5' 11'' Weight:
Aasimar Half-elf (Angel ancestry)Class: Monk*
, Awakened from Stasis
, Mutant Eye
Above average in height, Erodel is heavily and economically built. He has handsome, if somewhat ruthless features, framed by a wild mane of raven hair. A discordant note reveals itself in a third vertical eye he has upon his brow, giving him three amythest eyes that glitter like gems when the light hits them at the right angle. Despite this, even a momentary look into those eyes hints at the immense intellect behind them.
Though he appears relatively early in years, the longer one looks at him, the more it seems that he is less possessed of youth than of a certain quality of agelessness – something that seems to complement the air of otherworldly grace he seems to possess.
Born in the early times of the world when humanity was just beginning to form the rudiments of empire and were coming into conflict with the elven kingdoms, Erodel and his older sister, Elmindreda, gained the distinction of being the first two of their kind – children of both elves and humanity. Born to one of humanity's earlier queens and an elven kings, they immediately garnered instant attention.
Even at birth, they were marked as being different even from others of their own kind, by possessing a third eye upon their brow – many seeing this a mark of the Lamashtu
, Demon Goddess of Monstrous Births. Nevertheless, they had the shelter of the crown and in time proved to be prodigies, even at an early age where they particularly excelled in pursuits of the mind and their scientific innovations and contributions to the empire of man where they resided were numerous.
However, these accomplishments proved deeply unpopular with the human supremacist elements of the time. This eventually culminated in the mob-lynching and pyre-burning of Elmindreda. This would have also been Erodel's fate had the crowd not been so entranced by bloodlust that he managed to slip his bonds and escape.
Whilst it was largely expected that he would slip into irrecoverable decline with the death of his sister, it was during this time that Erodel was visited by an extant presence that he took to be the spirit of his dead sister. Allowing himself to become host to it, he was reinvigorated and gained access to its vast storehouse of knowledge, where after he secluded himself and began to follow in the footsteps of his sister to help make the world a better place. This strong, and sudden, comeback earned him the nickname of Terramon, the All-Enduring.
It was during this time that Erodel investigated the nature of his third eye that had led up to the persecution of his sister as being demon-tainted. Though he always suspected the influence of Lamashtu, he was never able find definite proof, but did uncover his ancestry through to the Empyreal Lord Arshea
, or at least a very close subordinate angel.
Following in Elmindreda's footsteps, Erodel began looking into the "seven virtues of rule" – seven qualities a leader must engender in his people and personify in himself, lest his state collapse and fall into ruin – but whilst his sister was focussed on societal innovation and cooperation, Erodel was more focussed on magic and engineering, the latter of which he was particularly advanced in for his day and age. However, her death had forcibly brought his attention to the brutal reality of the world around him.
True to his nature, Erodel approached this from an intellectually technical point of view, rather than trusting to appealing to the better nature of people. His belief was that if he could create embodiments of these virtues in some tangible form, even if only ephemeral, it would then actually be possible to work them into the fabric of society rather than simply remaining as vague philosophical concepts that were only paid lip-service to. With the spirit augmenting his great mastery of knowledge, Erodel began to push the boundaries of magical and scientific theory further. This earned him some discreet admirers and followers in certain circles with whom he disclosed his theories. Though Erodel would not complete it himself – deeming that it would lead to dangerous developments – this in time led to the development of Sin Magic
Due to his abnormally high intellect, Erodel was able to theorise aspects of advanced technology, but the constraints of his time prevented this from becoming anything but theories. So in time, he began to focus on the creation of an artifact that was meant to concentrate the virtues of rule – the Sihedron
, which would be the culmination of all his theories. Despite this, the same elements that saw to the death of his sister manifested again, which saw his tower of refuge stormed by fanatical mobs. In the chaos, the prototype Sihedron became unstable and detonated, laying waste to the tower but catapulting Erodel into the Maelstrom
Despite being disorientated at first, Erodel eventually managed to get his bearings, but even so would have died were it not for the patronage of a keketar
protean, named Exsalshae, who was curious enough about this strange little creature enough not to try and destroy him out of hand. With his immense command of knowledge, Erodel was able to continually vex Exsalshae's preconceptions of chaos and the forces of creation and destruction, enough so that the keketar decided it would benefit the cause of chaos to keep him around for the insights he could provide.
Exsalshae's goal, like that of every other protean, was the destruction and eventual return of the multiverse towards the primal chaos. Though Exsalshae continually probed Erodel on matters of destruction, the half-elf was able to learn much of creation inferred from omissions in the keketar's reasoning. In this manner, he was eventually able to turn the raw potential of the Maelstrom into a source of unlimited creation – freed from the mundane, he now had the ability to create high scientific achievements as he had envisioned them from the beginning.
After a span of several years, Erodel finally created his masterpiece – an immense ship of metal and technology that would be able to sail the darkness between the stars. However, Exsalshae eventually discovered what he was doing and along with a host of proteans, made a concentrated attack on Erodel's stronghold. The events that followed were almost a mirror of the events that led up to Erodel finding himself in Maelstrom as he was once again in the process of forging a greater and more powerful Sihedron.
This time, Erodel was not near the artifact as he fought to defend his ship. The resulting explosion badly damaged the ship and pulled it through the resulting gateway back to the Material Plane
. Erodel attempted to follow; he managed to enter the gateway but not exit it before it closed on the other end, leaving him stranded and insensate in the nowhere between planes. In hindsight, this was fortunate otherwise he would have burned up in the atmosphere falling back down to the world. Though held in stasis, much of his power was expended and drained to keep him from fading into oblivion. Either through unconscious desperation or by some other circumstance he found himself back upon the world, his powers greatly diminished and partly amnesic, discovered shortly after by the Pathfinders
Erodel's largest and most overriding goal is to unite all the nations of the world into a single world-spanning empire that he dubs the Celestial Empire – a realm of woodland, crystal, magic and technology – with himself crowned as the Star Emperor, and a council of 13 witches
to govern it from a flying capital/citadel
. To do this, he intends to recover the starship, wherever it might be, and reunite the pieces of the Sihedron to serve as his symbol of rule, and find women of exceptional power.
His main motivation for this is to honour his sister's memory and make the people of the material plane into a significant power that Outsider of the Outer Planes can no longer look upon as backwater rustics, pawns to be moved in their schemes, or souls to be harvested for their power.