The Fanatical Empress of Kfandr
Empress Sfeiða Fríðing (She/Her)
Sfeiða is the daughter of Freðman II and the current ruling empress of the Empire of Kfandr. She is a mature and imposing woman, especially standing a full 170 cm tall. As a vindral that tall, and with her dominant personality, she makes for a commanding figure.
The empress has stark facial features and always wears what appears to be a hostile scowl. She's an exceptionally skilled speaker and has a talent for rousing masses and and swaying public opinion. No one dares question her and any opposition is swiftly put down, often publically. Her authorative way of speaking, together with her apparent confidence allows her to defeat almost any opponent through sheer dominance.
She is most known these days for being a fanatical and extremely driven lysianist, devoted to turning the empire into a theocracy.
Sfeiða was born the daughter of the emperor Lókur Freðman and his bride, princess Alys Veþekk of Bengeirr. She was raised as any royal heir would be and received the finest of educations available in the land and was taught to be a loyal lysianist.
Sfeiða grew up having few friends and parents who were never around, as her father was busy ruling the empire and her mother was always elsewhere on political business. Her only true friend was her chambermaid and she was the only one she could really talk to. Sfeiða often confided in her many secrets and there were scandalous rumours among the servant staff that there were more than just friendship blooming between the young heir and her maid.
Their relationship lasted for two years, before the maid was exposed as an arnian separatist spy. A political enemy of the emperor had uncovered proof that the maid had access to restricted areas of the palace through Sfeiða and had used the young heir as a source of information. With this information, the maid had aided separatist operatives to smuggle weapons and supplies to Arnþórr.
Sfeiða was devastated. Her only friend and love turned out to be a traitor. A traitor who manipulated Sfeiða's feelings to extract information that had helped a foreign power. In her despair and anger, Sfeiða herself ordered the execution of the maid. Only weeks later it was discovered that the so called "proof" against the maid had been fabricated by the political enemy in order to expose Sfeiða's scandalous relationship with the maid, hoping that she would come to the maid's aid. The plan backfired since the young heiress didn't not protect the maid.
However, the realisation that she had murdered her innocent lover threatened to throw Sfeiða into a deep despair from whence she would perhaps not recover. She devoted herself to her faith in order to keep herself sane.
The young empress' teacher was Vrækæ the Flame, an old and knowledgeable priest of Eri. However, he also held some very strong opinions on how the goddess was to be served, and was a follower of Ohria. For this reason, Sfeiða was taught a much more unforgiving and harsh version of Lysianism, which helped shape her into the unforgiving and authoritative individual she became.
Together with the teachings of Vræke the Flame and Sfeiða's own feelings of inadequacy, she was shaped into someone who relied fully on faith to drive her.
When Lókur's health deteriorated to the point that he was no longer capable of running the empire, Sfeiða was coronated ruling empress of Kfandr. She immediately moved to strengthen the church of Eri and reshaped the chain of command in a way that she considered much more efficient.
Over the course of her first ruling months, Kfandr turned into a borderline theocracy with her heavily strengthening the judicial position of church representatives, working with the patriarchs to canonise and make official several apocryphal texts, shifting the Lysianism from a relatively benign faith to an authoritarian and vengeful one. She established the Swords of Justice as a theocratic authoritarian police force and placed Vísundr Vrækæ as the High Archon of them, putting him in direct command over the Sworders with orders to rout out injustice wherever it was found.
The aging imperial consort, Alys Veþekk, looked at her daughter, the empress of Kfandr, with her fading, gray eyes. "Sfeiða, listen to me. What you are doing is wrong! Eri never meant for these harsh sentences and this oppression..." "Silence, mother!" her daughter's commanding voice was like a whip. A whip from an authority that did not tolerate questions. "I am the empress now, and for too long father allowed this great empire to rot and fester in heresy. I will restore Kfandr to what it once was!" Alys sighed, her shoulders suddenly shaking with cough. Her silvery, white hair fell over her tired face as she fell back to the pillow. Her alabaster skin, still soft and smooth as a child's, almost glistened in the moonlight. Sfeiða, for a moment, looked at her mother and felt a sting of pity for the old vindral. She quickly shook it off, as Alys spoke again: "You are indeed the empress. I will not argue with you, daughter. Let the goddess guide your way, Sfeiða. Listen to her! Let her help you!" Sfeiða turned away from her mother, put her hands behind her back and looked at the city outside the palace window. She frowned at the empty streets beneath her. "Oriah has given me all the guidance I need."
Sfeiða is someone who does not tolerate those who oppose her or those who are not absolutely and unquestionably loyal to Eri and the church. She has seen her father rule the empire with the guidance of the more lenient tenets of Lysianism; The Scales and The Book. The empire has prospered, but in Sfeiða's eyes, it has also lead to a populace that is not as devoted as they should be. The Arnþórr situation has helped fuel her feeling that the people need to be steered right, by force if necessary.
Sfeiða herself was always a fiery individual and, uncharacteristically for a vindral, very emotionally driven. She strongly believes that her father was too lenient on the populace, neglecting the parts of the faith and teachings that were supposed to bring the people in line and keep them on the narrow path of balance.
High Matriarch of Eri
The bringer of peace (Fríðing)
Swords of Justice
The judicial branch of the Liðr Lys religion, recently by the empress of Kfandr turned into a band of frothing zealots with terrifying authority.
The Path of Balance, the dominant religion in the Gimroan Basin.
Vísundr "the Flame" Vrækæ is the High Archon of the Swords of Justice, the judicial branch of the Church of Eri.