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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 10 Feb 2018 :  01:09:38  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-It feels weird to see 1997. Those games and books feel like they were written so much earlier.

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Markustay
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Posted - 10 Feb 2018 :  01:35:49  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Karsus

-It feels weird to see 1997. Those games and books feel like they were written so much earlier.
Yup.

I recall reading a comic book YEARS AGO featuring the 'Ironman of 2020', and I remember thinking, "they're writing stuff for that far into the future?"
Thats only two years from now. Time flies.

When I was a kid, my brother used to send me Deathlok comics from the army (as far as I know, the only comic my brother ever read). It was my first regular Marvel title (I was a DC boy back then). In the final issue, he disappeared through a portal following some guy from the past (I believe it was the early 90's, or there-abouts).

Then years later, I am reading a comic and Deathlok... the ORIGINAL Deathlok... comes out of a portal. Its the same REAL YEAR as the year Deathlok was operating in in his comic.

They literally 'shelfed him' until the real world caught up to him. There is just no way they could have planned that 20 years in advance.

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Posted - 10 Feb 2018 :  01:59:21  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Most recently that I know, he came back in X-Force. Really good series, that was. At this point though, that was almost like ten years ago.

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Markustay
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There were two of him. Because the timeline caught up (and no-one ages in comics LOL), they had to say he ws from an alternate timeline, and then there was second one they had just built for the main timeline, and the two fought. It was so cool - the guy disappears when i was a kid in the 70's (in a comic set in the early 90's), and then the same RW year in the early 90's he steps back out of the portal. That was like... OMG! I was 10 years old all over again. {Squeeeeeeeeee!)

He always was an amazing character WAY ahead of his time for the 70's. He was nuts - he and the computer (in head) would argue all the time, and then this 3rd personality formed that reveled in all the blood and guts (that both of the other personalities were just trying to ignore... but it was pretty gruesome... something the military did). He was able to hold the title all by himself with no support cast for the longest time, just because he was always talking to himself! All the characters were HIM!

The later, main-continuity version was a bit 'milkish' by comparison. The first guy was a product of the Vietnam era. he was suposed to be somehting people feared becoming.

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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  14:09:16  Show Profile Send Baltas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
With Kwan Ying, the curious thing is the reall life deity/figure she is based on, Guan Yin, also known as Kwan Yin, or in Japan, Kannon, was originally a Buddhist bodhisattva, Avalokitesvara, who had strong Vedic/Hindu influence.

Most notably, the "Swara" part of Avalokitesvara's name, refers to Avalokitesvara being inspirired by, and in part, and incarnation of Shiva, who is also known by the name Swara.
(This is part of the reason why Shiva is a goddess in Final Fantasy games, the other reason being Ardhanarishvara, the hermaphroditic merger of Shiva and Parvati).

(While, a form of Shiva being seen as a power of compassion, joy, and mercy, can be bizarre, he isn't actually in any way seen as alicioius in Hinduism - indeed "Shiva", means "Auspicious One", or "Kind". Even Shiva's predecsor, Rudra, was seen as both a deity of destruction and protection - it was to Rudra, it was prayed for healing, protection, and all instances of all diseases and ailment. While also being the cause of sickness. Rudra being both the god of disease, and of healing, being at core a dualistic being).

I'm not quite sure though Kwan Ying could be also present in Utter East (as well as Tabot, and Ra-Khati), seeing she is at least strongly implied to have been the Sapphire Empress of Shou Lung if the same name originally.

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Posted - 27 Feb 2018 :  21:39:18  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm still toying with my proto-cosmology (as I probably forever shall), but right now my thoughts are (in D&D) that Ahura Mazda = proto-Jazirian (Jazirian is just an aspect), and Angra Mainyu = Ahriman, and those two became conjoined (but NOT 'merged') in order to save reality when the Lattice of Heaven was shattered. Basically, I've reworked the story of Guide to Hell, and they did create the Great Wheel - a vast artifact of inconceivable power designed to hold the shattered bits of reality together, by recollecting all the lost 'soul stuff' (The 'Anima') from the Sundered Supernal Ymir (the sentience of the Material Plane).

So, interpreting ALL other religions/mythology into this model, Shiva is also Angra Mainyu. Thus, Guanyin is a female aspect of the Angra Mainyu. The 'mercy/compassion' aspect of Angra-Mainyu derives from it being one half the two being that acted quicly to save the universe, and thus, all of creation (including mortals). Both Supernals are 'beings of necessity' (as are all supernals), and although individual aspects can have alignment-like attributes, the archtype CANNOT - they are above/beyond morality. So Guanyin might be 'compassionate', but that derives from the archtype's necessity to save everything, so it is more of a mortal conceit (as are nearly all 'aspects').

