Mhirriah, The Warrior Empress
Goddess of Spears, Lady of Ambition
"Mhirriah...She is the goddess of Spears, lady of ambition and the patron goddess of warriors and lovers. A topic of much debate here in Estoya, she is the primary goddess worshiped in the land of her people and the nation that shares her name, Mhirriah. Her people are zealous in their worship and yet, she is a remarkably silent goddess. She answers no prayers and still has not chosen a scion to act on her behalf in the world..."
The Girl Who Would Be A Queen
Mhirriah was the final empress of The Ozolithian Empire and guided her people in an exodus to their promised land, the nation of Mhirriah. Little is known about her human life, though the story of her ascendance to godhood has led many scholars to travel to the savage nation to learn more. It is a rare event that a living being ascends and becomes divine and there are many who would like to do the same.
The bards of Estoya are also drawn to Mhirriah's legend. They record all they can and compare these stories. Recent developments have stirred up controversy in the The Bardic University of Estalia.
It seems that many stories have conflicting information and at times these stories directly contradict one another. While this is to be expected from a nation divided into many tribes, the theocracy is a universal law in the nation and most of the conflicts are made by them, not the people.
The true history of Mhirriah is murky at best. What is known is that Mhirriah was the 2nd empress of her dynasty after her Mother, Celestae. Her father Mhirrius gave her his name, a common custom in Ozlith.
The family was unique among the people of Ozlith as they were pure blooded, meaning they trace their genetic lineage solely from the Island of Ozlith, where the Empire began. This fact is important as very few, especially nobles, had this trait. They were also among the select few who still kept to the old faith, worshipping the seven living gods of Ozlith that made the empire possible. Her early years were spent gallivanting with young noble boys. One, in particular, she was quite fond of before departing the island of Ozlith to join her mother's court. She later found love in the man who would become the nameless king.
The Nameless KingIn the nation of Mhirriah, the nameless king is widely regarded as the personification of evil. He is the antithesis of Mhirriah, considered the sole reason Ozlith fell and responsible for the loss of their homeland. The nameless king died in Ozlith according to the religion, and his name was intentionally forgotten and removed from all annals of history. This is considered the worst punishment a man could be given, referred to as the second death.
Mhirriah was always considered kind in the few surviving accounts of her reign and exodus. She was actively involved in the lives of her people, often walking among them in regal dress, silver armor and always armed with a spear that radiated light. She assisted in social reform and performed many forms of community service. She actively involved herself in the cultures of the people she conquered, leading to friendships that she would keep for most of her life.
After her Ascension, she completely changed. She was aloof and indifferent, becoming a silent goddess who would never answer prayers. This is the strangest thing about Mhirriah as it is unknown why she flipped in personality to such a degree.
Mhirriah completed the journey to her nation after Ozlith's fall. She constructed a series of 12 markers, monoliths that trace the path her people walked on their journey. Upon completion, she traveled to The Highlands in the east of her nation and constructed a massive spire that would serve as her tomb. Her body and spear lie suspended inside the ice spire as lifelike as the day she ascended. These actions were part of her labors, tasks given to Scions that they must complete to become divine. These labors were given by the living gods of Ozlith who died to buy time for the people to escape when they evacuated Ozlith. It is unknown what other labors she was to perform, but it is a fact that she did ascend.
...She called to me in a vision. I didn't know she could do that. She told me that she was leaving this world, and that I must gather the others and meet her at the mountains in the east. When we arrived, we saw what she had erected. The ice spire was beautiful. It was a testement of our people. A defiant cry to the heavens that Ozlith would not perish so easily...
She ascended soon after. We watched as her body collapsed to the ground in a flash of light. We saw her very soul leave her body and the doors to the spire opened. She picked up the corpse on the ground and walked inside as the spire glowed so bright the stars above disappeared. We followed and witnessed the goddess placing her corpse onto the alter in the spire itself. She turned to us and we were blinded by her brilliance. I reached for her and felt her embrace one last time. There was warmth...I thought it died out long ago...
The Ozolithian Legacy
Mhirriah ascended without leaving an heir to her throne. She left her most trusted advisors a list of instructions on how to run the nation. These 12 people became known as Mhirriah's Entourage.
Religion and Religious Texts
Mhirriah's religion is fairly relaxed compared to others. While her worship is a requirement in her nation, one can still adhere to divinities that are more active in the lives of their worshippers, so long as she is held above all. Most in the nation prefer the shamanic faiths as they see Mhirrah's silence as a lesson of relying on oneself rather than the higher powers.
There is a single text in the Mhirrian faith. The Durilithium, a text that tells of the empress and her life as well as the many talks and wisdom she shared in her life.
DomainsMhirriah keeps several domains. When one ascends they often choose domains to court for power. Mhirriah is the goddess of Spears, a trait she gained from the domain of war from the same titan who bestowed the domain of the gods of Ozlith . This makes her primary domain the domain of war which explains her nation's constant state of war and why is considered the patron of warriors. She is also referred to as the lady of ambition. This trait could have been gained from several of the infinite domains. Many assume it came from either the domain of pride or determination.
As her religion grew, she became the patron of lovers as many see the story of the nameless king's betrayal as a romantic story of a lover scorned and also consider her changes to Ozolithian traditions regarding marriage and love as a victory for lovers due to the fact that men will never die nameless.
Mhirriah's SpearMhirriah does have a Thoughtform Armory, though the armory only consists of her spear. Mhirriah's Spear radiates a soft but vivid light. It has transformative properties that allow the wielder to change the spear into any weapon in a burst of green arcane haze. She has never allowed another to wield it. A prophecy states that there will be a messiah that will come to the nation and take Ozlith back while wielding the spear.
Circumstances of Death
Brown, red after becoming Empress.