Zenobia Zenderholm

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Zenobia Zenderholm
Zenobia Zenderholm.
Aliases Hanging Judge, Zena
Titles Senior Arbiter
Alignment Neutral evil (formerly lawful good)[1]
Race/Species Human penanggalen
Class Aristocrat 2 / Cleric 9 (formerly Aristocrat 1/Expert 9)[1]
Gender Female
Homeland Korvosa, Varisia
Deity Urgathoa (formerly Abadar)[2]
Organization Gray Maidens (formerly Arbiters of Korvosa)
House Zenderholm
Died 4708 AR
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Source: Curse of the Crimson Throne, pg(s). 250

Senior Arbiter Zenobia "Zena" Zenderholm, of House Zenderholm, is also known as the "Hanging Judge" of the Varisian city of Korvosa. She acquired this nickname from her strict, no-nonsense court rulings, and is justifiably feared among the city's criminal elements.[3] Despite her reputation, she deals light sentences to criminals of desperation and is renowned for her aid to victims of crime outside of the courts.[2]

After sentencing Maloda Cadabrani, the daughter of the well-known Sczarni boss Fummos Cadabrani, to death by hanging, she was sent a starved swamp barracuda as a warning. The arbiter escaped with her life, but has hired a food taster to protect her since then.[4]

She is also a popular philanthropist in Korvosa, volunteering free legal advice to clerics and Korvosa's orphanages as part of her service to Abadar.[2]

Zenobia was one of the first victims of the blood veil plague. As her attempts to remove the disease from herself failed, she lost her faith in Abadar and started praying to Urgathoa, pledging her service if she were to be freed of her torment. Her wish was granted when Urgathoa transformed her into a penanggalen. As she continued to masquerade as a living human, Zenobia handed the Longacre Building to the Gray Maidens and pledged her allegiance to Queen Ileosa.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mike McArtor. (2008). Guide to Korvosa, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-078-0
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mike McArtor. (2008). Guide to Korvosa, p. 39. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-078-0
  3. James Jacobs and Mike McArtor. (2008). Curse of the Crimson Throne Player's Guide, p. 6. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-087-2
  4. Greg A. Vaughan. (2008). Bestiary. Shadow in the Sky, p. 87. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-115-2
  5. Michael Kortes and James Jacobs. (2016). A History of Ashes. Curse of the Crimson Throne, p. 249. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-890-8
  6. F. Wesley Schneider. (2016). Seven Days to the Grave. Curse of the Crimson Throne, p. 84. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-890-8