Kwan Ying may have been named with that being in mind ('firm but just'), but she is NOT Guanyin.

Sseth is another (reptilian) aspect of the Angra Mainyu, but it was later absorbed by Set, who was child of Geb (Ymir) and Nut (Aeon/Gaea), and Set became known as Seth. This makes Set not only one of the oldest and most powerful Gods in the universe (Estelar, or 'Elder Gods'), but because of his absorption of an aspect of Angra-Maiyu, it has given him a tenuous, almost 'familial' relationship with Asmodeus (who was granted a piece of Angra-Mainyu's power, much like a 'Chosen').

'The Gods' are a VERY dysfunctional family. LOL

EDIT:
Whats interesting here is that Tiamat used to live in The Hells - with Asmodeus (who I have as - because of the stuff in Guide to hell - an Incarnation of Ahriman). Now she lives in Tytherion, with Zehir... who is an aspect of Set, who himself absorbed an aspect of Ahriman (so she basically went form living with one aspect of Angra Mainyu, to living with a different aspect of it). We also have the interesting situation there of two Mulan gods - from conflicting pantheons - living together. I guess she's one of those females who thrives on abusive relationships and conflict.


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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 28 Feb 2018 :  23:52:17  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-You'd probably get a very different lists if you separated them by "in game" and "what we know". We know so-and-so is just a guise of whoever, and that this person also goes by this name, but in world, it's a lot easier to just throw names out there because all that symmetry does not need to be made.

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Baltas
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Posted - 01 Mar 2018 :  01:18:46  Show Profile Send Baltas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I didn't mean Kwan Ying being literally Guanyin, or identical to her in (nearly or literally) all aspects just that I thought of a way of including her in the Utter East "pantheon", just under an alias based on Avalokitesvara name, and possibly masculine. And pointed out some reall world connections, as an inspiration.

I apologize for the confusion, as it's my fault, due to how I wrote it.

But upon further research, Avalokitesvara, and other Buddhist interpretation allready have a separate (from we know) counterpart from Kwan Ying. Which is Mahavidi, who exactly shares Avalokitesvara connection with the Dalai Lama, and is based on other names Shiva uses in Buddhism (Mahadeva and Mahesvara).

So now in turn, I think Mahavidi would be far better suited to use in Utter East, especially that the names/titles he uses (Mahadeva and Mahesvara) are also used in Hinduism, and in Vedic religion Mahadeva was used for Rudra. (And Mahavidi is almost an anagram of Mahadeva).

But that's just my idea, I'm not sure if you will use it, or even like it...

With Shiva and Asmodeus, it's interesting as Inevitables - examplars of Lawful Neutral in 3E - are essentially an extension of Maruts.

Shiva/Rudra, was also seen in Zoroastrianism as a Archdemon/Daeva under Ahriman - Sarva/Savul.

With the Mulan Gods, there is another who is an aspect of Ahriman - Druaga.

Druaga was possibly also intended as an aspect of Asmodeus (or vice versa) by the writers of Deities and Demigods, as Druaga wields his Ruby Mace (compare to the Ruby Rod of Asmodeus), and resides in the Nine Hells, and is titled "The Ruler of the Devil World".

Druaga was also a late addition to the reall life Babylonian pantheon, and is considered an adaptation Ahriman into the pantheon, with his name derived from o the concept of "Druj"/"Drug" (which was closelly connected to Ahriman), which was even spelled in some forms almost like Druaga (the Young Avestan derivation "Draoga" and Old Persian derivation "Drauga").

In general, because of that I used Druaga as Asmodeus' early divine aspect, used to infiltrate other pantheons.

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I peg Druaga as an Obyrith who went to live with the devils, post-Dawn War. He sure doesn't look like a devil, and he otherwise fits a demon lord much better, so one can only surmise that he isn't in the Abyss because there is another, perhaps more powerful, Obyrith there that he doesn't get along with (like Pazazu).

