Immortal Duxarium

The Duxarium are a race unto their own, existing in both power and nature, somewhere between the mortals and the divine spirits. Blessed with immortality, they have a higher understanding of the spiritual realm than do their mortal counterparts. But unlike the spirits, they have bodies and as such have an inherent vulnerability. What powers they possess are not magic, though mortals could mistake their abilities for such. Instead, their enhanced gifts are simply the expression of their natural abilities. The noblest office of the Duxarium is that of intercessors and mentors for mankind.

ARCHLORD VALERIAN

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Born: 8242 years before the 1st age
Skill Mastery: Strategic Warfare, Healing Arts, Knowledge of Elements
Chief Virtues: Justice & Mercy
Commissions & Titles: Guardian of Arcātheos, Protector of Captivenia, First Prince of the Duxarium, Keeper of the Sword of Silentious, ArchLord and Servant of the Servants of the Great King

After his strategic victory over the Valgrey in his former realm, he was one of seven Duxarium chosen to be personally formed by the King.  He was already greatly respected for founding an order of knights known as the King's Legion. 

ArchLord Valerian was the first to discover the secret entrance to the Abyss of Silentius within the mountains of Solandil. Legend has it, that he descended obediently into what was considered to be an inescapable prison, on a mission asked of him by the King. There he wandered the caverns of the great pit some forty years, a perilous journey culminating in ever increasing forms of personal sacrifice for him. He attests this was done to continue to strip himself of his pride, so that the King's presence would be more manifested through him. On the day he was permitted to find the key to his escape, he sustained what should have been a fatal wound to his chest.

He was crowned by the other ArchLords as Prince of the Duxarium, a title he at first tried to refuse. After the King instructed him to accept this honor, he gave nearly all of the realm entrusted to him away to 5 new Princes. He then set them free from his rule, so that they would give all glory to the great King alone. He would remain as Guardian of the Hill of the King, which he renamed Arcātheos. There he forged the gate, a marvelous wonder, capable of transporting legions of warriors into service when called upon. Through it he also created a hidden passageway, a realm within a realm, that would become known as Captivenia.  

Princess Illyria

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Born: 7106 years before the 1st age
Gifts: Light of the King, The Queen's Mantle, Visions, Knowledge of Souls
Guiding Virtues: Wisdom & Integrity
Commission : Princess of Captivenia, Founder of the Order of Light, Lady of the Isle of the Blessed

In the beginning, Illyria seemed to be a rather unremarkable child. Born on the Isle of the Blessed before the Duxarium crossed the sea between realms into Lumenorus, she was quiet, timid and recluse. However, unbeknownst to her, the King had blessed her with a very unique and powerful gift. One that she would only discover in time and which the enemy would seek to possess.

Her father Constantius was a master ship builder, responsible for the craft that Lord Gabron used to circumvent the Isle. However, Constantius was unexpectedly taken from her while sailing his caravel near the cliffs of Ungdar. At first, his death was believed to be an accident but it was later revealed that he was the first of many casualties in an unspeakable war.

After a time of great darkness, Illyria resolved to completely dedicate her life to the King, in gratitude for the great debt that she owed to Him. She approached Valerian, hoping to pledge her eternal allegiance to the King and His will. However, recognizing the depth of her devotion, but respecting the uniqueness of her call, he  instructed his knights to build for her a sanctuary in a guarded area at the base of a mountain, so that she might discern for herself what the King was asking her to do.

Eventually, war descended upon the Isle and consumed it. Many were lost in the tides of battle and during that time, Illyria was graced with powerful visions, several of which preserved the lives of many innocent Duxarium. Her counsel was requested by many high ranking knights and served them well during the war. She played a hidden, but powerful role in Lord Valerian’s final victory over the enemy and received many graces from the King, including a depth of  faith that enabled her to physically manifest His light in the world in a way that had never been seen before. At this time, and under the King’s guidance, she founded the Order of Light and was joined by many female Duxarium seeking to wholy dedicate themselves to the King.

Almost 30 years later,  Illyria was visited by the King in a dream. There, he showed her a world, where many beloved souls were relentlessly assailed by dark forces. She recounted her vision and other details of the future to Valerian who immediately directed his knights to begin crafting a fleet of sailing ships. The design was given to them by Illyria herself, the product of her father’s greatest works, which were entrusted to her before his death.

On the day of their departure, Illyria stood on the Western shore and bid farewell to 700 Knights of the King and 11,000 other Duxarium. She did not know that almost 1900 years later she too would join them in the realm of Lumenorous and be crowned Princess of Captivenia.


