Geb (person)

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Geb
Geb, as a ghost.
(Person)
Alignment Lawful evil
Race/Species Human (Garundi) ghost
Class Necromancer 20+
Gender Male
Homeland Mechitar, Geb
Died 632 AR
Images of Geb

Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 74

Geb, founder and overlord of his namesake nation, is a powerful necromancer whose magic is in the tradition of ancient Osirion.[1] His life is marked by his overriding passion, a rivalry with the Archmage Nex.[2]

Associates

After returning to active rulership, Geb noticed that at least three cities, including the greatest necromancy school in Geb, has vanished. Some of his subjects deduce that they were taken into the Hao Jin Tapestry; Geb has sent ambassadors to Goka to demand their return or the aid of Hao Jin herself as compensation.[3]

Camilia Drannoch has been secretly negotiating with Geb to rid Galt of the final blades. Geb is interested in reforging the final blades into weapons for his graveknight generals, and is in an excellent position to negotiate since his country produces plenty of food for the starving Galtan rebels.[3]

Having noticed the firearms of Alkenstar and the technological secrets of Dongun Hold, Geb seeks an alliance with Anong Arunak, if only to deprive Nex of a potential ally.[3]

Background

Geb came from a noble house that was exiled from Osirion, and, thereafter, became the ruler of the land to the south that now bears his name. He first went to war with Nex in -892 AR. Both used powerful magic to extend their lives, so the conflict lasted for centuries. It was responsible for the creation of the Mana Wastes.[4]

In 576 AR, Geb launched a gas attack on Nex's capital of Quantium, killing thousands, and supposedly won the contest when his rival disappeared and has not been seen since. Uncertainty as to Nex's exact fate ate away at Geb, who believed that his rival was merely waiting until he could have the chance to retaliate. His search for a way to find out Nex's true fate ended when Geb committed suicide in 632 AR.[2]

However, his obsession with Nex could not be ended so easily; Geb rose as a ghost, unable to find rest until he can convince himself that Nex has truly been defeated. Nex has not been seen for four millennia, but Geb still worries that his rival has somehow managed to survive.[4]

For many years, Geb found himself directionless, only finding relief by taking a personal interest at anything that might challenge him. In 3890 AR, in retaliation to an invasion by the Knights of Ozem, Geb stole the corpse of Arazni and reanimated her as a lich.[5] In 4329 AR, when the warrior women of Holomog invaded Geb, he turned all of them into stone, creating the Field of Maidens, and rained down a cataclysm on their capital city. However, each defeated foe only sank Geb further into despair, since none of them could hope to match his old rival.[6][2]

After turning Arazni into his queen, Geb left her to rule in his stead and became more and more secluded, rarely appearing before his people.[2]

When Nex's fleshforges began to activate and powerful monsters marched into the Mana Wastes, Geb felt excitement for the first time in millennia.[2] Around the same time, in 4719 AR, after Arazni's disappearance, Geb returned to active rulership and began preparing his nation for a grand destiny, as he was certain that his old rival Nex was returning soon.[7] However, Geb continues to be bound to Mechitar; he fails to remember his suicide and revival, and is unaware that his imprisonment is due to his own nature as a ghost.[3]

References

  1. Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 76. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Alexander Augunas et al. (2020). Legends, p. 44. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-254-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Alexander Augunas et al. (2020). Legends, p. 45. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-254-9
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 74ff. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  5. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 35, 74–75. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  6. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 77. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  7. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 77. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6