Val'Sarghress

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The Sarghress clan symbol.

An individual’s station in life should be the result of their own endeavors neither hindered nor aided by their heritage: this is the mantra of the powerful Val’Sarghress. Formed with the merging of numerous mercenary bands around the legendary reputation of its Ill’haress Quain’tana, the Sarghress are a wave of change in Chel'el'sussoloth that espouse the downfall of the rigid bloodline and caste systems.

History

The Sarghress: United Mercenaries.

The origins of the Sarghress are wrapped firmly around the history of Quain’tana, its mercenary queen. Born of common blood, she rallied together a formitable mercenary band and set off upon an adventure across the Underworld, the Old World and supposedly beyond. Throughout her journey she conquered countless valuable relics and brought numerous allies into her fold as she accumulated more fame about herself.

Her return to Chel'el'sussoloth was monumentally dramatic. Quain’tana marched into the city with a veritable army at her back, a treasury of riches in her coffers and the demand for her massive group to be bestowed the title of a Val clan. This commotion drew the eye of Ash'waren Val'Sullisin'rune who forged an alliance between the Sarghress and her Val'Sullisin'rune. By the seventh century the devil-eyed empath's sponsorship of the mercenary group finally bore fruit, netting them their Val title.

The Sarghress have only grown in power with the passage of time. Their open doors and message of uncapped potential make them a major draw to commoners with dreams of glory. They were quick to seize upon the upheaval within the Vel'Sharen during the Nidraa’chal uprising, snatching much of the weakened clan’s territory. This latest war sees the Sarghress on the offensive once again as they claim vast stretches of land from their rivals.

Culture and Politics

The Sarghress are a clan of commoners, a title worn proudly by its members even while used pejoratively by some outsiders. Where most other clans both lesser and greater are of noble heritage or assume the mantle of such once arising the Sarghress embrace their common origins. It is the creed of the clan that one’s value is determined not by birthright, race or any other external factor, solely upon the deeds performed by their own hands. If one born among the lowest of slaves had the ambition and skills to rise to nobility they should be given that chance.

Above all things the Sarghress value discipline and strength of will, and strength of arms is quite preferable as well. Their view of individual empowerment and their cracked-door recruitment policy make the Sarghress an ideal institution for commoners driven to make a difference. To join is easy, and many are satisfied among the lower stations of the clan, but to advance requires that one prove their dedication, honor and capabilities as judged by their superiors.

The Val'Sarghress is a clan of warriors that breeds off of conflict, especially during times of commoner oppression. Discipline is drilled into the clan’s recruits from the earliest days of their membership, and the training they undergo is often intense. One is expected to show respect for one’s superiors and follow their orders to the letter and without question. The nature of such an environment breeds frank, honest individuals trained to speak freely and to the point (with due consideration of course.) This system of open dialog and loyalty has resulted in a clan largely devoid of the cloak and dagger conspiracies all too common in others.

There is no such thing as a soft and decadent Sarghress, as the culture of the clan has little respect for such notions, even if held superficially. Those who reach the clan’s higher ranks usually had to fight tooth and nail to reach it and are no less formidable in combat than those below them. A sense communal progression overrides the necessity to herald ones own achievements, so a clan uniform of armor is more than enough for most any Sarghress regardless of rank and standing. True to its rank-by-merit credo even the Vals of the clan must prove themselves worthy of leadership by advancing up from the very bottom.

The Sarghress strongly favor combat readiness over comfort. Everyday attire usually consists of armor colored heavily in a single shade of red; Quain’tana herself is rarely ever seen without hers. Wide variations exist among the houses however; members of the Fallen Legion are usually suited in black leather armor and the Mae’yukir have their own white gear complete with custom standard. Though the militarized branch of the Highland Raiders adorn themselves in bronze most of the adventuring parties that fall under the house forgo any form of clan uniform altogether.

If there are any decent diplomats among the Sarghress ranks they have yet to step forward. The clan's stubborn and often bull-headed approach to diplomacy often makes them difficult to get along with among the other Val clans, but many see them as the valuable asset they are: a power check for the Vel'Sharen. These two clans could not be more diametrically opposed. For their part the Sarghress see the Sharen as claiming dominance by right of their ancestor Sharess, her descendants born into leadership. The Sarghress wish nothing more than to tear their rival clan from their thrones.

