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Katophranes are the ancient human rulers of the city of Shadespire who were condemned and punished by Nagash for seeking immortality. [1][2]


Despite or perhaps because of their immense power, they were judged by Nagash who appeared before their much vaunted city walls and proclaimed to all, You have been judged and found wanting. And so the, the sentence is passed..[1a]

With those words a dark storm swept through the the entire city as it was dispatched to a prison between the Mortal Realms.[1a][2]

Those Katophrane's who managed to reach the faneway before it was destroyed continued to exist but were trapped within the shadeglass. Whilst they were able to move anywhere where there was shadeglass in the banished city, they were unable to touch, feel, taste and many would go insane as the centuries and millennia passed.[1b]


The arts of the bow and sword were as important and as well regarded as those of the brush and the lute. [1a]

Those who died were consigned to the Faneway a nexus of shadeglass that enabled them to both continue existence and communicate with their descendants.[1a]


They practised slavery, with many specific traditions associated with their slaves as in all aspects of their society. The history of who owned them was tattooed upon them and their tongues removed. [1a]

Blade-slaves competed in the war gardens and were used to train Katophranes in combat or to provide amusement, but were forbidden to draw blood in this training. [1a]


  • Makesh: A scholar and archer in life. [1a]
  • Sadila Hausa: Daughter of the Fourth House of Shadespire, bearer of the Red Laurel. [1]


And what do I care for the worries of a few milk-blooded scriveners? We are Katophranes, Mekesh. Hiers to a kingdom hewn out of desolation. Our glory knows no rival, in this realm or any other. Even death itself is no match for our might.

~Sadila Hausa.[1a]