1. are the Lizardmen descendants of the Scaly Ones mentioned in the Centaur lore? the Scaly Ones were said to worship the Dragon, and i believe the lore also says the Serpent (Beastlord aspect?)
and so the Centaur came upon them, there was war, and the Centaurs prevailed and drove the surviving Lizardmen into the bogs and jungles. the shaman and high priests were slaughtered,Centaur Lore wrote:They were the Scaly Ones, tall reptiles that walked like men, and they were quick to move against us with dark weapons and foul magic. Many Centaurs were captured and sacrificed by these elder horrors, and we were shocked to learn that these Scaly Ones worshipped the Dragon, and called themselves Its children. The Cohorts quickly gathered, and we rode to war against this new enemy.
leaving the remaining Lizardmen to live as barbaric beasts amongst Drakes and other swamp creature, destined for eternity to be a non-factor. but is there a more grandiose purpose? the Scaly Ones were said to have lived on Aerynth (maybe not Aerynth in particular, but in this World), and are specifically mentioned as having been present on Aerynth, before the Children of the All-Father; so why do they play so little of a role? my personal thought is that they were the original "cult" of the Dragon -- the first Irekei, if you will -- whose conduit to the Dragon was lost during this culling and the death of the shaman.Centaur Lore wrote:But even in our victory we were guided by virtue, and still knew mercy: Trilius Truespear, last of the Paragons and Marshal of the Cohorts, decreed that the last of the Scaly Ones should be spared. The warriors and servants of the scaly breed were strong and valiant, and knew little of the dark paths their masters walked: Trilius deemed their lives worth sparing. Once the reptilian theocracy was broken, the few Scaly Ones that remained descended into savagery, withdrawing into the marshes and jungles. The Scaly Ones are still fierce, and hostile to all who enter their lands, but their dark ambitions pose no threat to Aerynth.
2. if the Lizardmen are descendants of the Dragon, or descendants of a cult, or of his disciples, then why has the Dragon seemingly deserted them to the bogs? presently the Dragon has chosen the Irekei as his children, and the Irekei are the disciples who opened the Chaos Gate; but Khalikryst, the Phoenix Goddess, Goddess of the Sun -- who i believe is Volliandra, born of the Dragon's flame when He scorched the moon -- as we know from the Dragon Tells (in-game, FC character to in-game persona to Arkhubar(?)), is currently:
["emia", assuming this is Khalikryst, and the "unworthy", assumed to be the Temple of the Cleansing Flame.] i think Uvoriel, the patron Archon who grants Confessors and Templars their powers, is a false Archon, or a misrepresentation, of maybe the Dragon or Khalikryst, or maybe Morloch(?), all of whom have granted followers mastery over fire(?).[Tell] Kryqho'khalyn: My emia has left her lofty throne and has qurned from the path of righteousness...
[Tell] Kryqho'khalyn: dallying with qhe unworthy.
from what i have read, i believe this is best evidenced by the lack of a specific healing/resurrection spell in Thaumaturgy, two spells which Thaumaturgy alone among focuses lacks, and the only heal offered is purgation and contrition -- a health DD and DoT similar to spells granted to Doomsayers and followers of Chaos, or of the Black (Vampyre drains). Confessors have access to poison as well, and both Templar and Confessor have the ability to manipulate the Undead. these are traits and characteristic of Chaos, the Black, or at the least the absence of the Light, and i believe that these traits, in addition to the gift of flame, are indicative of intervention by Khalikryst. intervention by the Dragon would seem to be a stretch, as He (Kryqho'khalin) seems displeased with the "unrighteous" (again, presumably the Temple of the Cleansing Flame). it is worth noting that the Dragon has been compared by Meridian to Norse mythology, specifically the Ragnarok/destruction of the World, and it has been stated (by Meridian) that the Dragon is a "cosmic force" evident in all three aspects of the Universe: those being Law, Chaos, and Black.
3. Frykka and Draug-Torvald. Torvald is the only(?) remaining Ardani, the last of the Titans. he is now enslaved in death by Frykka, hence Draug Torvald. what does this mean? not much lore available for Frykka and the Amazons, but Frykka is related to the Black, and the Undead are of chief concern at this time. i believe Amazon lore was due for some love near the end of Shadowbane's life.
4. who the Skah! is the Traitor. from what i have read and researched, i think it's Malorn. he pulls out Sesherin's tongue daily to prevent him from speaking the truth, and it's my belief that Sesherin's blasphemies are:
A. truly awful, or
B. Malorn either killed Cambruin, or was there to bear witness of Cambruin's death, thus giving Malorn motive to reserve his Living Saint title and imprison the Aelfborn, Sesherin, who was woefully witness to this most foul event that lead to the Turning.
5. obviously, where is the All-Father? where is Thurin? where is Kenaryn? and where is Grallokur? how will the Long Hunt continue, though i suppose we'll find out when the world ends? (again???)
6. RE: (again???). is the awakening of the Dragon a cycle? has the Dragon risen from its slumber before? is the Ragnarok/destruction of the World characteristic of Order and Law, or is it Chaotic? the All-Father himself created Time and roust the World from sleep and Eternity, is that not of chaotic origin? it seems to me as though the All-Father -- if indeed the Dragon has completed this cycle before -- is disrupting the status quo, and changing the way the World works. the All-Father and the Joten wrote the wyrd and destiny of all living things on the Cliffs of Fate, which certainly would disrupt any preexisting cycle that occurred before the Companions arrived...
6. does it mean anything that Caedric Blackhammer is the Hermit of Wisdom? what of Sillestor, Hermit of Power? and i believe it is Voldrok who is the Hermit of Fortune, but what role does he play on this world? the Bards say that Voldrok was sighted amongst the legions of Chaos on Aerynth, a great host including Kodor, Tarrant(?), and their foul brood.
i'd love to see some discussion; in my opinion, SB had some of the most innovatative lore behind it, and it would be a shame to see it discontinued. i've seen a lot of discussion about retention of players and marketing aspects, and i believe the RP/lore aspect is one of the most overlooked facets. with a well-versed FC/lore team (of which there are several capable community members), i believe detail and attention to lore and SB history could be another solid driving point behind the launch of SBE.
tl;dr drunk and on drugs