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Arazni, the Unyielding.

The Red Queen
The Unyielding
The Harlot Queen (formerly)
Lich Queen (formerly)
The Red Crusader (formerly)
Herald of Aroden (formerly)
Neutral evil (as undead)
Human (Razatlani) lich (formerly)
Mechitar, Geb (formerly)
Aroden (formerly)
-1491 AR (as mortal)
3823 AR (as undead)
Source: Mythic Realms, pg(s). 50f.

The Red Queen
The Unyielding
The Harlot Queen (formerly)
The Red Crusader (formerly)
Herald of Aroden (formerly)
Mechitar, Geb (formerly)
Areas of Concern
The abused, dignity, unwilling undeath
(Formerly: command of undeath, lichdom)
Act with dignity, do whatever it takes to survive, despise and never forgive those who hurt you
Create unwilling undead, insult Arazni
Cleric Alignments (1E)
Domains (1E)
Evil, Nobility, Protection
Subdomains (1E)
Defense, Leadership
Cleric Alignments (2E)
Domains (2E)
Confidence, freedom, pain, protection
Alternative: sorrow
Favored Weapon
Rapier and lotus
An upright winged sword on a red field (formerly)1
Sacred Animal
Sacred Colors
Gray, red
Source: Mythic Realms, pg(s). 51 (1E)
Gods & Magic, pg(s). 54 (2E)

Arazni is the goddess2 of the abused, dignity, and unwilling undeath. She began her life as a mortal adventurer who sought to improve her country, then the herald of a god who abandoned her to evil necromancers, and, most recently, a lich ruler of the Garundi nation of Geb, when Geb himself had withdrawn from the day-to-day running of the country. She abandoned both Geb, the nation, and Geb, the ruler, in 4719 AR.3 Arazni now cherishes her newfound freedom, embraces cruelty and power to defend herself, exacts terrible vengeance against her enemies, and holds scorn for those who think to venerate her.45



Arazni was born in Gujaraldi, capital of the Arcadian nation of Xopatl, during its golden age. She studied the ley lines near Gujaraldi and made great advancements in improving the water quality in nearby aquifers. Thereafter, she came to Jolizpan to expand her research and understanding of the Veins of Creation, where she befriended the Azlanti traveller Aroden, and together they earned limited access to Tumbaja Mountain, heart of the Veins of Creation.6

After completing the research she needed, Arazni invited Aroden to travel across Xopatl to apply her research from Gujaraldi to distant communities. For the next several years they earned a reputation as heroes. In -1505 AR, they returned to Jolizpan to report on their improvements, in the process repelling an invasion by the Razatlani warlord Imictal who sought to claim the Veins of Creation for his country. Following this exploit, Arazni and Aroden were granted unlimited access to Tumbaja Mountain.6

After spending a few years studying the kumaru tree that was the source of the Veins of Creation, Arazni grew content with what she knew and parted ways with Aroden to continue improving Xopatl, while he continued his experiments on the kumaru tree. In -1491 AR, Arazni killed and was killed by the terrible beast Tlochach when taming the plains of western Xopatl. Her soul was judged and sent to Nirvana by Pharasma, where she eventually became a tabellia.768

In 1121 AR, Arazni met her old friend Aroden (who was now a god) again. He asked her to become involved in the affairs of Golarion once more. She became his herald, and later a demigod.89 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.10

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; although she was perfectly willing to take the fight to the Tyrant herself, the Knights decided to bind her to their will, seeing such a thing as necessary in the face of Tar-Baphon and planting seeds of doubt and resentment in her mind. 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.911

After the end of the crusade in 3827 AR,12 her body was finally interred by the Knights of Ozem in their new citadel in the young 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. Geb himself transformed the assailants into graveknights and sent them to rampage through Vigil and steal her corpse and return it to him.1311

Geb took a year and a day to drag Arazni's soul back from the Great Beyond. Over a period of years, Geb used his subtle, yet powerful influence on Arazni, fixating on the doubt and resentment that the Knights of Ozem planted, eventually corrupting her into a lich with none 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 demigoddess. Geb propped her up as his Harlot Queen and delegated to her the responsibility of administration of the nation, which he saw as beneath him.14151611

Ruler of Geb

Arazni as ruler of Geb.

Although not nearly as powerful as she once was as a demigod, Arazni remained a potent force in her own right. She ruled 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.15 Arazni had no love for her undead citizens, but despised the people of Lastwall, who condemned her to undeath, even more.11

Harnessing her will and dedication to become the tyrannical ruler necessary to rule an undead nation, she continued to keep the scheming and independent-minded undead who help run the country from seizing power for themselves, and strove to be a better leader than Geb could fathom. Her leadership kept Geb stable for the last 800 years.141718

Arazni had a retinue of graveknights dubbed the Council Libertine, re-animated by Geb from the former Knights of Ozem who originally stole her corpse from Vigil. They included Amaretos Manslayer, Seldeg Bhedlis, Gustari Fallenstag, Tycha Ghuzmaar, Yhalas, Ammar Ilverazto, and Andvard Prollin.19 Among them, the first five remained, while the latter two were destroyed by the Knights of Ozem. Rumours in Lastwall and Taldor painted them as her concubines and champions, but their true, little-known role was to watch over her on Geb's behalf, dragging her back to Geb when she tried to flee the nation. Arazni was conditioned to be unable to raise her hand against the Council Libertine, making her helpless against them despite her comparative power over them; she had to manipulate the Knights of Ozem into thinning the ranks of her captors.20 Arazni's phylactery was kept carefully hidden from her, making her as much Geb's prisoner as ruler of his nation.4131418

