Rise of the Runelords
Orphan, Aasimar, Troubled youth
Nualia’s has recently completed a ritual in which she offered up the remains of the father she killed in the Sandpoint Cathedral fire to the Mother of Monsters, Lamashtu. She has been rewarded and is realizing her dream to shed what she calls her “celestial taint”. Once a beautiful Aasimar, she is now a deformed monster. Her left hand has been transformed into a demonic claw. Her slashed midriff is left exposed so all can see her ugly scars. Only her silver hair, bright violet eyes and otherwise shapely figure remain as she continues her quest to become fully monstrous to better serve her new mistress.
Concurrent with the Late Unpleasantness, Nualia too was infused with the wrathful energy that caused those events, throwing her into a fit of anger and dispair. She miscarried her child child after carrying it for seven months, a deformed monstrosity Naulia only briefly glimpsed before the midwives took it away and burnt it. Having been conceived in the abandoned smuggler’s tunnels of junker’s beach, and in close proximity to a hidden shrine to Lamashtu (the goddess of monstrous births), the child itself was a product of those dark magics.
The double shock of losing her child and having carried that monster inside her for so long struck Naulia. She fell into a coma. As Nualia slept, she dreamed unhealthy dreams, sent to her by the Mother of Monsters herself. In these dreams, Naulia became obsessed with the demon goddess and the conviction that all the torture she had suffered as a child was inflicted on her by the people of Sandpoint, including her father. She came to despise her angelic form and longed to become a monster, like her new patron. When she ﬁnally woke, Nualia was someone new, someone who didn’t ﬂinch at what Lamashtu asked of her. She jammed her father’s door shut as he slept, lit the church on ﬁre, and ﬂed Sandpoint. The locals assumed Nualia had burned in the ﬁre, a tragedy made all the worse by the death of Father Tobyn as well. Yet Nualia lived. She ﬂed to Magnimar, where she enlisted the aid of a group of killers known as the Skinsaw Men. With their aid, she tracked down Delek and murdered him. Yet his death did not ﬁll her need for revenge. Sandpoint and its hated citizens still lived. Seeing a kindred spirit in the tortured woman, the mysterious leader of the Skinsaw Men gave Nualia a medallion bearing a carving of a seven-pointed star called a “Sihedron medallion.” Nualia learned that she had a larger role to play, and that her dreams were a map to her destiny.
Taking the advice to heart, Nualia returned to Sandpoint, and found herself drawn to the brick wall in the smuggler’s tunnels where she and Delek had conceived her deformed child. Nualia bashed down the wall, and in so doing, discovered the Catacombs of Wrath and the quasit Erylium, also a follower of Lamashtu. For many months, Nualia studied under Erylium’s tutelage. During this time, Nualia received another vision from Lamashtu—a vision of a monstrous goblin wolf imprisoned in a tiny room. In Nualia’s dreams, she learned that this creature, a barghest named Malfeshnekor, was also one of Lamashtu’s chosen. If she could ﬁnd him and free him, he would not only help her achieve her vengeance against the town of Sandpoint, but he would be the key in cleansing her body of what she had come to see as her “celestial taint.” Nualia wanted to be one of Lamashtu’s children now. She wanted to become a monster herself.