Hursisa

To most, the name Hursisa is met with revulsion, fear, and sometimes relief that such an immortal faded after the shattering. That is, to those who recognize the name at all. Always second, in life, in death, in immortality, The Plaguemaiden harbors a burning envy and rage, her wrath manifesting in myriad inventive diseases, poxes, pustules, and plagues that ravage indiscriminately. Hursisa appears as a beautiful woman of Sirison descent, garbed in the flayed skin of fiends. The typical crook and flail that served as the marks of office for the Kalf-Gi royalty are instead replaced with an asp in one hand, and a multi-headed snake, like a miniature hydra, in the other.

 

History/Relationships

Hursisa’s name had been almost lost to the sands of Sirison, so it is no surprise that the survival of her mortal name, Saqim, is almost nonexistent. Known from but a few etchings in Tuurgen U’aat found deep within the ruins of Kalf-Gi, her's is a story of jealousy, hatred, and betrayal.

Saqim was the younger sister of Asar, both of whom ruled during the period now referred to as the Last Dynasty. Pharaoh Nakhtnebef saw the hunger for power and domination within Asar, and the burning jealousy within Saqim. Nakhtnebef feared that if only his eldest, Asar, was to ascend the throne, Saqim would stop at nothing to depose her sister and claim the right for herself. In a bid to keep the kingdom together, they were both appointed to the throne upon his death.

The two sisters ruled in seemingly relative peace. However, Asar’s conquests and increased domination overshadowed Saqim’s achievements. This was made all the worse when both sisters wished to gain the affections of Arimir, with Asar succeeding. Saqim grew more and more jealous, angry, and depraved. She delved deeper and deeper into the dark magics embraced by the pharaohs of the Last Dynasty. All of this in pursuit of a way to end her sister and claim the renown and adulation she yearned for.

Then Arimir ascended, her biggest prize to take from her sister gone. Later Asar ascended as well, becoming the vile Hexadus. Saqim set her sights on immortality, delving deep into the lost tombs of Kalf-Gi, braving and bearing ancient curses, but it was all for naught. Rumor says that she finally died in what is now Berar; falling victim to one of the many curses she had taken upon herself while defiling the tombs of her ancestors, searching for a way to usurp her sister.

Those with a soul stained as dark as Saqim’s bear but one fate in the afterlife: The Maw of Damnation. Even here, Saqim could not escape her sister; the immortal Hexadus claimed the soul of her sister, and tortured it. The burning envy and rage stripped Saqim of what humanity she had, leading to her fiendish transformation into a Vandal. Her beauty replaced by a fang-filled mouth, blue scaled skin, and the lower body of a snake. Yet, Hexadus’ “love” for her sister did not stop there. The fiend that was once Saqim continued to suffer at the hands of The Queen of Chains until her jealousy and rage, combined with her knowledge of the ancient magics of Kalf-Gi, finally caused the fiend to ascend.

While her ascension allowed her to regain the humanity she lost in the pit, Saqim was long gone. She stripped herself of the raiment of Kalf-Gi that had manifested upon her newly ascendant form, flaying the skin off other fiends and wrapping herself in these instead.

 

Thus was born Hursisa, The Plaguemaiden. Mistress of disease, plague, and ruin. She who envies, she who blesses revenge, she who calls down senescent death indiscriminately.

Hursisa does not have what one would truly consider alliances. She does work with her sister, Hexadus, but the two quarrel incessantly. Hursisa views the Death that Is Plague with derision; jealous that even as an immortal she is not sole master of her domain. She bears a special hatred for Arimir, who scorned her advances in life, and will now feel her sting for all eternity.

 

Dogma

Pursue your desires with fervent passion, and crush those who stand in your way under your heel. Victory is made all the sweeter by taking what you want from another. Sacrifice anything or anyone to further yourself and your goals. The fates of others are of no consequence.

 

Followers and Temples

There are few who remember Hursisa, let alone serve her, but there are rumors and whispers that come from Berar of “The Envenomed Queen” whose tenants are almost unmistakably those of Hursisa.

Shrines and temples to Hursisa in modern time appear to be non-existent, but there are a few ruined sites to Saqim when she and her sister were worshiped as walking immortals during the Last Dynasty. Her temples feature serpents and what may be scarabs, or carrion beetles. These temples tell of the many exploits of Saqim in life, or they would if the inscriptions were not shattered and turned to rubble. These shrines appear to have mentioned Saqim’s name as much as possible, in a clearly obsessive manner.