Expedition Leader and Financier
Sanjaya Pandava is a pale-skinned high-elf with silver hair. He affects the impractical dress of the court in Ayodhya which he is quick to assure everyone is merely matter of cultural heritage and not indicative of any political or theological leanings.
When Sanjaya Pandava first arrived in Videha, he was met with understandable suspicion. High elves in the city are often considered agents and spies of Ayodhya until proven otherwise. These suspicions rapidly faded. After all, if he was a spy, wouldn’t he be better at it? He makes no attempt to adopt local fashions, and constantly stands out like a sore thumb. He has lived in Videha for nearly a century, and ingratiated himself with all manner of nobles, professors, wizards, and bards with his friendly, somewhat naive, yet erudite presence.
Sanjaya is currently an assistant professor of history attached to the bardic College of Lore, but his classes also draw students from the greater Royal University as well. His area of specialty is the lost cultures of the old Eternal Solar Empire, now since swallowed up by the Thar Desert. He has financed multiple archaeological expeditions into the desert, and now that the University is on a mid-term break from classes, he seeks to finally accompany one of them.