History of Wraeclast

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This page is an attempt to piece together the history of Wraeclast from clues from NPC dialog, item flavour text, environmental lore, and other canonical sources in Path of Exile. Where possible, information is presented from an in-universe point of view, at the time the game begins.

Note: Because information from sources like Insider Newsletters is very likely to change before it makes it into the game, while in-game lore is relatively fixed (or at least, changes can be fairly easily tracked), only in-game lore has been consulted. If you have interesting lore from other places, though, stick it on the Discussion page!

Pre-history

Very little is known about the early history of Wraeclast. However, Navali's dialogue suggests that the first event in the history of Wraeclast was the formation of the stars.[a]

The Lake of Kalandra

Further information: Kalandra

When Wraeclast was a primordial molten world of ooze and magma. Kalandra arrived to the land, and there she discovered, against all logic, a boundless lake existing within it full of basalt pillars. Finding herself back at the lake every time she tries to leave with no memory of her escape attempt, Kalandra would remain trapped in the lake to this day, observing the outside world from within in isolation.[b]

Over the years, Kalandra would receive many guests, many of which were ambitious mortals seeking fortune. Among her visitors include Krillson, The Clayshaper, and Einhar. She was visited by the Order of the Djinn, who swore to free her, but, upon discovering "the truth of [the Lake]", she was forsaken and abandoned.[c][d] Kalandra's newest etchings suggest that she has devised a new plan to escape.[e]

The Titans

Further information: Warband

In this realm of primordial magma, a race of titans walked the earth. While most of the titans eventually fell before the rise of humanity,[f] humans eventually began to populate the volcanoes of the titans, though the titans were mostly indifferent.[g] At one point, a human outpost belonging to El'Abin, Bloodeater, possibly their only home, was destroyed and subsumed into the caldera by a titan.[h][i] The ancestors of the humans from the volcanoes, known as the Redblades, regularly worship and ritualistically sacrifice humans in the name of the Molten One,.[j] The last remaining titans allied with the humans to fight against "the rising darkness" by forging powerful weapons for them, as well as assisting to control the first virtue gem.[k][l] While the humans largely survived, the titans were almost entirely wiped out, with the Molten One being their only surviving member.

Primeval civilization

Further information: Primeval civilization

A primeval civilization existed at some point before the Winter of the World. Very little is known about this civilization. The only physical evidence of this civilization remaining can be found buried under the Vaal and Lightless civilizations in the Azurite Mines. While the primeval civilization is often referred to as the "Proto-Vaal", owing to this term appearing consistently in game files regarding members of this civilization, this term has never been recorded in-game.

The First King

Further information: The First King

The First King, possibly the founder of this civilization, led the rest of his people on a journey (possibly a migration) to the later site of his civilization during a cold winter. He is referred to by the three Uzaza's rings (Uzaza's MeadowUzaza's Meadow
Sapphire Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance+20 to Dexterity
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
Cold winds blasted what little grew on the icy surface.
The gifts of the land lay hidden deeper,
and only patience and persistence would free them.
This item can be combined with a Mountain and Valley ring at a Vendor.
, Uzaza's MountainUzaza's Mountain
Sapphire Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance+20 to Dexterity
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
The narrow path turned to rough rocks that led towards the sky.
One last obstacle in a life-long journey
to find a land they could call home.
This item can be combined with a Meadow and Valley ring at a Vendor.
, Uzaza's ValleyUzaza's Valley
Sapphire Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance+20 to Dexterity
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
Sheltered beneath thick ice, the river ferried fat fish towards the sea.
But the First King knew the river's secret, and the fish were not the only ones who grew fat.
This item can be combined with a Meadow and Mountain ring at a Vendor.
). His name is unknown; some speculate it to be "Uzaza", judging from the associated rings, while others suggest it might be "Ahn", a figure referred to by (Ahn's HeritageAhn's Heritage
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"It's not Karui, Azmeri or even Vaal in origin,
but one thing is certain. It is very, very old."
- Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 46
, Ahn's ContemptAhn's Contempt
Praetor Crown
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Energy Shield: (81-139)
Requires Level 68, 62 Str, 91 Int+(15-20) to all Attributes
(60-140)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
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You take 50% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes while you have no Power Charges
"To touch it is to be overwhelmed with the need to carve your name into history.
A face no one remembers, yet once you have seen it, you will never forget."
- Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 48
, Ahn's MightAhn's Might
Midnight Blade
One Handed Sword
Physical Damage: (115-150) to (249-304)
Critical Strike Chance: (5.75-6.25)%
Attacks per Second: 1.30
Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
Requires Level 68, 213 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy RatingAdds (80-115) to (150-205) Physical Damage
(15-25)% increased Critical Strike Chance
-1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
10% increased Area of Effect
+100 Strength Requirement
+50% Global Critical Strike Multiplier while you have no Frenzy Charges
+(400-500) to Accuracy Rating while at Maximum Frenzy Charges
"Impossibly heavy, yet the ancient edge is keen as any modern blade.
A reminder that, in the end, when we lie in the bellies of worms,
it is what we make that makes us."
- Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 47
) and depicted in a Primeval Ruins mural;

Aul, the Crystal King

Further information: Aul, the Crystal King

Aul, the Crystal King was once a slave under an unnamed king who worked to quarry stone, possibly to construct the pyramidal structure depicted in one of the murals. Through predominately his leadership, Aul earned the respect of his people and led an uprising possibly to overthrow the king that enslaved them, rising to power and becoming "the Crystal King".[m][n] Aul is likely the last king of the primeval civilization, as he can be encountered as a boss in the Azurite Mines. His position below the Lightless suggests that his civilization may have been buried in a cataclysmic event involving the Lightless, possibly the Winter of the World.

Ahkeli, the Clayshaper

Further information: The Clayshaper

Ahkeli, the Clayshaper was a member of the primeval civilization referred to by Ahkeli's rings (Ahkeli's MeadowAhkeli's Meadow
Ruby Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance+20 to Strength
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
Where once had stood a village, lay naught but splinters.
Some had once been her home.
Some had once been her creations.
Some had once been her family.
This item can be combined with a Mountain and Valley ring at a Vendor.
, Ahkeli's MountainAhkeli's Mountain
Ruby Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance+20 to Strength
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
Fleeing the destruction set upon her home,
the Clayshaper sought safety in the clouds of ash above.
This item can be combined with a Meadow and Valley ring at a Vendor.
, Ahkeli's ValleyAhkeli's Valley
Ruby Ring
Requires Level 49+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance+20 to Strength
5% increased maximum Energy Shield
5% increased maximum Life
The river, once fertile and fresh,
and flowing briskly to the sea,
now stood, stained, at a standstill.
Dammed by the coagulating dead.
This item can be combined with a Meadow and Mountain ring at a Vendor.
) and the Abyss Scarabs whose home and family were destroyed in a cataclysmic event speculated to be the Winter of the World. Seeking refuge in the "clouds of ash above", After the emergence of the Lightless and the Winter of the World, Ahkeli joined forces with an akhara of Maraketh to found the Order of the Djinn.

The Azmeri

The Origin of Gods

Before the Beast, the common people could ascend, and reach the immortality through the adoration of their people.[1]

Sin and Innocence

A woman gave birth to two boys, Innocence and Sin. Innocence was well behaved, while Sin was disobedient. When their mother broke the bread, she allowed Innocence to eat his fill, as a reward of his honest nature. Sin was cast the scraps to remind him of his bad behaviour. One day, Sin stole a fish, and beat his brother until he promised not to tell it to anyone. But Innocence could not keep his promise, and bore witness to the Mother of Two. It was decided between the mother and Innocence that sin was beyond redemption, and Sin was burned. While Sin became ash and smoke, he moved into the watching villagers. Sin forced the people to turn on each other, and in the struggle the villagers formed a giant of Sin. Innocence realised that the village was lost and burned it to the ground. "As town and titan burned, the sky turned dark with the ash of Sin. There, amongst the raging ruins of his home, Innocence swore an oath. No matter where the ashes of Sin fell, his purifying flames would rise to meet them."[2]

...At least, that was the myth of Innocence and Sin according to the Templars. The true story of Innocence's rise to godhood is buried deep within the Forbidden Sanctum: Innocence was once a man who desired to be a god, and did whatever it took to become one. He started off by preaching his virtues, but few would follow him. He then met the Newcomers, a mysterious group of people that worshiped the fire out of fear. Innocence manipulated their fear by claiming to be their savior. He took the symbol they worshiped and made it his own, and from there his number of followers began to grow. To gather more faith, he vilified his own brother by declaring him to be the Original Evil and kept him in captivity for his followers to berate him. Innocence posed himself as Maxarius, the first High Templar, and used fear and hatred to ascend to godhood.[3]

The Beast

At some point, a creature called the Beast was created, by a god, Sin, to free humanity from the tyranny of the Gods.[4] The Beast is an ancient being that plays a major role in Wraeclast's history, mainly as the source of all thaumaturgy[5]. It slumbers beneath the mountain next to Highgate.

The Viridian Wildwood

Further information: The Viridian Wildwood

The Viridian Wildwood was created to serve as a haven for the Winter of the World.

The Vaal

The Vaal are the oldest identified race in Wraeclast,[o] almost completely forgotten in modern times.[p] At the height of its prosperity, it was the most powerful nation in the known world.[q]

The Vaal were the first known users of virtue gems.[r][s][t] Vaal bloodpriests discovered that the souls of those recently killed would, for a short moment, search for any other source of life. In this moment, they could be captured in a vaal skill gem. Then, the abilities of the gem would be empowered by these souls.

Human sacrifice and blood sacrifice were extremely prolific in Vaal society. Human sacrifice were used to empower their constructs, and through them their civilization.[u] The Vaal also engaged in slavery.[v]

Origins of the Vaal

Due to their antiquity, very little is known about the origin of the Vaal. It is highly unclear if the cryptic Vaal origin story about Xibaqua told by {Demon StitcherDemon Stitcher
Satin Gloves
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+(100-120) to maximum Energy Shield
+(100-120) to maximum Life
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Xibaqua's treachery was met with divine fury.
One by one, the gods reclaimed their flesh, until all that remained was a droplet of pure light:
The first Vaal.
and Mask of the Stitched DemonMask of the Stitched Demon
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From the flesh of the gods, Xibaqua was born.
From the carnage of Xibaqua, we were born.
It is our duty to return to the gods what was once theirs.
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Radius: Large
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Historic
They believed themselves the pinnacle of civilisation, but that height toppled their empire.Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
suggests that they and the story were well-known in Vaalish society.

Despite the name "Proto-Vaal" often given to the primeval civilization, no connection between the two peoples has been proven.[w]

On Oriath

Although traditionally confined to the Wraeclastian mainland, spanning the majority of the regions later conquered by the Eternal Empire, it is known that Vaal culture had once extended to the shores of the island of Oriath.[x] Queen Atziri also used Oriath as a "vault" to keep valuable goods. One such good was the Elixir of AllureElixir of AllureFamous for her many lovers, those that did not
come willing to Atziri, came by liquid persuasion.
, a famed love potion said to have been kept in the skulls of Atziri's favourite lovers.[y] In the Act 10 quest No Love for Old Ghosts, the exile retrieves this potion from the Ossuary for Weylam Roth.

Contacting the Azmeri

Around 1160 BC,[z] the Vaal first made contact with the Azmeri living in the Azmerian ranges. At the time, the Azmeri were still composed of primitive tribes. The Vaal introduced agriculture and literacy to the Azmeri, assisting them in the creation of the first Azmerian written language. While the Vaal were generous with sharing their knowledge in many areas, they never divulged any information about the virtue gems with which their skin was adorned.[aa]

Ralakesh

The god Ralakesh, "Master of a Million Faces", was a Vaal god who rose to prominence at some point before the reign of Atziri. He was obsessed with the control of humanity through their "animal instincts", and came under the control of a certain Vaal city. His experiments drove his citizens to the brink of extinction, and he was forced to enslave many of the primitive Azmeri to repopulate his domain.[ab] In the Act 7 quest The Master of a Million Faces, the exile encounters and kills Ralakesh to claim his soul and empower their pantheon.

Yugul

Yugul, "Reflection of Terror", was a Vaal scholar obsessed with the study of fear, which he believed to be an idea upon which the "bedrock" of the "great cosmos" was formed.[ac] He would induce terror in children and capture their reactions in "eldritch mirrors" designs of his own creation that could "petrify fear" for further study.[ad] He used this understanding of human nature and control over fear to enter the halls of Vaal leadership, and eventually scare enough Vaal into worshipping him, allowing him to ascend to godhood.[ae] IN the Act 8 quest Reflection of Terror, the exile encounters and kills Yugul to claim his soul and empower their pantheon.

Arakaali

Arakaali, "Spinner of Shadows" said to crawled up from the "blackest pits" during the creation of the world, was really a mortal temptress and seductress whose "lust for loin" transformed her into an arachnid.[af] She became a Vaal goddess of fertility, who would often assume a human form and, after copulating with her victims (the genders of whom were unclear), would satiate her "divine thirst" by draining them of their bodily fluid. Her acolytes would collect the husk and give it a place in her temple, the modern day Temple of Decay.[ag] Despite primarily being known as a Vaal goddess, she was first worshipped by the Azmeri.[ah][ai] In the Act 7 quest The Mother of Spiders, the exile encounters and defeats Arakaali in the Temple of Decay Level 2 to claim her soul and empower their pantheon.

Reign of Queen Tetzlapokal

Queen Tetzlapokal, described by scholars as a "waif of disturbing proclivities", was a devotee of the goddess Arakaali who lived at some point before the reign of Atziri. According to literature, she had a deep fascination with mortality and the "inert human form". Her subjects were requested to deposit the bodies of their deceased loved ones on the steps of her palace, upon which the bodies would be taken inside.[aj] Eramir is unable to describe exactly what was done with the bodies taken inside, but his dialogue suggests some form of necrophilia. The Vaal City rose to prominence during her reign.

Reign of Queen Atziri

Queen Atziri was the last Queen of the Vaal, as the actions of her and her thaumaturge, Doryani, led to the Vaal Cataclysm and the fall of the Vaal.

Early reign

Atziri was a vain, narcissistic, and beautiful ruler, obsessed with eternal beauty and youth.[ak][al] Although dissenters in her court were usually sacrificed, she sometimes took matters into her own hands.[am][an]

Atziri held court naked in a "throne room of mirrors", demanding the same of anyone wishing an audience with her.[6] Scholars believe that she used her "striking physical appearance" to solicit "courtly engagements in her favour", especially from men.[ao]

"When you have nothing to hide,

you have nothing to fear."

— Atziri, Queen of the Vaal[ap]

Kishara

Kishara, a Vaal explorer from Atziri's time from travelled "every coast, cove and bay" with the help of her thaumaturgical guide, Kishara's StarKishara's StarTo the wily Kishara's eye, a star brighter than the sun., fell out of Atziri's favour for an unknown reason.[aq] Atziri took Kishara's ship and made sacrifices out of her crew, forcing Kishara to escape and go into hiding. However, before she left, she hid Kishara's Star near the Causeway.[ar][as] In the Act 7 quest Kishara's Star, the exile retrieves Kishara's Star in the Causeway for Weylam Roth.

