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Belimarius
A portrait of the runelord
(Person)
Titles Runelord of Envy;
Queen of Edasseril
Alignment Lawful evil
Race/Species Human (Azlanti)
Class Wizard (Abjurer) 18
Gender Female
Homeland Edasseril, Thassilon
Images of Belimarius

Source: The City Outside of Time, pg(s). 62

Belimarius (pronounced bell-uh-MARE-eh-us)[1] was the tenth and final runelord of envy and ruler of the Thassilonian realm of Edasseril, the Realm of Envy, reigning from -5402 AR until the end of Thassilon in -5293 AR. She is said to have been a heavy-set woman who spent all of her time consumed with various intrigues. Although she was a ruthless tyrant, she was also the most effective ruler of Edasseril during its lifetime: its food stores, exports, imports, magic and quality of life all vastly improved under her reign.[2][3][4]

History

Belimarius came from a wealthy but lowborn family. She applied to study at the Arcanium Abjurant, the top wizardry school in Edasseril, but was rejected and given an offer to become a rural tax collector. With few other prospects, she accepted the job while studying magic in her free time. By employing blackmail, slander, theft, and murder, she rose quickly in the ranks of Edasseril's bureaucracy.[5][6]

At the age of 20, Belimarius was one of the most influential financial bureaucrats in Edasseril. When she turned 21, she was enraged by how Vexnill, the daughter of the then-runelord of envy Phirandi's treasurer, whom she hated, was accepted into the Arcanium Abjurant. She murdered Vexnill, planning to convince the Arcanium to accept her in Vexnill's place. Her plan worked too well: Runelord Phirandi, impressed by her potential, took Belimarius on as an apprentice.[5][6]

Belimarius served Phirandi as his adviser and apprentice for four decades. When she suspected that Phirandi was holding her back from her true potential to be the ruler of Edasseril, she poisoned his other apprentices, stripped him of his magical defenses, and imprisoned him within a transparent coffin of magical force. She then assumed the title of runelord and placed the still living Phirandi in her throne room in Palace Miasmoria, where he remained for the rest of her reign. Her first act as runelord was to move Xin-Edasseril, capital of the realm, to her hometown in the east, near the borders with Cyrusian and Mierani.[5][6]

Belimarius was a constant schemer who obsessed about defending her realm, her magic, and her fortune from the other six runelords, using intrigue, assassination, and poison to do so. They paid very little attention to her, however, as her name is barely mentioned in the few documents that have survived to the present age.[5]

Like the other runelords, Belimarius knew of the coming impact of Earthfall and made careful preparations to survive the event. She knew that using a runewell to create a personal demiplane was the best method, but due to her neglect of magical studies during her reign, she was not powerful enough to create a runewell: only Karzoug, Alaznist, Sorshen and Xanderghul could. After contemplating many options, she decided to pay Karzoug a huge hoard of gold and treasures in exchange for his help. Karzoug accepted the payment, but he had no intention to help a rival, so he gave her bad advice, and Belimarius never had the time investigating Karzoug's aid to discover his trap.[6][3]

When Belimarius tried to use the runewell to create the Eye of Jealousy to avoid Earthfall, it imploded, trapping Xin-Edasseril with Belimarius and many of her trusted allies in a sphere outside of time, encased in a crystal sphere called Crystilan by the local Varisians, where they live the final week before Earthfall again and again, never ageing or remembering anything they learnt during that time.[3]

In 4718 AR, Alaznist uses the Scepter of Ages to trap her foes in Crystilan, breaking the temporal loop. The truth of the situation becomes known to the residents of the city, causing Belimarius' control to waver.[3]

Appearance

Belimarius.

Belimarius was among the oldest-looking of the runelords at the time of Earthfall. Frequently depicted as a heavy-set woman with a perpetual sneer on her face, she carried an ebony rod of cancellation and a magical mirror that could speak with her at all times. Belimarius' symbol of office was the Invidious Halberd, originally created by First King Xin for the first runelord of envy Naaft.[5][7]

Belimarius' Magic

Thought to have been a potent abjurer, Belimarius is believed to have been one of the three spellcasters to have first created undead shadows.[8]

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