During the period of consolidation he declared after the Ten Years’ War, King Heriotza II The Desired made a number of changes.

First, in keeping with his pledge, he altered his official name and title. No longer a king, nor a pharaoh, nor even an emperor, he would henceforth be known by no title other than god. Declaring that his ancestor Heriotza I The Pious did not deserve to share a name with his greatness, he further decreed that he would be known as Jainkoa, a word that combined phonemes for “eternal” and “death” in Old Teramytan.

Though the people called him Heriotza II The Despised under their breath, in public he was now simply Jainkoa, the Eternal Death. The death was for his enemies, naturally, but also for himself: Jainkoa did his best to make good on his pledge to rule forever.

Magicians, sorcerers, and other practitioners of the dark arts flooded into the swollen empire of Teramyt, all supported lavishly by Jainkoa. Their directive: research into the line between life and death with an eye toward life eternal. They would be given anything they desired, but in return their liege expected results. Not a few charlatans were caught up in Jainkoa’s nets, living the high life for a year or so before being executed for failing to produce anything of value.

Though Jainkoa himself was not an old man, he seemed to forever regard himself as being near death and took elaborate precautions to protect his life, including rejuvenating baths three times a day and a dazzling variety of poultices and creams designed to stave off aging and mortality. Perhaps it was the strange nature of his resurrection that made him so.

It was not unti his first assassination, though, that the true extent of Jainkoa’s madness was made manifest.

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