In 577CY, the legitimate dynasty of the Dezbat, one of the 15 provinces of Ekbir was replaced following an
Ataphad attack led by Urik Ashir, of the Second House of Ashir. During this attack, Nerim Ashir of the First
House of Ashir was killed with all his family, with the exception of his infant son, Lybak Ashir who was saved
from the carnage by Sid-Allagh, the Faris of the wolf.
The latter was a member of the order of the Faris Rautha, or Gem Knights. This order, specific to Dezbat
was founded a long time ago by Nimrod Ashir, then lord of Dezbat. He handed 12 magical gems to his 12
best warriors. These gems had the power to attach to the forehead of their owner, granting them great
powers. Thus was born the Faris Rautha, because the warriors trained youths not only in the art of war, but
thought them moral virtues and spiritual values of the faris, in the spirit of the Exalted Faith. Each of the 12
warriors developed a specific way of combat, symbolized by the 12 animals of the baklunish
calendar : tiger, bear, lion, frog, turtle, fox, snake, boar, squirrel, hare, falcon and wolf.
The Faris Rautha were held responsible for the massacre of the First House of Ashir and Sid-Allagh
accused of murdering Lybak, resulting in the dissolution of the order. Those members who had
survived the Ataphad attack of 577CY were outlawed and hunted.
However, a secret society came into existence. Calling itself the Rautha Brotherhood, it gave itself the goal of
restoring the order of the Faris Rautha by finding the 12 gems and finding new bearers to take on the roles of
the 12 faris. One of the leaders of the brotherhood is Gebril Al Mofiss, encountered in EKB5-03 La Proie
The Brotherhood managed to find one of the rare Faris Rautha still alive, the Faris of the Squirrel Uyok.
Pursued by the Storm Riders of Urik Ashir, Uyok had to flee to Tusmit, with the help of the Faris Rautha. In
order to pursue Uyok on Tusman soil, Urik Ashir made a deal with Pasha Muammar Quaran. In exchange,
Urik Ashir promised he would call upon his friends to help the Pasha with the Udgru crisis. The mysterious
Zeifian merchant, Faruk Al Tureim (see EKB4-01 Le Fugitif and VTF4-05 The Air Node) pleaded with the
king of the Udgru bandit, known as the Black Knight, to make him attack the elves in the Tusman part of the
Udgru, to prevent them from attacking Tusmit.
In 577CY during the attack of the Ataphads, 6 of the 12 Faris Rautha were at Nerim Ashir’s side : the Faris of
the Bear (Erutuk), the Lion (Tehush), the Turtle (Zenitram), the Boar (Reshanok), the Falcon (Annom)
and the Wolf (Sid-Allagh).
Annom was sent to ask Urik, Lord Nerim’s cousin. But he was found dead between the two forts.
Tehush, Zenitram and Reshanok died heroic deaths, overwhelmed by the numbers of the enemy.
Erutuk managed to escape when all was lost and he saw that Urik was allied to the Ataphads.
As for Sid-Allagh, he escaped taking the infant Lybak. No one knows what happened to Lybak but Sid-Allagh
was killed in front of the Monastery of Glendaloch by the men of Keyn Ashir, Urik’s half-brother and
commander of the Storm Riders.
The other Faris Rautha
The 6 other Faris Rautha weren’t at the castle during the Ataphad attack. They were engaged in various
missions for Dezbat.
The faris of the Hare (Legh-Wosharb) tried to defend the order in a trial he believed would be faire. He was
quickly condemned and thrown in jail where he died quickly.
The faris of the Snake (Dranem) tried to do justice himself. His murder attempt against Urik failed and he
was executed. This only served to fuel Urik’s propaganda against the Faris Rautha.
Nireg, the Faris of the Fox created the Rautha Brotherhood that still exists today and now led by
Gebril Al Mofiss and other brave supporters. Unfortunately, he arranged to meet the Faris of the
Frog, the pious Yauganet, who was secretly watched by Keyn and Urik. The rendezvous was an ambush in
which both Faris Rautha were killed.
The Faris of the Tiger (Drashir) headed to the Udgru to raise an army. He doesn’t know what happened to him.
The Faris of the Squirrel, Uyok, was trapped by the Zashassar in an imprisonment spell until he was freed
by the Rautha Brotherhood with the help of some brave adventurers.
560CY, following the death of his father, Jadhim ascended to the throne of Tusmit. A resourceful man,
Jadhim quickly made himself known as a shrewd politician. His pilgrimage to the Yatils where he
kneeled before the Grand Mufti consecrated him as the official authority in Tusmit. This earned him the title
of – Orem or “Enlightened”, a title reserved to those accepted by the Grand Mufti.
In 579CY, Pasha Jadhim-Orem was deposed by a young ambitious faris named Muammar Quaran. After
forcing Jadhim-Orem into exile, now-Pasha Muammar Quaran declared a series of measures destined to make
him popular and secure.
