Emperor Il-Khazar Caridan I

Il-Khazar Caridan; known by many names; The "First Emperor," the "Soul-Binder," the "Paragon of Virtue," the "Rune-Forger," and the "Ancient One;" was the founder and first Emperor of the Iskari Empire that once controlled most of the continent of Iskandar. Il-khazar was both a great warrior and powerful sorcerer, and ruled his Empire for more than 400 years. Upon his death, that same empire would later be divided by the squabbling Runelords that he created.


Il-Khazar was originally an exile from the ancient nation of Kalinor, but was a visionary. Through sheer force of will, Il-Khazar amassed a vast knowledge of magic which he used to defeat all rivals and forge a great empire that controlled most of the entire continent of Iskandar. At its peak, the empire commanded most of the continent and defeated both the nations of Kalinor and Jandelay. Though exact dates from this pre-skyfall time are hard to gauge exactly, it is believed that Il-Khazar began the formation of the Iskari Empire seven thousand years ago. He helped to create not only his empire but many orders of knights and wizards, even helping foster monastic orders.


Il-Khazar's goal was to create a civilized paradise within his empire. To do this, Il-Khazar bargained with mighty and powerful creatures, ancient dragons and inscrutable outsiders. These creatures granted him knowledge of Rune-Magic, said by some to be the language of creation itself, and the actual tools of the Goddess of Magic. Il-Khazar used this knowledge in many aspects of day-to-day life within the Iskari Empire, and created an incredible civilization based on his own unique vision.


Eventually the empire became too large for even Il-Khazar to control from his palace at Khorvis. To govern his vast empire more effectively, Il-Khazar divided it into seven large imperial districts; each controlling a dozen smaller provinces. He then appointed a group of seven wizards who would serve as magistrates and administer these districts. To enhance their abilities as local rulers, Il-Khazar gave the secret of Rune-Magic to his seven most senior and, he believed, loyal wizards. These 'Runelords,' as the most powerful magistrates would be called, eventually went on to supplant Il-Khazar and take control of his Empire.



Due to his magical powers, Il-Khazar lived much longer than an average man. He ruled the Iskari Empire for more than 400 years, until his death at the age of 467. His death was as exceptional as his life. As he aged, 'the Ancient One' (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, he was instead consumed by his own magics which immolated him in crimson flames and destroyed much of his palace.

This massive magical explosion may have been engineered by his own seven Runelords, who wished to depose him and gain control over the Empire. After his death, Il-Khazar's oldest son Il-Khezet was placed on the Alabaster Throne, but at this point rule of the empire effectively fell to the Runelords. Il-Khazar 's son was a mere puppet kept on the Iskari throne for the sake of tradition. For much of his life, he was imprisoned in the city of Khorvis, where he could be effectively watched and controlled.