Minka Sann'ligr Val'Dutan'vir
- Former Gladiator
Minka is a survivor of the Val'Dutan'vir extermination and is dedicated to restoring his clan's honor.
Appearance & Personality
Minka is a lean and wiry mixblood drow with grey eyes and grey hair. He wears his hair in a long wrapped ponytail. He is a stoic man, grim and yet possessed of a strong sense of duty and honor. His cold demeanor is a direct result of the traumas he has suffered; both during the Nidraa'chal War and afterwards in the Black Dragon Tavern. That said, his demeanor is much warmer to his fellow surviving Dutan'vir. This is especially the case with Sker'ligr, with whom he shares a close friendship.
Biography - Background
Prior to the story, Minka was among the Dutan'vir who participated in Storr's final charge against the Nidraa'chal forces. One of the few surviving members of the assault, he was captured and sold into slavery as one of Lady Irena's gladiators at the Black Dragon Tavern. One of his fellow slaves was a Dutan'vir, who informed him of the ransacking of their former home. This woman would eventually commit suicide, leaving Minka alone in the horrors of the pit. Though he too contemplated suicide, his pure hatred for Irena kept him driven and focused.
Biography - Arc I
Black Dragon Tavern
He makes his first appearance in the story in the year 1098 Moonless Age, more than 15 years after the conclusion of the Nidraa'chal War. He is pitted in a gladiatorial match against Ariel and Vaelia, armed with only a club and shield. Outnumbered two-to-one, Minka is lightly wounded by Ariel as she manages to land both a superficial cut as well as a bite to his arm. Retaliating with a fierce kick, he is able to knock Ariel down and cause her to drop her sword. With Vaelia more concerned with protecting the disoriented Ariel, Minka is able to pick up the latter's sword. Completely ignoring his opponents, he opts to throw the sword at his hated owner, the blade lodging in her chair mere inches from her head. Shaken and infuriated, Lady Irena cancels the bout and orders Minka placed in the lowest level of the slave pit.
Fortunately for Minka, his slavery comes to an end as Irena comes into conflict with Ariel and her Fallen Legion guards, most notably Laele'aell herself. Fleeing the carnage, Irena opens the cells to many of the gladiators in a desperate bid to kill her pursuers. Unwittingly, she comes before the cell of Minka and releases him as well. Free at last, Minka knocks his former master to the ground, coldly informing her that it is her "turn" to play the game.
Several days later, Minka has become the new owner of The Black Dragon. As he coldly watches his former master pit against a Dragon in the very arena she forced him to fight within, Sarghress forces arrive to investigate the area. At the head of this force is none other than Sker'ligr, his old friend and comrade-in-arms. As the pair recount their experiences since the war, Sker brings up the status of the surviving remnants of the Dutan'vir. The pair then begin to form the idea of reforming the clan within the ranks of the Sarghress.
The Three Exiles
Much later, both Minka and Sker become aware of Mikilu's survival. The three surviving clan leaders meet in the Canyons quarters, near the ruins of the Dutan'vir Fortress. As Mikilu notes the presence of mercenaries squatting in their ancestral home, Minka pledges to build an army of liberated slaves to take the fortress back. However, Sker suggests manipulating the Sarghress into sending an expedition instead. Leaving the task of reclaiming the fortress to their capable hands, Mikilu departs to continue her efforts against Snadhya'rune.
Biography - Arc II
"I have waited fifteen years, Irena. Now it's your turn to play the game." -Free at last to take his revenge on his former captor.
"I thought I was the last. If I died, the Dutan'vir would die with me. That is how they taunted me. And that is how they kept me alive." -Recounting his torment in the pits.
This article reflects events up to chapter 32.