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Character Series – Alassane

Alassane character

I’m going to be starting a series of posts, each one focusing on one of my major characters! It will include various information as well as artwork of the character. If you have any ideas for something that should be included, write it in the comments and I will be sure to add it if I can. 

The character artwork in these posts are made by Emily B. aka ViceralSiren.

Alassane

Info

Name: Alassane
Age: 34(Deceased)
Height: 5’11” (180cm)
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Brown
Special traits: Abnormally thin
Ability: Magical
Ethnicity: Sinarian
Affiliation: Clergy
Occupation: Traveler

Backstory
Very little is known about Alassane before we meet him in Resounding Echo. His past is shrouded in mystery.

Personality
Alassane is very sarcastic and generally rude to everyone he meets, which often gets him into trouble. He has no qualms about insulting anyone, especially Selissa who travels with him.

Abilities
As a result of being the victim of necromancy, Alassane is capable of using powerful magic.

Relationships

Selissa
Alassane and Selissa have a strained relationship. He sees her as a temperamental brat and she finds him utterly infuriating. Though they travel together, there’s a rift between them because Selissa knows he is keeping secrets from her.

Cadeyrn
It is revealed that Alassane is the former host of the archangel Cadeyrn, making him deeply involved with the angels.

First appearance: Resounding Echo – Chapter 2

As most others had already left, Calen started to walk towards him. She heard him greet the cloaked man, who merely nodded as an answer.
Calen started to walk towards the temple halls, the stranger following right behind him. Calen smiled at her and acknowledged her with a nod as he walked past her. Selissa barely noticed him, her eyes never leaving the other man. As he strolled closer, he lifted his head and for the first time she saw his face.
A pair of dark, intense eyes looked back at her. The face under the hood was pale, framed by dark brown hair. His cheeks were sunken and the skin was practically stretched across the bones. If it hadn’t been for the intense look in his eyes, she would have thought she was looking at a walking corpse.
Suddenly his eyes met hers and her entire body went rigid. A strange feeling went through her, a feeling of recognition. Like she was supposed to know this man…
His eyes bore into hers, and he didn’t look away until he and Calen were past her. Selissa watched them disappear around a corner, too shocked to move at all.

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Character Series – Ardeth

Ardeth

I’m going to be starting a series of posts, each one focusing on one of my major characters! It will include various information as well as artwork of the character. If you have any ideas for something that should be included, write it in the comments and I will be sure to add it if I can. 

The character artwork in these posts are made by Emily B. aka ViceralSiren.

Ardeth

Info

Name: Ardeth
Age: 23
Height: 6’5” (196cm)
Eye color: Dark brown
Hair color: Black
Special traits: Cursed Mark on left cheek
Ability: Skeletal manipulation
Ethnicity: Sinarian
Affiliation: None(Formerly the Demios Clan)
Occupation: Assassin

Backstory
As a child he lived in a small village with his mother. One day when he was playing at a lake, a villager saw him pull a bone from his wrist and immediately ran to tell the rest of the village.
When he got home, an angry crowd was waiting at his house, while his mother was crying and trying to calm them down.
When they saw him, his mother tried to prevent them from getting to him and ended up getting beaten to death.
The villagers dragged Ardeth through the town, intent on tattooing the Mark of the Cursed on him, marking him as someone who had been influenced by demon magic.
To prevent them from hitting him, he let his bones grow out over his skin so they couldn’t touch him.
It took four full-grown men to restrain him as they tattooed the mark on his cheek, but in the end it wasn’t enough and he ended up killing every single one of them.
Later in life he ended up joining the Demios Clan, led by the fanatic necromancer Ilyan, whose goal was to revive the demon lord Azarial.
Ardeth didn’t share Ilyan’s ambitions, but joined simply for the sake of having a place to belong.
As he didn’t hold any loyalty towards the Demios, it didn’t take much for him to abandon them after meeting Selissa, who the clan wished to capture.

Personality
He acts charming and playful most of the time, but he has no qualms about taking a person’s life, no matter the reason. To him, a human life is worth nothing more than a rat’s.
He almost never gets angry, handling anything with absolute calm.
He’s loyal only to himself and only works for others to relieve his boredom.

Abilities
He was born with the ability to freely manipulate his bone structure, enabling him to regrow his own bones or pull them from his body.
He is extremely talented at combat and can easily take down 10 armed men. He often uses his bones as weapons, growing them into swords or claws. He can also use them to shield his body.

Relationships

Selissa
Ardeth started helping Selissa on a whim as he had grown bored with the Demios Clan and didn’t feel any real loyalty towards them. At first he merely found her fascinating, but it soon grew into a deep attraction.
Selissa is the only person who can make Ardeth unsure of himself, as he has never felt anything towards another human being. He values her deeply, but has a hard time understanding her compassion for humans.