Zerphi

During Atziri's reign, a Vaalish noble named Zerphi caught her attention for having lived to 168. He was a serial killer; over a period of 128 years, Zerphi had abducted, tortured, and murdered thirteen victims, all Gemlings of noble descent at their twentieth year of life. Post-mortem revealed that each victim had been tortured and mutilated slowly, all while they were still alive. When Zerphi himself was found dead next to his thirteenth victim, whose body appeared untouched, instead of that of a centenarian, it was discovered that his body resembled that of a twenty year-old.[at]

Atziri tasked her premier thaumaturgist, Doryani, with the task of researching Zerphi's methods of achieving his longevity and vitality, ordering him to "make any effort within the realms of possibility, and to act without fear of question or consequence". The source of Zerphi's longevity may have been his devotion to an unidentified "god of death".[au] Doryani's methods were brutal - countless Vaal between the ages of 16-26 were sent to him, yet none survived and his experiments proved unsuccessful.[av]

The Temple of Atzoatl

The Temple of Atzoatl's construction is said to have began in the final years of Atziri's reign, with it being completed shortly before the Vaal Cataclysm. Its exact location has been lost to time and, for the denizens of Wraeclast, its existence and purpose now lie within the realm of mythology.

At the peak of Atzoatl's influence, evidence suggests that Atziri herself moved her seat of power to there. This may be why she can be encountered in the Throne of Atziri area of The Temple of Atzoatl.[aw]

While little is known about the temple's true purpose, it was used, among other purposes, for the storing of riches acquired from trade with the Karui and Maraketh; the development of mechanical technology; worship of Corruption; Doryani's experiments with gems; playing host to the Cult of Purple Flame, which worshipped Chayula; the study of cold, fire, and lightning; the study of the control of the weather; the pursuit of immortality; sacrifice; the study of Legion monoliths; the crafting of weapons and armour; and the study of maps.[ax]

The temple was filled with ambushes and traps to deter potential plunderers. According to myth, the heart of the temple, the Temple Nexus, "imbued its denizens with vigour".[ay]

At The Temple of Atzoatl, the Vaal were repeatedly attacked by a certain "horrifying murderous entity". To defend, the Vaal stationed a "great many warriors" and bred "a great many creatures" to defend against the attacks.[az] Little is known about this entity; its origins, motivations, and ultimate fate are up for speculation.

Fall of the Vaal

Despite Doryani's failures to replicate Zerphi's success, Atziri never lost her desire for immortal life. Under her reign, she began demanding life and blood sacrifice from her subjects. As Atziri grew more desperate and the blood of the empire began to run dry, more and more Vaal were sent to the altar every day - from the common thief to the most devoted thaumaturge or most trusted advisor, none were exempt. However, it was the lower classes that suffered the most.[ba] [bb][bc] The Vaal used these souls of those sacrifice to power their Vaal gems.[bd][be][7]

For their sacrifice, Atziri promised immortality not just for herself, but for the entire Vaal population.[bf]However, due to her history of vanity and narcissism, it is questionable whether she had ever intended to save the other Vaal as opposed to keeping immortality only to herself.[bg]

Some of the Vaal were fully accepting of Atziri's sacrifices and rituals,[bh] but others expressed disillusionment and dissent[bi]Any such protestors were quickly arrested and at her altars.[bj]

Atziri became obsessed with gems as well as sacrifice. Soon, they were too ubiquitous in Vaal society. Historical recountings of the Vaal describe their bodies as were glittering, adorned with gems all over.[bk][bl]

Signs of the Vaal civilization's decline began showing even before The Fall.[bm][bn]

The Vaal Cataclysm

The Vaal Catalysm, also known as The Fall, was a historical event that brought an end to the Vaal Empire, from which only 3,126 Vaal survived. The fate of Atziri, Doryani, and the rest of Vaal is unknown and up for speculation, even to Wraeclastian scholars.

Very little is known about the cause the Vaal Cataclysm. Under Atziri, Doryani's attempts to reach immortality grew in size and scope, until he began work on his final project. At the time of or in preparation for this project, Atziri took her treasures and moved them to Vaults of AtziriVaults of Atziri
Vaal Pyramid Map
Map Level: 71
Map Tier: 4
Guild Character: g
Chests have (2500-3500)% increased Item Rarity
Area contains no monsters
Chest drop scaling is disabled. (Hidden)
Found Items have (20-40)% chance to drop Corrupted in Area
"Should I depart this mortal coil,
so shall all of my treasures."
- Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
Travel to this Map by using it in a personal Map Device. Maps can only be used once.
.

The result of the catalytic reaction would be either immortality for all,

or death for all. It was a risk Doryani was willing to take.

Doryani's CatalystDoryani's Catalyst
Vaal Sceptre
Sceptre
Physical Damage: (102-122) to (170-230)
Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.55-1.61)
Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
Requires Level 75, 113 Str, 113 Int32% increased Elemental DamageSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
The result of the catalytic reaction would be either immortality for all,
or death for all. It was a risk Doryani was willing to take.

The exact details of his experiments and its fallout are extremely nebulous due to lack of documentation. However, it involved manipulating the powers of the Beast, its thaumaturgy, corruption, gems, sacrifice, "communion", the "harvest moon", "sleep", "nightmare", maps, and possibly The Elder.[bo][bp][bq][br][bs]

Doryani did not appear to be successful. Due to the cataclysmic nature of the event, little is known about what truly happened to the Vaal. However it is known that only 3,126 survived, to seek refuge with the nearby Azmeri. When asked about the Fall, none of the survivors could say what had happened. Over time, they assimilated into the Azmeri population until no Vaal remained. Despite the ubiquity of gems in the Vaal civilization, none of these survivors had any; when the Kalguur showed them an image of one, a "great panic arose" and the Kalguur were banished from the Azmerian mountains.[bt]

"... tattered, shambling survivors, bereft of their families, their wealth, and in many cases, their sanity."

— Trinian, "The Ancients", Book 5: The Fall

As for Atziri, she managed to preserve her beauty into as the cost of sacrificing her humanity,[bu] relegated to a "nightmare realm" and unable to return to Wraeclast. Doryani's fate is unclear. In Atziri's "crimson nightmare" realm, she is joined by other Vaal who continue to sacrifice themselves to her over and over, only to rise again each time.[bv]The Trialmaster describes Atziri's realm of "crimson madness and nightmare" as being beyond the reach of his master, Chaos.

The Kalguur

Further information: The Kalguur

The Kalguur are a race of people who originate from a landmass far removed from Wraeclast. Little is known about their civilization. The Kalguur do not use virtue gems,[bw] nor do they worship gods the way Wraeclastians do. Instead, Kalguuran runesmiths craft runes on Kalguuran armour to capture and shape starlight, giving power to their armour and weapons.[bx] Kalguuran runes on related item bases may be the source of the Ward defence mechanic.

"The priests of the Kalguur worshipped knowledge, not gods."

- FaithguardFaithguard
Runic Helm
Ward: (51-63)Requires Level 25, 30 Str, 30 Dex, 30 Int+(20-30) to Intelligence
(25-35)% increased Ward
(40-60)% faster Restoration of Ward
(15-25)% increased Light Radius
Increases and Reductions to Maximum Energy Shield instead apply to Ward
The priests of the Kalguur worshipped knowledge, not gods.

Expedition to Wraeclast

The Vaal Cataclysm did not go unnoticed by the Kalguur. They experienced the shaking of the land, the appearance of a "crimson sun", and stars falling to the land like meteors, which they interpreted as an "Omen". (the meaning of the term "Omen" is unclear.) In response, their king Cadigan the Third commissioned an "expedition" to that land, which would carry the Triskelion Flame for protection.[by]

The journey was beset by "black clouds and red lightning" and lasted almost "two seasons". The rain and fish were poisoned and had to be cleansed by the Triskelion Flame.[bz][ca]

The Eternal Empire

The Eternal Empire, or the Sarn Empire, is a faction of Wraeclast founded by the Azmeri, ruled by Emperors from its capital, Sarn. People who originate from this empire are known as "Eternals". Led by General Marceus Lioneye, is one of the factions that can be fought within the Domain of Timeless Conflict. The fallout of the Cataclysm resulted in the fall of the Eternal Empire. It was largely survived by the island of Oriath.[cb]

Imperialis Conceptus (1 IC)

Imperialis Conceptus, or the founding of the Eternal Empire, marks the first year of the Eternal calendar, 1 IC.

Tarcus Veruso led "eighty thousand tribesmen and women" of the Azmeri and descended the Azmerian ranges, heading down into the lands left behind by the Vaal Empire after the Vaal Cataclysm. However, although the majority did, not all Azmeri followed Veruso. The Azmeri of The Forest Encampment are the descendants of "their original culture", those who stayed behind.[8] To reach "the promised land", Veruso and his followers first had to traverse "the doomlands", lands ravaged by the fallout of the Cataclysm. Hunger set in, and the tribesmen may have resorted to cannibalism.[cc]

"Plant[ing] his banner" upon Azala Vaal, the former capital of the Vaal Empire, Tarcus Veruso founded the capital city of Sarn, and along with it, the Eternal Empire. According to Cadiro Perandus, the first Perandus market stall, later known as the Perandus Markets, was built on this day.[cd]

"The Vaal closed their eyes to flesh and stone, to blood and bronze. We are not Vaal. We are Azmeri. For now and forever, our eyes are open."

- Tarcus Veruso, on founding of Sarn

Reign of Tarcus Veruso

As Emperor, Veruso ruled as a "ruthless despot".[ce] He sealed and quarantined the "ancient Vaalish centres of power and knowledge", outlawing thaumaturgy in an effort to prevent a second Vaal Cataclysm. Those that "stained themselves" with "Vaalish folly" were burned for their sin. The "Tears of Maji", gems, were collected up and taken, buried under the mountains of Highgate. The caverns there were "sealed and forgotten".

He introduced the system of Legions and legionnaires, conquering many "lands beneath the Mantle" and clearing them of the "mindless constructs" and "fierce abominations" left after the Vaal Cataclysm.

The Ankh of Eternity

The Ankh of Eternity.

When Veruso's wife Chiara died during childbirth, he turned to the Ankh of EternityAnkh of Eternity"The amulet, it... whispers to me. Horrible things..." to try to bring her back.[cf] Paired with a specific "Azmerian ritual", the Ankh was said to have been a source of "true resurrection".[cg] The origin of the ankh is unknown, but the Azmeri likely already had it in their possession when Tarcus Veruso led them down into their new land. "Inscriptions" upon the ankh suggest that the Ankh was a gift to Veruso from the Vaal, more likely from one of the 3,126 survivors of the Fall.[8][ch]

Clarissa's dialogue suggests that the ritual resulted in Chiara becoming a monster, similar to what happened later to Tolman, but the Eternal records of the event were rewritten to describe a success in an effort to "cover up the truth [of the failure]".[ci] Afterwards, Veruso took the ankh himself and hid it "to the east", tucked away in a "shrine in the Quay". Later, as part of the quest Love is Dead, the exile encounters the ankh in the Quay and gives to Clarissa, who unsuccessfully tries to use it to revive Tolman.

Reign of Caspiro

Emperor Caspiro.

After Veruso's death, his successor was decided by the "Lord's Trial", an Azmerian tradition that had brought Veruso to power and would go on to inspire Izaro to build The Lord's Labyrinth. Caspiro, a "low-born legionnaire", was the only survivor of a "labyrinth" that had killed Veruso's only son, and was soon crowned Emperor Caspiro.[cj]

Caspiro's reign was cut short, just 5 years after Veruso's death. He was "dismembered" by an unidentified entity known only as "a dark being".[ck]

Azmerian writers of the time were "unified" in their description of a "portion of [their] Empire [being] cast into perpetual night", a "pervasive darkness" that enveloped what "would become the imperial heartlands". Wraeclastian historians are uncertain of the cause of these events", suggesting alternatives such as "peculiar weather patterns" or "thaumaturgical residue".[cl]

The "pervasive darkness" that Alano Phrecia drove away is "likely" the same darkness that the exile releases in the Vaal Ruins near the Forest Encampment. The Vaal Oversoul was merely a construct built to house that darkness, like a massive totem. The exile breaks that seal in the Vaal Ruins near the Forest Encampment. Later, the Apex is used in a Vaal temple to summon the darkness into the Vaal Oversoul's mechanical body so that it can be destroyed.[8]

Reign of Alano Phrecia

General Alano Phrecia avenged the death of the emperor, defeating the "dark being", dispelling the darkness and returning "the gaze of Solaris" to the "lands stretching from the foot of the Mantle to the Axiom Ranges". For this victory, the "Imperial heartlands" were named in his honour - land that translates the historical Phrecia Cathedral and the modern-day Fellshrine Ruins.

"... our legions drove the dark being deep into the recesses of its lair and sealed it away for eternity"

- Alano Phrecia, first Sacrato of Lurici, 35 I.C., on defeating the "dark being".

In the absence of a clear Veruso succession, Alano Phrecia was crowned emperor, beginning an "unbroken line of Phrecia emperors" that ended with Izaro.

Reign of Romira Phrecian

The Empress, Emperor Romira's wife, gave birth to two sons, whose father was Romira's brother. In "an act of vengeance", Romira held a banquet in which he fed her two sons back to her.[cm]

Night of a Thousand Ribbons

The cannibalism and incest of Romira and his family brought great shame onto his subjects.[cn][co]

In protest of the Emperor's activities, Sarn was burned to the ground[cp] and Romira was desposed.[cq] This event is known as the Night of a Thousand Ribbons; after Sarn's reconstruction, royals of the Eternal Empire would continue to hold festivities celebrating this event on the same day.[cr] This event is notable for being the celebration during which Emperor Chitus was betrayed and murdered assassinated by Mayor Ondar during the Purity Rebellion.

Reign of Izaro

Emperor Izaro Phrecius was the last Phrecian emperor of the Eternal Empire. Decades of incest and inbreeding had rendered him impotent. Unable to produce an heir, he turned to a "forgotten tome on a forgotten shelf" of the Sarn Library to decide his successor - a tome entitled 'Ancient Traditions of Azmerian Ascendancy'.[cs]

Izaro was inspired by the "Lord's Trial", a "rough-hewn maze festooned with wild animals and brutal traps" created by the Azmeri to determine their "chieftans". Tarkus Veruso himself, the "Prima Imperialus", was tested by one of these "trials" to a become the leader of the Azmeri. [ct].

Izaro saw himself not as a man, but as a divine saviour trapped in a man's body.

- Izaro's DilemmaIzaro's Dilemma
Imperial Claw
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Izaro saw himself not as a man,
but as a divine saviour trapped in a man's body.

Inspired by the Lord's Trial, Izaro built The Lord's Labyrinth as a way to allow The Goddess of Justice to choose his successor. Izaro's labyrinth involved traps such as lava and "boobytrapped decoys", the latter of which killed a trapbuilder, Xirgil, in an accident during its construction.[cu][cv]

The High Gardens of Sarn were built by Izaro as a "test run" for the labyrinth, filling it with all sorts of "traps" and "nasty beasties". Convicted criminals were given a choice: Death, or going through the Garden. If they survived, they would be granted an imperial pardon. According to Hargan, no criminals ever made it through.[cw]

Perandus conspiracy

Unbeknownst to Izaro, "treachery" was already growing in his own court,[cx] primarily in the Perandus family. The Perandus family, especially Chitus Perandus, son of Julius Perandus, and his uncle Cadiro Perandus, resented Izaro and his Phrecian bloodline for having blocked their family's claims to the throne on the basis of their bloodlines. Cadiro saw the labyrinth as his family's "only clear shot" at "sovereignty".[cy]

Perandus gold has filled the imperial coffers.

