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Path of Exile

The Origin of Gods

Before the Beast, the common people could ascend, and reach the immortality through the adoration of their people.[1]

Sin and Innocence

A woman gave birth to two boys, Innocence and Sin. Innocence had an honest and pure heart. Sin was disobedient and he lied. When their mother broke the bread, she allowed Innocence to eat his fill, as a reward of his honest nature. Sin was cast the scraps to remind him of his bad behaviour. One day, Sin stole a fish, and beat his brother until he promised not to tell it to anyone. But Innocence could not keep his promise, and bore witness to the Mother of Two. It was decided that only the purification can cleanse Sin's corruption. So their village burned Sin, to purify him. While Sin became ash and smoke, he moved into the watching people. Sin forced the people turn on each other, and destroy themselves. "As town and titan burned, the sky turned dark with the ash of Sin. There, amongst the raging ruins of his home, Innocence swore an oath. No matter where the ashes of Sin fell, his purifying flames would rise to meet them."[2]

The Beast

At some point before the Vaal, a creature called the Beast was created, by a god, Sin, to free humanity from the tyranny of the Gods.[3] The Beast is an ancient being that plays a major role in Wraeclast's history, mainly as the source of all thaumaturgy[4]. It slumbers beneath the mountain next to Highgate.

Vaal

The Vaal are the oldest known race in Wraeclast, almost completely forgotten in modern times[5]. They built the Vaal Ruins that entombed a strange darkness[6], they built the Ancient Pyramid[7], and presumably they also built the Vaal Oversoul, or at least its mechanical frame. A number of the monsters in the Vaal-created areas are called "constructs" (Ancient Construct, Vaal Construct, Serpentine Construct) so presumably they had some biological or thaumaturgical technology. Although the Vaal civilisation was peaceful[8], they practiced human sacrifice[9][10].

Tears of Maji

The Vaal were also the first to use virtue gems[11], known to them as "Tears of Maji"[12]. Icius Perandus claims that "The Vaal were even more steeped in gem culture than our Emperor and his 'Gemlings'. It's an obsession as old as civilization itself." in one of the Golden Pages[13]. Siosa's translation of the first Golden Page also mentions that the Vaal gathered their virtue gems at "Doryani's Cradle" to ensure the Vaal civilization's future. The nature and purpose of this cradle is uncertain[14]. Given the fact that Eramir claims it was the Vaal that began the use of virtue gems and the fact that Siosa claims that "gem culture" is as old "as civilization itself", one may assume that the Vaal were the very first civilization. Doryani also knew of the Beast and used its powers to create virtue gems [15].

Atziri and Doryani

The last queen of the Vaal was named Atziri, who owned fabulous treasure[16]. She allegedly sacrificed all those who opposed her, as Siosa's translation of the second Golden Page mentions that she "drenches her altars with the blood of those deranged enough to question her vision"[17]. She appears to have been the patron of Doryani - a thaumaturgist - similar to Chitus's patronage of Malachai[18]. It is said that she "wished to see her likeness reflected in the still waters of history." indicating a vain personality.[19] Siosa mentions that Doryani was a man of "divine talent and demented ambition", comparing him to Malachai. He presumably was a Vaal thaumaturgist of sorts, given the comparison to Malachai[20].

Atziri sought immortality and eternal youth, inspired by the Vaalish noble and serial killer Zerphi. Zerphi lived for 168 years, yet "it is claimed that Zerphi did not possess the body of a 168-year old, rather that, his corpse had the physiognomy of a man twenty years, no more." It is implied that Zerphi had some method of stealing the youth of his victims. Towards reproducing this feat, Atziri sent young men and women to be "processed" by Doryani, in numbers so large that their names filled "page upon page"[21]. It is likely this quest was related to the end of the Vaal civilization.

The End of Vaal Civilization (c. 400 BIC)

The Vaal civilisation seems to have ended as the result of some internal event rather than external conquest[22][23]. This event may be the mysterious "communion" the Vaal were seeking before their demise according to Icius Perandus as is written in one of the Golden Pages: "A communion... but with what? By all accounts, it wasn't God that the Vaal were trying to reach."[24]. Said communion took place during the harvest moon, and Doryani was at the heart of this event[25]. Both Atziri and Doryani died in the cataclysm, as did many others. Some people also "changed" (possibly a reference to the Vaal Fallen found in the Pyramid?)[26]. On the Golden Page (Siosa's translation, not the flavour text) that mentions this, the words "sleep", "nightmare" and "the Beast" are also mentioned, and that the Vaal have "failed" themselves[27]. This probably means that the Beast played an important role in the cataclysm. This may also be a reference to the Vaal Oversoul, which is also called "nightmare" in game by some of the classes.

