Kagetsu Aurelac de Maar Sul
|Kagetsu Aurelac I|
|Nation: Maar Sul|
|Faction: Maar Sul|
- "Kagetsu was not born dark. He suffered. Had he found peace instead of misery later in life--O, how brightly he could have shone!"
- —Pooka of the Andain, subordinate to Taliesin
Kagetsu Aurelac de Maar Sul, also known as Kagetsu I, was a Lord of the Andain once dedicated to destroying the world and re-creating it anew by distributing the powers of the gods amongst the mortals. He was most famous for his role in the War of the Andain and Arawn Losstarot War. He was the founding father of the nation of Maar Sul and the late husband of Marya.
Son of Chaos
Kagetsu was born of the God of Chaos, Mardük, and a mortal. Details about Kagetsu's mother are lost in the mists of time, but it is presumed that she must have had a rack on her of mammoth proportions to catch the attention of Mardük. He made a lot of mortal friends, and became very sympathetic towards him. Mardük forged a sword, Dokubaraken, and gave it to Kagetsu who began using it as his primary weapon.
Formation of Maar Sul
Kagetsu and several of his Andain friends built a city beside the Golden Lake from which Kagetsu takes his surname. He dubbed it Maar Sul for a reason nobody remembers. It became a hub of commerce between the Andain and mortals. For his work in promoting interspecies harmony, Kagetsu was elected Lord of the Andain by his peers. He fell in love with Marya and married her at some point, and Marya became his most loyal friend and companion.
War of the Andain
- Main article: War of the Andain
During the Manster Rebellion, Leon Alcibiates broke the Third Law of the Andain by swearing, on the strongest possible terms, an oath that was far beyond his ability to fulfil. Initially, Kagetsu was linked to Leon for this reason, and locked in the form of his totem familiar, a large black wolf. Kagetsu formed an alliance with the demon Yurius and fought against Agarwaen in that war in order to break free of the bond between him and Leon.
When Yurius was banished, the resulting magic helped sever the bond between Kagetsu and Leon, and Kagetsu left everyone else to their own devices. Kagetsu was also reunited with his wife Marya at long last, and both of them were full of hope as they began preparing for a new dawn for Maar Sul.
Arawn Losstarot War
During Arawn's rise to power and the following war, Kagetsu was busy rebuilding Maar Sul on the sly within the borders of Verdane. Initially, he thought to use Arawn and try to avoid being used in turn. Arawn, however, kidnapped Marya and raped the shit out of her. This made Kagetsu kinda mad. Things also got even worse when Kagetsu's old rival Taliesin showed himself and turned out to have turned Kagetsu's once-loyal ally Gordius Highwind into a traitor. However, Kagetsu was too distressed over Marya's capture to really concentrate on the threat posed by Gordius and Taliesin.
Kagetsu couldn't strike against Arawn directly, though, because then Marya's life would be forfeit. Because Arawn keyed the wards around Marya specifically to Andain, neither Kagetsu nor any of his minions could get through, so he needed help--and that meant the mage Raistlin II. Raistlin agreed to help in return for Kagetsu's oath to cease his attempts to destroy the world. Kagetsu reluctantly agreed and sided with the Grand Alliance in the war after Marya had been rescued by Arawn's stronghold.
Kagetsu, though a creature of honor, found a loophole in his pact with Raistlin II. At the end of the war, he confronted Arawn face-to-face and harnessed the energies unleashed by their battle within Krystallopyr and used them to siphon off the powers of all of the Andain and distribute them to the mortals. This killed all of the Andain in the world, including Kagetsu, and shattered Krystallopyr. It also kinda accidentally blew up the world. The continents were rearranged, and the survivors--excepting the Maar Sulais--considered Kagetsu to be a traitor to the Alliance for causing that explosion. On the bright side, it killed Arawn, too, and gave mortals something called Innate Abilities.
Kagetsu's shadow would loom over the world even after his death; his name would be given to Kagetsu II, a future king of Maar Sul, and Marya would live on and be driven to madness for grieving for her husband.
Aliases and Nicknames
- Dark Andain
- Used by his enemies.
- Kagetsu I
- Used later on by Maar Sulais to distinguish him from his descendant, Kagetsu II.
- Lord of the Andain
- Used by his followers.
Kagetsu was a dark-haired guy with a well-built body. He was often clad in an armor of black and gold. He looked like a big bad wolf in his animal form.
Personality and Traits
Kagetsu was fiercely loyal to his loved ones and brutal to his opponents. Although he was determined to destroy the world and create a more equal word for everyone, he was willing to forsake this goal for the sake of his beloved Marya.
Powers and Abilities
Kagetsu, as a half-god, could do...well, anything the council want him to do. Or Hoot, since he once made Kagetsu "explode" a squirrel for no apparent reason. His totem animal was a big black wolf and he could transform into a wolf form. This shapeshifting ability was passed on to his descendants.
Kagetsu's personal banner was a golden phoenix on a field of black; this was later adopted to be the coat of arms for the House of Aurelac and the nation of Maar Sul that rose from the ashes of the explosion. His personal guard were called the Citadel Home Guard, which eventually became SAVAGE under the administration of Kagetsu's mortal descendents.
- Arawn Losstarot
- Arawn Losstarot War
- Gordius Highwind
- Kagetsu II
- Leon Alcibiates
- Maar Sul (nation)
- Marya Aurelac de Maar Sul
- War of the Andain