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Queen Galfrey
Queen Galfrey of Mendev.
(Person)
Titles Queen of Mendev
Sword of Iomedae
Crusader Queen
Alignment Lawful good
Race/Species Human (Taldan)
Class Paladin 15
Gender Female
Homeland Nerosyan, Mendev
Deity Iomedae

Source: The Midnight Isles, pg(s). 54–55

Queen Galfrey is the former absolute monarch of the crusader-state of Mendev,[1] and leader of the Mendevian Crusades.[2]

Appearance

Queen Galfrey appears as a Taldan woman in her late twenties, but is actually over 100 years old. She has maintained her youthful appearance and vitality thanks to powerful magic, including two drafts of the precious sun orchid elixir.[3]

Background

Galfrey is the eldest daughter of the last prince of Mendev who died under mysterious circumstances on a diplomatic mission to Sarkoris in 4601 AR. She was quickly crowned and has remained the head of state ever since.[3][4]

Galfrey originally championed Aroden, and was a paladin of the Last Azlanti until his mysterious death five years after she rose to the throne. She organized Mendev's defense against the demonic armies invading from the newly opened Worldwound, joining with the forces of the church of Iomedae when these arrived to launch the First Crusade against the demons. During this period, she converted to the worship of Iomedae and retrained herself as her paladin.[3]

Galfrey initially fought against the second wave of demons that emerged from the Worldwound, but ordered a retreat from Sarkoris when it became evident that this army was larger and better organized than the previous one and that it would be impossible to win a direct campaign against it. This decision was highly controversial, but allowed the crusaders the time to erect the Wardstones to contain the demons within the ruins of Sarkoris.[3]

Recent History

Queen Galfrey has become a driving personality in the war against the demons, and the church of Iomedae has grown to depend on her leadership in the war effort.[3] She is well aware that the quality of soldiers flocking to fight the demons of the Worldwound as of late has been dropping off, but has been unable to turn most of them away because of the dire straits the country and the Mendevian Crusades have been.[5]

Following the closure of the Worldwound in 4718 AR, Galfrey stepped down as Mendev's leader and named Chancellor Irahai her successor in order to become Iomedae's new herald.[6]

Rule

Even though Galfrey reigned as an absolute monarch, her direct control over Mendev did not extend far beyond the walls of the capital city of Nerosyan. Further afield, the various regional and local commanders—not to mention religious figures—exercise quite a bit of autonomy, a fact that has led to a fair share of conflict over the past century. The inquisitors under the command of Hulrun Shappok of Kenabres are a particular example of this.[5]

Staff

Being the queen of a nation at war, Galfrey had quite a few assistants and staff at her side at most, if not all, times. She was known to be counseled by an intelligent and tactics-minded aasimar named Opaline.[7]

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