Khaless Vel'Sharen

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Khaless Vel'Sharen
Moonless Age character
Portrait of Khaless Vel'Sharen
Race: Vel'akar
Current Status
Snadhya'rune's Protector Twin
Talents
  • Shapeshifting High Sorcery
  • Can absorb fae and their memories
Family
Khaless is a sentient demon that serves as the protector twin of Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. She is currently impersonating Lulianne Mae'yukir Sarghress and is working as Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress's bodyguard.

Appearance and Personality

Khaless is a Vel'akar that can take any shape it likes. When taking the form of a drow, the drow will always appear with red tainted eyes.

Her natural form is that of Snadhya's twin before she was possessed. She has long, wavy, deep purple hair that is dyed black at the ends, and she commonly wears very thin clothing that facilitates her shapeshifting.

Khaless' High Sorcery

Not much is known of Khaless before her possession, but she was known to possess some manner of shapechanging high sorcery before becoming a Vel'akar. Now that she is a demon, this ability has reached untold limitis. Khaless is able to shift her body into a gigantic mass of demonic tentacles and can take the form exactly of another drow. She can absorb fae creatures and their auras, allowing her to adopt their personalities and memories. Unlike Ariel's high sorcery, Khaless does not appear to require much caution in her transformations - she can take on a formless mass with no ill-effects to her physiology.

The only limit to her impersonation seems to be that the eyes of whatever form she takes are marked red by the taint of her posession.

Biography - Arc I

Khaless loses her mind to a demonic possession.[1]

Khaless was originally a slave-born protector twin assigned to Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Unlike most Vel'Sharen twin pairings, Snadhya and Khaless were very close. During the course of Snadhya's research on demons and nether summoning, Khaless became possessed by a powerful demon that had been summoned. Rather than consuming Khaless, the demon retained her form and stood by Snadhya'rune just the same as Khaless would have.

She served as Snadhya's eyes and ears within the halls of Orthorbbae, collecting gossip among the students for her twin. She was the one who ultimately brought Ariel's presence at the school to Snadhya'rune's attention.

Guarding Snadhya's Secrets

When Mel'arnach escaped the Val'Sarghress fortress to visit Sndahya, Khaless kept watch over Mel's guard, Lulianne. She left Lulianne alone to escort Sarv'swati to Snadhya's chambers, and returned to find that Lu had begun to snoop around Snadhya's secret chamber high above the halls of the school. Khaless attacked Lulianne mercilessly, going so far as to impersonate the niece that Lulianne lost during the Nidraa'chal War. She ultimately absorbs Lulianne when Lu destroys the elevator they were fighting on.

Life as Lulianne

Khaless used the opportunity to disguise herself and take Lulianne's place. She used Lulianne's memories to follow Mel'arnach back to the fortress and infiltrated the Val'Sarghress ranks. She courted Lulianne's love interest, Rek'mar, briefly before killing him.

Her infiltration appeared to be successful.

Biography - Arc II

15 years later, Khaless was found continuing her impersonation of Lulianne. She was expelled from the Sarghress at some point, and she now serves as Mel'arnach's personal bodyguard. She used this position to meet with Ariel Val'Sarghress and invite her to a meeting Snadhya'rune was planning to hold in Felde.

She later approached Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress in her natural form to invite her to the same gathering. Kiel'ndia initially fights her physically, but ultimately backs down.

Felde

Still posing as Lulianne, Khaless is able to guide Mel'arnach out of the Sul dome after the birth of the unwanted daughter; then the two of them wish doom upon the clans before setting off to Felde. Khaless is still in character when Mel is guided by Erusa'kel Nal'sarkoth to the upper reaches of Snadhya'rune's tower, even going so far as to have a heated exchange with the man, going into a rant about how Mel should guide the Sarghress out of the war, and continuing to deny that "Lulianne" is Khaless. It took some coercion from her sister to break Khaless out of character--the demon commented that the Lulianne personally was a particularly stronger one, given that she had to take the Dutan'vir's body for her own.

During the party, Khaless comes to the rescue of helpless party guests who are caught in Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress's high sorcery, guiding the Vloz'ress woman to another room filled with distractions. Clearly, Kharla's dollification had no effect on the demon. Later, Khaless reappears after the crowd was made to bow, commenting on how amusing it was to see Snadhya'rune's associates put on a good show.





This article reflects events up to chapter 44.

Sources:

  1. chapter 25 page 8