Siosa believes the end of Vaal civilization must have been very similar to the fall of Sarn[28].

Patching this information together, it may be that the Vaal were expecting to save their civilization at a so-called "communion", which was possibly related to Doryani's "cradle" of virtue gems, and that this communion caused the cataclysm, waking the Beast (possibly also waking the Oversoul which is defeated at the end of Act 2, and turning many Vaal people into the Vaal Fallen which are also found in the Ancient Pyramid in Act 2).

The Azmeri

Encountering the Vaal (c. 900-400 BIC)

The Azmeri people hail from the Azmerian Mountains [29]. They first encountered the Vaal about 500 years before the Vaal fell, or about 900 BIC[30]. The Vaal helped the fledgling Azmeri civilization advance[31], but guarded their knowledge of Virtue Gems[32].

After the Vaal fell, 3,126 Vaal refugees assimilated into the Azmeri civilization[33].

Imperialus Conceptus (1 IC)

Tarcus Veruso descended from the mountains with his eighty thousand tribesmen and women through the doomlands to Azala Vaal. There he planted his banner upon Atziri's grave and with these words founded our great and eternal empire.

"The Vaal closed their eyes to flesh and stone, to blood and bronze. We are not Vaal. We are Azmeri. For now and forever, our eyes are open."

Veruso build his capital upon the bones of Azala Vaal and baptized it Sarn. From there, Veruso formed the first Legions and proceeded to conquer the lands beneath the Mantle, clearing it of the mindless constructs and fierce abominations left in the wake of The Fall.

True to his word, Veruso ensured that his people lived "with eyes open". The ancient Vaalish centres of learning and power were sealed and quarantined. Thaumaturgy was outlawed and those who stained themselves with Vaalish folly were burned for their sin. The Tears of the Maji, too dangerous to be destroyed, were gathered up, taken to Highgate, and buried within the bowels of the mountains. The caverns there were sealed and forgotten.

A supreme effort to erase the past. A primitive reaction born of primitive times, in the opinion of this humble historian.

--- The Ancients, Book 6: Book 6: Imperialus Conceptus

Imperialus Conceptus, the founding of the Eternal Empire, occurred 400 years after the fall of the Vaal[34].

Light of Phrecia

Five years after his father's death, Emperor Caspiro, too, was dead. Although accounts of the exact details differ, one clear fact is agreed upon. Caspiro was dismembered by something referred to simply as a dark being.

It was General Alano Phrecia who avenged the Emperor's death and who triumphed in driving away the pervasive darkness enveloping what would become the imperial heartlands. Though it seems fanciful to contemplate a portion of our Empire cast into perpetual night, Azmerian writers of the time are unified in their depiction. Perhaps it was caused by peculiar weather patterns or some thaumaturgical residue of The Fall. On this matter, this humble historian is left in the uncomfortable state of pure conjecture.

On the first Sacrato of Lurici, 35 I.C., Alano himself wrote that "our legions drove the dark being deep into the recesses of its lair and sealed it away for eternity". Having returned the gaze of Solaris to those lands stretching from the foot of the Mantle to the Axiom Ranges, Alano Phrecia returned to Sarn. In the absence of a clear Veruso succession, Alano was crowned emperor and the Imperial heartlands were named in his honour.

With the former realm of the Vaal thus tamed and settled by our Azmerian ancestors, the Eternal Empire saw a long period of peace and prosperity under an unbroken line of Phrecia emperors.

"To care for this Empire with eyes open." - A traditional vow made by the High Templar upon the coronation of an Eternal Emperor.

--- The Ancients, Book 7: Light of Phrecia

Rise of Chitus (1319 IC)

For the next several decades, the Phrecius family passed down their rule to their kin through generations of inbreeding. The last of the Phrecian ruler was Izaro. Described as a madman, Izaro was unable to produce an heir, likely due to generations of inbreeding rendering him impotent. Pondering how to best choose his successor, Izaro discovered an obscure tome detailing the tradition of Azmerian Ascendancy. It was from his reading where Izaro came up the idea of The Labyrinth, using it as a way to decide who the next Emperor will be, just as the Azmerians chose their new rulers. He declared the first person to complete the Labyrinth will be crowned the next Emperor of the Eternal Empire.

