The three main characters of the series have their own pages. Please refer to them:
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Kazander, Korrus of the Isulk'im , was born in 711 to one of the Desert's nomadic tribes. He was an Isulki warrior and proud of it, though not insufferable to any but Chayla of Whitecliff. Kazander was like a prince among the Isulk'im. He was called Korrus, which meant battle leader. He partially earned that title by killing Merida, his people's sworn enemies. Like a lot of young Lords and Princes, Kazander had been trained at Remagev under Walvis. He learned many battle techniques there and every so often in the following years he would lead an Isulki raid on the trainees. Walvis found such tactics amusing and good training experiences for his students. On one of these raids, Kazander met Chayla, who was being fostered at Remagev. He was instantly taken with her, although he had a few wives already - a fact Chayla was not pleased to learn. The two developed an odd kind of relationship, him declaring her beauty and his affection to the heavens, and her rolling her eyes, while secretly amused and flattered. Their relationship took a serious turn after the Vellant'im attacked; Kazander became her protector - or rather avenger. Chayla had been captured by the Vellant'im and raped. It was Kazander who came to her rescue and slew her captors. He fought bravely and furiously in the Vellanti war, leading his Isulk'im to many victories. In the end, however, he fell in battle. He was greatly mourned by many, including Chayla, whom his wives welcomed and treated as one of them. Chayla was honored. She was even asked to named Kazander's youngest child, which she named Andra.
Walvis, Lord of Remagev , was born in 685 and was Rohan's first squire. In addition to his training and squire duties, Walvis helped Rohan and Sioned meet in secret before they were married, much as Rohan himself had done for his sister, Tobin, and Chaynal. Walvis also guarded his Prince and his Chosen Lady. During the Rialla, he was captured along with Sioned as he had tried to follow her. Sioned and Walvis worked together to verbally throw off Roelstra, making his attention split between the two of them. Their distraction gave Rohan and Urival enough time to enter Roelstra's camp. Rohan freed them. Walvis attended Rohan faithfully until he was knighted in 703. He then served Rohan as a knight and man-at-arms. Rohan was going to give Walvis Remagev Keep, so he brought his former squire along on his tour of the northern Desert Keeps. When they reached Skybowl they were greeted by Feylin, the dragon counter, who turned out to be a girl about Walvis' age. Walvis went to Skybowl to ready his Prince's arrival while Rohan and the party from Skybowl set off to search for the nearby dragons. On the journey Rohan was captured. Walvis and Feylin rode to Tiglath to find a Sunrunner and to warn them that the Merida were planning to attack. Sioned ordered Walvis to lead the defense at Tiglath instead of trying to rescue Rohan; he didn't much like the order, but he obeyed when Feylin rode off to Tiglath herself. As the war raged between Princemarch and the Desert to the south, Walvis commanded the northern army and the besieged city. As his troops were disheartened by the lack of action, Walvis launched some small attacks, trying to pull the Merida into action Eventually the trade supplies from Cunaxa to the Merida were cut off by Dorval's ships, just as those ships also supplied Tiglath. The Desert troops regained their spirits, and the Merida had no choice but to attack the city en masse. Walvis led the defensive attack and won, demolishing the Merida army. While there Walvis and Feylin worked well together and made a great team. Rohan eventually won the southern war in a duel against High Prince Roelstra. After he was made High Prince, Rohan named Walvis Lord of Remagev Keep and Sioned gifted him with a silver-gray pearl necklet. A year later Walvis married Feylin and gave her the wedding necklet.
Over the years, they had two children, Jahnavi and Sionell. They also worked to fix up Remgev as Lord Hadaan had let it fall into some disrepair. In 714 Walvis became Lord of Remagev. By this time the Keep was fairly up to snuff, though not as luxurious as Radzyn or even Stronghold. By the time his children were married, Walvis and Feylin had an up and running Keep and Walvis was training the sons of Desert Lords in combat. Walvis became so adept at his training, that soon Lords and Princes from all over the Continent sent their sons to be trained by him.
During the Vellanti invasion Walvis - and many who had trained under him - fought at the High Prince's side. Without them, the war could have been lost.
