Chapter 3 - Torn

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Chapter 3 of Moonless Age continues the story of Ariel's experiences and struggles in the male section of Orthorbbae. Despite the hardships she faces, she forms a strong friendship with Faen'arae and is ultimately forced to choose between life with her only friend and the duty she has to her clan.


Summary

Faen & Ariel

Ariel is comforted by Faen.[1]

The chapter begins with Ariel being escorted by Faen into the female section of the school, following the assassination attempt on her the previous chapter. Faen asked Ariel if she remembered the faces of the girls who caused her fall, unaware of Ariel's secret admission into the male section of the school. Ariel hesitated before answering simply that she did, deciding not to correct Faen's assumptions on the matter.

Seeking to move away from the topic, Ariel asked if Faen was there when she fell, or if she heard her screams for help. Faen freely admitted she was just there, seeking solitude away from those who would harass her, though Faen noting that Chrys'tel kept the bullies from following her. Ariel asked if Chrys'tel was Faen's friend, though Faen believed Chrys'tel was only protecting her on the orders of her family, seeking to retain good political relations with the Val'Sullisin'rune clan.

The pair then entered the Crescent's main hall, with Ariel reacting with awe to the grandeur of the architecture. Faen merely assumed Ariel to be a recent arrival with the first-year students. The sight of a wolf statue among the center fountain reminded Ariel of her clan, and her own weakness in the eyes of Quain'tana Val'Sarghress. As Ariel began sinking into a despairing shame, Faen's emapthy allowed her to sense the younger girl's troubled state. Seeking to comfort Ariel, Faen took hold of Ariel's hand and reassured her that everything would turn out fine. It was the first time anyone had done such a thing in Ariel's life[2], and she wished to herself than Faen, not Syphile had been her sister.

Still injured, Ariel was then taken to Faen's room, where Chrys'tel sat waiting. The Sharen student quickly objected to Ariel's presence, insisting she should have been left to die, as rescuing her posed a serious risk. As Faen ignored Chrys'tel's continued protests to tend to Ariel, Chrys'tel angrily stormed off claiming Faen's gentle attitude would get her killed one day. After she left, Faen turned to Ariel and asked if there was anyone should should fetch for help. Ariel directed her to seek Kel'noz, Headmaster of Davya tower. Faen then left to send for him, while Ariel began to pass out from pain and exhaustion as Chrys'tel looked on.

Kel'noz's Concerns

A month later, Ariel has returned to her studies at Davya tower. However, Kel'noz noted that, while her physical wounds had recovered, the experience had left her timid and traumatized. Though Kel'noz wished he could expel the boys involved, their remaining at Orthorbbae was the only thing ensuring they could not spread word of Ariel's presence to the world at large. Furthermore, Ariel had developed the habit of sneaking off to the lower levels to meet with Faen. While Kel'noz appreciated the benefits it had in allowing Ariel to relax, it would inevitably draw suspicion towards the young girl.

Kel'noz grimly bemoaned that he could not be too strict with the child, as well as the fact that Ariel was far too aware of it. However difficult the task with Ariel might be, he resolved to see it through; viewing the opportunity as a second chance to succeed where he had failed with Mel'arnach. Summoning Ariel to his office, Kel'noz informed her that he wished to train her personally to understand and master her mysterious affinity. Though he warned her that it might prove difficult and painful, she agreed so that she might be able to properly defend herself from the boys of her class.

Faen's Nightmares

The Orthorbbae Towers Tournament

Ariel's Return Home

Finding Allies

Characters

Main Characters

Portrait Ariel Val'Sarghress arc1.png
Ariel is a young Val'Sarghress girl in hiding as a male student at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Faen'arae Val'Sullisin'rune arc1.png
Faen is Ariel's best friend. She is slightly older than Ariel, and she is a student in the female section of the school.
Portrait Kel'noz Val'Sarghress.png
Kel'noz is the headmaster of Davya Tower and the older brother of Ariel Val'Sarghress.
Portrait Yafein Val'Sullisin'rune arc1.png
Yafein is the only member of Ariel's class that is friendly to her, but he is much more afraid of the other boys than he is of breaking their friendship.



Orthorbbae Students

Portrait Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Chrys'tel is Faen's harsh roommate. She does not like Ariel, and she thinks that Faen is a soft weakling.
Portrait Naal'suul Val'Beldrobbaen.png
Naal'suul is a girl in Faen's class. She was the victim of an accidental demon release that killed all of the other Beldrobbaen girls of her generation.
Portrait Shinae Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Shinae is Chrys'tel's protector twin. She is one of the girls in Faen's class.
Portrait Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Kiel'ndia is a tainted student in Faen's class.
Portrait Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress.png
Mir'kiin is a bully in Ariel's tower. He discovered Ariel's gender, told the rest of the class, and has even tried to kill Ariel.
Portrait Sorane'saniil Val'Illhar'dro arc1.png
Sorane is another student in Ariel's class.
Portrait Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen arc1.png
Nau'kheol is a student in Ariel's class that hates Ariel for being both female and of the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Khal'harror Val'Beldrobbaen arc1.png
Khal is a young boy in Ariel's class that encouraged Mir'kiin to kill her.
Portrait Dra'jyal Kal'yantra arc1.png
Dra'jyal is another student in Ariel's class.
Portrait Gailen Val'Nal'sarkoth arc1.png
Gailen is another student in Ariel's class.
Portrait Suya.png
Suya is a boy in Devya tower. Ariel encounters him in the tournament arena.
Portrait Faren.png
Faren is a boy in Devya tower. Ariel encounters him in the tournament arena.
Portrait Sar'nel Tions Sarghress arc1.png
Sar'nel is Ariel's cousin. She first meets him during the boys' school tournament.



Orthorbbae Faculty

Portrait Sate'ja Vel'Sharen.png
Sate'ja is one of Faen's teachers.
Portrait Ashu'athama Sharen.png
Ashu'athama is the lead headmaster of the male section of Orthorbbae. He is the announcer during the tower tournament.
Portrait Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen.png
Snadhya'rune is the headmistress of Orthorbbae.
Portrait Khaless Sharen.png
Khaless is Snadhya'rune's demonic protector twin. She feeds Snadhya the school's gossip.



Other Secondary Characters

Portrait Jer'kol Sarghress.png
Jer'kol is a Sarghress soldier that claims to be Ariel's father.
Portrait Quain'tana Val'Sarghress.png
Quain'tana is Ariel's mother and the Ill'haress of the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Syphile Val'Sarghress.png
Syphile was Ariel's abusive caretaker when she lived at home.
Portrait Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress.png
Mel'arnach is Ariel's eccentric older sister. She is picture by Ariel as an evil monster.
Portrait Waer Sarghress.png
Waer is in charge of the wolves in the pen Ariel and Faen visit.
Portrait Maya.png
Maya is a light elf slave for sale.
Portrait Liriel.png
Liriel is a strange slave that Ariel, Faen, and Yafein encounter in the marketplace.



Background Characters

Portrait Yunir Sarghress.png
Yunir is a Sarghress soldier that is seen on patrol in the background of the Sarghress courtyard.
Portrait Seb'rath Sarghress.png
Seb'rath is a Sarghress soldier that is seen on patrol in the background of the Sarghress courtyard.
Portrait Karan Sarghress.png
Karan is a Sarghress soldier that is seen on patrol in the background of the Sarghress courtyard.
Portrait Celia Sarghress.png
Celia is a Sarghress soldier that is seen on patrol in the background of the Sarghress courtyard.





This article reflects events up to chapter 3.

Sources:

  1. chapter 3 page 4
  2. chapter 3 page 4