The Elf Queen
Samdhya may appear as a dead, white-skinned elf with sightless eyes, rimed in frost. She is always clad in royal finery, which is sometimes tattered and smelling of the grave, other times newly-made.
The Witchqueen of Anga
Samdhya of Angathil (the Elf Queen) rules the Court of Stars, the one place where the wood elves of Angathil, the dark elves of Netheril, and the high elves of Aerenal once came together as peers and allies instead of as rivals or enemies. The Queen’s dark power, bought at a terrible cost, is at least equal to the Archmage’s bright spells.
“Do you hear that? It’s the sound of battles fought and lives lost. It once pained me to know that I am the cause of such despair, but now their cries give me strength.” — Queen Ravenna, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Confederacy of Tolaria > Tolar [Carcosa] > Shard of Night (tower)
The Queen is mystically connected to every elf, and so every elf is mystically connected to every other elf.
Adventurers & the Icon
Elf adventurers take pride in knowing that the elves were the first to resist the invasion of the Dominium and that Samdhya’s power has kept the empire from overrunning the north. But they may also be shamed by her methods, and haunted by the Queen’s dream sendings to join the perilous adventures of her allies in the resistance.
Csenge of Netheril (the Diabolist) is figuratively her half-sister by virtue of their elven blood. Ertai di Tolari (the Archmage) seems willing to look past her lichdom in order to maintain some form of civil discourse with the native powers of the Archipelago.
Divikar of Soulscale Forge (the Dwarf King) remembers the virtual enslavement of the dwarves by the elves with a bitterness tempered only by the knowledge that his dragon patrons acknowledge the elves, tieflings and dragonborn as the races destined to reclaim the archipelago from the Dominium. Dominex Timaeus Elliniko (the Emperor) knows the price Samdhya paid to gain the power to oppose him, and fears her for that. Avacyn of the Protectorate (the Priestess) seeks to impose the will of the gods of the Dominium over all the Archipelago, but is held at bay by the inherent power of the native races.
When the portents heralding the coming of the Dominium became known, Samdhya urged the Court of Stars to unite against the invaders. She was voted down. And so she led an army of giants, beasts, like-minded Angathil, and mercenary Netheril in open rebellion against Anga, and seized the woodland realm.
In the company of her three closest allies, Samdhya passed through an anomaly that had corrupted the Rainbow Tower (Tuar Ceatha) atop the hill called the Mountain of the Stars (Menydh na Reultan) in the heart of the citadel of Anga. In the realm beyond she gained access to even greater power, but at a horrific price: she became a lich.
Upon her return she subjugated the Court and nearly wiped out the Aerenal.
The True Danger
Few know the nature of Samdhya’s bargain and the source of the power she was granted.