1992 Orl-United: Council of Thieves
A monster in the figurative and literal sense. Towering above the average-sized man, this wall of ashy skinned man, has a lineage that is obviously sinister and tainted.
ZAIUS (ORDO) CR 3
Male Oni-Spawn Tiefling Fighter 4
LN Medium Outsider (Native)
Init 7 armor, 4)
Fort 5/19-20/x2) and
Dagger 5/19-20/x2) and
Dagger 5/19-20/x2) and
Dagger 5/19-20/x2) and
Javelin 5/20/x2) and
MW Falchion 9/18-20/x2)
Str 20, Dex 16, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 6
Base Atk 4, Weapon Focus: Falchion, Weapon Specialization: Falchion
Traits Anatomist, Birthmark
Skills Acrobatics 4 You can subtract from your attack roll to add to your damage.
About House Ordo:
One of the longest standing allies and supporters of House Thrune is House Ordo, who in lockstep with House Thrune, has enjoyed the fruits of the success of House Thrune as the ruling house of Cheliax. Originally rooted in Westcrown as a mid-size, mid-power house, it shifted roots to Egorian in 4635 and allied itself as a larger member of a collective of noble houses to support House Thrune’s ascendancy. House Ordo was one of the earliest formal adopters of diabolism and worship of Asmodeus. As such, the powerbase of House Ordo’s prominence lies in the Asmodean church, often serving as inquisitors, vindicators and clerics of some power. Extended members of the noble house also serve in various governmental positions in Isger. Additionally, House Ordo’s devil binding abilities, it is often whispered, surpasses House Thrune, a rumor that House Ordo’s current patriarch Vaclavus Ordo III has tactfully downplayed.
During the Goblinblood wars, House Ordo was tasked to lead a contingency of Cheliaxian noble house guards along with the Hellknight Order of the Nail from Korvosa to bolster the Isgerian Provincial guard. Post-war, the bulk of House Ordo relocated to Isger and assisted with the establishment of many of the monasteries that dot the Isgerian province and still remain, at the Majestrix behest, to support the rule of the steward, Hedvend VI. As such, House Ordo is one of the few houses which maintains a dual presence in both Cheliax (Egorian) and Isger (Eilidir).
In service to House Ordo was the master summoner and infernal advisor, Chalix Dormus. Well versed in the arts of summoning and binding, Chalix acted as the prime advisor to the house patriarch and chief house wizard, training new adepts in service to the noble house. As the duties of the patriarch, Valclavus Ordo II, required more and more travel, Chalix was often left as steward to the affairs of House Ordo and oversight of the Ordo children (Valclavus III, Jula, and Andavia.)
During such absences of the patriarch, Chalix would conduct experiments and planar travel to feed his insatiable appetite to find new forms of infernal beings be that demon or devil in hopes of binding such creatures to his will and by association to the service of House Ordo.
It was in 4691, when Valclavus II was away on house business to Nidal that Chalix’s research and travels had borne fruit and he found himself in a little known layer of the abyss known as Yomi. The realm of Yomi is where the Oni dwells. These shape-shifting spirits fascinated Chalix as he found that most took physical form that closely resembled ogres, goblins or giant humanoids and found their wills equally simple. The basic oni was no match for Chalix’s prowess in the ways of binding. However, unknown to Chalix, the Oni were far from simple beings and there was an order to things in Yomi. The sprits Chalix had bound were in service to the Oni-lord or Daimyo known as Shiguiri the Enticer.
It quickly came to Shiguiri’s attention that a foreign intruder had passed into the Yomi where he had subjugated and removed several of Shiguiri’s underlings. Rather than outright kill or banish Chalix, Shiguiri sealed his power through a suppression symbol and shifted his form to that of his common underlings and observed Chalix for some time to assess Chalix’s capabilities and origin. Confident that he could resist the Chalix’s arcana, Shiguiri once again shifted his form to something more unique in the hope that he could draw Chalix’s attention and lure Chalix to attempt to bind him. The ruse was ultimately successful and Chalix was lured to believe he had bound a new specimen and took his new prize back to the material plane and into the heart of House Ordo.
Upon arriving back through the runic gate, and into Chalix’s vast study, Shiguiri released his seal and enthralled Chalix, easily binding the summoner to his will and had Chalix speak at great lengths to where they were, the nation of Cheliax, the Inner Sea and all the details he care to know. Shiguiri took a mortal form which resembled a Tian-Shu and called himself “Shi” to travel about this strange, new realm. Shi implanted into Chalix’s mind that he was a new apprentice of Chalix who had traveled from beyond the Crown of the World to study the summoning arts.
