The Asur are an ancient people with a history that spans millennia. While the ancestors of man were little more than cave-dwelling primitives, the Elves built magnificent cities of glittering silver and white marble on their island home of Ulthuan. Asur scholars and explorers were the first to chart the stars and sail the world’s oceans. The Asur were also the first race to mount an organized defense against the invading hordes of Chaos, beginning a war that continues to the present day.
Early in their struggles against the Ruinous Powers, the Asur discovered that negative emotions such as fear, rage, jealousy and greed serve to fuel and strengthen the power of Chaos. Since that time, the Asur have struggled to keep their intense passions tightly under control. Though intelligent and enlightened, all Asur have the capacity for savage violence.. In order to suppress this dangerous and unpredictable aspect of their psyche, the lords of Ulthuan continually strive to eliminate all extremes of emotion; in Asur society, to surrender to anger or lust is to show weakness. As a result, the Asur live by a strict regimen of rules and codes and embrace a way of life that emphasizes harmony, balance and inner peace.
Magic is the lifeblood of the Asur. With millennia to hone their skills, it is little wonder that the Mages of Ulthuan are among the most powerful practitioners of magic in the world. Their thoughtful, meticulous approach to the study of combat, coupled with their patience and mental discipline makes the Asur deadly fighters, as well. On the battlefield, Asur swordsmen are graceful, lithe, and lethal when they detect a weakness in their adversaries.
The Asur will need all of their wisdom and skill if they are to survive the Age of Reckoning. When Finubar, Phoenix King and ruler of Ulthuan, gathers his finest warriors and sets sail for the Old World to aid the beleaguered Empire, he is unaware that he and his allies are pawns in an elaborate plot designed to leave Ulthuan vulnerable to an invasion. As Finubar’s fleet of long ships pass beyond the horizon, vast shadows fall across the island of Ulthuan. The skies are darkened by a great swarm of Black Arks laden with hateful Druchii warriors seeking to reclaim their ancestral home and destroy forever their despised cousins, the Asur.