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About the world This story takes place in a made-up fantasy world on a single continent made up of three main regions. The largest country is known as Kabora and is ruled by a king and his council of advisors. For the last century or so, Kabora has been expanding it's borders through war and conquest. The people of Kabora are very diverse. Magic is revered in Kabora and those who are born with the ability to use it are called mages. Mages vary in their abilities, but they all draw on the magical energy from the world itself in order to use their powers. Ancient stories talk of dark magic and curses, but since they were outlawed and have not been practiced for centuries, no one really knows anything about that anymore. There are still places (and even people) in Kabora who are 'cursed,' but it's rare, and probably less than half of the things people claim to be cursed actually are.
The region to the southwest of Kabora was formerly a country known as (name pending). It's inhabitants abhorred magic, but they were a peaceful people and valued art and music and farming. Most of them were easily identifiable for their pale skin, light-colored hair, and silver or grey eyes. Kabora recently took over the region and killed most of it's inhabitants. Those who survived now live in various refugee camps throughout Kabora.
To the southeast lies a small country called Deveaural. Deveaural is much more scientifically and technologically advanced than Kabora, as the people who live there are moving away from a reliance on magic in favor of science and technology instead. Magic and mages are rare oddities in Deveaural. Deveaural maintains a careful, peaceful relationship with Kabora, not wanting to be conquered and taken over as so many other countries have before. Deveaural has more of a fantasy-steampunk type feel to it, especially in the capital city on the coast (where Jameson lives and where Kaisa is originally from). There are airships in the sky, lots of clockwork machinery, and the people dress in a way that would seem a little unusual in the more 'medieval' type setting of Kabora.
Age: A few centuries. I haven't quite decided. But he's immortal and stuck at age 18
Hair: Brown, medium-length and kind of shaggy.
Height: 6' 0"
Body type: Some muscle, not a ton.
Markings/scars: He has his name tattooed in plain letters across the top of his left forearm.
Clothing: Desmyn's wrists are shackled, and the chain between them is probably about 4 feet long. So it doesn't allow him to stretch out his arms completely, and would hang a little below his knees if his arms were just relaxed at his sides. He's gotten pretty good at using the chain as a weapon. He can't remove these at all. They're part of a curse and he's stuck with them. Desmyn wears plain, casual clothes, which vary in style depending on where he's at, climate, etc. He does a lot of wandering around so his clothes change a lot, but he generally won't wear anything too fancy. Whatever he's wearing, he should be able to put it on over the chains, since he is completely unable to remove them. This means that the sides of his shirts will probably be slit up the seams and then have some kind of lacing so they can be tied back together, or the top part of his shirts from wrist to shoulder. Just keep that in mind, whatever clothes you put on him. Would he be able to put it on and take it off without it getting tangled up in his shackles? Convenience is key, so if he's in a warmer climate, he might not even bother with a shirt
Personality/Background: Several centuries ago, Desmyn was cursed with immortality by a very powerful necromancer (if anyone wants more info on why this happened, let me know). The shackles around his wrist are a physical manifestation of that curse, and as such, they can't be removed at all unless the curse is broken. Desmyn can still 'die,' but not in the same sense that other people do. He never ages, but his body is still susceptible to illness and injury. If/when he does die, his soul is eventually forced to return to his body (this process can take hours or days, it just depends), but all memories of his former life are erased. He returns to life without knowing who he is or why he's wearing these chains. All he has is his name, which was tattooed across his arm at the suggestion of a friend a few lifetimes ago. This is the situation we find him in when the story starts, trying to figure out who he is and how to remove the chains.
Desmyn is a little cocky and can be very sarcastic. He's got kind of a laid-back, devil-may-care attitude. He's doesn't warm up to people very easily and is prone to provoking arguments and getting into fights. He can be very reckless, especially after he finds out that he's immortal. This comes off as bravery to some people, but Desmyn really isn't brave or heroic. He's stubborn and strong-willed when he wants something and will fight for his goals at all costs. The few people he does befriend and get close to, he cares about deeply and would do anything for, though he won't admit it easily.
Relationships to other characters:
Kaisa: She annoys him at first with her optimism and talkativeness. But he realizes that she could help him, so he reluctantly agrees to travel with her. In time, he comes to value her as a friend.
Lucian: Lucian and Desmyn never really get along. At first, it's because Lucian is so protective of Kaisa and doesn't trust Desmyn at all. Plus, they both just have very similar devil's advocate type personality so they're always starting arguments with each other. After a while, they do actually start to like each other and rely on each other as friends/companions etc, but they still constantly argue and call each other names just out of habit.
Byron: Byron is an old friend of Desmyn's and has seen him through two deaths. In that time, Byron has grown from a very young child to a man in his thirties. While Desmyn doesn't recognize Byron at first when they meet on the road, he quickly reforms a very solid, loyal friendship with him.
Sydelle: Desmyn isn't sure how to feel about Sydelle. In his previous life, they had a relationship, but Desmyn doesn't remember any of that, and he isn't sure if he still has feelings for her. She's a stranger to him, and he feels a little awkward around her. After he learns that he's immortal and cursed and considerably older than her, he feels even more awkward about the whole thing. At first he tries to avoid talking to her, but it's impossible for him not to get caught up in her problems and want to help her. He does become attracted to her and cares deeply about her eventually, but I haven't really decided where I want their relationship to go by the end of the story, so use your imagination and depict it however you want.
