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Aliases Old Xin
Titles First King Xin
Race/Species Human (Azlanti)
Class Wizard
Gender Male
Homeland Thassilon
Deity Lissala
Died -6420 AR
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Source: Lost Kingdoms, pg(s). 55

Emperor Xin, an exile from the ancient nation of Azlant,[1] was a visionary who founded the empire that would later be divided by the squabbling runelords that he created.[2]


Founding of Thassilon

Xin was a powerful Azlanti wizard who believed that the Azlanti should work together with other races in Avistan and create an even greater empire than the one found on Azlant. His ideas were declared heretical by the ancient mystics who ruled that lost continent, and he was exiled along with his followers, apprentices, and their families. They made the perilous journey across the Arcadian Ocean, landing on what is now known as Hollow Mountain and founding the settlement of Xin-Bakrakhan.[3][4]

Though exact dates from the time before Earthfall are hard to gauge with any great precision, it is believed that Xin began the formation of the Thassilonian Empire in the latter days of the Age of Legend, around -6530 AR. Upon landing of the shores of what would one day be Varisia, Xin knew that he had found a land where he could prove his former masters wrong. Xin quickly expanded to the east, coming into conflict with local human and elven tribes living in what is now Varisia. These peoples did not resist him for long, fearing Xin for his powerful magic, but also seeing the technological advances an alliance with him could bring.[3] Within a short time, Xin had founded not only the state of Bakrakhan, but also those of Edasseril (on today's Ironbound Archipelago), Cyrusian (in Southmoor and northwestern Varisia), Eurythnia (southern Varisia), and Shalast (central and northern Varisia).[3][5]

Rule of Thassilon

He helped to create not only his empire but many orders of knights and wizards, even helping foster monastic orders. His goal was to create a civilised paradise within his empire. To do this Xin bargained with mighty and powerful creatures, ancient dragons, and inscrutable outsiders. These creatures granted knowledge of rune magic, said by some to be the language of creation itself, and worship of the goddess of rune magic Lissala. Xin used this knowledge in many aspects of day-to-day life within Thassilon.[6]

Creation of the Runelords

Eventually the empire grew too large for Xin to control, and he created a group of magistrates to help him govern the empire. These runelords, as the most powerful magistrates would be called, eventually went on to supplant and subvert Xin's empire.[6]

Xin's death

Xin lived longer than your average human, ruling till the age of 110. His death was as exceptional as his life. As he aged, Old Xin (as he was called in his final years), started losing his grip over the realm and his magical abilities. Rather than succumbing to the ravages of age or disease, he was consumed by his own magics which immolated himself and his would-be killer in crimson flames in -6420 AR and destroyed much of his palace.[2] After his death, Xin's oldest son was placed on the throne, but at this point rule of the empire effectively fell to the runelords. Xin's son was a mere puppet kept on the throne for the sake of tradition. He was imprisoned in the city of Xin were he could be effectively watched and controlled.[6]