Crimson Anagalis (the Repentant Collector)
Crimson Anagalis was a powerful servitor of one of the Powers of Law,
dedicated to the study and classification of life in all its variations
across the multiverse. Eons ago, it succumbed to the thrill of collecting,
and began to intervene in various worlds. Myriads of unique creatures were
abducted. They were held in timeless bondage in a supernaturally vast
museum in the Crimson Dimension. When its crimes were finally discovered,
Crimson Anagalis was bound by its master within a million enchanted Chains
of Sorrow, the uncountable links of which represent its victims.
To redeem itself, Crimson Anagalis acts as Patron to a network of Lawful
agents across many worlds and times. With its help, the agents release
innocent captives from servitude or imprisonment. For each such freedom
restored, one of its million chains shortens by one link.
Agents gain a red mark of two interlocking circles on their brow. They
must leave a sign (a broken red chain-link) behind for every escape they
arrange, to warn slavers and captors that they cannot prevail. The
Repentant Collector frowns upon slaughter, preferring to work by subtlety
and reputation: every captor who gives up what they do will shorten the
Chains of Sorrow by a hundred links.
Special note: Wherever Crimson Anagalis finds agents, its enemy Byvellum
the Hivemind will follow. Byvellum, a paragon of extreme Law who works for
the total destruction and overthrow of Chaos, will attempt to become a Patron
of any opponents of those who follow Crimson Anagalis. His message is that the
magics granted by Crimson Anagalis are focussed on deception and lies, and
that Crimson Anagalis is in fact a facade, a cunning figurehead who gets
Lawful beings to act Chaotically, while leaving their enemies alive to
carry on their work rather than slaying them.
The sage Velfis noted that Byvellum’s own patron spells (of wanton confusion
and destruction) could themselves be regarded as sowing Chaos, and that
both Patrons may be different facades of the same cunning power of Chaos,
sowing dissension amongst the ranks of the Lawful. Velfis disappeared in
mysterious circumstances shortly after pointing this out, and has not been