Thus, in my own (homebrewed) cosmology, Druaga is uber-powerful, more-so than many archfiends, because of his extra-universal nature, but as an Obyrith, he can't possibly be an avatar/aspect of anyone (although it is entirely possible he may have found a way to 'tap into' the power of Baator itself, which is actually the power of the Supernal Ahriman). I'm not sure how to connect him to the Sumerlonian pantheon(s) (he isn't even 'real' - he was made-up for D&D!) And now trying to place him properly, I just discovered Gallu, some sort of Sumerian arch-fiend (there are only seven of them, and the seven seem capable of forcing even gods to do stuff). I think I just found Druaga's personal entourage.

Because of what he is, Asmodeus probably just has to 'put up with him', and at least if gives him a potential ally against incursions from other Obyriths into The Nine Hells (Graz'zt is half-Obyrith, but he left the Hells a long time ago... perhaps when Druaga showed up). *Hmph* - its almost as if Graz'st and Druaga (the way I spin him) are opposites - I might be better off making Druaga another half-Obyrith, although I don't know who the parentage might be, considering how funky he looks. Perhaps something truly bizarre, like an Obyrith and a Draeden? He just scream 'Lovecratian' to me, that's why I want to go with the Obyriths so bad.

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Baltas
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Well, not exactly invented, it's just like Dahak, it's a misplaced Persian/Zoroastrian concept/Enitity. As I mentioned, it's a borrowing of "Druj" (Embodiment of the concept of Lie), from what I researched a mispelling of the Old Persian spelling form "Drauga".
http://www.avesta.org/zglos.html#druj

Druj/Drauga though, was seen as female, rather than male, although seeing Druaga looks, misgendering him/her can be understandable XD

(Druj was often thought to be more of a concept, personified by Ahriman/Angra Mainyu, but sometimes was seen as personified being, and then was though as "female".)

So to be clear, Druaga is an actuall mythological/religious entity just kinda misportrayed, and mixed with Angra Mainyu/Ahriman (which isn't that far off though, as they were considered interchangable at times).

(And to be clear, I did think Druaga adapted into Babylonian religion, if one without any reall mythology behind him, due to reading about it in wrong information, years ago. I guess Deities and Demigods fooled tons of people. Especially seeing others fallen for it - there is a popular, lasting since 80s video game series "The Tower of Druaga", the Japanese being fooled by Deities and Demigods into thinking Druaga is an anctual Mesopotamian deity XD)

One of the most interesting usages of Druj/Drauga, was in Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader, were Druj rebelled agaist Ahriman, and became good, but Asha (Druj's opposite, the personification of Truth) fallen, and started to serve Ahriman, becoming his most powerfull servant.

With Druaga Lovecraftian look, I myself had him to be an "Old Baatorian" looking manifestation of Asmodeus/Ahriman, who also were Lovecraftian monstrocities.

I mean, Zargon (who was the ruler of Ancient Baatrians in the Elder Evils sourcebook), is quite similar.

Gallu, are interesting, but from what I know, are connected to Djinn, and specifically thought by researchers the Arabian word "Ghoul", evolved from Galla, and Ghouls were originally seen as a type of Djinn.

But to be fair, it wouldn't be that far of connecting Druaga to Gallu (especiallly that Galla are sometimes translated as "Devils"), especially seeing for example Daeva in Pathfinder are corrupted genies, and it's not the only example of connecting the two. (I mean Genies/Djinn and Daeva).
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Interesting, The Zargon lore paints Asmodeus as 'the hero'.

I was going to say, maybe Druaga IS Zargon, but it might be simpler to say that Druaga is a child of Zargon (and Zargon itself is a 'runaway aspect' (Savage) of Ahirman, who is the very essence of the Hells itself.

So going with some of my other recent musings, the Supernal Ahriman has to get his own dimension and energy type. Now, we don't actually have to know what each dimension is (because I don't think Quantum physics has even figured that out), but I suppose we could use 'indifference' (the opposite of compassion). So basically, EVIL energy is just pure indifference, or, 'a lack of any sort of compassion'. Whereas pure Chaos is more like cruelty. Lawful Evil can be cruel, but only if it serves a purpose (otherwise its a waste of energy).

So its like this - the Supernals are all busy 'building' the universe (really, they are creating lesser beings to do that), and Ohrmazd & Ahriman decide they want to put a cosmic highway down the center of a bunch of stuff. Ahriman snaps its fingers and obliterates everything in the path. Ohrmazd would be like, "what did you do that for? We could have just pushed them all to the side?', and Ahriman would be like, "Why? Who cares?" Basically, efficiency taken to an amoral extreme.

