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, they are simply the expression of their natural abilities. The noblest office of the Duxarium is that of intercessors and mentors for mankind.

ARCHLORD VALERIAN

heros and villains valerianOrigins: Duxarium 
Born: 8242 years before the 1st age
Skill Mastery: Strategic Warfare, Healing Arts, Knowledge of Elements
Chief Virtues: Justice & Mercy
Commision : Crown Prince of the Duxarium, Protector of Lumenorus, ArchLord and Guardian of Arcātheos

Valerian is one of The Seven, chosen from amongst the Duxarium to be formed personally by the King Himself. Born long before the first age of Lumenorus, he was witness to the King's vision for this realm in the beginning. He then mysteriously disappeared for centuries. In that time, he wandered the four corners of the realm, taking in the full majesty of this new creation.

He was the first to discover the secret entrance to the Abyss of Silentius, deep within the mountains of Solandil. Legend has it, that he descended obediently into what is 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 pain and suffering. On the day he was permitted to find the key to his escape, he sustained what should have been a mortal wound to his chest.

He was named by the other ArchLords as Guardian of the Hill of the King, which he later 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 Captivenia.  There he helped to settle the young Princess Leisuara, daughter of Gabron, until she was of age to rule her own Kingdom.

 

Princess Leisuara

heros and villains leisaura 2Origins: Duxarium & Lumenorian
Born: 1st Age, 1737th year 
Gifts: Knowledge, Visions, Light of the King
Titles: Princess of Meridianas

A Royal Lineage
Leisuara is a unique creation in her own right, born of the union between an immortal Duxarium and a Lumenorian.  Her father was the mighty 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, Lord Gabon gave his fatherly 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. In the year 1267 of the 1st Age, after the horrific battles of Caelor, the Lumenorians asked ArchLord Legarius to help them establish a leader of their own. Legarius is said to have chosen a righteous man named Florian, after seeing the image of the King’s hand resting upon him. At the age of 74 he was declared the first Prince of Meridianas.  Florian lived until the year 1683, when at the age of 490 years old he died peacefully in prayer. His only surviving heir was his daughter Annalise, born in the year 1356, who would assume the throne and lead her people with elloquence and grace.

Dawn of Captivenia
After the death of her father, Lord Valerian knew that Leisaura and her mother would be forever hunted by the Dröch army.  He therefore forged a hidden passage within the main gate of Arcātheos, creating the mysterious sanctuary deep in the woodlands of Guarelle.  He then chose four hundred villagers, displaced by the uprisings, and gave them the opportunity to settle in this protected region he named Captivenia.  Commander Justin of Solandil was appointed to be the first Keeper of this region, and his family was entrusted with a prophecy about the days of the coming heir. 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, Leisaura continued her formation at the hands of the Duxarium. Due to her father’s lineage, Leisaura was herself blessed with immortality and would be crowned as the rightful heir of Captivenia in the year 146.  

Her Mission
After helping to convert the infamous Phantor two years later, her kingdom would soon be tested by a much darker foe. Zothaniel the Betrayer, now known as Reth Caedus, discovered a way to breach the sanctuary and has since created new ways into Captivenia. 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. She sees the mission of Captivenia to bring the King’s message and healing to distant lands. To meet this need, she has invited all Captivenians to receive the formation they need to be ambassadors of the King. 

 

Justinian

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

Until recently, the details concerning the lineage of Justinian’s family have been concealed from all but a select few. Born in the mountains of Solandil, his father Marvius was rumoured to have saved the life of the ArchLord Praesidium during the battle for the Western Sea.  In the year 1399 of the 1st age, when Lord Praesidium was engaged in single combat, a cowardly Valgray 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. Lord 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 power, 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 his powers come from the King, and not his own strength. 

 

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CASTIUS

Origins: Duxarium
Born: 1st Age, 968th year
Skill Mastery: Swordsmanship, Knowledge of Water
Chief Virtue: Fortitude
Commission: Commander of Valerian’s 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. It was discerned that he had been given the rare gift to understand and control the very ‘Springs of Lumenorus.’ 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.

 

Aurelius

Origins: Duxarium Aurelius on the March
Born: 1st age, 244th year
Skill Mastery: Close Combat, Swordsmanship
Chief Virtue: Loyalty 
Commision: High Commander of the Praedorian Rangers

Aurelius descends from a noble lineage amongst the Duxarium. His ancestors were tasked with protecting the treasures of the ancient court. After the arrival of mankind into Lumenorus, the entrance to the court was buried, and its location concealed. This was done to prevent humans from discovering the Duxarium until the alloted time. Many of these treasures have since been scattered across the four corners of the realm, their location known only to a few. This has made Aurelius a primary target of Reth Maloch, and many attempts have been made to capture him.

He proved his worth more than a thousand fold in the Great War of the 1st age. When he saw that an assault on Arcātheos was imminent, he scoured Lumenorus to recruit the finest warriors from the race of men. He personally trained these 40 soldiers, who would comprise the first of the Praedorian Rangers. It was they who stood with Aurelius, as the last defense at the main gate.

His heroic valor goes beyond recognition, and he was later appointed as Head of the Royal Guard. He is considered by many to be one of the closest friends and advisor to Lord Valerian, a brotherhood forged in service to the King. With the loss of the Tower of Praedor, in the year 151 he was relieved of his duty to serve Valerian, and began once again directly training the Praedorian Rangers in hopes to reclaim their lost territory.