Albaloam the Great Golden Dragon of Yix
Our knowledge of Albaloam's Pre-Fold existence stems almost entirely from the ancient texts they distribute throughout the city on a daily basis. These texts are mostly written in an inscrutable script that has only been partially decoded after many years of study. What has been deciphered talks of Yix as a barren place, coated in a thick fog of poisonous memories. The fog itself was either created by the Great Dragons of Yix, or the fog somehow created them, it's unclear. Similarly, Albaloam is either the first or last Great Dragon born before The Fold threw them to our realm. The ancient texts say that Albaloam was the inheritor of that world, a crowned king destined to rise above the fog and banish some unclear supreme being from that plane. When the Fold undid this destiny, Albaloam set their sights elsewhere.
Life in Neo-Francisco
Albaloam was one of the first powerful beings to come to public knowledge in the post-Fold world. The Fold placed them physically in the ruins of the Old City, and the survivors of the cataclysm quickly began worshiping the supremely powerful dragon. Many sacrifices were offered, as well as enormous amounts of gold, electronics, anything of value was offered to the Great Golden Dragon, who used the followers and their tribute to motivate a rapid cleanup of the surrounding area and the foundations for what would become Neo-Francisco. As cleanup continued, Albaloam became the sole owner of the vast majority of all physical objects on the western coast, and quickly leveraged this into the incredibly powerful Yix-Bazaar, the mega chain of stores that sell almost everything you can imagine.
During the Shadowlands War
As Shadowland Incursive Fleet troops encircled the city and prepared the ritual to transport it into the moon, Albaloam was reportedly one of the seven great ones that began forming Elsysius, a sort of escape pod universe designed to siphon off the life force and magical power of our plane to establish a land of immortal plenty for the seven powerful beings who created it. The plan was eventually scrapped when NF returned to its rightful place. Albaloam did not fight in the Shadowlands War directly, their followers citing a particularly bad case of scale rot.
Albaloam themself spends much of their time in their lair, a massive underground cavern deep under the center of NF's financial district. Entrance to the lair is restricted to a small number of specially screened members of the Albaloamian religion and their descendants. They occasionally made public appearances on Albaloamian religious holidays, and the sight of the great dragon often causes mass frenzies, riots, and enormous civil unrest. Their twin pillars of YixCo and Yix-Bazaar have made them the richest living being in the world, a position they've effectively leveraged to become head of NF's ruling council for 200 years in a row now.
The Dragon is, famously, utterly inscrutable. They rarely speak, and when they do it's often in riddles and metaphors. What they intend to do with their riches, how they feel about their broken destiny, and the state of the city are questions that we simply may never get the answers to. It is known they enjoy fine wine, retro-television shows (their favourite shows reportedly being Breaking Bad and The Wire), and Golf.
The Trials Of The Golden Scale
Any package deliveries must undergo the Trials of the Golden Scale, a series of tests that "purify" the subjects, the details of which are constantly shifting. Some of the trials reported by Disposable Heroes' contractors are listed below;
- A televised gauntlet against 5 of Albaloam's most powerful subjects wielding padded sticks, attempting to knock the package deliverers to the ground
- A televised gauntlet against 5 of Albaloam's most powerful subjects wielding swords, guns, and explosives
- An enormous centrifuge, its edges covered in spikes. Also televised
- A rapid fire quiz show, failure during which gets the subject "slimed" by acid
- Being placed at a random part of the tunnel system making up Albaloam's lair, with a powerful, demonic being somewhere in the caves
- Being placed in a magical virtual reality based on the subjects greatest hopes and dreams
- Being fired out of a cannon (possibly not intended to be a trial one can survive)
- Being eaten by Albaloam, and having to navigate their metamagical inards
Relationship To The Graffiti Soul
Like all powerful beings, The Graffiti Soul appears to be in open warfare against Albaloam, constantly working with heroes and subtle acts of magic to undermine their great plans. Famously, when the Elsysius portal collapsed, the sign of the Graffiti Soul was painted over the entrance. Some suspect that the two had an alliance at one point in the past, given that much of the city was built by Albaloam's design. How much of the design was intentional, and how much was merely the Graffiti Soul exploiting the Dragon's reluctance to speak clearly and cleanly is a subject of great debate however.