Kilghora: Guardian’s Downfall

Far in the northern part of Calidum, lies a cave where the remains of an ancient dragon rest. A dragon forsaken by the Gods and his own people…

Long ago, before the people of Calidum united under the banner of Ignis, the region was protected by a benevolent dragon. Kilghora was his name, a dragon who guarded the desert landscape.

A creature of action, the dragon soared the skies, keeping Calidum safe under his watchful eyes. As his majestic form loomed over the land, its shadow brought shade and comfort, and the people relished its protection. No one on Avarus dared to strike Calidum, for the region was untouchable, much like the guardian dragon himself.

His reign, however, was tainted in the end. Corrupted by an unknown entity, the dragon turned on his subjects, destroying settlements in his path and damning the living with his deadly breath. When he realized what he had done, Kilghora begged the Gods to cure him. But the corruption had taken its toll on the dragon, so the Gods granted him mercy and sent him to an endless slumber. Eventually, centuries passed and the people had forgotten the benevolent protector Kilghora once was, remembering only his terrible last days as a destroyer.

But the threads of fate had woven something much crueler for Kilghora; a few centuries later, a tremendous eruption in the East rose him from his slumber. Unable to control himself against the corruption, the dragon flew to the people that once feared him. Terror stilled their hearts as Kilghora’s figure eclipsed the sun.

Feeble from his stupor, the dragon who wished only for salvation found it at the edge of a knight’s blade. He howled in pain as an Ignisian squire from Calidum drove a blade into his chest. And when the sword aimed for his head, the dragon mustered every inch of his will to suppress his destructive breath, giving the boy a chance to lay the final blow. Kilghora accepted death as both his redemption and an escape from his agony. As the breaths of life slipped away, the cheers of his people reassured him that perhaps his end was not in vain.