- Shapeshifting High Sorcery
- Could absorb or possess fae, taking on their form and memories at will.
- Snadhya'rune - Adoptive Twin
Khaless was a sentient demon that formed from the possession of Snadhya'rune's protector twin, the real Khaless. Taking Khaless' form and memories, she continued to serve in this role; also acting as Snadhya'rune's enforcer and assassin. Long possessing the body of Lulianne and acting as Mel'arnach's bodyguard, she was forced to flee that body when Lulianne was able to overcome the possession long enough to commit suicide. Thereafter, she took a number of hosts while attempting to infiltrate the Sarghress, but was ultimately consumed in turn by an escaped and rampant Laele'aell.
Appearance & Personality
Little is known of the real Khaless's personality, as she was subsumed entirely by the entity formed from her seed. She had long, wavy, deep purple hair that was dyed black at the ends, and she commonly wore very thin clothing that facilitated her shapeshifting.
As a Vel'akar, Khaless could that could alter her form at will, though natural form was that of the original Khaless. When taking the form of a drow she had consumed, that drow would always appear with the red eyes of the tainted. She was a vain and hedonistic being, with an air of superiority and a greedy nature. Despite this, she retained a strong sense of loyalty to Snadhya'rune, which was rewarded in kind.
Khaless' High Sorcery
While little is known of the real Khaless prior her possession, she possessed some manner of Shapechanging High Sorcery before being consumed by her seed. This ability was retained as a Vel'akar, and made all the more potent by its combination with a demon's natural ability to manipulate and alter its host's form. Khaless was thus able to shift her body into a variety of demonic forms, or that of a drow she had forcefully consumed. She could also choose to possess another drow as a host instead of consuming them outright, though it seemed she was limited to one host body and did not fully absorb the form of her host. In either case, she also took on the memories and auras of those she consumed or possessed, allowing her to impersonate them well enough to fool even close friends and family. Unlike Ariel's high sorcery, Khaless did not appear to require much caution in her transformations - she could take on a formless mass with no ill effects to her physiology.
Biography - Arc I
Khaless was originally a slave-born protector twin assigned to Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Unlike most Vel'Sharen twin pairings, Snadhya and Khaless were very close. During the course of Snadhya's research on demons and nether summoning, Khaless became possessed by a powerful demon that had been summoned. Rather than consuming Khaless, the demon retained her form and stood by Snadhya'rune just the same as Khaless would have.
She served as Snadhya's eyes and ears within the halls of Orthorbbae, collecting gossip among the students for her twin. She was the one who ultimately brought Ariel's presence at the school to Snadhya'rune's attention.
Guarding Snadhya's Secrets
When Mel'arnach escaped the Val'Sarghress fortress to visit Sndahya, Khaless kept watch over Mel's guard, Lulianne. She left Lulianne alone to escort Sarv'swati to Snadhya's chambers, and returned to find that Lu had begun to snoop around Snadhya's secret chamber high above the halls of the school. Khaless attacked Lulianne mercilessly, going so far as to impersonate the niece that Lulianne lost during the Nidraa'chal War. She ultimately absorbs Lulianne when Lu destroys the elevator they were fighting on.
Life as Lulianne
Khaless used the opportunity to disguise herself and take Lulianne's place. She used Lulianne's memories to follow Mel'arnach back to the fortress and infiltrated the Val'Sarghress ranks. She courted Lulianne's love interest, Rek'mar, briefly before killing him.
Her infiltration appeared to be successful.
Biography - Arc II
15 years later, Khaless was found continuing her impersonation of Lulianne. She was expelled from the Sarghress at some point, and she now serves as Mel'arnach's personal bodyguard. She used this position to meet with Ariel Val'Sarghress and invite her to a meeting Snadhya'rune was planning to hold in Felde.
She later approached Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress in her natural form to invite her to the same gathering. Kiel'ndia initially fights her physically, but ultimately backs down.
Still posing as Lulianne, Khaless is able to guide Mel'arnach out of the Sul dome after the birth of the unwanted daughter; then the two of them wish doom upon the clans before setting off to Felde. Khaless is still in character when Mel is guided by Erusa'kel Nal'sarkoth to the upper reaches of Snadhya'rune's tower, even going so far as to have a heated exchange with the man, going into a rant about how Mel should guide the Sarghress out of the war, and continuing to deny that "Lulianne" is Khaless. It took some coercion from her sister to break Khaless out of character--the demon commented that the Lulianne personally was a particularly stronger one, given that she had to take the Dutan'vir's body for her own.
During the party, Khaless comes to the rescue of helpless party guests who are caught in Kharla'ggen Vel'Vloz'ress's high sorcery, guiding the Vloz'ress woman to another room filled with distractions. Clearly, Kharla's dollification had no effect on the demon. Later, Khaless reappears after the crowd was made to bow, commenting on how amusing it was to see Snadhya'rune's associates put on a good show.
The only limit to her impersonation appeared to be that the eyes of whatever form she took were marked red by the taint of her demonic nature.
This article reflects events up to chapter 44.