Name: Aen Aeswalt
Head Title: Knight Justice
Other titles: The Instant Death, The Unbreakable Soul, The Hand from Afar, The Shield of The Kingdoms
Relevant Faction(s): The Royal Knights of The Old Kingdom of Reinen (Lord Knight Class)
Race/State: Human/Largely Unaltered
Age: Approx 1,300 by the beginning of Woodcastle
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 70 kg
Original series: The Courts Divided
Primary Magics and Abilities:
Aen is incredibly well-studied and practiced in the “shadow weight” style of force projection magic. While this is most often used for barrier-craft for the sake of defense, it has also been employed to vicious applications in creating repulsing forces along a thin section of space. Opponents of Aen have been surprised when he would speak a few words, only to be assaulted by the direct physical force of a disembodying cut. He’s such a savant at this magic that he has been able to use it for myriad uses, from creating climbable platforms, to arresting foes by forming a prism of space around them.
A second spellcraft he excels at is Sanguimancy, mimicking Order in that way. Despite the gruesome appearance of its use, he cannot deny the practicality of reforming his body, even to the point of his mind, in the event that his spirit isn’t destroyed and cast from the plane of existence he’s fighting on – why yes, it is as cool as it sounds.
Personality and life:
Aen was a special boy in the moral measure. As a child growing up among the clan spaces of the now budding kingdom of Ragnivan, he was the oft-humored talk of the towns that he and his merchant family frequented.
The matter with Aen was that he held such an exceptional sense of honesty and legalism that it would commonly drive his family, his father especially, right out of their minds.
An alert and studious boy, Aen was keen to learn the most accurate pricing for everything the family sold in their covered wagon, the problem being that he would never use this to his advantage. Regularly he would catch overpriced offers made by his father, correcting him on the value of a sale just seconds before it was made, and almost always with the buyer in front of them. This, understandably, led to more than a few lost sales once the buyers learned of what something was really worth, which led to the rather spurious task upon his family to find various things to distract him from his overtly honest deal dashing.
Aen’s parents enrolled him in a charter school in Frau, a new academic town of low import. It was their understanding if their boy could not be a good merchant, then he could at least be an academic, and perhaps even a certified mage. It just so happened that around this time Lord Knight Order had in fact set her sights on the town as a vacationing destination for some years by this point, preferring the mild, warm climate and workable soil for her gardening, paired alongside the quiet nature of the people there.
The two of them met there during a seasonal festival, which brings into focus his other notable trait: Aen was, from a very, very young age, helplessly obsessed with The Royal Knights of Reinen.
Seeing such a high-ranking knight visit during the warm seasons, Aen’s love for the chivalrous code of The Knights drove him to antics of such embarrassing qualities that Order, a person that appreciates her space, let alone a woman, began to push back vigorously on his constant visits to her manor, which at times bordered on breaking and entering. Aen did win out in the end, however, as Order realized what the young man saw in her.
She was the first knight he had ever met, and in her he saw the noble hope of not only his country and people, but a way of life entirely apart from the material-possessed lower masses of the common people.
It turned out that Aen never thought of himself as the heroic material that The Knights call out for in their sparse recruitment efforts. In fact, Aen was under the impression that recruitment was only opened to the children of nobles and those with exceptional talent. Despite this not being the case, Order assured him that he did, in fact, have great talent, simply in an area that is not often celebrated.
Aen was not fit, mind-bendingly dense, and ill-educated after several bad relationships with his teachers. Even so, Order realized she was dealing with a knight of the absolute-highest caliber, on the justification of his willpower alone. She recommended the idea of knighthood to the boy after an especially drawn-out discussion on Rayda’s plan for Reinen, as well as that of the human race.
Reassured in her suspicions, Order recommended the idea in an officially-worded letter to the dean of Aen’s school who, with the utmost respect given to her forming the first two paragraphs of his response, left the final line with his answer:
“In regards to the young Mister Aeswalt, only a man like Rayda could find a place for him to be of use.”
At that, Aen alerted his shocked but overjoyed parents at the decision, and he set out to Reinen with Order at the end of the warm season to Reinen, which was just as warm, but was tightly packed under the Planar Sphere’s warming embrace.
The rest, historians might say, is history.
Kindled endlessly with an enthusiasm of living up to King Rayda’s standard for a “self-defining human life”, Aen utterly crushed his academic and magical tests starting as soon as the first semester of his attendance to the academy of the Knightholds.
It was there that his now years-long relationship with Order came in great hand to him, for despite their separate and consuming businesses, Aen was always keen to make time, early or late, to hunt her down with questions.
Before long, he excelled in every area befitting a knight: an outspoken, legalist lad transformed into a man capable of cripplingly powerful magic… who was also just as peculiarly legalist as he was a boy.
Nearly a hundred years down the line, at the ripe old age of ninety eight, Aen was dubbed by Rayda himself with the knightly title of Justice, in reference to his at times obscene uprightness, balanced and eased with his constant, considerate tenderness toward his fellow man.
He served loyally and capably near the tail end of the insatiably long Extermination Wars, earning him a high rank among The Knights and consideration as a fellow to even the Millennium Knights, who considered him a fun person to be around, if only for them to derive more humor from the peculiar way he saw the world if not his infectious can-do energy.
Hobbies and Interests:
-Drama, particularly musicals
-History about The Royal Knights
-Philosophy, with a seemingly unfitting preference towards stoicism
-Common people, their problems, and interests
-A loyal and tender relationship with both Knight Order and King Rayda, at times bordering on dependency
-Probably the best “all around” liked member among The Knights. He’s appreciated most everywhere he shows up, be it for a genuine appreciation for his attitude, or the derivation of humor from his notable “squareness”.
-That’s actually it. He doesn’t get very close to most people.