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Source: The Slave Trenches of Hakotep, pg(s). 65–68
The Shory (pronounced shoh-REE) were an ancient people who traveled the world in great flying cities during the Age of Destiny and created the Shory Empire. Their flying cities, and many other wonders, were accomplished through the use of a form of long-forgotten magic known as Aeromantic Infadibulum.
The Shory people were the result of intermingling between Garundi nomads from southern Garund and the local Mwangi tribes of the Mwangi Expanse. In -2556 AR, the Shory confederacy was founded by Black Heron, an apprentice of Jatembe who shared his magic with the other Shory tribes and encouraged them to unite against the southern cults of Rovagug. The Shory used air magic to raid the cults from their treetop homes, protecting northern Garund from them and fuelling their own fascination with the sky.
War and flight
In -2381 AR, the cults of Rovagug allied with the Bekyar and Angazhan's charau-ka minions and resumed their war against the Shory. The charau-ka were particularly effective in raiding the Shory's treetop homes. After the fall of the city Zetsibe, the Shory created the first flying platform to extend their air superiority and allied with the derhii. Eventually, the cults of Rovagug were broken with the defeat of Djakobu, a thunder behemoth which they had previously controlled to destroy many Shory villages and cause minor earthquakes.
In the following years, the Shory established among them a triune of wizards to govern each city, and they began experimenting with the goal of lifting entire cities into the sky, rendering them unreachable by their foes. This culminated with the Aeromantic Infadibulum and the relocation of their capital Kho to the sky in -2323 AR. By -2289 AR, all Shory cities had taken to the skies.
This launched the golden age of the Shory Empire, but also planted the seed of their fall. The sky-cities made enemies with Osirion and the Tekritanin League while inspiring fear in local tribes. Some Shory became racial supremacists and summoned genies and elementals to be their slaves. Without a central morality, they even consorted with daemons from Abaddon and squamous creatures from the Dark Tapestry, while being unprepared against their dangers.
Decline and fall
The fall of the Shory was a long decline rather than the result of a single event. From Kho falling in -632 AR to Ulduvai in -507 AR, Shory's magnificent flying cities fell to disease, war, or monsters, or fled the continent in failed attempts at survival. It is believed that most of these crashed flying cities lie scattered across the mountain peaks surrounding the Mwangi Expanse.
The few Shory who survived the fall of their cities assimilated into other cultures on the ground, and their history passed into myth. Many modern scholars now believe that the tales of the Shory cities' ability to fly to be nothing more than fanciful exaggeration.
The flying cities of the Shory were pinnacles of magical and technological innovation that have not been replicated since. Built of glass, adamantine, and mithral, they were said to fly faster than the wind. The first of these, Kho, is said to have been destroyed by the first Spawn of Rovagug, the Tarrasque, although clear evidence of this has never been discovered. Little remains of these cities today, with the exceptions of the Ruins of Kho, Ulduvai, and the largely unknown city of Yjae. Artifacts from the ruins are highly sought after by treasure hunters who hope to recapture the greatness of the Shory Empire. However, even when such items are discovered, none have replicated Shory technology.
The Shory today
Rumors persist of flying buildings, glass spires, castles, and even entire cities suddenly appearing in the skies, or briefly being glimpsed through the dark clouds of the Eye of Abendego. Although unlikely, it is still possible that certain unliving Shory people have survived to today. Only one of these has been confirmed: the stranded sky-city of Yjae, hovering over the desert of Shaguang in Tian Xia.
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