Perandus minds have crafted this Empire into the marvel it is today.

And has a single Perandus ever sat upon the imperial throne? No.

- Chitus Perandus, Letters from Chitus, Letter 1

Three letters, sent by Chitus to his uncle, Cadiro, on the 3rd Kaso of Vitali, 1316 I.C., 1st Lunaro of Verusi 1317, I.C., 3rd Solaro of Divini, 1318 I.C., are known as the Letters from Chitus. These letters detail Chitus' plans to sabotage Izaro's plans for the Labyrinth and take the throne for himself.

In the first letter, Chitus expresses his dissatisfaction with Izaro's plans for the Labyrinth, believing that the Perandus family deserved the imperial throne far more than any "peasant or peon" emboldened by the opportunity.

In the second letter, Chitus describes three failed assassination attempts on Izaro's life, each time "astutely thwarted" by Izaro's men. Cousin Elano, an illegitimate member of the Perandus family, was executed as part of the failed assassination attempts to prevent any "inconvenient disclosure". Giving up the plans for assassination, Chitus turned to winning the Labyrinth for himself. Using the vast resources of the Perandus family, Chitus "purchased" several of Izaro's overseers, familiarizing himself with the Labyrinth's architectural plans.

In the third letter, Chitus describes training heavily with the duelist Kre Faarblood, a great swordsman of Sarn, only to have Faarblood tried and executed after Faarblood revealed that he was not the "noble blood" that he had claimed to be. He describes Izaro's various "hazards and living horrors", describing spikes that "pop out of the floor", spin on "shifting wheels", and roam about like "predators in search of prey", revealed to him by his bought overseers. Chitus arranged "hirelings" to place "discrete caches of supplies" scattered throughout the Labyrinth to support him during the trial, and concluded with a list of their names to Cadiro to have them executed.

In these plans, Chitus was "aided immeasurably" by his uncle, Cadiro.[9]

The Lord's Labyrinth

On the second Galvano of Azmeri, 1317 IC, Izaro opened The Lord's Labyrinth. To commemorate the occasion, Izaro had the remains of the first claimant", "the first to challenge its treacherous traps", gilded in gold.[cz] Among the first challengers were "The Son of Sarn", Chitus Perandus, and Weylin, an Ezomyte slave, "The Son of Ezomyr". Their journey through the labyrinth is recounted by poem environmental lore objects encountered in the labyrinth.

Chitus and Weylin helped each other through the labyrinth. Chitus was as the "Guide", directing them through dangerous traps and mazes, using his bought knowledge of shortcuts, tricks, and cached supplies to give them an unfair advantage. Weylin was the "Warrior", using his superior combat abilities to slay "beast and fiend". Weylin had entered the labyrinth with hopes of becoming emperor and freeing his people, the Ezomytes, of their subjugation under the Eternal Empire. To gain his trust, Chitus told him that he had similar plans, despite having no such intentions whatsoever. At one point, Weylin was badly injured and near death, and Chitus used one of his secrets to save Weylin's life. At another, Chitus was cornered by "slavering beasts", but was saved when Weylin "struck [them] down".

Near the end of the Labyrinth, Chitus betrayed Weylin by offering him a poisoned "flask". Weylin drank of it and died, allowing Chitus to exit the Labyrinth and "ascend" as the next Eternal Emperor.

Reign of Chitus

On the first Kaso of Verusi, 1319 IC, Chitus was crowned Emperor of the Eternal Empire.[10]As emperor, his first action was to seal Izaro into the Lord's Labyrinth, trapping him in his own creation, in which he stayed until his death.[da] The exile can still encounter Izaro as an enemy in The Lord's Labyrinth.

Emperor Chitus was a brutal and charismatic leader[db] as vain as Atziri,[dc] who expanded his empire into neighbouring nations "at a great human cost".[dd] Chitus' rule was heavily influenced by his "Laureate Thaumaturge", the "Father of Dreams", Malachai.[de] In a Letter to Chitus, Malachai campaigned for the the formation of a "Thaumatocracy", or the integration of virtue gems and thaumaturgy into Eternal society.

Slave trade

During Chitus' reign, the Eternal Empire enslaved the Karui, Ezomyte, and Maraketh.[df] Prominent members of the slave trade included Captain Sigmund Fairgraves, who shipped "Karui children" across the seas; Marceus Lioneye, who launched campaigns against the Karui and enslaved those he conquered; and brutal Ezomyte slavemaster Gaius Sentari.[dg][dh][di] The Marketplace was used a market for the Karui slave trade.[dj]

The bulk of slaves were to sent to "civilization camps" run by Gaius Sentari near Highgate. There, Malachai tasked them with the job of mining for and excavating the virtue gems that had been buried there by Tarcus Veruso. To further facilitate their ability to mine for gems, Malachai used them as test subjects on which he experimented with bodily transfiguration. Limbs were "stretched, contorted, double and triple jointed", and their eyes were "injected with gloom", which, in exchange for better night vision, forced them to squint and cower in the sun.[dk] At some point, the entrance to the mines were sealed, and those remaining were left to die.[dl] The humanoid monsters encountered by the exile in The Mines Level 1, The Mines Level 2, and The Crystal Vein, such as Pocked Miner, Pocked Goliath, and Tunneler may be those same miners, kept alive by the thaumaturgy of the Cataclysm.

The slaves also mined for Voltaxic Sulphite and Thaumetic Sulphite.[dm] The exile can Delve for Voltaxic Sulphite in the Azurite Mines, also located under the mountains of Highgate. Some of the mined Thaumetic Sulphite, a hazardous substance that "fevered the blood" and "scorched the mind" of its slave handlers,[dn] was carried to a refinery near The Docks, some of which is later found by the exile as part of the Act 3 quest Fiery Dust.[do]

Besides working in the mines, after being sold and auctioned off in markets, slaves were sent to work in mills and into the streets of Sarn, where they were regularly flogged and overworked to their deaths. Those who resisted were subject to being skinned and butchered.[dp]

Malachai

Malachai drew upon the work of Lazhwar, an old archbishop of the Eternal Faith, who had experimented with thaumaturgy and discovered maps to create the Eternal Laboratory.[dq][dr] He called Icius Perandus to his laboratory to help translate some "artefacts", possibly the Golden Pages, which described the events of the Vaal Cataclysm.[ds] Inspired, he built the Reverie Device, a precursor to the Map Device. He began inserting maps into it travelling into the "Nightmare".[dt]

After touching and interacting with gems, Malachai began having thaumaturgy-related dreams. In them, the Beast spoke to him, and began teaching him "lessons cloaked in Nightmare". He began working in a similar to purpose to Doryani of the Vaal, who Malachai described as one who "knew the truth". The truth to what, is uncertain.[du]

Malachai began on the quest to create "the ideal gemling", a synthesis of human flesh and virtue gems.[dv] Volunteers were called forward to become the subjects of Malachai's experiments, where he attempted to "unlock the raw power hidden within Virtue Gems".[dw]

Seeking "otherworldly inspiration", Malachai was known to consume a substance known as 'Ghost Wine'. For that purpose, he created the Decanter SpiritusDecanter Spiritus"Man is blinded by the mud of his corporeal self. Only
through the transformation of the material into the
spiritual can we hope to taste the full body of life."
- Malachai the Soulless
, later found by Captain Fairgraves and left by him in The Marketplace, where the exile finds it as part of the quest A Swig of Hope.[dx]

Malachai created the institution of Gemling legionnaires, armies of the Eternal Empire led by a Captain and composed of men infused with virtue gems, not unlike the exile themselves.[dy] Gemlings, empowered by gems, were far more powerful than any contemporary human opponents and gave the Eternal Empire militaristic dominance over its enemies. As a failsafe, to prevent the gemlings from turning on him, Chitus received a large gem embedded into his chest, connecting the beating of his own heart to that of each legionnaire. If Chitus was to die, the gemlings would die also.[dz]

Dialla was originally a concubine of Malachai's, among many others in the Sceptre of God.[ea] She talked too much, "asked too many difficult questions", and was given to Malachai.[eb] They fell in love, and Malachai promised Dialla that she would become his Gemling Queen.[ec]

Maligaro

Maligaro was one of the The Godless Three, a group of thaumaturgists who studied under Malachai: Shavronne, himself, and Doedre. Shavronne devoted herself to the "study of transfiguration", and, obsessed with eternal beauty, was notorious for her vanity.[ed][ee] Doedre, known as Doedre Darktongue, was obsessed with "the meat" (human flesh) and is heavily associated with hexes and curses.[ef][eg] Maligaro, known as Inquisitor Maligaro, was a creative; however, he worked with flesh and blood instead of canvas and ink.[eh]

The Chamber of Sins, so named by Archbishop Geofri to express his contempt for it and its master, was built by Emperor Chitus as a laboratory in which Maligaro conducted his experiments.[ei] The unholiness of the Chamber of Sins was opposed by the nearby Phrecia Cathedral, modern day Fellshrine Ruins.[ej]

Maligaro studied virtue gems, working in parallel with Malachai. For this purpose, he built Maligaro's SpikeMaligaro's SpikeMaligaro loved his tools, and took great
pains to keep them excruciatingly sharp.
. The Spike's purpose was to inject "Calibric Extantia", or the "corrupt energies locked within virtue gems", into human flesh. Malachai gifted the Transmutia Device to Maligaro in an effort to support his experiments.[ek] Later, the exile encounters this device in The Chamber of Sins Level 2 (Act 2). With the assistance of Helena, they transfer it to the exile's hideout and use it as the crafting bench.[el][em][en]

Besides humans, Maligaro also experimented with rhoas.[eo] While many of the subjects were not willing, one was: Raulo. Raulo was an assistant who offered himself up as a willing test subject to be injected with "Calibric Extantia" by Maligaro's SpikeMaligaro's SpikeMaligaro loved his tools, and took great
pains to keep them excruciatingly sharp.
. He and Maligaro entered a romantic, and possibly abusive homosexual relationship.[ep][eq] Maligaro injected Raulo using Maligaro's Spike, granting him "endless life and horrific deformity". In honour of his sacrifice, Maligaro renamed him Fidelitas, Latin for faithfulness or fidelity.[er]

The Baleful GemBaleful GemThe withering glare of corruption, made
corporeal and pellucid in crystal.
was created by Maligaro as a byproduct of his efforts to "enhance" the abilities of virtue gems. By taking it and combining it with the venom, Black VenomBlack Venom"The spider is not defined by how
it lives, but by how it kills."
- Inquisitor Maligaro
, extracted from the Weaver, Maligaro created a substance known as "Black Elixir", proclaiming it to be "the most potent poison in existence".[es]

The Purity Rebellion

The Purity Rebellion was an uprising led by High Templar Voll, who believed that gems and thaumaturgy were a "perversion" to the Empire.[et]. He sought to overthrow Chitus, execute Malachai, outlaw thaumaturgy, and "purify" his empire. He was supported by Sarn poet and art critic, Victario Nevalius, who had grown disillusioned with Chitus' reign and thaumaturgy as a whole.

Bloody Flowers Rebellion (Derevi, 1333 IC)

Thane Rigwald of the Ezomytes killed reigning King Skothe and became the new king.[eu] He criticized Skothe for his complacency and indulgence in his kingship while the common Ezomyte people were being oppressed and enslaved by the Eternals, and not moving to rebel against or fight them.[ev][ew]

To enlist Rigwald's help in the rebellion, Voll tasked Victario to write him letters, hoping that the poet's words would be more effective than any politician.[ex][ey] He was right, and Rigwald began planning a rebellion. Not permitted to possess weapons, the Ezomytes had been training in secret for years.[ez]

On the 3rd Fiero of Dirivi 1333 IC, the Ezomytes rose to rebellion against Governor Gaius Sentari in the fields of Glarryn. So colourful were the thousand tartans and banners raised that the uprising became known as "The Bloody Flowers Rebellion". Though Sentari's Gemlings killed three Ezomytes for each one of their own that fell, the "Bloody Flowers" reached victory through "sheer fury-driven courage". The clans of Ezomyr, before divided, were brought together by the common enemy of the Empire after the victory at Glarryn.[fa]

"Today, clansmen, my sword is my voice!"

- Rigwald, at the Battle of Glarryn[fb]

After the defeat, Sentari fled to Sarn,[fc] only to return in Astrali with reinforcements drawn from the capital, Vastiri and southern garrisons. The weakening of forces in those areas was part of Voll's plan, as they set up the future attack on Lioneye's Watch in the south, the Maraketh ambush in the Vastiri Desert, and the final siege of Sarn.

Lioneye's Watch[fd]

Marceus Lioneye.

Accompanied by Victario, Voll visited King Kaom of the Karui in Ngamakanui, hoping to secure his assistance for the Purity Rebellion. On their arrival, they observed Kaom defeat Akoya in ritualistic combat for leadership of the Karui. With Kaom was his advisor Lavianga and his niece Hyrri. Despite viewing the Karui Way as "savagery",[fe] Voll needed the Karui to attack the southernmost Eternal Legion, stationed at Lioneye's Watch and commanded by General Marceus Lioneye.[ff] In exchange for his support, Voll promised Kaom sovereignty over his conquered lands on Wraeclast's south shore and freedom for the existing Karui slaves.[fg][fh] Lioneye, an archer who had one of his eyes replaced with a "golden-hued" gem, would be a formidable foe for Kaom.[fi][fj] At the feast table, Voll warned Kaom of the archery ability of Lioneye and his Gemling soldiers, suggesting to him that he too adopt archers. Enraged, Kaom responded that archers were forbidden by Karui tavukai, which forbade men from using long-ranged attacks like bows. That night, Voll set sail to meet Sekhema Deshret to negotiate the return of the Vastiri Plains in exchange for the support of the Maraketh.[fk]

"When eye meets eye, axe meets axe,

the remembered will walk the way unto the ancestors."

- King Kaom, to Emperor Voll[fl]

Sailing under the cover of night on Wraeclast's South Shore, Kaom planned to use the element of surprise to defeat Lioneye. Landing on the Coast, Kaom's men were quickly detected by camps of legionnaires, who lit signal fires and alerted Lioneye of the attack.[fm] Lioneye fired volleys of incendiary arrows onto the Karui and their canoes, removing their element of surprise[fn], and cutting off their escape. As the Karui retreated, Lioneye ordered his men forwards, trying to catch them before their escape. Cognizant of Karui tradition forbidding men from weapons like bows, Lioneye and his men discarded their shields, believing them to be unnecessary and hindering their movement.[fo] Lioneye and his Gemling Legion, empowered by virtue gems, would have slaughtered Kaom's men like "pigs in a pen" in a man-to-man fight on open ground.[fp]However, Lioneye and his men were surprised by a battalion of female archers, among them Hyrri,[fq] who appeared over a cliff and hailed arrows over the defenceless Eternals. They had travelled to Thebrus and learnt archery with Voll's "finest military tutors".[fr]Enraged, Kaom attacked Victario, the originator of the archery plan, who rebutted that the archers were all women, and not men, satisfying tradition.

