Issue 16 of The 9th Scroll, an e-magazine produced by The 9th Age project, was released in July 2019 and is available for free download HERE.

The issue contains, among other things, official background texts about The 9th Age. These are used as Sources on this site. Most notable among these sources is a full page spread about the Saurian Ancients.

Contained sources[edit | edit source]

Issue 16 of The 9th Scroll contains the follow sources, in the order they appear. Some texts use an unspecified narrator, these texts are referred to as simply "Informative text about ...".

Informative text about the Saurian Ancients (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p6)[edit | edit source]

The narrator tells of the Saurian Ancients, speculating a bit about their history and their goals. He sees the saurians as the most mysterious of creatures, and the most difficult to communicate with. He also mentions the rumors of Atua, a mighty saurian enclave that has survived isolated on an island in the Sunrise Sea.

Boris von Kochlinsberg, "Wonders of the Unknown Continent" (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p6)[edit | edit source]

The gentleman adventurer Von Kochlinsberg recounts a meeting with a Mangyiniki cheiftain, where he was told a story of the origins of the tribe and the terror of the Saurian Ancients. He marvels at the similarity between the story and stories he was told as a child in Ullberg.

Professor Eiselmasus van der Rijke, "Collected field notes - Vol. VI" (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p6)[edit | edit source]

The daily notes by Van der Rijke describe his observations of Saurian. Theorizing that the four to twenty inches long quadrupedal lizards, one of which was captured by the Renzigen Expedition, are in fact the males of the species. Which species is not specified. He also notes that there seems to be no hierarchical distinction between skinks and gila (possibly also known as Saurian Warriors). Finally he observes that the Caimans seems to not be part of saurian society, and that they possess a child-like mentality.

Ravings drawn on the cell walls of the Marquis de Ponteprise, Emissary of the Crown sent to parley with the Saurians of Isle de Katupara, Bastions de l ’ Extrê me-Outremer (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p7)[edit | edit source]

The carvings marvel at the diversity, tenacity and insanity of life.

Fragment of report found among the affairs of Marshal Schaumhauser (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p7)[edit | edit source]

The report contains six entries, each from different places of the world and different times in the 10th century. Each entry specifies strange behaviors observed of the Saurian Ancients. The entries are: Lorentum (933 A.S.) Northern Equitaine (936 A.S.) Nedarac (947 A.S.) Chensk, Volskaya (948 A.S.) Monopatea (951 A.S.) Nebelak, Augean subcontinent (959 A.S.).

Interview with Sigmund Selig, the Great Sage, sixth session (The 9th Scroll, issue 16, p20)[edit | edit source]

The sixth session of an interview with Sigmund Selig. In this session, Selig is asked the following questions:

  • What is the Grail that Equitan knights seek?
  • Herr Selig, if you would allow me to skirt the lines of heresy again: Why are the followers of the Dark Gods typically warriors, or only warriors? Surely, even for those dark deities seeking conflict and ruin, there are other avenues to glory? Why do we not hear of great poets inspired by the Dark Gods? Are there no dark scholars or politicians of the Dark Gods? Priests of the Dark Gods? Is their focus so narrow that their empowered, superhuman followers all become warriors?
  • Do female dwarves have beards?
  • Do male elves have beards?
  • When was the Sunna Cycle put together?
  • What is the highest position in the Church of Sunna and who holds it today?
  • Where is the world's largest library?
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