Nei'kalsa Tions Sarghress
Appearance and Personality
Nei'kalsa is tall woman with pale blue eyes and long hair. She wears robe-like dresses with her hair pulled back into an elegant braid, with a lock of hair dyed Sarghress-red. She is a patient and maternal individual, well-suited to her duties of tutoring young children.
Biography - Arc I
Nei'kalsa first appears during the period of Ariel's 10th birthday, having raised Sar'nel for a similar length of time. She brings him books to study, but is even and fair-minded with her instructions. Unlike Syphile, who taught Ariel with mandates and physical punishment, Kei'kalsa gave Sar'nel choices and taught him the consequences of a poor decision. As she moves to leave, she was interrupted by Sar'nel, who had discovered the doodles drawn by his book's previous owner, Ariel.
Later, Nei'kalsa was present when Ariel brought a captured classmate to the Sarghress Fortress throne room, delivering him to Quain'tana's feet as she had been ordered. The tutor watched silently as the young heir was then ordered to kill the one how had attacked her, though Ariel hesitated, having never harmed anyone before. Quain'tana was relentless - if Ariel refused to kill an enemy, then she would be forced to fight a fellow clanmate, Sar'nel, to the death instead. With Nei'kalsa remaining silent and watching with concern, the young boy stepped forward, ready to follow Quain'tana's command. Ariel's resolve sharpened, and she dispatched Mir'kiin as ordered. With her expectations now satisfied, Quain'tana declared Ariel her heir, with Nei'kalsa, Rosof and Mandroga bearing witness.
Proud of her student and brother, Nei'kalsa complimented Sar'nel for his show of loyalty afterwards, telling him he had done well.
At a later unspecified time, she accompanied Kel'noz to Machike'shikumo, assisting him with setting up the colony and waiting for Quain'tana's eventual arrival.
Biography - Arc II
Conquest Of Chel
Nei'kalsa was present to greet Quain'tana upon her arrival to Machike at the head of the Sarghress vanguard, with their intentions to target surface colonies such as Daryako. She continued to attend the Illharess through the later war efforts, assisting her with administration tasks until her return to Machike.
Sarghress Civil War
Nei'kalsa returned to Chel again at Kel'noz's request after hearing that trouble was brewing back home. She accompanied Rosof when they made their way to the Sarghress prison, where they expected to retrieve Ariel's body. Instead, they found Ariel still alive, albeit poisoned and having to be supported by Kau and Riviel as they climbed the stairs. When Ariel questioned Rosof, asking if Quain'tana was still alive, he confirmed that she was. Nei'kalsa also confirmed that the Ill'haress was alive, although she was on a rampage - her cousin had nearly been killed trying to approach her.
As they attempted to reach Quain'tana in time before she was killed by the Home Guard, Nei'kalsa stuck by Ariel's side, and assisted her with making their way through a crowd of soldiers to reach the Ill'haress. While Ariel was trying to reason with Suu'be and standing between her and the fallen Quain'tana, a crossbow bolt flew past her head, nearly hitting Ariel and in turn, Nei'kalsa.
Later, Nei'kalsa was one of the group who escorted Ariel to Machike'Shikumo, where she and Quain'tana's other remaining grandchildren could rest in relative safety until the anti-val mutiny subsided. She was able to reassure Ariel that she would be able to see Kel'noz soon, once they arrived at their destination. When Ariel passed out due to aftereffects of Daxia's poison, she appeared unconcerned, sure that the heir would be fine once the shock and exhaustion had passed.
The Little Wolf Returns To Machike
Nei'kalsa led Ariel to Machike following the anti-val mutiny, and met Kel'noz at the entrance. Ariel marveled at the changes to the fortress, which Nei'kalsa confirmed was Kel'noz's work.
"Learn to be strong of body and mind. That way your opponents will have to acknowledge your will as well as your fist." -To a young Sar'nel.
This article reflects events up to Chapter 50.