The Characters

  • Rose

Age: 15 (?)

Orphaned at: 4 (?)

Heritage: Courman or Courman/Alronelinian

Appearance: Pale skin, curly red-gold hair, green eyes, petite and underfed, always wears a gold necklace with a rose pendant 

Speaks: Courman

History: Rose was separated by her only known relative at age 4 and has been on her own ever since. She was too young to remember who her guardian was, what happened to her parents, or how she got her eponymous necklace. At age 11, on the same night as the orphanage fire, a traumatic battle allowed her to escape from the lower city into the upper city, a safer and more lucrative district. Since then se has survived by stealing and hiding. 

The Orphans

  • Liam Adeney

Age: 19 (?) 

Orphaned at: 9 (?)

Heritage: Full-blooded Courman, child of Courman immigrants

Appearance: Sandy blond hair, pale skin, brown eyes, tallish and weedy-looking. 

Demeanor: Cold, cruel, suspicious, with an utter contempt for authority but a soft spot for children. 

Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric 

History: After a massacre and a fire killed his parents, Liam was sent to the orphanage. There, he took an immediate liking to Kayo and came to think of him like a little brother. 

Liam is the original Beggar’s King. He took up the guise when the orphanage burned down when he was 16 and he and the other orphans were left homeless and starving. Originally just a disguise to protect him while he robbed people, the Beggar’s King slowly became an icon for the downtrodden people of Bermia and stirred up unrest that nearly became a full-fledged rebellion. In a final effort to invade the castle, Liam was captured after injuring the king and summarily executed. 

  • Kayo

Age: 16 (?) 

Orphaned at: 1 

Heritage: part Savillan, part Courman or Alronelinian 

Appearance: middling height, long silky black hair, brown skin, light brown eyes, very flexible and painfully skinny

Demeanor: sweet and kind, but with a temper he can’t always control. Easily frustrated by injustice and unfairness. Hates attention, lacks self-confidence. 

Speaks: fluent Courman, a little Savillan

History: Kayo was found abandoned in the streets of the lower city near Alysia when he was a year old, wearing clothes from a wealthy family but having no other hint of who he was. He was raised in the orphanage until it burned down when he was 12, following an incident that he refuses to speak about. 

After Liam’s death, he took on the role of the Beggar’s King to protect his identity while he stole food for his family. 

  • Alysia

Age: 21 (?) 

Orphaned at: 6 (?)

Heritage: Courman or Alronelinian 

Appearance: Long honey-blonde hair, pale skin, hazel eyes, a pleasant (but not beautiful) face, tall for a woman, bony. 

Speaks: fluent Courman

History: Alysia was found abandoned in the streets with Kayo after being trampled by a horse and nearly dying. She lost most of her basic functions and had to learn how to eat, speak, and walk again, but all her memories of her previous life were gone except a vague recollection of Kayo. She took care of him once she recovered and has been like a surrogate mother for him ever since. 

  • Dominic

Age: 17 (?)

Orphaned at: 8 (?)

Heritage: Half Savillan, half Courman

Appearance: Very short black curly hair, brown skin, tall and broad and thick-muscled, dark brown eyes. 

Speaks: Fluent Courman and fluent Lyric 

History: Dominic is the child of a Courman immigrant who worked as a prostitute in the lower city. When his mother became ill and died, he took care of his little brother Dietrich, but lost him as well over the winter. Desperate, he hid in a wagon heading into the upper city and wandered around looking for warm places to sleep. He finally ended up in Artemis’s stables, where she found him and kept him as a secret “pet”. Once her father found out, he took Dominic in until his arrest. Dominic and Artemis were then taken to the orphanage together. 

  • Artemis D’Laurent

Age: 18

Orphaned at: 9

Heritage: Alronelinian

Appearance: Very beautiful, with a curvy and attractive figure. Dark brown hair, blue eyes, and peaches-and-cream skin. 

Speaks: Courman, a little Lyric 

History: After Artemis’s mother died when she was 6, she and her father, a wealthy merchant, were left alone together. Artemis learned everything a proper lady should, like sewing and music, but her father also taught her history, business, and fencing. Artemis discovered Dominic taking shelter in her stables one spring and fed him table scraps until her father found out and took Dominic in. The two were inseparable until the day Artemis’s father was arrested, allegedly for tax evasion, but she suspects for speaking out against the king. Artemis and Dominic were brought to the orphanage together. 

The Kids (original 13)

These children survived the orphanage fire along with the older orphans.

  • Michael

Age: 12

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Heritage: Alronelinian

Appearance: Pale skin, brown hair, tall for his age. 

