Shala Val'Sharen

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Shala Val'Sharen
Moonless Age character
Portrait of Shala Val'Sharen
Race: Drowolath
Current Status
Deceased
Talents
  • Nether Summoning
  • Combat medicine
Family

Shala Val'Sharen is a daughter of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. She has an affinity for sealing arts and is working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside her brother, Kau Val'Sharen.

Appearance and Personality

Shala is an easy-going, playful drow. She has a tendency to tease her friends, though she has a fiery temper when she is riled up. She is very similar to her twin, Kau, in many ways, but she is the larger and more dominant of the two.

Shala is very close with her brother, Kau. She is also good friends with the other members of his sqaud: Ariel Val'Sarghress, Faen Val'Sullisin'rune, and their leader Sarnel Tions Sarghress. Unlike her brother, Shala has a tendency to playfully flirt with their squad leader, Sarnel.[1]

Shala has white hair pulled back in a ponytail. Her eyes are bright blue.

Biography

A young Shala prepares to remove a crossbow bolt from Nau'kheol's foot.[2]

Early Life

Shala was born in the Sarghress fortress to Sil'lice Val'Sharen and Kor'maril Val'Sarghress. She and her twin brother Kau were raised by Sil'lice while hiding within the Sarghress ranks from the general population of Chel'el'Sussoloth. Their bedtime stories consisted of their mother's war conquests from the Nidra'chaal uprising, and their playground was Sil'lice's torture chamber. Despite this, they grew up happy and eager to help their small group of exiled family by learning to treat the sick and injured.

Kau and Shala once met Chrys'tel Vel'Sharen and her brother Nau'kheol when they revisited the fortress to ask questions of Sil'lice. Nau's foot was injured by Kadara's rough handling of a perceived threat, and the twins helped bandage him up.

In the Sarghress Homeguard

15 years after Chrys and Nau's visit, it became clear that Kau and Shala both inherited their mother's feelings on tainted drow and the traitorous Vel'Sharen empire. They joined the Sarghress Homeguard and began climbing the ranks alongside the Val'Sarghress heir, Ariel. Shala is particularly gifted with nether summoning, and she works as the squad's gate sealer and medic. When Sarnel Tions Sarghress was promoted to squad leader, Shala's current squad was formed.

The squad's first mission was to patrol the North Cliff territory. They first stopped at the Val'Sullisin'rune fortress and at a benefit concert held by one of Ariel's old allies, Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro. While meeting with Kyo'nne backstage, Shala snuck a couple of the chocolates Kau stole and became agitated under the effects of the drug. When Kyo'nne revealed that her sponsor was Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen, Shala flew into a rage based on her mother's teachings that Snadhya'rune is a traitor to the Val'Sharen clan and to drowkind as a whole. She stormed off dismissively, leaving the rest of her squad to apologize for her.

The squad ultimately parted on good terms with Kyo'nne before moving on to the North Cliff.

Attack on the North Cliff

Main article: Attack on North Cliff
Kau and Shala work together to seal a nether gate in the North Cliff.[3]

Soon after arriving in the North Cliff, a rogue Vel'Vloz'ress summoner named Maki opened a gate in the chest of a living drow. Upon discovering it, Shala quickly chased the mobile gate with Ariel and Kau in order the seal off the flow of demons. They managed to shut the gate, but not before many nether beings escaped into the city. The three then set off to find Faen and Sarnel, who were left behind in the chase. They found Faen alone, who could only say that Sarnel was taken by the Vloz'ress scourges that were invading the area.

Ariel, Kau and Faen searched for Sarnel while Shala fetched her extra sealing stones. She met up with them at the district office, where they were fighting a hostile scourge that had sealed a golem pilot into his suit. She helped Kau and Serena free the poor pilot, only to find that he had already been turned into a full fledged demon.

After the attack, Sarnel was found badly injured and burned over most of his body. Shala tended to his wounds while playfully flirting with him. She then joined the group of soldiers following Ariel to Darya Lake to aid Commander Sang.