"... the final thoughts of Marceus Lioneye were naught but lament for his pride."[fs]

"It is dishonour for a man to kill another man from a distance."

- Victario, to King Kaom, citing Karui tradition[ft]

Gaining the upper hand, Kaom attacked Lioneye and severed his arm. Lioneye pleaded to Kaom that he spare the women and children,[fu] but Kaom refused, executing Lioneye and slaughtering all of the Eternals present at the camp.[fv][fw] Upon killing Lioneye, Kaom "honoured" him by placing his decapitated head on his belt, HeadhunterHeadhunter
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"A man's soul rules from a cavern of bone, learns and
judges through flesh-born windows. The heart is meat.
The head is where the Man is."
- Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom
.[fx] The discarding of their shields was the primary factor that led to the downfall of Lioneye and his men.[fy][fz]

Axiom Prison

Kaom's victory at Lioneye's Watch secured a safe harbour for landing reinforcements and established the first ever Karui settlement on the Wraeclastian mainland.[ga][gb] He set his sights up north, and began advancing towards Sarn.

The next Eternal outpost in his path was the Axiom Prison, currently inhabited by its warden, Brutus; Shavronne of Umbra,[gc] resident thaumaturge; and Kadavrus, assistant to Shavronne. Brutus and Shavronne prepared themselves for the Karui attack.[gd][ge] Brutus allowed Shavronne to use him as a test subject" for her thaumaturgy to "transform" Brutus, in a "mad attempt at immortality".[gf][gg] Brutus, turning mad, killed Shavronne and the other residents of the prison.[gh] The Karui, despite never having defeated Brutus, were able to reach as far as the Ship Graveyard, possibly through going around the coast by canoe.[gi] In the area past the Axiom Prison, Prisoner's Gate, Shavronne created a thaumaturgical "barricade" to cut off the pass to the Western Forest.[gj] Although it is unknown if Shavronne herself ever activated it, Piety actives this barrier in Act 1 when the exile approaches it in Prisoner's Gate to cut them off. Later, as part of the quest The Way Forward in Act 2, the exile retrieves the Thaumetic EmblemThaumetic EmblemA sigil of thaumaturgy graven in granite. from Captain Arteri and reopens the passage, paving the way for Act 6.

At an unknown point in time, the Karui settlements at Lioneye's Watch had been plagued by a "black spirit", resulting in social unrest[gk], raising of undead[gl], and twising of the wildlife.[gm] Taking his 500 "mightiest warriors", Kaom marched onto Highgate, led on by what he though was the voice of Tukohama, Karui god of War, but was really the voice of Malachai. He sought to lead the Karui "back to glory" and "wage war on Kitava, whom he blamed for the Karui's troubles on Wraeclast.[gn] The remaining Karui were led back to Ngamakanui by Hyrri on canoe.[go] Reaching Highgate without losing a single man, he was deceived by the Beast into slaughtering each of the 500 Karui he had brought with him, believing them to be "corrupted" by Kitava and the soil of Wraeclast.[gp][gq][11] The Beast "devour[ed] his very life force", consuming him and making him a part of itself.[12] The timeline for these events are unclear, but he reached Highgate about twenty years before Deshret created Deshret's Seal and sealed the entrance to the Mines.[gr] He ended up trapped in The Caldera of the King arena in Kaom's Stronghold.[gs]

Defeat of Titucius (Vitali, 1333 IC)

Hector Titucius.

General Hector Titucius, Ezomyte by birth, was an Eternal commander who had his joints replaced with virtue gems.[gt][gu] Known as the "Scourge of the Maraketh", he had previous killed Sekhema Asenath of the Maraketh and taken their highest symbol of office, the Wings of VastiriWings of VastiriAnd mounting her mighty Roc, Garukhan, holy queen of the sky,
descended upon her enemies and their armies of darkness.
.[gv] Later, the exile retrieves the wings from an undead Titucius in the Bath House for Hargan in the quest The Wings of Vastiri.

The information from the following military sequence is taken from Garivaldi's "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 4: The Red Sekhema's Saddle".[gw]

In exchange for her military support in the rebellion, Voll promised Sekhema Deshret, the Red Sekhema, the return of the Vastiri Plains to the Maraketh. She agreed on the condition that she have Hector Titucius' skin with which to fashion a rhoa's saddle. He agreed.

To this end, Deshret and her akhara (Maraketh for tribe) set a trap for Titucius and his Vastiri Legion using their knowledge of their environment. They had long been recording the comings and goings of "viscous" dust storms that ravaged the Vastiri Plains, and could predict one such storm within a day's march from Titucius' camp. To lure them there, Voll identified a number of Eternal spies within the Maraketh and fed them false information regarding a potential "tribal uprising".

On the third Galvano of Vitali 1333 IC, the desert storm and Deshret's akhara descended upon and completely destroyed Titucius and his Legion. Deshret claimed her prize, and it was said that there was "no more comfortable saddle in all of Vastiri than Deshret's".

Death of Geofri

In 1332 IC, one year after Kaom's victory at Lioneye's Watch, Victario arrived at The Chamber of Sins in a carriage with Lady Dialla and Malachai. After being greeted by Maligaro, whom Victario remarked had gems implanted in his head, and his slave and assistant Raulo, they entered and observed the young Black Death, its venom, and the Baleful GemBaleful GemThe withering glare of corruption, made
corporeal and pellucid in crystal.
. Raulo mentioned that combining the venom with the gem would create the "Black Elixir", a poison "strong enough to kill even the most powerful gemling".[gx][gy] The guests observed Maligaro transform Raulo into Fidelitas with Maligaro's SpikeMaligaro's SpikeMaligaro loved his tools, and took great
pains to keep them excruciatingly sharp.
. Malachai told Maligaro that he would soon give him the Transmutia Device, which he claimed would allow him to "directly manipulate the intelligence that dwells within virtue gems."[gz]

Later that night, Victario snuck out to Phrecia Cathedral, using the code phrase "Death to Sin" and the sign of a templar descry on his palm to enter, indicating that he was a member of the Purity Rebellion. He came to Geofri, Archbishop of the Cathedral with warnings of the experiments occurring at the Chamber of Sins and of Maligaro's possession of the Transmutia Device. Sent by Geofri, Victario, along with a squadron of templars, returned to the Chamber of Sins and began demolishing Maligaro's documents and equipment,[13] making sure to pick up the Black Elixir for later. However, they were ambushed by Maligaro, his allies and his creations, who revealed to Victario that he had been under "thaumaturgical observation"[ha] since his arrival and began massacring the templars. Taking Victario prisoner, they moved on to Phrecia Cathedral. Geofri was slain at the foot of Corutino's shrine, a shrine dedicated to Saint Corutino the Golden Hand, with Maligaro's Etcher. Archbishop Geofri later reanimated as an undead guardian, who is later encountered by the exile guarding the Golden HandGolden HandAn open palm raised in peace,
cut down by the slaves of war.
in the Act 2 quest Through Sacred Ground.[8] In the chaos of the battle, Dialla, sympathetic to Victario's cause, freed him, asking him to cut her with a shard to broken glass to make it appear that he had overpowered her and escaped. Escaping through the Phrecian Forest, Victario left on boat for Sarn.

Siege of Sarn (Divini, 1334 IC)

On the way to lay siege to Sarn, Voll and his Army of Purity burned Maligaro and Doedre at the stake for, among other crimes, hereticy, torture, murder, and enslavement.[hb][hc][hd] Before his death, Maligaro created Maligaro's MapMaligaro's Map"Certain maps can only be rendered in the most vivid of viscera."
- Inquisitor Maligaro
, formed out of his own "viscera", which served to transfer his spirit into an "existential safe house" in Maligaro's Sanctum. Upon finding it, Geofri tried to destroy it, but failed and locked it away in the ruins of Phrecia Cathedral, modern day the Crypt under the Fellshrine Ruins (Act 7).[he] In Act 7, it is there that the exile finds the map, goes to the Chamber of Sins Level 1 (Act 7), and uses it to finally defeat Maligaro in the quest Essence of the Artist.

On the last day of Divini 1334 IC, High Templar Voll laid siege to Sarn, with the support of Ezomyte, Karui and Maraketh rebels under the respective leaderships of Thane Rigwald, Hyrri of Ngamakanui and Sekhema Deshret.[hf]

Battle at the Grain Gate

Returned to Sarn, Victario began work inciting the populace in rebellion. He began creating the Ancient Graffiti later encountered by the exile in The City of Sarn, The Slums, The Battlefront, The Docks, and The Ebony Barracks. Using the phrases "Monkey King" to refer to Emperor Chitus and "The Blackest Monkey" to refer to Malachai, the graffiti conveyed a highly critical view of the two and urged the Sarn population to revolt and "throw off" the Monkey King off of their "backs".[hg] Caught in the act of writing one of these graffiti by Sarn guards, Victario was saved by Marylene and a gang of rebels, who brought him to the underground Sarn rebel base hidden in the Sarn Sewers, where they attended to a romantic affair. The underground hideout was also where Victario kept his three stolen Platinum Busts, which the exile later retrieve for Hargan in the quest Victario's Secrets.[hh][hi]

At the Sarn Arena, Malachai demonstrated the power of Gemling legionnaires to Lord Mayor Ondar. He watched with horror as a single Gemling defeated four Ezomyte slaves,[hj] convicted for having conspired in the Bloody Flowers Rebellion despite there being no evidence to back up such a claim.[hk] At the Warehouse District with Victario, Mayor Ondar recounted this story. After learning from Ondar of Chitus' plan to create an entire army of said Gemling legionnaires, Victario resolved to lead an uprising and dethrone Chitus. Ondar begged Victario to promise to spare Chitus' life, but Victario was unable to give him his word.

Victario's rebellion began. First, they spread information about secret storehouses of food that Chitus had been stashing away for his legionnaires. Starving families started riots and caused Chitus to send his legionnaires to defend the storehouses, diverting troops away from the rebels' true target - the Grain Gate Garrion, a place Victario had identified as the most weakened by the diversions. The Templars, under Voll, Ezomytes, under Thane Rigwald, Maraketh, under Sekhema Deshret, and Karui, under Hyrri marched upon the Grain Gate.[hl]

Upon blasting open the Grain Gate, Victario's forces were met by a squadron of Gemling legionnaires, led by Emperor Chitus. Dialla, whom Malachai had adorned all over with gems, going so far as to implant them into her spine,[hm][hn] grabbed Victario and threw him against a wall, preparing to fire a blast and kill him. Marylene jumped inbetween them, saving Victario but sacrificing her life in the process. The forces of the Purity Rebellion were eventually pushed back by the Gemlings, Victario escaped, injured, and the attack on the Grain Gate was unsuccessful.[ho][hp]

Assassination of Chitus

In the Sarn Slums, Victario grieved over Marylene's grave. Ondar approached him, offering condolences and discussed Chitus's role in abetting Malachai. Victario became convinced that Chitus had to be killed for the rebellion to be successful. He led Ondar into the rebel sewers and showed him the Black Elixir he had took from The Chamber of Sins, a poison he claimed to be potent enough to kill even Chitus. He demonstrated its effects on a captive Gemling, killing him.[hq]

Soon later, Ondar met with Dialla, Malachai, and Chitus on the Sceptre of God, where he raised concerns to Chitus about the Gemling legionnaires rising up and betraying him. In response, Chitus revealed that he had had a master gem implanted in his chest that connected the heartbeats of every Gemling legionnaire to that of his own. Thus, if he were killed, they would fall too. In anticipation of an assassination of Chitus, Malachai sent Official Orders to Captain Alsarus and his legion, requesting that they gather at "the warehouse"[hr] to that they would be "beyond the perimeter of his heart gem's influence". These gemlings survived, and are later encountered and killed in the Grain Gate by the exile for Maramoa in the quest The Gemling Legion.[hs]

"The heart of each soldier beats in time to the heart of his emperor."

-Emperor Chitus [ht]

During the celebration of the Night of a Thousand Ribbons, Victario ambushed the event, crying out "Death to Sin!"[hu]. The waiters tore off their masks, revealing themselves to be undercover rebels and drew arms. Ondar, who had had gems implanted in him for this event,[hv] betrayed Chitus and killed him, impaling him[hw] with a claw infused with the Black Elixir.[hx] Mortally wounded but kept alive with the power of thaumaturgy, Chitus, enraged, cut down Ondar with an axe.[hy] With the death of Chitus, the Gemling leonnaires fell, and Dialla and Malachai were captured.[hz] After Chitus' death, grieving legionnaires buried him in the Imperial Gardens and a plum tree was planted over his grave.[ia] The plums from that tree grew to be extremely poisonous, and the exile later retrieves one of these plums for Captain Fairgraves in the quest A Swig of Hope.

Faced with the siege of Sarn and uprisings led by Victario in the Slums, Docks, and Warehouse districts,[ib] Lord Cadiro Perandus met with Voll on the 1st Sacrato of Phreci, 1334 and negotiated Sarn's unconditional surrender. A week later, Voll of Thebrus was crowned Emperor of the Eternal Empire.[ic]

In the months leading up to the revolt, Cadiro organised "steady stream" of "unremarkable carts and wagons" leading out of the capital. By the time House Perandus fell, he had stolen the entirety of the kingdom's treasury and hidden it in "caches throughout the land". The outstanding debtors of the Perandus family, of which there were more than that of any other family in the Empire, were trapped by the power of Prospero in eternal servitude to Cadiro after their deaths to defend these stolen troves.[9][id]

Reign of Voll (1334 - 1339 IC)

Crowned Emperor of the Eternal Empire, Voll, the "Emperor of Purity", set to destroying the Empire's virtue gems, executing its thaumaturgists, cleansing it of thaumaturgy, and destroying its "signature extravagances".[ie]

Although he was initially sentenced to death by "living conflagration" in the Crematorium, Malachai saved himself by promising Voll a permanent "end to thaumaturgy" in exchange for his life.[if] Voll's decision to trust Malachai would become known as a fatal mistake that led to the Cataclysm, an event that brought an end to the Eternal Empire.[ig] For over a year, in the Solaris Temple, Malachai worked on the Rapture Device, a device he claimed would able kill the Beast, the origin of all thaumaturgy.[ih][ii] He completed the Rapture Device on the first Fiero of Eterni 1336 IC.[ij]

The following day, Malachai and Lady Dialla, accompagnied by Voll and his Highgate Legion, arrived at the mountains of Highgate.[ik] They set up the Rapture Device in its current location in the Crystal Veins. First, to power it, they used The Eye of FuryThe Eye of Fury"Fear becomes Hatred.
Hatred becomes Fury.
Thus is Man transformed
from Martyr to Maker."
- Malachai
and the The Eye of DesireThe Eye of Desire"It is a cruel joke that
Man was born with more
Intent than Life."
- Malachai
, taken from King Kaom and Daresso respectively.[il] Kaom had been lured to Highgate by the Beast/Malachai's voice disguised as Tukohama, but how or why Daresso reached Highgate is subject to speculation, even to Wraeclastian scholars.[im] However, it is known that Daresso had left Sarn in search for a cure for Merveil's transformation into a siren at the hands of the Star of WraeclastStar of Wraeclast
Ruby Amulet
Requires Level 28+(20-30)% to Fire ResistanceGrants Level 10 Frostblink Skill
(30-50)% increased Cold Damage
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
60% increased Area of Effect of Hex Skills
You cannot be Cursed with Silence
Frostblink has 50% increased Duration
Corrupted"I offer to you an eternal oath
that binds your heart to mine;
a bond that not even death will break.
Will you accept?"
- Daresso, to his beloved
.[in]

Malachai's true purpose was to use the Rapture Device to tear a hole in the Belly of the Beast, allowing him to enter the Black Core and take control, giving himself absolute power over thaumaturgy and the ability to trigger the Cataclysm.[io] Malachai planned to betray Dialla, and "break her heart" by telling her that she had to sacrifice herself to "fuel" the device.[ip] Before activating the Rapture Device, he wrote Malachai's Dedication, dedicating it to his deceased pupils Maligaro, Doedre, and Shavronne. At some point, he revived the three, and tasked them with guarding three vital organs he had left behind, Malachai's HeartMalachai's HeartMy heart forces blood through my veins.
But one who may bleed may die, and
death is no fitting end to genius.
, Malachai's LungsMalachai's LungsMy lungs breathe the same air as
the foolish and the weak. May I be
yet another step removed from them.
, and Malachai's EntrailsMalachai's EntrailsMy organs tether me to mortality
like a chain. This chain holds me
from my true potential.
.[iq] These organs were the only objects that tethered Malachai to mortality, which the exile later takes advantage of when they collect the organs to access the Black Core and kill Malachai in the quests Corpus Malachus and The Eternal Nightmare.[ir]

However, Dialla was too "selfish", and, despite Malachai's begging, she did not sacrifice her life and only a small rupture was created.[is] To the confusion of many Wraeclastians, Dialla would remain alive for centuries, where the exile later encounters her in The Solaris Temple Level 2 as part of the Act 3 quest The Gemling Queen.[it][iu] Malachai entered the Beast, and initiated the Cataclysm.