Leisaura of Meridianas

Origins: Duxarium & Lumenorianpic22
Born: 1st Age, 1737th year 
Gifts: Knowledge, Visions, Light of the King

Leisuara is a unique creation in her own right, born of the union between an immortal Duxarium and a Lumenorian.  Her father was the ArchLord Gabron, one of the seven who was chosen by the King to rule over the Duxarium with great power. Only days after her birth, her father gave his blessing and left urgently to defend Valerian’s Gate on the Hill of the King. There he died heroically defending the realm from Reth Maloch and his legions. Her mother was the enchanting Princess Annalise of Meridianas, a direct descendant of the Florian bloodline. 

After the death of her father, ArchLord Valerian knew that Leisaura and her mother would be forever hunted by the Dröch army.  It was at this time that he opened the hidden passage within the main gate of Arcātheos, revealing the mysterious sanctuary deep in the woodlands of Guarelle.  He also chose four hundred villagers, displaced by the uprisings, and gave them the opportunity to settle in this protected region he named Captivenia.  Unknown to the settlers, Princess Annalise had entered with her daughter in the first year of the second age, accompanied by two female Duxarium. They journeyed on farther than the others, finding an area of total seclusion at the base of a beautiful mountain.  After the natural death of her mother at the age of 392 years old, she would be crowned as the rightful heir of Captivenia in the year 146.  

For 8 years she helped define the mission of Captivenia, which formed maidens to bring the King’s message and healing to distant lands. In the year 152 she was given a special honour, and was permitted to see the King face to face. Since then she has grown in the gift of Knowledge, and has been granted special visions to see events transpiring in various kingdoms. In the year 154 she abdicated the throne of Captivenia, and retired into prayerful seclusion with a community of the Lauravita on an island in the Southern Sea.  

 

Princess Genevé

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Born: 849 of the 1st Age
Gifts: Knowledge of the Healing Arts
Guiding Virtues: Knowledge & Justice
Titles: Princess of Caelor, Keeper of Legends

Genevé was born in the capital city of Tarek, located in the northeast region of Caelor. Her father was a gifted healer and served as a mentor to ArchLord Valerian in his early years. He was also the appointed commander of the northern army, and was killed while journeying beyond the known lands to the east before she could celebrate her second birthday. Tragedy would be a close companion of the young Genevé who also lost her mother when the stronghold she lived in was overthrown by the Valgrey. Before her death, it was known that Natalia suffered at the hands of the enemy who were anxious to discover the location of some artifacts entrusted to her by her husband. Realizing that Natalia would never surrender to them what they sought, the enemy then began to search for her child, hoping she would have been privy to its potential hiding place. 

Without delay, the remaining Duxarium fled with Genevé, who was only four years old. They evaded trackers for days and were relentlessly pursued by the Valgrey until their was only one soldier left to protect her. The pair was finally rescued by ArchLord Legarius, shortly after Tarek was reclaimed by the King's Legion. The soldier, whose name was Hadelin, turned over a mysterious scroll, as well as a carefully wrapped artifact into the care of the ArchLord. It was at this point Genevé was brought to be raised in Meridians, and her identity was concealed. 

Over the years, she developed a passion for the realm of Lumenorus and its many tales, both great and small. After coming of age, she left her adopted family and spent years travelling the realm, learning its cultures, delving into its histories. She uncovered many ancient legends that had been. lost in the trials of time and change. She would not discover the truth of her origins until her millenial birthday. In the year 151 of the 2nd age, ArchLord Valerian arrived bearing a gift as well as a message from ArchLord Legarius. After presenting her with the Book of Healing, he revealed to all her true identity. Lady Genevé was in fact the last remaining heir of the Kingdom of Caelor, the only child of Alusdar, brother of the first monarch. She willingly assumed the throne left vacant by the death of her uncle who had no children, and continues to rule with a gentle hand in Tarek to this day. 

 

Lord Admiral Aeterian

Origins: Duxariumheros and villains aeterian 
Born: 5898 years before the 1st age
Skill Mastery:Mastery of Water & the King's Shield
Chief Virtues: Humility, Total Devotion
Commission: Lord Admiral of the King's Navy, Bearer of the King's Sheild, Trusted Servant to the Queen of all Realms

Born in the old realm, Aeterian served as one of the first of Valerian's knights dedicated unconditionally to the Will of the King. He stood at Valerian's side in the 'unspeakable war' prior to the arrival of the Duxarium in Lumenorus. So gifted in his knowledge of water, he is rumoured to command a greater power of the Springs of Lumenorus than even the ArchLords. 

In the year 10 of the 1st age, Aeterian was named Lord Admiral of the King's Royal Navy. When not at sea, he resides at his naval base on the island of Constantius off the coast of Solandil. In the year 1441 of the 1st age, he was visited in a vision by the Queen of all Realms. For his devotion to her, she gifted him knowledge of a hidden underwater cavern off the coast of Constantius. She instructed him on how to forge this into a powerful gateway, allowing him to travel throughout the realm at will. She also interceded to obtain a special grace for him, which would later be known as the King's Shield. 