The Vellanti war broke out and Beth travelled with Prince Rohan and Pol across the Desert, helping Chayla with the injured whenever she could. Beth's knowledge of architecture also proved to be a great help. Mydral - rumored sister of Zehava and keeper of the Desert's secret passageways - entrusted Beth, Hollis, Chayla, and Tobren with the secrets of the Desert's Keeps. Hollis' Sunrunner memory enabled her to remember every detail exactly, Chayla and Tobren were of Zehava's blood, and Beth would understand the architecture and technical workings of the passageways.
Isriam, Rohan's squire, travelled with Beth and the others. Though only sixteen, he grew up quickly due to the war and became Beth's main proector. The two felt a romantic connection despite the rather large age difference (Beth was thirty). As the war progressed Isriam aided Beth in her architectural endeavors. This deepened their feelings for one another, though neither acted upon their feelings for quite a while. At the end of the war, Beth and Isriam admitted their feelings for each other. Isriam, however, saw himself as too young and thought that Beth's feelings had been influenced by the war and danger, not true affection; Beth disagreed, kissed him, and told him that he wouldn't always be young.
Feylin, Lady of Remagev , was Desert born and bred. Like most of the women from that Princedom, she was strong and fiesty; the fact that she was from the North meant that she was ready to grab a sword everytime she heard ' Merida.' Feylin's blinding passion was to count and study dragons, even though she was afraid of them. She became a dragon census counter for Prince Rohan and even advised him about dragon hatching caves and dragon behavior. When Rohan travelled to Skybowl, he was surprised to see that Feylin was a young woman instead of a crotchety, older man. He was pleased to hear that the dragons would probably choose the caves between Skybowl and Feruche to lay their eggs. He went to investigate and was captured by the Merida and taken to Feruche. Feylin and Walvis, who had come to Skybowl with his Prince, set off for Tiglath in order to find aid and a Sunrunner. They ran into Kleve, who contacted Sioned. The Sunrunner Princess ordered Walvis to lead the defense at Tiglath. He wanted to rescue his Prince instead, but to Feylin it was clear: Princess Sioned had ordered him to go and the Merida were about to attack. She set off for Tiglath. Walvis and the others seemed shocked for a moment, then Walvis took off after her. Together Feylin and Walvis were able to defend the city and keep the people organized. Rohan was released from Feruche and went on to lead the southern war to victory. He became High Prince in Roelstra's place. He made Walvis Lord of Remagev Keep, and Sioned gifted Walvis with a silver-gray pearl necklet, a necklet which Walvis gave to Feylin a year later. Remagev had fallen somewhat into disarray during the previous Lord's rule, but Feylin and her husband turned it back into a functioning and prosperous Keep. Walvis even began a training regime for men of the Desert, which soon became world renowned. Princes and Lords from all over the Continent sent their sons to be trained by him. Over the years Feylin and Walvis had two children, Sionell and Jahnavi.
Sionell of Remagev, Regent of Cunaxa , born in 708, was the oldest child of Walvis and Feylin, and a little hellion. Stubborn to a fault, she had the lucky place of being the thorn in young Pol's side. She wanted to follow him everywhere. He wanted nothing to do with a little 'baby' as he called her. Sionell would stomp her little foot and say she wasn't a baby. As all people do, Sionell grew up. She grew into a strong and hot-tempered young woman, and very opinionated to boot, but she was also kindhearted and caring. She had always been half in love with Pol and as she got older that love grew too. Pol, for his part, viewed her more as a kid sister than anything else. Another young man noticed the beautiful woman she had become, however. His name was Tallain of Tiglath. He was a shy and quite young man, but he was a strong one too. He came out of his shell in part due to his relationship with Sionell and she matured with grace due to his. The two found love and were eventually married, though Sionell never forgot her first love, Pol. Sionell and Tallain had three children together, Antalya, Jahnev, Meig.
Tigalth was one of the first Keeps attacked during the Vellanti invasion. They came without warning, killing everyone in their path. Tallain shouted for Sionell to take the children and get to safety. With tears in her eyes she did so, though she longed to stand beside her husband and defend her home. Tallain and his men were able to fend off the invaders long enough for Sionell and others to get away, but he and the brave defenders of Tiglath had fallen.
