Cyne Undria

Prince Cynos Aneirin Elyan Undria (a.k.a. Cyne)

The sarcastic, uncaring and excessively stealthy noble son of Lord Andron and Lady Ceridwen, Cyne makes a name for himself as the Heir to the Aletheian Empire, the Lord of Serendel (officially a Duke-like position) and, secretly, as one of the higher members in the Eagle's Shadows. He's incredibly protective of his younger sister, Alysia, knowing that she's far weaker and more easily influenced than himself - this is also why he refuses to abdicate his position as Heir, to the ire of his political opponents.   As a tiefling, he is a stark contrast to most other members of his family... one that many despise for his difference. The Aletheian Empire's ruling line has always been conditional on the blood of the outer planes remaining true, thus preventing non-aasimar members of the family from taking the throne. However, the wording is lax enough to allow for a tiefling ruler. Cyne's mother, Ceridwen, didn't think to reveal her ancestry to Andron until after Cyne's birth, and the pure lineage of aasimars could not overcome the infernal blood in Cyne. He was born a tiefling, much to his father's - and grandfather's - horror. Thankfully, at the time of his birth, his uncle - Albion of Aletheia - was known as the Empire's Heir, and his wife was newly pregnant. As Prince Albion's plans for a large family were known, Cyne (or 'Cynos' as he was born) was allowed to live.   His nickname, 'Cyne', was given to him by an amusing mispronunciation made by a childhood sparring partner after he'd read the young lord's name. Cyne preferred it, and found the puns his tutors made were preferable to their constant jabs at his heritage, so the name stuck. However, due to the Aletheian Laws of Inheritance, upon ascending to the position of Emperor, he would instead be known as Emperor Aneirin Cynos Elyan of Aletheia.

Physical Description

General Physical Condition

Cyne is a little underweight, but very much in-shape. What few scars he's kept are always hidden by a layer of illusion or by physical coverings. His tiefling aspects - his horns, his desaturated and too-cold skin, his pointed ears and slight fangs, and his glowing golden eyes - do not have any affect on his wellbeing aside from being points of prejudice.

Mental characteristics

Personal history

Cyne grew up facing a constant fear of assassination for simply being 'the royal fiend'. As such, he trained with skilled warriors and learnt how to avoid sight from an early age; as his magical ability showed itself, he sought out tutors in rare shadow-based magics to master this talent. This was how he first encountered the Shadows, though he didn't join until shortly after he reached adulthood.   When he reached the age of 12, his sister, Alysia, was born - and he began to express his first infernal characteristics. Whilst his blood had been known as infernal since birth, it was far harder to hide the glowing golden eyes that marked him as one of the Hells. Scared, his father forbade him from meeting Alysia until the girl was 6, and him 18. This first meeting was carefully watched, and just so - the annoyed 'teenager' acted rudely and dismissively, exiting the meeting in a flash of shadow when Alysia demanded he join her for a tea party.   The two crossed paths on occasion, but didn't spend much time together until Show spoiler

Alysia was stricken by the curse that would forever mark her as an oracle - he was the first to find her lying on the floor, having heard the strange thud in the neighbouring room, and refused to leave her side until she awakened.
Since that fateful day, shrouded in secrecy for the sake of Alysia's health, Cyne has been his sister's closest friend, confidant and guard - even though his own skills lend themselves elsewhere. Whilst their roles have drawn them apart, they maintain regular correspondence, and often seek each other's counsel.   Aside from this, Cyne's next years came with many lessons in appropriate etiquette, in languages and magics, in all sorts of history and politics... all alongside his continued Nightblade training. He spent multiple years at the Aletheian High Courts alongside the other members of his family, learning the ways of their ruling in case something happened.   Show spoiler
It was when he was in his 70s that the political education became relevant. An assignment from the Shadows had him infiltrating a dangerous group of assassins who needed to be shut down. To prove himself loyal, he'd been forced to endure their contracts. Killing people for a price. His final contract was to slay a child and his father, leaving the mother alive. He did so without realising the ramifications - it was a day later that he received word that his cousin and uncle were dead, that their souls had rejected attempts at resurrection. Being the only eligible outsider in the direct line of succession (as his father had been deemed ineligible, and his aunt refused to even be considered), he was now Crown Prince. To this day, he has told none outside the Shadows about this... and hopes to take the secret to the grave.
  Over the years, Cyne has also endured many assassination and kidnapping attempts on himself, some of which were more successful than others, giving him much reason to keep his weaponry close and his scars covered by illusion. Show spoiler
He has also taken numerous secret contracts for the Shadows, and led a team that contained Azyel Lathronon for a few years before requesting leave for a few months.

