Lord Galakrond (GAL-uh-krond | / ˈgɑ lə krɒnd /)

Article by Lord Galakrond with some additions by Sable Aradia. IRL, Gala streams at twitch.tv/theclosetforge. Darth Nikolas and Realm of Music are his dads, and Sable Aradia is found family who is proud to be Gala's mom.

Prince of Badgers, Brocktree General, Giver of Names, Demonic Conjurer, Wordlord of Meles, Void Prince, Lord Galakrond Meles (a.k.a. Gala, Lord Gala, GalaWight) (He/him)

Lord Galakrond is the eldest son of Darth Nikolas and Realm of Music and the heir to House Meles.   Few emerge from the shadows of poverty, turmoil, and grief. Fewer find their way from these circumstances to find oneself as a royal member of the Great Houses. And of those, almost none thrive in such a change of circumstances. Lord Galakrond had found this and succeeded at it.

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

Galakrond is healthy for his age. He's what would be called "Twiggy" but with some, not a lot, of muscle. He's only fractured one bone due to really poor choices. He also needs glasses to properly see and to be able to drive properly.

Body Features

The Prince of Badgers is tall and lightly built. He has had an interest in weight training and on occasion used the 8 lbs weights that lie in his lair. Galakrond's skin, while pale, has some signs of gold tanning. His skin tans under exposure to the sun, assuming he ever sees it.

Identifying Characteristics

Galakrond is known for his luscious dirty blonde hair (and for how he flaunts it too.) He has a scar on his right forearm closest to the elbow where his companion, Tiny Tot, a tuxedo cat he summoned during his youth, scratched his arm. There is a faint and paper thin scratch along the inside of his forearm, also from Tiny Tot. He has several odd scars and scratches on his body.

Physical quirks

The Brocktree General is right-handed, except that he favours his left hand when playing music. He walks at a faster pace than most other people his age due to his habit of getting from classroom to classroom faster than normal.

Special abilities

The Prince of Badgers is perhaps the most talented conjurer of his generation; maybe the most talented conjurer in centuries. He is also an exceptionally precocious literomancer, far more advanced than is typical for someone of his age. In addition to his horrifying Literomancy Gala is able to call upon the House Totem of The Badger for assistance.  
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Since his undeath, Lord Galakrond has been unable to summon his connection to the House Totem. He can no longer shapeshift, and he doesn't even feel the Badger's presence. He keeps trying, but:  

NaNo Badgers don't care.

  Still, it's always worth a try.   Secretly, however, this lack is beginning to cause deep anxiety and fear. Has the Badger rejected him? If so, why, when his father, who has also been undead, is still in the Totem's good graces? And will his claim as heir to the House stand if anyone finds out about this?
When he's not practicing the art of Horrific Conjuration, he finds himself studying the Books of Death. So far he hasn't been able to crack their secrets but someday he wishes to use the power of the Books of Death to help bring back his fallen family, should that again be needed -- and he deeply fears that it will be.

Apparel & Accessories

Galakrond is accustomed to wearing comfort wear, which entails sweat pants and long-sleeved top wear usually of green and black. Black, however, is his wardrobe color of choice. When it comes time for battle, Galakrond dons his armored jacket and his helm.

Specialized Equipment

Lord Galakrond possesses a number of significant Literomancy books. He has the Solomon's Key for binding his conjurations to the material plane as well as a Sauropoda skeleton from the first Word War that he found (though he won't say where.) He also has several components for his conjurations, including, at one point, Prince Jean 's severed foot, lost in the First Word War.   While he does have the training with personal weaponry that one might expect from a Brocktree, when it's time to fight, he uses his conjurations and spells more than he does any melee object or even firearm.   When he was younger, Lord Gala had a staff made with a branch, wire, and skulls that he deemed his "warlock" staff. He called it that before he realized that he was a literomancer and Tome Knight .