Battle at Darya Lake

Shala followed Ariel's lead to the Sharen-controlled districts surrounding Darya Lake, where she aided in the fight against the Vel'Sharen. Her primary role was a sealer, assisting Zan'nah in curbing the arrival of nether demons on the battlefield.Shala followed Ariel's lead to the Sharen-controlled districts surrounding Darya Lake, where she aided in the fight against the Vel'Sharen.[4]

After the battle, Shala acted as a medic, ministering to the Sarghress wounded.

A New Assignment

Kau and Shala reported with Ariel, Faen and Sar'nel to First Landing. Upon arrival at the main gate, the twins quipped about Quain'tana and her towering height. Kau envied Ariel, as she got to meet the Ill'haress, unaware of her temper. When Faen surprised Ariel with a kiss, Kau and Shala looked on in shock, and immediately began snickering to each other. Kau asked if Sar'nel had reacted the same, and she admitted that his reaction had been worse.

The squad was soon reassigned to the Highland Raiders, with orders from Quain'tana that they not return until they were fully trained Raiders in their own right. As they left First Landing, the twins began to excitedly cheer, voicing their confidence in a Sarghress victory.[5] When they were joined by Chirinide and Shan'naal from the Val'Kyorlsolenurn, they began to tease each other, with Kau claiming that after they had left previously, they were stuck with Shala to seal demons for them. Shala retaliated, telling him that he would have been a "brainless corpse muncher" without her.[6]

Arrival at Ys

After a brief stop in Dari'yako for their initial briefing, the squad continued on their trek to the overworld. Kau noticed the tension between the squad leader, Tur'geis, and Ariel. They arrived at the colony of Ys, stopping for a rest at the house lent to the Sarghress by the colony's leaders. Shala pulled Sar'nel into a room of their own, hoping to get some alone time together. Their rest was interrupted, however, when an alarm rang out that hermionne infiltrators had begun setting the colony on fire.

The twins quickly dressed and raced out to join the rest of the squad in chasing down the arsonist. Upon finding that one group of infiltrators had been taken down by Faen, Chirinide and Ariel, they continued their jokes, offering to bury Chirinide despite the fact that she was very much alive.[7] As dawn approached, their attention was drawn to an airship passing overhead, on its way to an unknown destination.

Shala asks Sarnel if he would join her in moving to an upworld colony.

After daybreak, the Sarghress raiders gathered in the common area, where Chirinide made a disastrous attempt to cook a bird for Shan'naal. Kau tried to cheer up the forlorn Kyorl, offering to help her salvage what they could of it. A short while later, the squad received news from the colony's councilor Kane'ohe that they were being evicted from the colony, and would only be allowed to stay if they chose to renounce their loyalty to the Sarghress clan. With no choice but to leave, the Sarghress split their numbers, with some returning to the clan to report the turn of events, and the rest would follow the airship to find out where it had gone. Shala quickly volunteered the twins to remain with Ariel as she went after the airship.[8]

Arrival At Felde

The squad followed the airship's trail to Felde, where they quickly investigated the city's leadership. Upon finding out that their ruler was Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen, the team became divided on whether or not to return to the clan, or to continue their attempts to investigate the airship. Faen revealed that she had brought the invitation given to Ariel by Lulianne, settling the argument once and for all. They ran into Kyo'nne soon after, who assisted them with acquiring entry into the tower. As they entered, they also found that Ariel's former schoolmate Nau'kheol Vel'Sharen was in attendance. After the Sharen let slip a comment about Ariel's butt, the twins began making comments as well about the size of her rear end until they were admonished by Sar'nel.

Kyo'nne escorted the raiders into the tower, and assisted them with finding guest quarters. Shala then pulled Sar'nel into the room, locking her brother out.[9]


Escape From Felde

After Chirinide received a vision of Ariel's death and an impending attack by Kalki Nidraa'chal, the squad decided it was time to leave Felde, setting their rooms on fire in order to cover their escape. They reached the large elevator platform leading to the bottom, with Syrak and Shala voicing their disbelief that the Little Wolf was dead. Realizing that the elevator wasn't moving fast enough, the team used their mana to help accelerate the platform's descent. While the platform dropped quickly, they were not fast enough to escape Kalki and Sasi, who used their wind magic to jump down to them quickly.

