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Saarn is one of the four Klavigar of Sarkicism, saints that lie only below Grand Karcist Ion, the earthly leader of the faith. She is usually associated with darkness, secrecy, deception, poison, assassination, and justice.
Saarn was once a young house servant to a wealthy Daevite-family, and she experienced abuse throughout her life. Eventually this abuse led to her murdering the entire household with poison, garrote, and dagger. For this crime she was imprisoned within the fortress city of Kurst (said city would also be the first to be later taken over by the Ion and his followers).
While awaiting execution, Grand Karcist Ion appeared in her prison-cell. He said: "The winds whispered of your actions. There is no evil in the Judgment. You did not choose to be the vessel of our will. Many will die this day but you are needed alive". Ion then transformed his hand into "a wolfish maw" and tore apart the cell door, liberating Saarn.
She became a devout follower of Ion, and trained a network of spies and assassins who would disembowel men and women on the streets and strangle infants their cradles. Her acts were described in graphic details by the Daevites.
According to her seal, Saarn would over time transform into a serpent-like being, which would fit with her way around poisons. This was presumably the works of Grand Karcist Ion, who was known to manipulate his own flesh, as well that of others.
- In Finnish, the word saarna can mean sermon, lecture, homily or harangue.
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