[The Rotborn Warrior]
Zareh is one of the highest ranking fighters in the Empire, not ranked much lower than the Frightful Trinity, in the same class as them, and is one often seen at the frontline during fights. He is a lot older than his appearance suggests, though his true age is unknown. He has been with the Empire for a long time, longer than they have been an Empire, having joined during their Bubbling Pit days in the Blacksand Annex, though his stay, due to him being more of a traveler, wasn’t intended to be permanent. The fact he seemed needed after a while coerced him into staying with them for the time being. And now, he can’t see himself permanently leaving them, though he does still leave from time to time to ease his wanderlust. He has never been one to stay in one area for long periods of time without moving around, ever since he lost his original home.
He was born in a small village in the Abiding Boneyard, on the edge of Rotrock Rim, where the dragons were few, but strong. He learned early on that the reason his mother wasn’t around was due to the fact that she was the Plaguebringer Herself. So in the beginning, he’s known his true parentage and has done what he can over the years to prove that he is a worthy son of hers. It may or may not have put a little bit of pressure on him as a kid, though he didn’t let that get to him too much, nor did he use it to his advantage.
Needless to say, he was only one of three in the village that survived a nasty Shade assault that tore it completely apart one fateful morning. He and the other two, one of which was an old Imperial named Keifer, and the other a bright red Wildclaw named Sata (who Zareh himself had to kill later on due to a betrayal that nearly resulted in the death of a hatchling) banded up together afterwards, on a journey that, at the time, likely didn’t have an end, to hunt down creatures of the Shade to help the world overall. They gathered many allies in the end, including a dragon who ended up being Zareh’s Charge, a female Guardian named Ida.
Eventually though, it all did come to an end after they bit off more than they could chew, which resulted in the death of almost all of the dragons that had gathered in this one large pack. Zareh, a male Guardian named Yukikaze, and a female Wildclaw named Vasska were the only ones to survive, though Ida, due to not being involved since she was taking care of hatchlings of her own and another dragon’s, also didn’t perish. Until he reunited with the two other survivors later, Zareh, due to him waking up first and dragging himself out, thought he had been the only one to survive the attack, same with Ida once he had told her what had happened. The two traveled together, away from that, once Zareh was recovered enough to make a longer journey, eventually having kids of their own, though they never considered themselves mates, at least not for long. He doesn’t know where any of them are, same with Ida’s first, original kids, but he does hope they’re alive and well. Not only that, but Ida herself had also gone missing years and years ago, and Zareh only knows she’s still alive due to her being his Charge. He knows that he’d get consequences if she died, and due to the lack of those, he knows she’s still out there.
He doesn’t actively hunt Shade creatures in the way he used to, though he still keeps an eye and ear out for Shade happenings so he can go and hunt things down. He is still a Shade Hunter, definitely, but he only seems to track down creatures that have been doing a lot of damage, and he doesn’t travel constantly in search for them. He also used to be hateful towards anything Shade related, though now, he does know that there are Shade possessed/tainted beings who aren’t harmful or very harmful, so he does his best to keep an open mind about it. Even then though, there’s no harm in being wary.
He was born with some of the markings that adourn his body, the wing, eye, and neck markings, to be precise. The rest of the markings are tattooing and jewelry, to enhance his natural look overall. The end result does tend to make him look a little intimidating, especially considering his scars, though he doesn’t mind much. He does like the edge it gives him.
His body is also littered with scars, from the years of traveling and fighting, the most notable being the one that passes over one of his eyes (which thankfully didn’t affect his vision) and a burn scar that covers a lot of his right back leg, rendering the whole thing sensitive, even the untouched skin/scales. He’s very proud of his scars, for they are proof of what he has gone through, proof of the fact that he’s a survivor, something that most Plague dragons would take pride in. Insulting his scarred appearance is one of the quickest ways to incite his temper and lose his respect, second only to insulting/talking bad about his Mother. He does not take insults to his heritage well, and doing either of the above things is insulting his heritage as far as he’s concerned. Questioning his loyalty is another way to get him riled up easily.
Those and his muscular build make him quite a sight, especially in battle. He’s also an experienced and strong fighter, hard to take down and very good at taking others down. He’s one of the individuals involved in battles that tends to get multiple enemies on him at once, due to how much of a threat he is known to be, despite the fact that it’s rare for him to wear armour heavier than light. He’s also one of the individuals who leads groups if the fighters need to separate.
He’s devoted, loyal, and even though he’s not as hot-tempered as he was in his youth, he still isn’t hard to anger overall. Angering him is not suggested, for he’s known to get quite irrational and impulsive when angered enough, and that’s a thing that will likely never change. He is also definitely the type to hold grudges, and in addition he has a good memory, so anything done against him will likely never be forgotten. He also is serious for the most part, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a sense of humor, for he does, though it’s hard to coax out of him sometimes.
He still does travel and move about, of course, so he’s often not seen in the Empire for days on end. A lot of his being gone does have to do with his Hunting, though other times he just travels and moves about just to do that, to keep from staying in one place for too long. It’s not common to see him wandering or walking the streets of the city, since he usually spends a lot of time with the other fighters when he’s not somewhere else entirely. However, it’s also not a rare sight for others to see him in one of the taverns at night, for that is the kind of place he enjoys relaxing in, though sparring with others is oddly relaxing to him as well.