- Former Kyorl'solenurn Crusader.
- Suffers from allergies.
- Taught mathematics to the Vloz'ress children.
Appearance and Personality
Koana is male drowussu with an incredibly large build and tainted eyes. His imposing stature is a result of his beserker seed, granting him formidable size and bulk as well as enlarged arms and hands, though his frame is shorter and somewhat less muscular than that of a drowolath beserker. Additionally, like Baliir, he has avoided the more severe deformities common to those with berserker seeds. He has long black hair that he ties back into a large ponytail, and his forehead bears the tattoo of a Kyorl'solenurn crusader, though scarred with the mark of heretic. He typically dresses in dark grey robes, with red trim. Outfitting for combat, he wields the heavy armor and clawed gauntlets of a berserker, as well a helmet that incorporates his Vloz'ress mask. He does not appear to have a specific favoured weapon, wielding various weapons with moderate proficiency. Following the battle of Felde, he has suffered a moderate injury to his right eye and several deep cuts on his face that are beginning to scar.
Koana is exceedingly calm and polite for a berserker, much like Baliir, a sign of an uncommonly-stable berserker seed. His overall demeanor is easygoing and gently paternal, traits that make him well-suited to teaching children and endear him to his smaller peers. Despite possessing the large size and strength provided to him by his seed, he is more of a scholar than a warrior, and his interests are focused on knowledge and research rather than martial prowess.
Biography - Arc II
Koana first appeared as Kiel'ndia sought to summon the creature in the "summoner killer" stone Chrys'tel and Nau'kheol brought back from Nuqrah'shareh. Analyzing the stone, Koana calculated the energy requirements needed to successfully activate the summon, though he admitted that there was a significant margin of error owing to the necessary assumptions and speculation involved. As Kiel hesitantly asked if Kharla'ggen would be able to activate the summon herself, growing somewhat annoyed by Koana's evasive and philosophical response. As Kharla'ggen strode forward to empower the summon, the resulting surge of energy left those nearby scrambling for safety, with Koana admitting his estimates may have been wrong. However, Kharla'ggen's vast aura allowed her to succeed at the improbable task, revealing the summon to be an enormous earthen turtle.
Later, he watched as Kiel prepared to depart with her entourage for Snadhya'rune's gathering in Felde, promising to aid Kar'liir in crafting equipment for the mighty vessel, much to Kiel's delight. Speaking to Nyo'ka, he expressed concern over the effect of Kharla's absence on the clan's stability, though she cryptically suggested their new guests would occupy the attention of any troublemakers. As the turtle began lurching forward, he warned Kiel that the summon was too large to fit through the gate, a fact Kiel cheerfully ignored as the summon smashed its way through.
Search for the Ninth Tower
Following the events of the Puppeteer Incident and the destruction of the Vloz'ress as a great clan, Koana briefly remained at Kiel's side with a small collection of fellow survivors aboard the ruins of the turtle summon. Carrying Jysmur atop his shoulders, the pair witnessed a naked Kuso dash past with stolen rations. He instructed his fellow not to stare, nor to laugh at "the less mentally fortunate". As Baliir returned with Sara'hilana, Koana watched curiously as the pair offered Kiel a job searching for the fabled ninth tower of Orthorbbae. Though he expressed doubts as to the tower's existence, Kiel and Nau accepted the offer nonetheless, aware that the situation left them little choice.
Eight days later, having made their preparations, the group entered Orthorbbae. To their surprise, the school was the site of an ongoing massacre, as Sil'lice had begun a brutal attack upon the school in an attempt to strike as Snadhya'rune any way she could, despite the school's centuries-long neutrality. Within moments of their arrival into the main hall, they witnessed Kadara mercilessly butcher a fleeing teacher. Though they attempted to remain out of sight, they were quickly spotted the veteran Val'Sharen, and the group was forced to flee with Kadara in close pursuit. As Naal's demon and Kiel's summons barred Kadara's path, the group fled deeper into the school. Fortunately, Koana had previously entered the school, and began leading the group to the Headmistress' office, under the reasoning that the records within were their best bet as uncovering clues as to the ninth tower's location.
Narrowly avoiding Sil'lice's forces and their Sarghress allies, they reached their target and smashed their way into Snadhya'rune's private office. Koana expressed some surprise at the lack of protections within, and the group began their hurried search in ernest. Kiel proceeded alone, discovering a mysterious lift, with the demon of Naal unintentionally activating the control mechanism. Though Nau was close enough to scramble onto the elevator, Koana and the others were left behind as the pair ascended to a higher level. Unfortunately, the platform's ascent was seen by Sarghress soldiers, revealing the location of the Vloz'ress party. With nowhere to run, the group were captured and used as hostages as Sil'lice personally led a squad of her forces into the ninth tower, with Koana himself having Kadara's blade held to his throat.
Unfortunately, Sil'lice immediately identified Sha'sana and, blinded by hate, drove her sword deep into the former headmistress' abdomen. The ancient summoner retaliated in kind by forcibly shoving a collection of Kiel's summons into the vengeful Sharen's face, immediately incapacitating her. As a horrified Kadara rushed to her mother's side, Koana used the opportunity to confront one of his captors, attempting to wrest away their weapon while others attempted to pacify the situation before more blood was shed. Ultimately, with Sil'lice unconscious and Kadara preoccupied with her mother's condition, calmer minds among both sides prevailed, putting an end to the immediate conflict. Koana himself was ill-at-ease with the recent events, discussing the tenuous nature of their situation with Kiel and Fame'nidea.
Though he would ultimately depart from Orthorbbae to follow his own path, Koana appeared to part on good terms with his former clan. Intending to have a word with Fame'nidia, he was surprised to find her watching Kiel and Nau as the latter pair consummated their relationship on elevator platform below.
Biography - Arc III
Aiding Ariel's Wolfpack
At some point during the next three years, Koana came to reside in Sha'shi amongst fellow scholars and researchers. As Ariel and Kel'noz led a group of refugees from Machike and the nearby colonies to the town seeking aid from their Nidraa'chal pursuers aboard the Airship, Koana recognized Fame'nidea among them. The duo reunited warmly, with Koana embracing his former clanmate in a powerful bear-hug.
"If my calculations are correct, we would need a linked summoner circle of 12 members. Each at least a hundred years old. Mind you, there's a margin of error as I'm running on speculation as to the energy it'll require. There's a chance they may all faint before the summon is stable." - Explaining the enormous energy requirements to summon the creature in the stone.
This article reflects events up to Chapter 43.
- Chapter 43, page 23
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- Chapter 43, page 46
- Chapter 43, page 47
- Chapter 50, page 29
- Chapter 50, page 29
- Chapter 50, page 136
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- Chapter 51, page 13
- Chapter 52, page 70
- Chapter 43, page 22