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Mir'kiin Vel'Vloz'ress

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Appeared in chapters   2 3  5   8                                                   

Mir'kiin was a classmate of Ariel at Orthorbbae. He bullied her through school and attempted to murder her upon discovering her true gender. After capturing him, Ariel was forced to kill him at Quain'tana's feet to prove herself worthy of being the Val'Sarghress heir.

Appearance and Personality

Mir'kiin was a short drowolath boy with short white hair and tainted eyes. He sported a prominent red tattoo underneath his left eye and was missing a portion of his left ear. He had a deep hatred of women and girly men, and was prone to violence and bullying against wherever an opportunity arose.

Crude, disrespectful, and impatient, he was unused to authority during his childhood with the Vloz'ress, feeling a sense of entitlement that came with his Val status. Though he was unimportant to the clan as a whole, he arrogantly assumed that his clan's Ill'haress, Kharla'ggen, was at his beck and call. This was far from the truth, as even his own sister expressed a lack of concern over whatever fate had befallen him at the hands of the Sarhgress.[1]

Biography - Arc I

Mir'kiin inadvertently discovers Ariel's true gender.[2]

Davya Tower

Mir'kiin is first seen arriving at Orthorbbae alongside his sister, Kiel'ndia. He immediately began complaining about the feminine appearance of two of his classmates, and quickly gained a reputation as a loudmouth and a bully. After the rest of the children arrived, Mir'kiin entered Davya tower with the rest of the class and listened as Kel'noz instructed the class on the school's workings. After learning to activate their keystones, the class began to learn how to ride their floaters. Mir'kiin displayed some difficulty with this task, at one point slamming face-first into a wall.

The next day, the students began their lessons with a class on basic mana arts, under the instruction of Master Soleam'ji. After expressing blatant disrespect for both the lessons and his instructor, Mir'kiin was disciplined by Soleami'ji with air sorcery, who further humiliated the boy by changing his clothing and hair to a vibrant pink. Afterwards, the students were tested for their potential elemental affinities. Mir'kiin was promptly discovered to have an affinity for fire. His behavioral issues continued in the mathematics and science class under Master Rae'uul, who struck the boy upside the head for doodling in class and mouthing off.

The next day's classes began with their introduction to combat training, under Master Sandaur. Sandaur began with a demonstration against a captive orc, causing Mir'kiin to grimace as the orc was brought down with a low blow to the groin. Afterwards, the students were assigned to pair up for sparring, and Mir'kiin quickly challenged Ariel. Unaware of Ariel's true gender, Mir'kiin lunged forward with a grasping attack at Ariel's groin, dubbed the "Orc's Nuts Crusher".[4] Largely unaffected by the attack, an enraged Ariel responds by pulling the boy into a fierce headlock. After being released, Mir'kiin stalked off in an uncharacteristic silence. Shortly after the class ended, he confronted Ariel in a secluded hallway, revealing her gender in front of Yafein, Nau'kheol, and Khal'harror.

Attack on Ariel

Realizing that a fight was about to occur, a terrified Yafein abandoned Ariel to face the other three by herself. As Nau'kheol and Mir'kiin advanced on Ariel, Khal'harror offered to aid Ariel in exchange for a year's servitude, much to their irritation. When Ariel refused, the pair attacked as Khal'harror looked on. Though she was able to hold her own, she was unable to make it past the boys and back to Sandaur. As Ariel began gaining the upper hand, Khal'harror offered Mir'kiin a knife he had stolen from the earlier combat class. Mir'kiin gleefully took his opportunity to stab Ariel in the side while she wrestled with Nau'kheol.

Ariel takes some small retribution for Mir'kiin's attacks.[5]

Wounded and now aware the boys had a lethal intent, Ariel fled on her floater, causing Nau and Mir'kiin to give chase. Though Nau'kheol quickly lost control of his floater, Mir'kiin was able to catch up with Ariel as she entered the tower's central access tube. Though Ariel was able to ram Mir'kiin and force him to drop his dagger, he was able to recover quickly and stole Ariel's keystone from her floater, causing her to plummet into the forbidden lower floors. Believing Ariel to be dead, Mir'kiin congratulated himself on his accomplishment before returning to the others, intent on punishing Khal'harror for manipulating him.

Expulsion & Death

Mir'kiin is executed by Ariel.[6]

Ariel managed to survive the fall, and Mir'kiin continued to bully her. During the fourth year combat test before graduation, Mir'kiin wanted to knock Ariel out himself, despite the two of them being on the same team. When that idea was rejected by Sorane, Mir'kiin instead convinced his peers to leave Ariel stranded and alone in the arena. Despite this, he would later attempt to ambush Ariel, successfully disabling one of her arms and part of her leg. Before he could finish incapacitating Ariel, he was ambushed in turn by Sar'nel, who left the disabled boy to Ariel's care. She promptly took out a small portion of her frustrations by smashing his face into the ground in return for his earlier attacks.

A few days later, when Mir'kiin was leaving Orthorbbae after having been expelled, Ariel laid in wait to get her revenge. The mercenary she hired to take care of Mir'kiin's escort made quick work of the job, and Ariel soon overpowered and disarmed Mir'kiin himself. She brought him before Quain'tana as proof of her strength, where Mir'kiin began to panic severely. Quain'tana was pleased but she had one final test for Ariel and ordered her to execute Mir'kiin. After some initial hesitation, Ariel was given a mace and with one final yell that his Ill'haress would avenge him, Mir'kiin was beaten to death.

Ariel's Nightmares

Even after his excecution, Ariel found herself haunted by the deed. Even though she attempted to distance herself from the past, he would appear to her in her nightmares as she struggled with the guilt she felt over his death and that of others.[7]

Notable Quotes

"Get fucked by a drider, old man!"[8] - To Master Rae'uul on his first day of school.

"Kharla'ggen will kill all of you! Khaaaaeeee---"[9] - His last coherent words before being bludgeoned to death by Ariel.