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    Barakah and Siyamak

    Being a fan of the Arabian Nights theme of Desert of Flames, I was wondering... what's with Barakah and Siyamak? Why the Middle Eastern and Persian names while they're elves in non-dragon form?

    Can someone clarify this for me plz?



    *"Barakah" is an Arabic term meaning spiritual wisdom and blessing transmitted from Allah, while "Siyamak" is of Persian origin.

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    I 'think' they were summoned from the sky by the djinn master to protect/help them. Its brought up in the capturing day and night quest line.






    The journal gives some clue, and the text in the chat box is from one of the books you get through the quest.

    As for the names, /shrug, SOE is notorious for ripping names off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jomomma View Post
    I 'think' they were summoned from the sky by the djinn master to protect/help them. Its brought up in the capturing day and night quest line.


    (PICTURE)

    The journal gives some clue, and the text in the chat box is from one of the books you get through the quest.

    As for the names, /shrug, SOE is notorious for ripping names off
    The names aren't ripped off, they're actual names. =P Like Imtithal, my character, has an actual IRL name. In fact, "Barakah" seems to be the feminine form of "Barack," which is Obama's first name.

    Wonder what the Djinn master wanted with them though.

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    Ugh...somewhere I have a book with the full legend describing these two in it, but I can't seem to find it right now. I don't remember all the details, it's been a while, but here's a sketchy outline of the story, until I can find it.

    Barakah and Siyamak were draconic lovers who somehow found themselves in the mortal world (I think they were fleeing something or exiled). They realized that they would not fit in with humankind, so when they found the Djinn Master they asked him to make them human. He began teaching them how to become human but before the final transformation he warned them that they must not do something (auggh I don't remember what it was). Sadly, they did just that thing, and so were cursed; one to be of the Sun and one of the Moon, Day and Night, never to see each other again.

    Yeah I know it sucks but like I said, I'll try to find that book and put up the full version. As for why they retain their names...either they simply thought it best to retain their true names, OR they took the names of humanoids around them at the time; after Takish'hiz was destroyed the land became barren and desertlike, I wouldn't be surprised if the inhabitants at that time were named Persian and Arabic names, including elves.
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    There was an 80's movie with a similar plot regarding a couple that were cursed.. one only came out at night, and one by day. The female was a bird by day and the male was a wolf by night. They only saw each other when a solar eclipse made it possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnathon View Post
    There was an 80's movie with a similar plot regarding a couple that were cursed.. one only came out at night, and one by day. The female was a bird by day and the male was a wolf by night. They only saw each other when a solar eclipse made it possible.
    "Ladyhawke"
    Had Rutger Hauer and Matthew Broderic in it iirc

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    Damit, I was trying hard to remember the name too.. LOL! Thanks Windraa

    And nice reference to Caffeine under your name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foozlesprite View Post
    Ugh...somewhere I have a book with the full legend describing these two in it, but I can't seem to find it right now. I don't remember all the details, it's been a while, but here's a sketchy outline of the story, until I can find it.

    Barakah and Siyamak were draconic lovers who somehow found themselves in the mortal world (I think they were fleeing something or exiled). They realized that they would not fit in with humankind, so when they found the Djinn Master they asked him to make them human. He began teaching them how to become human but before the final transformation he warned them that they must not do something (auggh I don't remember what it was). Sadly, they did just that thing, and so were cursed; one to be of the Sun and one of the Moon, Day and Night, never to see each other again.

    Yeah I know it sucks but like I said, I'll try to find that book and put up the full version. As for why they retain their names...either they simply thought it best to retain their true names, OR they took the names of humanoids around them at the time; after Takish'hiz was destroyed the land became barren and desertlike, I wouldn't be surprised if the inhabitants at that time were named Persian and Arabic names, including elves.
    Was Siyamak poor? He hangs around in the beggar/mafia district of Maj'Dul while his girlfriend is by the affluent area.

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    I found the book and here's the story. It's long, and I really don't feel like installing all the crapware that comes with my scanner on my freshly formatted comp so deal with any typing errors I may make. I doubt any will change the course of the story.

    It's from the "Official Everquest II Atlas" so I am assuming it can be taken as canon. This was published right after KoS came out.

    Barakah and Siyamak

    In the ancient days, when dragons ruled the worlds, Barakah of the Day was born. She was named for the color of her scales, which covered her body like sand rippling across the desert, supple and golden. She was a high-caste dragon, for only those whose bloodlines were pure would be the color of precious metals. For her, a consort was chosen from other high-caste dragons. Like Barakah, Siyamak of the Night was named for the color of his scales. Sharp and silver they were, like frosted moonglades upon the water.

