Stavian I

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Stavian I

Grand Prince; Firstborn of Micheaux; First of his Name, the Bounty Prince
1 Abadius, 4588 AR (age 90)
Animal Companion
Horse: Kaillerophon
Source: Taldor, Echoes of Glory, pg(s). 3

Grand Prince Stavian I was the ruler of Taldor in the early part of the 46th century AR.


As a young man, Stavian I was well regarded for his comely features and athletic physique, making him very popular in the social circles of Oppara. He also inherited his father's intense eyes.1


According to Taldan history until 4718 AR, Stavian was the first son of Grand Prince Micheaux the Magnificent and Euphemi Finara. He had five younger siblings who also vied for the throne upon their father's death. After a bloody summer of infighting, he finally took the throne in 4526 AR.2

Stavian I married Countess Sutepa Mavrosenus in 4528 AR, fathering a total of 12 children over his lifetime. His third, and oft-overlooked son, Dominus II, ultimately succeeded him due to the death of his eldest child, Gosse, and the exile of his second born Manderval.1

Before his rise to power, Stavian established his reputation with the creation of the Stavian Ranches, which remains the most illustrious in the region and favoured by the royal family. Stavian steadfastly refused to allow Qadiran breeds into the ranch, favouring the larger, sturdier Taldan steeds that are still used by the military. The horses of the current royal family are descendants from Stavian's own mount, Kaillerophon.3

Disputed bloodline

During the War for the Crown in 4718 AR, agents of Stavian I's descendant Eutropia Stavian linked High Strategos Maxillar Pythareus to a false-flag plot stoking war with Qadira and discredited him.4 In response, agents of Pythareus published records indicating that Stavian I was an illegitimate heir born of the disgraced House Adella. This in turn invalidated the Stavians' bloodline claim to the crown. The records were subsequently confirmed by multiple academics.5


Stavian I is best known for initiating the Great Purge in 4528 AR against the church of Sarenrae (known in Taldor as the Cult of the Dawnflower) in an effort to crack down on anyone who might view the enemy nation of Qadira in a favorable light. Within a few months, every temple to the goddess in Taldor had been destroyed, and her priests murdered or banished. Stavian permitted the torture of enemy agents to extract intelligence, and razed entire communities to the ground to drive 'collaborators' from Taldor. In part, this fervour was due to the prophecies of a Sarenite soothsayer who claimed that one of the six children of Micheaux was, in fact, a bastard. Seeing this as an attempt of a foreign power to instigate civil conflict, Stavian declared the faith as treasonous and drove them from Taldor's borders. Despite the deaths of numerous innocents, Stavian saw his bloody acts to keep religious unity as necessary to keep his country strong.617

Stavian I kept a number of pet owlbears during his lifetime, the most famous of which was Beaky III. After Beaky III died, he was stuffed, and somehow made his way to the Woodsedge Lodge.8

Since his death, Stavian I has been called by Taldan mediums opposed to the followers of evil deities or Sarenrae.9


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Crystal Frasier. “Campaign Outline” in Crownfall, 97. Paizo Inc., 2018
  2. Mike Shel. Tomb of the Iron Medusa, 31. Paizo Inc., 2011
  3. Mark Moreland, et al. “Gazetteer” in Taldor, the First Empire, 23. Paizo Inc., 2017
  4. This refers to the events of City in the Lion's Eye, which are presumed to be canon by subsequent events being made canon.
  5. John Compton. “The Reaper's Right Hand” in The Reaper's Right Hand, 6. Paizo Inc., 2018
  6. Joshua J. Frost. Taldor, Empire in Decline” in Taldor, Echoes of Glory, 3. Paizo Inc., 2009
  7. Amber E. Scott. “The Six-Legend Soul” in The Six-Legend Soul, 45. Paizo Inc., 2018
  8. Erik Mona. Requiem for the Red Raven, 8. Paizo Inc., 2010
  9. Lyz Liddell. “Spirits of Six Emperors” in The Six-Legend Soul, 71. Paizo Inc., 2018