While the Dragons took centuries to grow and organize, a race of intelligent serpents – the Shissar – assumed the forefront.
The Shissar were a brutal race who enslaved the Iksar, using our ancestors for workers and food. From their capital of Chelsith in what is now The Overthere, they explored the ancient rites and forgotten practices which would lay the foundation for much of Iksar knowledge and philosophy.
As learned from the rest of Norrath, nothing is permanent. Eventually the Shissar angered even their own god. A horrible plague destroyed every Shissar, however, the Iksar survived unscathed.
Over the next several centuries, the Iksar grew to greatness on the buried ashes of their former masters. They migrated outward across the continent of Kunark and formed five principal tribe-states: Kylong, Nathsar, Obulus, Jarsath and Kunzar.
This last tribe-state was led by Venril Sathir, a young and powerful warrior-mage, who raised an unyielding army of undead with the assistance of necromancy.
Sathir and his Kunzar armies conquered and annexed the remaining tribe-states under his rule as the first King of Sebilis, the renamed Iksar nation. In order to build his Sebilisian Empire, Sathir brutally captured and enslaved the Hill Giants, Forest Giants and Frogloks of Kunark.
Throughout Sathir’s life, the Sebilisian Empire quickly grew in might, power and grandeur.
THE RULE OF RILE
King Sathir aged, but he did not want to die. To cheat death, he made an unholy pact with Innoruuk to rise, undead and immortal.
Rile, Sathir’s heir, had other plans and thwarted the ritual.
Sathir’s soul was trapped inside an amulet that was hidden away as Rile cremated his father’s body.
Rile assumed the throne, however, little changed in the kingdom. The son of Sathir seized more valuable land and his ruthles reputation increased under the terror of his warlords: Kurn Machta and Karatukus and the vampire, Chosooth. By the time these warlords finished, most of the continent definitely belonged to Sebilis – all but a few pockets of Giants and Dragons.
THE RING OF SCALE
The Iksar had left the Dragon lands alone, but their threat was easy to see. The Dragon lords convened the Ring of Scale and argued about how to proceed.
Trakanon, the large blue, advocated swift intervention on behalf of all races against the Iksar. However, Trakanon was voted down and the Ring of Scale decided to intervene only indirectly.
Trakanon and a number of the younger dragons decided more direct action was required. They conjured a squall at sea that destroyed Rile’s warship while the King was on board. This action triggered a spectacular war among the Dragons that lasted for almost a half century.
ATREBE’S IKSAR EMPIRE
Atrebe, Rile’s first-hatched son, then became King. This young Iksar was different than his father. He was reclusive and enamored of Necromancy. All feared his use of the magic of the Shissar and his grandfather, Sathir.
His experiments joined a dragon with an Iksar, creating the Sarnak, a race of intelligent Dragon-men. He also joined a Dragon with a Froglok, creating flying mounts for his armies; the Sokokar. On these flying beasts, the Iksar were deadly. Soon, only the hardiest Dragonkind stood unconquered by the Sebilisian Empire.
IKSAR vs. THE RING OF SCALE
Over the next half century, Dragonkind struggled against the Iksars’ airborne army.
Atrebe was succeeded by his son, Ganak, a most capable warrior.
The war ended inconclusively over the Field of Bone with an aerial duel between Ganak on his Sokokar mount and Jaled-Dar, then leader of the Ring of Scale. Both were incinerated by magic and fire.
The Dragons retreated, but not before destroying the Imperial palace and all of Ganak’s hatchlings in a daring final blaze of revenge.
THE EMERALD CIRCLE
Instead of a new king, the Iksar nobles created the Emerald Circle, a body of five nobles who wisely worked to enhance the Iksar cities and trade, rebuild the navy, and return prosperity to the Empire.
Unfortunately, whenever the ambitions of rulers are involved, strife soon follows and the Empire was ultimately divided back into the original five tribal-states. Even that treaty was soon forgotten, as the tribed began to wrestle for supremacy over one another.
Unbeknownst to the Iksar, the Ring of Scale had also rebuilt and was meddling in every alliance and affair, pitting the tribal-states one against another.
THE END OF THE SEBILISIAN EMPIRE
The slaves revolted in Sebilis. Goblin lords from Faydwer invaded Kunark. The Giants mustered an army and destroyed the warlord outposts before they attacked the cities. The final destructive attack on the Iksar came when Trakanon and his Dragon allies descended on what was left of the Iksar cities and reduced them to ashes and ruins.
The grand Sebilisian Empire was no more. Free from Iksar restraints and rule, all the other races established themselves and began warring amongst themselves in their lust for domination.