Legions

The Sarghress clan is a well-oiled war machine that is composed of several military legions. Most members of the Sarghress military cycle in and out of the different legions as needed by those in command.

Home Guard

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Commander: Suu'be Nori'fu Sarghress

The Home Guard makes up a large portion of the Sarghress military. Soldiers in the Home Guard are charged with patrolling Sarghress-owned territories, keeping the peace, and protecting the main fortress from hostile forces. Almost every member of the Sarghress clan has served on Home Guard duty at some point, filling it with soldiers possessing a wide variety of skills and specialties.

Home Guard squads are typically made up of 5-7 drow, one of which is the designated squad leader. They used to wear full suits of metal armor in varying shades of blue and purple, but the standard uniform has changed to feature a hard black chestplate, helmet, greaves, boots, and gauntlets with lighter colored cloth armor underneath.

Assault

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Commanders: Koil'dorath Nori'fu Val'Sarghress and Sang Niz'zre Sarghress

The Assault legion is likely the largest legion the Sarghress has. Assault troops specialize in conventional underworld warfare and are responsible for maintaining the war effort in non-Sarghress owned regions. Like the Home Guard, many soldiers will cycle in and out of this legion depending on the skills and resources needed at any given point in time.

Assault teams vary widely in size, depending on their mission. Their armor color is red.

Highland Raiders

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Commander: Quill'yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress

The Highland Raiders fill their ranks with those of the most adventurous spirits. They hold the unique task of maintaining a presence on the Old World, keeping their assets in check and seeking out new treasures to plunder for the benefit of the clan. Other drow are rarely their concern for they find very different opponents in the hazards and unknowns of the foreign worlds they explore both above and below the surface. Due to this the Raiders are much less traditional warriors than adventurers, trained more in the arts of survival and non-conventional Overworld tactics seen in occasional skirmishes than all-out wars. Though Commander Quill’yate often travels with a sizable contingent of cavalry, the majority of the Highland Raiders usually operate in small, self-reliant parties.

They are marked by their amber-colored armor and full-faced masks that suit the environment and dangers of the surface.

Fallen Legion

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Commander: Mablevi

A small, exclusive group of specialists, the Fallen Legion are the spies and assassins of the Sarghress. Unlike the other troops of the clan, members of the Legion are trained to work as individuals, excelling in the arts of stealth and information gathering and falling back to combat only if necessary. Because the nature of their work necessitates deft movement they usually dress themselves in light utilitarian garments composed of dark-colored leather.

The Fallen Legion is so named because of the misfortune associated with the group. They once counted the extremely talented Laele'aell Val'Sarghress, Quain’tana's most promising daughter, among its ranks. A series of mishaps led to her accidental tainting, and the attempt to exorcise her seed left her a husk of her former self. Though her fall brought great sorrow upon the clan, those among the Fallen Legion who worked beside her on a daily basis were hardest hit by the loss.

Dragon Slayers

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Commander: Quain'tana Val'Sarghress

The Dragon Slayers are a small contingent of soldiers that serve as a honor guard to protect Il'haress Quain'tana. They were formed shortly after Zala'ess Vel'Sharen made an attempt on Quain'tana's life, and they now follow the Il'haress during her political dealings to ensure her personal safety.

They wear full-body red armor with distinctive wolf-shaped helmets.

War Meat

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The War Meat legion is arguably the most controversial division as it consists entirely of humans and other non-fae races. Though they are not as well-suited to underworld warfare as their drow counterparts, they serve as an important counter to demon-based combat. Since the War Meat troops do not have auras, they suffer none of the negative effects of nether infestation or mana-deprivation. They can't be tainted or possessed, making them well-suited for neutralizing hostile nether summoners.

Few clans have seen worth in feeding and arming the "lesser races," making a full legion like the War Meat an uncommon find.

Fang

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The Fangs are the Sarghress clan's cavalry. They ride the clan's iconic giant wolf mounts into battle to support other units.

Not much is known about this legion, and their commander has not currently identified.



Houses

Like many other clans the Sarghress are also divided into a number of houses. Members of these houses may be installed in any of the aforementioned legions while on active duty.

