Sar'nel Tions Sarghress

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Sar'nel Tions Sarghress
Moonless Age character
Portrait of Sar'nel Tions Sarghress Portrait for arc1
Race: Drowolath
Current Status
Homeguard Squad Leader
Talents
  • Leadership
Family
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.

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.[1] 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.[2]

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

Early Years

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.[3]

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."[4]

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

Sar'nel glares at a misbehaving Kau and Shala.[5]

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.[6]

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

Main article: Attack on 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.[7] 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.


Joining the Highland Raiders

Sar'nel spent time recovering from his wounds, and rejoined the squad after they received orders from Quain'tana to join the Highland Raiders. Shortly before they stopped at Dariya'ko, the squad was joined by Chirinide and Shan'naal from the Val'Kyorl'solenurn clan, who were sent to meet with a light elf ambassador at the Order of Serenity outpost. When their change to armor suiting new Highland Raiders was pointed out, Sar'nel commented that they wouldn't be trying to blend in with the Sarghress unless they were desperate.[8] When the other split off to their own devices, Sar'nel and Shala slipped away for some alone time.

After leaving Dariya'ko, the squad was reorganized again, this time under Tur'geis' leadership. They soon arrived at Ys, the colony that Kyonne had asked them to assist previously. As they rested, Sar'nel and Shala were woken by a call to arms, as Hermionne infiltrators had set fire to parts of the colony. Most of the squad split up, with some chasing down the arsonists and others fighting off the other invaders. Eventually, the squad found its way back to each other, with Sar'nel, Shala and Kau arriving to find Faen standing in front of an incapacitated Chirinide, Ariel and an unconscious Hermionne warrior. As dawn approached, the team noticed an airship passing overhead, and several squad members decided that it needed to be followed.[9]

The Journey to Felde

Sar'nel and Shala enjoyed some leisure time in the fields on the outskirts of Ys, when they were joined by Ariel and Faen, who were discussing where the airship might have gone. They brought the subject up to the rest of the squad, just in time to find out that any Sarghress loyal to the clan were being evicted from the colony. They squad split up again, as some chose to report the sudden turn of events to the clan while others, including Sar'nel, opted to follow the airship. Sar'nel noted that the airship was most likely to be headed for Felde, where Ariel had been invited to attend Snadhya'rune's gathering - their sudden eviction and the timing of the gathering couldn't be a coincidence.[10]

As they made their way towards Felde, the group came across a destroyed plantation that had belonged to the Val'Sullusinrune clan. Guessing that any survivors would have gone to the nearest city - Felde - they continued on, finding their way to the port leading to the island city. After Shala complimented him on his pathfinding skills, the squad became aware that Felde was ruled by none other than Snadhya'rune; while Riz wanted to turn back and report their findings to the clan, the others argued in favor of sneaking in to the city. Faen helped to settle the argument by producing the invitation that Lulianne had given to Ariel, offering them an easy way in to investigate.[11]

They had another turn of fortune, as they ran into Kyo'nne. The Val'Illhar'dro singer offered to show them to their guest rooms, warning them not to stray far in order to avoid upsetting their hostess. Sar'nel helped wrangle Kau and Shala, chiding them for their disruptive behavior.

Escape From Felde

Sar'nel and Shala fight together as a well-oiled team.

Shortly after settling in to the guest quarters, Chirinide was struck with a vision, which predicted the death of Ariel while everyone around her watched. Taking this as a sign that it wasn't safe for them to stay, the raiders set their rooms on fire as a distraction, and attempted to make a break for the tower's exit. They had managed to make it to the large central elevator, when they were intercepted by Kalki and Sasi, who had come with the intent to kill all of the Sarghress. Using their wind magic, the two leapt down onto the elevator platform, attacking the raiders from above.[12]

Sasi soon joined the fight, and the raiders were split into two groups as they tried to fend off Kalki's frenzied attacks. As if to add more chaos to the mix, the tower was attacked by warriors from the Kavahini clan, who were attempting to wrest control of Felde from Snadhya'rune. Sar'nel, Kau and Shala were separated from the others, and continued to try to escape from Kalki, Sasi, and another newcomer in the form of Ynda. After Ynda managed to delay Kau, Sar'nel and Shala soon found themselves trapped in Snadhya'rune's tainting chamber.[13]

Sar'nel isn't afraid to use a good old-fashioned headbutt on Kalki.

