3 years ago ::
Dec 19, 2009 - 12:00AM
As far as I can tell, the only references to Karshimis are as follows:
Generations of Shyran genasi suffered under the brutal rule of a primordial named Karshimis.... The transported genasi rejoiced upon discovering that their overlord’s citadel of burning ice had not made the trip with them, and set about creating a realm of their own.
Other such structures are rumoured to exist, such as the county-sized citadel of burning ice that brooded over the savage continent of Shyr to the east, before the Blue Breath of Change altered the world forever and Shyr faded to obscurity. What has become of Shyr and is primordial despot Karshimis is unknown and perhaps unknowable.
It appears that Karshimis combines both fire and cold. What is also interesting is that the Akanul background benefit provides resistance to fire and cold, as well as to thunder. Furthermore, the first Airspur article in Dragon mentions the free-floating elemental spires around Airspur that can discharge fire, cold or electrical energy.
What I am now trying to do, ideally with the help of fellow posters here, is paint a picture of Karshimis that is consistent with this limited canon.
To start with, Karshimis is imprisoned in a crystalline structure beneath and within the land of Akanul. The elemental spires are actually shards of this prison as the prison exists slightly outside normal reality. Genasi heroes from Shyr used the energies of the Spellplague and the merging of worlds to power a ritual to do this so as to free their brethren. A further side-effect of this imprisonment within Akanul is the natural resistances of its inhabitants.
On that note, Karshimis combines the energies of cold, fire and thunder, with thunder representing his wracking and quaking of the earth. Interestingly, Piranoth, the BBEG of Revenge of the Giants is also a primordial of cold, earth and fire. Hmmm. At least I can use his picture.
For the sake of symmetry (which I love), I will change the third energy type of Airspur's elemental spires to thunder rather than electricity.
Does anyone have any ideas about 1. the nature of Karshimis when he was the tyrant of Shyr and 2. his current location/status/whatever?
aka Scrivener of Doom