The Shattered Star
Many were the wonders created during Thassilon’s time, with the vast cyclopean monuments, the seven swords of sin, and strange clockwork constructs being among the most legendary. But the most significant wonder may also be the most ubiquitous in Thassilonian lore-the Sihedron.
This seven-pointed star appears often in Thassilonian writings and carvings, for it symbolizes more than just the seven schools of Thassilonian magic. It represents the seven virtues of rule, but also the seven deadly sins. It represents the seven runelords. It symbolizes the seven skymetals. It exemplifies the power of magic itself. The first of these stars was more than just a rune, though-the first Sihedron was a physical object crafted from seven conjoined spikes made of seven different skymetals and given vast magical power by its creator-First King Xin, the founder of Thassilon. With the Sihedron as his personal symbol, Xin ruled Thassilon for 11 decades, until he was betrayed by his favored minions, the seven runelords. At the time of this betrayal, Xin had temporarily dismantled the Sihedron so as to siphon some of its magic into a new project-a clockwork reliquary designed to give his failing body an immortal shell in which he could live forever. The runelords timed their treachery well, for Xin’s greatest defense could not save him. Instead, a tremendous magical explosion slew Xin and the would-be assassins sent by the runelords and devastated the First King’s palace. The runelords investigated the ruins soon thereafter, and there they found the seven shards of the Sihedron. The runelords each claimed a shard. And so instead, the runelords hid away their shards, intending to keep them apart forever. The seven fragments of the artifact became collectively known as the Shattered Star.
Indeed, for much of that time, the entire legacy of Thassilon remained an obscure footnote in the history texts. Even in recent years, as southern nations began to colonize Varisia, the monolithic remnants of Thassilon remained more a curiosity than a true source of scholastic pursuit. As the Pathfinder Society grew more and more interested in the region, though, Varisia’s reputation for hidden mysteries and Thassilon’s seductive call to investigation grew, but it took the near rise of one of the seven runelords, Karzoug the Claimer, to truly bring Thassilon’s legacy to full light.