Setarch

CategoryLexicon
Typereligious lore

Setarch is the name of the emperor priest that rules over the Second Khazarkar Empire, more simply known as the Khazarkar Empire. They rule in the name of the god Set, leaders of a theocracy that has reigned since 1027. The primary mission of the Setarch is to increase the worshipper base of Set. At the minimum, they must keep the Set worshipper base across Cinazan from declining. If they do not, then their tenure comes to an unsavory end. Personal goals like keeping themselves in power and for some corruption - siphoning a little something extra for themselves from the Church's coffers, are common practice for the office, but are always secondary to promoting the Set faith.

The Khazarkar Empire is split by the Âruk plain. This area is difficult to cross without heavily armed convoys. This led to what came to be a division in the empire, east and west. The west has always been the power center of the Khazarkar theocracy now in its 900th year, it is also where the capital is, and where the grand monuments and pyramids holding dead former leaders are, dotting the wide avenues of Ardilthôr, Balmoloch, Bandunazân, and Nibar-Pharân. These pyramids are collectively called the Pyramid of the Setarchs. Each of these great pyramids is equal in size and grandeur to a Pyramid of Power. Inside each they house a Setarch that ruled the Khazarkar Empire either benignly or wickedly. What path they took, doesn't matter when you hold your position with the backing of the god Set; such thinking has been ingrained in Khazarkar society under nine centuries of religious rule. Each of these burial pyramids are sited in the leader’s home city. All are located in the empire’s eastern cities. This is a bone of contention between eastern Cinazan, power base of the church, and those in the west which generally support the Malbazân. As such, western Cinazan, lands on the other side of the angel scarred plain Âruk all the way to the Core Sea, see the selection of Setarchs from the east as a way of keeping power concentrated in the east.

Setarch are often reluctant to give up power, so many choose to become an undead, like a lich or mummy lord to carry on their rule. In the Khazarkar Empire, undead types like vampires and ghouls are forbidden, coming from their need to prey on the populace for sustenance (c.f. Eternal Life Proclaimation).