Jadhim-Orem fled to Dihn in northern Tusmit where his staunchest supporters still held power. There, he
met with his many advisors on what to do next. Civil war seemed to be in the cards for Tusmit until an elven
oracle walked up to Jadhim-Orem. The elf told him that he should wait for Tusmit to be ablaze and not of
his doing before he could return to claim his crown.
While unhappy, Jadhim-Orem saw the wisdom in the elf’s word. From Dihn, he passed into Ekbir where he
remained in exile for the last 16 years. The Caliph, his old rival, welcomed him in Ekbir in a sort of caged
freedom. Knowing the shrewdness of the ex-Pasha, the Caliph kept him on guard.
Unable to let things happen on their own Jadhim-Orem was involved in a series of plots over the last few
years, but none of them came amounted to anything.
However, when the Wave of Fire hit Tusmit in 594CY, Jadhim-Orem knew the time foretold by the elf had
come. To that effect, Jadhim-Orem began to plan his return. It took him nearly a year to be ready, and now
he is. Part of the army is in rebellion, the rest is busy trying to keep the country safe from goblins, bandits
and other calamities. Blashikdur is readying itself for a siege by elven forces. The Elves have retreated in the
Udgru, commerce is paralyzed and the Pasha isn’t doing much. The timing is perfect.
Jadhim-Orem sent some of his closest and most trusted agents to recruit a group of adventurers to serve as
guards to escort him from the Ekbirrian border to Dwur’Ayhand in Dihn. However, secrecy is the name
of the game so Jadhim-Orem disguised himself and made his way to Tusmit. To make sure no one would
recognize him, Jadhim-Orem uses a hat of disguise to make him appear as a veiled Ekbirrian princess. Veiled
women are extremely rare in Ekbir (most of them are foreigners) but Jadhim nevertheless uses that scheme.
The Lord of Dezbat, Urik Ashir learned of Jadhim’s flight, thanks to his many informants at the Caliph’s
court. Looking to gain even more advantages Urik launched his Riders after Jadhim. Unable to stop the
latter from reaching Tusmit, Urik’s forces now try to prevent Jadhim from reaching his supporters in
Tusmit. Unwilling to tip his hand, he has not informed his agents of the real identity of the “Ekbirrian
At the start of the adventure, Urik Ashir’s men have failed to prevent Jadhim-Orem from reaching Tusmit.
Therefore, they may hire the PCs to capture Jadhim-Orem.
The situation in Blashikdur
Martial law has just been recalled in Blashikdur following the events in TUS5-05 Strife and Chaos. The
city is slowly returning to normal.
The Tusman Udgru
The part of the Udgru located in Tusmit is dominated by the wood elves. However, a number of elves of other
origins have moved into the forest in 594CY. The treaty of Ulamur, signed in the early days of Tusmit
granted the elves citizenship, but also allowed Tusmit the right to log up to one mile from the borders of the
Today, the forest is only about half the size it was then, and the Tusman government has turned a deaf ear to
the demands of the elves. This has lead to resentment on the elves’ part. The situation can only get worse.
The Ekbirrian Udgru
The Ekbirrian Udgru, the largest part of the forest has been dominated for a long time by bandits, heretics,
worshippers of evil deities and opponents to the Caliph. The elves are few and weak both in numbers
and politically. Most of them belong to small Grugach isolationist tribes mostly living close to the Tusman
In the last fifteen years, a powerful leader has appeared in the Udgru. In a short time, he established total
domination of the forest, except for the Tusman part where the elves are more organized, militarily and
Leading an army of highwaymen, worshippers of evil, humanoids, and having the support of fiends from the
lower planes, he leads a never-ending guerilla against the Califate and terrorizes all the regions neighboring
the forest. The identity of this mysterious warlord is unknown. He is known only by a nickname inspired
by his appearance told by some of the few survivors : the Black Knight.
More on the Black Knight can be learned by talking to Uyok, in Encounter 10 – First Surprise.
The situation in the Udgru
Over the years, Jadhim-Orem used a variety of schemes to create chaos and destabilize Muammar Quaran. One
of these was to send an emissary to rouse the elves to war. This envoy was Elohir (wood elf slang for
“shadow”). In 592 and 593CY he succeeded in gathering enough disgruntled elves to start a small
rebellion. He tried to get the sheikdoms of Dihn and Khalid to come to blows. When his plot was
discovered, he tried more desperate tactics, only to see them fail because adventurers established peaceful
contact with King Khellersorian.
When in late 594CY, Khellersorian took action against the logging operation launched to create more war
machines to help the war effort in the south. He was caught by adventurers and executed for treason.
Elohir was quickly crowned king by his supporters. Finding himself the only major leader of the elves,
Elohir took quick action to retreat to the newly rediscovered city of Zaneren deep in the Udgru.
Technically not within the borders Tusmit or Ekbir, he began rebuilding the city and regrouped his few
remaining warriors. Elohir has been very busy making alliances with many forest-borne creatures like the
Forest Giants and the Fey.
