Stavian I

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Stavian I
Titles Grand Prince; Firstborn of Micheaux; First of his Name, the Bounty Prince
Race/Species Human
Gender Male
Homeland Taldor
Deity Aroden
Born 5 Lamashan, 4497 AR
Died 1 Abadius, 4588 AR (age 90)
Animal Companion Horse: Kaillerophon

Source: Taldor, Echoes of Glory, pg(s). 3

Grand Prince Stavian I was the ruler of Taldor in the early part of the 46th century AR.


As a young man, Stavian I was well regarded for his comely features and athletic physique, making him very popular in the social circles of Oppara. He also inherited his father's intense eyes.[1]


According to Taldan history, Stavian was the first son of Grand Prince Micheaux the Magnificent and Euphemi Finara. He had five younger siblings who also vied for the throne upon their father's death. After a bloody summer of infighting, he finally took the throne in 4526 AR.[2]

Stavian I married Countess Sutepa Mavrosenus in 4528 AR, fathering a total of 12 children over his lifetime. His third, and oft-overlooked son, Dominus II, ultimately succeeded him due to the death of his eldest child, Gosse, and the exile of his second born Manderval.[1]

Before his rise to power, Stavian established his reputation with the creation of the Stavian Ranches, which remains the most illustrious in the region and favoured by the royal family. Stavian steadfastly refused to allow Qadiran breeds into the ranch, favouring the larger, sturdier Taldan steeds that are still used by the military. The horses of the current royal family are descendants from Stavian's own mount, Kaillerophon.[3]


Stavian I is best known for initiating the Great Purge in 4528 AR against the church of Sarenrae (known in Taldor as the Cult of the Dawnflower) in an effort to crack down on anyone who might view the enemy nation of Qadira in a favorable light. Within a few months, every temple to the goddess in Taldor had been destroyed, and her priests murdered or banished. Stavian permitted the torture of enemy agents to extract intelligence, and razed entire communities to the ground to drive 'collaborators' from Taldor. In part, this fervour was due to the prophecies of a Sarenite soothsayer who claimed that one of the six children of Micheaux was, in fact, a bastard. Seeing this as an attempt of a foreign power to instigate civil conflict, Stavian declared the faith as treasonous and drove them from Taldor's borders. Despite the deaths of numerous innocents, Stavian saw his bloody acts to keep religious unity as necessary to keep his country strong.[4][1][5]

Stavian I kept a number of pet owlbears during his lifetime, the most famous of which was Beaky III. After Beaky III died, he was stuffed, and somehow made his way to the Woodsedge Lodge.[6]

Since his death, Stavian I has been called by Taldan mediums opposed to the followers of evil deities or Sarenrae.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Paizo staff. (2018). Preview. Crownfall, p. 97. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-64078-015-6
  2. Mike Shel. (2011). Tomb of the Iron Medusa, p. 31. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  3. Mark Moreland. (2017). Taldor, the First Empire, p. 23. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-999-8
  4. Joshua J. Frost. (2009). Taldor, Echoes of Glory, p. 3. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-169-5
  5. Amber E. Scott. (2018). The Six-Legend Soul. The Six-Legend Soul, p. 45. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-052-1
  6. Erik Mona. (2010). Requiem for the Red Raven, p. 8. Paizo Publishing, LLC.
  7. Lyz Liddell. (2018). Spirits of Six Emperors. The Six-Legend Soul, p. 71. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-052-1