- Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir - "mother"
Appearance and Personality
Taio'shi is much more sober than her best friend Cer'kal Veru'ur. She characteristically covers her head and the the lower half of her face with simple black veils.
She is fiercely loyal to Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir, who she has accepted as her foster mother. She does anything Mikilu asks of her without fear of the risks involved.
At a very young age, Taio'shi became good friends with Cer'kal Veru'ur, an excitable commoner who worked in her family's brewery. She later introduced Cer'kal to her foster "mother" Mikilu'ligr Val'Dutan'vir. As inconspicuous commoner children, the pair began running "errands" for Mikilu that would further her plans for revenge on the Vel'Sharen.
One of these assignments involved an assassination attempt on Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Taio'shi pretended to innocently fall in front of Snadhya's carriage, and while Cer'kal apologized to the guards she discretely planted a bomb on the street. The pair ran off, letting the explosion rock through Snadhya's carriage. Snadhya'rune and her passengers Mel'arnach and Zhor survived the attack with little more than some minor bruising.
In a later attempt on Snadhya's life, Cer'kal dropped an explosive as she was setting it, triggering the blast instantly. Taio'shi dragged the horrifically injured Cer'kal back to her family, where Cer'kal's older brother Yhine treated her wounds. When he finished, he almost strangled Taio'shi in a fit of rage, blaming her for Cer'kal's injuries. Cer'kal managed to feebly stop him, and begged Taio'shi to tell Mikilu she was sorry.
Outside of Moonless Age
Note: The details that follow may not be canon to the story of Moonless Age.
Taio'shi and Cer'kal were originally introduced in the winning entry of the 2010 manga contest, New Tales from Old Chel: The Misadventures of Drow Peasants, drawn and written by Zee Rose.
Though Zee Rose later joined the Drowtales staff and some of the events of this story were incorporated in the main comic, it is still considered a fan-written piece outside of the main canon.
The comic tells the story of how Cer'kal and Taio'shi met, explores Taio'shi's history, and introduces Taio'shi and Mikilu's relationship.
This article reflects events up to Chapter 41 .