Mavrickindigo's Rise of the Runelords
Vengeful Self-Hating Aasimar
Nualia is a foundling raised by Sandpoint’s previous religious leader, a man named Ezakien Tobyn, and her childhood was lonely and sad. Her unearthly beauty made the other children either jealous or shy, and many of them took to playing cruel jokes on her. The adults in town weren’t much better—many of the superstitious Varisians viewed Nualia as blessed by Desna, a sort of “reverse deformity.” Rumors that her touch or proximity could cure warts and rashes, that locks of her hair brewed into tea could increase fertility, and that her voice could drive out evil spirits led to a succession of awkward and humiliating requests over the years. Poor Nualia felt more like a freak than a young girl by the time she came of age, so when Delek Vishkanta, a local Varisian Youth, began to court her, she practically fell into his arms in gratitude.
Knowing her father wouldn’t approve of a relationship with a Varisian (he wanted her to remain pure so she could join a prestigious convent), they kept the affair secret. The couple met many times in hidden places, a favorite being an abandoned smuggler’s tunnel under town that Delek had discovered as a child. Before long, Nualia realized she was pregnant. When she toled Delek, he revealed his true colors and, after calling her a slut and a harlot, fled Sandpoint rather than face her father’s rage, yet she had nowhere to vent her anger. She bottled it up, and when her father discovered her delicate condition, his reaction to her indiscretions only furthered her shame and anger. He forbade her to leave the church, lectured her nightly, and made her pray to Desna for forgiveness. In so doing, he unknowingly nurtured her growing hate.
Seven months pregnant, she miscarried her child, a child whose monstrously deformed shape she only glimpsed before blanching midwives stole it away to burn it in secret. The double shock of losing a child and the realizations she had been carrying a fiend in her belly for seven months was too much. Nualia fell into a coma.
As Nualia slept, she dreamed unhealthy dreams. Nualia became obsessed with the cruel demon goddess Lamashtu and the conviction that her wretched life was inflicted on her by those around her. She came to see her angelic heritage as a curse, and the demon-sent nightmares showed her how to expunge this taint from her body and soul, replacing it with chaos and cruelty. When she finally woke, Nualia was someone new, someone who didn’t flinch at what Lamashtu asked of her. She jammed her father’s door shut as he slept, lit the church on fire, and fled Sandpoint.
The locals assumed Nualia had burned in the fire, a tragedy mde all the worse by the death of Father Tobyn as well. Yet Nualia lived. She fled to Magnimar, where she enlisted the aid of the Norgorber-worshiping killers known as the Skinsaw Cult. With their aid, she tracked down Delek and murdered him. Yet his death did not fill her need for revenge—it only quickened her need for more of the same, for Sandpoint and its hated citizens still lived.
Seeing a kindrid spirit in the tortured woman, Xanesha gave Nualia a Sihedron Medallion. Nualia learned that she had a larger role to play, and that her dreams were a map to her destiny. Taking the advice to heart, Nualia returned to Sandpoint and found herself drawn to the brick wall in the smuggler’s tunnel where she and Delek had conceived her deformed child. Nualia bashed down the wall, and in so doing, discovered the Catacombs of Wrath and the quasit Erylium, also a follower of Lamashtu. For many months, Nualia studied under Erylium’s tutelage. During this time, Nualia received another vision from Lamashtu—a vision of Malfeshnekor. In Nualia’s dreams, she learned that the creature was another one of Lamashtu’s chosen. If she could find him and free him, he would not only help her achieve her vengeance against the town of Sandpoint, but he would be the key in cleansing her body of what she had come to see as her “celestial taint.” Nualia wanted to be one of Lamashtu’s children now. She wanted to become a monster herself.
So Nualia gathered up a team of mercenaries and brought together the goblin tribes of the Sandpoint Hinterlands. Her first task was to attack the Sandpoint Swallowtail Festival, where she retrieved the body of her adoptive father and burned it in a ritual to grant her a demonic arm. Her next plan was to invade Sandpoint with the full power of the goblin forces and the released Malfeshnekor, but she was foiled by the heroes of Sandpoint.
She was captured and turned in to the Sandpoint guard. The heroes took her to Magnimar to face judgment, but Justice Ironbriar released her and she was able to perform another ritual to turn her into a half-fiend. She then gathered another group of mercenaries to attack the heroes while she went to Hollow Mountain for some purpose. There she left a note for the heroes, telling them to meet her in Kaer Maga.