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Adorak & Gallowspire

Once a wealthy mining city, the Whispering Tyrant claimed it as his capital and built his citadel Gallowspire at the center. The town was reduced to ruins in the campaign that finally deposed the lich and has been left as such for fear of the undead that still roam the area. The tower now serves as the first obstacle standing between anyone who would seek to break the Great Seal located below it. If one could break or bypass the seal, they would find themselves in the catacombs that serve as the Whispering Tyrant's prison.
    The Whispering Tyrant 

Tar-Baphon, the Whispering Tyrant
NE male human (Varisian) mythic lich necromancer 20/archmage 10, CR 26/MR 10

Perhaps the single greatest threat the Inner Sea region ever faced, the Whispering Tyrant is an incredibly powerful necromancer. His first attempt at conquest ended when the god Aroden struck him down, but he arose over two millennia later as a lich to continue his plan. He was eventually defeated in the Shining Crusade but could not be killed, resulting in his imprisonment by the Great Seal beneath Gallowspire.

  • A God Am I: His entire motivation is to become divine, partly out of sheer spite for Aroden.
  • Batman Gambit: His first attempt at building an empire emulated that of the Runelords, leading the god Aroden to strike him down for fear of allowing history to repeat itself. This was actually Tar-Baphon's plan all along, as being slain by a god was an important part in his plan to become a powerful lich.
  • Big Bad: Of Tyrant's Grasp
  • The Dragon: His is a less powerful lich named Socorro, who is currently in hiding.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Like Ruthazek, Tar-Baphon originated in the Compleat Encounters series.
  • Evil Overlord: What he was in life, what he was in undeath, and what he still seeks to be.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Maxed out normal levels entirely with spellcaster levels and maxed his mythic tiers with the caster-centric path, making him the most powerful statted out spellcaster short of actual demigods.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Though they've never met, he and Geb are this to each other in different ways. Both are extremely powerful necromancers, but Tar-Baphon is much more powerful and more successful in terms of conflict. On the other hand, Geb actually formed a functioning nation and has avoided being targeted by anything powerful enough to defeat him. Arazni also hates him to the point of working with the heroes just to defeat him.
  • Fantastic Nuke: In Tyrant's Grasp, he gains the power of Radiant Fire which can cause one of the 11 shards of Aroden's shield to explode in a burst of positive and negative energy, which can both kill entire cities of people as well as (due to the positive energy part) make living creatures either bizarrely mutate or spring up out of nothing, including entire forests.
  • Final Boss: Of Tyrant's Grasp and of the 1st edition Pathfinder storyline.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Of Carrion Crown; the entire plan of the Big Bad is to break him out of Gallowspire.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He was envious of Aroden's divine power.
  • Hero Killer: To date, he's the only non-divine being to kill a god (Arazni, the herald of Aroden).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: How he's beaten in Tyrant's Grasp. Turns out that because the heroes had some slivers of Aroden's shield embedded in their souls, they were able to (with some modifications) alter the frequency of the slivers. This meant that if they were able to successfully goad him into firing on them with the Radiant Fire the resulting feedback loop would destroy him as well. The heroes then proceed to so enrage him that he throws caution to the wind and does just that. He came back, but the Radiant Fire is forever lost to him.
  • Horns of Villainy: His appearance varies by the artist, but he always has an impressive set of horns. Ultimate Equipment actually made this horned helmet an artifact, the Horns of Naraga.
  • Kill the God: He hasn't killed a god, but he has killed the divine herald of one.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: He arranged to be killed by Aroden after his ascension, as being slain by a god would make him more powerful when he rose as a lich.
  • Not Quite Dead: Beyond the obvious, this happened to him just before he was sealed when his attempt to use a wish to slay an enemy was rebounded by an artefact. It didn't quite destroy him and no one wanted to risk killing him when they couldn't find his phylactery to ensure he wouldn't just reform far away in a safe location to start his campaign all over again, so they sealed him while he was weakened instead.
  • Necromancer: One of the strongest on Golarion. He can raise dead bodies as zombies and skeletons under his control without expending spell slots.
  • Our Liches Are Different: As a mythic lich, he has no archmage tiers any more, but much like a class archetype, he's traded some standard mythic lich abilities for more powerful ones.
  • Red Baron: He's known far better as the Whispering Tyrant than Tar-Baphon. Justified, as given the time since his birth it's unlikely his name has ever been spoken by a currently living being.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was imprisoned by the Great Seal, and an entire country founded dedicated to making sure he doesn't get out.
  • Soul Jar: As a lich, he has a phylactery, the problem being no one knows what or where it is. As a result, he was imprisoned under Gallowspire as everyone knew they couldn't kill him permanently without finding it.
  • Supernatural Fear Inducer: Getting too close to him paralyzes you with fear unless you pass a large will save, and even if you do you're shaken until you get farther away.
  • True Final Boss: After Mythic Realms gave him statistics, it's entirely possible for him to fill this role in Carrion Crown. Also serves as this for Tyrant's Grasp, although in that case the point is to injure him enough to the point where he'll use the Radiant Fire on you.

    In Andorak 


NE female elf vampire druid 14

A servant of the Whispering Tyrant who avoided being sealed below Gallowspire and has spent the past century researching a way to free her master.


LN female sphinx oracle 12

The last line of defense and ultimate guardian of the Great Seal.

    In Gallowspire 

The Prince of Fangs

CE male ghoul wizard 17

A ghoul who once served the Whispering Tyrant but now plots against his master.


NE male winter wight rogue 5

The former seneschal of the Whispering Tyrant, said to have fled into the catacombs of Gallowspire during the final battle.


LE male ancient black dragon ravener

Once the Whispering Tyrant's favorite "pet", since abandoned and half-mad with grief over the fact.

The Failed Apprentices

A cabal of awakened demiliches who constantly scheme to reclaim their master's favor.

The Crying Kings

NE mummy wizard 19

A trio of mummy lords who serve as guardians and librarians for the Silent Shrine.

The Starving Lord

LE male ghast monk 7/wizard 13

Once a servant of the Whispering Tyrant, this gahst now avoids his former liege and seeks only to escape.

Blood Talon

CE female vrock ranger 12

The leader of a warband of vrocks who were trapped below Gallowspire when the Great Seal was placed.


Other Locations

    Graidmare Swamp 


CE female great wyrm black dragon, CR 19

One of the Whispering Tyrant's generals, now the ruler of a surviving sect of Sarkorian tribesmen.


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