Commander Orsa Algrun
Orsa could have been the best of us. Perhaps we'll never know why she abandoned this path to glory that had been laid before her.
Orsa's father was high ranking Medora
(mage of the Radiant Tower) and came from a well-documented line of dragon-blooded sorcerers. The kind was never explicitly revealed by any of her ancestors but is presumed to be Gold due to the family's inherent adeptness with fire magic. Her mother an advisor of all things political. She was not a politician herself, but her counsel was in high demand. She grew up in relative comfort and wanted for nothing. She was well educated in both the ways of the world and the magical arts.
At the age of 18, she joined the Dawn's Guard. The human army has an elite group of mages known as the Medion
. Within two years of service, she was promoted from regular service into this group, becoming the youngest ever Medion
in history, at the time. She rose through the ranks within the Medion, which parallel the ranks of the regular Dawn's Guard, repeating her feat of being the youngest ever at almost every hurdle.
The Cataclysm Wars
By the time the Wars offically began in 9BCE, Orsa was Commander of the Medion, the only individual directly outranking her at the time being General Kreen, who is in charge of the entire Dawn's Guard. She was known as being an astute tactician, often using her magical ability to hover at the back of a battlefield to assess the situation from afar and send messages physically to her sub-ordinates.
It is unknown why Orsa joined the Dark Council. It was also unknown when it occurred until Astrona Emberwild
's journal was recovered after The Siege of Arkran
. In an entry dated in late Ritunia, Astrona mentions that 'Syllen has turned the Commander of the Medion'. This would chronologically place Orsa as the fourth member of what would become The Council of Nine. It also meant that Orsa functioned as Commander whilst serving the Council for a full year before her true allegiances were uncovered.
To Orsa's credit, she was only revealed to be a mole during the Corruption of the Ancestral Tree. Taking her usual position above the battlefield, she spotted one of the Elven army's assassins about to strike her fellow Council ally Krotar Shadowthane in the back. Casting a beam of fire, the assassin was toast, saving the Dwarven warlock's life. This action was not without witness and realising this, Orsa vanished before anyone could react and was not seen for the rest of the battle.
From The Combined Notes of The Dark Council
recovered following The Siege of Arkran
, it was revealed that Orsa was Krotar's mentor within the Council. The dwarf, a relative newcomer to the arcane, was a dutiful student to the former Commander.
It turned out that Orsa had one more secret. During the Siege of Arkran, it was revealed that Orsa was not human, but Solaxan. Two large skeletal wings erupted from her back as she and Krotar became increasingly overwhelmed. This display gave the pair a moment's respite from the combined arcane forces of the Light's Army.
As Krotar and Orsa simultaneously realised they would fare better as a team during this battle, they held a strong defensive position for the majority of the battle. The Light's force, realising this, mounted an offensive will all their remaining magical adept individuals. This proved ultimately too much for the pair, apart from a brief respite due to Orsa's display, as the increasing volume attacks eventually broke through their defence and left the pair as smouldering corpses.
As with her ancestors, Orsa was particularly adept with fire spells, due to her dragon blood. She also used magic to hover over the battlefield, flight magic that belied the fact she did not actually need to use magic to fly, at least whilst she was Solaran. She also displayed defensive magic, such as shields and magical armour. In order to escape, following her defence of Krotar at the Corruption of the Ancestral Tree, she used some form of invisibility or teleportation spell, it was unclear which.
Orsa's Solaxan reveal meant that she must have been Solaran from birth, likely turning Solaxan around the time of her recruitment into the Council. This only strengthened the confusion of the populace who were questioning why a promising Commander would defect. Since it turned out that Orsa was not only previously on a path to glory, but that path was in part due to her celestial blood, scholars were left with further pondering as to why a divinely chosen person would choose
to fall from grace.
As Orsa was a deeply private person, both before and after her defection, not a lot is written about her by either during her time as Commander - apart from mission reports - or by her fellow Council members. As such, there is no definitive insight into why Orsa did what she did. After Syllen Olalynn
, who history does not even have a recorded gender for, Orsa remains likely the most mysterious of the Council.