Rise of the Runelords: Anniversary Edition
Information on Xin-Shalast from the library beneath the Black Tower.
Xin-Shalast is a legendary lost city, rumored to be hidden somewhere in the Kadar Mountains. Stories hold that Xin-Shalast had gold streets and gemstone buildings, and sat under the gaze of a mountain that could see.
Xin-Shalast was the capital city of an empire called Shalast, one of seven that comprised the ancient empire of Thassilon. Legend holds that Xin-Shalast lay at the headwaters of the sacred river Avah, which Varisian folklore says leads to an earthly paradise sacred to Desna. Unfortunately, no record of where this river may have once flowed exists today, and most scholars believe the river itself to have been destroyed during Earthfall.
In the final centuries before Earthfall ended Thassilon, Xin-Shalast was ruled by Runelord Karzoug, one of the lords of the Thassilonian Empire. The primary architects of the immense city were tribes of giants, themselves ruled by powerful beings known as rune giants.
The spires of Xin-Shalast stand upon the mythical mountain of Mhar Massif. This mountain of legendary proportions pierce the skies above the Kodars, and is said to be the highest peak in the entire range of stupendously inhospitable mountains.
Mhar Massif is said to serve as a bridge to the strange realms beyond Golarion – notably to the nightmare dimension of Leng. The connections with the nightmare realm of Leng were said to have infused the region around the peak of Mhar Massif with dangerous eldritch and otherworldly energies.