We all have an idea on whom the monarchs are. It’s probably in some parts the same, but it’s for shure different in many ways.
Is this their real personality, or a masquerade, covering, their real identity?
We do not know…
But this is what they show, and what the public see
Be not offended if we meddle, with your idear on your favourite sorcerer king.
It’s your setting, you decide what to use, what to discard. Please share your opinion here, who are they, to you?
We all have an idea on whom the monarchs are. It’s probably in some parts the same, but it’s for shure different in many ways.
Ram and Abalach-Re
Lalali‐Puy, The forest goddess, Inenek
Title: "Aarakocra Scourge"
Info: Sorcerer Queen of Gulg.
Whom is the Oba.
She is an enchanter, a charmer.
A beautiful woman, in her early twenties.
She is usually laid back, but can explode, having a gigantic temprement when lighted.
She hates compliments on her beauty, grown tired of men threw kings ages, coming on to her, and women envious of her.
She does know that beauty, is one of her prime powers though, and know’s how to use it…
She is intelligent and will seldomly be take by surprise.
The sorcerer queen of Gulg
The beast Inenek arrived in the Cresent Forest many ages ago, broken, dissolutionatet and on the brink of madness, it had killed as a Champion, and knew nothing but to destroy, it was clear now, that to destroy did not have a purpose.
In the forest Inenek saw the harmony that was the Oba.
Gulgian’s today believe the Oba is a goddess who take human form, the Oba was in fact something else then, a great spirit.
Inenke quelled her madness, with the peace of the forest, and somehow bound the Oba to her.
They became “The two of one” dwelling here for many years.
One day another champion came to the crescent land.
Inenek new that King, it was the one that dwelles in the shadows.
He had taken a people with him, whom build the city of Nibaney.
The Oba became sad, this people did not respect the land, they cut down the forest and plowed earth leaving big scar’s where they went. Feeling part of what was her in agony, inraged Inenek, the beast slew all the Nibanese that forested there.
After years of slaughter"The two that was one"realized another solution better could stop these newcomers.
In the forest another people lived in peace with nature, one of these mortals was the beautiful Lalali-Puy.
They now became, "The three that is one"
Lalali-Puy gathered the judagas under her in one strong city, and became their Queen.
This resulted in the Queen of Gulg demonstrating three personalities.
A love for destruction and power
A love for the forest
A love for the people
And always in that order.
Abalach-Re, Uyness of Waverly .
Title: "Orc Plague"
Cleansing Time: 889 years
Info: Sorcerer Queen of Raam.
Appearing to be of age 16, small of stature.
Described as ivory-skinned beauty, with peaked eyebrows and huge dark round eyes.
Narrow nose ending in a sharp point, full libs as red as rubies, and a slender chin.
Charming in her way, playing the part as a spoiled teenager, or an incompetent leader of Raam.
Catching most off guard, mistakin her for week willed and unfocused.
Witch is far, far from the truth.
She is devious, holds grudges longer then any.
She was the mastermind behind Dregoths fall.
Patience is probably her weak spot, she knows this and tends to find, adviser’s or husband’s threw the ages, whom can quill this problem, and hold her back.
A debate on Abalach-Re as a ruler
The Grand Vizir of Raam and her late husband’s.
Referred to as, Bala or Belle, in “Abalach-Re Returns”
The Vizir has priests, known as saddhus, priests of Badna.
We know that in the center of Raam, you find the Square of Bada, we also know there is a giant statue here of him, we know the city has many shires attributet to this creature.
Four-armed male dressed in a long loincloth.
That’s what we know about this entity, mentioned.
But who or what was Badna?
Was he just imaginary, was or is he real?
Here is my take on that. It’s a first run threw, so I will make some brush ups later.
That night the star konstallation of Pyrus the Wheel, shone brightly, on the Athasian western hemisphere.
On a small cliff above the flat grasslands, stood a singular large tent.
Below the cliff hundreds of others were scattered.
Most of the camp was silent, there were many small campfires, some of them still weakly glowing. Few guards were scattered around.
This was far from enemy lines, most of the hardend veterans slept deeply, for the first time in months.
In the tent on the cliff, a slender woman sat.
In front of her was a small platter, containing a bowl of steaming untouched limsan tee.
Her silk cloating blew slightly in the breeze.
