Sh'kial (sometimes written Sh'kiel)
Formed during times of discontent and poverty within the Empire of the Seven Pointed Star, Sh'kial began his religious movement in the Wyvern Mountains of Ilithi. He brought with him the idea that a dragon sustained by life energy, or inner fire rested within the heart of our world.
He taught that the World Dragon should be appeased and pacified through worship and existential offerings. The sacrifices and rituals performed in its honor would allow the temperamental personality to be controlled and if appeased, the Dragon would cease its rumblings and a golden age of Peace could be achieved. In the corrupt times they lived in, the teachings of Sh'kial's sect were influential and popular among the S'Kra Mur and their beliefs spread far and wide, as evidenced by the Temple of the World Dragon in Muspar'i.
Sh'kial held a good-sized following and for some time, had a devoted protege was a woman named Dzree. She was very close to Sh'kial, but in time, she grew restless with the peaceful offerings and the talk of an age of Peace.
His protege, Dzree diverted from his teachings and began expressing her desire to sacrifice Humans, Elves, and sometimes other S'Kra Mur to the World Dragon. When Sh'kial learned of this, he spoke out against her. In retaliation, she assassinated him in 205 BL, beginning the decline of the sect of Sh'kial as they folded into secrecy beneath the crushing wave that Dzree's Sect became.
Products of the Sect of Sh'kial
Shrine of the World Dragon
The World Dragon Temple
Within Sh'kial's Square in Muspar'i stands the dragon-shaped Temple to the World Dragon in Muspar'i, surrounded by a low, rippling golden wall with geometric patterns and elegant Eth'ral'khh glyphs. Noted to have been built during the time of Sh'kial's teachings, Within its walls are several tapestries that depict the history of Muspar'i. An staircase leading below the temple houses Tabelrem, a shard of Grazhir. The moon shard is likely considered a sacred relic to the Dragon Priests, due to their belief that the World Dragon hatched from Grazhir.
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