Khosrow I's Backgammon


Khosrow I


Backgammon Board and Pieces


Retrieves lost and forgotten memories


Eventually causes brain damage



Collected by

Warehouse 8


Academia Avenue





Date of Collection




Khosrow I was shah of the Sasanian Empire from 531 to 579 and is one of its most celebrated emperors. He laid the foundations of many cities and opulent palaces, and oversaw the repair of trade roads as well as the building of numerous bridges and dams. His reign is furthermore marked by the numerous wars fought against the Sassanid's neighboring archrivals, the Roman-Byzantine Empire. During Khosrow's ambitious reign, art and science flourished in Persia and the Sasanian Empire reached its peak of glory and prosperity.

He also introduced a rational system of taxation, based upon a survey of landed possessions, which his father had begun, and tried in every way to increase the welfare and the revenues of his empire. His army was in discipline decidedly superior to the Byzantines, and apparently was well paid. He was also interested in literature and philosophical discussions. Under his reign chess was introduced from India, and in response he introduced the emperor to backgammon. He thus became renowned as a wise king, who held a high value on empirical knowledge.


Returns lost knowledge and memories by reviving and re-energizing dormant brain cells and nerves. The connections that once previously existed will be brought back to potency or recreated completely. These revived links and their new vitality will allows the user’s brain to calibrate itself and search through its large collection of memories, even the earliest recollections and subconsciously noted environmental cues.

Each connection causes the user’s head to become more crowded with information and cerebral matter. The growth eventually reaches a critical point where the user suffers a damaging stroke or the body ends circulation to the brain to prevent multilevel bodily damage. Failure for either to occur will result in internal bleeding and possible cracking of the skull due to expansion.

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