Hello and Welcome Friends,
To a most fanciful overview of the sights and locales in the world of Umbra: My name is Cornelius Ibsten III of the Owl Tide and I will be your guide on this most academic of journeys!
Today I have the pleasure of introducing the Zabirum Temple City! A relic of the ancient past, located deep within the Burning Desert. That, however, wasn’t always the case. Named after the Zabirum People - People of the Stoneplains, it was a thriving civilisation before the world came to a halt. Now, buried in time and sand, the origins and most of the intentions of the city and temple grounds are lost to antiquity.
Allow me to lift the veil on some of the mysteries surrounding the temple for your reading pleasure.
It was the late scholar Nefimus who originally proposed that the Zabirum People worshiped the Valvurs, a great and ancient race of immortals (or so it is believed), and that a ritual would take place within the grounds, where a circle of seven priests would sustain a chant under the open sky without sustenance until they began to collapse of fatigue and malnourishment one by one. The final remaining zealot would then collect a finger off each of the perished priests and tie it to an amulet around his neck. The seven fingered priests (as they have later been coined) were then allowed admission as full members of the Valvur Empire, which at the time would be impossible for other races to aspire to.
Today Zabirum City is buried under tons of sand and ancient debris. Expeditions to excavate the temple ground have proven far too dangerous for the likes of an intellectual such as myself due to massive sandstorms in the region and what I understand to be a goblin infestation.
Should I get the opportunity to venture there in person, I shall be sure to update this tome with whatever information I discover on the subject.
Secrets of the Burning Sands, Owl Tide Library, 1868 ADH.
- Cornelius Ibsten III