Gellark Lionrage was the first Human King and student of the Death Mage Varth Dreamless, known best for his part in the tale A Dreamless Sleep.
HistoryWhere Gellark Lionrage came from, exactly, is one of history's greatest mysteries. Thus is the case with all early humans. All that is known is that one day, in the year -10, Humanity appeared in Totania, on the northern coast of Elone. Among these Humans were three names of note: Varth Dreamless, Eden Zunno, and of course, Gellark Lionrage. McDales in Totania. It is believed, however, that the Dale of McDales is only an imitation of Gellark's father. Due to Dale appointing Varth to lead the Humans, it was also Dale who appointed Varth to watch over his son. Gellark looked up to Varth Dreamless, wanting to be like him. Still, he had doubts in Varth's particular way of doing things as the sole leader of the Human race. Gellark wanted to be a hero. Varth, however, told Gellark that being a hero was not all it was cracked up to be. To be a hero, one would then need to suffer. And Varth did not want Gellark to suffer. Varth did not want anyone to suffer.
Heroic DreamsGellark watched Varth promote all kinds of people. Anyone with any kind of experience. Anyone but Gellark himself, despite Varth personally training Gellark. Gellark had what it took, at least in his own mind, because he believed he could be just like Varth. Gellark wanted to be given spotlight, but Varth tried to keep him out of trouble. Instead, Varth promoted other men. Men who were often killed when faced with the dangers of Totania. This would often enrage Gellark, as he saw these men get what he wanted and then fail to do it. What he would not see, of course, is that this is exactly why Varth did not give him command. Varth knew that anyone who did what the men he promoted did would be placed in immense danger. Varth had promised Dale not to let Gellark die, and if Gellark were in harms way, he would die. He was very young, after all. Too young to fight. Here is a famous soliloquy from Getoh's A Dreamless Sleep, where Gellark laments these woes after he finds the remains of one of these dead soldiers, specifically their helmet:
LegacyHumanity's continued survival and prosperity can be attributed to Gellark Lionrage's actions, defeating Varth Dreamless and driving the Goblins out. He not only helped Humanity to settle, but he showed the world that Humanity could reach even the peaks of power seen in such well-known, powerful species like Draconians, Elves, and of course Goblins. After all, Gellark Lionrage was known to be one of the strongest people of his time, rivalled only by his mentor Varth Dreamless, the Seventh Grand Wizard Perzita Theldrar, and the future Captain Commander of the Elves Narkard Leran. Gellark's foreign policy was groundbreaking as well, as even though he is attributed with having driven out the Goblins, he was actually friendly to them and all others he met. He wanted peace and good relations with all. This has not continued with his successors.
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