About Eliah The Fallen
LG Pureblooded Azlanti Wizard 15
HP 62 + (15*Con Mod)
Fort: +; Ref: +; Will: +
Languages: Azlanti, Abyssal, Aklo, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant,
Wizard Class Features:
The man who would one day come to be known as Eliah the Fallen came from the humblest roots imaginable: his parents were homeless vagabonds that, although of pure Azlanti descent, had no magical talent at all. This left them shunned by Azlanti society, and was the reason that they met in the first place.
Eliah was born soon after.
While his parents had no magical talent, Eliah seemed to be flowing with it. He accidentally manifested fire and earth as a toddler while playing; in his early childhood, he had mastered common magic spells that he merely heard the description of, and was working on advanced spells when one of the archmages of the day discovered him in the midst of creating a teleportation circle.
He was 9 at the time.
the archmage, who scholars are unable to agree on the identity of, went and spoke with Eliah's parents, who "agreed" that he should go with said archmage.
Outside, Eliah finished his circle, merrily humming to himself. After a moment, the stranger returned and told the boy that he was going to live when him, and that his parents had agreed. The trusting boy was teleported by the archmage to his home, where he made Eliah his apprentice.
Several years later, at the age of 15, Eliah took and passed the test to become an archmage, demonstrating skill with higher circle magic from all the spheres.
While most historians have their own take on what has come before, but all of them agree on what came next: Proud of his accomplishments, Eliah decided to go and tell his parents. When he arrived and entered his childhood home, he found the remains of his massacred parents, their bodies ravaged by time.
Using his divination magic (which was his specialty), Eliah watched as the archmage who had trained him calmly entered the small hut he had grown up in and explain to his parents in no uncertain terms that he was taking the boy. When his father tried to protest, the mage murdered him, and then Eliah's mother, in cold blood.
Eliah, however, was smart. He didn't immediately go to confront his master; instead, he joined the war effort against the lizardfolk, knowing that he would need to prove himself before he could challenge his master.
There are several battles at which Eliah alone turned the tide, relying on his divinatory magic to know what spells he would need, and also to track enemy troop movements and disposition.
It was during this time that Eliah met another archmage that would become a near household name among those who study ancient Thassilon: Xin. Both met at, of all places, a lecture on drawing magic from everyday materials. While both apparently found the lecture to be wrong, both appreciated the other's take on the matter and grew to be if not friends then certainly good acquaintances.
During the exodus of Xin and his followers to Avistan, Eliah offered to stay behind in Azlant and work as Xin's eyes and ears on the ground, providing him warning about any Azlanti retaliation. Many speculate that this is the root of the anti divinatory beliefs that permiated the Thassilonians: Xin was distancing himself from divination, and by extension it's greatest master, Eliah.
For his part, Eliah spent years attacking the reputation of Xin as a jilted lover might rail against their former paramour, all while feeding him information.
His spying would not be the cause of Eliah's downfall, however: instead, it was his willingness to provide anyone with the ability to produce magic.
Much like Xin, Eliah believed that all magic was worthy of study and understanding, not just "pure" Azlanti traditions. During his studies he came across an interesting tradition of magic used by vampires: the ability to use blood to power magical effects. While the stories of Eliah becoming a vampire to gain this knowledge seem to lack verification, I believe that it is much more likely that he created the artifact Sunhollow (which for the unknowing among our readership is an enchanted ring that allows undead that are harmed by the sun to walk in it's rays without fear of reprisal) as payment for this knowledge.
Regardless, Eliah used this knowledge to create what he called Bonded Wands, or wands that attached themselves to the lifeforce of non spellcasters and allowed them to use magic that aligned with their fundemental person.
Like all wands, the Bonded Wands are capable of producing a single magical effect at a time; unlike such wands, however, Bonded Wands have a limited number of charges, similar to magical staves, and are empowered entirely by the blood of the bonded caster, allowing them to cast more powerful magic depending on the amount of blood the caster could afford to lose without dying.
When word of such an invention reached the ears of the Azlanti ruling council, who determined that Eliah must pay for such actions with his life. A strike team was immediately assembled and sent to kill Eliah.
Eliah, however, was forewarned thanks to his magic and managed to escape; his workshop, however, was not so fortunate, and all who were in his workshop perished.
This began the hunt for Eliah which would span both planes and locations throughout the known planets that neighbor Golarion.
This, alas, is also where our story ends: I have been able to find no definitive proof of Eliah's demise, nor proof of escape from those that hunted him.
Of interest, however, is that Eliah's Bonded Wands seem to live on in two different forms: first, the much more common practice of Kineticism has proven sources from the study of magic that Eliah used to create his wands, with some of the first kineticists coming from among his students.
Secondly, however, several of his Bonded Wands managed to survive the eventual purge and are now either among the museums of collectors (including one such wand being in the posession of the society itself), or among Azlanti ruins, amid a great many other of their artifacts, just waiting to be discovered by the next generation of adventurers...
-Ambrus Valsin, from his seminal work How The Mighty Truly Fell: A comprehensive look at the fall of the empire of Azlant and the events that shaped it's fall; Volume 3