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|Aliases||Hero of the Belkzen Front|
|Titles||Marshal of the Flood Road|
|Alignment||Lawful evil (formerly lawful neutral)|
|Race/Species||Human (Taldan) graveknight|
|Class||Warpriest 15 (formerly Warpriest 12)|
|Deity||Asmodeus (formerly Iomedae)|
|Organization||Knights of Ozem; Malderra family|
Source: Midwives to Death, pg(s). 44
Ceto Malderra is the Marshal of the Flood Road and a celebrated hero of Lastwall against the orcs of Belkzen. However, she views the orcs as lesser enemies, their wars as just petty games, with Tar-Baphon, the Whispering Tyrant, as the true enemy of Lastwall.
Ceto stands more than six feet tall. Her blonde hair is cut short to keep her vision clear. Long time spent on the battlefield has calloused her hands and tanned her face. She wears her armour with little difficulty, and keeps it clean off the battlefield, as she considers it critical to look like a shining beacon of virtue.
Ceto was born into one of the most decorated families in the Knights of Ozem. The Malderras originated in Taldor and came to Lastwall during the Shining Crusade, heeding the call to defend the land from Tar-Baphon. Many Malderras met heroic ends on the front line, bringing honour to the family. When the Tyrant was sealed in Gallowspire, the Malderras opposed and argued that it was time to destroy him for good, their quest for glory blinding them to the fact that there were insufficient resources to do so.
Since then, while all generations of Malderras have served among the Knights of Ozem, they have also held the belief that the Shining Crusade made a cowardly error in sealing Tar-Baphon away instead of destroying him. Many of them have proposed to set aside resources from the Belkzen front in case the Tyrant returned, but they were outvoted every single time.
Ceto grew up with her family's beliefs since childhood, and like her ancestors, joined the Knights of Ozem. She was sent to fight the orcs of Belkzen, but secretly hoped for Tar-Baphon to escape so she would gain greater opportunities for heroism. Her prowess and tactics quickly granted her the rank of marshal and a celebrity status within Lastwall. However, her secret desire to confront Tar-Baphon in person remained out of reach.
When her proposal to divert resources from the Belkzen front to Gallowspire was declined, like her ancestors before her, Ceto decided to take matters into her own hands. For many years, she has abused her military rank and celebrity status to stockpile resources intended to monitor Gallowspire and to guard against infiltration of Lastwall in her family tomb in the Ossuaries of the Fallen, justifying this embezzlement by insisting that she will be proven right all along when the Tyrant finally returns.
In 4719 AR, after the Tyrant destroyed Vigil with the Radiant Fire, Ceto collected her embezzled possessions from her family tomb before fleeing the doomed city, justifying her cowardice by convincing herself that she could put the loot to use against the Tyrant elsewhere. A band of adventurers came to investigate, discovered her crime, and killed Ceto in self-defence when she attacked them to preserve her family legacy.
Due to rage and envy at her killers, Ceto's soul did not rest and transformed into a graveknight. Abandoning Iomedae for denying her victory, Ceto's pleas for a patron who would honour her sacrifices were answered by Asmodeus. She decided that Lastwall would deserve to burn for overlooking her righteous sacrifices in the country's name, and pledged her allegiance to the Whispering Tyrant, quickly proving her usefulness by clearing several pockets of resistance. The Tyrant stationed her at Fallowdeep, which was later invaded by her former killers, who destroyed her a second time, this time for good.
- Larry Wilhelm. (2019). NPC Gallery. Last Watch, p. 54–55. Paizo Inc.. ISBN 978-1-64078-126-9
- Crystal Frasier. (2019). To Exceed Their Grasp. The Dead Roads, p. 77. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-111-5
- Larry Wilhelm. (2019). Last Watch. Last Watch, p. 46. Paizo Inc.. ISBN 978-1-64078-126-9
- John Compton. (2019). Midwives to Death. Midwives to Death, p. 44. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-144-3