The Charon

The gods may or may not walk upon Lor – but the most powerful of mortals might claim to equal any god. The most powerful beings upon Lor are known as Charon, and they are the stuff of legends that reach across the entire world. They have the power to singlehandedly raise up or dismantle entire kingdoms, and spin networks of intrigue that leave no one untouched. Their numbers, however, remain few – for there are several Charon who invest a great deal of effort in getting rid of those who might one day challenge their power before the challenger become a true threat…

The following Charon (some of whom are now deceased) are known, via stories or legends, in the Anaatian region.

  • Tetravayinalastrun, Emperor of the Eastern Sky, the Dawn Lord
    • In Anaat, thought to be the lieutenant (or avatar, in some interpretations) of Bahamut.
  • Brannkretixisandarac, Emperor of the Western Sky, Lord of Sunsets
    • In Anaat, thought to be the lieutenant (or avatar, in some interpretations) of Tiamat.
  • Jogundr Bloody-Eye, Fist of Jokun
    • A half-orc warlord in the very far west. Jogundr is only living person who ever went into the Western Wastelands that came out to tell the tale. After he returned, he spent two decades unifying Jokun, then promptly started invading parts of Awasha.
  • Archwizard Kerendura Bone-Handdeceased
    • Founder of the Conclave. Died under mysterious circumstances, during a magical storm that wiped a small city off the map, which is commonly suspected to have been Reesis’ cover for a magical duel.
  • Reesis, the Dark Hate
    • The Ur-Wizard of Thul and suspected current leader of the Conclave, a semi-secret coalition of powerful mages that rule the various kingdoms and states of Csuria with an iron fist. Reesis is more open than most of her peers about her involvement with the Conclave. In Csuria, she is never spoken of with anything less than the utmost respect and awe, and the utmost terror.
  • Cat-faced Bastati (aka Bastati of the West) – deceased
    • Known for being a staunch defender of both the freedom of man and the freedom of the wild; was often called upon as a negotiator, or as a champion against the forces of chaos. Centuries ago, she led the defence of a united Anaat against an (almost) overwhelming army of orcs. Legend has it that she was killed in a duel with Brannkretixisandarac.
  • Sendrithya, Lady Death, the Lich-Queen of Thenwin
    • The demi-lich who created and rules over the vast, necromantic empire of Thenwin. She is greatly feared by her neighbours – who suffer the depredations of the undead that periodically wander out from beneath Thenwin’s perpetually overcast skies – but is rarely seen; legend has it that she’s too busy obsessing over her studies further into undeath. Other, rarer tales say that she was actually destroyed long ago, but no one can know for sure without getting into and out of Thenwin alive…
  • Taasis of Kenen, the Arch-Necromancer
    • A controversial figure; he makes no secret of the fact that he practices necromancy, but since he rose to prominence in Kenen (one of the eastern kingdoms of Wheland), attacks of undead in the area – once quite frequent, due to its border with Thenwin – have diminished considerably, and he is quite outspoken about the responsibility that mages have for controlling their creations. May or may not be a former apprentice of Lady Sendrithya.
  • Prince Lian e’Alkanis, the Flame of Heaven – deceased
    • Lian was not the first or most powerful of those Charon that called Corath home, but he did lay the foundation for its modern age. Stories describe him as brilliant, outwardly quick-tempered, but inwardly as patient as only a mage who has surpassed mortality can be. Many stories of Haven’s fall cast him as a villain, although the ‘how’ differs. He was killed in a great duel against a twisted Abyssal creature, the likes of which have not been seen since.
  • Waylas Cortel, the Stone Witch
    • Senior princess of the imperial House of Cortel. Known for her skill at creating and breaking wards, the invention of skysails and lightning hoops, turning the Dead Sea into the Poison Sea, and her penchant for executing foreign rulers who disagree with her.
  • Caelliach Kerenic, the White Knight of Corath – disappeared
    • Known for being a staunch defender of the light, and an accomplished demon-killer, having killed multiple Lords of the Abyss during his time. Some tales claim that he attempted to destroy Sendrithya the Lich-Queen at one point, but was unsuccessful. He disappeared several decades ago. After his disappearance, rumours ran wild about a book of prophecies that he had supposedly left behind. He is revered as a saint in Teluria.
  • Kaerson Cortel, the Divine Emperor
    • Last King of Corath; responsible for the takeover of Telarine and the formation of the Empire of Cortel. Was adopted by Waylas Cortel (though she is usually referred to as his aunt), and it is through her that her gained his claim to the Corathi throne; claims that Caelliach Kerenic was his father. Rumoured to be a shapeshifter as well as a prophet.
  • Archmage Amress Falen
