Heirs to Shadow
Like others of her kind Kalen Ra has a powerful calling to the life of a paladin. She formed an alliance of den guardianship with the Atar dragonborn early in the formation of that clan. Over time her writings and philosophy began to draw in seekers of truths, and so the order of the genesis flames grew around her.
The order gives her an outlet for stimulating conversation and philosophy. It also gives her superb childcare – with a guarantee that her ideals will be passed on to her young – after all their teachers consider them sacred. The monks found a profound truth in her words, using them to develop powers that required a mind, body and soul in synch. She found them useful out in the world in ways her proud dragonborn paladins could not be. They were stealthy and quick, perceptive and could easily travel unnoticed. Unarmoured and weaponless they were non-threatening ambassadors that could nonetheless defend themselves ably.
Kalen Ra is a magnificent shining dragon in her true form. She enjoys her spas and being groomed by her monks. She likes the jewellery they adorn her with, and the gems they collect for her to eat. She likes to spend time redesigning her lair, and discussing philosophy, though most of her time is still spent out in battle. Her humanoid form is that of an old human paladin, with dark skin, grey-white hair braided with gold thread, and golden armour.
Her mate’s name is Auriel. He spends time at the monastery only to fulfil his fatherly duties with the eggs and hatchlings (and very occasionally to make use of the grooming facilities). Auriel prefers to spend time at his own lair, or out fighting at Kalen Ra’s side. The monks title him ‘Revered Sire’ and show him great respect. He is not always at ease with the presumption of the monks – scrambling all over the lair, fondling the eggs; he finds them disrespectful.
Abbess Hofiba is very beloved to Kalen Ra – she knows the dragon’s wishes often before Kalen Ra knows them herself. The two spend many hours debating, but it only ever feels like a few minutes have passed.
A collection of sayings
- “The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”
- “Give thy ration to thy mount, if the road be long.”
- “What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
- “Hope clouds observation.”
- “Any road followed precisely to its end leads precisely nowhere.”
- “Find your courage in a desperate moment, and you turn the tide of history.”
- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit”
- “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation”
- “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness”
- “The only thing I know is that I know nothing”
- “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things”
- “Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative”
- “Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire”
- “If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.”
- “They who stop being better stop being good.”
- “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.”
- “It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.”
- “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”
- “Justice is truth in action.”
- “It is right to give everyone their due”
- “Justice delayed is justice denied.”
- “The safety of the people shall be the highest law.”
- “No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.”