Shiva the Pervader, also known as Ruhmal, was the personification of chaos and entropy. [1] She was a malevolent deity from the Ivory Kingdoms. She was worshipped by the Cult of the Destroyer. The cult's ultimate goal was to take over the world in Shiva's name and bring him ultimate power. [2] Kali-Ma was her avatar, [3] her dark and wrathful aspect. [4]

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Shiva had three faces, one for each cycle (life, death, and rebirth), three eyes, and four arms, her visage was both terrifying and strangely reassuring. Her followers bore self-inflicted wounds upon their faces, necks, and limbs. [5]

Duty[edit | edit source]

Shiva did not seek the destruction of the world, but rather its renewal, [6] therefore the world would have to be destroyed, to allow it to be reborn stronger. [7]

Rebirth of her cult[edit | edit source]

The cult to Shiva had disappeared and their temples were ruined. She appeared to a Naga Abomination, Kashal, and offered rebirth for his service. The Abomination founded the Sanctuary of the Outcasts where other Abominations were drawn and joined the rising cult. [5]

Cult of Ruhmal[edit | edit source]

Shiva's cultists were responsible for much suffering in the Ivory Kingdoms as well as other lands. Their activity was dealt a significant blow at the end of the Mantis-Ivory Kingdoms War when Mantis Clan Champion Yoritomo Aramasu exposed their activities. [8]

Kali-Ma[edit | edit source]

Her avatar, Kali-Ma, became the Champion of Jigoku [9] and in the 12th century unleashed a blow against the Ivory Kingdoms, which were nearly destroyed by the Ruhmalists. [10] The avatar was defeated by the Rokugani during the invasion of the Emerald Empire, known as the Destroyer War. [11]

Yuna[edit | edit source]

The remnants of the Ruhmalist were gathered under the command of Yuna. [12]

External Links[edit | edit source]


  1. Legend of the Burning Sands Roleplaying Game, p. 274
  2. Hidden Emperor p. 36
  3. Vacant Throne, p. 123
  4. Emerald Empire; Fourth Edition, p. 254
  5. 5.0 5.1 Way of the Naga, p. 118
  6. Shiva the Destroyer (LBS - The Awakening flavor)
  7. Legend of the Burning Sands Roleplaying Game, p. 270
  8. Legend of the Burning Sands Roleplaying Game, p. 266
  9. The Harbinger, by Shawn Carman
  10. Unleashed, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  11. Goddesses, Part 4, by Shawn Carman
  12. Aftermath, Part 2, by Shawn Carman

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