Takanepi

The immortal Lord Takanepi, ruler of the Court of NezrutharTakanepi is the Esu Ankaykari who rules the Court of Nezruthar. Unlike others of his rank, he is not obsessed with increasing his power – all he wants is to rule his own lands in peace.

Takanepi is cool and austere, and seldom has any interest in the world beyond his Citadel. While he is drawn to Liralian’s philosophy, he has concluded that it is futile to attempt to change anything. He stands aloof from the power-struggles of the Esu, for he finds them tedious.

Takanepi was a close friend of Mormariul before her mind became twisted by hatred. He could see the pain that the latter years of her regime brought to the human world, but he feared that imprisoning her would only plunge her Vanotaquan Empire into violent turmoil and drive her even deeper into insanity.

In the end, Takanepi’s attempts to heal Mormariul’s mind proved in vain, and she caused him great anguish before she finally threw herself into the Abyss. Takanepi eventually found a way to rescue Mormariul, and he now keeps her under guard in his Citadel. He cannot forgive her crimes, but he does pity her.

Since the fall of Shekruvaris, Takanepi has rarely taken part in the politics of Askamar or Udaris. However, his Kaniyari son Mendaran rules the Vanotaquan empire.

Mundane Lands

Takanepi believes it is folly for Ankaykari to seek to rule the human world. This stance deeply frustrated his allies Liralian and Mormariul during the Truce of Elanthar, for they wanted him to use his yuyarni army to assist them in their campaigns.

There had been a time when Liralian persuaded him to become involved in mundane conflicts, but this ended with the fall of Janakeza. Takanepi blamed himself and Liralian for the violent uprising that tore the empire apart, and promised never to ‘meddle’ in the human world again, even though Liralian insisted it was his duty to help humankind.

Later, during the Sovereignty of Shekruvaris, Takanepi was given the task of governing Vanotaqua after Mormariul relinquished her authority over the empire. He tried his best to bring justice and reform to the land, but Vanotaqua soon fell to the rebellious Prince Gaxam, and it was not reconquered until several decades later by Takanepi’s son.

Nayusuru servants

To the outside world, Takanepi appears cold, disparaging and indifferent. However, he is a kind and dutiful ruler, willing to bear any burden for the sake of his court.

For centuries Takanepi’s only Nayusuru servant was Yephasure. She has always been at his side, listening to his weary complaints about the other Esu, soothing his unhappiness, whispering advice and subtly working to protect their court. There is no one who understands Takanepi as well as her.

After Mormariul threw herself into the Abyss, Takanepi granted his protection to her former servants Carashanza and Quenezarea. They had both been sorely mistreated by their old ruler, but Takanepi endeavored to heal their emotional scars. They are both very loyal to him – even if Carashanza sometimes feels frustrated by his lack of ambition.

Alliances and Rivalries

During the Ceyth-Janzarian Wars, Takanepi’s closest ally was Mormariul. He knew how to calm her wrath, soothe her pain and make her laugh with his wry observations. Beyond her passion and pride, he saw a tender side to her that few others witnessed. Mormariul had fought hard and suffered much for the sake of her people, and although she spoke of gaining power, he knew that all she really wanted was to defend her lands.

However, Takanepi also loved Liralian for the beauty and nobility of her ideals. There were many who saw that Ankaykari society was unjust, but only Liralian was willing to strive for change. While the Ceyth-Janzarian Wars raged across the realm, she and Takanepi often met in the Vale of Ilayath to discuss their dreams of a better world.

Liralian promised that if Takanepi became her vassal, they could reform the realm together. He did not believe her, however, and he was dismayed by the quarrels between her and Mormariul – Liralian considered Mormariul selfish and arrogant, while Mormariul thought that Liralian was a foolish dreamer. Takanepi persuaded them to ally so that the three of them might defend each other’s courts, but their hostility did not abate.

The alliance became even more strained when Mormariul started heeding the advice of her mortal lover Hakenar. Takanepi was appalled when she captured Drathessa and hideously maimed Tassedehami in an attempt to storm his Citadel.

The fear of losing his friendship seemed to bring Mormariul back to her senses, and she claimed to feel remorse. However, after Hakenar betrayed and imprisoned her, she seemed to lose all reason. Her empire descended into tyranny, and she unjustly blamed Liralian for the pain she had suffered. Liralian called Mormariul a cruel, deranged tyrant while Mormariul called Liralian a manipulative hypocrite who was trying to ruin her existence.

Their feud only ended when Mormariul destroyed Liralian’s Citadel, then trapped both her and Takanepi in her warded stronghold. Mormariul threw herself into the Abyss when her wards were broken, while Liralian remained a traumatized wreck for years afterwards.

Takanepi blames himself for failing to stop Mormariul when he had the chance. He now keeps her under guard in his Citadel, endeavoring to atone for his mistakes by ensuring that she can never hurt anyone again.

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