A type of abomination called an "atropal," Zenza is one of the Three Empty Kings said to be capable of bringing forth a being called Atropus to force the world into rebirth.


Three Empty Kings

Few details are known of Zenza’s life, due to his immense age and the secrecy surrounding him. When alive, Zenza belonged to a race of giants now believed to be extinct, called galdurjotun in Giant, meaning something like “eldritch giants.” The eldritch giants predate the giant empire, and had created a unique form of magic before the dragons of Argonnessen raised their “lesser” kin. The eldritch giants’ magic, called incarnum, was used to establish dominance in pre-Empire Xen’drik.

In pursuit of power, the eldritch giants created something called the Black Road. It is not certain what the Black Road actually was; it may have been a ritual, or perhaps a literal place (as experienced by Kaleth). Whatever the case, following it resulted in nearly all of the eldritch giants disappearing from the face of Eberron. Three giants were left behind, which was crucial for the Black Road’s success. The three giants that remained, called the Three Empty Kings, managed to achieve Ascension, and unsuccessfully attempted deification, turning them into abominations called “atropals”. Zenza is one of these Three Empty Kings.

After becoming an abomination he was sealed in the Eightfold Vault in Illandyano’s palace before the rest of his race completed the Black Road.


When the Eclipse Collective teamed up with the Evening Star Company to open the Eightfold Vault, they were surprised to discover that it contained an abomination. Zenza quickly made clear his purpose: he was to reawaken the other two Empty Kings, and with them, escort something called “Atropus” to Eberron, strongly suggested to have a strong connection to the disappearance of the eldritch giants.

He then left Illandyano, destined for the Lhazaar Principalities, where he would seize Dreadwood Isle from the ruling sea prince and transform everything living on that island into undead horrors. His army mobilized quickly after Hektula the Bloody Scribe’s ritual was completed, shifting the balance between death and undeath and weakening Zenza. The Evening Star Company went after him, and are believed to have destroyed him.



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