The Cataclysm (~1339 IC)

The Cataclysm brought an end to Voll's reign and the Eternal Empire as a whole. Due to the devasting nature of the event, first-person recollections and general sources discussing this event are scarce. For reasons unknown even to Wraeclastian scholars, the effects of the Cataclysm were mostly confined to the Wraeclastian landmass, notably not affecting the island of Oriath.[iv] While Wraeclast's flora and wildlife were spared from the worst effects of the Cataclysm, the animals and soil have experienced mutations and corruption.[iw][ix][iy] The appearance of water elementals and rock elementals may have been caused by the Cataclysm.[iz]

Humans experienced the rotting of living flesh, nightmarish visions, tentacles growing from one's body, and general madness.[ja][jb][jc][jd] Gemlings seemed to have been especially affected.[je] In Sarn, the sun turned in to an "orb of blood", and the sky was thrown into darkness by a tempest that had descended from the Highgate. Within an hour, the capital had fallen. Victario was killed.[jf][jg] In Ngamakanui, they experienced the moon "turning crimson", fire raining from the sky, and the boiling of the sea.[jh] Tempests and plagues were also observed, although they eventually passed.[ji] The dead were reanimated.[jj] Gemlings and citizens of Sarn were transformed into the Undying, mindless monsters that could live for hundreds of years.[jk][jl][jm]

During the first moments of the Cataclysm, General Adus and his elite legionnaires sought refuge in the Highgate Refinery.[jn] Later, in Act 9, the exile encounters Adus there and kills him for the Trarthan PowderTrarthan Powder"Blow it all down! The emperor must have his gems, no matter the cost!" in the quest Recurring Nightmare.

Voll, horrified by his failure, escaped to the Dried Lake and wrote Voll's Confession, apologizing to his "Empire of Purity" for his folly and begging it to survive him. He and his undead legion stayed there for centuries, harassing and attacking the nearby Maraketh at Highgate.[jo] Later, in Act 4, the exile encounters and kills Voll in the Dried Lake to acquire Deshret's Banner in the quest Breaking the Seal.

The year after the Cataclysm, Wraeclast suffered an especially harsh winter, killing many of its few survivors.[jp][jq]

Deshret's Seal

Twenty years after Kaom and his warriors descended into Highgate, Sekhema Deshret and her 'akhara', the Kiyato, seeking to end the source of the corruption.[jr] However, reaching the entrance to the Mines, she "faltered", and instead chose to seal the entrance shut.[js] The entrance was sealed before all of the miners inside could evacuate, resulting in many having been trapped below.[jt] These miners were likely reanimated by corruption into the humanoid monsters encountered in the mines by the exile.

At one point, Voll killed Deshret herself and took from her the key to opening the seal, Deshret's BannerDeshret's BannerWhen the sun sets, the plains should be red..[ju] Deshret's soul was later captured by the Godless Three and trapped in The Mines Level 2, where the exile later finds and rescues her in Act 9 in the quest An Indomitable Spirit.[jv]

Modern Times

The dates on Letters of Exile range from "1597 IC" to "1599 IC" and the Incursion trailer starts to count down from "1600 IC". This allows an estimate of some point during the campaign or endgame taking place during 1600 IC.

In the modern age, Wraeclast bears no major civilizations[14], just a few disorganised descendants of the Empire[15] and undead[16]. It also bears a number of people from Oriath island. Some were shipwrecked[17], but many were exiled for crimes minor or major.[18][19][20]

The "current" (before Act 3) High Templar is a man named Dominus[21], who controls the Blackguards[22] as well as the Order of the Templar. Templars are the theocracy of Oriath. He recently acquired an interest in the history of the empire(s) on Wraeclast.[23] Dominus works in a laboratory at the top of the tower known as the Sceptre of God[24], but his assistants General Gravicius[25][26] and Piety[27] gather information and resources. The Templars wandering in Wraeclast are mostly from Blackguard legion.

Gravicius set up a temporary barracks in Sarn, near Lunaris Temple, and seems to be responsible for seeking out the artifact known as the Twist[28] and perhaps the Ribbon Spool[29]. Piety was originally named Vinia[30], and worked as a thaumaturgist and prostitute[31] in Theopolis, Oriath. "Currently" (Act 1 to 3) she is more of an archaeologist, roaming Wraeclast investigating the works and techniques of the Empire's most famous thaumaturgists including Shavronne[32][33] and Maligaro[34], as well as trying to reproduce their experimental results for herself. Like Malachai, she implants Virtue Gems surgically[35], although judging by the detritus in the lowest floor of the Lunaris Temple, she has not yet reached Malachai's level of skill.

Oriath

Oriath is a small island off the south-east coast of Wraeclast[36]. Oriath as a nation is a theocracy ruled by the Order of the Templar, lead by the High Templar (Dominus at the start of the game). The Templar regime is considered by many to be a a theocratic dictatorship[37], as evidenced by its oppressive rule, strict enforcement of law and religion, and its large population of Karui slaves.

The capital of Oriath is Theopolis[38], and contains at least historical archives[39], duelling arenas[40], and the headquarters of the Ebony Legion[41]. According to the Research Journals, Vaal ruins exist near the city of Oriath, which contains a pyramid.[42][43]

It also contains the Court of Divine Temperance[44], where criminal are tried and prosecuted for all kinds of crimes, from violent crimes and expression of heretical beliefs to operating an establishment without a license. No matter the reason, many of these criminals are shipped off and exiled to Wraeclast.

In ancient times, Innocence and his followers were banished from the Azmeri mountains and sent to Oriath.[45] This may be when Oriath was first colonized. By the time of the Empire's fall on the mainland, Oriath was a well-established and prosperous nation.[46]

In the Phrecian Forest in the Inner Empire in Wraeclast, is the Fellshrine, the ruins of an old Templar cathedral.[47] So the Templars, which is the current theocracy of Oriath island, have a long-standing link to the mainland at Wraeclast. And obviously the past leader of Templars, the High Templar Voll had an interest in the Empire. (Read #The Purity Rebellion (1333 - 1st Sacrato of Phreci 1334) for details.)

The in-game area of Act 5 and Act 10 are all located on Oriath island, such as Oriath Docks, The Cathedral Rooftop, Oriath Square (The Ruined Square, The Ravaged Square), The Templar Courts (The Torched Courts), The Chamber of Innocence (The Desecrated Chambers), etc. Due to the proximity, presumably they are in fact with in the Oriath capital, Theopolis.

Oriath, the in-game town, was destroyed by Sirus in Conquerors of the Atlas epilogue storyline. The Siege of the Atlas storyline shows the epilogue of its events a year later: The Templar order was reduced to a number of splinter groups, Oriath was abandoned, and its survivors settled in the Karui Shores.

Expedition

The King

The modern-day Kalguur are highly apprehensive to speak about the King of the Kalguur and try to avoid speaking about him when asked.[jw] This is possibly out of fear that they would be punished if they spoke out against them.

I've never heard of this 'gods' thing before setting foot here, but I know of at least one... man... who would fancy himself a god. Best we not mention Divinity to those back home.

- Dannig, "Gods", possibly referring to the King of the Kalguur.

See also

Notes

  1. Navali, "The Future-Past"
  2. Kalandra, Ancient Etchings I-III
  3. Kalandra, Ancient Etchings V, VI
  4. Order of the Djinn, Reliquary Scarabs
  5. Kalandra, Ancient Etchings VIII
  6. Primeval Remnant
  7. "The Redblade Caldera"
  8. Redblade TramplersRedblade Tramplers
    Ancient Greaves
    Armour: (377-522)Requires Level 46, 82 StrAdds (2-5) to (7-10) Physical Damage to Attacks
    (5-10)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
    (150-200)% increased Armour
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    +(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
    25% increased Movement Speed
    Unaffected by Burning Ground
    Our home was swallowed beneath
    the great mountain for our complacency.
    Now we must prove our value to the Molten One
    by sating his hunger for life.
  9. El'Abin's VisageEl'Abin's Visage
    Fencer Helm
    Armour: (210-294)
    Evasion: (210-294)
    Requires Level 43, 49 Str, 49 Dex+(20-30) to Strength
    +(20-30) to Dexterity
    (80-120)% increased Armour and Evasion
    (15-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
    Has a Crucible Passive Skill Tree
    Crucible Passive Skill Tree is removed if this Modifier is removed
    As the fire remnants of our outpost were subsumed into the caldera,
    a thunderous voice echoed across the barren landscape,
    "Your fragility is your folly. May others rise where you have fallen."
    - El'Abin, Bloodeater
  10. Catarina, to Korell Goya on his death
  11. The RedbladeThe Redblade
    Gladius
    One Handed Sword
    Physical Damage: (185-221.2) to (295-358.4)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.30
    Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
    Requires Level 60, 113 Str, 113 Dex40% increased Global Accuracy RatingAdds (20-25) to (40-50) Physical Damage
    (150-180)% increased Physical Damage
    Gain 100 Life per Enemy Killed
    +(400-500) to Accuracy Rating
    Has a Two Handed Sword Crucible Passive Skill Tree
    Crucible Passive Skill Tree is removed if this Modifier is removed
    Its forging marked the melding of man
    and Titan against the rising darkness.
  12. The Geomantic GyreThe Geomantic Gyre
    Highborn Staff
    Staff
    Physical Damage: 48-145
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
    Attacks per Second: 1.15
    Weapon Range: 1.3 metres
    Requires Level 52, 89 Str, 89 Int+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a StaffHas 1 Socket
    (150-200)% increased Spell Damage
    (80-120)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
    +(150-200) to maximum Mana
    Gain 150 Life per Enemy Killed
    Has a Crucible Passive Skill Tree with only Support Passive Skills
    Crucible Passive Skill Tree is removed if this Modifier is removed
    For their mortal allies, the last Titans forged a mighty staff,
    one that could safely hold the first unearthed virtue gem.
  13. Aul's UprisingAul's Uprising
    Onyx Amulet
    Requires Level 55+(10-16) to all Attributes+(20-30) to Intelligence
    (15-20)% increased maximum Energy Shield
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    Hits against Nearby Enemies have 50% increased Critical Strike Chance
    <Random Intelligence aura> has no Reservation
    It was not his fearlessness or ferocity, nor his tactical genius,
    it was his leadership that earned Aul, the Last King, his crown.
  14. Cadiro, on Aul's UprisingAul's Uprising
    Onyx Amulet
    Requires Level 55+(10-16) to all Attributes+(20-30) to Intelligence
    (15-20)% increased maximum Energy Shield
    +(50-70) to maximum Life
    Hits against Nearby Enemies have 50% increased Critical Strike Chance
    <Random Intelligence aura> has no Reservation
    It was not his fearlessness or ferocity, nor his tactical genius,
    it was his leadership that earned Aul, the Last King, his crown.
  15. The primeval civilization predates the Vaal, but very little is known about them.
  16. Eramir, "Ancient Gateway"
  17. Maata, "The Vaal"
  18. Help Panel glossary, "Vaal"
  19. Eramir, "Ancient Gateway"
  20. Icius Perandus, on Golden Page (1 of 4)Golden Page"The Vaal were even more steeped in gem culture than
    our Emperor and his 'Gemlings'. It's an obsession
    as old as civilisation itself."
    - Icius Perandus
  21. Sacrificial HarvestSacrificial Harvest
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 1(20-30)% chance to gain an additional Vaal Soul on KillCorruptedThe Vaal used human sacrifice to power their empire.
    They, too, eventually sought means to
    make their machines run more efficiently.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  22. String of ServitudeString of Servitude
    Heavy Belt
    Requires Level 1<(1-2) Random corrupted implicit modifiers>Implicit Modifier magnitudes are tripled
    Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
    CorruptedFor the Vaal, the relationship between slave and master was as intimate and volatile as that of lovers.
  23. "Proto-Vaal" is the internal name for Delve's Primeval Chamber and The Crystal King's Throne nodes, one of the tags on Aul ("delve_protovaal_boss"), prefixes all of Aul's skills, is used in his name for his dialogue (DelveProtoVaalCityBoss), is the internal name for High Lithomancer (ProtoVaalMapBoss), a related map boss. However, the term "Proto-Vaal" has never been encountered in-game.
  24. Davaro, "Research Journal"
  25. Weylam Roth, "Elixir of Allure"
  26. Trinian lived during Chitus' reign, around 1333 IC. In Book 4 of The Ancients, he mentions that the Vaal first contacted the Azmeri some 2500 years prior.
  27. Trinian, "The Ancients", "Book 4: Raising the Azmeri"
  28. Eramir, "Ralakesh"
  29. Yugul, captured soul for Soul of Yugul
  30. Sin, "Yugul"
  31. Hargan, "Yugul"
  32. Sin, "Arakaali"
  33. Eramir, "Arakaali"
  34. Cadiro, on Arakaali's FangArakaali's Fang
    Fiend Dagger
    Rune Dagger
    Physical Damage: (81-105) to (288.9-351)
    Chaos Damage: 1-59
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.50%
    Attacks per Second: 1.20
    Weapon Range: 1.0 metres
    Requires Level 53, 58 Dex, 123 Int40% increased Global Critical Strike Chance100% chance to Trigger Level 1 Raise Spiders on Kill
    (170-200)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds (8-13) to (20-30) Physical Damage
    Adds 1 to 59 Chaos Damage
    15% chance to Poison on Hit
    All children must eat.
  35. Sin, "Arakaali"
  36. Eramir, "The Vaal City"
  37. Atziri's ReflectionAtziri's Reflection
    Golden Buckler
    Chance to Block: 25%
    Evasion: (991-1221)
    Energy Shield: (180-200)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 68, 130 Dex6% increased Movement Speed+(40-60) to Intelligence
    (180-200)% increased Evasion Rating
    +(180-200) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Hex Reflection
    Unaffected by Curses
    (15-20)% increased Effect of your Curses
    "At last, my beauty is beyond reproach."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  38. Atziri's ReignAtziri's Reign
    Crimson Jewel
    Limited to: 1(15-20)% increased Vaal Skill Effect Duration
    Vaal Skills have (15-20)% chance to regain consumed Souls when used
    CorruptedAtziri went to great lengths to ensure her immortality,
    but nothing is eternal.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  39. Atziri's DisfavourAtziri's Disfavour
    Vaal Axe
    Two Handed Axe
    Physical Damage: (414-434) to (544-564)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.29-1.33)
    Weapon Range: 2.3 metres
    Requires Level 64, 158 Str, 76 Dex25% chance to Maim on Hit+30% to Quality of Socketed Support Gems
    Adds (310-330) to (370-390) Physical Damage
    (12-16)% increased Attack Speed
    25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
    +1 metres to Weapon Range
    "I do not believe in disguising my disappointment."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  40. Atziri's AcuityAtziri's Acuity
    Vaal Gauntlets
    Armour: (696-851)Requires Level 63, 100 Str+(60-80) to Intelligence
    (40-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
    (200-220)% increased Armour
    +(60-75) to maximum Life
    You have Vaal Pact if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
    "The heart is the herald.
    It will tell me when it is best to strike."
    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal
  41. Trinian, "The Ancients", "Book 1: Last of the Vaal Queens"
  42. Atziri's Splendour
  43. Weylam Roth, "Kishara"
  44. Kishara's StarKishara's StarTo the wily Kishara's eye, a star brighter than the sun.
  45. Weylam Roth, "Kishara's Star"
  46. Trinian, "The Ancients", Book 2: Zerphi the Murderer
  47. Icius Perandus, Zerphi's Last BreathZerphi's Last Breath
    Grand Mana Flask
    Recovers 170 Mana over 4.50 Seconds
    Consumes (6-7) of 30 Charges on use
    Requires Level 18(-10-10)% increased Charges per use
    Grants Last Breath when you Use a Skill during Effect, for (450-600)% of Mana Cost
    "Proof that if you devote yourself to a god of death,
    you may be spared from its wrath."
    - Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Item 408
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
  48. Trinian, "The Ancients", Book 3: The Queen's Thaumaturgist
  49. Icius Perandus, Chronicle of Atzoatl#Flavour text, Throne of Atziri
  50. Icius Perandus, Chronicle of AtzoatlChronicle of Atzoatl"Grand plans were laid for a place called Atzoatl, though fierce bickering between its Architects is said to have stifled its development." - Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Research ReportRight click this item to view the Temple of Atzoatl.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device to open portals to the Temple of Atzoatl in the present day.
    containing Apex of Ascension, Chamber of Iron, Glittering Halls, Sanctum of Immortality, Factory, Hall of Legends, Locus of Corruption, Crucible of Flame, Storm of Corruption, Atlas of Worlds, Conduit of Lightning, Doryani's Institute, House of the Others.
  51. Icius Perandus, Chronicle of Atzoatl#Flavour text: Defense Research Lab, Court of Sealed Death
  52. Icius Perandus, Chronicle of Atzoatl#Flavour text: Hybridisation Chamber, Hall of War
  53. Vaal SentencingVaal Sentencing
    Cobalt Jewel
    (80-120)% increased Vaal Skill Critical Strike ChanceCorruptedIn their final days, every crime was punishable by death.
    Atziri's empire ran on blood, but the blood was running dry.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  54. Unknown authors, Vaal Letter III, IX
  55. The Price of DevotionThe Price of Devotion7Mageblood
    Quality: +20%
    Two-Implicit
    Corrupted
    Unbeknown to Atziri's finest thaumaturgists, their loyalty would require far greater devotion than mere research.
  56. Soul CatcherSoul Catcher
    Quartz Flask
    Lasts 6.00 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of 60 Charges on use
    Phasing
    +10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
    Requires Level 27Cannot gain Mana during effect
    (60-80)% increased Critical Strike Chance with Vaal Skills during effect
    (60-80)% increased Damage with Vaal Skills during effect
    Vaal Skills used during effect have 10% reduced Soul Gain Prevention Duration
    Freedom is for the privileged, even in death.

