tam and the UndeadEdit

The necromancer and lich, Szass Tam, and his armies, consisting of loyal Red Wizards from the necromantic order and uncountable undead minions.

The Council of ZulkirsEdit

Lallara Mediocros, Nevron, Yaphyll, Lauzoril, Kumed Hahpret, Mythrellan and Samas Kul under the guidance of Dmitra Flass, along with representatives of the Church of Kossuth and armies led by Nymia Focar.

The WarEdit

The BeginningsEdit

In 1375 DR, Szass Tam caused the murders of the zulkirs Druxus Rhym and Aznar Thrul and betrayed a Thayan army under the command of tharchions Azhir Kren and Homen Odesseiron to the Rashemi to create a climate of fear within the Thayan population. He further hindered proper investigation of the murders solving these issues by himself. Szass thus tried to convince the nobles, legions and common people that he was the only one able to deal with these problems, in order to get him elected supreme ruler of Thay.[1] His former ally Dmitra Flass discerned Szass Tam's plan and rallied the zulkirs originally loyal to the lich to stand against his aspirations. Szass then chose to achieve rulership by force and declared war to all opposing zulkirs.[2]

The Progress of WarEdit

When Dmitra's council achieved a great victory against Szass Tam's undead army at the Keep of Thazar, Szass called upon the united armies of Gauros and Surthay to march south towards the great city of Bezantur.

By 1377 DR Szass had established his seat of power at Thaymount by evicting his enemies from their estates on the plateau.

In 1385 DR, during ten years of warfare, some of the zulkirs changed sides a couple times during the war and ended up as Szass Tam's allies, such as the diviner Yaphyll who ended up as prisoner of Szass in 1385 DR[3] and died during a divination performed for Szass Tam. As Yaphyll predicted, the fight at the Keep of Sorrows turns into Szass Tam's favor. But then the Spellplague hits and renders Szass Tam's magical powers useless forcing him to flee from the scene with his ally Xingax.[4]

By revealing to Malark Springhill, Dmitra's former trusted ally, why he killed Druxus Rhym, the lich convinced the spymaster to switch sides and work for him and his greater cause henceforth.[5] In order to learn more about the ways of magic in the time of the spellplague Szass summoned Bane making a bargain with the evil god: Bane would reveal to Szass his knowledge about the chaotic magic, grand the lich the ability to raise more dead for his cause and augmenting the lich's powers. Szass in turn surrendered his soul after 1000 years had passed when his quest of conquering Thay was completed.[6] When it came to another fight at the Keep of Sorrows, Szass used his god-bestowed powers and summoned a dream vestige[7] to turn the tide in his favor. He succeeded in beating the legions of the zulkirs, chasing them all the way to Bezantur and even out of the town itself forcing the zulkirs to flee aboard vessels. Szass followed the fleeing zulkirs, entangling them in a marine war between his enemies and Nevron's conjured denizens of the infernal oceans and the lich's own undead aquatic minions. When the zulkirs seemed to gain the upper hand Szass conjured the dream vestige again, finally exhausting his magical powers bestowed by Bane. The bard Bareris defeated the dream vestige and the zulkirs's forces beat Szass Tam's minions, forcing the lich and Malark to withdraw to the Thaymount[8]. Szass didn't bother chasing the remaining zulkirs any more, leaving Aloar and the Wizard's Reach to them[9] not fearing any retribution by the depleted zulkir's forces.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Richard Lee Byers (April 2007). Unclean. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 246–250. ISBN 978-0-7869-4258-9.
  2. Richard Lee Byers (April 2007). Unclean. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 317. ISBN 978-0-7869-4258-9.
  3. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 3–5. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  4. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 64. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  5. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 176. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  6. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 204–205. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  7. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 255. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  8. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 303–336. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.
  9. Richard Lee Byers (March 2008). Undead. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 341. ISBN 978-0-7869-4783-6.

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