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Children of the Gods Character Bio: Breena

We now come to the second of my bios for the new characters of Children of the Gods. While Breena did appear in Rage of the Old Gods, she has a much bigger role in the second book.

WARNING: By necessity, this post will contain major spoilers for Rage of the Old Gods.

Breena (bree-nah):

“Contrary to rumor, we Clanspeople do not fear technology.”

Breena, sorceress of the Northern ClansAs a member of the Northern Clans, Breena spent most of the first half of her life in isolation from the rest of the world. As a wizard, she served an important role in her clan. The Clanspeople rely on magic to survive in the harsh north: It provides warmth, it powers their flying halls, it allows them to blast through snowbanks in their path, and it is the linchpin of their tactics for battling Automatons.

But though she had purpose, Breena did not enjoy her life. Breena lived as her ancestors had for the last several thousand years, with no chance of change. Her entire life had been predicted since birth. There were no surprises, no new opportunities, nothing to challenge her mind.

All that changed when Yarnig Tor Lannis convinced the Marg clan to join the rest of humanity in battling the reborn Old Gods. Breena was among those assigned to aid the southerners in their fight.

Breena found herself exposed to sights and experiences she had never imagined. Even in their ruined state, the cities of the south were wonders the likes of which she had never imagined.

She was also exposed to the sheer terror of doing battle with humanity’s most ancient foes. She nearly died when the Old Gods cornered and massacred her force in the Mannall Range. Those cold, frightened days of fleeing through the mountains until they escaped the barrier had a profound effect on Breena. She became fascinated by the barrier, and determined to understand it.

Breena spent the next several months on Tyzu, as far from the life she had led among the Clans as possible, where she studied the Old Gods’ barrier. Eventually, she had a breakthrough that helped facilitate the pivotal strike on Tallatzan Ziggurat and change the course of the war.

This earned Breena a reputation as a brilliant innovator, but her newfound fame didn’t go to her head. She remains a shy and humble woman who stumbles over her own words when in the presence of luminaries like Leha.

Breena, sorceress of the Northern ClansWhen the war concluded, Breena returned to her life among the Clanspeople, but her mind often wanders south. She remembers the diverse peoples, new ideas, and exotic foods she encountered while working with the southerners. The Clanspeople teach that your family and your clan are your life, your entire identity, and Breena does not complain about her lot, but deep down, she wishes for more.

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Children of the Gods Character Bio: Prince Tyrom

WARNING: By necessity, this will contain some significant spoilers for Rage of the Old Gods. There will not be any spoilers for Children of the Gods.

Tyrom (tie-rahm):

“Our pride is all we have left.”

Prince Tyrom is the young ruler of Pira, the last remnant of the Jansian Empire. Though his title is prince, he is the sole monarch of the nation. The title is a relic of the old days of Jansia, where each province was ruled by a prince. No kings were permitted to threaten the authority of the emperor.

Tyrom, prince of PiraTyrom lives every day under the crushing weight of history. Jansia once dominated all of Barria, but now Pira is one of the least influential human nations. His overriding goal in life is to ensure his people do not lose their pride.

But recent events have brutally humbled the Piran people. When the Automatons revolted, Pira was all but destroyed, its ancient history and culture ground to dust beneath metallic feet.

Tyrom had the choice of saving his people’s lives and fleeing to the coastal islands, where the machines could not pursue, or preserving their dignity and fighting to the bitter end. For some, this might have been an easy choice, but for the Pirans, losing one’s dignity is almost worse than death.

Ultimately, Tyrom chose retreat, but it was a crushing blow to his people’s identity, and by extension, to Tyrom. This sense of humiliation was only worsened when they discovered that the other human nations had been fighting and dying to free the world of machine rule while he and his people cowered in their island shanty towns.

Tyrom’s every thought goes to restoring his people’s faith in themselves. He has refused most offers of aid from the rest of the world, and he has prioritized the reconstruction of landmarks such as his palace. He does this not out of personal vanity, but because he knows his people need something to inspire them.

Tyrom tries his best to be the Piran ideal. He is a handsome man, with flawless skin and jet black hair, and he dresses and grooms impeccably. He has studied song since boyhood, and in addition to being Pira’s monarch, he is also one of its most accomplished singers, with a voice capable of moving one to the heights of joy or the depths of sorrow.

Tyrom, prince of PiraBut Tyrom knows none of his efforts can ever hope to give the Piran people back what they’ve lost. Before the war, Pira was but a pale shadow of old Jansia, and now Pira is just a pale shadow of what it was before the war.

Now, war is brewing again, and Pira bears the brunt of the threat. Once again, the Piran people are at risk of losing everything, but this time, Tyrom is determined to fight, to do everything in his power to preserve his ancient culture and its proud heritage.

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