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Ruthren Ddraig Sy'n Ddu

(a.k.a. Ruthren The Reaper)

Ruthren Ddraig Sy'n Ddu, also known as Ruthren The Reaper, is one of the most famous military leaders in the history of Arrasgoth. She ruled over Purgatory, the mercenary camp, from the age of 14 after killing the previous leader in a duel. She ruled for many years before coming into contact with The Beacons of Hope and joining them in their effort to protect the continent from Rudyard and The Darkness.   After The Union of the Kingdoms, she moved Purgatory to New Purgatory and set about making them the biggest military force in Arrasgoth, alongside her now husband, Emrys Ddraig Sy'n Ddu.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Ruthren was born the only child of two mercenaries that had been working in Egomont. Her mother died in childbirth and her father abandoned her to Purgatory to be looked after. She never heard from or saw him again, presuming he was killed for running away from the mercenaries. She grew up as well-cared for as she could be in a mercenary camp and learnt how to fend for herself from a young age. She showed physical prowess but writing and reading long escaped her.   By 12, she had made her way through the ranks to secure a high spot in amongst the mercenaries and soon realised that this wasn't what she wanted, and nor did most of the mercenaries in the group. At 14, she used all the money she had saved to buy herself an enchanted scythe, and challenged the current leader to a duel to free the mercenaries from the constant assassin work they were forced into. The man agreed and the duel was bloody, with Ruthren coming out on top after slicing his head off with her new scythe. She then took over leadership of Purgatory and changed their direction.   By 24, she had established them as a good band of mercenaries and helped protect the market of Egomont from any criminal activity. She wanted to make them officially guards but no one in leadership was willing to take her seriously. This was around the time she met Emrys and the rest of the Beacons of Hope. After some misunderstandings and unfortunate deaths, she agreed to help them in their efforts to save the world, and that Purgatory would stand with them in the final battle.   As time progressed, Ruthren became closer to Emrys and started to build a more intimate relationship with him, something she had never planned on doing. The two eventually entered a romantic relationship and ended up adopting Alice Ddraig Sy'n Ddu, an orphan that Emrys and the rest of the Beacons of Hope had saved. By the end of the Union of the Kingdoms, Emrys and Ruthren were both official leaders of Purgatory and cohabiting in the settlement together.   They both worked to move Purgatory into what is now New Purgatory, setting it up to be a stronghold of soldiers and safety. They helped make the biggest army in Arrasgoth together before starting a family. They had one son together, Myrddin Ddraig Sy'n Ddu, half human, half dragonborn, which had never been seen in Arrasgoth before so came with some complications during the pregnancy and subsequent birth.   Many years later, both Emrys and Ruthren realised that life was coming to an end for them around the age of 80. They said their goodbyes to all that knew them, gave the title of Warlord to their son, and disappeared off the continent. They were never found or heard from again.


Ruthren Ddraig Sy'n Ddu

Wife (Vital)

Towards Emrys Ddraig Sy'n Ddu



Emrys Ddraig Sy'n Ddu

Husband (Vital)

Towards Ruthren Ddraig Sy'n Ddu



Date of Birth
7th Prinomili
22 BTU 58 ATU 80 years old
Circumstances of Death
Missing in Action
Place of Death
Aligned Organization
Founded Settlements
Ruled Locations

Relevant Articles:

New Purgatory
Settlement | Jul 23, 2022
Emrys Ddraig Sy'n Ddu
Character | Jul 13, 2022
Organization | Jan 7, 2022


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Aug 15, 2022 05:10 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

Hi there! You may not know me, but I am the sponsor of the Great Leader of Their People Summer Camp Prompt this year! Since you wrote this article, I would like to know, would you mind me reading it aloud on my Twitch channel this week? I have a lot to get through so it helps to do it live while people watch. I've scheduled to go live at 8am and 8pm Eastern Time every weekday. If you join and comment, I can go over your article right then and there! If you'd like to coordinate a specific date, let me know. If you aren't able to make it (or don't want to be present live), you can also always watch streams after the fact on my YouTube channel   BUT, if the answer is NO because you'd rather I not, it's okay! Not agreeing to be streamed definitely does not put you at any disadvantage for winning in my eyes. Please respond swiftly by replying here (make sure to click REPLY under my comment or I won't be notified), message me on my World Anvil profile page, Discord, or anywhere else you find me online.   Thanks again! Whatever you choose, God bless and much success! <3

Aug 15, 2022 17:18 by Nicole

Hi there! I would absolutely love that! That sounds exciting! I am free from around 1pm your time on Thursday if that helps? I would love to watch and rope some friends in too! :) Thank you!

Aug 15, 2022 23:05 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

I appreciate the response and the permission! If you pop into the chat at 8pm Thursday, be sure to shout yourself out so that I can jump over to your article while you're there. <3 Have a blessed one!

Aug 18, 2022 18:34 by Nicole

Unfortunately that would be 1am my time so I am unable to be there!

Aug 18, 2022 18:41 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

sorry to hear that. If you are also unable to make the earlier one which would probably be 1pm your time, I'll try to send you the replay when I do end up covering your article. Just let me know. No worries either way. :)

Aug 19, 2022 18:58 by Nicole

Please do send me the replay, I'd love to see it! My timezone is just a bit mismatched! <3

Aug 20, 2022 04:45 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

Hi there. I pray all is well. I went over your article today. Here's the link for the replay if you'd like to take a look. If not, no worries at all. Thanks again for allowing me the honor! Have a blessed one. <3

Aug 21, 2022 08:09 by Nicole

I watched the replay, and thank you so much for taking the time to read through it on your stream! Your comments and feedback were well received and I'm sorry the names were so difficult! That's the tricky thing when I use a lot of Welsh!

Aug 22, 2022 22:43 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

It's okay! Languages are beautiful! But, it's a suggestion to add pronunciation keys if your article is otherwise written in English. :) It was quite fun to read through these. Thanks again for sharing!

Aug 22, 2022 22:43 by LexiCon (WordiGirl)

(also, I'm glad my observations were beneficial <3 I appreciate you checking out the replay)