Immortal Emperor of the Eternal Solar Empire
The Immortal Emperor Rama I appeared to be a young high elf in the prime of his years. He was prone to shifting and fickle fashions trending toward the elaborate and impractical, often incorporating elements such as masks with no eyeholes or corset-like garments that restricted him to near immobility. His court was, of course, required to reflect his sartorial tastes on any given day.
Rama I claimed to be the same Rama who was Prince of Ayodhya during the Godswar. He claimed he was left behind to govern the Eternal Solar Empire while his father, Emperor Dasaratha, fought as a general in the armies of Surya, but the details of his youth have been highly dramatized and fictionalized by the epic poem The Ramayana that is the official story of the Emperor.
He had not appeared to change in the living memories of any of the high elves of his court, and he matched paintings and other images going back thousands of years. The devoted of Surya who flocked to his court claimed this as evidence of the weakness of the gods and the power of the imprisoned sun god, since true immortality is contrary to the Ban of Mahadeva, and seems to be enforced on everyone else.
There were, of course, many dark rumors by those who weren’t devoted to the Archfiend as to how this “trick” was done. Some claimed a sequence of rulers magically altered to look the same. Some claimed that Rama was a particularly well-preserved or magically disguised undead. Thus far, no conclusive evidence has been uncovered to indicate what was responsible for his unnaturally long reign.
Recently, however, Rama completed a centuries-long plan to create dramatic and violent social and political upheaval while simultaneously enacting a potent blood-magic ritual powered by the dying souls of thousands of his own citizens to ascend to semi-divinity. In the aftermath, his Empire struggles to rebuild and reinvent itself.