The ancient colossi created by ancient necromantic masters to sustain the dead sands of Tarthus even in the darkest of times
Gone are the gods of old, To a place far away where none can follow, Replaced by a shining king in gold, Ruler of sands that now stand hollow
Those that remainThough they once played a crucial role in the halting of the apocalypse known as The Met-su-khon Manifold Collapse nearly 2,400 years ago, the Tarthan Lifewalkers have mostly faded into history as of the modern day - with the unknown fate and presumed death of the Tarthan High Lords save for one and the ravages of over two thousand years of history taking their toll, the Lifewalkers are mostly a defunct relic of a bygone era that has passed them by. In the modern era, almost none remain active - though a handful that stand imprisoned, dead, or otherwise indisposed are known of, and are listed below alongside their known monikers and their status.
- Adum-ra: One of the oldest Lifewalkers that is still known of, known as The Radiant Child for the sun-like radiance that glowed from within their veins. Most commonly took the form of a dark-skinned humanoid male with avian features. So far, they stand as the only known Lifewalker to display the ability to take on the form of inanimate objects - such as burning suns, mountains, and so on. Vanished some centuries ago towards the end of the Tarthan Dark Age before the rise of Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I, wandering south across the land of Khyarmani to destinations unknown. Was regarded a folk deity by large swathes of western Tarthus, and carries even still the greatest reputation among the Tarthan people, as they frequently interacted with population centers.
- Sa-hor-set: The largest of the Lifewalkers at the time of their demise, Sa-hor-set was better known by the epithet The Obelisk for their enormous and stony appearance. Shifted forms frequently, but was slain while taking on a humanoid female appearance by Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I - though unlike their sibling Semet-bira, seemed to carry no ill-will towards Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I and instead was somewhat well-known in northern Tarthus as a guardian of the Valley of the Lifewalkers, a vast valley where many Lifewalkers were said to be buried beneath the sands after their deaths. Little information remains on them, but folk tales endure that tell tale of Sa-hor-set as one of the eldest Lifewalkers, potential wife to Adum-ra, and folk deity who once taught the people of Tarthus how to rotate and raise crops following The Met-su-khon Manifold Collapse nearly 2,400 years ago. Now slain by Amenmeses and his armies, their body was left to rot within The Valley of the Lifewalkers and has given birth to a large oasis within the desert dunes.
- Minkah: Referred to as The Serpent, and is often seen in a wide variety of forms - most commonly, an enormous snake and a vaguely humanoid, onyx-skinned female with extremely prominent serpentine features. Once inhabited the lands of the Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu, but was engaged in battle and driven into exile by Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I. Location unknown, but rumored to slither amongst the peaks of the mountain range along the kingdom's southern border. A combative and mystical Lifewalker who was said to have held intense loyalty to the High Lords who created their kind - naturally bringing it into conflict with Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I after the latter took ownership of Tarthus and drove out or killed the High Lord during their rise to power. They stand mostly forgotten by the Tarthan people in the modern day.
- The Leviathan of Gessythis: A mostly unknown Lifewalker whose existance cannot be conclusively determined - nothing remains of them, not even a name or appearance. The only evidence that points to their existence are folk tales that tell of an enormous oceanic beast that once guarded the eastern shores of Tarthus that was hunted and captured by Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I, and eventually was supposedly imprisoned within or used in the creation of the Amenmesseum Sentrys for reasons unknown. Lifewalker scholars have pointed this "Oceanic Beast" as one of the ancient Lifewalkers, hunted by Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I and expunged from history some decades ago.
- Semet-bira:The only Lifewalker still active in the modern-day, which seems to exclusively prefer humanoid forms(And most recently female forms), though in the past supposedly took the form of an Elephant quite prominently. Known as The High Warden, Semet-bira is the most combative of the Lifewalkers, and seems to actively seek the downfall of Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I - many all across the Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu still venerate them as a folk deity of sorts, though unlike many of the other Lifewalkers they have avoided destruction at the hands of Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I due to their supposed "Homeland" in central Khyarmani, far to the south of the Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu as it stands in the modern day, in lands once occupied in the Tarthan golden age. Unlike their sibling Adum-ra, their faith is not tolerated in modern-day Tarthus and is expunged where possible. Supposedly resides to the south of the Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu in the lands of central Khyarmani.
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Amenmeses Ra-sen Shakanasa I
The Shining Emperor who founded the nation of Tarthus-Tetsu, said to be a living emissary of the gods.
High Lord Rakthumos
The last of the Tarthan High Lords, last living relic of its past and last Grandmaster of the Necromantic Arts.
The frozen land of raiders, barbarians and giants where civilization must constantly war for survival.
Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu
The far-distant country of the sands, where gold adorns every corner and death dwells beneath the sands.
Saviours of a dying landTarthan High Lords(Of whom High Lord Rakthumos is the sole remaining member) as masterpieces the likes of which were never and likely shall never be equalled again. Created during a time when the lands of Tarthus-Tetsu(and according to some ancient accounts nearly the entire sub-continent of Khyarmani on which Tarthus lies) were nearly bereft of Atlen and stood as lifeless wastes almost entirely devoid of both life energy and magical energy both, the Lifewalkers were gifts to from the High Lords to their people who were starving and ekeing out existences in the shadows of the few remaining bastions of life and magic left on the dying sub-continent that would, in time, rejuvenate the dying land and stop the total collapse of its life and magic. Though the exact details of this total breakdown of Atlen(Which is itself the energy of life and magic) are unknown, this calamitous event which has become known to scholars of ancient Tarthan history as The Met-su-khon Manifold Collapse was a disturbing event which, at the time it occured some 2,400 years ago, was believed to be a herald of a coming apocalypse for not only Zheng-Kitar, but for all of reality - an all-consuming void that would destroy all life, magic, and matter itself until nothing remained. None could stop it, from the greatest Archmages to the most cunning clerics or priests - all that the world managed to do was attempt to contain it within the lands of Tarthus and the larger land of Khyarmani(An effort which was likely in vain)...until the ancient and ineffable High Lords of Tarthus-Tetsu created the first of the Lifewalkers to help stem the tide of the collapse which slowly tore apart universal constants and rendered entire regions into barren, lifeless wastelands. Though records of the first Lifewalkers are sparse, the earliest available accounts of them speak of them as "morphic titans that changed appearances often", describing the enormous beings as "veritable wellsprings of Atlen". In a particularly noteworthy testimony found scrawled on an ancient tablet, one of the Titans that had taken on the appearance of a male humanoid is described as such:It is as if primordial life returned from the cosmic soup to stride upon the land once more. Their presence anchored reality - solidified its constants and restored harmony where once was tangled chaos. In the wake of each of its steps sprung an oasis - from its presence, water burst forth from the ground - from its breath, magic returned to fill the null-zones. A walking miracle.With their arrival, life was slowly breathed back into the lands of Khyarmani and what would in time much later become the Kingdom of Tarthus-Tetsu - the presence of the "Lifewalkers"(known as the Ib-hagar in the Tarthan tongue) helped to stop the seemingly unstoppable collapse of reality around Khyarmani and the sands of Tarthus as their bodies, crafted with such potent wellsprings of Atlen that it constantly leaked into the surrounding area, helped to passively stop and even repair the damage of the collapse in a genius use of Necromantic magic the likes of which still cannot be properly understood or replicated in the modern day.