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House Arelius is an ancient and well-respected monarch faction who once ruled over half of the Rosegold Continent before the recent assassination of their Monarch, Tiberian Arelius.


Locations

Main branch on Rosegold. The Arelius clan held most of the Rosegold continent, up until recent death of Arelius Monarch Tiberian Arelius. The Arelius family has also branched out to every continent, most relevant to the plot is the Ashwind Continent (see Ashwind History) and specifically the Blackflame Empire.

“House Arelius used to rule over most of the Rosegold continent, before the tragic death of the Monarch Tiberian Arelius only eight years ago. But his descendants are still a force to be reckoned with, leaving branches on every continent! (Uncrowned, ch 16)

Founder Ozmanthus

  • Ozmanthus Arelius— historic founder / patriarch of the clan.
  • Developed the famous Arelius legacy senses, see Bloodline Abilities
  • After he ascended he accepted the role of Reaper for the Abidan and the name Ozriel.

Ozmanthus Tiberian Merethian Arelius - The Founder and First Patriarch of House Arelius who created the bloodline ability, the god-killer Penance, and the Reaper’s Scythe. A virtuoso soulsmith. He mastered the Labyrinth to a large degree. He rose to Monarch rank. Several thousand years ago he ascended and became an unofficial Abidan Judge called the Reaper Ozriel.

Famous Bloodline Ability

“I have a thousand eyes and ten thousand ears.
I know everything that happens within range of
my spirit, so as soon as an enemy starts to move,
I simply step aside. It's like fighting the blind.”
(Soulsmith)

Genetic descendants of Ozmanthus Arelius inherit the famous Arelius Senses. These much-coveted Bloodline Abilities were originally developed by the House Founder and First Patriarch, Ozmanthus Arelius. This inheritance provides an invisible web of detection madra that surrounds the sacred artist for a distance, gathering information of all sorts. The stronger the artist, the further the distance. Miles and miles even.

The trait manifests itself as enhanced awareness, giving the user the ability to sense sights, sounds and smells that they would not be able to with their normal senses. The strength varies from person to person with the most powerful inheritors using their enhanced senses to perceive so much information that they are able to predict action before it happens.

"People in a million fascinating variations swirled and eddied around him, and even with his mind fixed elsewhere, he felt them all...To his left, a ladder tilted fractionally; it would tip over in a moment, and the man balanced on it would have to use sacred arts to right himself. Eithan pressed one finger against it, pushing it back into balance." - Page 64 Soulsmith

Arelius v Arelius

At the 18th Uncrowned King Tournament, Altavian Arelius duels Yerin Arelius, blindfolded.

Arelius versus Arelius...this arena had been designed with their bloodline abilities in mind. The close square pillars would block sight and make hearing unreliable, so spiritual perception and Arelius bloodline senses would be the best way to navigate the fight. And Eithan had forced her to complete his spiritual perception course. Had he known, even then, that they would be in this situation? Yerin gave him a wary look from the side. If he had anticipated this far ahead, then she should be a little afraid of him. He kept looking to the center of the arena, but leaned to the side to speak to her. “Good thing we trained your perception, isn't it? This could have been awkward.” Yerin relaxed. Sometimes she forgot Eithan was only human. (Uncrowned, ch 16)

Current Family Members

Eithan Arelius —- Lindon’s teacher

Monarch Tiberian Arelius

Tiberian Arelius -- Died several years before series begins. A good Monarch, killed by his neighboring ruler on the Rosegold Continent, lion monarch Reigan Shen. Against the advice of his advisor, Eithan Arelius, Tiberian approached Shen with a plan and information on how to destroy the dreadgods. The ambitious lion plans to use that information to become the only world-wide ruler. He keeps the remnant of Tiberian in his void key, to use as a weapon (see Reaper).

The Arelius Sage

Sage of a Thousand Eyes, Cladia Arelius, aka The Oracle Sage —- She manifested the Oracle Icon. Her Overlady Revelation was similar to Eithan’s: I see. She has the Arelius madra-webbing, information-gathering bloodline ability.

“The Sage of a Thousand Eyes can see you anywhere I can.”
So Lindon had heard correctly earlier. He looked back at the
woman who looked like she might have been Eithan’s mother.
The Oracle Sage, or the Sage of a Thousand Eyes, hadn’t
been active since the death of her Monarch. (Wintersteel)

Cladia is an older woman. She has grey-blond hair and blue eyes. Relaxed, amused. When Reigan Shen killed Tiberian, she nearly died too, and was thought dead by some, but she appeared alive and well during the Uncrowned King Tournament. She lives in the Arelius homeland on Rosegold. Her home is scripted, secret, hidden underground, but the land has been destroyed by Shen, the countryside covered in ash. Cladia is on friendly terms with Eithan at the Uncrowned King Tournament. As the Arelius Sage, she takes him back to their Rosegold home for supposed training, when he makes it to the semi-final round of eight contenders. He advances to Overlord just before they sit for dinner (Wintersteel ch 7)

Veris & Altavian Arelius

Veris and Altavian Arelius are cousins on the Arelius homeland, the Rosegold continent. They are about 30ish years old, with blonde hair and blue eyes. They competed at the 18th Uncrowned King Tournament, in Uncrowned, book 7. Eithan calls them “cousin” although his precise relationship with them isn't clear.

