Art by Mark Nelson
The Rakshasa of Rakshasas
|“||Like Odin, Hazimel had paid a price for his wisdom, for he was missing an eye. The limitless depths of that empty socket were as dark as the rest of the man. Not in skin— that would be a superficial description for a creature such as this— but again in his aura. His entirety seemed as depthless and boundless as a black hole.||”|
|— Clan Novel Saga Volume 1: The Fall of Atlanta|
The Ravnos claim that he was born "far to the North" and served originally as a guardian of a goddess dedicated to combating the asuratizayya. The asuratizayya eventually retaliated against her by turning Hazimel against her, causing him to kill her. Insane with grief, he ripped out his own eye and fled into the mountains, where he was discovered by Zapathasura. When the Antediluvian offered him vengeance, Hazimel accepted, forsaking his name for the title "Rakshasa". He is said to have bared his Eye as a nazar, which allowed him to see through falsehoods.
The Karavalanisha Vrana records that the Rakshasa became war-weary and confronted his sire with this. The two clashed and the Rakshasa became Zapathasura's second-greatest enemy, supposed to have cast his lot with one of his greater nemeses like Ennoia. In some versions of the story, he left India for either Africa or the Middle Kingdom, while in others, Zapathasura took his Eye from him and imprisoned him until he would repent. Other sources claim that he was betrayed by Ravana after the latter turned to infernalism, because his eye could see through his deceptions.
In later centuries, Hazimel became a forgotten entity, entirely referred to by his epithet. Some even equated him with an Antediluvian. The connection between him and the Eye of Hazimel was only later rediscovered.
|“||The ancient himself bathed alone and emerged from his ablutions freshly painted in ashes, his Eye closed, his hair twisted into a crown of braids adorned with ornaments of gold and copper wire and polished garnets, naked but for his silken kilt.||”|
|— Beckett describing Hazimel|
He may be the methuselah in contact with Khalil Ravana.