    • The third and least-known of the coalition of Cortellian Charon, Amress was an apprentice of Waylas and a mentor to Kaerson. Most of those outside of the Empire know her for her invention of the Warforged several decades ago.
  • Touren the Shadow – rumoured deceased
    • Famed for having made so many assassinations that assassins whisper prayers to him, as well as to their gods. In Anaat, thought by some to be an avatar or a seraph of either Sehanine or Zehir, depending on who is considering it. Waylas Cortel claimed to have killed him shortly before second (and last) Corath-Telarine War broke out, but there is wide skepticism about her claim.
  • Aleena the Sly, the Whore of Telarine
    • Having gained the status of queen of thieves after offing Morun Thief-Lord (in a manner that gained her her other most popular epithet), Aleena is generally considered at fault for the increasing indolence of the Telarine Empire and speeding up its fall. She has been openly at odds with the Cortellian Charon since the founding of the new empire, although rumours of a conspiracy persist.
  • Drogas Ice-King
    • A frost giant of legend, Drogas united the various Giant clans of Hradenfell and led them in a bloody swathe across Verendi, before striking west into Telarine. He was slain at the gates of Tyran, the capital of Telarine, by a strike force that included both Cat-faced Bastati and Dalynis the Trickster.
  • Eresis, the Shining One – deceased
    • Eresis compassion and power are equally legendary. While she lived she brought a century of peace to her home region of Kodai, which had been previously wracked by vicious tribal and clan warfare. Unfortunately her interests collided with those of Brannkretixisandarac, who launched a campaign of misery against her, before managing to kill her when she was brought low by despair. She is revered as a saint in Kodai, and nearly all of the clans there consider it sacrilegious to attack one who comes honestly bearing her emblem, or to wear her emblem for any purposes other than the pursuit of peace.
  • Aashtii Rainmaker, Grandmother Sun
    • Also known as the Shaman of All Peoples, Aashtii leads the clans of the Verendi Plains – when she wishes to unite them. Otherwise, they war at her whim for her entertainment, many sacrificing bloody tributes to her in order to gain her favour. Her involvement has meant that the Cortellian eastern advance has been halted at the borders of the Verendi Plains for several years.
  • Harana the Gibbering – deceased
    • A madwoman who tore up her soul and used it as raw power to summon and control an army of demons. She laid waste to many countries in short order, and destroyed the eladrin kingdom of Haven, before she was finally slain by Quanthe and her allies (including Brannkretixisandarac).
  • Quanthe, Last Queen of Haven – deceased
    • The eladrin queen ruling at the time that Harana the Gibbering marched on Ilumvar. Unable to see any other way to bring Harana down, Quanthe burned up her own soul for power to equal Harana’s, and the pair fought for days. Unfortunately, before Quanthe could finally manage to destroy them both with her final spell, Harana’s army – loosed from her control while she duelled Quanthe – had laid waste to Haven.
  • Jovi the Spirit, the Laughing Man – deceased
    • A half-elven bard of great renown, who wrote the original versions of most of the common tavern songs (and many great ballads) sung today. When Harana marched on Haven, it was he who summoned many of the prodigious number allies that went to Haven’s aid (infamously, Corath refused to send help). He fell into despair after Haven fell, and eventually took his own life.
  • Grimrek the Rock – deceased
    • A strange (to human eyes) creature from dark and sunless lands, Grimrek’s legends speak of a dour exile who wandered across the surface world, ever longing for home, before finally striking up an unlikely friendship with Jovi the Spirit, and later Queen Quanthe. He remained an active champion of Haven until its destruction. Stories say that afterwards, he settled down to life as a simple village smith, and eventually died of old age after both of his best friends were dead.
  • Simon ap Heron, the Dawn-Singer
    • A gnome known increasingly widely as a song- and play-writer, especially in any region with a border on the Meridiem Ocean, although he has not yet achieved the world-wide fame of Jovi the Spirit. Every few years he’ll wander into a war in the south and persuade the opposing sides to make peace – with the understanding that if one side is recalcitrant, Simon will join forces against them.
  • Shen Aten Suun, the Left Hand of God
    • The second-highest ranked priest in the Divine Order of An; the only reason that he’s not first is that he was not born to a noble line long and decorated enough to allow his ascension to the Sunset Throne. Nonetheless, the emperors of Ocint always step carefully about him; should they lose the favor of An, Shen Aten Suun is the one who will oversee a change in power.

The Charon

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