Drifting Sands, Drifting Souls
Ghanima Mu'hsina Basha
Priestess of Saram; Princess of Aritika
Ghanima Basha; Sorcerer 1/Cleric 3; Chaotic Neutral.
- Deity: Saram; Domains: Fate; Time
- Bloodline: Celestial
Ghanima is about 5’3", attractive, and carries herself with an air of distinction. She has reddish-brown hair and near-black eyes. She’s slender but wiry. She is commonly seen in dark robes that allow her to pull a hood over her head and draw a veil across her face; beneath these is a suit of mithril chainmail. She also wears a holy symbol of the goddess Saram, but keeps this under her robes as well. She carries a spear with her, and her robes are adorned with a series of scarves that she uses to hide various objects on her person. She is prone to angry outbursts and clearly resembles her mother, the late Empress of Aritika, more than her father.
Ghanima Mu’hsina Basha was born in the lap of luxury, as any of the Emperor’s children would be. She was born in The City, at the Palace of Istikar. From an early age, she showed an incredible interest in what would be considered heretical beliefs in the Holy Empire. Her father attempted to rectify this by having her trained by his own former instructor, a sorcerer-vizier named Abdul Waahid Ahmadi. This awakened her Celestial blood, which is said to derive from Istikar himself. Ghanima felt this was more of a curse than a blessing, however.
In secret, she met with a group of heretics who worshiped the Divine Pantheon. She fell in love with a man who was deeply devoted to Saram, the goddess of fate and fortune. He taught her much about the way of Saram; however, Ghanima had been followed to this man’s home in Bridgetown. For the crime of defiling the Emperor’s youngest daughter, he was murdered by stoning and his head was kept on a spike outside the palace wall. Ghanima was shuttered after that, only to be attended by her Halfling servant, Faruq. She was inconsolable for days, but eventually worked up the nerve to tell her father that she wished to travel away from The City. She was allowed, so long as she accepted a personal bodyguard.
She traveled with Faruq along the western coastline of Visari. Wherever she went, she saw people living in poverty; she also saw how poorly the Aritikans treated Elves, Dwarves, and other non-human races. Resolved to do something about it, she wrote to her father to attempt to persuade him to donate more of the Imperial treasury toward improving the lot of non-humans and the less fortunate humans. She was denied and ordered to the city of Coelin as a “lesson in how pathetic non-humans can be,” in her father’s words.
Instead, the lesson opened Ghanima’s eyes to how much of a disparity there was between human residents of Aritika and non-human residents. Elves were forced to live in the slums of Coelin, if they were allowed in at all. Many of these slums were shanty houses that were stacked on top of one another, only accessible by a network of ladders and scrap bridges that connected the makeshift tenements together.
She is outspoken for non-human rights, and has learned to despise her country for its poor treatment of those without means. She revealed her worship and ordination in the service of Saram to her father and the rest of her family. She was branded a heretic and was pronounced dead. The story that spread was that Ghanima, while attempting to reach out to the Elven residents of Coelin through social works, was sexually assaulted and murdered by a group of Elven men. These Elven men were chosen at random and were killed for high treason after being tortured for some time. Incensed at this, Ghanima and Faruq fled from Coelin before she could be taken by the Inquisition back to The City, and stole some of the Imperial Army’s correspondence.
Now on the run, it would be sensible for her to remain hidden from view. However, Ghanima makes no real effort to hide herself unless otherwise asked. She wishes to disprove the rumor of her death and bring down the Imperial government of Aritika to put a fairer government in place that allows more freedom and will finally reconcile non-humans with humans in the region.