Hot Topic Twins Biography
The Dark Ascendants
The wildly conflicting accounts of Andraki and Keanvari leave us, the editors, in a difficult position. Contemporary accounts of the Banishing War (and the mortal uprising which preceded and incited the war) have the two ranging between the embodiment of goodness and glory leading the entire affair, to a pair of near-feral monsters kept on chains and used as weapons, to great diplomats, to sinister backstabbing traitors. We can only conclude that they were that most complicated of creature: people.
(Whether that remains the case is, at the time of this book’s creation [407 AB], uncertain.)
Contained herein is an attempt at conveying factual history.
The Gods As Gods
Absolute Truths: Andraki and Keanvari are evil twin deities. They are true gods, and worshiped accordingly, with domains of influence upon the Material Plane. Andraki has complete dominion over The Abyss and demons, and Keanvari has complete dominion over The Nine Hells and devils.
Demon Goddess Andraki, the Wild Wrath, Lady of Unpredictability.
Absolute domain: Demons, The Abyss, chaotic evil creatures, crimes of passion, “the wild” and desperation. Champion god of Anti-Gorlorian sentiment.
Shared domains: Wilderness, hunting, passion, impulsiveness, war, games (specifically deadly games), justice (particularly painful or conflicted varieties), frogs, hyenas, any and all spotted animals, twins, difficult choices (sub-aspect: the correct ones), the thin line between being brave and foolhardy.
Immortal title: Andraki the Wild.
Physical Distinctiveness: Female humanoid. Attractive, ‘spotted’ skin, thick dark curly hair. Described as “a grinning invite to a messy death.”
Devil God Keanvari, the Red Death, the Red Emperor of Hell, Last Wizard of Hillman (defunct)
Absolute domain: Devils, The Nine Hells, lawful evil creatures, premeditated crimes, forbidden magic and desperation. Champion god of Anti-Gorlorian sentiment.
Shared domains: Magic, secrets, discovery, invention, innovation, premeditation and planning, strategy, war, barriers (creation, maintenance, and destruction), twins, difficult choices (sub-aspect: the wrong ones), the thin line between being brave and foolhardy.
Immortal title: Keanvari the Arcane.
Physical Distinctiveness: Male humanoid. Attractive, tall, pale skin, dark hair, red eyes. Described as both a “nihilistic war machine” and “arrogant troublemaker.”
The Gods As Ascended Mortals
Verifiable accounts of Andraki and Keanvari’s existence don’t surface until their arrival in the mortal rebellion. Interestingly, they appear to be relatively late arrivals to the rebellion’s roster, with no pay recorded until four months after Gorloris founded the rebel movement.
There are suggestions in the records that the rebels actively sought “The Last Wizard of Hillman,” although there’s no certifiable connection between this figure and early rebellion Keanvari, who is billed for pay as a cook rather than a soldier or scout like his sister Andraki. In an equally unusual move, it appears as if Andraki was promoted to Squad Leader immediately upon joining – another point in favor of the ‘Gorloris actively courted the twins’s involvement’ theory.
It’s no surprise that Keanvari successfully maintained a level of secrecy around the twins’s origins (including whether or not Andraki and Keanvari are their real names, considering atypical naming conventions in comparison to their well-documented [and quite likely affected, according to some academics] ‘backwoods’ accent).
The closest we can find to their origin point is recorded ten weeks into their association with the rebellion, wherein a nine day gap in orders, reports, requisitions, and correspondence appears, only to be followed by a list of 19 casualties and 61 injured combatants, listed with “Battle” as the cause. Keanvari is included in the list of injured combatants, and remains listed as injured for another two weeks, although the nature of these injuries is unlisted.
The lack of information regarding the twins and their origins most likely added to their perceived mystique and their abnormally rapid rate of ascendancy.
As for the fairytale of Andraki and the Fairy Prince, validity is questionable at best. While one memorable contemporary account describes the twins as “intemperate degenerates,” another describes Andraki specifically as a “dedicated lover to immorality,” and yet another describes her as “morality unbridled.” Regardless of personality, it would’ve been chronologically impossible for her to venture into the forest for a month and marry a fairy prince, as the rebellion averaged one immortal kill every two weeks and the well-documented movements during the Banishing War allow a total of 20 days “off” for the twins during the entire three year campaign.
This does not discount the chance she did fall in love and marry someone, but there are no marriage records with her name, no record of royal visitations throughout the Banishing War, and certainly no record of Andraki the wronged lover’s mad vengeful massacre.
The Dark Ascension
Andraki and Keanvari were crucial instruments in the Banishing War (Keanvari in particular, as the first [verified] mortal to kill an immortal), and most accounts of the war agree on one specific point in particular: the twins were very dedicated to removing immortal rule.
The reason for this remains unverified (the argument is summarized as follows: was it hatred of immortals, or love of mortal freedom?), but the one fact we stand by as certifiable is that Keanvari and Andraki willingly fought immortals with Gorloris.
It’s uncertain when the twins themselves became immortals, but it was most likely around the time of the Battle of Widow’s Keep (what we now celebrate as Banfiend), which occurred two years into the Banishing War. It is at this point that erratic behavior begins to be recorded, and when contemporary accounts turn from glowing praises to careful records.
This is also likely when their followers began to transform (or, significantly more likely, were transformed) into gnolls and kenku. In short: after the fiends were banished, Andraki and Keanvari were immortals forming their own monstrous half-humanoid armies.
The time of ascendancy is clear, taking place the same day as the Battle of Gathering/Fairday Plains (now known as Bancel). The post-battle timetable is muddied at best, but it was on this day that Andraki and Keanvari were banished to the Shadowfell and ascended to godhood. A consensus of accounts claims that their ascension from immortals to true deities occurred thanks to successfully thwarting the attempt Gorloris the Magnificent – who was already a true god – made to destroy them.
How the successfully surviving twins were banished to the Shadowfell is the most contentious fact of their ascension since, despite common legend dictating otherwise, Keanvari and Andraki successfully stood against Gorloris. Either they went willingly through the gate, one of the twins forced the other through the gate, or a third party became involved in the conflict.
After their ascension and subsequent banishment, the only records available are from Banisher interrogations, the earliest of which [13 AB] already includes reference to the Abyss and the Nine Hells. Keanvari’s name was immediately recognized by the subject, but Andraki’s was unknown, suggesting either a complete separation of Hell and the Abyss, or that Andraki’s dominion over the Abyss started significantly later than Keanvari’s control of Hell, or both. By 18 AB, both were firmly in place as god-sovereign of their planes – a position which has been maintained for 400 years.