The Whispering Tyrant

In the last installment, the party learned that Xin, the original ruler of the City of Cities, Maldoran, the Jewel of Thassilon, is in fact Tar-Baphon and The Whispering Tyrant…

Sorshen, in the face to face meeting, confirmed this rather blithely, as if it were an obvious fact. She was also guarded by mummies bearing sigils of ancient Osirion…

It is assumed he is in the Gallowspire, watched over by LastWall.

It has also been thought that his main phylactery is somewhere in Maldoran, stuck in time.

Some history here…

Age of Legend
Date – Unknown
The first, and arguably the greatest, of humanity’s civilizations was the continental empire of Azlant, a realm of powerful magic and technology whose secrets are still valued today. The empire of Thassilon rose near the end of the Age of Legend, founded by exiles from Azlant and ruled by wizards known as Runelords. When the people of Azlant grew too proud of their deeds, their old aboleth enemies decided to end things on their own terms by destroying Azlant by using powerful magic to cause Earthfall.

Age of Darkness
Date –5293
Earthfall. The Starstone tumbles to Golarion, creating the Inner Sea and kicking off a thousand years of darkness. Azlant and Thassilon are destroyed. The elves depart Golarion via the Sovyrian Stone or retreat into the far north, the southern jungles, or the Darklands.

–5133
King Taargick founds the Kingdom of Tar Taargadth, uniting the dwarves in a common cause to abandon the subterranean Darklands.

–5102
The orcs first emerge onto the surface world, fleeing vicious pogroms by righteous dwarves tunneling toward a prophesied land of the open sky.

–4987
The dwarves fulfill the Quest for Sky, emerging for the first time upon the surface of Golarion.

Age of Anguish
Date –4294
The Age of Darkness draws to a close. Humanity begins rebuilding civilization.

–3470
Ancient Osirion is founded.

–892
Nex and Geb go to war.

1
Aroden, the Last Azlanti, raises the Starstone from the depths of the Inner Sea and becomes a living god. Absalom is founded.

896
Aroden mortally wounds the wizard-king Tar-Baphon on the Isle of Terror at the center of
Lake Encarthan.

2632
The elves return en masse to Golarion via the Sovyrian Stone in Kyonin.

3203
Tar-Baphon returns to life as the Whispering Tyrant. The lich king unifies the orc hordes of Belkzen and terrorizes central Avistan.

3754
Taldor launches the Shining Crusade against the Whispering Tyrant.

3801
The Shining Crusade secures a beachhead on the northern shore of Lake Encarthan, in Ustalav.

3818
The Knights of Ozem summon Arazni, the warrior goddess Herald of Aroden.

3823
Tar-Baphon humiliates and kills Arazni.

3827
The Whispering Tyrant is imprisoned in Gallowspire.

3828
The Shining Crusade officially comes to an end with the founding of Lastwall, a holding of Taldor tasked with watching over the prison of the Whispering Tyrant.

3832
Iomedae, heroine of the Shining Crusade, successfully attempts the Test of the Starstone and
becomes Aroden’s Herald.

4307
The Pathfinder Society is founded in Absalom.

4601
The Duchy of Alkenstar is founded—construction of the Gunworks begins.

4620
The Gunworks of Alkenstar are completed—the first firearms begin emerging from Alkenstar to be
purchased by rich collectors and curious scholars.

4702
The runelords stir to life in Varisia. In the sleepy town of Sandpoint, gifted artist Jervis Stoot murders 25 men, women, and children.

4711
The current year.

The Whispering Tyrant

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