Mental characteristics

Personal history

House Meles, when Gala was born, was a house with a long and proud history as literomancers, but little personal assets. The family had been required to sell most of them off one-by-one over the centuries as Literomancy declined. Being the eldest of seven children, he saw those meagre assets dwindle further and further as he was growing up, too.   Galakrond made dark deals early in his life, having a knack for Literomancy, specifically Conjuration. He found making his own friends was nicer than dealing with the shady bits of the place he grew up in. He never really understood the knack for conjuration he had, but his father scrounged up enough coin to buy some literomantic books to supplement the remains of the moth-eaten collection from the House Meles library.   It was then that he started to study, and learned how to hone in on his conjuration. At first it was small animals, but they were twisted. They looked fine (mostly,) but he knew some Demonic and Eldritch influence of his literomancy, which focused on the Horror Genre, affected his summoned creatures. After a while he managed to control these influences, but not without first receiving numerous scars and scratches from his conjured animals.   But he doesn't like to dwell upon the past because he wants to look to the future, even if it doesn't always happen the way he'd like it to.   He found his talent for conjuration had grown and he was able to summon more than just small critters, but demons, at the age of 12? 13? He can't remember. The only thing he couldn't get right was the binding, but that was all fixed at the age of 16. It was a day he never thought would happen. The day he learned of his bi-house lineage. The day he discovered Sable Aradia to be his mother.   It was also the day he was gifted with several more Conjuration books, specifically one that could bind the demons he had been summoning.  
You like it? I understand from your dads that you have... a bit of a talent for Conjuration.
— Sable Aradia, Mother of Bunnies
Lord Galakrond was invited to travel to the Warren to study in person with the Mother of Bunnies. The Prince of Badgers took her up on her invitation, but never arrived. He was captured and taken to an organization known as The Company (see the Patient Zero plotline.) His parents had no idea this had happened until recently -- Realm of Music and Darth Nikolas believed he was at the Warren. Sable Aradia, for her part, believed he had changed his mind and remained at Windy Willows with his fathers.  
Gala seems... distant. Is something bothering him?
Sable Aradia to Realm of Music when he came to the Warren to study magic.
  There, Gala was forced into servitude to create a superweapon. If you ask him, he'll go really quiet and not say anything, only giving partial nodding and without a doubt, trying to change the subject to something else -- anything else.   Eventually he was released, but with no memory of the event. Since he woke up in a summoning circle and a destroyed room, Lord Galakrond thought he had performed a summoning that had gone horribly wrong. With some limited flashes of memory and a vague feeling of unease, he continued his journey to the Warren and took up the study of magic that he had intended, but he never said a word about the incident to anyone.   Lord Galakrond survived the First Word War in 2020 and the fall of his House, although not before watching his father, King of the Badgers get turned into a being known as Lich Nikolas. This didn't help his mental fortitude any, watching the person he loved get turned into a Lich while he flew away to House Chiroptera -- another House that fell while he was there. Eventually he ended up with House Mollusca and by some miracle came up unscathed -- at least, physically.  
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It's unclear why Lord Galakrond didn't flee to House Lapin, where he would have been taken in by his mother, with whom he'd begun to develop a rather close relationship after he began studying literomancy and conjuration with her. However, since The Cavern is near to The Warren, maybe it was just a matter of being cut off and not able to reach her.
  When the Second Word War broke out, Lord Galakrond immediately volunteered for the Brocktrees, the House Meles elite guard, haunted by the thought that his father might once again be taken by the Horde. By virtue of his rank, he immediately assumed command. This turned out to be his undoing. When House Meles fell to the Undead Horde on November 15, 2021, Brocktree Stormy Geek saved the King Badger's life by throwing themself in front of the swarming Undead -- and Gala's hesitation cost him his life as well.  
I'm going to eat your brains, Bucktooth!
— Lord GalaWight to the Mother of Bunnies
 
Just because I taught you everything you know, doesn't mean I taught you everything I know.
— The Mother of Bunnies' reply
  As Lord GalaWight, the Demonic Conjurer, Lord Galakrond was a menace to the living, a conjurer and literomancer of frightening power. He was permitted to keep his intellect by the Night Monarch in order to utilize those skills; a risky move, but one that AuthorGoddess felt confident in because the young prince blamed his parents for his demise.   After the Battle of the Warren , House Lapin claimed The Iron Tome and all Undead Tome Knights were restored to life. Gala is now trying to cope with the aftermath of this, and horrible flashbacks that haunt him in the form of constant nightmares. He is also hounded by reporters seeking to get more dirt on the family scandal, and testing whether he might want to make a claim to The Carrot Throne .   During the April 2022 Tourney of Tales, Lord Galakrond and his friends Princess Sunny and Princess Melody came out to the public as Voidtouched -- people who had been changed by extended contact with an otherworldly plane called The Void. In particular, the Prince of Badgers has the most familiarity with the layers of the Void known as The Netherlayers, which is where his Conjurations come from (although all, he would be quick to tell you, are NOT demons!) As part of that process, Galakrond has started allowing the Void Polypore "mushroom" colony on his skin to visibly grow, meaning that in badger and half-badger form, he is covered in black mushroom-like growths with bioluminescent stems. While these fungus are also present in his human form, he tends to hide and protect them under layers of concealing clothing.   The recent assassination attempts on the Mother of Bunnies have done nothing to help the Giver of Names' PTSD. Further, dreams shared by many Tome Knights indicated that his Undead alter-ego, Lord GalaWight, was a possible candidate for Night Monarch -- and a few unsettling events have suggested that some form of dissociative disorder may have taken hold. As if that weren't enough, ████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████████.

Education

Galakrond has the basic high school education that a student and "Smol Bean" should know, with extensive practice in literomancy on the side. He has some musical knowledge and he can often be caught absentmindedly tapping on his leg, or any nearby solid surface to a catchy rhythm, showing his talents as a drummer.

Employment

Until recently, Galakrond had only worked one job, and that was child care at the ages 14-15. He is currently providing care aid assistance to his uncle, which he is being paid for.

Accomplishments & Achievements

The Prince of Badgers is legendary for his prolific literomancy, especially considering his youth. He achieved a total of more than 50,000 words in both Word Wars.