Speaks: Courman

History: Michael’s parents died of a fever when he was six years old that nearly killed him too. At age 8, Michael was the only boy to survive the orphanage fire aside from Kayo, Dominic, and Liam. 

  • Saadia (Sadie)

Age: 12

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  • Sofiya

Age: 12

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  • Holly

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  • Celia

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The Kids (round 2)

  • Andrew

Age: 11

Orphaned at: 9

Heritage: Courman and Alronelinian

Appearance: Blond, pale, with blue eyes. 

Speaks: Fluent Courman and Fluent Lyric

History: Andrew’s mother died when he was young, leaving him and his younger sister Carolyn alone with their abusive father. Andrew finally confronted their father when he was 9 and Carolyn was 6, leading to a fight in which their father gave Carolyn a traumatic head injury. Andrew took her and ran away, living in the streets until Sara brought Kayo to their hiding place so he could take them home. 

  • Carolyn

Age: 8

Orphaned at: 6

Heritage: Courman and Alronelinian

Appearance: Blonde, pale, with blue eyes

Speaks: Some Courman 

History: Carolyn was abused by her father for years before her brother Andrew stood up for her. In the ensuing fight, her father slammed her head into a wall, cracking her skull. She never fully recovered. Even after finding safety with the other orphans, she still doesn’t speak, shows odd behaviors and developmental delays, and will panic if her brother strays out of arm’s reach. 

  • Sara Galen

Age: 9

Orphaned at: 7

Heritage: Alronelinian

Appearance: Pale skin, brown hair, brown eyes, a round sweet face

Speaks: Courman and a little Lyric 

History: Sara is the eldest child of Benjamin Galen, the head of House Galen, which is currently the wealthiest noble house in Alronelin. For her entire life, Sara has shown strange and inexplicable behaviors that even she can’t explain: she can sometimes read minds, she can sense the “history” and “emotions” of certain objects, and she knows many things she shouldn’t. She refuses to eat meat because she claims she can see through the animal’s eyes and feel it dying. The older she got, the more her behavior alarmed her father and grandfather, who became increasingly controlling and abusive to make her stop. Her mother, who died when she was six, did nothing to stand up for her, nor did the stepmother that her father immediately replaced her with. Sara finally jumped out of her window, breaking her ankle in the process, to escape her home. She somehow knew who Kayo was, exactly where to find him, and that he was certain to bring her to a safe place once she did. 

The Royals (Current)

  • Romero Sangor 

Age: 36

Crowned at: 22

Heritage: Alronelinian and Courman 

Appearance: Shoulder-length brown hair, a short brown beard, brown eyes, pale skin, tallish, muscular

Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, fluent Riazlini, some Ancient Lyric, others 

History: Romero began his life as Vilhelm Romero, the youngest of five brothers by a desperately poor family. When he was 6 or 7, soldiers invaded his home, accusing his parents of high treason. After his parents were tortured and killed, he was brought before the king at the time, Trentin III. Trentin had his 6-year-old son Rafael with him at the time and was horrified that such a young boy had been arrested and mistreated. Romero was given as a fosterling to a servant family, but became inseparable friends with Rafael to the point that the royal family considered him another son. 

Romero denies his heritage adamantly, insisting publicly that he was raised as a prince alongside Rafael, which he insists is not a lie. If pressed, he may sometimes claim he is Trentin’s bastard. Trentin’s wife, Joanna, still considers him a son, and he gave her her own estate and supports her, and still visits often. 

Trentin died of a mysterious illness when Romero was 20. Rafael then took the throne, but was assassinated when Romero was 22, naming Romero as the steward until Rafael’s son came of age. Rafael’s son, along with his wife Serena, went missing shortly after, and Romero has been searching for them since. 

  • Marisa Eorhan Sangor

Age: 41

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Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, fluent Riazlini, fluent Ancient Lyric, others 

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  • Corinne Sangor

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  • Auna Sangor d’Allesino 

Age: 16

Crowned at: 16

Heritage: Savillan

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Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, fluent Riazlini, some Ancient Lyric, others 

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  • The Sangor Heir 

Age: 15

Heritage: Half Savillan, Half Alronelinian

Appearance: ?

Speaks: ?

History: Rafael and Serena’s only child was only a year old when his father was assassinated. He and Serena went missing shortly afterward. While it was believed at the time that Serena took him and fled, it is rumored that Serena is searching for him, too. Though no one knows anything about him, or even if he is still alive, many Savillans adore him, calling him Il Regalo di Fiore, and many Alronelinians believe that he will reappear when he comes of age at 16 to take the throne. Though Romero Sangor is actively searching for him, he refuses to say what his plans are for him or even to allow his name to be spoken. The Sangor Heir is the last descendant of the Sangors, and the last royal in the world who still shares the blood of the Conqueror. 

