Mentioned below are some of the many virtuous souls from throughout the realm of Lumenorus who have pledged their allegiance to the King. They are descendants of the first humans who entered into Lumenorus back in the year 542 of the 1st Age. Since then, and based on the properties of the Springs of Lumenorus, the average lifespan for these mortals who chose to dwell in this realm increased to 150 to 200 years on average. They are the valiant ones who continue to sacrifice much for both Arcātheos and Captivenia.
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.
Here the accounts of those who have fallen will be given mention. Though they were born of the Duxarium race, they have rejected the grace of the King and have forgotten the very nature they were created to encapsulate. Bereft of the King's grace, they constantly seek to inflict harm on those who continue to serve the Legion of Arcātheos.
Origins: Lumenorus, born in the year 45 of the 2nd Age
Current Age: 112 years old in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Skill Mastery: Diplomacy
Chief Virtue: Wisdom
Commision & Title: Ambassador of Arcātheos
Gawan was born in the city of Shanoth, south of the Great River, soon after the dawn of the second age. His parents were successful merchants who strengthened trade between Meridianas and Captivenia. Growing up, his family travelled regularly into Arcātheos, passing through the main gate into the protected realm. When he was sixteen, he was allowed to venture off to sit in attendance at the Royal Court of Arcātheos.
While in session, a rather complicated dispute between two neighboring settlements was being debated. The proceedings were interrupted when Gawan was signaled out of the crowd and asked to give his impression on the matter. After its conclusion, he was affirmed for his wisdom, and his friends were invited by Lord Valerian into the King’s temple. From that day forward, and to his surprise, a member of the Royal Guard was assigned to protect him as he progressed through his studies, back in Meridianas Arbor. At the age of 23, he returned to Arcātheos, and has served as Ambassador ever since.
Origins: Lumenorus, born in the year 46 of the 2nd Age
Current Age: 111 years old in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Skill Mastery: Swordsmanship, Artillery, Strategy of War
Chief Virtue: Prudence
Commision: Legion Commander of Arcātheos
Descending from a distinguished line of military leaders, his grandfather died protecting Aurelius, as one of the first Praedorian Rangers in the Great War. After the subsequent death of his father, at the hands of the enemy, he made a silent vow to help rid Lumenorus of all evil.
His early career was an aggressive campaign of ruthless battles, driving the enemy day by day further into the East. The courage and valor he displayed during this time led to several promotions. However, it was his passion to take on evil by himself that became his downfall.
He was tricked into serving the very enemy he had sworn to hate, and viciously attacked a settlement he believed to be hostile. At this his darkest moment, when he realized several servants of the King lay mortally wounded through the imprudent will of his sword, the King’s mercy came to him through the healing hands of Lord Valerian. By a singular grace of the King, and after several weeks of a physician’s care, each of the wounded were snatched from the grips of death. Thus Praefortis’ conscience was spared from an even deeper guilt than the many he already bore. For a year he made penance by rebuilding the small village he had attacked in haste. He was a changed man, fully aware of his need to follow the will of the King in all matters, rather than his own. Fully reinstated into the King’s forces, he was in turn elevated to the rank of General. Under his leadership, reside the Royal Artillery, Tower Guards, and the Praedorian Rangers.
Origins: Elethia, born 8242 years before the 1st Age
Current Age: 10,136 in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Skill Mastery: Strategic Warfare, Healing Arts, Mastery of Elements, and Knowledge of Souls
Chief Virtues: Justice and Mercy
Commissions & Titles: Guardian of Arcātheos, Protector of Captivenia, First Prince of the Duxarium, Keeper of the Sword of Silentious, and 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.
Origins: Elethia, born 7106 years before the 1st Age
Current Age: 9,000 in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Gifts: Light of the King, The Queen's Mantle, Visions, and Knowledge of Souls
Guiding Virtues: Wisdom and Integrity
Commissions & Titles: Princess of Captivenia, Founder of the Order of Light, and Lady of Elethia
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.
Race: Duxarium, Inferiun Bloodline
Origins: Elethia, born 6,241 years before the 1st Age
Current Age: 8,135 in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Skill Mastery: Knowledge of Earth and Air, Master Assassin
Chief Vices: Pride
Nefariel was born on an island located six leagues off the northern coast of Elethia. His family was estranged from the ways of the King, and he grew up in a shadow of mistrust towards those who lived in peace on the main island. From an early age, he was subjected to a brutally intense formation that would eventually lead him to stand as one of the most fearsome assassins ever trained in the old realm.
Wanting to grow in favour with his father, he set out to recruit as many Duxarium to their cause as he could. Spurned on by his earlier successes, he set himself on a target that would have merited him great esteem among all who would one day be known openly as the Valgrey. For it was known to them that Illyria was considered gifted beyond all other females in Elethia. If he were to win her to their side, her powers, which not even she was fully aware of at the time, could have turned the outcome of the war, that would one day ravage the Isle of the Blessed. After being rejected openly by Illyria, who called him out for what he was, he became emboldened in his attempts to punish her for her refusal.
It is believed he must have left the old realm with the main Valgrey fleet, as they pursued the Duxarium across the Sea of Realms. He certainly did well to conceal himself, as there exist no known accounts of him in the history of Lumenorus, that is until the Great Battle of the First Age in 1736. His ferocity in battle was overwhelming, and he played a key role in taking the Tower of Praedor. His skills in the manipulation of matter are so advanced amongst the Inferiun bloodline, that he is able to come in and out of form, as he fights his opponent. He was not seen again until the year 155 of the Second Age, and now appears to have made an alliance with Reth Caedus.
Race: Duxarium, Inferiun Bloodline
Origins: Lumenorus, born in the year 266 of the 1st Age
Current Age: 1,628 in the year 157 of the 2nd Age
Skill Mastery: Knowledge of Fire and Swordsmanship
Chief Vices: Envy and Arrogance
He was found as a small child wandering alone at the base of Mount Zotheus by ArchLord Valerian. Having no known relatives, he was allowed to be raised in the temple and was given the name Zothaniel. He would rise in stature and eventually stand amongst the greatest of the Duxarium, destined to live forever serving the King after being afforded such a life of grace.
Towards the end of the 1st Age, a trickle of doubt began to seep into his once pure and noble mind. His whole being began to be tested at the outbreak of the Great War. Unlike his close friend Aurelius who was sent to the defense of Praedor, Zothaniel remained at the side of ArchLord Valerian in Arcātheos. Despite the fall of Praedor, Aurelius returned as a decorated hero. He and Aurelius were united in the last defense on the Hill of the King. They had both trained their whole lives for such a moment and they knew it would be an honour to die at the side of ArchLord Valerian.
Of the heroes to emerge from the Great War, Aurelius was given a far greater honour than Zothaniel received. All the deeds of Zothaniel would in time be forgotten and pass into history. His jealousy inevitably turned to hate. Hatred towards Aurelius and his glory, hatred towards Valerian for not seeing his potential, and hatred towards the King whom he felt caused him to suffer so. Like a whisper, the spirit of Reth Maloch spoke to him offering power, glory and the acceptance he craved. After all, when one's heart is full of arrogance there is no room for the words of the King. Zothaniel accepted the offer down this dark path and began the secret trials of his apprenticeship. Unbeknownst to anyone in Arcatheos, and hidden even from the eyes of ArchLord Valerian, he swore allegiance to Reth Maloch, giving his oath of service in return for training in the ancient ways of the ArchLords.