Failures & Embarrassments

Gala has tripped on numerous words, stumbled down stairs, stumbled going up stairs, lost several drumsticks tips while playing, stubbed his finger, toes, and possibly everything else in between. He's accidently wacked himself several times without paying attention. One time he was walking through a room and without paying attention stumbled on a Literomantic Clothes Washer (I know right?! I mean how could you even do that?)   Lord Galakrond is also haunted by the death of Stormy Geek, and wonders if he really has what it takes to command the Brocktrees.

Mental Trauma

Let's change the subject, shall we?

Personality Characteristics

Motivation

Galakrond is motivated by the urge to keep his family together, and fascination, perhaps even obsession, over his failure to do so.

Likes & Dislikes

Likes:
  • Metal music
  • Horror genre of writing
  • Cheesy B movies (for the laughs and cringe factor)
  • Reptiles
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • TTRPGs
  • Video Games

  • Dislikes: Hip hop and country music.

    Virtues & Personality perks

    Galakrond is known for his ability to provide emotional support and is sometimes considered an empath. He is often called "a good listener" and "calm to be around" by his friends. He has a darker sense of humor than others may like, often being called on it with strange looks. But to his mind, "it was funny, darnit."

    Vices & Personality flaws

    The Prince of Badgers, as one might expect, suffers from PTSD. He finds trusting others is extremely difficult.   Although it might not seem like it, Galakrond struggles with social anxiety. He is an introvert at heart, but will occasionally play as a extrovert.   He also struggles with who he actually is due to learning chameleon habits of blending into social groups.

    Hygiene

    Galakrond's hygiene is actually pretty good. He showers regularly in the week, and brushes his hair and teeth at least once or twice a day. His rooms at Windy Willows are even mostly tidy, especially around his books, and his fathers do not believe in exempting their children from chores, whether they are powerful royals now or not.

    Social

    Family Ties

  • Darth Nikolas - father
  • Realm of Music - father
  • Sable Aradia - mother
  • Prince Jean - half-brother
  • Erin Righ - stepfather, uncle
  • Princess Sunny - aunt
  • Alignment
    Chaotic Good
    Current Status
    Trying to cope with having been undead
    Current Location
    Species
    Age
    17
    Date of Birth
    July 19, 2004
    Date of Death
    November 15, 2021
    Life
    2004 2021 17 years old
    Circumstances of Death
    Sacrificed to the Wheel of Misfortune | Resurrected December 2, 2021
    Birthplace
    Place of Death
    Windy Willows
    Family
    Children
    Presented Sex
    Male
    Sexuality
    Galakrond is bisexual, often finding his eye being caught by both male and female alike.
    Gender Identity
    Lord Galakrond defines himself as a Cisgendered male.
    Eyes
    Dark Green, Squinty
    Hair
    Long, Dirty Blonde, Wavy
    Skin Tone/Pigmentation
    Pale White with some hints of a tan
    Height
    6 ft or 182.8 cm
    Weight
    170-180 lbs
    Quotes & Catchphrases
    NERDBURGERS UNITE!!
    — Galakrond
     
    Let me crack my back like a goat chewing an aluminum can.
    — Galakrond
     
    I was raised by lunatics; of course I understood that reference.
    — Galakrond
     
    Gnarly.
    — Galakrond
    Belief/Deity
    Unknown
    Aligned Organization
    Other Affiliations
    Known Languages
    Galakrond knows English, Badger, and some German. But he's had thoughts about taking Rabbit at some point.
    Character Prototype
    Haunted One, Dark Mage

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    Lord Galakrond fleeing the Undead Horde after his father's transformation in the First Fall of House Meles by Lord Galakrond

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    Lord Galakrond defiant in his captivity by Missi & Sable Aradia

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    Lord Galakrond attempting a conjuration while imprisoned by the Company by Missi & Sable Aradia

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    A failed conjuration attempt during Lord Galakrond's captivity by Missi & Sable Aradia

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    Lord Galakrond documents the second Fall of House Meles by Missi

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    Lord GalaWight's Transformation by Missi

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    Lord GalaWight facing off against the Mother of Bunnies at the Battle of the Warren by Missi & Sable Aradia

    A young man with a bloody wound on his chest and an evil expression throwing void magic at the camera

    Lord GalaWight facing off against the Mother of Bunnies at the Battle of the Warren by Missi & Sable Aradia

    A young man with an angry expression throwing a magical blast at the camera

    Lord GalaWight facing off against the Mother of Bunnies at the Battle of the Warren by Missi & Sable Aradia

     
    An animated badger covered in mushrooms
    Galakrond by Melody Relody
     

    Songs About the Prince of Badgers

    Lord Galakrond's Family Bramble
    Lord Galakrond's Family Bramble by Moonflower, with WA Whiteboards


    Cover image: Lord Galakrond the Conjurer by Missi & Sable Aradia
    Character Portrait image: Lord Galakrond by Sable Aradia

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