She looked no older then one in her mid teens.
Unyess sat there in total silance.
After all… everything had come to this…
What was there left to say, or even do.
Everyone one she loved, was gone or changed forever.
The messenger said, they had been to late…
No one escape Waverly alive.
Every child, mother and grandfather was burned to the crisp.
She remembered Rajaat’s promise.
" Take care of the quest Uyness, I will se to your family. "
It had all been empty lies, as desolate as the heart in her brest was now.
She looked down at the beautiful weaven carpet she sat on. Wondering if she ever could find the will and strength to rise again.
She had been the target, of many spells in her time as Champion.
Non of them could compare to this.
Then she spoke.
"When I was younger of life then today,
I decided to leave this city.
It seems ages ago now.
Father wanted me to merry that old Prince in Waverly.
I would have become one of his harem, you know I couldnt go thew with that.
I regret many things, but I will never regret sneaking away that night.
The breeze and Guthays purple shimmering light, was the first feel of freedom I ever had.
I did not ask you to follow me…
But I knew you would brother.
You always stood up for me, took my fights.
I did what I wanted, never thinking anything thew.
You were always there to catch me, give everybody a beating, even though, it was I that deserved it.
I am spoiled, and it’s partly your fault, I ended up that way…
But this here disaster is my doing… Do you understand? !
They are all dead, everything we new and loved is gone!!
We have only us…and I don’t even recognize whom we are anymore."
She sat quietly for a moment, desperatelly trying to gather the pieces of sense still left.
"You follow me, you new it was the only caravan that left the city that night
Did father put you up to it?"
The large man in the corner of the tent didn’t move.
She new, he couldn’t answer, maby he still understood. Sometimes she hoped he didn’t.
If she could, she would grant her big brother that mercy.
She drew her hand across her big brown eyes, and continued speaking into the night.
"How we ended up at the tower, I don’t really know Badna.
It was something new, a promise of making something out of life.
I really believe Rajaat saw something in me, that I had potential.
She shook her head, and pulled the scarf over her coal black hair.
"Yes, he saw something in me, but what he saw was not talent or a lost daughter, he saw a monster.
Yes Badna, he saw the monster inside me, and used it, brought it out.
When you got hurt on that carru horn, his accursed tower transformed you, into an awful creature too.
People don’t know differently, but I know that’s not what’s inside of you.
Looking up from the carpet, Unyess glanced at her brother. He had follow her threw the Cleansing, taken blows for her all the way to this day.
Many Orc’s had met their end, at the point of his battle picks.
There wasen’t much to recognize of man he once was… maybe something in his eyes, something in his pose, and then again protective of her as always.
The large beasts four arms, were folded across its hyde breast.
It’s face resembling that of a bull Carru showed no expression,.
The beast stood there in silence for some time.
Suddenly it moved to the tents opening, and vanished into the night, not looking back.
She gathered all her power and screamed.
"Come back Badna, Rajaat promised to reverse the transformation the pristine tower made!"
She knew that promise, was a lie now, she also knew Badna did not care anymore.
Her words felt like they were crumbeling in her mouth.
“Don’t leave me brother, I need you.”
Uyness never saw him again…
Recommended read on Abalach-Re:
Collection of Athasian Myths and Stories
"The ritual"( found on this sight )
Title: “Goblin Death” the 14th Champion, The old spider. Harold & Lama of the eastern mountain people. First Founder of the righteous cleansing flame.
Cleansing Time : 822 years
Sorcerer King of Eldaarich. Descended into insanity and paranoia.
Silt’s Reverence (Free Year -1469)
Daskinor Goblin Death slips into insanity following this year’s levy, and builds an army to slay the Dragon upon his return the following year. Borys learns of his plot, and not needing the levy to maintain Rajaat’s prison never returns.
Daskinor mind was eroded by his struggle against the taint. He began having delusions and in the end used magic and psionics to allow strange aberrations into Athas.
Keltis, High-King of Kurn tried to help his brother, but could not.
Fearing Daaskinor’s abominations would siege the other cities Keltis drew his own Periphary between the cities of the north and the cities of the Tablelands, thus Kurn and Eldaarich became the Lost Cities of the Forgotten North.
Keltis, the 10th Champion: Lizard Man Executioner. He believed his cleansing to be successful but tribes of lizard men were secretly hidden by the Mind Lords.
