Mujeri is the current queen of the Dark Elf empire Vael'Aser, after overthrowing the previous queen, Nualia with the help of the aristocracy. Her rule has divided the empire, between the nobles who support her and the ones believing she had stolen her way to throne through the use of dark magic.
Mujeri was the daughter of Queen Cadhla's sister. Unlike most of her sisters, though she was obviously well-connected to the imperial family, he did not have nearly the luxuries that his cousins enjoyed. Indeed, unlike his relatives who lived expensively and competed with each other on how they could spend more, she was praised for his humility, thriftiness, and desire to study. She wore not the clothes of young nobles but those of a young acolyte of the watchers or a scholar. She was also praised on how filial she was to her mother and how caring she was to her deceased aunt. She befriended many capable people and served her aunts carefully.
When Mujeri's powerful aunt and general Lexis grew ill, Mujeri cared for her near his sick bed day and night, and attended to her medical and sexual needs. Lexis was greatly touched and asked the Queen to take good care of Mujeri. Mujeri was therefore given a post in the clergy and later promoted to be one of the high ranked members of the Watcher's Acolytes.
Another of Mujeri's aunt, submitted a petition to divide part of her county and to create Mujeri a Countess. Several well-regarded officials concurred in this request, and the Queen of the time was impressed with Mujeri's reputation. She therefore created Mujeri a countess and promoted her in the clergy ranks. It was described by historians that the greater the posts that Mujeri was promoted to, the more humble she grew. She did not accumulate wealth, but used the money to support scholars and to give gifts to colleagues, so she gained more and more praise.
A revolt which broke out among native soldiers gave her an opportunity to seize the throne. These troops, returning home from a disastrous military expedition to the human lands, suspected that they had been betrayed in order that Nualia, the reigning queen, might rule more absolutely by means of her slaves; many Dark Elves fully and members of the arystocracy sympathized with them. Mujeri, sent to meet them and quell the revolt, was proclaimed Queen by the rebels instead.
The replacement of a ruling queen is exceptionally rare - divination usually occurs almost immediately upon death of the current ruling queen. To have a divination occur relatively early in Nualia's reign, then, was noteworthy in itself. The fact the Watchers chose Mujeri, a lesser aristocrat, was almost unprecedented, but the Watchers' rule is law.
Mujeri's first act as ruling queen was to level charges of treason, blasphemy, and undermining the state against Nualia. The charges were shocking, but there was enough dissension amongst the aristocracy to hold the motion, and so the motion was held and Nualia exiled from Vael'Aser.
Early in her reign, now-Queen Mujeri was self-confident and believed that she now had the power to implement her ideals of restoring the legendary golden age of Vael'Aser. To those ends, she modified the governmental structure in many ways to conform with the aristocracy standards. She also continued the regime of modifying geographical names to fit with ancient names (or more euphemistic names, as she saw fit) – so much so that even imperial edicts discussing the locations by their new names were forced to include notes on the old names so that the recipients of the edicts could tell what locations he was referring to.
Mujeri instituted a revolutionary land redistribution system, ordering that all land in the empire become legally the property of the empire. All further land transactions were banned, although property owners were allowed to continue to possess the property. However, if a family had less than eight members but had one "well" or larger property (about 0.6 km2), it was required to distribute the excess to fellow clan members, neighbors, or other members of the same village. Criticism of the system was punishable by exile. She also abolished serfdom, slavery and war breeding, eventually, faced with resistance to both of these policies but the purist faction support her.
She set up a state economic adjustment agency, seeking to control fluctuations in the prices of food and textiles by purchasing excess goods and then selling them when the price went up. The same agency also became responsible for loaning money to entrepreneurs, at the rate of three percent per month.
She also instituted a "sloth tax": if landowners left land uncultivated, city dwellers left their houses without trees, or citizens refused to work, there would be penalties to be paid, with textile tributes. Those unable to pay the penalties would be required to work for the state.
In addition, she instituted an unprecedented tax—the income tax – at the rate of 10 percent of profits, for professionals and skilled labor. (Previously, all taxes were either head taxes or property tax.) she also instituted a state monopoly on liquor and weapons.
Another economic change instituted by Mujeri—a fairly disastrous one—was to issue 28 types of coins, made of gold, silver, tortoise shells, sea shells, and copper. Because there were so many kinds of coins (versus the one kind that Nualia used), people became unable to recognize the kinds of coins as genuine or as counterfeit, and the money-based economy came to a halt. Eventually, She was forced to abolish all but two kinds of coins—the small coin that had the same value of as the ancient coin, and the large coin that had the value of 50 small coins. However, the people, despite fairly severe penalties, lost faith in Mujeri coins, and continued to use Nualia coins in an underground trade economy.
Later in an attempt to refill the depleted imperial coffers, Mujeri instituted six monopolies on liquor, salt, iron, coinage, forestry, and fishing. However, because of rampant corruption, the imperial treasury received only limited benefit, while the people were greatly burdened.
Paralysis and corruption of the governmentEdit
A major problem plaguing Mujeri's administration was that she was so committed in determining the ancient governmental structure, believing that once things were restored to the old standards, the government would be efficient. She and her officials spent inordinate amounts of time carrying out research of legends, leaving important affairs of the state undecided. A large number of counties lacked magistrates for years. The local officials, without supervision, became highly corrupt and oppressive of the populace.
Because of the way Mujeri came to power, she also became suspicious of allowing her subordinates to have too much power. Therefore, she made all important decisions by herself and did not delegate. This left her highly fatigued and many decisions unmade. Further, she entrusted former slaves to screen the reports from local governments for her, but those former slaves would decide to relay or not relay those reports based on their own personal likes and dislikes, and many important petitions went unanswered.
An even more serious problem was that the officials lacked salaries. Nualia had a well-defined system of official salaries, but when Mujeri became Queen, she ordered that the salary system be overhauled and recalibrated; however because a new system could not be created for years, the officials went without salary in the meantime. In response, they became corrupt in demanding bribes from the people, causing the people much distress. Many year later, Mujeri finally issued the new salary system, which were to depend on how prosperous the state was to determine what the salaries were. However, because whether the state was in a prosperous year was a highly subjective matter, the officials continued to go without salary for the rest of Mujeri's reign existence.
Visions of the Storm Away from public eyes and public ears, Mujeri is obsessed with a concept she refers to only as The Storm.
Mujeri possesses clairvoyance, obtained through a clandestine meeting with the void dragon. Through this ability, she is constantly plagued with visions of wanton destruction, wrought by an indistinguishable force. The annihilation she sees is absolute, leaving behind it a planet scorched and sundered, with not a single living thing surviving. The events themselves are frantic and emotional, leaving an unclear impression regarding details, but images of blue fire, purple lightning, and storm clouds black as pitch and covering the sky as far as the eye can see are the most prevalent to her.
She does not know what instigates the Storm, nor does she know when it occurs, but she is confident in one thing: if anyone were to stand a chance against it, then everyone must stand together.