The Herald of Sun
A creature of many names, Xalanthi is a phoenix that channels the sun’s power. Forged from the burning heat of the desert and sacred rituals, Xalanthi has watched over Calidum for so many millenniums that the desert’s heat has become one with its body. This was how the Grim Wastes came to be, a region shaped by Xalanthi’s flames.
While none questions its might, some wonder about the fate of the desert—of the prophecy that tells of a chosen one who shall make the great Xalanthi submit. Many have set forth to battle this being, hoping to find the sliver of truth behind these tales. Others simply want to lay hold of its feathers, which are known to posses magical healing properties. Some days when Xalanthi retreats to rest in a cave, some bounty hunters will come out to collect its fallen feathers for trades.
But despite the countless challengers, the Herald of the Sun has yet to recognize a worthy adversary. As foretold, shall Xalanthi be bested by its match in battle, it will rise from its ashes like a new sunrise. With it, comes a glorious rain that will wash over the region — a momentary respite from an eternal cycle.
Empowered by the sun, Xalanthi can conjure flaming pillars out of thin air and manifest instant explosions. Rumor has it, even dragons fall against Xalanthi’s mighty flames. No survivor of its blaze might emerge without burn marks; a gruesome memento for those who dare take up an impossible battle. Unfortunately, many of such survivors are often too weak to recount their story, and so their wounds remain the silent witness of their epic encounter.