Ironia The Zombie
Saint Ironia (a.k.a. The Zombie)
...and the ϛaint said to the god ᛗαωϵᚾ; 'I hast had mine arm devoured, mine flesh ripped off, mine bones charred, mine visage tainted, mine eyes gouged out; none hath aye hurt me.'Saint Ironia of Sheleg (birth marked as the year 0 of the mortal age, died/ascended between the years 72-93), also known as Child of the First Snow, The Zombie or Goddess of Decay, is a controversial figure in the history of the human Kingdom of Album and the primary idol of worship in the Church of the Black Zombie.
According to 'Child', the first book of the Black Teachings, Ironia's birth was the sign to the start of the mortal age. As retribution to the Albians declaring war on four gods, they had their immortality taken away. It was then that she emerged out of the first Albian carcass in history, as Mavet, the god of decay, breathed snow into the world for the first time. Little is known about the early life of the saint. The opening chapters of the teachings only mention the infant crawling nine days and nine nights, from her mother's dead womb (The First Tomb) to the town of Sheleg - a rite known as the Pilgrimage of Snow. Upon arriving at the town border, she was picked up by a young couple out on a stroll. They saw the long trail she had left in the snow as they lifted her, leading back to the mountains. She was thus adopted by them and given the name Ironia ('ever-enduring' in Albic). The names of her caregivers seem to have been purposefully excluded from the texts.Unauthenticated legends of her childhood and adolescence still circulate today among Sheleg's townsfolk and are present in several archives across the Albian realm. Some tell of her mystical healing abilities, her invulnerability to dark magic, and other extraordinary miracles that caught the eye of Album's throne. The Black Church hasn't officially endorsed any of these writings, yet many scholars regard 'Before the Zombie' as reliable history.
Curse of MavetAs she grew in renown across the realm, Ironia's foster parents were requested to send her off to the capital, Eilith, to serve as a priestess of Lotov Albis, the king of the Album. However, on her way to the great city, she encountered Mavet, disguised as a handsome young noble. The man told her he had recently inherited a large plot of land, but - since he was unmarried - by the laws of the kingdom, he would forfeit it to the crown. Some argue that although she had already been on her way to more incredible wealth and fortune, Mavet's influence on her was insuppressible. She was then tricked into unholy matrimony with the dark god and had his curse placed upon her at the altar.
Saint, Ascended Goddess
Date of Birth
Day of the First Snow
Circumstances of Birth
Born to the first dead
Circumstances of Death
'As white as the snow she was born in'
Charred black bones