Carashanza is an immortal lady known for both her skill at healing and her ruthlessness in combat – a combination that many find disconcerting. She considers herself a pragmatist, and likes to find solutions to problems, whether they are medical, intellectual or political.
Carashanza once devoted much time to seeking magical cures for mundane ailments, and was keen to find ways to extend the lifespan of mortals. Her most famous endeavor was her attempt to create an elixir of immortality with the help of Kurunari during their time together in Zaresnar. The results were disastrous, and since then she has been reluctant to meddle with nature.
Carashanza enjoys a challenge. She claims to dislike dullards and those who lack ambition, but she recognizes that her own character flaws have often led her into trouble. She can be stubborn, blunt and insensitive, and she seldom has anything complementary to say about the Esu. However, she is also resilient, courageous and committed to improving the lives of the downtrodden.
Court: Carashanza has served in many courts. She used to be Lord Daskesurul’s favored servant, but she gave her allegiance to his enemy Mormariul during the Ceyth-Janzarian Wars. Later she regretted her decision, but by then she was so involved in the plight of Mormariul’s Vanotaquan empire that she felt unable to leave.
Mormariul finally decided that Carashanza was untrustworthy, and gave her Anengharen to a human wizard. After being rescued, Carashanza granted her allegiance to Lord Takanepi of Nezruthar – an Esu who held a lower rank than her previous rulers, but who had always treated her with kindness. She now helps Takanepi’s son Mendaran to govern Vanotaqua.
Home: Carashanza dwells in the verdant, forested land Rakukath, where many strange plants and creatures can be found. She often invites mortal guests to her Citadel, Harathezial, for she loves to discuss politics, spell-weaving and the latest theories about the workings of the world.
Interests / Pastimes: Carashanza likes knowing things, fixing things and improving things. She is perhaps the most ‘scientific’ of the Ankaykari. Her greatest interest is biology, but she has also explored the Dimensions extensively, and she likes to collect rocks and minerals. In her opinion, the quest of the immortals is to gain complete understanding of their world. During her more relaxed moments, she enjoys gardening.
Friends: Carashanza has never cared much for alliances with other Nayusuru, being too absorbed in her work to socialize. Most people consider her cold and proud. Her treachery left her estranged from the Zaresnarans, and her apparent loyalty to the tyrant Mormariul turned the rest of the Ankaykari against her. Soon her only companion was Mormariul’s other servant, Quenezarea.
For a long time, the pair had an ambivalent relationship. Carashanza believed that Quenezarea envied her, yet Quenezarea never did anything to challenge her directly. Carashanza was not sure what to make of her new companion’s subtle expressions of resentment. Most of the time she just ignored Quenezarea. Finally, however, the misunderstandings between them were resolved, and they formed a deep bond as a result of their shared suffering and isolation.
Carashanza was Lord Daskesurul’s favored servant for many years. She admired his cunning, ambition and sense of order, and they shared a thirst for knowledge about the working of the world. However, Carashanza sensed that Daskesurul was growing envious of her intellectual accomplishments, and this unnerved her, for she knew how proud and irrational the Esu lord could be.
The downfall of Onadura struck Carashanza deeply, for she had been involved in the governing of Daskesurul’s mundane territories since the time of their founding. Although she and Daskesurul were united in their grief, his temper grew more violent. Finally Carashanza decided that she would no longer endure his rule.
Carashanza gave her allegiance to Daskesurul’s old enemy Mormariul, freeing her from the dungeons of Tangurial. She had always admired Mormariul’s tenacity, and rescuing her seemed a good way to secure a favored position in her court. Daskesurul assured her that she would regret her decision, but she simply laughed at him. Later, when Carashanza saw how reckless Mormariul could be, she acknowledged that she had been too hasty, but she had no intention of returning to Daskesurul.
Mormariul was enslaved by the wizard Hakenar soon after the Truce of Elanthar was declared. When she was finally rescued, Carashanza tried to comfort her, for she had endured a similar experience at the hands of Yanquanha. However, she was alarmed by Mormariul’s mental instability and the increased influence that the lords of the Vanotaquan empire began to wield.
It soon became clear that Mormariul’s empire was descending into tyranny, but Carashanza could not bring herself to abandon the people and return to Zaresnar. In the end, she gathered a group of loyal human supporters and resolved to reform the empire from within. The corrupt vassal-emperors complained to Mormariul about her ‘meddling’, but she still had the support of many wizards. Unlike Mormariul’s ally Takanepi, Carashanza refused to condemn all humans for the crimes of a few.
In the end, Mormariul decided that Carashanza was a traitor and gave her Anengharen to a power-hungry Vanotaquan wizard called Echaza. As soon as Carashanza was rescued, she revealed how to break the wards around Mormariul’s Citadel, then granted her allegiance to Takanepi. Until now, she had considered him a weak and useless ruler, but he offered to protect her from Daskesurul’s vengeance.
Carashanza still finds Takanepi frustratingly apathetic. However, he treats her with kindness and respect, and she has become fond of him over the years. When Carashanza was given the chance to serve in Ruzenathra’s Royal Court, she realized that Takanepi was the only Esu to whom she truly felt loyal.