The Royals (Past)

  • Rafael Sangor

Age: 21 (d)

Crowned at: 19

Status: King (deceased)

Heritage: Alronelinian

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Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, fluent Riazlini, fluent Ancient Lyric, others 

History: Rafael became the heir to the throne after his older brother died when he was 6 years old. Shortly afterward, he met Romero, a fosterling who was raised as a prince alongside him and became like a brother to him. 

When he was 17, he met Serena Colline at a ball, which was the beginning of a two-year romance full of love letters and stolen moments. Two years later, his father Trentin III died of a mysterious illness. On his deathbed, he gave his approval for Rafael to marry Serena. Rafael’s private wedding was then followed by a double coronation, two weeks after his father’s funeral. 

Rafael and Serena, by all accounts, wanted many children. However, his eldest son was only a year old when he was assassinated. Though there remains some mystery around his death, the crown blamed Courman rebels and promptly went to war, ending in the Alronelinian occupation of Courma and Lyrma. But many Alronelinians still believe–privately–that his brother Romero was responsible.

  • Serena Sangor d’Colline

Age: 35

Crowned at: 18

Status: Dowager Queen (in exile)

Heritage: Savillan (and indigenous Savillan)

Appearance: Long silky black curls, brown skin, almond-shaped eyes, curvy, looks young for her age. Some say she is beautiful; others insist that she isn’t, but she makes up for it with wit, cleverness, and charm. 

Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, fluent Riazlini, fluent Ancient Lyric, others 

History: Serena’s father was the Savillan ambassador to Alronelin all throughout her childhood. A lesser noble family, the Collines were nevertheless honored guests of Alronelin. Serena and her brothers were mostly kept out of the courts, but when she was 17, she and her brothers traveled with their father to a ball hosted by the Sangor family. There, Serena met Rafael, and the two fell in love. After Rafael’s father’s death, Serena and Rafael were married in a private ceremony, then coronated together. 

Serena gave birth to a son shortly afterward. By all accounts, she and Rafael wanted many more children; however, when their first son was only a year old, Rafael was assassinated. Serena vanished from the castle soon afterward along with her son. She has been seen all over the Peninsula ever since, alone and seeking shelter from the Alronelinian crown, who quietly offers generous rewards for information about her. According to rumor, she, too, is looking for her son. 

Serena’s current whereabouts are unknown. 

  • Trentin Sangor III

Age: 55 (d)

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Status: King (deceased)

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Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, some Riazlini, some Ancient Lyric, others 

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  • Joanna Sangor

Age: 72

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Status: Queen Mother

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Speaks: fluent Courman, fluent Lyric, fluent Savillan, some Riazlini, some Ancient Lyric, others 

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  • Trentin Sangor IV

Age: 17 (d)

Crowned at: N/A 

Status: Crown Prince (deceased)

Heritage: Alronelinian

Appearance: Brown hair, brown eyes, pale skin, handsome

Speaks: ?

History: As the eldest surviving son of Trentin Sangor III, Trentin IV was expected to be crowned as king someday. However, when he was 17, he was killed in an accident during a hunting trip with his friends. By all accounts, his father went mad with grief and searched everywhere for answers, believing that there was a conspiracy behind his death and that he was murdered by traitors to the crown. His search, however, never yielded any concrete results. 

Trentin developed a mysterious illness when Rafael was nineteen, which killed him shortly afterward. Rafael forbade an autopsy, so the cause of his illness was never known. 

  • Sangor Children 

Age: 0-4

Crowned at: N/A

Status: Dead

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Speaks: N/A

History: Joanna Sangor had many stillborn children, as well as two who were born sickly and did not live long. Several were older than Rafael, though two were younger. Joanna may have named each of her children, but decided after her first two stillbirths that she would announce the names of her children if they lived past two years of age. Only one, Adrianna, lived long enough to be named, before her illness took her at age 4. 

  • Sergio Olivian Colline

Age: 35

Crowned at: N/A

Status: Unknown

Heritage: Savillan (and indigenous Savillan)

Appearance: Dark hair (short), dark eyes, brown skin, middling height, lean but muscular

Speaks: Unknown

History: Sergio is the twin brother of Serena Sangor d’Colline. 

  • Giovanni Gianfranco Colline

Age: 38

Crowned at: N/A

Status: Unknown

Heritage: Savillan (and indigenous Savillan)

Appearance: Dark hair, dark eyes, brown skin, tall and lanky

Speaks: Unknown

History: Giovanni is the elder brother of Serena and Sergio Colline. 