Although she embraced the hatred that Geb cultivated, Arazni kept hoping that her old friend Aroden would return to save her. He never did, and when he died, Arazni sank further into despair. She realised that when Tar-Baphon killed her, they became linked together for some reason; the hateful whispers that she had heard since then were not her own, but Tar-Baphon's.11

In 4719 AR, through this tenuous connection, Arazni felt that his rage had been replaced with hope, and suspected that he would be regaining his freedom soon. For the first time in centuries, she finally escaped her graveknight jailers and moved north, just in time to watch the destruction wrought by the Tyrant's new superweapon Radiant Fire. As her body reformed, she discovered that the Radiant Fire had the power to disrupt the ties between her and her phylactery, and with its help, she could free herself of her bondage.142111

Arazni then returned to Roslar's Coffer and noticed a group of adventurers with warped souls triumphing over the Whispering Way. After the Tyrant destroyed Vigil and freed himself from his imprisonment in Gallowspire, she recruited these adventurers to deal with the Council Libertine pursuing her and dissuade the surviving Knights of Ozem from marching to pointless deaths so she could confront the Tyrant by herself and force him to use the Radiant Fire. Her plan worked: Tar-Baphon quickly lost his patience and decided to use the fragment of the Shattered Shield of Arnisant in his hand to activate the Radiant Fire. In this moment, she recognised that both this fragment and the source of her agents' warped souls came from the kumaru tree. Knowing that they can learn more about the kumaru tree in Xopatl, she teleported them to her birthplace before the Radiant Fire destroyed her body and freed her from Geb's clutches. Her whereabouts are unknown, and in the wake of Arazni's disappearance, her erstwhile husband was forced to take a more hands-on approach to ruling his kingdom.112223

The lich 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 was concerned that these organs could one day be used against her, and did her best over the centuries to track them down and destroy them, including using her retinue of former Knights of Ozem to search for them, but with little success. As these jars held a fraction of Arazni's former divine power, her bodyguard-jailers wanted them destroyed, while Arazni hoped to recover them.24251319


Arazni considers most other deities callous and contemptible, especially Aroden, for having left her to die at Tar-Baphon's hands. Her old acquaintances during her time as Aroden's herald consider her both blasphemous and tragic, and no longer associate with her.18

Arazni shares some values with other divinities: Gyronna, for the hatred born from cruel abuse; Lamashtu, for how a weak creature can fight their way to power; and Erecura, for ruling a realm not quite theirs. However, the cooperation is mostly limited to their followers; Arazni keeps to herself and other deities rarely notice her.18

Arazni is both resentful of her successor Iomedae for having reached divinity so successfully and easily, and proud of her for having won the Shining Crusade, and recognises that none should be subjected to her ordeals.18


While she was a lich and Geb's head of state, worship of Arazni took two different forms, one within Geb's borders and one outside. Most citizens of Geb viewed Arazni as a secular head of state, and only a few also venerated her as a spiritual figure of undead nobility and leadership. Clerics of Arazni were very rare; most of her priests served the bureaucratic role of operating state-sponsored temples dedicated to her. Their incapacity in using divine magic was not viewed as a shortcoming, as that expectation usually fell on clerics of Urgathoa.18 Since abandoning Geb in 4719 AR, Arazni holds nothing but contempt for her former Gebbite devotees.35

Outside of Geb, Arazni had no priests, and her faith was silently practiced by solitary devotees who saw her as an exemplar of an abused victim who nonetheless managed to guard herself and project confidence when all control over her circumstances has been taken away. In this way, she was most often worshipped by Taldan women and commoners, Chelish halflings and cambions,26 Mwangi natives in Sargava, and intelligent undead who hate their existence but cannot end it. In the former nation of Lastwall, Arazni was viewed as a dead goddess, but a few still upheld her teachings of protection. Most Knights of Ozem do not want to dwell on the failure that led to her death, but maintained the shrine where she was once interred in the hope that she could find rest there again.18

Since the fall of Lastwall, some surviving Knights of Lastwall in the Gravelands who resent how badly their former leaders failed them have turned to her worship, but they are few in number and scattered, and most consider her overly harsh and vindictive.275

Arazni resents her worshippers for venerating what she has become, but also tolerates them, finding a vicarious fulfillment in having followers. She values her privacy, and any cleric who would try to divine her secrets will find their powers taken away.18


Arazni is also worshiped as part of the Gravelady's Guard pantheon alongside Pharasma and Gorum.28

Herald's Fall

As of 4715 AR, since the death of Arazni at the hands of Whispering Tyrant, a strange phenomenon had been witnessed at various locations in the vicinity of Ustalav. Dubbed Herald's Fall by the Brevic spiritualist Kalara Atroshka, the event appeared as a type of mobile haunt directly connected to the emotional trauma experienced by Arazni around the moment of her death. This emotional and psychic trauma seemed to have created a powerful resonance on the Ethereal Plane that occasionally manifested in the Universe, and seemed to follow a predetermined path of local Ustalavic ley lines.29


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