Chitus, a member of the Perandus family - one of the most powerful and influential merchant family in the Empire - saw this as an opportunity as a chance to have a Perandus seize the throne - a better outcome for the Empire compared to Izaro's continued rule or a lowly commoner who may pass the Labyrinth through blind luck, so he believed. Chitus prepared himself for the day he would face the Labyrinth. He not only trained himself for the Labyrinth, but with the help of his uncle Cadiro, he schemed and bribed his way into obtaining every advantage he could; buying schematics of the Labyrinth during its construction, hiring servants to plant provisions for his use, and killing anyone who could compromise his rule as Emperor.[35]

Chitus succeeded in passing the Labyrinth, and on the First Kaso of Verusi, 1319 IC, Izaro gave up his throne to Chitus. Chitus's first decree as Emperor was to imprison Izaro in his own Labyinth for the rest of his life.[36]

Maligaro

At some point in the Empire's history, there was a thaumaturgist named Maligaro (his equipment and laboratory is found in the Chamber of Sins, whose architecture resembles Lunaris Temple in Sarn). Maligaro's research centred on virtue gems and how their qualities might be transferred to humans. His main technique was to inject the "essence" of a gem via a device called Maligaro's Spike[37] although it never seemed to work terribly well[38]. Apart from the Spike, Maligaro created elementals[39] and a mysterious darkness that covered the land[40] At the end of his life he created the Baleful Gem—either a synthetic virtue gem, or a corrupted one—for an unknown purpose[41].

The Peak

We don't know how much land the Empire covered before its sudden demise, but we do know it was divided at least into the Outer Empire (the southern coast from The Prisoner's Gate down past Lioneye's Watch) and the Inner Empire (everything north and inland of Prisoner's Gate)[42]. The Empire's capital at that time was Sarn[43], and despite the centuries of neglect, the remaining architecture suggests the Empire was fairly prosperous. The emperor at the time was Chitus, although we don't know much about him beyond his ignorance of the forces that would destroy him[44]. While the Empire's citizens were Azmeri, the slaves were of other races, including Ezomytes, Maraketh and Karui[45]. It seems these other races were not native to Wraeclast, or at least not the part of Wraeclast covered by the Empire[46][47], but were separate contemporary civilisations.

At the time, the leading thaumaturgist was Malachai. Like Maligaro he experimented with virtue gems, but unlike Maligaro he just surgically implanted them into his test subjects[48], and his efforts met with far more success than Maligaro's[49]. Malachai had slaves mining virtue gems and Thaumetic Sulphite[50]and a supply of test subjects from the emperor[51]. The results of this surgical process were known as Gemlings. Emperor Chitus said "These glorious gems have brought us within spitting distance of godhood"[52], and the Empire's defences included at least one Gemling legion[53].

Malachai's most famous creation, however, was known as the Gemling Queen. She was originally a "favourite" of Emperor Chitus[54] named Dialla, but annoyed him[55] and was given to Malachai to experiment on[56]. She fell in love with him[57] and he reshaped her[58] into a most impressive Gemling[59].

The Purity Rebellion (1333 - 1st Sacrato of Phreci 1334)

Righteous and devoted to both faith and country, High Templar Voll struck little hardship in gathering others to his godly cause; Sarn's own Lord Mayor Ondar and Victario, the People's Poet; Archbishop Geofri of Phrecia; Governor Kastov of Stridevolf; and Commander Adus of Highgate. Together, these Warriors of Purity forged an uprising against the Gemling thaumatocracy that Voll hoped would "Snatch this empire from the claws of devilry and return it to humanity."

--- The Purity Chronicles, Book 1: Embers of Insurrection

Meanwhile, outside the Imperial Court and thaumaturgists' laboratories, discontent grew. A movement named the Purity Rebellion sought to overthrow Emperor Chitus and destroy the thaumaturgists and their Gemlings[60]. The Purity Rebellion was led by

The Purity Rebellion sought help in many places:

  • Victario raised support among the common citizens of the Empire[61]
  • Victario sought help from Thane Rigwald of Ezomyr, perhaps a vassal nation[62].
  • Voll sought help from King Kaom of the Karui[63]
  • Voll also sought help from Sekhema Deshret of the Maraketh[64].

