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by Marco Dalmonte English translation by Gary Davies

Patron of the Verdiers
Level, Alignment, Sphere: 2nd (Initiate), CN, Time
Symbol: a mahogany tree
Portfolio: Verdiers, power, prosperity, crafts
Worshipped in: Known World (Minrothad)
Appearance: a mature elf of lordly aspect, with fine features, light blue eyes and long blonde hair that descends to his shoulders, wearing a long green silk tunic decorated with gold brocade and a small platinum crown on the front.
History: PROBABLE THEORY: Oleyan was the clan head who guided the Verdier away from Grunland and afterwards provoked the separation from Ilsundal, not wanting to submit to the authority of the old elf. It was always Oleyan that chose to settle in the region bordering Taymor, in the hope of creating a proper kingdom. Following the geologic upheaval of 1700 BC that created the archipelagos of Minrothad and Ierendi, Oleyan and the Verdier were again found on the southern coast of the present Thyatis, separated from their Meditor cousins by the newly formed arm of sea. Oleyan then tried to unify his clan and that of the Vyalia under only one banner, but failed. Decided thus to sail towards the island to rejoin the Meditor and attempted in that island to create a proper dominion. This time he had great success, but knew that he would have to create something that could indeed focus the sense of unity and belonging to only one clan that wanted to create a nation. So he departed for a long pilgrimage in the outer planes, and succeeded to gain from Ordana the promise that would create for them a new relic if he had overcome the determined trial. Thus Oleyan began his own path for Immortality. When he reckoned that he was just one step from becoming an Immortal, Oleyan erred through overconfidence and was shown irreverent in the struggles of Ordana, announced that the Verdier were no longer in need of his support once that he had became Immortal, given that he would have become the only spiritual centre of his protégées. Despite his arrogance, he had successfully completed that stage of the path, travelling in time and helped the Verdier to create a powerful and respected clan, but Ordana wanted to teach him to respect the hierarchy and humility. When Oleyan rose in the Sphere of Time, she gave him the Carven Oak like artefact to give to his descendents as promised. Unfortunately, Oleyan had hardly touched it he was sucked within it, becoming to all the effects part of the relic of the Verdiers. And according to the proprieties of the artefact, he was condemned to remain in the Oak until it was destroyed, or until 2000 years had passed, condemned in the meantime to meditate on his errors. Considering that Oleyan has been imprisoned since 60 AC, date of his ascension, would still have long to wait his liberation.
Personality: Oleyan is an Immortal who hasn’t yet really tasted the powers of his new state and for this is extremely annoyed. Knowing well that Ordana had deliberately punished him for his haughtiness, but in a thousand years of imprisonment this has not absolutely alleviated his immoderate ego. He even thinks that this has been a greater wrong of his guilt, and is intending to avenge himself in case he successfully frees himself and become more powerful. Oleyan is an astute, scheming and extremely jumped-up individual, and has influenced the Verdier keepers for centuries in an attempt to orientate the clan to his directives, usurping the cult of Ordana and the dainrouw, and of escaping from her prison. He doesn’t have allies (also because few know of his existence) and proved a strong antipathy for his jailer Ordana, who became his enemy when he succeeds to attain a level of power equal to hers.
Patron: Ordana
Allies: none
Enemies: Ordana
Alignment of followers: any; clerics must be Neutral or Chaotic
Favoured weapon: short sword (allowed all bludgeoning weapons and daggers)
Clerics’ skills and powers: +2 bonus to any one craft (not free)
Domains: Time, Chaos, Crafts
Preferred weapon: rapier
Source: GAZ9