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Belimarius

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Belimarius
A portrait of the runelord
(Person)
Titles Runelord of Envy;
Queen of Edasseril
Race/Species Human
Class Wizard (Abjurer)
Gender Female
Homeland Edasseril, Thassilon
Died ca. -5293 AR

Source: Burnt Offerings, pg(s). 76

Runelord Belimarius (pronounced bell-uh-MARE-eh-us)[1] was the final ruler of the Thassilonian realm of Edasseril, the Realm of Envy. She is said to have been a heavy-set woman who spent all of her time consumed with various intrigues. Little is known about her reign, and those few records that have survived, make it out to be one of perfect harmony and efficiency.[2]

History

Belimarius came from somewhat humble beginnings: the ranks of Edasseril's byzantine bureaucracy. By employing blackmail, slander, theft, and murder, she rose quickly in its ranks, eventually attracting the attention of Runelord Phirandi, the runelord of envy at the time. He took her on as an apprentice, but was repaid for his generosity with betrayal. Belimarius 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.[3]

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.[3]

Like the other runelords, Belimarius knew of the coming impact of Earthfall and made careful preparations to survive the event. The exact nature of these preparations are a matter of some scholarly disagreement, however. Some believe that she still lies in suspended animation somewhere far beneath the earth, while others claim that she lives in the crystalline sphere known as Crystilan. Still others claim that she created a prismatic sanctum for her greatest treasures, and somehow managed to hide herself there as well. What scholars seem fairly certain about is that she has never emerged from her hidden refuge.[3]

Appearance

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.[3]

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.[4]

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