So lets say the Baatorans are really dollops of 'Evil' made flesh, and Zargon was like the king of those. Zargon hooks up with an Obyrith (Queen of Chaos?), and they beget Druaga. In its natural form, Druaga looks 'male' (somewhat), but it can take any form, and often goes around as a human female. Thus, Druaga becomes the true 'heir' of Hell, much to Asmodeus' chagrin, since Asmodeus went to a LOT of trouble to get rid of his dad. So Druaga makes some friends in the Sumerian pantheon (Nergal & Ereshkigal?) and stays with them sometimes, although he still maintains his home in Dis.

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Baltas
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Interesting idea with Zargon being the "father" of Druaga.

It's also interesting Zargon, appears to be named after a corruption of the Akkadian name "Sargon", and the Zargos mountain rage.

The Zargos mountain range, was sometimes though to embody the realm and entity of Kur.

Kur was also personified as a dragon, but his atributes were essentially combined with Nammu's, resulting in Enuma Elish's Tiamat.

But in general, Kur does resemble quite Ahriman as described in the Guide to Hell, as well as Khyber of Eberron.

(Although also having similarities to Chronepsis, Falzure and Null).

Also, returning to Utter East, I think the "Goddess of Murder" mentioned in the Complete Book of Necromancers, or some god in her guise, could be worshipped in the Utter East:
quote:
The Goddess of Murder

This evil deity embraces cold murder as the quintessential act of destruction, symbolic of the primordial chaos and the unpredictable forces of nature that oppose humanity. This deity is the patron of all unnatural and premeditated killing, whether it is inflicted on others or upon oneself. She opposes order, creation, and all existence.
The male priests of this goddess, sometimes called Stranglers or Assassins, spread death around the world by murdering for their Dark Mother, the Queen of the Noose, our Maid of Despair. Her priests advance the religion into the heart of civilization, efficiently eliminating any who speak out against them. Assassination is their most sacred mission, a holy and meritorious enterprise undertaken in the service of their deity. The priesthood's goal is to subvert societies and destroy civilizations through strife, terror, and coercion. Because of their evil nature, the DM should only allow these priests to be NPCs in the campaign.
Alignment: This deity is utterly chaotic and evil. Her priests and worshippers may be of any evil alignment, but the majority will match the disposition of their goddess.


This goddess of course, is obviously Kali, if not directly named so.

It's possible Bhaal, later Cyric (and now again Bhaal?), could use this guise, or this could be very specific aspect of Shar, or the Demon Princess of Marilith's Shaktari (who appeared in the 60th issue of the Dungeon magazine, and explored further in Dragon #359), who is visibly based on Kali:
https://wiki.greyparticle.com/index.php/Shaktari
https://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Shaktari_(3.5e_Deity)
https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Shaktari

Or the Goddes of Murder, could be even a guise used by Kalistes, the Marilith from the classic Pool of Darkness Goldbox videogame, seeing she has a semi-canon connection to the Realms allready, and Bane and/or Bhaal (seeing she curiously served Bane) could give the spells to her priests.

(Although it's possible Kalistes coukd switch her aligance permanently to Cyric, after Bane's initial(?) (again, the current "Bane", might be just Iyachtu Xvim) death, seeing he more fit's her alignment.)

[EDIT]

Or another possiblity is, that the Goddess of Murder, may be as well the Weaver aspect of Shekinester...

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Yeah, I remember finding evidence of Kali on Toril long ago (aside from the fact the K-T material specifically states you should use the Vedic Pantheon for Maltra, and even names a few of those gods). I spun it where she was 'adopted' by the disenfranchised (oppressed) Mar people (who are indeed an Indian-esque people), and they call her Khali-Mar ('Mother of Mar', who protects her 'children' by giving them the power to defeat their enemies). Basically, they have a Thuggee-Cult thing going on.

I wanted to connect her to the Fortress of the Old Man up in the Taan region, after Bhaal died during the ToT (those assassins were 'shopping' for a new god; they had been forced to settle for Cyric for the time-being). I thought Kali would have made a great and very flavorful edition to The Realms, but alas, Mark Sehestedt's novel Sentinelspire completely squashed that idea. I have since forgotten who finally did come into possession of the place - I recall a half-orc (I think) taking it over, but I don't recall who his god was.

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-Sentinelspire, that was one based on the Ismalaii "Old Man of the Mountain", right? Really good book, one of the best of the last 3e era.

-The Orc in question was a Malarite.

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Yeah, I re-read the first chapter or so, and that wasn't even the main character. Weird how I didn't remember the main character AT ALL (who worshiped Silvanus), but I remembered the orc (he was the more interesting character).