The material plane and Cheliax proved a most interesting and vivid experience compared to the dull and dour nature of Yomi. Many great pleasures were had of all senses and living in the lavish opulence of House Ordo’s wealth only served to make the visit that more enjoyable though Shiguiri could feel a distant pull of Yomi, at first faint but it grew every day. He knew his time on this plane was not permanent. Shi redoubled his effort to pick the mind of Chalix to see if there was some measure around such a pull back to Yomi. Chalix had revealed if Shi had some sort of anchor binding him to this plane, it may be possible to come back at will, such as if he had a child with a native inhabitant. This was the idea that sparked the idea of siring a child with one of the Ordo daughters. They were of ripe child bearing age at the time in their late teens, beautiful and regal. Of the two, Andavia sultry and adventurous nature appealed to Shiguiri and it was decided.
It would not take much effort to seduce young Andavia for Shiguiri’s charms even in mortal form were formidable along with his foreign handsome appearance. The nature of their relationship was consummated in the fall (Neth) of 4691. Shiguiri’s seed was potent and there was no lack of opportunities between the disguised oni-lord and his infatuated noble mistress. Shiguiri, confident that he was successful in his deed and realizing that, by year’s end, his time on the material plane would be at an end, he planned the final stage of his gambit.
In Kuthona, 4691, Andavia revealed to Shiguiri that she was with child, confirming what he already knew. Shiguiri expressed happiness though not for the reasons Andavia thought. He told her that he would marry her before the child came to be born as to not have his child be a bastard and also told her that his lineage was noble and would be more than acceptable for a marriage proposal. Despite Andavia’s pleas for them to elope and otherwise leave Cheliax, Shiguiri insisted he wanted to ask her father properly for permission to marry when her father returned prior to the onset of winter.
Revelation, Defiance and Exile
31st, Kuthona, 4691:
It was the last night that Shiguiri would walk the material plane, the pull of Yoma was unbearable. Shiguiri felt as if his soul had already started the egress back but his mortal coil would not relent. His power was diminishing. He had seen that he be properly introduced to Valcalvus II, the patriarch of House Ordo as a student of Master Chalix and a noble son of a Tian-Shu royal family. Shiguiri had asked for a few minutes of Valcavus’s time in private audience along with both Chalix and Andavia. Valclavus in a particular festive mood due to his arrival back home from Nidal and the impending end of year celebration, granted such an audience.
In the private chambers of Valclavus Ordo II, Shiguiri released his disguise and reveled to the horror of all present his true form and also released his enthrallment of both Chalix and Andavia so they could wallow in the horror that was the Oni-Lord, Shiguiri the Enticer. He revealed to all that he had laid with Andavia and she would bear his child and the child would serve as an anchor back.
There were no screams just gasps of opened mouths and the silence of unspeakable horror. Shiguiri continued with his plan. He proposed the following deal to all present;
Shiguiri would inscribe a suppression seal on Andavia which would allow her to bear his child safely. It would also make her immune to injury until the child was born. She would travel in secret out of Cheliax during the winter with arrangements he had made as “Shi”.
All friends and family attending the year’s end festivus at the Ordo manor would be implanted with the memory that Shi and Andavia eloped through the use of a blood ritual prior to Shiguiri’s egress to Yoma. For the ritual, Chalix would have to willingly take his own life as a final service.
If these conditions were not agreed to, Shiguiri vowed he would reveal himself to all at the festivus and make it known that Andavia was with demon-child. Such events would certainly bring a swift end to House Ordo…
The terms were begrudgingly agreed to, Shiguiri put Andavia into a deep slumber and in Chalix’s study, the suppression seal was placed on Andavia’s belly and the memory of Shiguiri wiped by Shiguiri kissing her on the forehead. She would only know Shi…
Chalix prepared to sacrifice himself. He could not face his long-time liege, Valclavus knowing how his carelessness had nearly brought ruin to House Ordo. One final act of contrition is all he could hope for. He mustered all his will and faced Shiguiri squarely. Chalix had theorized that Shiguiri’s actions were due to the fact that he could not stay forever on the material plane for reasons unknown and that Shiguiri’s egress must be in short order. Chalix slit his wrists and sat calmly as his lifeblood spilling out, seemingly playing with the blood that spilled forth. In a last measure of defiance, he revealed a runic tuning rod and shouted a command word shattering the runic gate that had brought Shiguiri into the material plane. The physical and ethereal form of Shiguiri howled as it shifted away almost as if it was torn asunder. While Shiguiri’s time was indeed up on the material plane he found himself not back in Yoma but somewhere else altogether. A place of stillness and silence.
When the stupor of the year’s end festivus wore thin, the memories of all within the Ordo manorhouse were hazy, Andavia was nowhere to be found save a note proclaiming her love of Shi and that the two lovers had eloped and left Cheliax for a new life together. Patriarch Vaclavus Ordo II was only left to live with the disappointment of memories of an eloped daughter rather than the grim truth of Shiguiri’s gambit.
(to be continued)