Kalki continued to taunt the Sarghress, who also encountered some of Snadhya's demon helper nurses. The pair stopped running and stood their ground as they had trained, with Shala sealing while Sar'nel fought. Due to the large amount of nether being sealed within Shala's lance, however, the sealing stone soon cracked, exploding in the middle of the sealing chamber. [14] Sasi used her wind magic to separate Sar'nel from Shala again, while Kalki prepared to taint them using the same demon summons that had created the helper nurses.

Sar'nel continued his fight with Sasi, falling victim to her wind attacks until he was blasted into a chamber full of helper nurse demonlings. They lived up to their names, however, and instead of attacking him, attempted to help him by healing some of his wounds. With their assistance, Sar'nel finally managed to get the upper hand on his attacker, causing her unconscious body to tumble back into the tainting chamber.[15] This enraged Kalki further, and Sar'nel began to fight her one on one while attempting to encourage Kau and Shala to get back on their feet. After delivering a nasty headbutt to the psychotic Nidra'chaal, Sar'nel was assisted by Ariel, who tackled Kalki and pinned her to the wall. Sar'nel then watched in confusion as Ariel - who was missing an arm somehow - touched her left shoulder to Kalki's and absorbed the other drow's arm, replacing the missing one. She then kicked Kalki, knocking her back down again, while Sar'nel and Kau picked up Shala and attempted to carry her out of the chamber.[16]

The reunited team immediately left the chamber, heading towards the door leading out of the tower again. As they ran, they came across a dazed Riz'riia, who had stumbled out of Snadhya'rune's audience chamber, claiming that she didn't recall what had happened.[17] They finally made it to Kiel'ndia's giant turtle summon, accepting a ride away from Felde as payment for assisting Kiel'ndia's crew with their own escape. Kau and Sar'nel sat Shala down gently in the carrier chamber mounted on the giant summon, noticing too late that Shala had passed away just as they had reached safety.

Return To Chel

Sar'nel watches as Kau tosses a torch onto Shala's funeral pyre.

Ariel and her squadmates returned to Val'Sarghress territory, where they attempted to recuperate after their harsh trip. Other Sarghress warriors began swapping stories of their war experiences; with enough prodding, Ariel was convinced to tell them a brief recounting of their recent adventure to Felde. After sitting down, she and Faen noticed Sarn'el sitting alone, picking at his food instead of eating. Later that night, Ariel joined Sarn'el, Kau, Chiri'nide, Shan'naal and Faen as they cremated Shala's body, with most of the attendees sharing memories and kind words for their departed friend and squadmate. Sar'nel himself regretted being so strict with her and Kau, and pondered an earlier conversation with Shala where he had admitted that he would not leave the clan, even for her.[18]

Sar'nel and Shala shared a loving bond, despite his usual stoic nature.

After Sil'lice returned from her failed mission to Mimanied and Felde, she attempted to locate her two youngest children. Instead, she found Kau tainted and Shala missing; to everyone but Kau's surprise, Sil'lice immediately shunned her son, and asked for her daughter. Sar'nel spoke up, unable to look her in the eye, and informed her of Shala's death in Felde. True to her word that she considered no tainted to be family, she silently walked away, leaving Kau in the hands of Diva for comfort.[19]

Sarghress Civil War

Sar'nel accompanied Rosof later during the anti-val mutiny that split the Val'Sarghress ranks, along with his sister Nei'kalsa. After receiving a report of Ariel's death, the Tions House went to the Sarghress prison to retrieve her body. When they arrived, they found that she was in fact still alive, albeit weakened by poison, and that Kau had been imprisoned alongside her. Kau asked Sar'nel if he was a part of the anti-val faction, which Sar'nel denied, and said he had never thought of Kau as a val Sharen. When Kau commented that others seemed to think so, Sar'nel scoffed at the idea, saying that some people were stupid, and Kau was one of them.[20]

