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Moraten Li


“It is not merely the things lurking within the shadows that you must be wary of. Sometimes, the shadows themselves can be your enemy.” - Moraten Li

Moraten is almost unreasonably tall, and thin to the point of gauntness.  He is very dark skinned, and has shoulder length black hair that generally refuses to look combed.  He has very, very pale blue eyes.  He wears loose, dark gray clothes, and usually a much patched cloak over them.


Moraten is a ShadowKin user, and was born into the service of the lords of Jernos.  However, unlike many of his cousins, Moraten has always resented this.  This is partly to do with an incident in his childhood; he had a twin brother who did not have any shadow-talent.  His twin managed to hide this fact until they were seven years old, when the young lord conducting their training found them out, and was duty bound to kill him, which he did.  Moraten has always had a grudge about that.  (It is important to note that he does not hold a grudge against the instructor personally; he understands that it was a result of the system in place, and it was a quick, painless death.) 

Despite his resentment, Moraten was eventually assigned to the royal family as the bodyguard of Princess Althista, second heir to the throne, partnered with Saja Jyn.  He was given a job and he will do it well, but that’s more because A. he’s rather fond of the princess, and B. Saja asked him to (the major reason).  He is one of the best fighters of the ShadowKin, and he is respected for it.

Special Equipment

Moraten carries a jointed metal staff that he usually keeps collapsed under his cloak.

Roleplaying Notes

Moraten is outwardly very calm and slow to act, but under that he’s really a very angry man.  This will not come out in his behavior, generally speaking, all though if he is pushed too far the results can be spectacular.  He doesn’t talk much, but when he does, he uses an oddly formal style. 

He is a man of his word: if he says he will do something, it will be done, and he usually gets upset if anyone besides him does it (he is known to have promised a particular person that he would kill him some day, and has prevented anyone else from doing so.)  He has sworn to protect Althista, and he will, although if it came down to it, he would value his partner Saja’s life over the princess’s.  (Oddly enough, the princess is well aware of this and Saja is completely clueless about it).  This only applies to oaths he made of his own free will; oaths he was not given a choice to make he will freely break.

Princess Althista aside, Moraten really does not like any of the royalty or nobility.  If he was given the opportunity and could convince Saja to go with him, he would desert without a second thought.  He will also cause chaos if given an opportunity to reasonably do so without repercussions and if he’s annoyed at the main victim of the chaos, but he is not an anarchist by any means.

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Voted MoonHunter
March 21, 2006, 19:27
Collect them all, they are a set. Ria's characters are always interesting. I like this one of the set best.
Voted Murometz
March 21, 2006, 22:01
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Order of the Moonbeard

       By: valadaar

Among the assortment of organized criminals who live in the great city, few command greater fear the Moonbeard Order.

They of course do not call themselves that, but have earned the moniker from their fashion of dying their large beards with lye to produce a distinctive crescent shape running from earlobe to earlobe. This is meant as a taunt for their enemies, for it clearly outlines their throats.

They also wear garb similar to the northern tribesman, carefully tooled leather and showing multiple, colourful glyphs.

They are feared due to the intense discipline that their group maintains, due to their origins as a warrior-sect.

They serve as paid thugs, enforcers and assassins within the city, with the client simply ordering a service from the organization, not hiring an individual. Apart from making the request and providing payment in full in advance, the order completes the assignment themselves.

Their order has many moles through the organizations of the city, and more than a couple of nobles. As such, no organized move has been made against them since their chief activity is directed against other members of the crime world. It is said that their services have been useful for those in power as well, further protecting them from persecution.

Their religion holds that their time in this world is vanishingly brief, and largely unimportant except as training for the Great Battle.

The order is very utilitarian with weapons choice - they simply use the tool needed for the occasion, though not without having trained extensively with it beforehand. Daggers, garrottes, swords, bows, battle axes, polearms, wagons, even siege engines have been used to carry out their contracts.

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