Embalmed The Stygian Horde has spread to the edges of the Black Plateaus of the Vulture Clan Dwarves and on more than one occasion has threatened to breach the integrity of the great Talon Gates. The Horde has overrun several of the Elven mercantile cities. The Blackbloods have encountered them far into the trade routes through the Lands of the Flame, as well as the gates of Belshazzar itself. The One King has fought them and defeated them at the ziggurat of Ipkur-Kish but the ever-growing tide of Stygian has met them between the River of Time and the River of Blood, on the Plain of Bones.
The Stygian are sleek and muscular, with iridescent skins and crested carapaces. They are astonishingly agile and frighteningly fast. Their bronze, enameled armor is richly embellished with turquoise, carnelian and white jade. Their eyes are cruelly intelligent with a sentience unknown to any of the other races of Chronopia.
The great host of serpent-men acts with one communal mind. The hive-mind of the Stygian is orchestrated through its Priestesses. Resplendent in their gilded, bronze armor the Priestesses imperceptibly relay their instructions to the saurion horde. They carry huge circular disks on their backs known as Scion Stones, These stones appear to be the source of their terrible power. They are similiar in contruction to, but much smaller than, the Tablets of Destiny on which is said to be written the whole of time and creation.
Legend has it that Tiamat created the Tablets of Destiny and wrote upon them the future of the World, in an attempt to shape the course of destiny and harness the dominion of fate: that she might give her beloved Stygian the future; secure and graven in stone. But the Gods of Old were furious that any should seek to control the future without achieving it by trial of strength or retaining it by constant endenvor. There was a balance to be maintained; a balance that held the heavens in place and the earth in its cradle.
They set down upon the earth a champion to oppose and restrain the stygian might. And they gave him powers to combat the predestined future written upon the Tablets of Destiny. However, while the Champion did stanch the tide of sacrificial blood, he was not given the power to destroy the Stygian utterly. There could be no favor shown: only the balance to be restored. The Stygian fell back to their ziggurats and sealed up the Chaos Tombs. There they slept, waiting for a day when the earth had forgotten them and the Tablets of Destiny could reassert their influence upon the world once more; a day when they would rise again and make the world an altar, drenched in sacrificial blood.
UnitsClose Combat Warbands: Reapers, Starved, Warriors
Close Combat Individuals: Desert Crawler, Drugged, Embalmed, Flayer, Great Warriors, Guardians, Hammerhead, Ophidian, Priestess, Sister of Tiamat, Tenebrous Crawler, Tree Devil
Missile Weapon Individuals: Venom Spawn
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