Curse of the Crimson Throne
King Eodred Arabasti II
King of Korvosa
At the top of the political power dynamic sits the city’s monarch, most recently King Eodred II, son of Queen Domina the Great. King Eodred enjoyed expanded monarchial power wrested from the nobles and ministers by his powerful and popular mother. She controlled Korvosa more fully than any previous monarch, but he still only barely retained power. Unlike the slave girls in his harem who served him without complaint, the city of Korvosa is a fickle and demanding mistress.
King Eodred’s declarations from atop the Crimson Throne became law almost by default, although the arbiters retained the ability to counter any foolish whim of his that violated the city’s charter (and its 247 amendments) or Chelaxian law.
Born Arkapallus Arabasti, King Eodred II adopted the name of Korvosa’s first king when he took the throne, in the hope of achieving the same level of popularity and success as his adopted namesake. Eodred loves the soft touch of females, regardless of race, ethnicity, or (rumors suggest) age. He also enjoys lavishly spending the city’s gold, spoiling himself and his harem with the finest foods and clothes from across the world. On occasion, he even spends gold on the city itself, and under his watch Korvosa built four small orphanages (bringing the city’s total up to five) and the Pantheon of Many.
Despite the foul rumors surrounding him, King Eodred II retains a modicum of love from his people thanks to his good works in the city. Most of his subjects consider him a benign and mostly harmless monarch, more interested in wallowing in his own crapulence than affecting the city in any meaningful way.
A statue of King Eodred II already stands in the center of Eodred Circle, in Midland. As he grows older and the fear of being forgotten grips his heart, Eodred has diverted more of the city’s gold toward public works and monumental structures and more of his personal time toward trying to produce an heir.