Some time ago, I was on the Wynncraft theory discord discussing about the desert lore, and made some pretty interesting finds and theories. The lore of the desert is generally pretty lacking, but there turned out to be a lot more than it seemed at first. First, I'll go over some more minor details that I figured out along with @MagmaMelon , and then I'll move onto the theories. These are still important, so read them aswell. Spoiler: Minor details - The Emperor was very likely the only emperor apart from Hashr It is unlikely that there was an Emperor before the Emperor, as there are no records of a such person existing, and people would know that the immortality comes from the Sceptre, or at least suspect it. - The Empire began around 450BP This can be calculated from the fact that The Emperor lived to see his great great grandchildren, and if one generation lasts for around 80 years, and we add another around 30 years there for when the Emperor didn't have children yet, we get the number 350. It seems... shorter than I expected, but still a reasonable and by all means possible number. - The Empire didn't have any major wars or enemies Seeing as the Empire only lasted for 350 years, the structures and palaces are astounding for to be built in such a short time. Having wars or enemies would drastically slow down their progress, and we can see the lack of protection from how easily Hashr could murder the Emperor. - The ones that built Sand-Swept Tomb were not from Fruma This is a very small detail, but it will have more importance later. It is not sure who actually built SST. I heavily doubt it was the Emperor, as he was "immortal". And for why was Hashr there, I suspect that he just took cover from the sandstorm in this ancient tomb, and got corrupted while residing in there, probably by the Sceptre's curse. - There are lots of purple crystals in ancient ruins under the desert This is a very interesting detail, and we can see many things from this location. First off, these crystals seem to be the weakest ones yet. There are at least 10 of them, but their effects seem very subtle, combined with the fact that they have probably been here for over a thousand years. Like other purple crystals, they seem to alter the enviorement, in this case both living and non-living things. Since the sandstone has been there for a long time, and is only slightly crystallized, while the miners and scarabs have been there only for a small while, and are already completely crystallized, I see two possible option to how these crystals work. They either - Affect living things much faster than non-living things - Have great power, but only in a very short range Now with these out of the way, let's move on to my theories. Spoiler: Theory 1 The Sceptre has ice magic I figured this is the theory I'll be going over first, since it's more simple and straightforward. There are many things that hint towards the Sceptre possessing ice magic, these being - The Sceptre's item lore - When you enter the room where the Sceptre is, you gain a slowness effect - The general lack of corruption in the desert I also think that this could explain how the Sceptre makes you "immortal". You actually don't stop aging while holding the Sceptre, it just slows down your aging and perserves your body so drastically that it practically stops your aging. Well, if it has ice magic, how do you explain the sandstorm and the corruption? For this, @Fool on the theory discord had a good explanation in my opinion. Quoting straight from them: "It’s almost certainly made from the yellow crystal material in some fashion, as it is proven that was around in that time period. In addition we know that was a very powerful material, but also very dangerous, so it would make sense as to how it gave so much power, and backfired so completely when the they died" and I think that explains that. On when the Sceptre was made then, we'll have to go to my second theory. Spoiler: Theory 2 The Pharaohs Now we come to a much more interesting topic in my opinion. During the conversation, we had already figured out that there were no other Emperors before The Emperor, until we noticed the existence of Pharaoh Nabak, and here are my thoughts and speculations on him. Well, firstly, he isn't/wasn't an emperor, that's for sure. He is a pharaoh. This hints towards the fact that there were actually two dynasties that ruled the desert at different times. Alright, when was this dynasty of Pharaohs then? For that, I do not have any information for sure. Since Nabak guards the Yellow Crystal, I can assume that it was brought there by the miners that found the four Shards of Power in 800BP, which tells us that the Pharaohs were around at that time, but it does not tell anything of when their dynasty began/ended. Next up, we still do not know who built the Sand-Swept Tomb. We know that it wasn't the Emperor, so there is a high chance that it was built by the Pharaohs. A connecting point to this is the fact that Sand-Swept Tomb's "logo" is a blue scarab, and Pharaoh Nabak's bossroom walls have large BLUE SCARABS on them, and we already know that the Empire's "symbol" was the Sceptre. Now, remember how SST's lore tells us that the ones that built it aren't from Fruma? Well, this confirms that the Pharaohs were not Fruman. They probably were just from a smaller group of humans that lived in Wynn before the frumans, but seeing as that mysterious purple crystal cave exists, they could have either come from the SE, or they could have been olmic. Unfortunately, my theories end here and I don't have proof for some of the stuff presented near the end. This was the first theory I posted on the forums, and I'd be happy to hear all sorts of feedback on it. Also, please tell me if there are any typos in the text.