First appearance: Resounding Echo – Chapter 14

Cold, dark eyes were watching her intently. The man watching her was crouching on the roof of one of the buildings and was dressed from head to toe in black clothes. Black clothes covered in blood.
Long, black hair was tied in a low ponytail and falling down his chest. And a black tattoo snaked its way across his face…
Demios. A feeling of dread spread through her body. The man was watching her calmly, appearing completely relaxed, but still he appeared to emit a feeling of danger. Of death. She felt it surround her and made her feel like she was choking.
She swallowed hard, her eyes never leaving the Demios. The man cocked his head, strands of dark hair falling into his eyes. A smile graced his lips, standing in sharp contrast to his blood-covered appearance.
“Something wrong, sweetheart?” He asked, smiling at her gently.
Selissa took a cautious step back, all the while trying to swallow her panic. He was smiling. He was covered in the blood of a man he had practically slaughtered, and he was smiling.
“Their insanity is clear for everyone to see”. Alassane’s words echoed in her mind.
The man didn’t move, but his eyes continued to bore into her.
A million things ran through her head. Could she run? Would he go after her if she did?
It wouldn’t help. He had attacked that man and had been gone before no one even noticed something was wrong.

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Character Series – Selissa

Selissa Character

I’m going to be starting a series of posts, each one focusing on one of my major characters! It will include various information as well as artwork of the character. If you have any ideas for something that should be included, write it in the comments and I will be sure to add it if I can. 

The character artwork in these posts are made by Emily B. aka ViceralSiren.

Selissa Character

Info

Name: Selissa
Age: 20(Presumed)
Height: 5’10” (178cm)
Eye color: Silver
Hair color: Black
Special traits: Tattoo-like symbol on her back
Ability: Celestial magic
Ethnicity: Sinarian
Affiliation: Clergy
Occupation: Mercenary

Backstory
Selissa has no memories of her childhood or her parents. The first thing she remembers is lying battered and bruised outside the Temple of Issara, where the resident priests found her and took her in.
Scared and confused, she was hesitant to trust the good will of the priests, but befriended the kind and gentle apprentice Calen who was only slightly older than herself.
While growing up at the temple she found herself becoming an outcast because of her long black hair and strange silver eyes which gave her the appearance of a demon in its human form and made the angel-worshipping residents of the temple wary of her.
She has a large, black symbol covering most of her back, but has no idea what it means or how she got it. No one seems to know its meaning or else no one wants to tell her about it.
At some point she was taught sword fight by a Blade Master who passed through the temple and was given two old twin swords by him as a gift. She finds training with them a great way of blowing off steam and has become a quite adapt fighter.

Personality
In the beginning of the series, she has a fiery temper and more than a little pride. Through the course of Resounding Echo, she matures a great deal and gets better at controlling said temper.
She is aloof and confident towards most people, but playful and caring towards people she likes.
She gives off an attitude of tough love, but it covers over a compassionate heart which can’t help wanting to save those that need her help and a lot of insecurities about her lost memories.

Abilities
She’s very capable at sword fight and hand-to-hand combat. She carries two old twin swords with long red ribbons hanging from the hilts.
She’s a sorceress, able to draw on the magic energy of Cadeyrn. Her magic manifests as white flame-looking light, which she can make cover her hands or her entire body. She can also channel it into her swords, strengthening the steel, or into blasts of energy.
She can use it in battle to harm her opponent, but also for a number of other things, for example subduing demons and making them her servants.

Relationships

Cadeyrn
She is the host of the exiled archangel Cadeyrn. When she first discovers that she can talk to him and use his abilities, she’s terrified and refuses to have anything to do with him.
She soon discovers that she doesn’t need to be afraid of the abilities being an archangel’s host gives her, and despite only being a presence in her mind, Cadeyrn becomes the person she trusts more than herself.
She often talks to him in her mind and asks him for advice and guidance. Sometimes he appears before her in a dream-like state, when he feels that she needs his help.

Ardeth
The first time she meets Ardeth, he’s part of the Demios Clan and tries to kill her in order to fulfill his orders.
Soon he finds that helping Selissa is more interesting than working for the Demios and much to her confusion offers to help her defeat them.
They share a strong mutual attraction, but the fact he used to be her enemy and is a cold-blooded killer keeps Selissa from giving in to his advances.

Seymour
Upon meeting Seymour, she believes him to be an angel of death, too beautiful to be human.
Because of their strong connection to the angels, they develop a strong understanding for each other and Selissa is confused about her feelings for him.

First appearance: Resounding Echo – Chapter 1

A sigh broke through the silence. On the roof overlooking one of the temple yards sat a young woman. She was the only one up, and she sat so still that no one would have noticed her, even if she hadn’t been.
Selissa shifted slightly. She had been sitting there for hours already, and her back was starting to get stiff. She knew that the priests would reprimand her for sitting out all night, just like they always did, but she couldn’t bring herself to care.
A cold wind blew through the yard and made Selissa’s long, black hair fall into her face. She absentmindedly led a hand to her face to brush it away. The cold didn’t bother her. It helped chase away a very different kind of chill.
The nightmare was still vivid in her mind. It had plagued her for as long as she could remember. Ever since she first came to the temple.
How long had it been since then? Five years? Six? She couldn’t quite remember anymore.
Ghostly images still flashed through her mind when she closed her eyes. A dark room, filled with whispering voices. It was always the same. In the nightmare she was surrounded by cloaked figures. She would never see their faces, but their voices haunted her even during the day. A constant whispering, like they were chanting. A sudden pain shooting through her body, as if Hell itself tried to burn its way through her back.
She never saw what happened at the end. She would always wake up in cold sweat, as if the pain had been real, the chanting still resounding in her mind.

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