Time for the first character profile for Acts of War II, where I’ll give you some basic information on the major characters from the upcoming novel. If you’re a fan of the Iron Kingdoms and WARMACHINE, you’ll be very familiar with some of these characters (but not all of them). If you’re new to the land of steam and sorcery, these profiles will give you valuable information on the characters and the world they live in.
To kick things off, we’ll start with a character who’s new to the Acts of War series, Llaelese Resistance leader and warcaster Ashlynn d’Elyse.
Name: Ashlynn d’Elyse
Resume: warcaster, master swordsman, battle leader in the Llaelese Resistance, part-time mercenary
Signature Weapon: Nemesis
History: The only daughter of Llaelese noble and renowned master duelist Benoir d’Elyse, Ashlynn was destined to be a great warrior and swordsman like her father. When her arcane abilities manifested, she earned a place at the Royal Arcane Academy, and became one of Llael’s few warcasters.
Her full potential as a warcaster was realized on the front lines when Khador invaded Llael, and she quickly became known among her enemies and allies as a fearsome warrior and battle leader. The execution of her father and many other nobles after the fall of the capitol city of Merywyn only made her more determined and ruthless.
When Cygnar withdrew its aid and Llael fell, Ashlynn fought on, offering her services as a mercenary to fund a growing rebellion. The Resistance has long been a thorn in the side of the Khadoran occupiers, and Ashlynn d’Elyse and her warcaster abilities are behind much of the damage caused by the Llaelese freedom fighters.
Present: When Cygnar invaded Llael to drive out Khador under their new king Julius Raelthorne, the Resistance was not a large part of their plans. Much of this was because of the Resistance’s relationship with the Protectorate of Menoth, a nation of zealots whose interests often put them at odds with Cygnar. Ashlynn resents Cygnar’s invasion of her lands and sees them as only slightly better than the Khadoran occupiers they are attempting to remove. She and the Resistance fight on, against Khador and any who would stand in the way of a free Llael.
Check out the first book in this Acts of War series, Flashpoint, if you haven’t already. You can get a digital version of the book at 25% off from the Skull Island eXpeditions website by entering the code ACTSOFWAR1 at check out.
A character I can admire. Nice writeup.
I’ve wanted to see Ashlynn featured in our fiction for over a decade! I’m really glad we found a meaningful way to get her involved. Make her awesome so we can do a spinoff… 🙂
No pressure. 😉