Saph'ala Vel'Sharen

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Appeared in chapters                 16  18       25      31            43  45     50       

Saph'ala Vel'Sharen
Moonless Age Character
Portrait of Saph'ala Vel'Sharen
Current Status
Vel'Sharen Noble

Sapha'ala is one of Zala'ess Vel'Sharen's older daughters who acts as her second-in-command.

Appearance and Personality

Saph'ala believes in her mother's supremacy over the other main bloodlines of the Vel'Sharen clan, but she is patient enough to know that it will take time before Zala'ess rules the clan. Though she is more level-headed than her sister Yami'ni, she is still eager to see Zala'ess on the throne. Like Zala'ess herself, she cares for the well-being of her family.[1]

Biography - Arc I

Saph'ala waited with Zala'ess when she was getting ready for the clans gathering she had called. while carrying for a newborn child[2]. She congratulated her mother on her plans, knowing that it would bring her line that much closer to ruling the clan. However, she chastised her sister Yami'ni for impatiently asserting that this act alone would put Zala'ess in a position to become Val'Sharess.

Later, as Zala'ess became more bold and started pushing her troops into Val'Sarghress territories, her son Sota Vel'Sharen was dispatched to take and hold The Maw. While the landowners agreed with the change, the commoners did not, and Sota ultimately returned home injured and defeated. Saph'ala rushed out to meet him in the Nidraa'chal war ruins as soon as she heard what had happened.

Saph'ala enjoyed the festivities of the Moons End Festival with an elaborate dragon mask. While casually courting a commoner just outside of the Vel'Sharen towers, she discovered one of the clans guardian summons in ruin. She found the core that would normally power it to be strangely brittle. [3]

Biography - Arc II

Saph'ala waits anxiously for any news from Zala'ess.

Saphala and Shinae meet with Chrys'tel and the arriving Illhar'dro messenger Kyu'dosha. In an effort to bridge relations between the two, she elects to leave Chrys'tel and Shinae to reconnect--Saph'ala is briefed on news of the warfront in Nuqrah'shareh in the meantime. When her sister informs Saph'ala that she will be departing (for Felde to investigate Snadhya'rune), the elder sister becomes exasperated with Chrys'tel's habits[4]. She expresses that whatever Chrys intends to do, it can't be more important than assisting Zala'ess in the war against the Sarghress.

When the District War is nearing its end, the Vel'Sharen had been pushed against the wall by the Sarghress--Sarv'swati had lost the defensive battle for the Val'sharess tower. Saph'ala is now the acting leader of the clan until Zala'ess concludes her business in the Vloz'ress lands, but there is a delay that pushes the remnants into a panic[5]. Saph'ala deems the Sarghress' terms of surrender outrageous, and nearly goes into a frenzy of options to evacuate as many young Sharen as they could before the Sarghress overtake them. Meanwhile, Sun'ya is still unable to receive any word from Zala'ess. It is her father Sabrror that calls for calm, for he had a plan to buy Zala'ess the time she needs.

When Zala'ess establishes her shaky alliance with the Sarghress, her elder daughter--carrying another infant herself--is concerned for Zala'ess' change in demeanor due to the poison coursing through her body. While Saph'ala sees the method of drawing blood as unpleasant, she understands its necessity--for Dia'heira Jaal'darya, the Jaal'darya sent to test Zala'ess, had confirmed the presence of infection[6]. With this, Zala'ess orders her daughters to do what it takes to preserve the alliance, even if it means to put their mother down.

Saph'ala is further concerned when Zala'ess begins to truly break down into a madness during the meeting of clan representative[7].

This article reflects events up to Chapter 50.


  1. Chapter 25, page 42
  2. Chapter 16, page 2
  3. Chapter 31, page 4