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Gailen Val'Nal'sarkoth

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Appeared in chapters   2 3                             32       39            51        

Gailen is Nal'sarkoth noble that attended Orthorbbae with Ariel and is the current mate to Shinae.

Appearance & Personality

Gailen is a tall and lean drowolath male with brown hair and blues eyes. He wears his hair at shoulder-length, dying the ends green. As a child, he dyed his hair green and blue.

Biography - Arc I

First Year at Orthorbbae

Gailen discovers an affinity for wood and herbs.

Gailen first appears as one of the students arriving to Orthorbbae during Ariel's first year at the school. He arrives in the company of his mother and his pet Tik'tikki. Ini'riia warmly greets her old friend, Kel'noz, entrusting him to provide Gailen with a fair eduction, to which the cheerfully agrees. After the rest of the children arrive, Gailen enters Davya tower with the rest of the class and listens as Kel'noz instructs the class on the school's workings. After learning to activate their keystones, the class begins to learn how to ride their floaters. Gailen briefly loses control of his floater, causing it to fly off without him. His later agitated when Ariel mentions she is hungry enough to eat a Tiktikki, hiding his pet as she does so.

The next day, the students begin their lessons with a class on basic mana arts, under the instruction of Master Soleam'ji. He laughs with the other students as Mir'kiin is disciplined for his crass behavior. Afterwards, the students are tested for their potential elemental affinities. Gailen is quickly discovered to have the relatively rare affinity for the element of wood and herbs. He expresses much more interest in the history class taught later that day by Master Traylyn. Later, he spars with Yafein in the combat class taught by Master Sandaur, unwittingly forcing Ariel to accept a challenge from Mir'kiin.

Biography - Arc II

Gailen is present when Shinae is giving birth to their child. He explains to a nervous slave that it was never his mate's choice to be in the position of protector twin--he views the assignment as like a glorified slave. Even childbirth is unquestioned as a means of a commonborn's survival in the Vel'Sharen political atmosphere.[1]

Upon the midwife's departure, Gailen rushes to Shinae's side, only to find that the creature she birthed was a deformed mutant not unlike a demon. He orders the infant burned and attempts to explain the situation to Shinae, who is deeply disturbed at the events.[2]

The two seperated, and for three years Gailen made efforts to find his mate again. He discovered that she was within his family's fortress, following the raid against Snadhya'rune's nidraa'chal, and tried to make ammends for burning their deformed child. While Shinae was her usual brash and unapproachable self, Gailen used his words to help her remember how they used to be when together, and how even she had moments of happiness. The young Nal'sarkoth invited her to walk through their gardens, discussing how the past several years have forced so much change. Shinae admitted that she herself had changed, but was unsure of how the results would affect her, but Gailen was willing to work with her and seek forgiveness. Most importantly, he wanted his mate to find a reason to be happy again[3].

Notable Quotes

"She's always been too headstrong... Leave her be, it's Shinae's choice."[4] - Respecting his mate's decision to forgo medicine during her childbirth.

Character Concept