Inspired By World Anvil Summer Camp 2021: "A Brave Hero, Who Hides a Secret Past."
Areli Taika is a powerful and enigmatic figure, known throughout the Deadlands as the DeadLand Grand Archimage of the DeadLand Mages College. He is a master of the arcane arts, with a deep understanding of the magic that flows through the radioactive wasteland. Despite his reputation as a powerful mage, however, Areli is also a man of many secrets. Areli is a tall, thin man with long white hair and piercing green eyes. He is always impeccably dressed, favoring rich robes and intricate jewelry. He is known for his calm, measured demeanor and sharp intellect. Areli has led the DeadLand Mages College for many years and has done much to establish it as a premier institution of magic and learning. He is a wise and fair leader, respected by his peers and students alike. However, few know that Areli was a member of the Radiant Collective, a powerful criminal organization that controls much of the illegal activity in the Deadlands. He keeps his involvement with the Collective hidden, using his position as Grand Archimage to further the Collective's goals. Despite his secret ties to the Radiant Collective, Areli is a man of great integrity, always working for the betterment of the Deadlands and its people. He is a formidable opponent, both on the battlefield and in the political arena, and is not to be underestimated.
APPEARANCEAreli Taika is a tall, thin man with sharp features and a sharp jawline. He has jet-black hair that is slicked back and dark brown eyes that seem to pierce through anyone he looks at. He is often seen wearing a long, flowing black robe adorned with intricate gold trim and adorned with various arcane symbols. He carries himself with an air of confidence and authority, and his movements are precise and calculated. He has a scar above his left eyebrow that is visible when he raises an eyebrow. He is often seen with a book or a scroll in his hand. He is very well-spoken and has a deep, commanding voice that he uses to great effect when casting spells or giving lectures. He is also known for his quick wit and sharp tongue, which he uses to great effect when dealing with his rivals and enemies.
PERSONALITYAreli Taika is a charismatic and ambitious leader. He is highly intelligent and has a deep understanding of magic and its applications. He is a natural leader, able to inspire and guide others to achieve their full potential. However, he also has a ruthless streak and will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, even if it means resorting to underhanded tactics or using those around him as pawns. Despite his position in the Mages College, he was a member of the Radiant Collective and keeps this affiliation hidden from most. He is able to keep his true loyalties hidden, able to charm and manipulate those around him, giving the appearance of being a loyal member of the college, while working behind the scenes to further the goals of the Collective.
HistoryAreli Taika was born into a poor small family in Glow City's shantytown, and from a young age, he was aware of his unique connection to the Ley Lines, which allowed him to cast Mechamancy spells. His family worked for the Anubian Mining Company to survive, and many of Areli Taika's family members died due to mining accidents. One day, when he was 7, the mine collapsed, trapping his parents. In his depression to save them, he willed tiny stone golems into existence, which went on to clear out the tunnels and save his parents. This event sparked Areli's desire to learn more about his magic. However, the DeadLand Mages College and general education were too expensive for him to afford. Areli was no stranger to the criminal underbelly of Glow City, having to steal to survive sometimes, so he sought out the Radiant Collective for a loan to cover the costs associated with going to the college. The Collective, known for giving these kinds of loans out to talented individuals, granted him the loan and provided protection and safer jobs for Areli's family. He was "adopted" into the Leto family, a wealthy merchant family, and sent to a boarding academy to learn general education. At the age of 16, he graduated from the academy and joined the DeadLand Mages College, where he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming an Apprentice Mage at 18, a Journeyman Mage at 21, a Master Mage at 25, and finally an Archimage at 35. During this time, Areli also had to fulfill his debt to the Radiant Collective by completing various jobs around Glow City, including the theft of an Arcane Brain Interface Chip from the Deadland Mages College. He was finally free of his debt at the age of 35. As Archimage, Areli found that the previous Grand Archimage had been abusing his power, treating teachers and students poorly, and he decided to take action. He challenged the Grand Archimage to a Magic Duel and, using his cleverness, bravery, and Automatons, he emerged victorious and took over as the new Grand Archimage of the DeadLand Mages College. He had the previous Grand Archimage locked up and a Voidstone placed inside his body, removing his ability to cast spells and keeping him in the college's prison.
ABILITIES AND POWERS
- Connection to Lay Lines: Areli Taika has a special connection to the Lay Lines, which allows him to cast Mechamancy spells.
- Golem Creation: Areli Taika has the ability to will tiny stone golems into existence, as he demonstrated when he was able to save his parents from a mine collapse.
- Magic Dueling: Areli Taika is skilled in magic dueling, as he was able to defeat the previous Grand Archimage of the Deadland Mages College in a magic duel.
- Automatons: Areli Taika has knowledge and experience in creating and using Automatons in battle.
- A wand or staff for casting spells
- A set of spell components and focus items, such as a spellbook or holy symbol
- A set of robes or other clothing suitable for casting spells
- A set of tools for crafting magical items or constructs
- A set of armor or other protective gear, such as a shield or enchanted cloak
- A set of weapons, such as a sword or enchanted dagger, for defensive purposes
- A set of magical items, such as rings, amulets, or potions, to enhance his abilities or provide utility.
- A set of Automatons
Areli Taika was born into a poor small family in Glow City's shantytown in the year [unknow]. Unknown to the family he was born with a special connection to the Lay Lines that allowed him to cast Mechamancy spells. The family worked for the Anubian Mining Company to survive. Child labor is legal within Glow City. Many of Areli Taika's family members died due to mining accidents. One day when he was 7 the mine collapsed trapping his parents. In his depression to save them, he willed tiny stone golems into existence. The golems went to work clearing out the tunnels saving his parents. After this, Areli Taika wanted to learn more about his magic. Unforantly the DeadLand Mages College and general education was to expensive to go to. Areli Taika was no stranger to the criminal underbelly of Glow City having to steal to survive sometimes. So he sought out the Radiant Collective for his general education and the costs associated with going to the college. They were known for giving these kinds of loans out to talented individuals. Known for saving people in the mine accident several days prior. He was granted the loan. Then Radiant Collective gave protection and safer jobs to Areli Taika's family. In the meantime, he was "adopted" into the Leto family, there is a wealthy merchant family. Then he was sent to [Unnamed Boarding Academy] to learn general education. At the age of 16, he graduated from the academy. After that Areli Taika joined the Deadland Mages College and gained the rank of Apprentice Mage. At the age of 18, he gained the rank of Journeyman Mage. At the age of 21, he gained the rank of Journeyman Mage. At the age of 25, he gained the rank of Master Mage. When Areli Taika gained the rank of Master Mage the Void Cloaks said it was time to pay of his depts for the organization. Greatfull to them he did so. He did many jobs around Glow City. His last job was to steal an Arcane Brain Interface Chip from the Deadland Mages College. After this job he was free of his depts. At the age of 35, Areli Taika gained the rank of Archimage. The Grand Archimage at the time was abusing his power. Many of the teachers and students were abused by him in many ways, but they were fearful of him. He killed the last Grand Archimage in a Magic Duel. Killing someone during a mage duel was not a common practice in the Deadland Mages College and to top that off he killed him in a very brutal way. After about 3 years of dealing with this, he got geared up and challenged the Grand Archimage to a Magic Duel. The Magic Duel was in favor of the Grand Archimage. With cleverness, bravery, and his Automatons Areli Taika knocked out the old Grand Archimage and won the duel. The guild was overjoyed by this. After the duel Areli Taika had the previous Grand Archimage locked up and a Voidstone place inside is his body. This removed his ability to cast spells and was put in the DeadLand Mages College's prison.