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I don't see Sorshen as above tier 5 or 6. I've not yet decided on how I'll stat her up for my Chapter 7 of Shattered Star, not entirely at any rate.
I'm with you on that.
So let's see, a 20th-level enchanter with awesome equipment and high stats would be CR 21, just like Karzoug. If Sorshen were a tier 6 trickster, that would boost her up to CR 24. That would make her an equal of another super-powerful archmage, Jatembe.
Assuming she is CR 26 as JJ suggested, that leaves 2 more. At that point I'd give her a custom template. Personally, I would consider tacking on both the Inveigler and Suzerain templates from Advanced Bestiary, a third party product from Green Ronin. I'd do this for multiple reasons. First, Paizo has already officially converted several templates that originally appeared in Advanced Bestiary (such as divine guardian and broken soul), so it sort of has semi-official status. Second, at the end of Curse of the Crimson Throne, it's suggested that Ileosa be given either of those templates if she succeeds at her immortality ritual. The very same ritual that Sorshen herself underwent millennia ago. Lastly, those two templates would make Sorshen the epitome of a lying, cheating, beguiling, manipulative monster.
How I'd do Xander. First I'd start the same as Sorshen, so overpowered illusionist 20 for a CR of 21. I'd give him 8 tiers of archmage, for a CR of 25. If I really wanted to take the time to craft him, I would give him a number of unique abilities like those possessed by Baba Yaga, but if I were going to do it quick and dirty, I'd make him a half-celestial. As the epitome of pride, I'm sure Xander saw himself as an equal to the gods themselves. Transforming himself into a part angel would fit nicely with this delusion. Kind of like Kefka from Final Fantasy VI.