Hi there, I'm Ektheme, an expert on the Xerician era.78
Xeric was a dark mage who ruled Great Kourend for at least ten decades. A time period that is sometimes known as the Age of Strife.28
We do have records of course. However, while Xeric was indeed ruler of the kingdom from the thirty-seventh to the forty-seventh decades, some believe that he actually ruled for longer.26
It is often speculated that Xeric and his predecesor, King Shayzien VII, were in fact the same person.26
Like Xeric, King Shayzien VII was fascinated with the Dark Altar.26
It's possible. I am no expert on necromancy but we know the Dark Altar has the power to resurrect beasts. We also know that it can extend life, it's how the people of Arceuus are immortal.25
Just days after his death, we have the first recorded mention of Xeric, an incredibly powerful mage who resembled the king.24
The king was killed at the Battle of the Concourse during the thirty-seventh decade. We have many accounts of this yet his body was never recovered.23
It is written that Xeric killed the other rulers and claimed the Kingdom of Great Kourend as his own.23
King Shayzien VII may have found a way to combine these powers.23
Xeric drew much of his power from the Dark Altar but he asserted his authority as ruler through his personal army of creatures, the lizardmen.19
Xeric was undoubtedly powerful but he couldn't rule the people singlehandedly, nor could he rely on human informants. He needed an army he could control.18
Sadly so, though we're not exactly sure how he did so. Xeric used the citizens of Kourend for many experiments, as well as for his own sadistic pleasures.16
During the fourty-seventh decade, after ten decades of oppression, the people revolted against Xeric and his army of lizardmen.16
The events were triggered through the courage of one man, Byrne. He was not a man of particular stature of nobility, though he did proceed to become king.16
'Twas the three-hundred and twelvth day of decade forty-seven. Byrne, a farmer by trade, is said to have witnessed a lizardman guard murder a child whilst working his farm.16
Legend has it Byrne then gave a galvanizing speech, standing over the butchered guard with his bloodied pitchfork held aloft in the air, urging the people to fight back.16
Sadly no, while we have many witness accounts they all differ so we can not verify it at all.16
Whatever Byrne said, the people responded; together the citizens of Kourend revolted, grabbing whatever they could use as a weapon. They fought the lizardmen.16
During the battle the temple surrounding the Dark Altar was destroyed, weakening Xeric's power. We believe he fled to Quidamortem.16
Some say Xeric was actually killed during the revolt but we have no record of his remains being discovered.16
We have little written record of the experiments, but we believe they might have led to the creation of the lizardmen.15
Lizardmen are loyal creatures and would do as he commanded without question. With them at his disposal, the people were powerless to resist his authority.15
Outraged at what he had just seen, Byrne gathered his pitchfork and sprinted towards the guard.15
The lizardmen, while strong and powerful were simply outnumbered. In a matter of days they had been driven back into the lands beyond the kingdom.15
Blinded by fury, Byrne attacked the guard, slaughtering the lizardman in plain sight of all within the town.14
Xeric was incredibly powerful but we can reasonably assume that he soon perished. Without the power of the Dark Altar, Xeric would have become mortal.14
They remain loyal to Xeric. Even to this day they continue to attack the kingdom as you have seen.13
Fortunately the Shayzien army keeps them under control.13
Without examining their minds we will never know for sure. However we assume Xeric genetically altered them, to enforce that their duty is to serve him.13
Indeed. Is there anything else I can help you with?13
Is there anything else you would like to know?13
A good question, %USERNAME%. One that I'm afraid I do not know the answer to.12
Originally we believed that Xeric created the lizardmen. However, recent discovieres suggest they were actually created during the time of King Shayzien VII.2
Xeric was incredibly powerful but without the Dark Altar, he would have soon become mortal and perished.2
However, recent discoveries suggest that he may have found a way to amplify the power of the altar. This may have allowed him to live far longer than previously believed.2
Is there anything else I can help you with?2