The Ezomytes (3rd Fiero of Dirivi 1333)

High Templar Voll had Victario entreat Thane Rigwald of Ezomyr, knowing that a poet would fare far better than any politician at rousing the romantic Ezomytes to rebellion. Stirred by Victario's impassioned words, Rigwald mustered his blood-bound clans, and on the 3rd Fiero of Dirivi 1333 IC, took to the fields of Glarryn in open rebellion against Governor Gaius Sentari.

Such was the colourful splendour of a thousand tartans and banners that the Ezomyte uprising became known as "The Bloody Flowers Rebellion". Though Sentari's Gemling legionnaires slew three Ezomytes for every one of their own fallen, the Bloody Flowers won the day through sheer fury-driven courage.

Governor Sentari fled to Sarn, only to return in Astrali with reinforcements drawn from the capital, Vastiri, and southern garrisons. Little did Sentari know that, by so weakening those forces, he was playing right in to Voll's hands.

---The Purity Chronicles, Book 2: Bloody Flowers

Ezomyr was ruled by king Skothe, notorious for subdueing his citizens to slavery and poverty[65]. Thane Rigwald later killed him and led an army of clansmen into battle against Gaius Sentari's imperial army.[66] It is possible that the Battle of the Bridge was part of this campaign[67]. After Rigwald's victory, he fought alongside the Army of Purity in the battle of Sarn.

The Karui

Defeat of Marceus Lioneye

Meanwhile, in the Outer Empire, King Kaom and a Karui war host[68] landed on the The Coast[69] They attacked and defeated Marceus Lioneye's Eternal Legion, stationed at Lioneye's Watch[70].

In a man-to-man fight on open ground, a Gemling Legion would have slaughtered Kaom's Karui warriors like so many pigs in a pen. But Kaom had no intention of engaging Lioneye in a fair fight. By absorbing some heavy losses and feigning a chaotic retreat, Kaom drew Marceus into ordering his Gemlings to abandon their tower shields so that they might pursue and rout the fleeing Karui.

It was not out of recklessness that Lioneye plucked such a decision, but from the experience-born confidence that the Karui did not have archers. Traditionally, Karui warriors are forbidden from using projectile weapons of any kind. What Lioneye understandably overlooked was that this tavukai (sacred prohibition) did not extend to women. At her uncle's behest, Hyrri had traveled to Thebrus and studied archery with Voll's finest military tutors. When the legionnaires shed protection in favor of mobility, Hyrri and her bow-women broke cover and rained death upon the Gemlings from the cliffs above.

A valiant Marceus Lioneye gathered his surviving legionnaires for a final stand within the walls of Lioneye's Watch. Kaom honored his bravery by wearing Marceus bejeweled head upon his belt from that day on.

Having secured a safe harbour for landing reinforcements, Kaom continued his conquest of the coast, slaughtering the Eternal citizens and clearing the way for the first ever settlement of Karui on the Wraeclastian mainland.

---The Purity Rebellion, Book 3: Fall of a Jade Axe

Shavronne and Brutus

The Empire's second line of defence was a thaumaturgist named Shavronne, from a group of people or a location known as Umbra[71]. When she realised Lioneye would fall to Kaom, Shavronne raced to the next defensible structure up the coast, Axiom Prison[72]. She tricked or convinced the warden, Brutus[73], into allowing her to make him into a super-human monster capable of defeating the Karui[74]. Brutus killed Shavronne after the transformation[75], but was never defeated by the Karui, although we don't know if they ever bothered attacking Axiom Prison. Although Karui carvings are found beyond Axiom Prison in the Coves, they might not have travelled there via Axiom; since the Karui possessed canoe technology[76] they may have just travelled by sea up the coast.

Prisoner's Gate

Shavronne erected a thaumaturgical barrier as a third line of defence against the Karui[77], in the pass between Prisoner's Gate and the Western Forest. Whether they tried to break through it and failed, or whether they never bothered trying, the Karui ceased their advance when they reached Siren's Song Cove[78].

Corruption of the Karui

After their victory, the Karui seized the coast of Wraeclast, massacring the Imperial citizens who lived there and founding their own settlements[79]. They also blockaded Oriath, preventing any trade or correspondence from reaching the island, and may have been planning to invade. However, any plans the Karui may have had were interrupted when they were struck by the Cataclysm[80], resulting in social unrest[81], raising of undead[82], and twisting of the wildlife[83].

