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Arazni
Arazni, the Harlot Queen
(Person)
Titles The Harlot Queen
The Red Crusader (formerly)
Herald of Aroden (formerly)
Alignment Neutral evil
Race/Species Human (Taldan) lich
Class Wizard 20 / Marshal 8
Gender Female
Homeland Mechitar, Geb
Deity Formerly Aroden
Died 3823 AR
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Source: Mythic Realms, pg(s). 50-51
Arazni
(Deity)
Titles The Harlot Queen
The Red Crusader (formerly)
Herald of Aroden (formerly)
Home Mechitar, Geb
Alignment Neutral evil
Areas of Concern Command of undeath, lichdom
Cleric Alignments
Domains Evil, Nobility, Protection
Subdomains Defense, Leadership
Favored Weapon Rapier
Symbol Rapier and lotus
An upright winged sword on a red field (formerly)[1]
Sacred Animal Scarab beetle
Sacred Colors Gray, red
Images of Arazni

The lich Arazni (also known as the Harlot Queen) and is the de facto ruler of the Garundi nation of Geb, as Geb himself has been absent or withdrawn from the day-to-day running of the country in recent years.[2]

History

Arazni was once a demigod and the herald of the god Aroden.[3] Very little is known of her from this time, although several sources do mention that she was acquainted with Sunlord Thalachos, the herald of the goddess Sarenrae.[4]

She served as the patron saint of the Knights of Ozem, a religious military order that fought against the Whispering Tyrant during the Shining Crusade in the 39th century AR. The Knights summoned her in 3818 AR to lead them in battle, but she was ultimately humiliated and slain by the tyrant in 3823 AR. In an effort to demoralize his opponents, the lich threw her broken body back to her knights during the Battle of Three Sorrows.[3]

After the end of the crusade in 3827 AR,[5] her body was finally interred by the Knights of Ozem in their new citadel in the new nation of Lastwall. Her body did not remain there for very long, however, as it was stolen in 3890 AR at the behest of the ghost-king Geb in retaliation for a failed assault on his kingdom by the Knights of Ozem. She was swiftly brought to his nation, where he transformed her into a lich and named her his Harlot Queen. Over a period of years, Geb used his subtle, yet powerful influence the once-powerful goddess, until nothing remained of her former personality. He even turned her against her former allies, particularly, Iomedae, her successor as Aroden's herald, who herself had been a paladin of Arazni before the death of the demigod.[6][7]

Ruler of Geb

Although not nearly as powerful as she once was as a demi-god, Arazni is still a potent force in her own right, and continues to keep the scheming and independent-minded undead who help run the country from seizing power for themselves.[8] She has a retinue of five former Knights of Ozem, re-animated by Geb as graveknights.[2] She rules Geb from the Cinerarium in the centre of Mechitar, allowing Geb to focus on more esoteric matters, without having to trouble himself with matters of state.[6]

Arazni's Weakness

Many of Arazni's internal organs were removed before her reanimation as a lich and placed in special canopic jars known as the Bloodstones of Arazni. Arazni is concerned that these organs could one day be used against her, and has done her best over the centuries to track them down and destroy them. What is known for certain is that they are powerful artifacts linked not only to the former divine power of Arazni, but also to that of her patron, Aroden.[9][10]

Herald's Fall

Ever since the death of Arazni at the hands of Whispering Tyrant, a strange phenomenon has been witnessed at various locations in the vicinity of Ustalav. Dubbed Herald's Fall by the Brevic spiritualist Kalara Atroshka, the event appears as a type of mobile haunt that is directly connected to the emotional trauma experienced by Arazni around the moment of her death. This emotional and psychic trauma seems to have created some sort of powerful resonance on the Ethereal Plane that occasionally manifests on the Material, and seems to follow a predetermined path of local Ustalavic ley lines.[11]

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