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Abernum Magathrin (James Candle)

Abernum Tristan Magathrin (a.k.a. James Candle)

This is the main character of The Candle, granted immortality and split into two people by a poison meant to kill him.

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

Physically, he’s a medium height, white, fit, male with brown hair that was once blonde when he was young. He has a face roughened by years as a soldier in the Augustian Imperial Army. He looks excellent in the deep red and yellow uniform of his country.

Facial Features

Scar on the side of his head from an arrow that narrowly missed him.

Special abilities

  • Can’t age
  • Stuck in his mid-twenties body (28)
  • Body has learned to manipulate Adrenaline to its fullest potential
  • Rapidly heals wounds by accelerating cell processes with adrenaline rushes
  • Reverts aging when triggered by injury
  • Uses the 60% of muscles normally locked behind a mental barrier to heal self and to delay exhaustion and drowsiness for very long periods of time
  • Adrenaline acts to keep cells from crystalizing in the event of freezing, meaning he can’t die from freezing
  • Doesn’t sleep, but can access REM while he is awake to allow his mind to sort his memories. He can manipulate his dreams.
  • Telomeres on his DNA chromosomes repair themselves, granting him immunity to aging.
  • Weaknesses
  • If his heart is obliterated beyond repairing itself, he dies
  • Incineration
  • Explosions
  • Brutal gouges into his chest
  • Heart removal
  • If his brain is separated from his heart and stops telling it to pump adrenaline, he dies
  • Decapitation
  • If his head is reconnected to his neck fast enough, his brain will seek out and activate his heart again, reviving him after some time (he’s lost a lot of blood)
  • Brain/head obliteration

Apparel & Accessories

His dagger from his father (and especially the pommelstone (a sapphire) from Hope).   (Chapter 24) Patmos buys him a chain hauberk, a steel cap with an aventail, and a Dregian Longsword.

Specialized Equipment

Throwing knives, sword and shield user

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Raised to be a patriotic and loyal Augustian, proud of who he is and where he's from and determined to serve his country to the best of his abilities.


Military training and an apprenticeship from his father.


Soldier in the Augustian Military.

Failures & Embarrassments

Candle Battalion's final mission.

Mental Trauma

  • Slight trauma from his mother's affair
  • Racism and xenophobia against non-Augustians
  • The Other Candle

Intellectual Characteristics

Candle: Rational, faithful, hopeful, kind, confused   The Other Candle: Angry, devoted, faithful, nationalist, racist, powerful, skilled

Morality & Philosophy

Nationalistic view of the world. "My country is the best, gotta teach all these other evil countries who's boss and conquer them all."


Dregians are people too

Personality Characteristics


Seeks to end the Fifty Years War in victory by killing Prince Potesm.

Savvies & Ineptitudes

Excellent with a thrown knife and sword.


Family Ties

  • Father is Tristan Magathrin.


Hope Portis

Suitor (Vital)

Towards Abernum Magathrin (James Candle)




Abernum Magathrin (James Candle)

Suitor (Vital)

Towards Hope Portis





Known each other for as long as they can remember. Grew up in the same neighborhood, with the same beliefs and views.

Nicknames & Petnames

Aubree calls Abernum "Abby".

Relationship Reasoning

They are deeply in love and the distance created by his military service has not worn that down.

Commonalities & Shared Interests

Augustians by birth, they both believe the same religion and follow the cultural expectations of their respective sexes.

Shared Acquaintances

Each other's parents

Legal Status

She is awaiting his return, but is allowed to court, as he has not placed a legal reservation on her.

Patmos ver Umeret

Companion (Vital)

Towards Abernum Magathrin (James Candle)




Abernum Magathrin (James Candle)

Companion (Vital)

Towards Patmos ver Umeret





Allies by circumstance, and because Patmos says they share a goal, and Candle believes her. These two do not like each other at all.

Relationship Reasoning

Need each other to eliminate Prince Potesm.

Commonalities & Shared Interests

Both want to eliminate Prince Potesm.

Current Location
Year of Birth
572 600 AA 28 Years old
Circumstances of Birth
Born to Tristan and Gwen Magathrin in Illan.
Circumstances of Death
LOL, death
Biological Sex
Gender Identity
Brown, short and fuzzy
Skin Tone
Fairly tall
Aligned Organization
Augustian Empire
Known Languages
Augustian, Old Augustian and Dregian

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