"Let us dance, you and I."

-Thelestes, the Velvet Blade[1]

Thelestes, the Velvet Blade is one of the non-rakshasa members of the Lords of Dust.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

The succubus known as Thelestes traveled to Eberron from Mabar, the Endless Night some 20,000 years ago, fleeing a feud with the ultroloths of that plane.[2]

The embodiment of murder and death, Thelestes serves the prakhutu Kashtarhak, the Voice of Chaos. Murder is Thelestes' personal joy, and she prefers to kill more frequently than her service to The Lords of Dust sometimes permits.[1] She may lend her skills to aid in the schemes of other councilors on the Bleak Council.[2]

A master of disguise and seduction, Thelestes has many aliases placed deep within House Phiarlan, House Thuranni, and a number of smaller thieves guilds. She spends her time as an agent of The Lords of Dust, reveling in playing a part in the corruption and death of the mortals around her.[2]

Appearance & Personality[edit | edit source]

She prefers to appear as a young elven woman, and can fool all but the most sophisticated of divination magic.[1]

In her natural form Thelestes is a stunning beauty with luxurious flowing red hair. When she wishes, large bat wings can unfold from her back, and her eyes glow red. She has fanged teeth.[1][2][3]

She still has some enemies among the ultroloths on the plane of Mabar, and may be an unexpected ally for those in opposition to the daemons of that plane.[1]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Like other succubi, Thelestes can drain the life from her victims, and enjoys doing so. She has the magical abilities to charm others, to polymorph herself into various forms, and to teleport. Like other demons, she can speak in tongues.[3]

Unlike other succubi that can summon other demons, Thelestes cannot. Instead, she has the ability to summon weapons by her side. She prefers to fight with a chain that she summons to her person.[1][2]

As a claw servant of Kashtarhak, Thelestes maintains a permanent telepathic bond with him.[2]

Notes[edit | edit source]

A full writeup including statistics for Thelestes exist on Keith Baker's website, Bossy the Cow. Thelestes is mentioned as a possible character to use in the Savage Tide adventure path in the conversion notes written by Keith Baker.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Keith Baker. Thelestes. Archived from the original on 08/16/2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Eternal Evil: The Lords of Dust" (November 2005) by Keith BakerDragon Magazine issue 337. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Monster Manual. Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, and Monte Cook (July 2003). Wizards of the Coast. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  4. Keith Baker. Running the "Sea Wyven's Wake" in Eberron. Paizo Publishing. Archived from the original on 10/13/2007. Retrieved on 02/07/2019.
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