Thuria and Beyond
Queen of Khauran
Queen Taramis (born 980 YT) is the ruler of the small kingdom of Khauran, the latest monarch in the ancient matrilineal Ashkauri dynasty. This lineage of queens is reputed to have a curse on them, such that once every century, an evil sorceress is born into the family, identified by a crescent-moon birthmark. The legend states that it is the duty of the queen to witness the slaying of each child thus cursed.
Unbeknownst to her, Queen Taramis has an identical twin sister who was born with the cursed mark. Their mother, the late Queen Ialamis, did not have the heart to kill the child and instead instructed a trusted servant to take the child far across the Eastern Desert and place her in the care of a family of nomads. The queen died harbouring the belief that nothing further would be heard of the cursed child. The supposedly faithful servant, however, took payment from a mysterious stranger (Theleb K’aarna) just a few miles from the gates of Kandala. The wandering wizard from Pan Tang knew of the Ashkauri curse and used powerful magic to ascertain the nature of the Khauranian queen’s secret plan for the marked child. With this in mind, he purchased the infant. The child (named Krisatra) was raised at the sorcerer’s palace in distant Pan Tang, her natural aptitude for dark magic being honed by her guardian and mentor, both plotting to usurp Queen Taramis.