Xedris "Somabhakta" Thrannis
He who seeks the Root of the Tree of Knowledge, whence all things are derived.
A reserved and extremely observant fellow, Xedris is an individual driven by a desire to know and to understand the nature of things in it’s most abstract. This makes him someone who is constantly observing the goings on around him and also is the source of his undiminished curiosity. Slight and of modest height for a High Elf, Xedris tends to speech rarely but when he does deign to voice an opinion it is articulated extremely carefully, acerbically, and with conviction. His wit is dry and biting, his laughter cool and mocking, and those few things that seem to spark joy are of the drier variety of pursuits (books, information, art, and composition-ally complex music. He tends to annoy people around him with his superior attitude, however he does so not from some form of pride or arrogance, but of a deep rooted belief in the import of intellect and will. For those who do not value such things, he finds them useless and is poorly practiced at be subtle in those opinions.
Physically, Xedris is wholly average from an elven perspective, which would normally make him attractive to humans but his cold unblinking gaze, somber expression detract from any warmth and seems to enhance the unsettling alien-ness of elves. His hair seems sliver but is actually intermittenly white and black, his eyes are gray but one is dark as slate the other as light as a foggy cloud. The most remarkable feature that is visible is the large swathes of burns which seem to encompass most of his left cheek, his chin and the bottom portion of his right cheek and extending down past his neckline. Almost as if his head had been grasped by a massive flaming hand. The burn scars have long since healed and Xedris has tattooed over them in a pattern that looks almost like the scales of a fish or serpent… or dragon.
Regardless, he is a curious individual in a strange world… and it would seem that he strives to unlock it’s secrets.
- I . . . speak . . . slowly . . . when talking . . . to idiots, . . . which . . . almost . . . everyone . . . is . . . compared . . . to me
- I’m willing to listen to every side of an argument before I make my own judgment.
- Knowledge. The path to power and self-improvement is through knowledge.
- I’ve been searching my whole life for the answer to a certain question.
- Most people scream and run when they see a demon. I stop and take notes on its anatomy.
- The Blood Feud [Fire] Risk, Honor, Vendetta (House of Strife)
- The Saddhu [Air] Mystical Knowledge, Wisdom, Foresight (House of the High Castes)
Xedris first appeared in the Kindgom of Mithila some 30 years ago, not yet having completed his first century he was still a child in Elf standards and he had already seen to much. Horribly burned and in a state of shock he was smuggled into the care of a cloister of clerics and priests of Soma. Much of his past was a mystery, but even then rumors and secrets have a way of spreading. The most prevailing set of rumors said that Xedris was the last surviving member of a family of formerly influential artisans from within the Eternal Solar Empire. His high elven race and mannerisms spoke of money and privilege but his demeanor and the lack of distinguishing features convinced those nosy enough to investigate that he was not a member of any particular noble house. It was said that for whatever reason (speculation wagered that some sort of apostacy, sedition, or even outright treason) resulted in the deaths of his family and Xedris escaping with his life and his scars. Regardless he spent the next 20 years in the cloister, later transferring to the capital of Mithila to formally study and enter the priesthood while there. Time and experience however showed him that while he had some talents and was devoted to Soma, his drives and hungers would best be served studying magic directly. This is something that Xedris seemed to have anticipated and he has actively done what he can to earn enough funds and support to formally transition to Arcane Studies. This adventure and it’s resultant benefits are intended to gain him the backing and resources needed to take the first steps into the roles of Wizardry.