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Terbakar was the ancient capital of Bakar in the Raurin. The river Athis had once sprang from within the Pyramid of Amun-Re in the city.[2]

Description[]

Terbakar's ruins were visible from the tops of dunes 5 miles (8 kilometers) away,[2] though there was nothing worthy of note beyond the pyramid, its surrounding wall, and the temple of Amun-Re along the wall. The wall itself was degraded, in contrast to the pyramid, which was immaculate. Ahead of the pyramid, there was a lime-cement basin, 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter, from which the river Athis had once been fed; because of the curse, there was nothing but sand on it.[3]

In 1356 DR, after the Pyramid of Amun-Re was plundered and the curse lifted, the river Athis began flowing again, slowly refilling its banks over the years.[4][5]

History[]

Terbakar served as the capital of Bakar; it was built close to the magical spring of the River Athis, along which the entire kingdom of Bakar was situated. The capital was known as a jewel of the desert. Its pharaohs had ruled for time out of mind, and though its libraries were noted in some circles, the Waters themselves were what was revered.[1]

By the year 300 DR, the Pharaoh Amun-Re constructed a pyramid to serve as his own tomb. To finance its construction, he raised taxes and waged war on neighboring kingdoms. Discontent rose in response to the pyramid's construction; the pharaoh was slain during a riot.[6] His dying curse caused the spring of the river Athis to refill no longer, causing Terbakar, in fact the whole of Bakar and the entire river basin, to depopulate quickly.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), p. 4. ISBN 978-0880383974.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-0880383974.
  3. Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), p. 40. ISBN 978-0880383974.
  4. Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), p. 61. ISBN 978-0880383974.
  5. Sterling Hersey (June 2013). “Martek and the Desert of Desolation”. In Steve Winter ed. Dragon #424 (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17.
  6. Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), p. 30. ISBN 978-0880383974.
  7. Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, Philip Meyers, Peter Rice, William John Wheeler (May 1987). Desert of Desolation. (TSR, Inc.), p. 5. ISBN 978-0880383974.
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