Sar'nel, Nei'kalsa and the others escorted Ariel to Quain'tana in hopes that she could calm down the berserk Ill'haress, and in turn regain control of the clan. They arrived in time to see that Quain'tana had already been brought down, with Suu'be about to strike a final blow. Sar'nel stayed at Ariel's side when she confronted Suu'be, hoping to save her mother. After another crossbow bolt narrowly missed Ariel and Nei'kalsa, the Ill'haress found enough strength to stand one more time, and grabbed Suu'be, snapping her neck in the process before collapsing again.

Rosof then ordered the loyal Val'Sarghress to escort Ariel and Quain'tana's youngest surviving grandchildren to Machike, where they would be safe until the turmoil died down. As they headed towards the gate that would lead upworld, Ariel told Sar'nel that she was about to pass out, to his shock. As she finally collapsed, exhausted from being poisoned by Da'xia, Sar'nel called for a wolf to carry her in order to get out of the area.[21]

Interlude

Sar'nel assists Kau with recovering a stranded golem.

Having brought Ariel, Octarya and Pelan safely to Machike, Sar'nel took some further downtime amidst duties at the colony. When Kau discovered an abandoned golem armor in the snow, Sar'nel assisted him with digging it out. He seemed skeptical, commenting that the golem would be stuck in place for the winter, but Kau was determined to get it working again. After Kau failed to gain access to the inner compartment, Sar'nel kicked it, which caused the access hatch to open. Kau complained that he could have broken it, but Sar'nel replied that if a kick could break it, then it was useless anyway.

As the pair continued to work on the golem, Sar'nel confided in Kau that there was a lot that he didn't understand, including why the clan had unraveled, and what Shala had initially seen in him. They discussed how much each of them missed her, and Sar'nel said that while there wasn't much he could do at the moment, the least he could do was help keep the clan together.[22]

Biography - Arc III

Hermionne Siege

Sar'nel is among the Sarghress defenders during the Hermionne siege on Machike'Shikumo.[23]. He heard urgent news of the heavy bombard the goblins used against the wall alongside Ariel and Kel'noz.

After Kel'noz left to investigate the cannon, Hellenda made an attempt to force Ariel to accompany her outside "to have a chat." Sar'nel stood back, allowing Ariel to handle the would-be assassin, but remained ready to intervene if necessary.[24] When Ariel decided that she had had enough of staying back in the fortress, he readily accompanied her to join the fight outside. When Faen confronted them about where they were going, he advised Ariel to just say yes to allowing Faen to join them.[25]

Notable Quotes

"The Clan comes first. Everything else is secondary." - To Ariel, during the towers training bout.

"I don't know if I could leave the clan behind." - To Shala, after she spoke of possibly staying permanently at the overworld colony.

"Take my advice. Just say yes." - To Ariel, regarding Faen's plan to join them in the fight against the Hermionne invaders.

Character Concept



This article reflects events up to chapter 52.

Sources:

  1. chapter 5 page 20
  2. chapter 38 page 13
  3. chapter 1 page 53
  4. chapter 3 page 21
  5. chapter 37 page 12
  6. chapter 36 page 5
  7. chapter 38 page 43
  8. chapter 43 page 32
  9. chapter 44 page 54
  10. chapter 45 page 14
  11. chapter 46 page 345
  12. chapter 46 page 81
  13. chapter 46 page 102
  14. chapter 46 page 104
  15. chapter 46 page 130
  16. chapter 46 page 134
  17. chapter 46 page 135
  18. chapter 47 page 63
  19. chapter 50 page 42
  20. chapter 50 page 203
  21. chapter 50 page 214
  22. chapter 51 page 17
  23. chapter 52 page 6
  24. chapter 52 page 9
  25. chapter 52 page 10