Mae’yukir

Dev'ess: Itan'sha Mae'yukir Sarghress

Though there is no institutionalized racial segregation among the clan, most drowussu of the Sarghress find their way to the Mae’yukir. This house is formed almost entirely of the light-skinned drow most formerly of the Val'Dutan'vir or defectors from the Val'Kyorl'solenurn. It isn’t uncommon for former Kyorls who find themselves tainted to forgo the expected self sacrifice, instead fleeing to the Sarghress ranks. Here they usually find themselves welcome regardless of the color held by their eyes.

Many of the former members of the Kyorl’solenurn that defect to the Sarghress bring with them the tainted mana-vanquishing skills taught to them by their former peers. These skills have since been shared with the majority of the house, making the Mae’yukir into the clan’s predominant counter to demonic threats.

Nori’fu

Dev'ess: Suu'be Nori'fu Sarghress

The role of house Nori’fu is somewhat of an enigma in that it has not been explicitly defined. It is clearly one of the oldest houses as one of its members, Mandroga, was a trusted companion of Quain’tana's during her adventuring days.

Tions

Leader: Rosof Tions Sarghress

The house Tions is another old contribution to the Sarghress clan. Most of the original members of the house hail from Machike'Shikumo, brought into the fold after their defeat by Quain’tana's mercenary band during their adventures throughout the underworld. With them the Tions brought the dire wolves that would become so iconic to the Sarghress.

Yurun’hiir

Dev'ess: Quill'yate Yurun'hiir Sarghress

Lead by one of Quain'tana's oldest personal friends, house Yurun'hiir is most closely associated with overworld conquest. Not much else is known about this house at this time.

Niz’zre

Dev'ess: Sang Niz'zre Sarghress

Nothing is known of the Niz’zre house aside from its existence and name.



Clan Fortresses and Properties

The Sarghress fortress.

In a cavern to the north of Chel'el'sussoloth, accessible only through the territory of the Val'Sullisin'rune and connecting to a path leading out from the city, lies the fortress of the mighty Val’Sarghress. No extravagant stonework or frivolous designs adorn this facility; its hallways are generally simple stone and it is lit by basic mana lights. It is by all accounts pure functionality with no ribbons attached, a facility built for war by soldiers for soldiers, and a perfect reflection of the Sarghress militaristic ethos.

With the outbreak of the latest war in Chel'el'sussoloth the Sarghress have come to control nearly a third of the city, not the least of which is the Black Dragon Tavern, a gift from Minka Dutan'vir after the establishment experienced a change of ownership. Beyond the confines of the cavern civilization the Sarghress also possess a large number of forts, outposts and supply vaults dotted throughout both the Underworld and the Old World used mostly by the Highland Raiders. They have also come to occupy a prominent fortress in Machike'Shikumo, though its possession hasn’t given them complete dominion over the town.


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A prison colony south of Chel and under Beldrobbaen and Sharen control.
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The "Cliff Fort Under the Clouds", Machike'Shikumo is both a fortified town (dating back to the Dark Elf exodus from the surface at the end of the Moons Age) and a surface colony on the rim of the Nidavellir.

Clan Members

Ill'haress

Portrait Quain'tana Val'Sarghress.png
Quain'tana Val Sarghress is the founder and current Ill'haress of the Val'Sarghress clan. She is a capable warrior and a figurehead for the common class.



Main Line

Portrait Ariel Val'Sarghress.png
Ariel is the young heir to the Val'Sarghress clan. She has a powerful and uncommon shapechanging high sorcery.
Portrait Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress.png
Mel'arnach is Ariel's biological mother. She is on hostile terms with her mother and leader of the clan, Quain'tana Val'Sarghress.
Portrait Kel'noz Val'Sarghress.png
Kel'noz is the son of Quain'tana Val'Sarghress and a trusted Sarghress diplomat. He also serves as a headmaster at Orthorbbae.
Portrait Syphile Val'Sarghress.png
Syphile was a potential heir to the Val'Sarghress clan that raised Ariel Val'Sarghress until her tenth birthday.
Portrait Laele'aell Val'Sarghress.png
Laele'aell was once Quain'tana's ideal heir to the Val'Sarghress clan. She lost her mind to a demon, and she is now a husk of her former self.



