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Maladar an-Desh (? - 575 PC) was a male Human who was a powerful wizard and once considered the greatest archmage of all of Taladas. He spent most of his early days, studying and refining his magic, until in 584 PC, he had enough power to claim the throne of Aurim, making himself the new Emperor of Aurim. Maladar sacrificed most of his face for his magic, cutting out his cheeks, eyes, ear and nose, as well as most of his lower jaw. His face was little more than a skull with bits of gristle attached in place, and a stump of a tongue. Through his magic he was still able to see, hear and speak from within the cowl he usually wore. He only revealed his face on rare occasions, normally to shock his enemies.

Age of Might

Maladar's early career was spent refining and building his powers as a sorceror, whilst working as a faithful servant of Hith. He was a warlord in the Aurim Empire, ruling over the minor southern province of Desh. However he soon tired of being a mere warlord, and used his considerable magical power to kill not only numerous warlords, but also the current emperor, Pharsho XIV, in 584 PC.

Maladar then became the Emperor of Aurim, mightiest empire in the entire continent of Taladas. He began a tyrannical rule, filled with atrocities against both the enemies of Aurim, as well as on his own people. One such event was the Great Impalement, which he conducted to butcher many of the children of the noblemen who rose up against him. He raised devastating magic against several cities, crushing the structures and those who lived within them.

Maladar however feared death, and had already prolonged his life by two centuries through his magic, before investigating other avenues. He called on a dozen archmages to assist him in locking his spirit within a statue which would become known as the Hooded One. This statue was to kept in a safe place by his followers, to protect Maladar's spirit, to enact his resurrection if ever he should be killed.

Following a series of atrocities and crimes against even his own people, finally there was a response in 575 PC, when the mightiest generals of the empire, the Seven Swords rose against him. Whilst the mighty generals all fell to his hand, Maladar was poisoned by his cupbearer and slave Shai, who unwittingly poisoned his wine and killed the tyrant. However whilst a search for the Hooded One began shortly after to prevent his return, the statue could not be found.

Age of Mortals

This should have been the end of Maladar's legacy, but his faithful servants kept the Hooded One safe for centuries, with it passing through a number of hands before it ended up in Coldhope Keep in 424 AC and in the possession of the Moon-Thief Shedara. The moon-thief managed to awaken Maladar's spirit, using his power to summon a massive wave with which to crush the Uigan forces railing against the forces of Barreth Forlo.

Shortly after the Hooded One was retrieved by the Faceless Brethren, the contemporary followers of Maladar, who took the statue back to the jungles of Neron and the Temple of Akh-tazi. His followers attempted to fuse Maladar's spirit with the body of Azar Forlo, son of Barreth and Essana Forlo. However instead Maladar's spirit was joined with Barreth Forlo's body, and he planned to raise the Chaldar in the Burning Sea, as well as raise a new army. The agent of Hith was thwarted in the winter of 425 AC, when the Uigan warrior Hult severed the cord linking him between bodies and his spirit was set adrift.

Maladar found his spirit trapped within the Chaldar, where he was left by Hith as a reminder of his failures and to be tortured for centuries.

References

  • Blades of the Tiger, p. 94-95, 190, 405
  • Trail of the Black Wyrm, p.9, 11, 358, 387, 393-397
  • Shadow of the Flame, p.1-7, 10-18, 20-31, 35, 95, 129-130, 155-157, 276, 384, 389
  • Chris Pierson's Character Profile: Maladar the Faceless article http://ww2.wizards.com/Books/Wizards/?doc=dl_shadowflamecp
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