Farcluun is a mysterious NPC that appears in Black Flames. He has partially undergone the draconic metamorphosis. Abalach-Re considers him an enemy. Here is a description of that module.
There is much speculation about the background of Farcluun. His background most certainly centers on Abalach-Re. In the module he is a defiler/psionist that has cast the defiler metamorphosis spell. But that got me thinking. What if he isn’t a defiler? What if he is actually a former templar of Abalach-Re, and Athas’ first templar advanced being? To whit -
At first Farcluun was thrilled to be made immortal by Abalach-Re. The Queen promised to make Farcluun “like her”, immortal and all powerful. The Queen made many promises, including promising to make Farcluun her king and to rule Raam side by side for all time. But in less than a century Abalach-Re had become bored of Farcluun, she had numerous other lovers, and she never made him king or kept her promises. Farcluun was looking at his future, and was expecting that he would be a virtual slave to the Queen for all eternity.
A psion of minor note before joining the templarate, Farcluun used the next three centuries of being ignored by Abalach-Re to increase his authority as a templar and deepen his psionic abilities. Roughly 350 years after being made an immortal Farcluun discovers the truth about Abalach-Re and the other Sorcerer monarchs deep in a hidden archive in the Royal library. Learning of the defiler metamorphosis, and the elemental vortices, Farcluun develops a plan to get his independence from Abalach-Re and flee Raam. Farcluun then develops ‘Farcluun’s Open the Vortex’, an epic spell that will allow him to connect to the spell granting elemental vortice of a long dead Sorcerer monarch. After casting the spell succesfully, Farcluun flees Raam.
After centuries of ignoring Farcluun, Abalach-Re is nonetheless infuriated when Farcluun disappears. Wondering if he had been assassinated (a not uncommon fate of templars in Raam), Abalach-Re used her psionic and magical abilities to discover that Farcluun still lived, although she was not able to ascertain his location because he had taken extensive precautions against such divinations. At this stage Abalach-Re ordered her servants to bring back Farcluun alive. She was still unaware that he was able to access the vortice of another Sorcerer Monarch, and when she found out she would order Farcluun’s death.
As for Farcluun, he had escaped with copies of the documents describing the essentials of the defiler metamorphosis. Using the defiler metamorphosis as a template for his own version of an advanced being draconic metamorphosis, he spends the next half century evading the agents of Raam and preparing his own metamorphosis. Casting his own version of the draconic metamorphosis, Farcluun becomes the first (and only) templar to evolve into an advanced being.
Even as an advanced being, Farcluun doesn’t have the necessary might to confront Abalach-Re directly, nor does he want wish to confront her. His current research focuses on how he might gain control of an unattended elemental vortice to channel spells to templars of his own. Farcluun knows that it cannot be Sielba’s vortice, because he cannot draw spells from the Sielba’s vortice and be the nexus of Sielba’s vortice at the same time. Farcluun has researched by method by which he might get a vortice of his own but gathering the necessary magical and psionic power to do so may take centuries. If Farcluun gets the ability to channel spells to templars he will likely return to Raam and attempt to overthrow Abalach-Re. Alternatively, if there is a city lacking a sorcerer monarch (like the Free City of Tyr if Kalak has been overthrown in your campaign), then Farcluun will plot to take over that city once he is able to create his own templars.
Farcluun’s Open the Vortex
Spellcraft DC: 27
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 11 minutes
Saving Throw: N/A
Spell Resistance: N/A
To develop: 243,000 Cp, 5 days, 9,720 XP. Seed: reveal (DC 19). Factors: reveal a vortice that is unattended by a Sorcerer King (+10 DC). Primary seed: transport (DC 27). Factors: open the elemental vortice to caster (+10 DC). Mitigating factor: Burn 1700 XP (-17 DC), increase casting time by 10 minutes (-20 DC), change from target, touch, or area to personal (-2 DC).
Farcluun developed this spell to get out from under the thrall of Abalach-Re. This spell locates, and then ‘switches on’ an elemental vortice that is unattended by a living Sorcerer Monarch. In the case of Farcluun, he found Queen Sielba’s vortice, and opened it to himself so he was able to receive templar magic from it. Hypothetically this spell could be used to locate the vortice of a living Sorcerer Monarch, but the Sorcerer Monarch would then be able to switch off the connection at will. Sielba being dead, the connection is open to Farcluun permanently.
Benefit: the caster can take levels in the templar classes or is able to cast templar spells if already a templar. The caster does not receive the Sovereign’s Empowerment (Ex) ability. Pseudo domains change to that of the Sorcerer King to whom the vortice belonged. A creature channeling power from the vortice of a dead Sorcerer Monarch has no secular authority.
Spellcraft DC: 28
Components: V, S
Casting Time: 1 standard action
Target: Creature touched
Saving Throw: Fortitude negates
Spell Resistance: Yes
To develop: 252,200 Cp, 6 days, 10,080 XP. Seed: metamorphosis (DC 28). Factors: ageless (+10 DC), self-sustaining (+10 DC), fast healing 5 (DC +90), apply advanced simple template +1 CR (+50 DC). 1-action casting time (+20). Mitigating factor: 67d6 backlash damage (-67 DC), 5,000,000 Cp focus structure (-50 DC), burn 6300 XP during casting (-63 DC).
This is the spell that Abalach-Re cast on Farcluun, her templar lover.
Once this spell is cast, Farcluun becomes ageless and has no need to eat, drink, breathe, or sleep. Farcluun no longer takes penalties to ability scores for aging and cannot be magically aged. Any such penalties that he has already taken, however, remain in place. Bonuses still accrue, and Farcluun no longer dies of old age. Farcluun gets fast healing 5. The advanced simple template is applied to Facluun, turning Farcluun into a more evolved human being. His natural armor increases by +2, and he gets +4 to all ability scores. This spell uses up one of eleven possible metamorphosis spells that can be used on Farcluun.