Oronis the Avangion (LG male Champion of Rajaat stage IV avangion, preserver 5/shaper 5/cerebremancer 10/loremaster 3/avangion 5) guides the paths of the twin cities. Oronis spent centuries redeeming himself, going so far as to change his very nature from evil to good, though he still feels he has a long way to go to make up for his acts as a Champion of Rajaat and a sorcerer-king. For this reason, he has dedicated himself and his citizens to working toward the eventual restoration of all Athas. While in Old Kurn, Oronis wears the guise of a normal human. In this psionically and magically induced disguise, he appears as a tall, lanky, middle-aged man with short golden hair, pale-blue eyes, and a closecropped blond beard. He covers himself in the trappings of a sorcerer-king, wearing a golden circlet on the crown of his head and carrying an obsidian-topped walking staff. In New Kurn, however, such disguises aren’t called for. There he openly displays his true avangion form—a tall, thin, hairless humanoid with golden skin, silver eyes, and gossamer wings.
"The Mighty and Omnipotent, Father of Life and Master of the Two Moons
Title Wemic Annihilator, Sorcerer-King of Draj
Champion of Rajaat: Wemic Annihilator
Cleansed in 162th King’s Age (Wind’s Slumber[Y60]) It took 1409 years
Sacha of Arala:
1st Champion of Rajaat, “Curse of the Kobolds”;
Exterminated the kobold race in 268 years.
Sacha, along with Wyan, stayed true to Rajaat when Borys betrayed him, and was later beheaded.
His headless corpse served Kalak until Tyr’s lord was assassinated. Then he served Tithian until his skull was crushed by Rikus of Tyr when it was discovered he was trying to free his ancient master.
I’ve always seen Abalach-Re as the seductress out of her and Lalali-Puy. As you say, paitence wasn’t her strong point and I can see her flitting from conquest to conquest just out of a hedonistic boredom to pass the time. That said, if we’re to believe Lynn Abbey’s Rise and Fall of a Dragon King (yes, I know the long standing controversy over that book), neither could hold a candle to Sielba when it came to pleasures of the flesh. I’ve always wondered whether Abalach-Re had a hand in Sielba’s downfall - one of her rivals next door. Could she have been whispering to Sielba, subtly suggesting she could make a move on Urik’s obsidian? I guess we’ll never know.
And just what is Nibenay’s interst in “the time before” - is he looking at time travelling back? Feeling nostalgic? Again, I’ve wondered whether Nibenay and Oronis would have common interests if Oronis took more of a hand in the Tyr Region - and would Nibenay take the option of Avangion Metamorphosis if he knew about it.
Just some thoughts.
Thank you Kalindren
Your take on Oba, Abalach-Re and Sielba is appreciated.
I Agree on the fackt, that Sielba was widely known, as the most eye catching of the champions, as far as feminine attributes, could be concerned.
As you can se this forum is just started.
I hope many others will be inspired to share their views.
You are welcome, to join in on it as you see fit.
IIRC, the Wanderer says that a dispute about the obsidian quarries led to the war that led to Yaramuke’s destruction. I think that is too cut and dry. The obsidian was probably an ongoing dispute, but why should it lead to their utter destruction? Look at Gulg and Nibenay in comparison.
I think the Wanderer got it partially right, but he isn’t necessarily privilege to insider history.
Therefore something else is in play. My hypothesis? Sielba was experimenting with the calling of outer planar creatures, from beyond the Gray.
In Black Waters we see Sielbas magical lab. In that lab there is this -
Room 3 Summoning Chamber: The floor of this room is covered with circles, spirals,
and other strange patterns. If the drawings are described to him, Farcluun recognizes this
as a summoning chamber. All summonings made in a room such as this are guaranteed
to succeed. The only drawback is that it takes more than 100 years to enchant such a
room and only its creator can use it. This area can be searched thoroughly in 50 turns.
A summoning chamber that is guaranteed success? That takes 100 years to enchant? Looks like an artifact to me. What if this was the source of the dispute? With Yaramuke slowly building up its forces of bound Baatezu, Sielba forced Hamanu’s hand. The final straw was her incursion into the obsidian quarries, with the bulk of her forces being Baatezu.