    This item can be transformed on the Altar of Sacrifice along with Vial of the Ghost
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
  57. Soul RipperSoul Ripper
    Quartz Flask
    Lasts 6.00 Seconds
    Consumes 30 of (20-150) Charges on use
    Phasing
    +10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
    Requires Level 27+(-40-90) to Maximum Charges
    Loses all Charges when you enter a new area
    Consumes Maximum Charges to use
    Gain Vaal Souls equal to Charges Consumed when used
    "What care have I for their pain? They're already dead."
    - Atalui, Vaal Priestess
    Right click to drink. Can only hold charges while in belt. Refills as you kill monsters.
  58. Unknown authors, Vaal Letter III, XI, XII
  59. Last HopeLast Hope3Mortal HopeAs their civilisation crumbled, the Vaal looked to their queen. In her, they saw a way out. In them, she saw a burden she was happy to free herself from.
  60. Unknown authors, Vaal Letters III, IV, XI
  61. Unknown authors, Vaal Letters II, VII, VIII, IX, X, XII
  62. Siosa, "Page Two Translation"
  63. Dannig, "Arrival III"
  64. Trinian, "The Ancients", Book 4: Raising the Azmeri
  65. Last HopeLast Hope3Mortal HopeAs their civilisation crumbled, the Vaal looked to their queen. In her, they saw a way out. In them, she saw a burden she was happy to free herself from.
  66. Vaal SentencingVaal Sentencing
    Cobalt Jewel
    (80-120)% increased Vaal Skill Critical Strike ChanceCorruptedIn their final days, every crime was punishable by death.
    Atziri's empire ran on blood, but the blood was running dry.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  67. Sin, "The Beast"
  68. Siosa, "Page Two Translation"
  69. Dream FragmentsDream Fragments
    Sapphire Ring
    Requires Level 24+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance20% increased maximum Mana
    50% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
    +(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
    Cannot be Chilled
    Cannot be Frozen
    Doryani stumbled into a realm of madness
    And awoke its Master.
  70. Icius Perandus, on Chronicle of AtzoatlChronicle of Atzoatl"Grand plans were laid for a place called Atzoatl, though fierce bickering between its Architects is said to have stifled its development." - Icius Perandus, Antiquities Collection, Research ReportRight click this item to view the Temple of Atzoatl.
    Can be used in a personal Map Device to open portals to the Temple of Atzoatl in the present day.
    with Doryani's Institute
  71. Siosa, "Page Three Translation"
  72. Dannig, "Arrival III"
  73. Beauty Through DeathBeauty Through Death5Atziri's ReflectionHer beauty did not fade
    her humanity did not survive.
  74. The Queen's HungerThe Queen's Hunger
    Vaal Regalia
    Energy Shield: (342-453)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 68, 194 IntTrigger Level 20 Bone Offering, Flesh Offering or Spirit Offering every 5 seconds
    Offering Skills Triggered this way also affect you
    (5-10)% increased Cast Speed
    (100-130)% increased Energy Shield
    (6-10)% increased maximum Life
    Veiled Prefix
    Veiled Suffix
    <veiled mod pool>
    In their crimson nightmare, the Vaal are still sacrificing themselves to her glory and beauty.
    They stab their own hearts and cry out in ecstasy, only to rise again.
    Take this item to Jun Ortoi to have her Unveil it.
  75. Dannig, "Gems"
  76. Dannig, "Runes"
  77. "The Omen I" & "The Journey I" Logbook lore
  78. The Ancient AnglerThe Ancient Angler
    Emberstone Apex Sentinel
    Duration: 30 seconds
    Empowers: 2 enemies
    Empowerment: 45
    Charge: 10 uses
    Requires Level 58Can only empower Rare or Unique enemiesCleanses Corrupted Fish
    Purifies Corrupted Water
    UnmodifiableUnder clouds of black beset by crimson lightning, we sailed stormy seas of poison and disease. Only one light shone in that darkness; only one Flame to keep hope alive.
  79. "The Journey II" Logbook lore
  80. Help panel glossary, "Oriath"
  81. Unknown, "Distant Mud Pit Memory"
  82. Cadiro Perandus, "The Perandus Family"
  83. Clarissa, "Emperor Veruso"
  84. Clarissa, "Emperor Veruso"
  85. Clarissa, "The Ankh of Eternity"
  86. Clarissa, "The Ankh of Eternity"
  87. Clarissa, on Tolman's second death
  88. Izaro Phrecius, "Bronze Inscription", IV
  89. Trinian, "The Ancients", "Book 7: The Light of Phrecia"
  90. Trinian, "The Ancients", "Book 7: The Light of Phrecia"
  91. Cadiro, on Romira's BanquetRomira's Banquet
    Diamond Ring
    Requires Level 60(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance+333 to Accuracy Rating
    +(15-25)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
    +(40-60) to maximum Mana
    0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
    Gain a Power Charge on Non-Critical Strike
    Lose all Power Charges on Critical Strike
    The Empress gave Romira two sons
    Born of his brother's seed
    Romira threw her a banquet
    A perfidious meal indeed.
  92. Izaro Phrecius, Bronze Monograph, The Crematorium
  93. Izaro Phrecius, "Bronze Inscription", IV
  94. Thousand RibbonsThousand Ribbons
    Simple Robe
    Evasion: (30-60)
    Energy Shield: (44-80)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires 17 IntSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 5 Elemental Proliferation
    Adds (2-4) to (5-9) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
    Adds (2-4) to (5-9) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
    Adds 1 to (4-12) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
    +(30-60) to Evasion Rating
    +(30-60) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(25-50) to maximum Life
    +(25-50) to maximum Mana
    +(15-30)% to Fire Resistance
    +(15-30)% to Cold Resistance
    +(15-30)% to Lightning Resistance
    The night of a thousand ribbons
    To remember the day of a thousand flames
    When Sarn burned
    And was born again
  95. Izaro Phrecius, "Bronze Monograph", The Crematorium
  96. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 5: The Emperor is dead. Long live the Emperor!"
  97. Izaro, Bronze Inscription, I
  98. Izaro, Bronze Inscription, II
  99. Xirgil's CrankXirgil's Crank
    Coiled Staff
    Warstaff
    Physical Damage: 27-57
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.20%
    Attacks per Second: 1.30
    Weapon Range: 1.3 metres
    Requires Level 28, 43 Str, 43 Int+20% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff+15% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
    (60-80)% increased Spell Damage
    +(70-100) to maximum Energy Shield
    +1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems
    Reflects 1 to 150 Lightning Damage to Melee Attackers
    20% chance for Energy Shield Recharge to start when you Block
    "Since one with knowledge of machines
    might be able to bring the labyrinth to a standstill,
    Izaro had us place many boobytrapped decoys.
    But I know which switch brings the monster down."
    - Xirgil, Trapbuilder's final words.
  100. GlitterdiscGlitterdisc
    Burnished Spiked Shield
    Chance to Block: 26%
    Evasion: (136-175)
    Energy Shield: (72-110)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 27, 37 Dex, 37 Int+5% chance to Suppress Spell Damage(120-140)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
    +(20-30) to maximum Energy Shield
    +(30-50) to maximum Life
    10% increased Rarity of Items found
    25% chance to Avoid Fire Damage from Hits
    You always Ignite while Burning
    Izaro's insistence on using lava
    resulted in some surprising material discoveries.
  101. Hargan, "The High Gardens"
  102. Winds of ChangeWinds of Change
    Ancient Gauntlets
    Armour: (154-173)Requires Level 47, 68 Str+(30-60) to maximum Life
    30% increased Projectile Speed
    (10-5)% reduced Movement Speed
    10% chance to Knock Enemies Back on hit
    (30-50)% increased Projectile Damage
    Izaro was slow to see the treachery growing in his own court
    and powerless to stop it once he had;
    a captain sailing his own ship into rocks.
  103. Cadiro Perandus, "Izaro"
  104. Spine of the First ClaimantSpine of the First Claimant
    Iron Sceptre
    Sceptre
    Physical Damage: (54-64.8) to (80-96)
    Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.16-1.21)
    Weapon Range: 1.1 metres
    Requires Level 20, 38 Str, 38 Int14% increased Elemental Damage(100-140)% increased Physical Damage
    40% increased Damage with Hits against Frozen Enemies
    +(25-35)% to Cold Damage over Time Multiplier
    (30-50)% increased Cold Damage
    (5-10)% increased Attack Speed
    (4-8)% increased Cast Speed
    5% chance to Freeze
    Thousands gazed upon the doors of the great labyrinth,
    at an Eternal Champion in steel and gold,
    The first to challenge its treacherous traps.
    To mark the occasion, Izaro had the Champion's remains gilded.
  105. Izaro's TurmoilIzaro's Turmoil
    Crimson Jewel
    (18-25)% increased Fire Damage
    (18-25)% increased Cold Damage
    2% chance to Ignite
    2% chance to Freeze
    The once-glorious emperor spent his final days
    imprisoned in his greatest creation;
    a tool to filter out the unworthy
    that pushed a monster to power.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  106. Might and InfluenceMight and Influence
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 1
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Attack Damage
    <Two random modifiers>
    Emperor Chitus could offer you a gift with one hand,
    and drive a blade into your back with the other.
    His blend of brutality and charisma cultured a potent
    mixture of fear and admiration among the masses.
    Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  107. Siosa, "Malachai"
  108. Rapid ExpansionRapid Expansion
    Crimson Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (8-12)% increased Global Physical Damage
    With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Ground Slam has a 35% chance
    to grant an Endurance Charge when you Stun an Enemy
    With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Ground Slam
    has a 50% increased angle
    Chitus began to aggressively expand his empire
    into neighbouring nations at great human cost.
    But for absolute power, there is no price
    that a Perandus won't pay.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  109. Plaque (Sceptre of God)
  110. Dialla, "Thaumetic Sulphite"
  111. Victario, Victario's Writings, Volume 3: Slaves of Virtue
  112. Utula, "Slave Pens"
  113. Marauder, on killing Fairgraves
  114. Marauder, on The Marketplace
  115. Victario, Victario's Writings, Volume 3: Slaves of Virtue
  116. Unknown, "Abandoned Shaft Memory"
  117. Unknown, "Limestone Hollow Memory"
  118. Dialla uses the phrase "fevered the blood", which may refer to the "blood fever" suffered by the Karui when they come into contact with corruption, as described in HateforgeHateforge
    Ancient Gauntlets
    Armour: (338-432)Requires Level 72, 68 StrSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 30 Rage
    (120-150)% increased Armour
    (25-10)% reduced Rage Cost of Skills
    Vaal Attack Skills you Use yourself Cost Rage instead of requiring Souls
    You cannot gain Rage during Soul Gain Prevention
    The first Karui born on the fringes of the Vaal empire developed a blood fever born of corruption.
    .
  119. Dialla, "Thaumetic Sulphite"
  120. Rigwald, "Inscription II"
  121. Cadiro, on Stone of LazhwarStone of Lazhwar
    Lapis Amulet
    Requires Level 5+(20-30) to Intelligence(12-15)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
    (15-20)% increased Cast Speed
    +(40-70) to maximum Mana
    You are slow, foolish and ignorant.
    I am not.
  122. Carl, "Supporter newsletter 4"
  123. Siosa, Golden Page (4 of 4)Golden Page"Siosa, your Slavery will cause them to overlook you.
    Your Karui Way will guide you.
    Your Humanity will shame us all."
    - Icius Perandus
    translation
  124. Malachai, "Reverie Device"
  125. Malachai, Malachai's Journal
  126. Collateral DamageCollateral Damage
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Global Physical Damage
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Galvanic Arrow deals 50% increased Area Damage
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Galvanic Arrow has 25% increased Area of Effect
    Malachai ran roughshod over every ethical boundary in pursuit of creating the ideal gemling.
    For him, there was no doubt that the end would justify the means.
    Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  127. Unknown, "Eternal Residence Memory"
  128. Captain Fairgraves, Decanter Spiritus
  129. Maramoa, "The Gemling Legion
  130. Path of Exile: Origins, Issue #4: The Black Heart, pg. 11
  131. Cadiro, on Dialla's MalefactionDialla's Malefaction
    Sage's Robe
    Energy Shield: (79-90)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 37Gems can be Socketed in this Item ignoring Socket Colour
    Gems Socketed in Red Sockets have +2 to Level
    Gems Socketed in Green Sockets have +30% to Quality
    Gems Socketed in Blue Sockets gain 100% increased Experience
    Has no Attribute Requirements
    He took me by my hand, promised me power beyond compare.
    But i did not do it for power.
    I did it for love.
    And I'd do it again in an instant.
  132. Lady Dialla, "Malachai"
  133. Malachai, Journal Entry
  134. Helena, "Prisoner's Gate"
  135. The OfferingThe Offering8Shavronne's WrappingsEternal beauty has a cost, one which Shavronne was happy to pay with the lives of others.
  136. Doedre, Doedre's Manifesto
  137. Doedre's DamningDoedre's Damning
    Paua Ring
    +(20-30) to maximum Mana+(5-20) to Intelligence
    +(5-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
    Gain (5-20) Mana per Enemy Killed
    You can apply an additional Curse
    Where her mouth should have been there was only a whirling, black void.
    , Doedre's TongueDoedre's Tongue
    Lapis Amulet
    Requires Level 24+(20-30) to Intelligence+(20-25)% to all Elemental Resistances
    (20-25)% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
    Cursed Enemies cannot inflict Elemental Ailments on You
    Maligaro did the cutting... at her request.
    In the new void, a malevolent power emerged.
    , Doedre's ScornDoedre's Scorn
    Lunaris Circlet
    Energy Shield: (141-168)Requires Level 39, 83 Int+2 to Level of Socketed Curse Gems
    +(20-30) to Intelligence
    +(100-120) to maximum Energy Shield
    Adds 37 to 71 Chaos Damage for each Curse on the Enemy
    Curse Skills have (30-50)% increased Skill Effect Duration
    A scar of the flesh you'll never forget,
    A scar of the mind you'll never remember.
    , and Doedre's SkinDoedre's Skin
    Widowsilk Robe
    Energy Shield: (361-452)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 65, 187 IntSocketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Blasphemy
    Grants Level 20 Summon Doedre's Effigy Skill
    Socketed Hex Curse Skills are Triggered by Doedre's Effigy when Summoned
    Hexes from Socketed Skills can apply 5 additional Curses
    20% less Effect of Curses from Socketed Hex Skills
    +(30-40) to Intelligence
    (130-150)% increased Energy Shield
    As she was sentenced to death, Doedre was silent.
    As she was tied to the stake, Doedre was silent.
    As the flames licked away her life, Doedre was silent.
    But Wraeclast had not heard the last of her.
    are examples.
  138. The ArtistThe Artist11Level 4 Enhance
    Corrupted
    "Paint, metal, flesh... A true artist does not limit himself." - Malachai the Soulless
  139. Eramir, "The Chamber of Sins"
  140. The Balance of TerrorThe Balance of Terror
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 1+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
    <2 random curse modifiers>
    Fellshrine stood as a holy bastion opposite the
    Chamber of Sins, and all that it represented.
    For one to rise, the other must fall.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  141. Malachai, "Transmutia Device"
  142. Helena, "Crafting"
  143. Helena, "Crafting Bench"
  144. Helena, "Transmutia Device"
  145. The Rabid RhoaThe Rabid Rhoa4Malicious Gemini Claw
    Item Level: 83
    "Experiment 22A: Rhoas, when deprived of water, secrete a most delightfully potent toxin."
    - Maligaro
  146. Fidelitas' SpikeFidelitas' Spike
    Jagged Foil
    One Handed Sword
    Elemental Damage: 1 to (40-50)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.50%
    Attacks per Second: (2.00-2.08)
    Weapon Range: 1.4 metres
    Requires Level 22, 77 Dex+25% to Global Critical Strike MultiplierNo Physical Damage
    Adds 1 to (40-50) Lightning Damage
    (25-30)% increased Attack Speed
    Grants 2 Life per Enemy Hit
    (15-20)% chance to Shock
    Herald of Thunder has 50% increased Buff Effect
    Maligaro was transformed by Raulo's love.
    Thaumaturgy allowed Maligaro to return the favour.
  147. Echoes of MutationEchoes of MutationPerverse loyalty, blind love, the abuser and the abused reunited in sin.You will find the Echo of Maligaro in the Chamber of Sins and destroy it.Right-click to add this prophecy to your character.
  148. Helena, "Fidelitas"
  149. Helena, "The Baleful Gem"
  150. Clarissa, "The Purity Rebellion"
  151. Rigwald, "Inscription I"
  152. Rigwald, "Deadhand TalismanDeadhand TalismanTalisman Tier: 1(19-31)% increased Chaos DamageCorruptedThe Empire poisons our blood with sweet wine.
    Poisons our flesh with silk.
    Poisons our minds with civil lies.
    Poisons our children with servitude.
    - The Wolven King
    "
  153. Rigwald, "Spinefuse TalismanSpinefuse TalismanTalisman Tier: 3(6-10)% increased Quantity of Items foundCorruptedWe Ezomytes are beasts of burden
    bearing wealth of an empire on our backs,
    growing lean and strong
    while our masters grow fat and weak.
    - The Wolven King
    "
  154. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 2: Bloody Flowers"
  155. Grigor, "Victario"
  156. "The enslaved Ezomyte clans were not permitted to own weapons. For years, they trained in secret, watching and waiting for the perfect moment to reveal the true depth of the Empire's folly." - "Divide and Conquer", before it was renamed Seething FurySeething Fury
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 1(10-15)% increased Attack Damage while holding a Shield
    +0.15% to Off Hand Critical Strike Chance per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
    +4% to Off Hand Critical Strike Multiplier per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
    CorruptedIt took the Bloody Flowers Rebellion to show the clans of Ezomyr the truth;
    What kept them apart was just a fabrication.
    Conjured rivalries from men who grew fat from the discord they sowed.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    .
  157. Seething FurySeething Fury
