The Shadows at Dusk
- The Nine Rival Kings -
The Nine Rival Kings, otherwise known as the Nine on High and the Nine Kings, or even just the Nine, are the rulers to the nine lands of the Steadfast. They are kings, a queen, an empress, and council leaders, but still they get the title of the Nine Kings. These individuals of power know great power, cunning, and subtlety, and more than once their savageries have risked the order that has been created by the Papacy and its message of truth. A few of them seek peace and mutual prosperity, but the majority long for more than they already have, and in many cases more than they know how to properly handle. Each has their own secrets, their own numenera, hushed past, and forbidden knowledge which has brought them to their current seat of power. While many are rightfully due their post from lineage and tradition, they are only in control of this right because of their masterful manipulation of the surroundings that they orchestrate and cause to be.