Saran D'Mor is the daughter of Yarin D'mor, King of Adrid. Her mother died when she was young, and many speculate that she committed suicide to escape her husband. Yarin raised Saran like a son and taught her to fight and lead his army. She lacks the qualities present in most noble women. She knows little of etiquette, sewing, or courtly manners. Saran is passionate about deposing her father and placing someone more worthy on the throne but does not desire that position for herself. She wants to leave the title behind and spend her remaining days living quietly with the two men she cares for, Keleir, and his brother, Rowe. Saran D'Mor is a Time Mage.
Keleir was born cursed with the soul of an Oruke at war with his own. An Oruke is a creature forged from the excess matter left over at the birth of a universe, and can only exist by taking a human child as a host. Like all children born with an Oruke, Keleir has the surname Ahriman–which means darkness. From the time he was born, until he turned five, his village tortured him, hoping it would save him from his curse. It ended up unleashing another, more terrible one instead. He killed his father using magic, something forbidden by the Core–the source of all magic– and brought a Blood Curse upon himself. This curse nearly destroyed his human soul, and it gave the Oruke control over his body. The Oruke fled Keleir's village. As with most lost or orphaned children, the Adrid army took him in. He fought for them and earned a bloody reputation. The people of Adrid dubbed him Lifesbane. For thirteen years, the Oruke had control of Keleir's body until Saran gave his human consciousness the reins again. Since then, Keleir has spent the last five years atoning for his sins by helping the rebellion he almost crushed and fighting to keep the Oruke at bay. Keleir Ahriman is a Fire Mage.
Rowe Blackwell was raised to fear and loathe his brother, Keleir, but never did. The two banded together against their abusive parents until Keleir ran away in the middle of the night after killing his father. His mother later remarried. When Rowe was ten, his mother sold him to the army instead of paying their taxes. Rowe reunited with his brother once in the army. He followed Kelier down the black path the Oruke took him. Rowe grew increasingly disgusted with himself and what he did to innocent people in the king's name. He attempted to starve himself to death as a punishment, but Saran nursed him back to health and showed him the path to the rebellion. He worked alongside her for two years before Keleir joined their cause. Rowe Blackwell is a Lightning Mage.
Time Mage | King
Yarin was a friend to the former King of Adrid, Dante Vanguard, before mad by visions of the Vel d'Ekaru (The Living God) drove him insane. The Living God is a being foretold to bring about the destruction of the world to purify it. The visions urged him to seize power and lay the foundations for the Vel d'Ekaru's rise. The economy of Adrid had been in serious decline for years and the might of its military had wavered. Yarin used this to convince a group of nobles and military officials to let him take the throne. He killed Dante, and most of the royal family, before taking Dante's daughter, Rebecca, as his wife. As he had married someone from the Vanguard line, the Core, the soul of the world, accepted his rule over the land. Yarin D'Mor was a Time Mage, but his illness has stripped him of his magic.
Madam Ophelia is a Healer in Andrian, Adrid. Healers are typically women gifted with the ability to mend wounds, but hold no other elemental magic. They also cannot heal their own injuries. Madam Ophelia, like many Healers, believes in the Grand Feminine, a woman of power who will forge a path for domination over male leaders and usher in prosperity and peace.
Odan Marki was an orphan Ice Mage taken in by the army, as most children with the promise of power are. Raised in the palace walls from infancy to adulthood, he views the King with reverence. He sees Yarin as his father figure. He hates Saran because of her willful defiance of her father and her disrespect. He silently holds a competitive need to outshine her, hoping to win Yarin's favor and become his heir.
Water Mage | Rebel Leader
Ishep Darshan was a Water Mage in the Adrid army during the rule of Dante Vanguard. He was friends with both Dante and Yarin D'mor. He was also in love with Rebecca Vanguard, Saran's mother. He worked for Yarin through the coop that gave him the throne, but when Rebecca died, he broke away from the kingdom and founded the rebellion that Saran, Rowe, and Keleir secretly fight in.
“Maybe I am. Maybe that’s the feeling. This electric connectivity when we touch, when we are near, and maybe that’s why he hates you so much. You are the redeemer of my soul, Saran. You balance me.”
— Keleir Ahriman
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