Akal Khimran, also known as Akal the Great, was the fourth emperor of the Yhelteth Empire. His son, Jhiral Khimran II is the current emperor. Archeth considers him perhaps the best emperor so far. He was considered a great warrior and would often be riding out with his armies.
Akal was the first to lean heavily on the Citadel for money, blessings, and recruitment of the "zealous masses" for his armies.
Akal the Great ordered the savage attack on Vanbyr to give a lesson on "what happens when an imperial border province gets ideas about independence". Due to his infirmities, he was unable to ride out to the battle. Archeth was required to relay the news to him. Though she objected to the savagery, Akal dismissed it as necessary.