In order of appearance
|Emperor Aidus Syntilus:
The sole remaining ruler of the triumvirate of Misbah, the desert country in the southern region of Aurelia. Being somewhat of a pacifist, he dislikes fighting and would rather charm the opposition to get his way. He enjoys art and design, and regularly provides funding for local theatres and music houses. His desire for more efficient means of production ultimately funded an industrial revolution that spread almost completely northward over the years.
Aidus wants to make the whole continent a better place by spreading the new steam technology all the way north to the snowy country of Ryalis, no matter what the cost.
|Officer Julius Lorenz:
A stern man with a rather short temper and deep loyalty to his country. His rank in Misbah's military is "Crimson Officer", which is shared by only a couple of other people. Crimson Officers mainly spend their time serving as an emperor's bodyguard. Not that Lorenz has anything to complain about, as he is very fond of Aidus and would do nearly anything for him.
He is tasked with personally delivering an ultimatum to Queen Yukita, the ruler of Ryalis far to the north.
A mage who has experience in fixing and maintaining machinery. However, she prefers to study and use elemental magic. She was a social person, but living in the dingy port city of Dejanor has made her quite nervous and reluctant to trust others. Despite the deep anti-mage sentiment and fear pervading most of Aurelia, she tries to be kind to most people...but not to everyone.
After learning of the fabled "Last Sanctuary", she decides to leave Dejanor in search of it. Additionally, she wants to help people along the way so that they have nothing to fear from mages.
A bold and mischievous young woman who's ready to speak her mind. Although she may not look or act like it, she's quite the bookworm. Since childhood, Leiko has read so many fantasy stories that she's apparently memorized the genre's conventions and cliches.
She is searching far and wide for her sister who ran away from home when they were children. The authorities have refused to help her, not wanting to waste their time on a missing person from years ago--especially not without a hefty bribe.
The second-in-command of "Serpentes", a group of rogues who operate within the boundaries of Isling. With a hatred of engaging in direct combat with his enemies (and getting blood on his clothes), he'd rather slowly tear them down with venomous words. Or, ordering a common thief to do work for him. Some call him a coward behind his back, what with his fondness for nonlethal tools and weaponry such as smoke bombs, but he has better things to do than entertain idle gossip.
He also enjoys collecting rare books, especially ones that are out of print or banned by the clerics.
The leader of Serpentes. In the past, few people took her seriously except for Marius. So, she fought her way to the top and did whatever it took to maintain her place, from stealing from a fellow thief or taking out the competition completely. Her actions have made her an intimidating figure among the thieves. She is said to have a mean streak, but can be impressed with feats of strength or intelligence.
Although steam power is becoming more commonplace in Aurelia, she is more interested in researching how to harness electricity without the use of magic.
As a cleric of the goddess Phenastra, Altair has learned how to heal others and dispel evil spirits. However, he does not wear the usual red robes for personal reasons. He is lighthearted and optimistic, and cares more about others than himself.
He and his girlfriend Remi travel around to do assignments for clients whose needs aren't met by other clerics. These assignments often involve recurring nightmares and exorcisms.
An illusionist and dream diviner. Although explaining the meanings of other people's dreams brings in consistent money, she doesn't enjoy talking to her clients about it. She doesn't really like company in general, and would rather be left alone. She is also an "oneiromancer", a mage who can manipulate dreams. She doesn't tell others that, or else people would wonder why a cleric and a mage would be lovers at all...
After collecting enough information about her own dreams, those of others, and the common threads between them, she wants to learn more of the mysteries of Oneiro, the plane of dreams.
A factory worker in Infinium, a mill town in northern Isling. He hates to be the center of attention, often resulting in the loss of potential friendships. His penchant for being in the background makes it easy for him to do things unnoticed.
The factory in which he works is faring badly, however. It normally ships materials such as gears and metal to the shops in other cities, but something in the air is killing the plantlife and causing the materials to rapidly deteriorate. Kaden's boss also hates him. Due to these circumstances beyond his control, Kaden wants to leave and find a job elsewhere.
A bright-eyed tinkerer from Misthaven Cliffs who loves building machines. His father, a former physician, owed a large debt to a merchant but never paid it. Now, the merchant is hounding Garrett for the payment. While avoiding the merchant, he coincidentally ends up meeting with the party quite often.
In an attempt to pay this debt, he can craft devices and equipment not sold in stores; all he needs are the materials and some money.
A former grenadier from the country of Castillon. He has also studied some chemistry as well. After being (falsely, according to him) convicted of war crimes and illegal use of chemical weapons, he was dishonorably discharged and exiled from the country. Despite the things that has happened to him, he is often happy and carefree with a twisted sense of humor.
He wants to prove his innocence so that he can return to his home.
The ruler of the northern country of Ryalis who has no love for industrialization. Due to recent events between Ryalis and Misbah, she has been increasingly reclusive and worrisome to the point that she is rarely seen without her heavy armor and a spear or two.
She is trying to prevent Emperor Aidus from subjugating her country by any means necessary without having to go to war.
Queen Yukita's advisor. His sardonic quips amuse her but tend to annoy everyone else. He helps Yukita with everyday tasks out of kindness as well as concern for her physical and mental health.
"WIP" placeholders will be quietly removed as I complete the remaining portraits!