Eli Kwake (EE-lahy kweyk | /ˈi laɪ kweɪk/)

Article by Eli Kwake twitch.tv/elikwake, who is IRL the Filk Master of the Game of Tomes

The Great Flame, The Flame of Encouragement, The Flame of Inspiration, Keeper of Sekrets, Filk Master, the Filkmaster General Eli Kwake (He/they)

Eli Kwake is the current leader of the Chaos Cartel, the former leader of dissolved Minor House Incendium, and the Filk Master of the Realm.

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

We, like, don't speak of such things.
— Eli

Body Features

Like, I honestly try not to have a body most of the time, y'know? They're totally inconvenient...
— Eli
  The Flame of Encouragement appears in human form as a solidly-built AFAB masc/neutral human who is somewhat on the short side. In bunny form, the Great Flame appears as a black-tailed jackrabbit, also known as an American desert hare, with orange and black agouti fur that appears to shift into living flame. Strangely, the black-tipped ears and tail appear to be slightly burnt, rather than a variation in fur colouration, and in bunny form, a faint scent of burning hair lingers around them. They are on the shorter side of the species, but are solidly-built in hare form, too.

Identifying Characteristics

Often seen wearing blue lenses or flame rimmed glasses.

Physical quirks

Eli can wiggle their ears.

Special abilities

Eli channels fire magic. They claim to have discovered this ability in, of all places, The Zafforza Trench while they were with the Molluscans.  
It's, like, totally my inner fire. I totally don't know why I figured this out underwater, y'know? But, like, maybe I had to be farthest away from the source of my power to find out I had it at all.
— Eli, when asked about their fire magic

Apparel & Accessories

Eli is often seen either in full flame mode, or wearing a flame shirt, headband, and flame glasses.

Specialized Equipment

A coffin handle staff used to channel their fire-totem magic (no one knows where this came from and frankly we're all a little afraid to ask)   A lantern used to light the words for other writers   A ukulele, also used to channel their fire-totem magic

Mental characteristics

Personal history

A writer with a laptop that is magically creating fire, pumping their fist
The Great Flame at the Battle of the Warren by Eli Kwake & Sable Aradia
No one is really sure where this fickle flame caster came from. They bounced into the House Molluscan army one day and refused to leave until the end of the First Word War While they celebrated the Molluscan win, and indeed fought on their behalf during the first Tourney they and their newly discovered flame powers soon found things too wet for their liking.   With a few other newly found flame casters, Eli founded the Minor House Incendium just before the second Tourney. They swore to House Lapin, enjoying the coziness of the Warren.   At the beginning of the Second Word War Eli caught the Filking Plague first and quickly passed it on to nearly everyone, from Major House Leader to Tome Knight to Undead, and even to the Night Monarch. Completely unrepentant, Eli was named Filk Master after the war to try and mitigate the chaos.  
A coin stamped with a flame and a motto that reads
The Flame of Encouragement by Eli Kwake
During the Second Word War, Eli and House Incendium bounced from House Tiki to House Meles to House Mollusca (apparently forgetting the Molluscans live under water) to finally land back in the Warren with House Lapin. There they stayed, proving that even a fickle flame can be loyal when it feels like it.   In the April Tourney 2022 the Filkmaster began handing out medallions called The Flame of Encouragement to Tome Knights who took significant actions to encourage others. Rumous has it that he has started a competitor organization to the Self Care Mafia, the Chaos Cartel . Rumour also has it that the Mother of Bunnies has joined this illicit group. The fact that the Flame of Inspiration has dissolved Minor House Incendium seems to substantiate these rumours.   Following the Tourney, with the disappearance of DM Stretch, Eli has, somewhat surprisingly to those who know the fickle nature of the Great Flame, joined the Owsla to fill the vacant position.   At about the same time, Eli began appearing in a singed orange-furred fire bunny form, and Sable and Eli began addressing each other as siblings. Since Eli is known to be the sibling of the Bardger of House Meles, Realm of Music, it remains to be seen how this works, exactly, or what this means for House Meles and House Lapin. Neither the Mother of Bunnies, nor the Great Flame have offered any explanation.

Education

Eli claims they were not taught Literomancy formally, but picked it up in back alleys and internet chat rooms in dribbles and pieces. While this means their literomancy does not come as fast to them as, for example: Siobhan's does to her, it is no less powerful.

Employment

After the Second Word War, Eli was employed as the Filk Master of Game of Tomes.