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 1(10-15)% increased Attack Damage while holding a Shield
    +0.15% to Off Hand Critical Strike Chance per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
    +4% to Off Hand Critical Strike Multiplier per 10 Maximum Energy Shield on Shield
    CorruptedIt took the Bloody Flowers Rebellion to show the clans of Ezomyr the truth;
    What kept them apart was just a fabrication.
    Conjured rivalries from men who grew fat from the discord they sowed.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  158. Rigwald's ChargeRigwald's Charge
    Highland Blade
    Two Hand Sword
    Physical Damage: (99-112.5) to (184.8-210)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: 1.62
    Weapon Range: 1.3 metres
    Requires Level 44, 77 Str, 77 Dex+305 to Accuracy Rating(120-150)% increased Physical Damage
    20% increased Attack Speed
    10% increased Movement Speed
    +(300-350) to Accuracy Rating
    15% increased Movement Speed if you've Killed Recently
    "Today, clansmen, my sword is my voice!"
    - Rigwald, at the Battle of Glarryn
  159. Inscription III claims that Rigwald tracked down and killed Sentari with the aid of the Greatwolf. However, this contradicts Book 2 of the Purity Chronicles.
  160. The date of this event is unknown. Origins #1 pg. 1 claims that this occured 4 years before the Cataclysm. However, this is contradicted by in-game accounts that state that Voll's reign lasted around 5 years. This event has been placed first because it is the first event mentioned in the Purity Chronicles.
  161. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 4
  162. Bestel, "Marceus Lioneye"
  163. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 9
  164. Maramoa, "The Purity Rebellion"
  165. See Lioneye's bow-related items, like Lioneye's GlareLioneye's Glare
    Imperial Bow
    Bow
    Physical Damage: (100.8-129) to (394.8-453)
    Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
    Attacks per Second: (1.59-1.74)
    Requires Level 66, 212 Dex(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills(180-200)% increased Physical Damage
    Adds (7-14) to (24-34) Physical Damage
    (10-20)% increased Attack Speed
    +(80-100) to maximum Mana
    Hits can't be Evaded
    Far Shot
    "See without doubt, slay without hesitation."
    - Marceus Lioneye of Sarn
    and Lioneye's PawsLioneye's Paws
    Bronzescale Boots
    Armour: (55-63)
    Evasion: (55-63)
    Requires Level 30, 30 Str, 30 DexTrigger Level 5 Rain of Arrows when you Attack with a Bow
    +(40-60) to Strength
    +(40-60) to Dexterity
    Adds 12 to 24 Fire Damage to Attacks
    20% increased Movement Speed
    40% reduced Movement Speed when on Low Life
    Stand and lead the righteous pride,
    Fight till death, never hide.
    .
  166. Bestel, "Marceus Lioneye"
  167. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 11
  168. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 10
  169. Lavianga, Weathered Carving, The Coast (Act 1)
  170. Volley FireVolley Fire
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 1
    Radius: Medium
    (7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Barrage fires an additional 6 projectiles simultaneously on the first and final attacks
    Lioneye's men stood at the walls,
    eyeing the savages that walked the beach below.
    With a single word,
    a thousand bodies, and ten thousand arrows,
    would litter the sands.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  171. BroadstrokeBroadstroke
    Heavy Quiver
    Requires Level 5Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks30% increased Global Physical Damage
    (10-15)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
    (20-30)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
    Seeing only foot soldiers, the Sarn Knights cast aside
    their heavy shields... and paid dearly for their mistake.
  172. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 3: Fall of a Jade Axe"
  173. Hyrri's IreHyrri's Ire
    Zodiac Leather
    Evasion: (2049-3142)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 65, 197 Dex+(40-50) to Dexterity
    (140-220)% increased Evasion Rating
    25% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
    (105-145) to (160-200) Added Cold Damage with Bow Attacks
    +30% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
    Hyrri loosed a barrage of arrows,
    tipped with a poisoned hatred
    only oppression can ferment.
  174. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 3: Fall of a Jade Axe"
  175. The LionThe Lion5Lioneye ItemThe Eternals lauded his valour. The Karui relished his defeat. Yet the final thoughts of Marceus Lioneye were naught but lament for his pride.
  176. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 17
  177. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Karui Way", pg. 21
  178. Overwhelming OddsOverwhelming Odds
    Crimson Jewel
    Limited to: 1
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Global Physical Damage
    With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Hits with Cleave Fortify
    With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Cleave has +0.1 metres to Radius per Nearby
    Enemy, up to a maximum of +1 metre
    Even as the tide turned, and victory swiftly became impossible,
    The legionnaires of Lioneye's Watch stood their ground and fought on,
    Every last man dying a brutal but honourable death.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  179. Unknown, "Distant Lush Crater Memory"
  180. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Coast (Act 1)
  181. Lioneye's FallLioneye's Fall
    Viridian Jewel
    Radius: MediumMelee and Melee Weapon Type modifiers in Radius are Transformed to Bow ModifiersThe shield crab does not leave his shell unless it is forced to,
    and even then, it knows to keep its distance.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  182. Lioneye's RemorseLioneye's Remorse
    Pinnacle Tower Shield
    Chance to Block: 30%
    Armour: (1307-1718)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 70, 159 Str+(20-30) to maximum Life(180-220)% increased Armour
    20% increased Stun and Block Recovery
    +(160-180) to maximum Life
    5% reduced Movement Speed
    -25 Physical Damage taken from Projectile Attacks
    +5% Chance to Block
    Marceus' unblemished shield is a testament
    to his arrogance... and his fate.
  183. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 3: Fall of a Jade Axe"
  184. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Tidal Island (Act 1)
  185. Shavronne is referred to as "of Umbra", she is sometimes referred to simply as "the Umbra" and Kadavrus is referred to as "Surgeon to the Umbra". However it is unclear what Umbra is or means.
  186. Shavronne, "Shavronne's Journal"
  187. Shavronne's PaceShavronne's Pace
    Scholar Boots
    Energy Shield: (46-60)Requires Level 32, 59 Int+(20-30) to Intelligence
    (100-140)% increased Energy Shield
    (150-200)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
    15% increased Movement Speed
    20% increased Movement Speed when on Full Life
    Shavronne raced to Brutus' side,
    her last hope against the Karui tide.
  188. Nessa, "Brutus"
  189. Shavronne's RevelationShavronne's Revelation
    Moonstone Ring
    Requires Level 30+(15-25) to maximum Energy Shield+(60-75) to Intelligence
    Right ring slot: You cannot Regenerate Mana
    Right ring slot: Regenerate 6% of Energy Shield per second
    Right ring slot: +250 to maximum Mana
    Left ring slot: You cannot Recharge or Regenerate Energy Shield
    Left ring slot: Regenerate 40 Mana per Second
    Left ring slot: +250 to maximum Energy Shield
    "Shavronne held Sanity in her right
    hand and Revelation in her left.
    Brutus chose the left hand."
    - Kadavrus, Surgeon to the Umbra
  190. Piety, "The Godless Three"
  191. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Ship Graveyard
  192. Eramir, "Blocked Passage"
  193. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Mud Flats (Act 1)
  194. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Ledge
  195. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Climb
  196. Kaom, "Weathered Carving", Kaom's Stronghold I
  197. Lavianga, "Weathered Carving", The Ship Graveyard II
  198. The King's HeartThe King's Heart8Kaom's Heart500 times Kaom's axe fell, 500 times Kaom's Heart splintered. Finally, all that remained was a terrible, heartless Fury.
  199. Kaom, "Weathered Carving", Kaom's Dream II
  200. Oyun, "Kaom"
  201. While the rising of the dead seems to suggest that these events occurred post-Cataclysm, Kaom is clearly still present during all of these events. Malachai's Notebook refers to "Fury and Desire", which may suggest that he needed Kaom to be there before activating the Cataclysm.
  202. Leo, "Hector Titucius"
  203. Hargan, "Hector Titucius"
  204. Hargan, "The Wings of Vastiri"
  205. Frozen TrailFrozen Trail
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt Projectiles gain 40% increased Projectile Speed per second
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt fires 2 additional Projectiles
    The Maraketh knew that a mountain path
    free of vegetation was cut by regular avalanches,
    and so the advancing Eternals were unwittingly drawn into a deathtrap.
    Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    and Careful PlanningCareful Planning
    Viridian Jewel
    Radius: Large+(16-24) to Dexterity
    Intelligence from Passives in Radius is Transformed to Dexterity
    Corrupted"Greatly outnumbered, Deshret dressed her personal guard in identical garb. When the Empire rode north, Deshret and her guard took turns revealing themselves, creating the illusion of speed beyond the capabilities of even the Virtue Gems."
    - History of the Maraketh
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
    may describe this battle or similar, possibly contemporaneous Maraketh victories over Eternals. However, they have not been included as their depicted events are not backed up by any other sources.
  206. Path of Exile: Origins, "Sons of Virtue", pg. 7
  207. Helena, "The Baleful Gem"
  208. Path of Exile: Origins, "Sons of Virtue", pg. 10
  209. Path of Exile: Origins, "Sons of Virtue", pg. 21
  210. Piety, "The Godless Three"
  211. Voll, "Proclamation"
  212. Widowsilk RobeWidowsilk RobeEnergy Shield: (157-181)
    Movement Speed: -3%
    Requires Level 65, 187 Int
  213. Helena, "Maligaro"
  214. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 5: The Emperor is dead. Long live the Emperor!"
  215. Path of Exile: Origins, "Death to Sin", pg. 5
  216. Hargan, "Victario"
  217. Path of Exile: Origins, "Death to Sin", pg. 8
  218. Leo, "Sarn Arena" may be referring to this event.
  219. Path of Exile: Origins, "Death to Sin", pg. 10
  220. Combat Focus (Cobalt Jewel)Combat Focus
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Elemental Damage
    With 40 total Intelligence and Dexterity in Radius, Prismatic Skills cannot choose Fire
    With 40 total Intelligence and Dexterity in Radius, Prismatic Skills deal 50% less Fire Damage
    Voll stood at the gates of Sarn, and a nation stood behind him.
    He thought of the righteousness of his cause,
    and of the glory he would bring to the empire he would soon lead.
    But as Chitus and his gemlings advanced, he thought only of the fight.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  221. Dialla, "Introduction"
  222. Dialla, "Malachai"
  223. Victario's FlightVictario's Flight
    Goathide Boots
    Evasion: (84-135)Requires Level 12, 26 Dex+15 to Dexterity
    +15 to Intelligence
    (100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
    (10-20)% increased Movement Speed
    (10-20)% increased Movement Speed when on Low Life
    Quicksilver Flasks you Use also apply to nearby Allies
    Alive but not unscathed, Victario fled
    as slaughter blossomed at the gates.
  224. Rigwald, "Inscription" IV
  225. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Black Heart", pg 8
  226. While the orders refer to a "warehouse", the legion is later encountered in the Grain Gate. This is because they were previously encountered in the removed Warehouse District area.
  227. Maramoa, "The Gemling Legion"
  228. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Black Heart", pg 11
  229. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Black Heart", pg 14
  230. Path of Exile: Origins, "The Black Heart", pg 12
  231. While Origins depicts Chitus being impaled through the chest, Fairgraves claims that he was stabbed through the "posterior".
  232. The weapon that dealt the killing blow is up for debate. Ondar, the Betrayer's model shows him wielding a claw, and a claw is depicted in Origins. However, Ondar's ClaspOndar's Clasp
    Wrapped Mitts
    Evasion: (11-15)
    Energy Shield: (3-5)
    Requires Level 530% increased Attack Speed when on Full Life
    Adds (1-4) to (30-50) Lightning Damage to Attacks
    +(100-200) to Accuracy Rating
    20% increased Movement Speed when on Low Life
    A single lightning strike fells a man.
    A single knife stroke fells an empire.
    refers to a knife.
  233. Ondar, "Pristine Palace Memory"
  234. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 5: The Emperor is dead. Long live the Emperor!"
  235. Captain Fairgraves, "Chitus' Plum"
  236. "Warehouse" refers to the removed areas The Warehouse Sewers and The Warehouse District
  237. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 5: The Emperor is dead. Long live the Emperor!"
  238. Perandus BlazonPerandus Blazon
    Cloth Belt
    Requires Level 16(15-25)% increased Stun and Block Recovery+(20-30) to all Attributes
    (6-8)% increased Quantity of Items found
    +20% to Fire Resistance
    20% increased Flask Effect Duration
    -2 Physical Damage taken from Attack Hits
    A large enough debt turns even a friend
    into an enemy, and the Perandus family
    had more debtors than anyone.
  239. Emperor of PurityEmperor of Purity7Six-Link Holy Chainmail
    Item Level: 60
    True to his title,
    Voll, newly crowned,
    had many of the
    Eternal Empire's signature
    extravagances destroyed.
  240. Siosa, "Malachai"
  241. Victario, The Brittle EmperorThe Brittle Emperor8Voll's Devotion
    Corrupted
    "When Voll spared Malachai, accepting his aid in pursuit of Purity, the strongest faith was infected by Corruption and made brittle as glass."
    - Victario, the People's Poet
  242. Piety, "Malachai
  243. Dialla, "Malachai
  244. Garivaldi, "The Purity Chronicles", "Book 6: The Rapture Device"
  245. Omen on the WindsOmen on the Winds
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (15-20)% increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ice Shot has 25% increased Area of Effect
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Ice Shot Pierces 3 additional Targets
    As Malachai stepped into the Highgate mines,
    cold winds billowed from the mountain above.
    One final, feeble attempt to save what was meant to be eternal.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  246. Malachai, "Malachai's Notebook"
  247. Petarus and Vanja, "Daresso"
  248. Merveil, "Damp Diary"
  249. Piety, "Malachai"
  250. Malachai, "Malachai's Notebook"
  251. Piety, "The Godless Three"
  252. Piety, "Malachai's Organs"
  253. Lady Dialla, "Malachai"
  254. Grigor, "The Gemling Queen"
  255. Templar, on The Solaris Temple
  256. Scion, on the Slums
  257. Divinia, "The Bridge Encampment"
  258. Divinia, "Wildlife
  259. Yeena, "Blood Apes"
  260. Yeena, "Elementals"
  261. Spreading RotSpreading Rot
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 1
    Radius: Medium
    (7-13)% increased Chaos Damage
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight inflicts Withered for 2 seconds
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight has 30% reduced Cast Speed
    The Cataclysm was but the first act in a play of horrors.
    The dead lingered, and the living began to rot.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  262. Victario, "Ancient Notebook"
  263. Tentacles can be observed growing out of the body of Voll, Emperor of Purity
  264. Siosa, "Cataclysm"
  265. Siosa, "Cataclysm" specifically mentioning Trinian "englufed by the radiance" of his gem, Victario, "Ancient Notebook" specifically mention gems "flar[ing] in unholy lustre"
  266. Victario, "Ancient Notebook"
  267. Siosa, "Cataclysm"
  268. Ahuana, "Cataclysm"
  269. Oyun, "Deshret"
  270. Spreading RotSpreading Rot
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 1
    Radius: Medium
    (7-13)% increased Chaos Damage
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight inflicts Withered for 2 seconds
    With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight has 30% reduced Cast Speed
    The Cataclysm was but the first act in a play of horrors.
    The dead lingered, and the living began to rot.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  271. Maramoa, "Gemling Legionaires"
  272. Captain Fairgraves, "The Undying"
  273. Maramoa, "The Undying"
  274. Sin, "Trarthan Powder"
  275. Oyun, "Voll"
  276. Fight for SurvivalFight for Survival
    Viridian Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Cold Damage
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Melee Damage
    dealt by Frost Blades Penetrates 15% Cold Resistance
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Frost Blades has 25% increased Projectile Speed
    The winter that followed the Cataclysm was especially harsh.
    Wraeclast's few survivors fought to the death for the last scraps of bread.
    Place into an allocated jewel socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  277. The Long WinterThe Long Winter
    Cobalt Jewel
    Limited to: 2
    Radius: Medium
    (10-15)% increased Cold Damage
    With 40 Intelligence in Radius, Glacial Cascade has an additional Burst
    With 40 Intelligence in Radius, 20% of Glacial Cascade Physical Damage
    Converted to Cold Damage
    In the years that followed the twisted sky,
    cold winds cloaked Wraeclast in snow.
    The pure-white blanket masked a black heart
    that lay dormant deep beneath the earth.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  278. Steel SpiritSteel Spirit
    Viridian Jewel
    Radius: Medium(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
    With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, each Spectral Throw Projectile gains 5% increased Damage each time it Hits
    The Sekhema rode to the mountain,
    With her tribe, devoted and strong.
    And sewed shut the mouth of nightmare,
    So that it would not consume her world.
    Place into an allocated Jewel Socket on the Passive Skill Tree. Right click to remove from the Socket.
  279. Oyun, "Deshret"
  280. Unknown, "Deep Dig Memory"; Zana, on Deep Dig Memory
  281. Oyun, "The Red Banner"
  282. Tasuni, "Deshret"
  283. Rog, Gwennen, Tujen, Dannig, "The King"

