Diva'ratrika has ruled Chel'el'Sussoloth for centuries. She has five daughters, Snadhya'rune, Sarv'swati, Sil'lice, Nishi'kanta, and Zala'ess. Snadhya'rune, Sar'swati and Zala'ess organized a coup against her in 1082 of the Moonless Age. They imprisoned her within her throneroom and left her for dead while spinning a lie to the public that she was merely in recluse due to the dangers of the Nidraa'chal uprising. The traitorous sisters took control of the Vel'Sharen clan while the rest of Chel'el'Sussoloth went on believing in Diva'ratrika's rule.
Appearance and Personality
Diva'ratrika is a dark elf and was likely the oldest living fae in Chel'el'Sussoloth. She is of regal bearing and rules the Chelian empire with an iron fist, but is known to be distant from the public. She has a strained relationship with her eldest daughter, Snadhya'rune, who refused for centuries to produce heirs to her line. She is known to be controlling not only in her duties as empress but in the lives of her children as well.
Diva'ratrika is a skilled magic user, as is befitting a high-ranking dark elf. Her natural affinities are unknown, though the range of High Arts she is capable of may be inferred by the fact that her daughters show a wide array of specific affinities..
Having lived her childhood on the surface during the Moons Age, Diva'ratrika saw what horrors demons were capable of wreaking. She sees demons as abominations and tainted drow as weaklings.
Diva'ratrika has incredibly long purple hair that is streaked with deep blue. She wears a large nine-eyed crown and a decorative purple veil when in public. Her public dress is an intricate mix of teal metal plates, vibrant gemstones, and sheer purple fabric. She has the lighter skintone of a dark elf and bright purple eyes.
Ruling the Empire
Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen is the current ruler of Chel'el'Sussoloth. She ascended the throne early in Chel'el'Sussoloth's history, possibly close to the year 250 of the Moonless Age, a position her mother held briefly before her. She is one of the last Moons Age dark elves alive and in (relatively) public view.
As Val'Sharess, Diva'ratrika arbitrates all Council meetings. Another member of the Val'Sharen, usually the head ambassador, takes the Sharen seat on the council to address specific Clan interests. While she keeps in mind the position of the leading clan – the Sharen – she is to act impartial in meetings and has major swaying power on various inter-clan and city-affecting matters. She also rallies protective measures for the city, and the main city guard is made up of members of her clan plus any volunteers of other clans. In a sense, the Val'Sharess is the will of the Goddess in the city.
Rise of the Nidraa'chal
Over time, Diva'ratrika became reclusive. As she enjoyed her solitude, she allowed her daughters to take larger roles in positions that they took interest in for the clan, possibly because she felt it increased their loyalty to be part of major workings. She'd leave Council meetings after obligatory visits, leaving the clans to work out their issues for themselves. As the threat the Nidraa'chal posed became clear to the lesser clans, they found their words falling deaf on the ears of the Val'Sharess.
As Diva'ratrika lost support from the clans, the Nidraa'chal steadily rose to power. She was disgusted by the growing rise in tainting practices and began to hunt down tainted summoners, but her daughter, Snadhya'rune, stayed her hand. By the time the Nidraa'chal attacked the Orthorbbae and initiated open war in the streets, it was too late.
The Val'Sharess watched helplessly as three of her daughters, Snadya'rune, Sarv'swati, and Zala'ess, tainted themselves for power. It wasn't long before Diva'ratrika found her support base fracturing. With the Nidraa'chal clan causing civil unrest and the Val'Dutan'vir's Il'haress being assassinated, she attempted to go to the Council for help.
She quickly put out a call to the clans for support in fighting the Nidraa'chal menace, but her neglect of their earlier quarrels had taken its toll. Instead of seeing it as a nation-wide security issue, the other Il'haresses viewed Diva'ratirka's concerns as an inter-clan matter between a new minor clan and the ruling Val'Sharen.
Diva'ratrika was forced to announce a forward Vel'Sharen movement in the areas of the city devastated by the Nidraa'chal.
While the majority of the Val'Sharen army was pushing away from the Val'Sharen fortress to combat the Nidraa'chal, Diva'ratrika found herself relatively unguarded. Her three tainted daughters unexpectedly attacked her in the solitude of the empty palace, leaving Diva'ratrika with no choice but to defend herself. It slowly dawned on her that this was their plan from the start.
Though immensely powerful, Diva'ratrika was ill-equipped to handle her children's new nether-enhanced combat techniques. She retreated to her throne room where the girls prepared to kill her once and for all. They blasted the hallways surrounding the only entrance to the chamber, sealing Diva'ratrika inside with no hope of escape.
She would have died within those walls were it not for Ragini, a small slave girl who could slip through the chamber's air vents. Ragini brought food and supplies for Diva'ratrika for at least a year until the Empress was able to form an escape plan. She gave Ragini explicit instructions to set up half of a spell that would allow Diva'ratrika to possess her. The Empress then used ancient techniques to separate her aura from her body.
The spell was a success, and the resulting fusion of Diva'ratrika named herself Liriel. Eventually, Diva'ratrika's aura overpowered Ragini's entirely, allowing her to live anew in the the form of Diva.
Note: For Diva'ratrika's life in Ragini's body, see Diva.
Outside of Moonless Age
Diva'ratrika features prominently in the canon side-story, "The Longest Wait."
Early concept art of Diva'ratrika (by Kern)
This article reflects events up to Chapter 39.