Sar'nel Tions Sarghress
Appearance and Personality
Sar'nel is a disciplined Sarghress with a strong sense of duty. Even as a child, he would always put the needs of the clan before anything else. He is a determined soldier who leads his squad confidently.
Sar'nel realized when he was just a boy that Ariel would need strong allies beside her if she was to succeed as heir to the clan. As her squad leader and friend, he has stood by her since then. He is rough on his squadmates when needed, but is always fair with them. He will vocally disapprove of Kau and Shala's antics, but Faen believes that this is only because he cares for them, especially so in Shala's case.
Sar'nel has blue eyes and a messy white ponytail. He usually bears a serious or stern expression, and is rarely seen smiling.
Biography - Arc I
As a child, Sar'nel was raised by his older sister Nei'kalsa Val'Sarghress. He is seen studying the same books that Ariel was given and finds a series of her drawings inside one of the texts, much to his confusion.
Several years later, he and Ariel met by chance in an arena challenge held for the male students of Orthorbbae. Ariel, who was still in hiding as a male, was on a different team than Sar'nel, but was quickly betrayed by the bullies on her team that knew she was secretly female. Sar'nel stepped in to defend her even though that had never met. When Ariel asked why, Sar'nel simply stated "The clan comes first. Everything else is secondary."
The pair did not see each other again until they met in Ill'haress Quain'tana's throne room. Ariel had brought the bully who attacked her, Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress, to Quain'tana's feet. When the Ill'haress demanded Ariel kill him, she hesitated. Quain'tana said that if she preferred, she could fight Sar'nel to the death. Sar'nel was shocked, but stepped forward to follow the order. Ariel repeated Sar'nel's words to her in the arena in her head, and turned to kill Mir'kiin. Sar'nel then realized that Ariel would need strong people by her side if she was to succeed as heir.
Biography - Arc II
In the Sarghress Homeguard
Over the next 15 years, Sar'nel worked hard to serve his clan. Eventually, he was promoted to squad leader and was given his friends Kau Val'Sharen, Shala Val'Sharen, Faen Val'Sullisin'rune, and the heir, Ariel, as his troops. Before departing on their first mission, Sar'nel took a rest to commune with his ancestors. He invited Faen to join him, but she seemed to have no reaction to the experience. He was grateful that she tried, and she reminded him that he would be a great leader.
They first stopped at the Val'Sullisin'rune fortress and at a benefit concert held by one of Ariel's old allies, Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro. While meeting with Kyo'nne backstage, Sar'nel was disappointed in the behavior of Kau and Shala, who had opened a box of Kyo'nne's chocolates and were clearly feeling the effect of the drug. He discussed politics with Ariel and Kyo until she revealed that the show's benefactor was Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen. Sar'nel warned Kyo'nne of the dangers of working with Snadhya, but the squad ultimately parted on good terms with Kyo'nne before moving on to the North Cliff.
Attack on the North Cliff
Soon after arriving in the North Cliff, a rogue Vel'Vloz'ress summoner named Maki opened a gate in the chest of a living drow. Upon discovering it, Sar'nel ordered Shala to seal the mobile gate. Faen fell into empathetic shock, and Sar'nel stayed behind to defend her while the rest of his squad chased after the gate. He was overwhelmed and taken by the invading Vloz'ress scourges, leaving Faen alone in the streets.
Sar'nel somehow managed to break free, though he suffered many burns and bruises. He began to track Maki, the summoner behind the attack. He was following her through the sewers when he ran into a disguised Ariel. He nearly attacked her before she proved her identity by recalling an instance in which their parents had conspired to have them date. The pair agreed to attack Maki together, but Ariel's disguise was compromised before Sar'nel got the chance to carry out his sneak attack. They chase Maki out of the sewers, but the moment Sar'nel got his hands on her, she lit him on fire with her fire sorcery.
After the attack, Sar'nel was found badly injured and burned over most of his body. Shala tended to his wounds while playfully flirting with him. In no position to command his squad, Ariel took the lead and declared that they would go to First Landing to aid Commander Koil'dorath.
"The Clan comes first. Everything else is secondary." - To Ariel, during the towers training bout.
This article reflects events up to chapter 39.