The last year of Khellersorian’s reign saw non-wood elves join the ranks of the Udgru elves, this gives
Elohir additional troops, but also conflicting points of view.
When Jadhim-Orem informed Elohir through a courier that he would be coming, Elohir sent some of
his most trustworthy rangers to look for the party. For that reason, the elves do not attack any non-elves found
in the forest.
The secret of Zaneren is that the city is built upon huge treants who have lived there before the
Baklunish Hegira (over 3000 years ago). This secret was discovered by a group of adventurers in 594CY
(TUSInt4-02 Promenons-nous dans le bois). During the course of this adventure, Pinecone, the eldest one,
does not manifest herself.
The situation is about to get a lot more complicated because troops composed of the bandits and
humanoids from the Ekbirrian Udgru are about to launch a surprise attack against the elves of the
Tusman Udgru. This will not only extend the Black Knight’s domination to all of the Udgru, but will also
honor, through the intermediary of Faruk Al Tureim, the alliance between Urik Ashir and Muammar
The Pasha in all this
The Pasha and his government are unaware of the events concerning Jadhim and his return. They are
busy with other things like the rebellion in Elisam, the Udgru situation, the red dragon spotted in the Yatils
and the rebuilding of Vilayad and the Nayya Gate.
The Faruk Al Tureim Consortium
This consortium, member of the Mouqollad Consortium is based in Zeif. Because of aggressive
commercial tactics and considerable financial backing, it has known an impressive growth ; counters and
branches were established all over the Baklunish states. The reputation of its leader, Faruk Al Tureim is starting
to be blemished, but no tangible proof was ever gathered against him, yet. The merchant Mustaka el-
Arand has recently let himself be seduced by the charisma of Faruk and by his generous financial offers.
Faruk Al Tureim has thrown in important funds to pursue Jadhim.
Throughout the adventure, the following groups or people should be considered loyal to Muammar
– The Water Watchers (including Jardez)
– The Tusman Army
– The Tusman Church of Al’Akbar
– Gazool the hunter
– Keyn Ashir and the Storm Riders
Throughout the adventure, the following groups or people should be considered rebels supporters.
– Ishmal, Moussef & the Princess
– The Udgru Elves
– The Sheik of Dihn and his entourage
– The Rautha Brotherhood (Gebril Al Mofiss &
Throughout the adventure, the following people should be considered neutral.
– The Mouqollad Consortium
– The Church of Azor’alq
– Faruk Al Tureim’s Consortium
– Mustaka el-Arand & Waffid Gormad
– The troops of the Black Knight
– Everyone else
Introduction The PCs are hired by Ishmal al-Qadi and Gebril Al Mofiss or by men secretly in the service of
Urik Ashir and Faruk Al Tureim.
Ishmal and Gebril hire them to escort an Ekbirrian princess from Blashikdur to Dwur’Awad in Dihn. They
do not mention the identity of the princess. This runs them through Encounters 2-4
The Ekbirrians envoys claim to be looking for an escaped princess. They insist she be brought back to
Ekbir, with her escorts. This runs them through Encounters 5-7
Encounter 1 – Information deals with the information the PCs can glean while in Blashikdur.
Encounter 2 – Into the Udgru Hired by Ishmal and Gebril Al Mofiss, the PCs head into the Udgru, where
they are attacked by forest creatures.
Encounter 3 – The King and the Princess The PCs are taken by Udgru elves. The PCs are brought before
King Elohir. Elohir and Jadhim-Orem talk to each other for a while (in private). The PCs have a chance to
talk to the elves and witness a session of the war council. The next morning, the PCs learn of an attack
launched by the Black Knight against the elven kingdom.
Encounter 4 – The Storm Riders The PCs leave the Udgru and are confronted by a group of Storm Riders
wanting to stop them from reaching their destination.
Encounter 5 – A Dark, Dark Wood Having been hired by the Ekbirrians, the PCs head into the Udgru
EKB5-06/TUS5-07 The Ekbirrian Job Page 7 looking for the Princess and the Qadi where they face a
patrol of elves.
Encounter 6 – Jardez The PCs are approached by Jardez, a spy on for the Water Watchers.
Encounter 7 – By order of the Caliph The PCs catch up to Jadhim’s caravan and confront them.
Encounter 8 – Rebelling Nobles A group of angry nobles send a group of elementals to attack the PCs.
Jadhim and the two Qadi teleport to town, leaving the PCs to face the creatures.
Encounter 9 – Revelations The PCs reach Dwur’Ayhand and are escorted to the palace of the
Encounter 10 – First Surprise The PCs have a meal with Uyok, the Faris of the Squirrel of the Faris
Rautha. He makes important revelations to them.
Encounter 11 – Le Secret de la princesse Jadhim reveals himself to Tusmit and the PCs have to make an
Conclusion Tusmit is still at peace for now. But civil war seems to be on the cards. The situation isn’t much
better in Ekbir where the intrigues of Urik Ashir foretell of a serious struggle for Dezbat.