Parade of Planeswalkers | Vima Szet
Vima Szet is a native of Rabiah whose belief in might makes right fuels her calculating desire for power. Born in Rabiah under a prophetic sky, she was quickly whisked away to the home of Vizier Givik and lumped together with the other first-born females under the phophet's stars to be raised and trained in the arts of soothsaying. She came under the watchful eye and personal tutelage of the head Vizier when, during the Test of Snakes, she correctly identified the basket with the poisonous snake, and reached in regardless. The bite's searing pain was mixed with an exquisite awakening of her Spark; granting her visions of places and people both known to her and alien to Rabiah itself.
Vima knew little of travelling the planes, but as her power grew, she learned to summon and control these visions of other worlds. She could peer into times and places where people she knew were living different lives and telling different tales. She used this knowledge to spy on persons of power, witnessing their great triumphs within the other shards of Rabiah. Armed with this knowledge, she was able to snake her way into the confidence of a number of wealthy and powerful personages within her own world, selling information to the highest bidder. Her cadre of friends grew large, and included Givik's patron: King Suleiman. With her newfound wealth, she was able to forward her learning of sorcery and other, darker arts.
Givik's gifts were cloudy and weak compared to Vima, but were enough to warn him of impending danger. He foresaw a future with Vima having killed him with snake venom and taken his place. In his own dark counsel he plotted on how to undo the upstart whom he personally trained. Her frequent trips to the estates of neighboring lords would prove opportune. He would kill Vima while she was away at the home of a nearby lord, blaming the death on betrayal. War would be the only answer, and he would curry lost favor with King Suleiman and grow the empire in the process.
In the still of one autumn night, Givik took a hired knife and crossed the rocky hillsides into the neighboring kingdom where Vima had been. He ensorcelled the guards to sleep, and entered the guest room where Vima was staying. Vima was awake and already waiting for him; the floor writing with venomous snakes. The snakes attacked the group and were quickly dispatched by the mercenary and Givik. As the Vizier crept up on Vima, drawing a poisoned knife, a huge pair of fangs bit into the back of the Vizier's neck. Vima had reached through the planes and pulled the soul of the snake into the body of the mercenary. Givik's death came quickly, but not quick enough to rob him of the slow realization of the true meaning of the vision he had.
Vima used Givik's own trick against him; telling King Suleiman that she summoned Givik to the nearby province and that a trap lay for him that the old Vizier could not predict. Suleiman quickly took over the feifdom and appointed Vima his new personal Vizier.
This taste of power sated Vima for a time, but the source of her visions still plagued her, as does the source of its power. She spends her nights searching the reflections of Rabiah for a being that could answer her riddle, and guide her, willingly or no, to even greater power.
[spoiler Vima Szet, Vizier of Venom]
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