"A rain of blood for a dirge of sword, this is the melody of my blade..."
There are three major opponent guilds/organizations in the Shredded Lands: The Crimson Eyes (a sect of zealots), The Dark Blades (the main and oldest/most powerful guild of assassins) and the Ghost Hand (various criminal activities including racket, drugs, prostitution, kidnapping and artefacts trafficking...). This is the last one, Sylven is ruling for 10 years now (as an Half-Elf it is quite difficult to know his real age, though it is usually believed that he his between 25 and 30-year old). Most of my characters had to meet him during their missions or trips and most of the time it meant Sylven got a new enemy... He particularly hates Lune, Griever (however they were used to work together sometimes... I guess he just can't stand for the Draemnoth awful character...) and the mercenary Xynmiz who totally ruined one of his most ambitious operations... Concerning Azelior the Thief, the only person who managed to enter and steal documents in the organization headquarters, he has mixed feelings toward him: of course, he is a bit pissed of but admires the young Dökkálfar talent... And obvisouly, Sylven will be really happy to count as his foes the last Nephileïm, Ereshkidal.
He is an awesome fighter (he is left-handed), using a three-bladed sword (yep, the hilt is also a blade, and despite its general look, this weapon is indeed a sword, with two edges on the blade, and not a sabre), nevertheless it is admitted that he prefers to talk and find a compromise instead of killing... He is really reflective and self-possessed and doesn't like to kill that much, he considers that "the right place for a blade is its sheath", but when the negotiations fail, he has no mercy. Not only the fact he is good with a sword (by the way he also collect swords and blades, appreciating them as art objects, though he uses few of them) but he is one of the most talented Elementalists, related to both Air... and Light (quite surprising for a criminal) and as a "strange" hobby which is woodworking, most of all wood carving and cabinetmaking. He is a living paradox, full of contraditions: he hates women (yeah, he is a terrible misogynist because of a particular event of his childhood) but he is amazingly protective with Kael, the lady working as a sniper and leader of the artefacts trafficking in the Ghost Hand, he always try to prevent his henchmen from killing civilian people but when one of those people become an enemy, he would kill or torture them with no regret... Many persons are used to call him the "Executioner with an angel face".
Despite his composure, he can also be a bit... foolhardy... Encroaching on the Dark Blades prerogative for murders does not appears as a danger for him... Actually he doesnt take care of his own life, his whole existence just disgusts him: he has no precise memory till he was 10-year-old (this particular memory is still haunting him...), an orphan living in the streets, eating tainted and spoilt food, escaping from older criminals and tramps, finally taken in by Shandkarr, a Varen, his present mentor, who taught him everything he had to know to become strong and survive (he almost worships this "man", extremely grateful for gving him a real life, even if it full of blood and crime). He also suffers of haemolacria (he shed tears of blood, this syndrome actually exists, but I won't use the real causes), something his mentor and lieutenants have always found very strange... Indeed this is related with the mix of blood in his veins, just as the nightmares haunting his nights, preventing him from a restorative sleep, making him afraid of slowly going insane...
Sylven only believes in his relatives, his five most loyal lieutenants, and his mentor. He knows treason and disappointment enough to be very carefulf. Maybe he is just a bit... too naive... like his mother...
Just a little point: Kael is the only one allowed (and able) to cut his hair. Once she was in mission, he asked Zeryn (the man in charge of all the administrative work, relations with the authorities and information)... Never again... :D
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