Mental Trauma

Intense depression. Slight PTSD. Intense phobia of something happening to his sister.

Personality Characteristics

Motivation

Wants to protect his sister from the cruelties of life and become skilled with his blades and magic. Desires a neutral, politics-free life of adventure.

Savvies & Ineptitudes

Talented blademaster, illusionist and shadowcaster. Useless for completing paperwork and doing anything in the water.

Likes & Dislikes

Likes isolation, shadow magic, illusion and sneaking around (and adventuring in general). Also likes Kraia Woodslough, the colours green and gold, red wine and esoteric knowledge. Prefers fine cuisine and expensive fitted clothing.

Virtues & Personality perks

Dextrous, quick to act, and incredibly sarcastic. Attempts to stay neutral in conflicts unless they involve him or threaten to harm those he's sworn to protect. Deadly if he perceives a threat to his 'charges'.

Vices & Personality flaws

Reckless, doesn't immediately think of how his personal life and actions might affect his political life, and dealing with a significant amount of personal depression and angst that weighs heavily on his mind. Often suppresses emotions instead of dealing with them, particularly in stressful situations.

Hygiene

He stays immaculately clean and has perfect manners, but tends to get lost in readings and research. This results in a terrifyingly messy study until he comes to his senses and restores it to normal.

Social

Family Ties

Grandson of the current Emperor of the Aletheian Empire.   Great-great-great... etc. grandnephew of Ashlyn Alarian.   Brother to Alysia Undria.

Religious Views

Doesn't openly state his religious beliefs, but is a follower of the Lost Prince due to their similar views.

Social Aptitude

Refined manners and smooth, diplomatic behaviour in political situations, but sarcastic and more casual around those he doesn't feel the need to stay 'refined' around.

Relationships

Cyne Undria

Ally (Important)

Towards Lirien

2

Dishonest


Lirien

Ally (Important)

Towards Cyne Undria

2

Honest


Cyne Undria

Great-great-great... grand-nephew (Vital)

Towards Ashlyn Alarian

5

Honest


Ashlyn Alarian

Great-great-great... great-aunt (Vital)

Towards Cyne Undria

-3

Frank


Nicknames & Petnames

He tends to call her 'grandmother' and similar family-based nicknames.

Relationship Reasoning

Ashlyn doesn't approve of his methods. But still loves him as family. Cyne doesn't care for her fervent religiousness, nor does he care so much about the law. And he finds her naive & paranoid nature to be endlessly amusing. However, he admires her might in battle and ability to uphold the law no matter what, and essentially views her as another sibling (given their similar mental ages).

Legal Status

Family

Cyne Undria

Ally (Important)

Towards Cid La Flaga

1

Honest


Cid La Flaga

Ally (Trivial)

Towards Cyne Undria

0

Dishonest


Aniks Alas'thil

Ally (Vital)

Towards Cyne Undria

4

Honest


Cyne Undria

Ally (Vital)

Towards Aniks Alas'thil

4

Honest


Alysia Undria

Sister (Vital)

Towards Cyne Undria

5

Frank


Cyne Undria

Brother (Vital)

Towards Alysia Undria

5

Frank


History

After a rough start, the two siblings bonded over Alysia's curse and became close friends. They trust each other above all, and Alysia sees him as her closest confidant. Whilst they don't get to spend too much time together, they write often, and she often wishes she could ease some of the burdens he's holding away from her.

Relationship Reasoning

Other than their blood relationship and general friendship, they're mutually good for one another. Alysia has helped Cyne recover from wounds many a time, putting her divine powers to use. In turn, he handles diplomatic situations so that she needn't be involved, and uses his shadow magic to prevent light from reaching her during her attacks. She watches out for anything dangerous coming his way, and he defends her from would-be captors - or suitors, if it's necessary.

Honorary & Occupational Titles
Crown Prince of the Aletheian Empire; Lord of Serendel Forest; Count of the Undric; Starseeker of the Shadows; Champion of the Lost Prince etc etc
Year of Birth
5535 (88 years old)
Birthplace
Aletheia
Biological Sex
Male
Eyes
Golden eyes that glow almost malevolently.
Hair
Charcoal black, slightly wavy, and slicked back out of his face.
Height
6'3
Weight
146lbs

Cyne's character sheet

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