Accomplishments & Achievements

Eli has written several books, with several more in various stages of construction and reconstruction.   Eli is also a decently accomplished musician, singing middling-well and playing the ukulele passably. They have written many songs, enough that there are rumours they will be putting out an album before or during the Tourneys.

Failures & Embarrassments

Eli has stated that they have started more books than they have finished. While they admit there are mitigating circumstances to each failed book, they also hope to someday finish each failed project.   Eli also feels responsible for the chaos and stress brought to major house leader Sable Aradia of House Lapin by the Filking Plague. This is why they stepped willingly up as Filk Master after the Second Word War.

Mental Trauma

While they tend to burn off most stressors as irrelevant, Eli has been known to burn themself out as well, needing time to recover from overusing their literomancy. What causes them to be so driven is unknown, even to themself.

Intellectual Characteristics

Eli is very smart, but suffers from several learning disabilities. These include but are not limited to:  
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • While they have been known to gripe about how these disabilities limit them (in particular the ADHD and dyslexia), they also say they would not want to go without them.  
    I, like, would totally not be half the literomancer I am today without my ADHD, y'know? And the dyslexia and the rest, like, keep my life interesting. I struggle, but, like, that's totally life for you.
    — Eli about their learning disabilities

    Taboos

    Eli will not stand for people putting down their own or other people's writing.  
    Like, we all start somewhere, y'know? Shutting yourself or other people down is, like, totally not cool.
    — Eli

    Social

    Family Ties

    The Great Flame is the half-brother/sibling of Realm of Music, the Bardger, through a parent who was said to be a phoenix. This ties him firmly to the House Meles family line, and peripherally to the House Lapin family line.   However, the Mother of Bunnies and the Great Flame have also recently started addressing each other as "little sib" and "big sis" respectively. Is the Filkmaster related to the Chief Rabbit, too?  
  • Realm of Music - half-brother
  • Darth Nikolas - brother-in-law
  • Lord Galakrond - nephew
  • Erin Righ - step-brother
  • Sable Aradia - sister-in-law, sister(?)
  • Religious Views

    The Flame of Inspiration's religious views remain unclear, but they have recently begun to call on El-ahrairah, as Sable-rah does. Whether they picked that up from her is unknown.
    Alignment
    Chaotic Good
    Current Status
    Following Sable Aradia around, getting her into trouble and then taking her out of it
    Current Location
    Species
    Conditions
    Age
    33
    Circumstances of Birth
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    Children
    Current Residence
    The Warren
    Presented Sex
    Neutral
    Sexuality
    Eli is Ace-spectrum, being demi-sexual, and claims to be polyamorous and pansexual as well. However, they have only been heard to speak of one partner, the mysterious buddhakwake, who is definitely male.
    Gender Identity
    While they make no bones about being AFAB, they present as neutral or masculine.
    Eyes
    Unknown, as always hidden behind glasses, but claimed to be hazel; black (bunny form)
    Hair
    Dark brown
    Skin Tone/Pigmentation
    Pale white (human form) ; singed orange fur that is on fire (bunny form)
    Height
    5’4” (human) ; 1'7" long (bunny)
    Weight
    HOW DARE??
    Quotes & Catchphrases
    Like, totally.
    — Eli
    Aligned Organization
    Known Languages
  • English (conversant)
  • Bad English (native)
  • Character Prototype
    Bard

    A figurine of a person with short-cropped hair and sunglasses, holding a flaming staff and a lantern, with many candles at their feet, in a cave

    Eli Kwake, the Great Flame by HeroForge

    A jackrabbit on its hind legs, on fire

    Eli's Bunny Form by Eli Kwake

    A figurine of a person with short-cropped hair and sunglasses

    The Great Flame ukelele shredding by HeroForge

    A person drinking from a large coffee mug as their laptop produces magical fire

    The Great Flame writing by Eli Kwake & Sable Aradia

    A person singing with fire in front of them and burning sparklers floating near their open hands

    The Great Flame displays their fire powers by Eli Kwake & Sable Aradia

    A person in flame sunglasses giving a press conference with a volcano in the background

    Eli Kwake giving a press conference at Mount Ignatius by Eli Kwake

    A writer typing at a laptop that is producing magical fire

    Eli Kwake's Literomancy by Eli Kwake & Sable Aradia

    Filk Master

    In late 2021, Eli was named as Filk Master for Game of Tomes, following the Great Filking Plague .   Incidentally, they were also Patient 0 of this plague, so this is entirely appropriate.

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    Cover image: Eli Kwake Ukelele Shredding by Eli Kwake & Sable Aradia
    Character Portrait image: The Great Flame rallies the troops for battle by Eli Kwake

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