Sionell was a great asset during the war. She helped plan against further attacks, and took part in Sioned's scheme to drug the Vellanti soldiers - she did not know the drug was actually poison; however, and wasn't terribly pleased when she discovered it. Many times during the war she would speak to Pol, trying to keep him focused and on track. He needed her to yell him into actions on a few occasions. In the end, Pol and his forces won the war and drove the Vellant'im from the Continent. Pol also finally saw Sionell as a strong woman and not the little girl who had followed him around, pestering him. Following Meiglan's death at the hands of the Vellant'im, she and Pol were romantically involved for a brief encounter. It was too little too late, though. Sionell, while she still cared deeply for him and perhaps even loved him, couldn't help but to remember Tallain's selfless bravery and unfaltering love. Instead of staying with Pol, Sionell accepted the Reagency of Cunaxa.
His chance came before the Rialla of 719. His aunt, who was in the service of Lady Kiele of Waes, told him that her mistress wished to meet him and, if she believed Masul was her brother, she would sponsor him at the Rialla. Masul went to Waes.
At the Rialla, he challenged Pol's right to Princemarch, claiming it as his own through blood. As Roelstra's barge had gone up in flames all those years ago and thre were in fact two babies on board, Masul's claim could not be discarded out of hand. Then a man named Gernius came forward, claiming that Masul was his son. Gernius, who had been a member of Roelstra's barge crew, was tall with black hair, green eyes, and had facial features similar to Masul's. Before High Prince Rohan could question the man, Gernius was killed by a man pretending to be a Merida. The debate about Masul's parentage continued, this time without evidence to gainsay the claim. That being said, Masul had murdered an itinerant Sunrunner; his life was already forfeit.
After being knighted by Prince Miyon of Cunaxa, Masul challenged Pol to a duel, but Pol, being only fourteen and not yet knighted, was unable to fight. Maarken, his older cousin, fought Masul in his place. In a fair fight Maarken would have won, but sorcery assaulted him, blurring his vision with shapes of phantom warriors. Masul toyed with Maarken, knocking him around as he tried to fight dozens of shadowed enemies. Masul was about to kill him, when Rohan interviened; Rohan killed him with two well-thrown daggers.
Miyon, Prince of Cunaxa , was born in 689. He became the Prince of Cunaxa at twelve years of age as his father had died of plague. Miyon was raised into his princehood by an uncle with known Merida ties. The young Prince struggled for many years to shake off the chains of his advisors' rule. Miyon did not attend the gathering at Stronghold to affirm Princes, athr'im, and to accept Rohan as High Prince, claiming an illness instead.
As Miyon grew older, he wrested Cunaxa from his uncle's control. He ruled his Princedom as he see fit, with an iron fist unless the Merida were involved. Over the years he had many bastard children - he never married - including Meiglan. Miyon used Meiglan as a trap for Pol, much as Roelstra had used his, albeit legitimate, daughters against Rohan. The difference is, this time the trap was sprung. Meiglan was innocent and ignorant of her father's plotting and Pol fell in love with her. He wanted to protect her and care for her and be her golden hero. He married her. Miyon, of course, was thrilled. His plans didn't turn out as grand as he had hoped; however, he was not very welcome at Dragon's Rest, Pol and Meiglan's home. This angered him, and by the time the Vellant'im attacked he bore no love for his daughter. He kidnapped Meiglan and his granddaugher, Rislyn, and took them to the Vellant'im High Warlord. For his crimes, Miyon is later killed by Andry, Lord of Goddess Keep.
There was little known about the Vellant'im High Warlord other than the fact he wanted to rule the Desert. He had about five wives and a bushel of sons back in his homeland. He did not view women very highly, though he respected - to some extent - a few, including the Azhreia, Sioned, of whom he'd heard many tales. He was mightily impressed that she had set Stronghold ablaze, burning the Keep to the ground rather than letting him or his men use it. He also seemed fixated on her hair, as if he had never seen its color before. He came to respect Meiglan a little - or at least not to discount her out of hand - when he realized what she had been sewing into her husband's funeral blanket. When Ruala approached him to give him the use of Skybowl, he dismissed her until he learned that she was pregnant, then he was nearly coddling her; after all she could be carrying her husband's son.
The Vellanti High Warlord was clever and cunning in his battle tactics. His attacks were swift and precise. He knew his enemy and where to strike to do the most damage. He had nearly won the entire Continent and had taken over most of the Desert, where the new High Prince, Pol, awaited to make his final stand. In the end, the High Warlord underestimated Pol, Andry, and all of their allies. Before he was defeated' however, he killed Meiglan. Pol killed him and drove the Vellant'im from the land.