Jumping out of nowhere wasn’t nearly as satisfying when the other party could feel you coming. “Cousin Veris, a pleasure to see you again. I’m afraid I don’t have too much time, I just thought I’d make a request of your House. Could you perhaps consider not giving me a prize?”. (Uncrowned, ch 18)

Veris Arelius - Underlady who competed in Uncrowned King Tournament and lost to Eithan. At Eithan’s request (via Oracle Sage), she gave her award to Wei Shi Lindon — an elixir that strengthens his iron-forged body. (See Iron body). “This is a reward for your hard work so far,” Veris continued, “but we also consider this an investment. House Arelius needs allies now more than ever, and we hope we can count on your loyalty.”
Altavian Arelius - Underlord. Cousin to Veris. He competed in 18th Uncrowned King Tournament and lost to a blindfolded Yerin. (Uncrowned, ch 16). At Eithan’s / Cladia’s request, he gave Yerin Arelius his award, Diamond Veins elixir. See Magical Items


Descriptive scene where Yerin meets Altavian and Veris:

In the brightly tiled and decorated hallways leading to their waiting room, Yerin and Eithan ran into the House Arelius team. If that was a coincidence, Yerin would eat her sword. Veris Arelius, the remaining Underlady, was the House Arelius woman they had met during the second round. She was tall and long-limbed, with blue eyes that shone like a sharpened blade and yellow hair tied into a braid. Yerin had never seen Veris’ partner in the flesh before, but she'd looked up dream tablets on House Arelius since the last round. Altavian Arelius was in his early thirties, and his blond hair was almost white. He stood as tall as Lindon but not as broad, with legs built for running and arms for reach. The sword on his back was twice the length of Yerin’s, and his Goldsigns were his razor-sharp nails. He was a sword artist who specialized in Enforcer techniques; in her dream tablet, she'd seen him cut through three individual opponents in a row during the second round. Altavian's blue eyes were as peaceful as a lake on a windless day, and he looked as calm as though he walked around in a meditative trance. He bowed when he saw her, but otherwise said nothing. (Uncrowned, ch 16)



Ashwind Family Branch

Cassias Arelius - A member of the Blackflame branch of House Arelius. Truegold. His father Gaien is the aging Truegold Patriarch and Cassias was on track to become the branch's Patriarch, before resigning that position to Eithan in order to marry Naru Jing, a member of the Blackflame Empire's Imperial Clan. On (mostly) good terms with Eithan, and protective and friendly towards Lindon and Yerin.

Adopted by Arelius

Yerin Arelius - An Overlord Herald. She was only Lowgold when adopted into the Blackflame branch by Eithan Arelius, after the death of her master the Sword Sage. She first meets Eithan in book 2, Soulsmith.

Wei Shi Lindon Arelius - An Overlord Sage who was originally adopted into the Blackflame branch as an Iron, mentored by Eithan Arelius. See book 2, Soulsmith.

Bargain to Restore House Arelius

In Wintersteel, Reigan Shen is at the Uncrowned King Tournament, waiting to see who will win and hedging his bets. He is aware that the arrow Penance could be used to kill him, so he doesn’t want his enemies to win the tournament. After Eithan defeats the Nine Cloud contender Sha Miara in only nine seconds, (see 18th Uncrowned King Tournament) Shen begins to fear that he might win the Tournament, so he makes a deal with him to throw the next match.

Bargaining Begins
“This need not be a long process,” the Monarch said. “Tell me
what you want, so that I may give it to you.”

Eithan stopped himself short of saying “Your head on a platter.”
Not only would it set the wrong tone, it wasn’t what he wanted.
If Reigan Shen didn’t die to a new generation of Monarchs
raised by Eithan, that would be the real tragedy.
|source=-Wintersteel, ch 10)

A bargain is struck: If Eithan will throw the match, Shen will send Rootfather Garrylondryth, a green dragon Herald who heals nature, to restore the war-torn Arelius homeland. He will also pay a billion scales to House Arelius and lend one year of protection from his own Herald, Yushi. He will also ensure evacuees from the Blackflame Empire are allowed safe passage when the Dreadgods attack. He will give Eithan his soul forge, kept in a void key. And new clothes. (Wintersteel ch 10)

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