Jameson: Desmyn's first impression of Jameson is that he is completely crazy and weird, and that coming to him for help may have been a waste of time. But Kaisa insists that he can help, and at that point he trusts her judgment enough to try. Jameson is the only one who has been able to provide him with any sort of answer or explanation for his chains, though, so he does change his mind about the wizard and decides that he's probably not as crazy as he seems.
Silas: Desmyn has no recollection of his history with Silas. When he does figure it out, he feels kind of remorseful about it but isn't sure how he would ever fix things.
Valkyrus: Desmyn doesn't realize just how dangerous and powerful Valkyrus is, or what his intentions are. He thinks Silas is the real threat.
Hair: Medium-brown, hangs to the middle of her back, shorter layers in front. Has two red streaks and one blue on the right side. The red streaks represent her status as a warrior among her people. The blue streak represents that she is the daughter of the tribal leader.
Height: 5' 6"
Body type: Lithe, graceful--almost catlike.
Markings/scars: Just the hair dye. Please don't forget it.
Clothing: Light, comfortable clothes that would be appropriate for a warm, desert climate. The cape thing she's wearing over her shoulder in the reference image would be wrapped around her face in a dust storm. Warm, muted colors, usually. She likes red--it is a symbol of strength among her people and the color of warriors. She always carries a spear, possibly a couple of knives and a small satchel.
Personality/Background: Sydelle belongs to an old, matriarchal society of tribal desert-dwellers. She is the daughter of her tribe's leader and a skilled warrior. At the age of 16, each member of the tribe is sent out on a journey and required to bring back something of value to the tribe before they are allowed to take their rightful place as a member of the tribe. Those who return empty-handed are scorned and shamed. The value of the contribution often determines the role or importance of the person within the tribe. Also, those who have affluent parents are expected to contribute more. Sydelle, being the daughter of the tribal leader, was expected to make a very great and important contribution to her tribe, and to eventually take her mother's place at the head of her people. She set out at 16 and eventually met Desmyn. With his help she brought back news of an impending attack on her people. The news effectively saved her entire tribe (they would have been obliterated if they had been taken unawares) but they still suffered very heavy losses. The tribal council decided that Sydelle's contribution was a good one, and offered her a very prestigious role in the tribe for someone so young, but then they started talking about making peace with their attackers and surrendering. Sydelle urged them to reconsider, claiming that the Kaborans (their attackers) had conquered many other peoples before them and completely destroyed them and their cultures just to take over their land. She doesn't want the same thing to happen to her people. The tribal council (including Sydelle's own mother) believes that if they and the other tribes surrender peacefully, the Kaborans will allow them to live and keep their lands and culture, as long as they submit to the king. They know they can't stand up to the Kaborans in battle, and believe it is better to save as many as they can instead of throwing lives away needlessly in battle. Furious, Sydelle leaves her tribe, vowing to find some way to defeat the Kaborans so that her people will stand a chance and won't be forced to submit and be wiped out. This is her main priority for the remainder of the story.
Sydelle is a very strong young woman, with a strong personality. She's extremely determined and driven. She's also a very skilled fighter, having been trained with a variety of weapons from a very young age. A lot was expected of her as a child, so she's always pushed herself harder than most and doesn't take failure very well. Deep down, she's a lot more vulnerable than she lets on. Everyone sees her as being so strong all the time, and since she never asks for help, keeping everything inside can be really hard on her at times. Sometimes all of that frustration just comes out of her in a huge explosion of anger. She doesn't confide in people easily and keeps her thoughts and ideas mostly to herself. It takes her a long time to form a bond with the rest of the group because she feels like she's completely different than them and has completely different goals and motives.
Relationships to other characters:
Kaisa: Sydelle dislikes her at first and is even jealous of her. She wrongly assumes that Desmyn and Kaisa like each other as more than just friends, and it annoys her that Desmyn seems so close to Kaisa and pretty much just ignores Sydelle. Once she realizes that Kaisa is just a harmless, naive kid, she backs off and even feels a little bad about being so hostile towards her at first, so she tries to make up for it by befriending her. She teaches her how to defend herself and even confides in her a little bit.
Lucian: Sees him as a very shrewn, clever being. Knows that he knows a lot more about her than he says, and appreciates that he isn't going around blabbering about everything. She respects him, and sometimes goes to him for advice (which is rarely helpful, since Lucian likes riddles better than straight answers)
Byron: He makes a good traveling companion and a good friend. Sydelle knows that he really has no self-serving reasons to be helping her, so she appreciates him for that.
Desmyn: Sydelle and Desmyn liked each other when they were together before, but neither of them ever got up the guts to say anything about that. Sydelle regrets this, and when she finds Desmyn again, she expects everything to go back to the way it was before. But Desmyn doesn't recognize her at all, which is devastating to Sydelle. She knows it's impossible for him to remember, but a small part of her hope that he will, so she sometimes says and does things to try and remind him of what they had before. He doesn't get it. He's just really quiet and awkward around her and avoids her most of the time, which annoys her at first, but then she realizes that she needs to give him some space and let him figure things out on his own.