- Affinity - Pressure Sorcery
In Arc I, Shinae begrudgingly followed Chrys'tel on her quest for the truth behind their clan. She staunchly disagreed with Chrys' traitorous actions, but was forced to stay by her sister's side through it all. Later, in Arc II, Shinae stayed in Chel'el'Sussoloth to give birth while the rest of Zala'ess' line left to lend aid in the Nuqrah'shareh Civil War. She lost the baby and went on to serve as Zala'ess' voice in Chel.
Appearance and Personality
Shinae is stubborn, harsh, proud and impatient. She believes firmly in the values of the ruling class and is disgusted by the Val'Sarghress clan's rise to power. As a protector twin, she is wrought with strife over her status as a commoner-born noble, and she often lashes out when people question her authority.
Shinae wants the simple life every noble deserves. She has no interest in rocking the boat which leads to a strenuous relationship with her sister Chrys'tel, who believes in using her power to find the truth no matter the cost. Shinae and Chrys argue often, but usually Shinae ends up submitting to the will of her true-born sister.
Shinae usually wears robes in pale purple tones. She has a short bobbed haircut and tainted red eyes.
Biography - Arc I
As Chrys'tel's protector twin, Shinae stood by her sister's side at all times. Her duty was to keep her Chrys'tel safe from harm and to support her wherever she went.
While walking with Chrys'tel and other friends from the Orthorbbae, Chrys ran off alone to investigate the sighting of Faen'arae Val'Sullisin'rune in a nearby alley. By the time the rest of the group caught up, Chrys'tel was already beaten and at the mercy of the Val'Sarghress heir, Ariel Val'Sarghress. Shinae was forced to run from the scene when Warden Chirinide Val'Kyorl'solenurn appeared and tasked her templars with capturing the tainted girls. Shinae threw the non-tainted Kyo'nne Val'Illhar'dro into the arms of the pursuing templars to save herself.
Later, she regrouped with Kiel'ndia Vel'Vloz'ress and Naal'suul Val'Beldrobbaen. She had a brief altercation with Kiel during which she decided she would return home rather than launching a suicide mission to save Chrys. Under the rules of Vel'Sharen tradition, it was possible that if a true daughter was shown to be weaker than her twin, the protector twin could be given her sister's name and rank, essentially becoming a true noble.
Shinae hoped for this outcome, but was immediately thrown in prison and lightly tortured for her failure to save Chrys'tel. She was only freed when Chrys'tel escaped from the Val'Sarghress and returned home without Shinae's help. Though Shinae's position was restored, it was clear to her that their mother, Zala'ess, would always be biased towards her true daughter Chrys'tel.
Chrys'tel's Quest for Truth
After Chrys'tel's capture, the twins grew distant. Shinae began to notice Chrys'tel's odd, distracted behavior while the pair were sparring, and Chrys'tel ultimately confessed that after meeting Sil'lice Val'Sharen at the Val'Sarghress fortress, she had been investigating the true status of the Val'Sharess Diva'ratrika. Chrys admitted to stealing one of Zala'ess' crowns for the keystone it held, an act the shocked Shinae reprimanded her for. Chrys insisted that it was important to find out what was going on, but Shinae pleaded with her to keep her mouth shut and her head down. Chrys eventually convinced Shinae to come with her to meet with Naal'suul and Kiel'ndia at the Val'Beldrobbaen fortress.
The four young Vals met to discuss their respective problems. With the Vel'Vloz'ress clan in a state of upheaval, Kiel'ndia planned to make a bid for control of the clan for the sake of saving all of Chel from sinister plots. Chrys'tel agreed on Shinae's behalf to help Kiel if in return Kiel and Naal would help probe farther into the secrets of the Vel'Sharen conspiracies. Shinae had no choice but to agree, but found herself incredibly frustrated that she couldn't just have a normal life like every other girl her age.