The Karui endured the Cataclysm better than most of the inhabitants of Wraeclast; still, their settlements were decimated and their morale broken by the series of calamities that beset them. Kaom himself was eventually corrupted, going underground with a group of warriors[84]. Down there, he saw a vision of Tukohama, the Karui god of war, that told him to kill the warriors because everyone who stepped on Wraeclast was cursed - he did so and lost the last shred of humanity that remained in him[85]. His niece Hyrri led the remaining five hundred Karui families back to the Karui homeland of Ngamakanui[86].

The Maraketh (3rd Galvano of Vitali 1333 IC)

In return for her military support in the rebellion, Voll promised Sekhema Deshret the return of the Maraketh grazing lands stolen during the imperial conquest of the Vastiri Plains. The Red Sekhema agreed on one condition, that she might have Hector Titucius' skin with which to fashion a Rhoa saddle.

To this end, Voll and Deshret engineered a trap for General Titucius and his Vastiri Legion. The Maraketh had long been able to predict the comings and goings of the vast and vicious dust storms that constantly plague the plains. Deshret located one such fledgling maelstrom within a day's march of Titucius' camp. For his part, Voll identified a number of imperial spies amongst the Maraketh and fed them false information regarding a potential tribal uprising. Taking the bait, Titucius and his Gemling legion surround the supplied location, thus placing himself squarely in the path of Deshret's dust storm.

On the third Galvano of Vitali 1333 IC, the tempest descended upon Titucius' legion with blinding, deafening ferocity. Deshret's akhara, born and raised in dust and wind, swept through the legion, harvesting it like a field of ripe corn. Once storm and Maraketh fury had abated, the Vastiri Legion existed only as a multitude of dust-cloaked mounds. The Red Sekhema claimed her prize and it is said that there is no more comfortable saddle in all of Vastiri than Deshret's.

--- The Purity Chronicles, Book 4: The Red Sekhema's Saddle

The Siege of Sarn (last day of Divini 1334 IC - 1st Sacrato of Phreci)

On the last day of Divini 1334 IC, High Templar Voll laid siege to Sarn. Commander Adus of Highgate soon joined him, bringing his legion and a horde of miners to bolster the Army of Purity's ranks. Thus surounded, Emperor Chitus rallied his Gemlings for a desperate defence of the capital. His efforts were cut short by Lord Mayor Ondar who, on the 2nd Kaso of Derivi, stabbed Chitus to death on the steps of the Scepter of God.

With Victario's help, Ondar was able to flee through the sewers and escape to Voll's encampment. But Ondar's term as the Hero of Purity was a short one. Two weeks later he was found by Victario's men in the Sarn sewers, seated and cross-legged, with his severed head in his lap. It was later discovered that the Perandus family had hired Coralito of the Silent Brotherhood to pluck Ondar from Voll's camp and deliver their vengeance for Chitus' murder.

Yet despite their desperate efforts, Chitus' mourners were unable to save their city. Faced with Victario's uprisings in the Slums, Docks, and Warehouse districts, and constant attacks from without, Lord Cadiro Perandus met with Voll on the 1st Sacrato of Phreci and offered Sarn's unconditional surrender.

Voll and his Army of Purity marched through the gates of the capital and less than a week later Voll of Thebrus was crowned Emperor.

--- The Purity Chronicles, Book 4: The Emperor is Dead. Long Live the Emperor.

The Reign of Voll (2nd Sacrato of Phreci 1334 - c. 1339)

"He soared to power on the smoke of burning witches". So the surviving Gemlings whispered of Voll of Thebrus, as he donned the Imperial crown on the 2nd Sacrato of Phreci, 1334 IC. But in truth, he was never the sort of man to set a girl alight for merely reading a palm or remedying a bout of the clap.

--- The Purity Chronicles, Book 1: Embers of Insurrection

We don't know whether the Rebellion itself fatally wounded the Empire or just injured it, but under Voll's leadership it declined rapidly[87].

The Rapture Device (1336 IC)

Voll condemned Malachai to burn before the doors of his Solaris, but it seems that Malachai's promises have saved him from the pyre. "An end to thaumaturgy," he claims. A fancy that our Emperor is willing to humor.

