Name: Areq Datari
Areq is the younger brother of Elandriil Datari by one hatching. Only 8 years of age separate him from his brother and thus, the pair are sometimes assumed to be either twins, or hatch mates. They and their father were amongst the Silvers that left the southern forests to fight in the war for the Keep, known later as Laer Dre Sar’da…The Season of Death…but not to be confused with the actual season of drought on Aerdon. Their father was also the same Silver that died after a final attempt to aide the Black Dragon Emperor and save Yarwin’s wife, daughter and a Mystic Elf known as RuneBard from death at the by a rouge Black while Yarwin himself fought with Thotin, Nargus’ own second in command.
To most people, Areq is brash, hot-tempered…being Silver doesn’t make him necessarily calm natured…and he tends to come off as an arrogant ladies man. That attitude is actually a protective shield, and one that is very thick. There are regular rumors that float around the Keep about his many lovers, which at first suited him fine…until they grew so exaggerated he suddenly had the reputation as a ‘whore’. To make matters worse, the suggestion he didn’t have a great deal of…stamina…was added to the rumor mill…and to top it off, it has been whispered he is a heavy drinker. None of which were true. These are now something of a sore-spot with him and despite his being a Silver, they are just the trip-wires to trigger the Rage in him and quickly.
The first thing noticed about Areq, is unfortunately, his nose. It appears crooked, or to even have a ’notch’ missing from the bridge of it. This IS from an encounter with a female, a Human female with a large, very aggressive, father. The resulting brawl left Areq with a broken nose that never quite healed straight. The second thing is his eyes; they are so dark a green as to almost be black and resemble Black Emeralds in their clarity and color. When enRaged, they tend to glow a truer emerald color, however, as he is a Silver, the Storm that swirls in his soul tend to leave them hazed around the rims, giving them a translucent, frosted appearance.
In addition to his natural ability to form blades and spikes from his own scale in two-legger form, Areq Datari carries an Elven type, curved sword and a short, recurved bow as well as a quiver of arrows. He also generally will have any number of the usual boot, belt and throwing knives with him at any given time. As a Silver, he is able to use lightning or ice as a breath weapons, however, he is also gifted by his goddess and god with the Blacks’ equivalent of the Flame. This gift manifests itself in two ways, either lightning or ice, depending on his intentions and is cast from the hand.
On Areq’s right shoulder blade is the Blackthorn crest, the rampant Black Dragon in a wreath of Black and Silver thorns. It is the bloodmark to not only Araxmarr, but Yarwin as well.
Miscellanea: Areq is one of the few Silvers that makes use of the few pieces of technology that have appeared in the Keep through trades with the Eheiling Narhn. By chance, litterally...by winning a game a dice...Areq acquired a solar powered cd player along with a nice collection of Terran music, of which he enjoys Aerosmith, AC/DC and other artisits from Earth's 20th and 21st century...Hey, its not like Callan can't afford another one...
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Art by Ruth Thompson