Depths of the Orthorbbae
The group's pact lead them first to the Orthorbbae, where they infiltrated a secret room in the basement. They found that the room was actually a freezer that held the corpses of drow who had been turned into living summons. They were quickly attacked by one such summon, Sate'ja Vel'Sharen. Shinae's pressure sorcery was effective at piercing Sate'ja's shields, but she was put out of the fight when Sate'ja drove an ice spike through Shinae's lower jaw.
Shinae survived but lost a few teeth. Naal'suul however was fatally wounded and lost control to her demon seed in the attack, leaving Shinae furious with Chrys for leading them into situations like this. Shine took her anger out on Kiel, who wanted to go back into the now demon infested freezer for Naal. The girls left and Chrys'tel insisted that they would still do everything they could for Kiel'ndia in her power play.
Shinae and Chrys served as moral support for a grieving Kiel. They saw Kiel'ndia through a successful takeover of her clan, an act which Shinae suddenly felt the ramifications of. She realized that her friend now held the reigns to one of the nine great clans and offered to kill Kiel'ndia now if Chrys wanted. Chrys said no, and the girls left to return home.
Tensions with Chrys'tel
Despite Shinae's warnings of the obvious dangers, Chrys'tel could not stop searching for answers. She went to see the the royal Val'Kyorl'solenurn seer, and act seen by many Vel'Sharen nobles as light treason. When Zala'ess found Shinae away from Chrys'tel, she scolded her for her negligence. Zala'ess went on to tell Shinae that she was never to leave Chrys'tel's side again for both of their sake.
Chrys'tel and Shinae later attended a reunion of their school friends. Kiel'ndia and Kyo'nne joined them and the four discussed their accomplishments in recent months. Shinae was simply happy to have a drink with friends like old times. Kyo'nne confronted her about Shinae's betrayal when they were being chased by Val'Kyorl'solenurn templars, and Shinae responded casually that it didn't matter since no bad had really come of it. Kiel'ndia slapped Shinae for her lack of compassion, and she and Kyo both left on good terms with the Vel'Sharen sisters.
Chrys'tel then asked a nearby Vel'Sharen messenger boy, Kio'len, to take Shinae home to the Vel'Sharen palace. When Shinae protested and asked where Chyrs'tel was going, Chrys'tel threw her crown to Shinae and told her that if she wanted her rank so bad, she should just take it. Before Shinae could argue further, Chrys'tel left to return to the Val'Sarghress fortress.
The fuming Shinae ranted all the way back to the palace. She caused a scene when Kio'len said he wasn't interested in sleeping with her, and she threw Chrys'tel's crown against the wall when she returned to her room. Realizing what she'd done, she immediately set to work fixing the broken stones of the crown. Chrys'tel returned a day or two later, and Shinae offered her the now modified crown. Chrys'tel took it and admitted that they should be better sisters for each other while they still had the chance. Shinae quietly accepted this.
Biography - Arc II
Years later, while the rest of Zala'ess' line departed for Nuqrah'shareh, a pregnant Shinae stayed behind with her mate Gailen Val'Nal'sarkoth. Her labor was incredibly taxing and painful, and the baby that was born was a horribly disfigured demon-child. Gailen made the call to burn the newborn before Shinae could see it.
Shinae was devastated by the loss, but was soon back on the battlefield. She delivered a message to her cousin, Nihi'liir Vel'Sharen in the slaver district to pull back in order to minimize Vel'Sharen loss. Nihi'liir, of course, refuses to take the council of Zala'ess over her mother Sarv'swati and instead continues operations at the Sharen base in the Darya Lake districts. Shinae later encounters Farahang Siyah'khorshed who tells her the Black Sun forces are feeling oppressed by the Vel'Sharen, and are considering leaving Sarv'swati's service.
Even through her weakened state, Shinae battles the shapeshifted Ariel on the rooftops of the compound, reaffirming her loyalty to the Vel'Sharen and status as a lowly servant. Her anger causes her to repeatedly blast Ariel at point blank with pressure sorcery, throwing the Sarghress heir over the edge to crash on the ground below.
Concept art of Shinae and Chrys'tel, Chapter 26.
This article reflects events up to Chapter 40.