After nearly a decade of ruling as an all but immobile corpse, Jainkoa of Teramyt had stopped raising the slain back to life as warriors—allegedly because he feared that they might challenge him for immortal primacy. Every last raised soldier was put to final death, as was every sorcerer with knowledge of the process, in an orgy of blood known thereafter as the Night of Eternal Death.

To this day, the knowledge has not been recovered.

Not long afterward, Jainkoa was assassinated a second time. A massive explosion rippled though his palace, likely caused by the remaining necromancers fearing for their lives. Jainkoa’s physical form was shattered by the blast, but he survived thanks to an arcane contingency. His tainted spirit found refuge in a beautiful crystalline vessel concealed in his throne, and from there he could speak and even cause pain at a distance.

Every sorcerer, every necormancer, every practitioner of the arcane arts that was associated with the palace was killed after this. Jainkoa recruited replacements, kidnapping them when neccessary from abroad, putting increasingly impossible demands on them for a new, immortal, physical body.

During this time, the neighboring principalities which had once cowered in fear before Teramyt’s might began to plot against it, aided by the populace which had grown restive with Jainkoa’s increasingly unstable rule. They were aided by the god-king’s increasingly myopic focus on his immortality, which began to require a steady string of sacrifices around this time. Many young and healthy subjects of Teramyt were taken by force from their families, either as failed host bodies for Jainkoa’s spirit or as test subjects for increasingly brutal experiments.

The rumor that Jainkoa and his sages were close to being able to transfer his essence to another living body precipitated his third assassination.

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