Black Empire Facts #5
Zeledo, the Black Princess
A largely enigmatic figure, all that is known of her is one very huge fact: She is Hrod's daughter and heir-apparent. She was of course fathered and born when he was the Black Prince and so obviously she is very old. Her few appearances suggest that she has achieved longevity by means outside her father did but by what no one is sure, just like none are sure of her maternity. It was made very clear by Hrod that she is his daughter and that he has groomed her to be his replacement should the need ever arise.
He has admitted that although he had several children with several women in life, he never expected any of them to replace him but Zeledo is the only one who is still alive after all this time and so he relented that of his own volition. No one much thinks of the fact though, since many people seem to regard Hrod as a permanent fixture and Zeledo as little more that an interesting trivia.
She spends half her time in the borders of the Black Empire and the other half anywhere else. She apparently has some form of limited shape shifting, mostly changing her age, appearing either as an old woman or young, although always possessing light brown skin and red-brown hair and shocking turquoise eyes. She is described as a grim and humorless woman as opposed to the darkly jovial Emperor. She rarely speaks but possesses a form of mind speech by which she may make her will known with a glance. The agendas she pursue are unknown, although it is highly likely she at least sometimes has done things at the behest of her father.
Hedegemony, the Soul of the Black Throne
At some point 750 years ago, their was a great deal of political talk in which the Black Emperor was instead referred to by his seat of power in literal term of his throne. This slight anthropomorphism of the Black Throne created only the slightest Aetherial nexus upon it but by merest chance caught the attention of a spirit that took to inhabiting it.
Hedegemony manifests in the form of a young man of the Dark Lands, with red-purple eyes, purple black skin and shocking red-orange hair worn short and slicked back. Hrod does not confide this to anyone, but Hedegemony looks exactly as he did when he was young. He wear black armor like Hrod and takes to wearing duplicates of the weapons welded to the back of the physical throne to his own back.
Hrod has shown nothing but kindness to Hedgemony when he discovered the young spirit but he has also taking to using him for several purposes when and as he sees fit too. For one, Hedgemony is used as Hrod's regent for whenever Hrod must be away. Being them manifestation of Hrod's throne, he is intrinsically tied to its purpose and what it represents, so his life is the power of the throne and he knows that power lies within Hrod, so he has reasons of survival to be loyal. Therefore he is always manifested whenever Hrod leaves the throne to sit in it himself and is most comfortable running things from there. If Hrod is one the throne though or to be on it soon, he prefer to demanifest.
Second, he has been used to take the edge of the influence of the Hrod Cults that have sprung up. Hrod has indirectly influence them to view Hedegemony as a holy figure, thus turning a portion of the worship toward the spirit and Hedegemony is only grateful for this. (It is also known he's done the same thing to his daughter). Hedegemony is eager and energetic, always willing to please Hrod who he view as a father figure. Unbeknowst, Hrod has adopted him as such too and Hedegemony is the second in-line to truly inherit the throne in case anything happens to Zeledo.
: Turns out Zeledo is power hungry enough to try to dispose of her father. Turns out, Hedegemony yearns so much for the singular love of his father he's willing to do away with his 'sister'. Turns out, neither are all that interested in disposing anybody but each have differing view points then their father and their are some parties who would be interested in having one of them calling the shots instead. Turns out, the Black Throne has been stolen and Hedegemony has been kidnapped... again.
A movement founded by one of Hrod's hyena-folk who came with him and still headed by her descendants. Hrod is himself more baffled and annoyed by it but allows its continued existence. He officially forbids its spread outside his borders but in reality he will not find himself not using a tool when it presents itself and only makes a token effort to stop it. His worshippers are made up of Beast-Folk, of those descendant of his creations and even others, general order worshipers as a recognized living saint of various Celestial Gods of Order and also as a saint of the God of Conquest.
Their is enough worship focused on him despite the steps he has taken otherwise to catapult him into Terrestrial Godhood but so far he has resisted for several reasons. One is personal, as he fears the loss of self that may come with it. The other is political, as he fears the response and measures his rivals will take if he gains that level of power. However, he keeps the option in mind.
"In Case Of Emergency: Become God." - Hrod
The Black Heart
Hrod's phylactery that houses his soul, the dagger that pierced he pierce his own heart with to attain immortality, which he openly carries as a symbol of his office. Their are those who speculate it is a fake, that he would never carry his unlifeline so openly. The truth of the matter is, their are pros and cons to carrying the thing on him. One one hand, their are some pretty bitchin' pieces of magic he could possibly achieve with a dagger that houses his soul and it may be that he's more comfortable being able to keep an eye on the damn thing. On the other hand, maybe he'd hide it somewhere behind so many protective wards, booby traps and vine slimes that the amount of power it would take to get to it would be pretty horrendous.
A sylvan called Metr invented a system of naming units of measurement that involved taking the base measurements, foots and stones and adding a dead language prefix to it to denote greater or smaller units. This is called the Metric System.