In the great war of the 1st age he unleashed this powerful defensive gift for the first time in the presence of the Duxarium. When Reth Maloch called down fire upon the auxiliary of Meridianas, Aeterian single handedly absorbed the full brunt of the first blast. He was credited with saving the lives of 23 Duxarium and 71 Calvary on that day. 

 

 

Commander Justinian

heros and villains justinian 2Origins: Duxarium 
Born:1st Age, 134th Year
Skill Mastery:Archery, Knowledge of Fire
Chief Virtue:Loyalty
Commission: Commander of Knight's Council 

Born in the mountains of Solandil, his father Marvius was rumoured to have saved the life of the ArchLord Praesidium.  In the year 74 of the 1st age, the ArchLord was engaged in single combat, when a second Valgrey impaled him in the back with a flaming spear. Before the enemy could deliver a second blow, Marvius leapt in the way and himself was pierced through the chest. ArchLord Praesidium not only healed Justinian’s father, but gave him his blessing and prayed for ongoing faithfulness and loyalty for his descendants. In thankfulness for the gift of life, he also asked for a singular grace to be bestowed upon that of his sons.   

When Justinian was only a young Duxarium, he realized he had been graced with a powerful gift that he could neither explain nor control. He was therefore sent to be guided by the ArchLord Valerian, who was known to be a master of fire. Since then, he has not only learned to control this element, but has realized that with every act of faithfulness or loyalty, his powers continue to grow. Realizing the potential to be corrupted by this tremendous gift, as an act of humility he voluntarily lays this power down for a moon’s cycle once every century.  This tradition has helped remind him that everything good in him comes from the King, and not through his own strength. 

 

 

Commander CASTIUS

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Born: 1st Age, 968th year
Skill Mastery: Swordsmanship, Knowledge of Water
Chief Virtue: Fortitude
Commission: Commander of Valerian’s Royal Guard

 

Castius belongs to a family of Duxarium that settled in the northern regions of Lumenorus, beyond the borders of Caelor. As a child he was taught how to track the wolves that were terrorizing the northern villages. Before long he had proven himself to be a skilled hunter who would deliver the homesteads of others from such threats. What gained attention from afar was on the day he found himself hunted, and eventually surrounded by an overwhelming pack of wolves. Preparing himself for his final stand, he said a prayer to the King and knelt down on the frozen tundra. Suddenly, the snow around him melted and turned into steam. Then as if guided, he raised his arms and struck the entire pack with what appeared to be spears of water.

Within days he was visited by the ArchLords Valerian and Legarius. He was brought back to Arcātheos, so as to be properly guided in his training. He stands to this day as a respected member of Valerian’s Royal Guard.

 

 

Lady Tauria

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Born:1st Age, 1st Day
Gifts: Archery, Knowledge of Water, Navigational Prowess
Title: Duxarium Royal Cartographer

Tauria was born at sea to Captain Thaele and his wife Cassiana during the crossing into Lumenorus. This sign of new life brought joy to the Duxarium, who were engaged in a relentless battle with Valgrey ships since departing the Isle of the Blessed. Tasked with protecting the rear guard of the fleet, their ship had sustained heavy damage while pursued by enemy vessels of war. Her birth came on the morning before they emerged from the Great Fog. This makes her the only known Duxarium to be born between realms. 

The Speriel, among other ships, docked at the first large island to make repairs and help to establish a defensive outpost. Tauria would learn to take her first steps on the island before her family would move to the mainland of what would come to be known as Solandil. She was raised in the city of Tandaurum, though she spend much of her time at sea due to its calling in her family. She inherited power over the waters from her mother, and displayed great skill and interest in the navigation and charting of the unknown coastlines. Tauria is credited with the addition of numerous maps of both northern and southern islands. Though in all of her works as a cartographer, she is most known for discerning the route through the Northern Passage. Knowledge of this has allowed those in the King's Navy to sail from Solandil to the Sea of Caelor, a route which had previously been considered impassable. 

Tauria was taken captive by the enemy while charting the coastlines beyond the known lands in the northeast. Her entire crew was killed and she remained a prisoner for nearly a year. Reth Caedus brought her as a hostage to the Battle of Tarek in 151 of the 2nd age, after being unable to obtain any navigational secrets from her. During the battle, she was liberated by Admiral Aeterian and his fleet, and returned with them to Solandil. Having received wounds in captivity that inhibited her ability to manipulate water, she went to heal and relearn what she had lost under the guidance of ArchLord Valerian.