References

  1. Sin: "There was a time, before the Beast, bathed in the shadows of lost memory, when men and women like you could ascend. Through rareness of quality and adoration of their people, these few could reach out to the quickening mists of immortality and grasp the power of godhood."
  2. Descriptions of stained windows in the Chamber of Innocence. (Full quotes here)
  3. Various relics from the Forbidden Sanctum
  4. Sin: "The Beast didn't want to destroy, to corrupt, to terrorise. It simply existed to exist. I made it that way. (...)I created a Beast that would free humanity from the tyranny of Gods."
  5. Piety: "The Beast is the source of all thaumaturgy, the one power in this world that transforms 'what is real' into 'what is imagined'."
  6. Chris (Feb 13, 2014). "Sacrifice of the Vaal Announcement". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved January 11, 2024.
  7. Chris (Feb 28, 2014). "Sacrifice of the Vaal Full Information". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Natalia_GGG (Nov 11, 2020). "Path of Exile Lore: Questions and Answers Part One". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved December 24, 2023.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Bex_GGG (Feb 29, 2016). "The Perandus Challenge Leagues". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved December 14, 2023.
  10. Grinding Gear Games. "Path of Exile: Ascendancy". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved December 13, 2023.
  11. Unknown. "Kaom Steam Trading Card". Steam. Retrieved January 5, 2023.
  12. Grinding Gear Games. "Path of Exile: The Awakening". Official Path of Exile Website. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  13. Unknown. "Geofri Steam Trading Card". Steam. Retrieved January 3, 2023.
  14. Nessa: "Karui savagery is nothing when compared to the ferocity that is Wraeclast."
  15. Tarkleigh: "The scavengers? Orphans of the Eternal Empire who've forgotten what it's like to be civilised."
  16. Tarkleigh: "...sooner or later corpses wake up and go looking for breakfast."
  17. Nessa: "Tarkleigh pulled Bestel from some hideaway in the wreckage."
  18. Letters of Exile: "God has charged me with your redemption. You are hereby Exiled to Wraeclast where, it is hoped, you shall come to repent your Sins, and make your peace with your beloved Father."
  19. Letter of Exile for Carling of Mirfield: "Civil Envy: One count of defaming a Church Official"
  20. The Letter of Exile for Kraityn of Theopolis lists 142 offences, including "One count of Matricide for Pecuniary Gain"
  21. Every Letter of Exile ends "the High Templar, Dominus"
  22. Tarkleigh: "We exiles have no history. Dominus took it from us the moment his Blackguards dumped us in the water out there."
  23. Maramoa: "Dominus' Ebony Legion arrived from Oriath a couple of full moons ago."
  24. Grigor: "It's the one key to the Sceptre of God [...] Dominus accessed his laboratory at the summit of the tower via a pulley system rigged to the outside wall."
  25. Maramoa: "General Gravicius demands absolute obedience from his Blackguards..."
  26. Hargan: "Gravicius is the mailed and bloodied right hand of Dominus."
  27. Grigor: "Unfortunately, Piety was simply a puppet of a greater force. You've cut the strings but the master remains: Dominus."
  28. Lady Dialla: "The cockroaches will come again. They want the Twist. That cockroach emperor... the other bugs shout his name. Gravicius."
  29. Lady Dialla says "The Ribbons' Spool is taken. Stolen. The black ones want them, my Ribbons. Want to wrap the city in black Ribbons." However, it's possible that she's mistaken and the Ebony Legion don't care about the Spool itself, so much as they just want to stop Lady Dialla from creating new Ribbons to replace the ones they've destroyed.
  30. Clarissa: "...the tie between Vinia and I endures. That was Piety's real name back in Theopolis..."
  31. Clarissa: "Vinia sold her thaumaturgy in the day, her body at night."
  32. Piety: "An exile, here? A shame the Warden won't leave anything for me to examine."
  33. Piety: "Find your own way inland, exile!"
  34. Helena: "To damnation with Piety! She was after one of Maligaro's creations, the Baleful Gem."
  35. Grigor: "Piety's a genius sculpting mere human clay into “divine” Gemlings. At least, that's what she told me when she opened me up and buried a Virtue Gem in my entrails."
  36. The Act 1 map shows the island of Oriath directly south of The Coves
  37. "For a while there I feared we were headed towards another theocratic dictatorship. Exile allowed me to be free of one." - Eramir's quest completion dialog for The Master of a Million Faces
  38. The Act 1 map shows a crown above the word 'Theopolis' on the island of Oriath
  39. Eramir: "Stumbled across sketches in the Theopolis archives, a piece of Vaal engineering, pyramidal in architecture."
  40. Hargan to the Duelist: "Now you're a familiar face! A face that cost me a good deal of coin at arenas in Theopolis."
  41. Hargan: "Had to smuggle a fellow out of Theopolis once. Got a bit too friendly with the Gravicius' wife, he did." Gravicius seems to be the head of the Ebony Legion, and it seems likely that his wife would be near him.
  42. Research Journal I: I have seen signs of blood and ancient sacrifice in the ghostings of our precious city! Such as what the Vaal would commit in their homelands. Could it be that these echoes point to Vaal culture having extended all the way to the shores of Oriath? Perhaps we are not the first empire to pull itself up from the mire of this land?
  43. Research Journal II: "Through my thaumaturgy, I was granted special sight, I saw the ancient Vaal city that once stood in this place. All around me were signs of the legendary Queen Atziri ruling from afar. I saw, as I stood at the base of a great pyramid, the sacrifice of new harvest unfold."
  44. Every Letter of Exile begins "Missive of Sentence, Court of Divine Temperance, Theopolis" in the previous version of the game. As of Version 3.15.0, it is not in the in-game Letter of Exile anymore
  45. Kahuturoa: "Oh... the Azmeri did set up an empire, and they died too? What's going on up there?! I suppose that golden cult they banished to Oriath is going to take over the world now!"
  46. Clarissa: "On the fall of the Empire, the historians are deathly silent. After the Purity Rebellion, the Kingdom of Kaom blockaded Oriath, preventing any trade or correspondence with the mainland." Apparently at the time of the Purity Rebellion, Oriath was developed enough to be reliably recording history and to want to trade with the Eternal Empire.
  47. Eramir: "The Fellshrine is a shadow of what was once good in Wraeclast. That sigil etched into its stones? It's a Descry, from when the Templar truly stood for something."

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