Calistrian Crypt Thing
Race: Undead (Formerly Elf)
Age: Unknown (Undead, estimated to be several thousand years)
Character Class(es): Unknown; presumed cleric
Description: A skeletal corpse wearing tattered remains of clerical robes
Alignment: Unknown; presumed evil
Motivations: Previously guarding deity-sanctioned treasure. Now, unknown.
Personality: Insane, angry, vengeful
Main Location: Ruined Temple of Calistria
According to half-remembered elven lore, a small elven town existed in the Verduran forest not far from present-day Bellis, before the Earthfall. When the elves retreated from the world in preparation from this event, they evacuated this unnamed town to Kyonin before transitioning to their sanctuary. As this occurred, the High Priestess of this temple attempted to retrieve their magical treasury, but in in a moment of greed, she was murdered by one of her compatriots when she saw the glittering gold and magic before her. The name of this priestess has been lost in time, and Calistria herself took notice of this brazen death; the goddess sanctions and approves revenge of all kinds, not simple cold-blooded murder for selfish greed.
As the goddess of revenge, Calistria imparted a terrible punishment upon her wayward cleric for her misdeed and instantly transformed her into a crypt thing, sealing her within the chamber that lead to the secret cash of treasure. As her coveted beauty and sensuality melted away from her, Calistria decreed she shall forever more guard the treasure she vainly murdered for, unable to have what she cursed herself for. The goddess gave her a cryptic prophecy where she was unable to harm other Calistrians and must give the treasure to one who passed her test. That prophecy read:
“In time a real adherent to the Book of Joy will come…one who knows the three stings in their deepest meaning. Once they prove that meaning by reversing the sacrilege they have witnessed upon me and placing the favored in my hand, they may have what you never can. Then perhaps vengeance will sated.”
Eventually Earthfall happened and much of Golarion was changed forever. The resulting damage caused the elven town to sink into the earth under the forest and was buried for thousands of years. There, the creature waited in solitude, brooding over her punishment and the treasure she could never have.
Recently, the characters then found the recently unsealed room containing the Calistrian Crypt Thing after they raided the temple for the second group of wardstones needed to imprison the Fellnight Queen. The undead creature incapacitated the majority of the party with its deadly abilities. After revealing its prophecy to Nessa, the bard, Tess’ara and Thomas were able to fulfill its meaning by restoring the statues of the goddess altered by the Dark Folk. The Crypt Thing was then required to give Nessa the treasure and hoped Calistria would free it from its undead existence. True to her nature as the goddess of revenge, Calistria denied the creature the freedom of death, and the characters departed the temple as the undead creature screamed in anguish.