  • Maximilian

The Prisoners

  • Lucy
  • Angela
  • Giovanni

The Assassins

  • Sergio Olivian Colline

Age: 35

Aliases: Rui-de-Rei (the Ruin of Kings), Heartless

Rank: General

Heritage: Savillan (and indigenous Savillan)

Appearance: Dark hair (short), dark eyes, brown skin, middling height, lean but muscular, tattooed from the neck down. 

Speaks: Savillan, Courman, Lyric, Ancient Lyric, various Riazlini dialects, [Paola’s Language], Otulu

History: Sergio is the twin brother of Serena Sangor d’Colline. Recruited into military service at age fourteen in place of his elder brother, Sergio was placed in the division called the Lancie del Sol, the king’s personal bodyguards, spies, and assassins. He quickly rose through the ranks. Though disgraced and stripped of rank for a time, after the war between the Lancie del Sol and the Gailgich Ruaine, Sergio was the only member left alive. He rebuilt the organization into his own personal army, naming himself General, though he remains under command of the King of Savilla. 

  • Paola 

Age: 29

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Rank: Lieutenant General

Heritage: [Paola’s Island] 

Appearance: Long natural hair, dark brown skin, short, deceptively tiny and slender, various tattoos. 

Speaks: [Paola’s Language], Savillan, various Riazlini dialects, Courman

History: Paola’s island nation was invaded when she was young, and her indigenous tribe was killed or enslaved. She was sold in the Riazli Empire, then separated from her mother and sold again in Sarrhana, then once more before being transported to Lyrma. Due to her disability (ankylosing spondylitis), she was considered low in value, and in Lyrma she was able to flee before her owner disposed of her. She ended up in Savilla, where she fit in a little easier, and met Sergio there. She followed him from then on, through the war between assassin groups and beyond. As his second-in-command, she keeps Sergio in line along with everyone else. 

  • Johirrim (tall, hulking, dark, dreds, great sense of humor, cooks spicy food)
  • Will healer. member of healer’s guild. Alroenlinian, overweight, balding, super sweet. daughter: amber, 13, very shy
  • Solya (koreanish, plain face, warm smile, entire face puckered with scars around missing eye, doesn’t bother with eyepatch, she is a lot of fun and very cheerful)
  • Antonina (savillan, 18ish, long thick braid, uptight with strangers but relaxes a bit later esp when people speak Savillan with her, tomboy, super into Kayo, lived in Bermeia but wasn’t treated very well becuase she struggled with Courman) 
  • Fiorentino on the ship with Antonina, her good friend, bit possessive of her but mostly chill
  • Pietro on the ship with Antonina, kind of a dick, makes fun of Kayo (others, Luca and Giuseppe, went back to Savilla) 
  • Sasha small weedy little dude, wicked grin, younger than he looks

The Salacious Girls

  • Margaret (Mags)
  • Ciela
  • Celine
  • Severine
  • Adrienne
  • Ritha

The Nobles

  • House Galen
    • Solomon Galen

Age: 78 (deceased)

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History: Solomon was the head of House Galen, the wealthiest house in Alronelin, until his murder by the Beggar’s King. 

  • Fabienne Galen

Age: 62 (deceased)

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History: Fabienne was Solomon Galen’s wife for nearly fifty years before his murder. She never recovered from his death and died within a year of him. 

  • Richard Galen

Age: 44

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History: Richard Galen became the head of his house at age 42. 

  • Ralissa Galen

Age: 28 (deceased)

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History: Ralissa was Richard’s first wife. She died when their only child, Sara, was six years old, under suspicious circumstances.

  • Iris Galen

Age: 19

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History: Iris is the younger sister of Merrick Salke, current head of the Salke house. Richard married her right after she turned 16, only a few months after his first wife’s death. A year later, she gave birth to Benjamin. She’s expecting a second child soon. 

  • Sara Galen

Age: 8

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History: Sara is Richard Galen’s eldest child, though no longer the heir of his estate. From the age of four or five, she exhibited strange behaviors and flights of fancy, which turned into an uncanny knowledge of things she shouldn’t know. After her mother died, her grandparents moved in to look after her, and though she loved her grandmother dearly, her grandfather was harsh and abusive. When it became clear that neither her father nor her new stepmother would be of any help, Sara ran away and found Kayo, who took her home. She currently lives with the orphans. 

  • Benjamin Galen

Age: 1.5

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History: Benjamin is Richard’s youngest child and the heir to his estate. 

  • House Salke
    • Thomas Salke
    • Merrick Salke
  • House Redell
  • House Whitetree