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A Story of Old Khonaerya



Pandor was a hero of the Old Age, a paladin of purest character and devout follower of Okkim. It is said by some that he was found outside Khonaerya as a child, left in a bed of soft down by a huge winged creature that disappeared as soon as the priests arrived to investigate. In his youth he served as a lamplighter in the then small town of Khonaerya, beginning the tradition of apprentices of Okkim carrying out this duty. Pandor trained in the ways of the Law, took a vow of chastity and joined the Order of Light, pledging to do battle against all the forces of evil. And do battle he did, travelling the width and breadth of Vaal, rooting out demons of all kinds and bringing the light of Okkim to the foulest parts of the world. So it ocurred that even darker powers took notice of him, plotting against him in the night.

It was deep in Krondori territory, after rooting out a Grazz'tian cult and defeating their leader in single combat that Pandor fell. The Krondori were grateful to Pandor and his men, and allowed them to stay as long as they liked; the cult fell apart soon after the death of their leader, the scales falling from his disciples eyes. There was one young, beautiful woman in particular named Selian who remained behind, beseeching Pandor for help now that her previous life was over and she had nowhere to go. Pandor felt pity for her, and allowed her to stay with him and his crew for a time. Eventually Pandor fell in love with the girl, and laid with her, ultimately forsaking his vow. After taking the young knights virginity Selian removed a ring from her finger, dispelling the illusion that clouded her true nature from Pandor, showing her to be a demon; a succubus. As he watched, black bat wings unfurled from her back and her teeth glistened, each one revealing a razor point. She placed the ring in his hand, begging him to make her end swift, as she lowered her head and knelt before him, expecting the sword stroke to come. But it never did.

The tales differ at this point as to what fate befell the pair. Some say that Pandor allowed her to escape, and immediately regretted it and even to this day searches the land for a sign of her. Some say that they went off together, both forsaken by their gods, living in eternal sadness, eternal bliss. But in Khonaerya they say that they ascended to another plane, neither the realm of the Vaalim, nor the pits of the Demon-hordes, but something between. And to this day, a fountain stands in what is now Fadar's Market, and in that fountain there is a statue: one figure a shapely woman, bat wings protruding from her back; the other figure a Knight in battle armour, flowing hair fallen over haunted eyes.
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