Ramaður-shi, Iron Hag of Dhanû
I am the spider in the web.Few names are as feared in Dhanû as that of Ramaður-shi, leader of the Omotahi clan. The Iron Hag is a fearsome presence in the city-state and she has a vision for its future. As the Exarch grows old and feeble, each clan begin to gather their forces for the inevitable fight for the throne. Few know what the Hag of Dhanû has planned, but many believe that she will be the one who rises above the mass of corpses to claim victory. Ramaður-shi no longer removes her mask when holding court or meeting others. War is coming.
Iron Hag of Dhanû
Time is precious. Do not suffer fools - there is work to be done.A fearsome warrior that have slain both beast and men, Ramaður-shi has been the leader of her clan for over two decades now. In that time, she has seen the creeping corruption in Sheoin draw closer to Dhanû. She has seen entire clans slaughtered, once by her own hand, and survived famine. Although she is not as young as she once was and age has begun to slow her swing, she is no less lethal than in her youth. Where she once used sheer ferocity, Ramaður-shi has become infamous for her skill and killer instinct, able to exploit even the slightest lapse of concentration or mistake.
Ramaður-shi's most infamous act comes from the name of Hag - once leveled at her as an insult by another clan. In the conflict that followed, Ramaður-shi demonstrated not only personal prowess but tactical cunning and a brutal, uncompromising way of waging war. Her warriors struck the other clan's farms and exposed assets, then picked them off as they scrambled to protect them. In the end, only a few clanless survivors remained. Since than, Ramaður-shi has been able to use the mere threat of her displeasure to avoid large-scale conflict.
No one calls her "Hag" in her presence.
Behind The Mask
It is the most simple fact about this war - we are losing.Few realize the true extent of Ramaður-shi's vision. The Iron Hag is a shrewd politician behind the masquerade as a murderous brute and has used her fearsome reputation to gather forces and information. She has watched the cold-spreading monsters in the Sheoin Region conquer more land every year by turning the caves into arctic wastelands. For every monster slain, another seem ready to take its place. Outside of Dhanû, forces are gathering to punish them for their raids. Ramaður-shi believes that if Dhanû continues as it has, it is doomed. It may take a decade or a century, but doomed. With age, ferocity have given way to a more pragmatic out look on life and Ramaður-shi seek to break Dhanû's isolation from the rest of the Inner Shell. Raids may bring glory, but trade bring wealth, food and allies that can help turn the tide. The Hag is the first Dhanû warlord to ever bring mercenaries from afar into her employ and not even her infamy can stem the gossip. If Ramaður-shi should succeed, Dhanû will become a very different place. But she has a difficult task ahead of her, opposed by forced both within and without.
The Spider-Eaters From far away Mharaji, the Spider-Eaters are a veteran band of mercenaries and former Kaia now employed by Ramaður-shi. Exactly how she came to know of them is subject of much debate and gossip. Their role in her plan are threefold: to show the people of Dhanû that outsiders can be just as tough as they are, to gather information and make contacts outside of Dhanû, and to crack skulls. Ramaður-shi pays them well, for they excel at all three.
The Names of the HagDhanû place great value in deeds of glory and award elaborate titles to those who perform them. Ramaður-shi has several, such as Clan-Slayer, Lotus-Breaker and Iron Hag. What started as an attempt of derision has become one of her more notable sobriquets, though one never uttered in her presence.
In her old age, Ramaður-shi have mood has even out... To an extend. Her reputation for a fierce temper is not entirely undeserved and when faced with stupidity, her grudges and reactions are lasting.
The Hag will not compromise with those who offend her or prove themselves fools.