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 Akharamar clan. Known as the dreaded Iron Hag, Ramaður-shi see only extinction in clinging to Dhanû's traditions and intends to fight it, no matter who her enemies may be. Strife looms as the Exarch grows old and feeble, and each clan gathers their forces for the inevitable fight for the throne, and many eyes turn to the Hag of Dhanû and wait for her to strike. 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.Through a long and bloody life, Ramaður-shi has been the leader of her clan for over two decades and a warrior for two more. In that time, she has seen the creeping corruption in Sheoin draw closer to Dhanû, like a noose around a condemned. She has seen entire clans slaughtered, once by her own hand, survived famine and plague, and outlived most of her family. Where there once was glory in war, its allure has considerably dimmed with every corpse. Once eagerly sought at every turn, the Hag has come to see it as a necessary evil at best and self-destructive arrogance at worse. Where annihilation was once her goal in every conflict, the Hag has become a cunning diplomat and mediator, pulling strings in ways that few appreciate.
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 her ability as a leader to wage a brutal, uncompromising war. Since then, Ramaður-shi has been able to use the threat of her displeasure to avoid conflict.
Ramaður-shi is tall and wiry, with a strength not yet robbed by age. Her black hair has begun to streak with grey, and she does little to tame the wild mane beyond keeping it out of her iron-grey eyes. Beyond that, she wears her age well, though she eschews luxuries such as fine clothing or jewelry. Nobles of the Akharamar follow her lead, with some grumbling, giving them a stern and spartan look. Her mask is that of a monstrous demon's maw of Chitin and horn, covering the lower half of her face and wrapping around her head. Rumor claims that she is horribly scarred beneath it or that the mask has become part of her. Though she wears many scars from her long years of fighting and surviving, that one remains a rumor.
Of the Hag's many past injuries, the most noticable are two missing fingers from her left hand, lost in a raid on DūbavumAlthough she is not as young as she once was and age has begun to slow her strikes, she is no less lethal. Where she once used sheer ferocity, Ramaður-shi has become famous for her skill and killer instinct, able to exploit even the slightest mistake or lapse of concentration. Though "Hag" is often used when speaking of her, no one utters it in her presence.
Behind The Mask
It is the most simple fact about this war - we are losing.Behind the masquerade as a murderous brute, the Iron Hag is a shrewd politician and has used her infamy to gather influence and information. She has watched the cold conquer more of the Sheoin Region every year, turning caves into arctic wastelands. For every monster slain, another seems 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. Every year and every inch of land lost to the growing blight, it is a fate that seems more and more certain. She seeks to break Dhanû's isolation from the rest of the Inner Shell. Raids may bring glory, but trade brings wealth, food, and allies that can help turn the tide. The Hag is the first Dhanû warlord to employ foreign mercenaries, and not even her infamy has stemmed the outrage that has followed. If Ramaður-shi succeeds, Dhanû will become a very different place. But she has a difficult task ahead of her, opposed by forces both within and without.
Dhanû The city-state of Dhanû is home to proud warriors and skilled poets. They live in the harsh Sheoin Region, and their struggles have made them a tough, dangerous folk. Ramaður-shi's clan is one of many in the city-state Read More About Dhanû
The Akharamar ClanRamaður-shi leads the Akharamar Clan, an old and venerable clan in the heart of Dhanû. Its position inside the city-state means their fight against the blight claiming Sheoin have been by choice rather than necessity, and they have been able to dedicate themselves to raids and building their fortunes. Other clans sometimes accuse the Akharamar of complacency as a result, though the clan has entered a period of frantic activity at Ramaður-shi's command that has thrust them into the heart of politics.
The Akharamar hold the Suryō Spider as their symbol and is often depicted with their Masks.
The Names of the HagDhanû places 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's fierce temper has evened out... To an extend. Her reputation for a fierce temper is not entirely undeserved, and when faced with stupidity, her foul mood lasting. The Hag will not compromise with those who offend her or prove themselves fools.