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Sokkar, the City of Eternity, was a ruined necropolis found in the Haunted Lands of Zakhara in 1367 DR.[note 1][1][2]

GeographyEdit

Sokkar rested at the base of the Furrowed Mountains along the northern fringes of the Weeping Desert.[1]

DescriptionEdit

As of 1367 DR, Sokkar had been completely surrounded by Al-Amzija, a black cloud of vengeance, for centuries. This shielded it from the prying eyes of Zakhara.[4]

Within the tempest, the city of Sokkar stretched for miles in every direction. Impressive pyramids dominated the center of the city, stretching upward into the storm-filled sky.[4]

Three main avenues—the Avenue of the Hama, the Avenue of the Sphinxes, and the Avenue of the Baboons—led to the central portion of the city known as the Plaza of Eternity. Here impressive pyramids dominated the cityscape, including the Great Temple of the Undying and the Great Pyramid of Borsippa.[5]

Most of the crypts found within the city were exceptionally well preserved. In most cases, the ancient text, written in Chun, was still legible.[3]

HistoryEdit

Sokkar was founded by jungle giants long ago when lush jungles covered the Land of Fate. The giants governed with wisdom and the human residents of the city prospered under their rule. However, over time, the female giants began to only produce male offspring, resulting in the gradual decline of the giant population in Sokkar. The remaining males renounced their rulership and constructed large cairns for themselves in a necropolis along the periphery of the city. Eventually only a trio of males remained. The passion these giants held for their dying culture was so strong that even death could not claim them. The trio of rom became known as the Undying. Their names were Noq the Inspired, Arun the Ever-Vigilant, and Merodach the Deprived.[6]

The human rulers of Sokkar deferred to the wisdom of the three rom, traveling to the necropolis on a yearly basis to receive their wisdom.[6]

Eventually the rom were viewed as demigods. The rom reveled in this treatment, allowing worthy citizens to be buried near their mausoleum when they died. Eventually even their towering tombs were surround by lesser structures, creating a veritable city of tombs.[6]

As time passed, the climate of the region became more arid, causing the jungles to give way to deserts. The human population of Sokkar, perhaps distracted by their construction of elaborate tombs, neglected the city as a whole. As Fate would have it, the population was stuck by the same curse that befell the giants in that only male offspring were being born, eventually leaving the city in ruin when the inhabitants died out.[6]

InhabitantsEdit

The trio of rom of the Undying were the true rulers of Sokkar, though they left the city to its fate for the vast majority of the time.[3]

During the height of its power, Sokkar was home to over 200,000 humans and giants.[3]

DefensesEdit

The undead rulers of the city summoned a black cloud of vengeance, called Al-Amzija, to surround the city upon the death of Sokkar's last citizen. Al-Amzija could not enter the city nor could it stray more than a few miles from it, enraging the black cloud of vengeance while it sought a way to escape. Al-Amzija's rage meant anyone attempting to enter the city needed to pass through a lethal barrier of sand and wind.[7]

Al-Amzija was aware when any living creature or item that spent at least one day within Sokkar attempted to pass through the maelstrom. Additionally, mention of Al-Amzija's name summoned the creature within minutes to the location where it was uttered.[7]

Within the city, the Undying could call upon a veritable army of undead from the countless crypts should the need arise. Additionally, the large stone statues lining Sokkar's three main avenues were actually stone golems that could be animated if anyone was foolish enough to attack the city.[8]

TraditionsEdit

The population of Sokkar revered their dead, believing that their status in the afterlife was determined by how they were buried. Thus, based on their beliefs, someone buried in a pauper's crypt was doomed to wander eternity in poverty. This belief led the nobility and other wealthy citizens to spend their fortunes on constructing elaborate tombs in preparation for the afterlife, perhaps aiding the downfall of the city as other civic projects were ignored.[6]

Every Sokkaran tomb contained a ka figure, or spirit statue, and a stele.[6]

Rumors & LegendsEdit

A cursed lamia noble princess named Ophidia was rumored to exit her pyramid at night and wander the city.[3]

AppendixEdit

NotesEdit

  1. Canon material does not provide dating for the Al-Qadim campaign setting. For the purposes of this wiki only, the current date for Al-Qadim products is assumed to be 1367 DR.

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