Like you, I think the Wanderer’s story, about the dispute on the obsidian quarries, led to destruction of Yaramuke, is only part of the story.
In my campaign Sielba: 7th Champion "Destroyer of Pterrans"
Was the most beautiful and greedy of the champions, her downfall was what one could expect, thinking her self invincible.
Rajaat gave Sielba, a Sun Crystal, to fulfill her quest,.The Crystal was a powerful artifact.
Challenging the sun rays through this device, she possessed tremendous power.
She used it to literally fry the Pterrans homestead’s, and their capital of Ptogarr, burning the fleeing survivors out of the sky.
I believe she had controversies with both Hamanu and Abalach-Re.
After all Yaramuke has been described as a wealthy city state. It was placed in the middle of everything, I belive, her taxation law’s on anything passing threw her lands, would have been ridiculous high.
At that time, Harmanu, had a striking yong Templar, named Anonton in his priesthood
Anonton manage to charm himself, into the queens quart.
He then gained access, tamperd an altered, the Sun Crystal.
When Hamanus great armies finally, stood at the walls of Yaramuke.
The Queen tried to use the Crystal, to lay his legions to ash.
But instead of challenging the Suns energy in to the powerful device, it sucked her essence into the Crystal.
The body of the queen, was salvage by her devoted followers. ( I read this last part in som magazine " think it was an issue of the dragen")
The people stood helpless, and were gather up in shackles, send to work in the mines their queen wanted to poses…
Her essence is kept in the crystal, deep in the doungeons of Destiny kingdom.
Hamanu did experiment on altering, the crystal back to its original power, but abandon the idea ages ago, not wanting to risk freeing the Queen trapped within.
Now the ancient device, and it’s prisoner is tucked away, dusty and all forgotten…
By the way redking, I liked your narrative on Farcluun and Abalach-Re.
Interesting take on the Hamanu Sielba battle. You got that story about the sun crustal from a Dragon magazine? Do you know which one?
There are a few stories about the war between Sielba and Hamanu.
From the timeline of athas - Sielba wanted to increase her power by seizing Urik. Hamanu defeated the invading army and then sacked Yaramuke.
Black Flames though has Sielba conspiring with merchant houses to embargo Urik. When Hamanu learned of the plot, he invaded and destroyed Yaramuke.
And the Wanderer’s Journal has the story already mentioned about the dispute of mining of obsidian as the cause.
Sorry Band2, I don’t remember the issue.
Maybe king Hanakasam.
Just wait a moment, I think part of the Ida came from here…though here it is a star rock, someone later indicated that the artifact was link to a observatory build by trolls in the green age.
I do have a original papier copy of:
Return of a sorcerer-Queen. By Daniel Bandera
It’s a 28 page adventure, you won’t find on the net, guess it was lost when wizards of the coast put everything on lock down.
In my campaign Anonton, manage to break a small shard off the artifact.
And disappeared into the north with it.
What happened to the traitorous Templar, is lost in history. You might find a recollection of it in the old library in Kurn.
The shard from the Crystal did reappear in Eldaarich, ages later.
Now it sits on the top of king Daskinors keep.
It’s potential is much lesser, but it can still be used, to fry an angry mob of Giants attacking the city.
If Daskinor ever used it I don’t know, and I don’t know if he is aware of the larger Crystal in Urik.
It is still left to be seen if Sielba has realized that the Crystal is partly incomplete, and if this fact could be a means of her escape, from the prison within.
"Destroyer of Pterrans";
Former Sorcerer-queen of Yaramuke
Both the city-state and the queen was destroyed by Hamanu and his army.
The city-state’s riches were rumored granted to Borys, to appease his anger at the sorcerer-queen’s destruction and the following reduction of his levy.
The source of the conflict between Sielba and Hamanu is listed as the obsidian mines, thou conflicts regarding tax, which made Yaramuke prosper over other citystates in the region, properly led to nailing the coffin.
In the end Sielba and her city-state was destroyed because she refused to heed Hamanu’s warning against prospecting on his land.
That’s the official story on Sielba, see some of the non canon, in the corospondance above, if you need further inspiration.
I remember reading somewhere that Oronis camped his army at the gates of Yaramuke, during the end of the Cleansing wars, this hints at a portion of trust between the two.
Maybe friendship, family ties or even love.