“Thurgul came to me in a vision before I had thought, and I have been with him since the dim times, the dark times before man learned to build or smelt or fashion.”
Yannuzar is referred to as “he who drinks the souls of people”, or “he of millions of lifetimes”. No one knows exactly how old he is, but he often makes reference to the times before man knew fire.
He is mentioned in The Scroll of Aridileth Taman-Bathil as a baneful man.
The few artistic renditions found depict him as a young adult with long dark hair, exceptional build, and a defined hawk-like nose.
He dresses in whatever clothes are appropriate to the culture he is in, although he prefers simple white kaftans with a purple waist sash. In colder climes, he wears a grey woolen robe.
Although he is proficient with swords and bows he never carries a weapon, resolved to using his ability to manipulate the will of others instead. It is said that he can “hold” up to twelve people at a time without trouble.
Being dead for nearly two thousand five hundred years leaves Yannuzar lacking in the more advanced skills. Hunting, fire building, survival, charioteering, and the more “primitive” skills are what he knows.
His primary motivation is to raise the “god” Thurgul to greater heights in the world.
To this end he will “drink the souls” of people and in a grand ritual every new moon allow the “god” Thurgul to drink his soul, thus feeding him not only life, but power.
When “drinking a soul”, Yannuzar places his medallion consecrated in the name of Thurgul on a khetimana, or “one who is chosen”. This makes it possible to channel the energy from the chosen donor to himself. He can hold the life force of only one person at a time. This process leaves behind a withered corpse that appears to be ancient.
At every new moon Yannuzar holds a ritual to “feed” his “god”. Under excellent circumstances he will have several “held” servants to assist him.
The first portion of the ritual is calling upon Thurgul. This required a blood sacrifice, usually one of the “held” servants. Once this is completed, he lays the medallion in the blood on the altar and Thurgul uses this “blood bridge” to pull the life from Yannuzar.
Yannuzar dies when Thurgul is finished draining his life, but he commands one of the servants to place the medallion on just before he dies, “drinking the soul” of another to retain immortality. The withered corpse is then thrown into the ceremonial fire, sealing the life force into Yannuzar.
The “god” Thurgul, as folklore would tell it, is a powerful entity.
Sages still debate on whether this being was an actual god or a demon. There are very few references to Thurgul in the older and more rare texts.
He governed over the gates of the afterlife, holding power over both life and death. He is often referred to as the “dark shining one”.
No other information has been uncovered about him.
Yannuzar is now alive and well, and taking “servants” and converts into the fold, teaching them how to be “drinkers of Souls”.
GM notes: Yannuzar is a religious zealot. His main motivations in life are to raise Thurgul to a status of worship never before imagined and enjoy his “lifetimes of millions of years”.
He is always calm and rarely becomes agitated. He has no fear of death, believing himself the chosen of Thurgul. He will often command his “servants” to do combat for him, if it becomes unavoidable.
He is handsome and very charasmatic, and uses this to convert followers to Thurgul’s banner.
He will almost always try to “convert” a would be assailant rather than kill him. He always does this with a smile.
He takes on no more than three students at a time. The ritual training takes one year, then the three will be able to teach three others each how to be “drinkers of Souls”.