Xin-Shalast is a legendary lost city, rumored to be hidden somewhere in the Kodar Mountains. None have yet discovered its location, but many have tried.

Xin-Shalast was the capital city of Runelord Karzoug’s empire called Shalast, one of seven that comprised the ancient empire of Thassilon. Rumor holds he built his palace above all of Golarion so he could look down on his domain as well as see unconquered lands to continually fuel his lust for more.

The palace of Xin-Shalast stands upon the mythical mountain called Mhar Massif. This mountain of legendary proportions pierces the skies and lies at the headwaters of the sacred river Alph—which Varisian folklore says leads to a earthly paradise sacred to Desna. Unfortunately. no record of where this river may have once flowed exists today, and most scholars believe the river to have been destroyed during Earthfall.

Mhar Massif is said to serve as a bridge to strange realms beyond Golarion. At the foot of the mountain stands the Lower City of Xin-Shalast, where the innumerable servants of the runelord dwelt. From the Spires of Xin-Shalast high above, the runelord used unholy ceremonies and incantations to call down unknown beings from the skies. 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.


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