House Nori'fu

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Suu'be is the commander of the Val'Sarghress Home Guard and the Dev'ess of House Nori'fu.
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Koil'dorath is the Commander of the Val'Sarghress Assault legion.
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Mandroga is an old member of the Val'Sarghress clan and a prominent member of House Nori'fu.
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House Tions

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Rosof is the patriarch of the Tions line and one of the oldest advisers in the Sargress clan.
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Sar'nel is a Sarghress Homeguard squad leader of House Tions. He is the same age as Ariel Val'Sarghress, and has been a helpful ally of hers since they met at Orthorbbae.
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Nei'kalsa is Sar'nel's older sister and teacher. She raised him until he was of age to attend Orthorbbae.



House Mae'yukir

Portrait Itan'sha Mae'yukir Sarghress.png
Itan'sha is an ex-Val'Kyorl'solenurn that now leads the Val'Sarghress' Mae'yukir house.
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Tir'ade is an ex-Val'Kyorl'solenurn templar who was tainted while trying to restore peace in a Val'Sarghress-patrolled district.
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Sker'liger is an ex-Dutan'vir warrior who now works for the Val'Sarghress clan in the Mae'yukir subhouse.
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Lulianne is a guard of Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress.
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Abyte is an ex-Val'Kyorl'solenurn warden who now serves the Val'Sarghress as a member of the Mae'yukir house.
Portrait Durlyn Mae'yukir Sarghress.png
Durlyn Mae'yukir Sarghress is a cameo character designed by Durlyn.
Portrait Nuru'lara Mae'yukir Sarghress.png
Nuru'lara is a Sarghress representative to the colony of Ys.



House Niz'zre

Portrait Sang Niz'zre Sarghress.png
Sang is one of the commanders of the Val'Sarghress Assault legion and is the Dev'ess of House Niz'zre.
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Kor'maril is a high ranking soldier of the Val'Sarghress clan. He is the son of Commander Sang Niz'zre Sarghress.
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Shi'kan is a member of the Val'Sarghress Home Guard that reports to Kor'maril Niz'zre Sarghress.



House Yurun'hiir

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Quill'yate is the commander of the Highland Raiders legion and the dev'ess of House Yurun'hiir.
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Other Members

