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Belharza the Man-Bull was the son of the Empress Alessia and her consort, Morihaus, and one of the first minotaurs. He succeeded his mother as ruler of the Alessian Empire upon her death in 1E 266. Little is known about the emperor's life and reign as most records of the period were destroyed following the rise of the Alessian Order. Private correspondence between Belharza and Alessia is held in the Library of Dusk in Coldharbour, though its contents are unspecified. According to some scholars, the curvature of Belharza's horns (infamously depicted in Tertia Gallus's heretical renderings circa 1E 1300) are one of the only aesthetic features that sets him apart from Morihaus. He was said to have wielded a weapon called the Axe of Belharza.
A surviving document from an Alessian Order sect indirectly implies that Belharza was troubled by large Ayleid hordes. One controversial interpretation of an ancient tablet fragment called the Belharza Stone asserts that the precursors of the xenophobic Order may have openly clashed with Belharza, and violently purged the minotaurs from the Empire. Ancestor moths that served under Belharza during their corporeal stage were still in use at the end of the Third Era.[UOL 1]
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