The Ruby Prince Khemet III
Ruby Prince Khemet III, the Forthbringer, is the current ruler of the nation of Osirion. The prince is not quite middle aged, with brown eyes in a still-boyish face; some speculate his youthful appearance is the consequence of drinking the sun orchid elixir. He cultivates the weak, malleable image his apparent youth inspires. Nazmi, a celestial gynosphinx servant of Abadar, advises the prince, who allows the Council of Liberated Slaves to manage most of the mundane government functions while he manages the byzantine elemental and planar pacts that underlie Osirion’s independence. The prince bears two unusual wondrous items as the rightful heir of the Dynasty of the Forthbringers: the Crook of the Ancient Serpent as his rod of office, and the Ruby circlet beneath his pharaonic headpiece, which allows him to communicate with his invisible elemental advisor Janhelia. A powerful summoner, the Ruby Prince has negotiated agreements with genies of air, water, and fire, as well as the angelic and fiendish servants of several gods.
Seven years ago, Pharaoh Khemet III, the Ruby Prince, formally opened Osirion’s ancient tombs and burial sites to foreign explorers. Khemet III understood that adventurers who’ve traveled great distances in search of treasure typically do not return from whence they came to sell their discoveries. Instead, they typically sell or trade what they do not keep as quickly as possible at the closest civilized community with an economy strong enough to absorb an influx of valuable antiquities. The Ruby Prince’s policy has attracted not only explorers to the desert nation ofOsirion, but also countless scholars, private collectors, special interest groups such as the Pathfinder Society, and financial interests from all across the Inner Sea. A minor industry has sprung up just to support visiting explorers, and an even larger infrastructure has come into being to serve foreign investors and traders. Every opening of a major site has heralded an economic boom for the local area and for Osirion as a whole.