|Ozorne Muhassin Tasikhe|
|Emperor of Carthak (from 442—451 HE)|
|Start of Reign|
|End of Reign|
|Years of Service|
|Alias||The Emperor Mage|
|Died|| 451 HE (transformed into Stormwing)|
452 HE (truly killed)
|Noble House||Tasikhe family|
|Other Family||Kaddar Iliniat (nephew)|
|Rank||Royalty - Imperial|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|First Mentioned||Wild Magic|
|First Appeared||Emperor Mage|
|Last Appeared||The Realms of the Gods|
Ozorne Muhassin Tasikhe (pronounced oh-ZOHRN moo-HAHS-sihn tah-SEEK-hay), commonly known as the Emperor Mage, was the Emperor of Carthak from 442—451 HE. Later he became a Stormwing and died in the final battle of the Immortals War.
Early life and Education
Before becoming emperor, Ozorne was recognized for his powerful Gift and attended the Carthaki University for magic. He met Numair Salmalín when they were both students and when Numair used his real name, "Arram Draper". It is unknown what exactly happened between the two, but it did cause a great rift between them. Numair was forced to flee under the alias "Numair Salmalin". This angered Ozorne, who believed this to be betrayal. Ozorne was jealous of his old friend, now enemy's, more superior grasp on magic. He, unlike Numair, never achieved the coveted rank of black robe.
Emperor of Carthak
Ozorne was crowned emperor of Carthak in 442 HE. A red star shone on the day of his coronation as emperor—an ill omen. Ozorne ignored the warnings, and did everything he could to undermine the gods' power in Carthak. He made it so it was forbidden to show to much support to the gods, saying that if subjects needed something to worship, they could worship him. The great temples of Carthak received no more imperial attention, and soon became dirty and unkempt. To not offend the gods completely, Ozorne made it so these temples be attended, but just very low staffed. As emperor he also greatly encouraged the raiding and slave taking of his nearby countries, especially Tortall. Although few can actually trace the pirates back to Ozorne, it was common knowledge that he was aware of what was going on, and that he even sanctioned it.
Ozorne, even though he was especially cruel to humans, had a soft spot for birds and kept a menagerie of them, where he treated them very well. He had a number of other animals in his menagerie, and he also tried to treat them with the best care possible. His exhibit for Immortals acted more like a prison than a menagerie. Animals were kept in tight cages, as they were immortal and didn't need food, water, or space to survive. He kept a few stormwings like this, his old enemies Barzha Razorwing and Hebakh Razorwing.
The Tortallan Peace Delegation
Tensions were growing between Carthak and Tortall, and it was decided that peace negotiations were in order. This was especially because Carthaki pirates attacked Pirate's Swoop while Queen Thayet of Tortall was staying there with her children. A peace delegation was formed that included Gareth the Elder, Gareth the Younger, Martin of Meron, Alanna the Lioness, Numair Salmalín, and Daine the Wildmage. The latter was a part of the delegation as a peace offering from King Jonathan, who knew that Emperor Ozorne's birds were ill and also knew that Daine could probably heal them.
The Carthakis gave a luxurious welcome of the Tortallan peace delegation. It later became known that Ozorne used a simulacrum of himself to welcome them. He later met Daine as himself and brought her to heal his birds. Daine became unsure of what to think of him, as she had heard so many bad stories from her human friends, but she couldn't really think ill of someone who had such a regard for his animals.
Ozorne had formed an alliance with the Stormwings who had, reportedly, killed the Razorwings, Jokhun Foulreek. When Rikash Moonsword heard from Daine that the Razorwings were imprisoned, he turned coat and gave Ozorne one of his metal feathers, saying that if the Emperor Mage ever needed it, he could use this against himself. Ozorne, who believed himself invincible at this point, replied coolly that he didn't think he would need to, but that he would keep the feather anyway.
Ozorne discovered that Numair had feelings for Daine when the other man provoked him. The Emperor Mage planned to kidnap Daine because her magic would do great things for his cause and realm, and to get back at Numair and lure him into his grasp for an execution. Ozorne executed Numair's simulacrum, who acted so much like Numair that it was impossible to distinguish the two. When Daine discovered this, she thought that Ozorne had executed the real Numair, as that was the belief of Prince Kaddar, who informed her of this. She used the magic that the Graveyard Hag and the goddess's rats gave her to awaken the dinosaur skeletons. She destroyed the palace and hunted down Ozorne with the hyenas, who wanted to visit their revenge on the Emperor Mage as well.
Daine did not kill Ozorne, and he transformed himself into a Stormwing with Rikash's feather. As Immortals cannot rule or govern Humans, he forfeited his claim to emperor. He also did not know how to use Stormwing magic. Although Queen Barza and Hebakh Razorwing vowed to kill him, Ozorne managed to escape into exile and ally himself with Uusoae, the Queen of Chaos.
His reign passed to his heir and nephew, Kaddar Iliniat.
Stormwing, the Immortals War
Ozorne was instrumental in Uusoae's plan to conquer the Divine and Mortal Realms. His want for vengeance against Numair was the main driving force of his actions, and he also wanted to visit revenge on Daine Sarrasri, who had thwarted him before. In order to spy on key members of his opponents during the Immortals War, Ozorne created darkings. The darkings were small beings that were made of Stormwing magic and blood. They were virtually indestructible from all magic except perhaps that of the divine variety, were not detectible, and could communicate with each other from extremely far distances—even if one of them was in another realm.
In the final battle of the Immortals War, Ozorne planned to escape before anyone realized who he was. Daine noticed him flying away, changed herself into eagle shape, and pursued him. She faced him in a fight and won, killing him. This occurred in the summer of 452 HE, months before Keladry of Mindelan would begin her training for knighthood.
Ozorne was widely known for his two-faced personality. He was infamously jealous, possessive, vengeful, and cruel. He had at least two heirs prior to Kaddar killed for being disrespectful.
In some ways Ozorne was very cultured, being well-educated and having a taste for exotic animals. He owned a variety of birds and a menagerie filled with mortal and immortal creatures alike. Although notoriously cruel to humans, he was outlandishly kind toward his animals and especially his birds, which were the jewel of his collection.
As a human, Orzone was usually richly clad with lighter skin, wearing everything from golden braids to toe rings. His light skin was a contrast to his heir presumptive, Kaddar, who pointed out that his mother was a lot lighter than his father.
When a Stormwing, he had the same face but sports a Stormwing body.
Emperor Ozorne appeared as a major antagonist in:
Ozorne will definitely appear in installments of the Exile trilogy that has yet to be published.
He is based on Ozzy Ozborne.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 http://www.tamora-pierce.com/faq_timeline.html
- ↑ Emperor Mage, final chapters
- ↑ The Realms of the Gods, final chapters
- ↑ Their relationship will presumably be revealed in the books on Numair's early life
- ↑ Wild Magic, Chp 8
- ↑ Randombuzzers: Chat with Tamora Pierce - Tortall - retrieved on March 11, 2011