balding, wizened, eyeglasses.
Brodert Quink is an authority on Varisian history that moved to Sandpoint to study the Old Light. He identifies the spikey text as Ancient Thassilonian and is very excited to read anything the party can provide. He shares all he knows about Thassilonian Lore but unfortunately, much of the lore about ancient Thassilon has been lost; what does remain has been gathered from barely legible carvings on the surviving monuments or extracted from the myths and oral traditions of Varisian seers and storytellers.
What he knows about Thassilon is that it was a vast empire ruled by powerful wizards. The sheer size of the monuments they left behind testifies to their power, and the unnatural way many of these monuments have resisted erosion and the march of time testifies to their skill at magic. Most sages place the height of the Thassilonian empire at 7,ooo to 8,ooo years ago, but Brodert thinks the empire was even older-he suspects it collapsed no sooner than 10,ooo years in the past.
Much of what Brodert has to say is vague theory based on conjecture-his belief that the Old Light was once a war machine capable of spewing fire from it’s peak is relatively unpopular among his peers, for example. Yet he can tell the party a few things of interest about the seven pointed star namely, that it seems to be one of the most important runes of Thassilon. The star itself is known as the “Sihedron Rune,” and signifies not only the seven virtues of rule (generally agreed among scholar s to have been wealth, fertility, honest pride, abundance, eager striving, righteous anger, and rest), but also the s even schools of magic recognized by Thassilon (divination magic, Brodert points out, was not held in high regard by the ancients). Brodert notes with a smirk that much of what is under stood about Thassilon indicates its leaders were far from virtuous, and he believes the classic mortal sins (greed, lust, pride, gluttony, envy, wrath, and sloth) rose from corruptions of the Thassilonian virtues of rule. In any event, the Sihedron Rune was certainly a symbol of power, one that may well have stood for and symbolized the empire itself.
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