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Age: (prologue) 32 / (current) 52
Ka is an ambitious wyvern who was once enlisted as a tactician in the Veslian army. He is a large wyvern in his late prime, and has spent most of his life searching for the lost city of Eryl, wherein he believes he will find freedom and power. He takes the side of neither good nor evil, and is loyal to none. He will ally himself only with those whom he believes will aide him in furthering his own ends. He is extremely opportunistic, and will tenaciously pursue his goals until every conceivable option is exhausted.
Lady Andrea does not act like a Lady should. Her father, Lord Cian, didn’t really know how to raise a daughter after his wife died when Andrea was only three years old. Spending her youth roughhousing with her older brothers, and the gardener-boy, Seamus, certainly didn’t help. She’s stubborn, bossy, (a bit manipulative), and very much unafraid to speak her mind. Lord Cian taught her swordplay and survival skills, but seems to get very upset when she ventures beyond the town to put them to use. She’s fiercely patriotic for her home, Falia, and will do anything to help in the long and devastating war against the Veslian Empire. That desire may be tested to its limit all too soon.
Rescued from his dead mother’s womb by Sarah in a small village in Terival, the albino wyvern Sleet grew up amongst humans. He is very close to his ‘brother’ Arra, and his ‘mother’ Sarah. He is very friendly and outgoing, and babbles almost constantly. If there’s one thing he can’t stand, it’s a lull in conversation. Though he is a wyvern- a creature normally considered a monster and an enemy in Terival- Sleet has been accepted by the villagers. He and Arra help the shepherds of the village defend their flocks against the many wolves in the area.
Jonathan has lived his whole life as a shepherd in a small rural village in Terival. He was raised alongside his ‘cousins’ Sleet and Arra, and is very protective of them- especially the baby-like dragon. He is a bit (okay, a lot) small-minded, but a good person, though he dislikes strangers and can let his mouth get the better of him. He dreams of adventure and a life outside the village.
Species: Great Dragon
Arra is the last living Great Dragon. Kidnapped by the wyvern Lis and flown halfway around the world, he ended up in the care of a young, headstrong woman named Sarah, who raised him and Lis’ son, Sleet, as her children. He and Sleet protect the village against the many marauding wolves in the area. Though he is large and strong, Arra is still a baby, and needs the villagers’ protection against outsiders who might target him. His existence is kept a careful secret by the village, though recently information seems to have leaked out…
Kira is the Veslian’s archmage, and like all mages, he was born with silver hair and red eyes. He is very quiet and often gentlemanly. But don’t let that fool you- he is not known as the Butcher Bird for nothing. His favourite weapon is a pole arm that resembles a halberd without the hook. Little is known about him, even amongst his own people, and his name is feared around the world. He is very close to his t’akirou, Kazu. She is not just a pet or a battle mount, but also his closest friend.
Usually going by the alias ‘Raven,’ Seravinsari is a pirate captain, but when that’s not enough to feed himself and the crew, he operates as an assassin-for-hire. He is infamous around the world and is often referred to as the ‘Angel of Death,’ owing to the fact that not a single target of his has yet escaped alive. He is very small and agile, allowing him to creep into places most people wouldn’t fit. He limps in his left leg, though oddly, it doesn’t seem to slow him down very much.
Eryl is a city that supposedly disappeared hundreds of years ago. It’s existence has become mythical, and what exactly it was has also passed into legend. Stories of Eryl vary greatly from area to area. Some believe it was a city inhabited by angels, others believe it was a haven of scholars, with knowledge and technology far exceeding anything before or since it’s existence. It has been called everything from a city of mages to a city of demons, though most tales will swear it was Paradise on earth. Many have searched for Eryl, none have found it. Most people agree that it is merely a fanciful story.
Falia is a country bordered on two sides by the Veslian Empire, and completely surrounded by tall mountain ranges. They are a land of warriors, having been locked in a fierce war with their neighbour for over two hundred years. The Falians enlisted the aide of one of the last great dragons, Strake, and employed him as a figurehead to their armies, boosting moral and the number of volunteering soldiers to supplement the drafts, as well as attracting allies in nearby countries. Falia is one of the last countries in the west to hold against the Veslians. However, the long war’s effects are straining the resources of the country and the hearts of the people. Taxes are high and the danger is great. Even on the borders farthest from the Empire, villages are in constant danger of being raided by wyverns.
The Veslian Empire
Also called Veslin’s Empire, or simply The Empire, this vast territory and its allies stretches across most of the western continent, and is even beginning to form colonies across the sea to the east and south. Their leader is rumoured to be an enormous and clever dragoness named Veslin. Many, however, believe that Veslin is only a name invented by Veslian leaders to frighten their enemies. The true leader remains unknown to all but the highest officials, though it cannot be denied that there is an intelligent centre turning the gears of its government. Their armies are the largest in the world, consisting mostly of humans, though many other species and fearsome beasts are used in battle. The most feared of these are the crafty wyverns. Large, deadly, and highly intelligent, these dark winged monsters have a terrifying reputation for their ruthless cunning and bloodthirsty nature.
Terival lies across the ocean east of the continent where Falia and the Veslian Empire lay. It is a coastal country, and used to rely heavily on sea trade. However, thanks to a proliferation of pirates, trade has continued to dwindle over the years. Their coast has now become a dangerous place rife with thieves, pirates, smugglers, and other outlaws. The country lives in fear that the Veslian empire will one day bring fleets and wyverns to seize their impoverished and poorly defended country. Inland the soil is quite fertile, so many Tervalans farm or raise sheep for a living.
Port Harten lies along the central coast of Terival. It was once a bustling and respected crossroads for trade going across the sea. However, it has since fallen to ruin and ill repute, becoming a haven for pirates, thieves, and smugglers. There still dwell many decent folk- and even some respectable Lords and Ladies- within the city walls, which gives it a false air of serenity during the day. However, nighttime is an entirely different story…
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It’s a little difficult to know how to say some of the names in Dark Wings. Here’s your guide for all those funny words.
Places / Nationalities
Seravinsari: SEHR-ah-vin-sah-ree (the first two syllables sound exactly like Sarah)