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 first of these magical cities, Kho, was completed in -2323 AR. The fall of the Shory was not caused by a single event, so much as a long decline. One by one their magnificent flying cities fell to disease, war, or monsters. It is believed that most of these crashed flying cities lie scattered across the mountain peaks surrounding the Mwangi Expanse. Since no one could determine a definite final fate of the Shory Empire, 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 still highly sought after by the treasure hunters, hoping to recapture the greatness of the Shory Empire. Even when such items have been discovered, none have been able to replicate 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.
A major article regarding the Shory Empire, entitled 'Rise and Fall of the Shory Empire', has been published by Paizo in The Slave Trenches of Hakotep p64ff.
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