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Jer'kol is a soldier in the Val'Sarghress military who has made multiple attempts on the life of Ariel Val'Sarghress.
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Zhor was a giant spider Aware, mate of Mel'arnach Val'Sarghress, and father of Ariel. He was recently changed back into a dark elf.
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Niende is a land administrator for the Val'Sargress clan. He is in charge of records for the North Cliff district.
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Melodia is a young and playful feral owned by Ariel Val'Sarghress.
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Rek'mar is a Val'Sarghress guard with feelings for Lulianne Mae'yukir Sarghress.
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Celia was the leader of a Val'Sarghress Home Guard squad.
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Melindir was a member of a Val'Sarghress Home Guard squad that was massacred by demons.
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Yunir was a member of a Val'Sarghress Home Guard squad that was massacred by demons.
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Karan was a member of a Val'Sarghress Home Guard squad that was massacred by demons.
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Seb'rath was a member of a Val'Sarghress Home Guard squad that was massacred by demons.
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Mablevi is the commander of the Fallen Legion, a stealth-based division of the Val'Sarghress military.
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Myo'na is a member of the Fallen Legion. She and Jiv'kyn were tasked with protecting Ariel Val'Sarghress until she came of age.
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Jiv'kyn is a member of the Fallen Legion. He and Myo'na were tasked with protecting Ariel Val'Sarghress until she came of age.
Portrait Laele'aell Val'Sarghress.png
Laele'aell was once Quain'tana's ideal heir to the Val'Sarghress clan. She lost her mind to a demon, and she is now a husk of her former self.
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Ant'alya is a friendly member of the Fallen Legion that invited Tir'ade to join the Val'Sarghress during his exile.
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Andri'fel is one of the Highland Raiders who assisted Ariel during her quest to find Faen.
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Genani is a Highland Raider who assisted Ariel during her journey on the surface.
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Key'sal is a Highland Raider who assisted Ariel during her journey on the surface.
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Mirrh'ayla is one of the Highland Raiders who assisted Ariel during her quest to find Faen.
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Nel'ralka is a Highland Raider who assisted Ariel during her journey on the surface.
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Tebryn is a Highland Raider who assisted Ariel during her journey on the surface.
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Portrait Kai'to Sarghress.png
Kai'to is a grumpy veteran Highland Raider that was in Vaelia's first squad.
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Devkan is a mixed-blood messenger working for the Sarghress Clan.
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Serena is a Kal'yantra engineer working for the Sarghress faction.
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Xtka'en is a soldier in the Sarghress homeguard.
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Jak'sura is a soldier in the Sarghress military. He is currently posted at the Sullisin'rune dome.
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Calin Con'Dulean is a civilian currently living in the Sarghress-owned North Cliff.
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Minalia is a landowner in the Sarghress owned North Cliff territory.
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Ysmir is the manager of approximately half the culture pools of the Sarghress owned district of North Cliff.
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Brandy is a cameo character appearing in Moonless Age that was created and designed by Brandy. Brandy is a dark elf courier in the employ of the Sarghress clan.
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Portrait Zan'nah Sarghress.png
Zan'nah is a member of the Sarghress Home Guard serving as a sealer and mana specialist.
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Tur'geis Am'saag is a Highland Raider and Am'saag mercenary.
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Portrait Kev'ren Sarghress.png
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Nul'indra is a Val'Sarghress soldier of the Fallen Legion. She is a young rookie from the surface working under the direction of Reka.
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Reka is currently a member of the Fallen Legion that specialises in long-range combat.
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Portrait Mek'kel Sarghress.png
Mek'kel is a member of the Val'Sarghress Home Guard Brawlers squad.
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Zith is an officer in the Val'Sarghress military.
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Riz'riia is a Val'Sarghress Highland Raider.
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A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.
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A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.
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A Highland Raider who participated in the capture of Dariya'ko.
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Skwerk is a locust queen aiding Vaelia in her Highland Raider travels.
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Synathra is a Sarghress Highland Raider.
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Ash'arion is a Highland Raider with a fondness for minerals.
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Mira'linn is an officer in the Sarghress Highland Raiders.
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Die'tra Am'saag is a Highland Raider and Am'saag mercenary.
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Vierynda’diira is a Val'Sarghress soldier of the Assault division.
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Senyah is an ex-Sarghress taking part in the Felde peace talks.
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Olarae is a retired Highland Raider who came out of retirement and rejoined the Sarghress ranks.
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Erelice was assigned to be the squad leader of the squad investigating Wafay’s allegations.
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Filf'rae was assigned as the second-in-command of the squad Erelice lead.
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Briz'dra is a spellsinger within the Sarghress ranks assigned to Erelice’s squad.
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Sabryne was the Fallen Legion member assigned to Erelice’s squad.
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Vayas'arn was the golem engineer assigned to Erelice’s squad.



Housed Exiles

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Sil'lice is the third daughter of Empress Diva'ratrika. She is working as a Val'Sarghress ally against her traitorous Vel'Sharen sisters.
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Nishi'kanta is the fourth daughter of Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika Val'Sharen. Since the Nidraa'chal War, few have known much about her whereabouts.
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Kau Val'Sharen is a son of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. He has an affinity for working with golems and is currently working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside his sister, Shala Val'Sharen.
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Shala Val'Sharen is a daughter of Sil'lice Val'Sharen. She has an affinity for nether summoning and is working for the Val'Sarghress clan alongside her brother, Kau Val'Sharen.
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Kadara is a Val'Sharen of Sil'lice's line. She works alongside her mother with the Val'Sarghress clan.
Portrait Kyne Val'Sharen.png
Kyne is a Val'Sharen golem pilot of Sil'lice's line. She works for the Val'Sarghress clan training Sarghress troops to pilot golems.
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Chigusa is a Val'Sharen renegade of Nishi'kanta's line.
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Chess'riia is a Val'Sharen renegade of Nishi'kanta's line.
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Dindr'aen is a Val'Sharen renegade of Nishi'kanta's line.
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Perciva is the protector twin of Dindr'aen Val'Sharen, a renegade of Nishi'kanta's line.





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