So I suppose that means the temple of assassins became a temple of Silvanus.... assassins? I hope that was one of those 'instant retcon' moments (few novels were like that - everything tat was changed by the novel was 'reset' soon after in canon). On the other hand, a really weird cult that had worshipers like Poison Ivy would be kind of cool ('Murder Druids' LOL).

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-Berun was the main character. All I really remember about him was that his familiar/animal companion was a lizard, and there was a silly battle in the middle/end of the book with the lizard and the Orc's tiger familiar/animal companion.

-I really am only vaguely remember the ending, but it was something like the Old Man of the Mountain opened an Imaskari portal to the Plane of Fire or something because the mountain was actually a sealed volcano. The assassins, at that point, I would think were all dealt with, but I don't actually remember how that all resolved itself.

-I must've had like...twenty? thirty? book reviews on the WotC website, one of which must've been this one. I wrote a few on Candlekeep, but Sentinielspire didn't make it over. I was going back to check if I wrote one that had more detail about that above stuff, but it's interesting to reread the ones that still exist.

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Yeah, when I was going back through it, I made it as far as the lizard/tiger fight and was like NOPE.

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-All in all, it is one of my favorite Forgotten Realms books.

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Markustay was wondering what to call Greater Rakshasa and (jokingly?) suggested ARCH-rakshasa. By Sanskrit grammar grammar, of course, the apprpriate term would be Maharakshasa.

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In Eberron there are some rakshasa named Rakshasa Raja. I guess they are the equivalent to greater rakshasa in that setting.

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quote:
Originally posted by Zeromaru X

In Eberron there are some rakshasa named Rakshasa Raja. I guess they are the equivalent to greater rakshasa in that setting.


Rakshasa raja/rajah* means 'rakshasa who is lord [king]'. Maharakshasa means 'Great rakshasa'. Rakshasa maharaja/maharajah means 'rakshasa who is Great Lord [King]'.

It's entirely possible that Markustay was referring to a form of rakshasa who was much more powerful than 'ordinary' rakshasa, regardless of whether they were actually in a position of political power among rakshasa or anyone else, as the rajah and maharajah titles signify for rakshasa (and many other speakers of Devic languages).

If the take the example of a hypothetical family of rakshasa related to Ravana, their divine king, only one of them would be the Maharajah of their polity. That would be Ravana himself. He might have brothers, cousins and nephews who were, in turn, lords/kings of lands of their own, so they would be rajahs, subordinate lords/kings under Maharajah Ravana, Ravana the Great King. However, there might be younger males and females who had not inherited title or lands, and these would not be rajahs of anything (or rani, which would be the female title). They would be be Rajanyas, i.e. of a caste related to lords and kings, but they would not hold these titles.

However, if we decided that all the family of the rakshasa deity Ravana had powers far in excess of normal rakshasa, then all of these family members, regardless of exact title, land-holding or political influence, would be Maharakshasa, or Great Rakshasa.

This is simply adding a common prefix to the type name, as one may speak of a 'Great Hero [Charioteer]' by adding the same prefix to the word 'rathi' ('Hero [Charioteer]', making the word 'Maharathi'. It's perfectly acceptable and ordinary usage in Sanskrit and most other Devic languages.

*Technically, 'Raja' or 'Maharaja' is right, if we are using most Devic languages, but in English (due to a misunderstood etymology), the forms became 'Rajah' and 'Maharajah'. The latter are wrong and irritate scholars of the languages of India, but they are considered correct English and I admit that I grew so used to them before I learned of the incorrect etymology behind the extra 'h' that I am usually tempted to use the English forms.

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Oh, I see. That's really interesting to know.

But I'm saying that in D&D (or at least, in Eberron) the Rakshasa Raja are considered to be the "greater" rakshasa. They are even of higher level (CR) than the normal ones.

Dunno how the would fit in an FR campaign, though.


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Originally posted by Zeromaru X

Oh, I see. That's really interesting to know.

But I'm saying that in D&D (or at least, in Eberron) the Rakshasa Raja are considered to be the "greater" rakshasa. They are even of higher level (CR) than the normal ones.

Dunno how the would fit in an FR campaign, though.


If you go through the version history of rakshasa, you'll find that Greater Rakshasa existed as a term before the Rakshasa Rajah was defined. Basically, one type of Greater Rakshasa was a Rakshasa Rajah, who actually ruled over some 50 rakshasa and their slaves, servants and other impedamenta.

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