    Turmoil came to the lands in which the dragons existed. Barakah, who was the older and stronger of the two, insisted they flee the Plane of Sky to seek a more stable world.

    High-caste dragons may travel where they will, yet Siyamak hesitated. He did not wish to flee one known peril only to face another that they could not imagine. And so, Siyamak consulted with a master of the djinn, in secret and without Barakah's knowledge.

    The djinn told of a wondrous place, where many dragons and djinn had relocated as the worlds shifted and the gods abandoned the mortal races. Siyamak determined that he and Barakah would go there also, to live amongst others of their kind. However, he did not know the way.

    "I will show you, but it is not an easy path. One scale each I must have in exchange for this information," said the master of the djinn.

    Siyamak contrived to steal a golden scale from his betrothed while she slept, and the next day, he presented her scale and his to the master of the djinn. Using a secret pool, the djinn showed Siyamak the way to the new world and explained the dangers that would befall the dragons.

    "You must travel in secret, for the many dragons there will seek to destroy you, knowing you are of high-caste," said the djinn. He gave Siyamak two powders, one for Siyamak and one for Barakah, which would cover them in the illusory form of creatures from their new world.

    Only then did Siyamak tell Barakah of his choice. Barakah distrusted the djinn, but when Siyamak dusted his silver scales in the powder, he changed before her eyes into the form of a high-caste Teir'Dal with hair as silver as Siyamak's own scales.

    "As you see, in this guise we can travel easily into our new realm," said Siyamak. Reluctantly, Barakah dusted herself with the powder and looking into a polished brass mirror, found the reflection of a golden haired, high-caste Koada'Dal peering out at her. In this way, the trust of the dragons was won and they followed the path shown to Siyamak into the new realm.

    The djinn, however, had tricked Siyamak. For, once the dragons left the Plane of Sky, they found themselves unable to control the shifting of their shapes. They flowed from dragons to Elves and back again. Unable to predict when they would shift shapes, Barakah and Siyamak cursed the djinn and hid themselves in the desert where the shifting sands and changing landscape kept them from curious and hostile eyes.

    By chance, Siyamak encountered the master of the djinn who lived in the new world. No longer as trusting as he had been in the days of his youth, Siyamak confronted the djinn, who professed surprise and dismay.

    "We shall see how dismayed you are when Barakah and I strip the flesh from your ones and feed it to the harpies," growled Siyamak. But the djinn asked for a chance to correct the problem.

    "It is likely caused by the loss of your habitat in the Plane of Sky," said the djinn consolingly. "We djinn have likewise found things are not as we expected. My people suffer as surely as you do. You will need once again to bring me a scale from each of you so that I can make amends."

    This time, Siyamak told Barakah immediately. Though she was still mistrustful, she agreed to surrender a scale. She missed the constancy of her dragon form and the longing grew each time her body changed of its own will into the unnatural shape of an Elf.

    The master of the djinn welcomed Siyamak and Barakah to his Shimmering Citadel, the floating home of the djinn in the new world. Within its walls, the djinn secured many mementos from the Plane of Sky, infusing the Citadel with the electric familiarity of their old home.

    As soon as the master of the djinn received the dragons' scales, he gave them each another powder to apply to their bodies when they were in dragon form.

    "You must do this only in your dragon form," cautioned the djinn, "for elsewise, it will not work."

    Barakah, already in the shape of a dragon, applied the powder immediately. And then they waited for Siyamak to likewise transform. They had never been able to predict when the transformation would take place; it could be minutes or hours or days. The master of the djinn welcomed them as guests until Siyamak could use the powder. He called it a gesture of goodwill, but Barakah grew suspicious. Days lengthened into weeks and months. Barakah had yet to see Siyamak transform into his dragon shape.

    Taking Siyamak with her, Barakah abandoned the Shimmering Citadel. She and her mate sat beside a spring in the hill and wept for so many days that their tears turn the waters bitter. As they sat there weeping, the master of the djinn came to speak with them and once again offer them a residence in his floating palace.

    "You have cursed us for the last time, body-thief," Barakah snarled. She leapt at the master of the djinn in a furious rage.

    As his life slipped away, the djinn laughed hoarsely, "The powder works but you shall never see each other in the same form again for you are missing two of your scales. With them, I control the changing of your forms. And now, you will never find them. They day and the night will rule your changing instead."
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    Here are some more lore, or whatever you want to call this text.

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