Shala immediately challenged Sasi, who had pinned down Syrak and was about to attack her twin.[10] The fight was soon interrupted by the arrival of the Kavahini clan, who had flown ahead of Sil'lice's vanguard to try to take Felde. In the chaotic moments afterwards, the squad was split again, with Shala, Kau and Sar'nel becoming separated from the rest and pursued by the Nidraa'chal.

Shala and Sar'nel soon found themselves herded into Snadhya'rune's tainting chamber. Ynda, a "pet" of Kalki's, joined them, separating Kau from Shala and Sar'nel. The remaining pair moved quickly to engage Kalki, with Shala sealing the small nether demons that Kalki brought forth and Sar'nel being intercepted by Sasi. Before the fight could progress, however, Shala's lance began to overflow from the sealed nether energy and exploded, blasting them into seperate areas again.[11]

Kalki cuts Shala's throat to spite Ariel.

After being knocked into a nearby wall, Shala woke quickly, finding herself in the hands of Snadhya's "helper demon nurses." Kau attempted to call for help from Sar'nel as he charged to Shala's aid, but the twin was intercepted by a nether demon seed thrown by Kalki, striking him in the core. Shala finally identified Kalki, realizing that she was the one who had hunted her family throughout the Nidraa'chal war.

Shala then attempted to threaten the Nidraa'chal, claiming that Sil'lice wouldn't let her get away with attacking them. Kalki laughed off the threat, however, and asked how Sasi was doing in her own fight with Sar'nel. As she did so, Ariel arrived, albeit missing her left arm and with Ynda's hair in her right hand. Ariel demanded a trade - she would release Kalki's wounded pet in exchange for Kalki releasing her friends.[12]

Kalki called Ariel's bluff, claiming the new turn of events was a game. When Ariel insisted that it wasn't a game, the Nidraa'chal dared her to kill Ynda. Shala attempted at that time to check on her brother and Sar'nel, hoping to find that they were still alive while Ariel parlayed with Kalki. As Shala made one last attempt to resist the demon nurses, Kalki moved faster, cutting Shala's throat with Kau's dropped sword before getting the better of Ariel and Kau again. She was quickly tended to by the demon nurses, who attempted to stop the bleeding.

Sar'nel and Kau throw torches on Shala's funeral pyre.

Sar'nel soon came to the rescue, charging Kalki while she continued to gloat over her seeming victory. Tossing a defeated Sasi into the chamber, he urged the twins to get back on their feet. The distraction was all that Ariel needed, and the Little Wolf charged Kalki, pinning her to the wall. Shala watched in satisfaction as Ariel absorbed Kalki's arm and then let the Nidraa'chal fall to the floor in a bleeding mess.

With the way now clear, Sar'nel and Kau helped Shala up, and they joined Ariel in escaping the tower. After setting Shala down in the cabin of Kiel'ndia Vel'Vlozz'ress' giant turtle summon, Kau noticed that his sister had stopped breathing. Shala passed away quietly, just as she and her team had reached safety.[13]

Notable Quotes

"Sarghress and Sharen colors will decorate the Imperial Dome together! Except it'll be our mom standing by Quain'tana's side." - To Sar'nel, speaking confidently in his belief that the Sarghress will win the District War.

"Fuck, this place is weird...and I grew up in a dungeon!" - To Sar'nel, after finding themselves in Snadhya'rune's tainting chamber.[14]

Character Concept




This article reflects events up to chapter 46.

Sources:

  1. chapter 38 page 43
  2. chapter 32 page 34
  3. chapter 38 page 9
  4. chapter 40 page 4
  5. chapter 43 page 29
  6. chapter 43 page 32
  7. chapter 44 page 53
  8. chapter 45 page 14
  9. chapter 46 page 57
  10. chapter 46 page 87
  11. chapter 46 page 104
  12. chapter 46 page 108
  13. chapter 46 page 144
  14. chapter 46 page 102