For weeks now, Malachai has been consigned to the Solaris, forging a mechanism that will purge Wraeclast of its otherworldly vices. Today, the first Fiero of Eterni 1336 IC, Malachai and his Gemling Queen gripped each a corner of a silken mantle and unveiled his Rapture Device. Like a pit of copper snakes it writhes before the eyes. Whether it is a miracle or a monstrosity, none but Malachai can say. Yet tomorrow Voll shall lead the Highgate Legion home, conveying Malachai, Lady Dialla, and this bewildering apparatus north.

North, from whence the first Gems came. From whence the nightmare of Chitus' thaumatocracy was born.

It is in Highgate that our Emperor Voll will finish what he started. He will burn Chitus' empire from history and raise up a fresh and pure theocracy from the ashes of arrogance and corruption. God be with you, Voll of Thebrus, and with us all.

--- The Purity Chronicles, Book 6: The Rapture Device

The Cataclysm (c. 1339)

Voll's reign lasted about five years [88]. Voll was a bad ruler and caused the empire to decline rapidly [89], partially because of his idea to destroy thaumaturgy [90]. He killed Doedre and Maligaro [91], but let Malachai live because he promised what Voll desired the most: to destroy all virtue gems [92]. He created the Rapture Device, a machine promised to kill the Beast[93] that was behind all thaumaturgy [94]. However, his real intention was to get inside the beast and take its power [95]. He was supposed to use Lady Dialla to fuel it, but she refused and it tore just a small rift[96]. He used the small rift to enter its bowels and Dialla blames herself for that [97]. To get rid of his opponents, he awakened the Beast and used it to cause the Cataclysm to destroy everyone [98]. Sekhema Deshret, while unable to kill the Beast, managed to seal it within its lair, deep within the mines of Highgate. The Maraketh was charged with guarding this seal ever since. While the Beast slumbered, inside the Beast, Malachai is working on inciting another Cataclysm to reshape to world to his vision... and somebody has to stop him [99].

Oriath

Oriath is a small island off the south-east coast of Wraeclast[100]. We don't know when Oriath was first colonised, but it seems to have been well-established and prosperous at the time of the Empire's fall[101] so it must have been at least settled and under construction during the Empire's peak. In the Phrecian Forest in the Inner Empire is the Fellshrine, the ruins of an old Templar cathedral[102], so the Templars have a long-standing link to Wraeclast, and obviously High Templar Voll had an interest in the Empire. Presumably people from the Empire colonised Oriath and brought their religion along, and were stranded when the Empire crumbled.

The capital of Oriath is Theopolis[103], and contains at least historical archives[104], duelling arenas[105], and the headquarters of the Ebony Legion[106]. It also contains the Court of Divine Temperance[107], presided over by "the High Templar"[108] (Dominus at first, later replaced by Avarius), and many of the crimes that Court prosecutes are things like "Theosophical Pride", "Public Heresy" and "resisting Templar authority", so it seems fairly likely that Oriath is some kind of theocracy run by the Templars. Even the name "Theopolis" suggests religious devotion[109].

Modern Times (c. 1600 IC)[110]

In the modern age, Wraeclast bears no civilisation[111], just a few disorganised descendants of the Empire[112] and undead[113]. It also bears a number of people from Oriath. Some were shipwrecked[114], but many were exiled for crimes[115] minor[116] or major[117].

The current High Templar is a man named Dominus[118], who controls the Ebony Legion[119] as well as the Templars. He recently acquired an interest in the history of the Empire[120]. Dominus works in a laboratory at the top of the tower known as the Sceptre of God[121], but his assistants General[122] Gravicius[123] and Piety[124] gather information and resources.

Gravicius set up a temporary barracks in Sarn, near Lunaris Temple, and seems to be responsible for seeking out the artifact known as the Twist[125] and perhaps the Ribbon Spool[126]. Piety was originally named Vinia[127], and worked as a thaumaturgist and prostitute[128] in Theopolis. Currently she is more of an archaeologist, roaming Wraeclast investigating the works and techinques of the Empire's most famous thaumaturgists including Shavronne[129][130] and Maligaro[131], as well as trying to reproduce their experimental results for herself. Like Malachai, she implants Virtue Gems surgically[132], although judging by the detritus in the lowest floor of Lunaris Temple, she has not yet reached Malachai's level of skill.

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