|Race/Species|| Lamia matriarch|
|Images of Xanesha|
Source: The Skinsaw Murders, pg(s). 43–54
Xanesha was a member of the large population of lamyros living in the lost city of Xin-Shalast at the time of Karzoug's reawakening. She was chosen by the runelord, and taught the rituals needed to prepare a soul for his runewell. After she had mastered this skill, she was sent from her home high in the Kodar Mountains into the more populated lowlands in order to help in her new master's return. Traveling Varisia in her human form, she eventually settled in the city of Magnimar.
Now living in a heavily-populated city, Xanesha needed a cover identity so that she would not arouse suspicion. She found one in a like-minded group of murderers: a Skinsaw cult known as the Skinsaw Men. Xanesha easily seduced their leader, a magistrate named Ironbriar, who believed her to have been sent by their patron deity, Norgorber, and soon became the leader of the cult.
Xanesha was eventually slain by a band of adventurers, but did not rest in death and rose as a ghost. She haunted the area around the Shadow Clock in the Underbridge until Erigantus, a necromancer allied with a cult of Yamasoth, extracted Xanesha's skull from the ruined interior of the Shadow Clock and bound the lamia's spirit to the walls of the Gecko, one of the pilings of the Irespan, to serve as a guardian. Xanesha resents her fate, and is deeply bitter about both her demise and current service, but Erigantus' magic keeps her confined within the walls of the Gecko and prevents her from venting her anger on anyone but trespassers.
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