Kinda long post ahead, it’s very choppy and missing details, but hopefully this answers your questions! Not sure if I could have added a ‘read more’/break here, couldn’t find any options for it. I’m not good at writing either, so apologies for any skipping around or confusion. X:
1. There will be a negative pull between Kurai and the Eclipse because the curse that is housed in the Eclipse and burrowed in Kurai will oppose being moved far from the Eclipse or Kurai. The pull is similar to trying to pry apart two magnets. Only Kurai will notice and sense this, and it won’t be pleasant.
No, Kurai does not die straight away. Instead, the curse must work itself into his vitals. In his case, it focuses more on his heart and lungs, but has an overall impact on his health that causes him to loose much of his strength after some time. I don’t like to put out numbers, but it takes months for Kurai to become visually ill to the average passerby. He hides it well.
I have results where Kurai does live, but I’m not keen on many of the routes, and many are way out of Kurai’s character.
2. During a planned battle, he killed five of his own men in a frenzy onslaught that resulted in extreme debates and being sent to the House as a final solution. If asked about the event, Kurai would only be able to tell of a few events that took place before, but none during. The reason behind it is entirely schemed and controlled by a soldier that was once under his command (albeit reluctantly.)
Kurai was Vladimir’s ‘sacrificial crane’ (the country’s sigil) in a fantastical way. Kurai is an Arch, a race finding its home far, far north of Vladimir’s capitol city. Being this strange, exotic, and even more far from the usual, winged, people saw him as their crane. Archs are known for their frame and wings. He was expected to present himself winged during ceremonies to ‘awe’ onlookers and give them more of a reason to respect and support him. Kurai didn’t much care for being pushed into the open, but he was bound by contract (contracts are taken seriously in Vladimir), so must please its residents.
He was not the first Arch to find themself in Vladimir’s fighting ranks, but was more bold in confronting the Senate about the war making itself north. This fact does not settle well with the Archs, and some would leave their homeland to fight for Vladimir, assuming they were the winning force in the war and help keep the war south. To strike a deal, the Senate made a promise to keep the war south if Kurai fought for Vladimir. A blood contract was signed and he was trained and readied for war. From there he climbed ranks and landed himself in the position of General after the previous was killed.
In the light of the five soldiers’ deaths came a slew of events that shook some of the already uneasy foundation of the Senate and even the Queen herself. There were a lot of rumors about Kurai and the Queen being rather close, and those that were opposed of Kurai escaping the death sentence also viewed her negatively by association. Galek, the soldier that oversaw much of the events took advantage of the chaos and was promoted to General without much hesitation. He was and is backed by powerful and influential people, and he is able to carry himself quite well.
The events that took place before the bloodshed are known by very few. Galek’s scheme was rather prosaic and dry, but wildly risky, so was very rigid on who was welcomed into his secret circle, who he fooled, and who he threatened. To keep himself more or less away from suspicion he worked as the puppeteer and planner. He did not partake in the immediate events that caused such a storm, though he did certainly push the pieces in place. Those that posed even the slightest risk went missing quickly. In times of war, it was easy to blame the enemy.
One soldier, a general’s guard, was reeled into Galek’s scheme by force. He went missing on his own after committing the ‘final’ act of Galek’s primary plan to remove Kurai from high status.
There’s a lot that happens in the ‘inbetweens’ of things, but I tried to keep it short.