Shoon VI (pronounced: /ˈʃnSHOON[4]) was a powerful wizard and an emperor of the Shoon Imperium.[2]

Description[edit | edit source]

Shoon VI was described as "catlike" in his bearing. He was a powerful wizard as an adult, far more so than many wizards even five times older than he was. This was in stark contrast to his childhood, when he was prone to illness.[2]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Shoon VI was proud and confident. He preferred to entrust the ruling of the Imperium to his advisers, but he also had the wisdom to select excellent advisers. He had no love of the military, unlike his mother, and he essentially ignored his armies, letting them control themselves.[2]

Activities[edit | edit source]

During his reign, Shoon VI saw to the expansion of both the magical resources of his empire and its intelligence-gathering capabilities. The empire thrived under his rule compared to its status under past rulers.[2]

Train my warriors and their progeny for the glory of the Imperium until one claims the belt of Iltaker.
— Emperor Shoon VI's orders to the Champion of Iltakar[5]

Five years before his death, Shoon VI completed crafting of a battle horror construct called the Champion of Iltakar. Its purpose was to serve as a trainer of the greatest gladiators of the arenas of Iltakar in Shoonach.[5]

Shoon VI also crafted the belt of Iltaker in the same year, a powerful magical belt to be awarded to the Empire's most valiant arena champion.[6]

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Shoon VI was the son of Qysara Shoon V and Jahar el Tavarn. He was Shoon V's fourth son and the only son to survive to adulthood. His brothers were either assassinated or killed by sickness. He also had two sisters, Nada and Selara.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Shoon VI was born in 273 DR[1][note 1] with the birth name Kahlar yn Jahar el Tavarn. Because his older brothers had died, his mother sent him far away to the north for protection, where he was raised by trusted friends. He was a very sickly and weak child, but he was taught the ways of magic and quickly grew into a powerful wizard.[2]

In 300 DR, he received word that his mother was deathly ill. He returned to Shoonach to be at her side when she died. The journey was full of traps and attempted assassinations, but he had the protection of his mother's Qysaghanni. After her death, he took up the emperor's purple mantle, giving up his given name for the name Shoon.[2]

Shoon VI's rule lasted nine years. He was assassinated by 35 stab wounds from his own imperial guard. In truth, they were paid off by his sister's husband, Nadim el Jhotos, and their son, Kodos, his cousin. As the oldest living male relative, Kodos would become the most infamous and wicked of all the Shoon emperors—Shoon VII.[2]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Both Lands of Intrigue Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue and Empires of the Shining Sea give Shoon VII's birth date as 290 DR, but they also give the birth date of his uncle Shoon VI as 288 DR. Shoon VI's sister and Shoon VII's mother, Selara, was born after Shoon VI, meaning that she would have had to have been less than two years old when giving birth to Shoon VII!
    This has been declared an error by George Krashos, who has suggested (George Krashos (2017-01-02). Birth of Shoon VII. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2018-08-04.) the alternate dates of 250 DR for Shoon V, 273 DR for her fourth son Shoon VI, and 275 DR for her final child Selara.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 George Krashos (2017-01-02). Birth of Shoon VII. Candlekeep Forum. Retrieved on 2018-08-04.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Steven E. Schend and Dale Donovan (September 1998). Empires of the Shining Sea. (TSR, Inc), p. 27. ISBN 978-0786912377.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Steven E. Schend (1997). Lands of Intrigue: Book Three: Erlkazar & Folk of Intrigue. (TSR, Inc), p. 29. ISBN 0-7869-0697-9.
  4. Ginny Loveday (2018-11-06). A Wrinkle in the Weave (DDAL08-04) (PDF). D&D Adventurers League: Waterdeep (Wizards of the Coast), p. 12.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Eric L. Boyd (October 2005). “Vampires of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Crypt”. Dungeon #127 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 74.
  6. Eric L. Boyd (October 2005). “Vampires of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Crypt”. Dungeon #127 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), p. 75.

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