THE GLASS ENIGMA
Kos is an infamous and legendary human city in the eastern end of Augustrya. The city’s founding is near mythic, with legends told of the Lyalrin elf Razurid who raised the city’s famed glass walls from the dust and dirt underfoot, and summoned forth springs of water from the parched ground.
The name Kos has remained the same since the earliest documents known were written. Some like to compare Kos with ‘chaos’, but this in an improper comparison, as ‘chaos’, a Primmian word, was borne on the other end of the realm.
Instead, lexicographers seem to have agreed upon Kos being derived from an old word for ‘shepherd’, indicating that the city may have been named for Razurid, a Koyyan hero.
Following the Lyalrin slaughter during the Age of Blessing, handfuls of the proto-fawn elves escaped to Augustrya. Most were slaughtered by the vicious human tribes of Emmis Dro. Razurid, however, is said to have taught one tribe, the Yikkad, how to perform magic and warp the minds of their opponents. Razurid summoned the city of Kos from the earth and deemed the Yikkad the rulers of all that could be seen from the top of its Tetridom, an intricate glass tower in the centre of the city. Razurid also constructed a myriad of compounds under the ground, in which he taught the Yikkad the arts of clairvoyant magic. These teachings came to be a sort of cult-school, with graduates belonging to a guild known as Linkmagi, or Linkmages.
With their newfound abilities and unity, the Yikkad swept across the desert, spreading the name of their founder and instituting Linkmages as chieftains of every tribe. But, as Razurid preached, the Linkmages kept their training exclusive to themselves. They were, and still are, some of the most talented sorcerers in the world.
As other cities popped up in Emmis Dro, outsiders became unsettled by the absolutely power that Kos exercised. The Koyyan Linkmages had their hands in every city’s pockets, and often demanded tribute in the form of slaves to work their farms and do their menial labour, and possibly become future Linkmages. Meanwhile, the population of Kos itself was the lowest of any major city in the region, with only two thousand inhabitants (but half of them were Linkmages).
At a tipping point, an alliance of Augustryan cities (including Aydossa, Hallis, Thos, Raytillua, and Estallos) called an ultimatum, demanding that the Linkmages leave them be. As their armies mobilized, the Linkmages made their move before the alliance had a chance to react. Linkmages brought the cities of Estallos and Raytillua to their knees within a week, levelling the cities and sending Raytillua tumbling into the sea. Aydossa was besieged by mutant, human-hunting creatures that traced them through their underground catacombs for years until they too were wiped out. Thos was met last, dismantled brick by brick by its own inhabitants, under the mental control of the Linkmages, each piece tossed into the bay, forming a small island built of discarded red brick and mortar. All farmland and surrounding villages were burnt to ash and left unusable, to the point where the whole of Emmis Dro knew almost no civilization, save for the almighty overlords of Kos. They showed no mercy.
The exception to the slaughter was Hallis. The city lived within the radius of the magical barrier emitted by the Astrid, a tower of black, oily rock sticking out of the Madrin Maen. Any magical assaults by the Linkmages were repelled by this barrier. The Koyyans’ desperate attempts to break through created a deep trench marking the boundaries of the barrier. Hallis still stands today, seen as Kos’s primary rival and opposition.
The genocide, known as Katastris, was orchestrated by the seventh Linkmaestro Victos Ro Pelhos, for whom both Victosia and Palosa are named, as these cities were founded by Linkmages following Katastris.