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Claudia is the daughter of Viren and Lissa, and the younger sister of Soren. She is a mage, albeit a practitioner of dark magic, under the tutelage of her father.

Appearance

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Claudia has grass green eyes, a fair skin complexion, rosy cheeks and lips, thick eyebrows, as well as a long nose. Her black hair reaches past her waist and shades off into a purple hue at its tips. Her attire consists of a black and dark gray collared suit adorned with golden accents, black trousers, a black and brown belt embellished with a purple stone, and dark gray boots. Additionally, she wears earrings and piercings on both ears, as well as a snake bracelet on her left hand. Claudia chooses to paint her fingernails in a dark purple tone.

After a successful attempt to cure Soren of his paralysis, Claudia gained a white streak in her hair.[2] Due to the heavy use of dark magic while reviving her father, after he had succumbed to fatal wounds, the white part of her hair extended to cover the left side of her head.[3]

Personality

Claudia is an excitable and bubbly teenager with a bright demeanor who is passionate about magic and reading. She likes to joke around with others, especially her brother Soren, and thinks of herself as the "weird" one of the family.[4] Fidgety and prone to expressing herself through physical means, she sometimes manages to confuse people close to her, though they appear used to her mannerisms.[5] Claudia is often perceived as absent-minded and distracted, as she is sometimes unaware of her surroundings. However, Claudia is incredibly cunning and intelligent and has a strong affinity and talent for the practice of dark magic. Her friends or allies are treated with a polite kindness, although she is shown to display a certain level of aggression and distrust for her enemies. In general, Claudia appears to have basic moral values and convictions, though those values are affected and twisted through her father's beliefs of power and control.

Claudia's passion for dark magic overshadows the controversial immorality of harvesting magical creatures as ingredients, causing her to consider them to just be components and tools for spells. Unlike Callum who values the lives of magical creatures, Claudia believes that dark magic makes humans unique and independent, despite their lack of a natural connection to the Primal Sources. Although she seems to have a weakness for cute creatures and felt sorry for capturing Azymondias, she does not hesitate to even use cute critters for her personal gain.[6] Claudia also feels jealous towards elves, as they were born with connections to primal magic, while humans were not, referring to them as "snooty".[7] Regardless of its reputation, dark magic has become a routine part of her life, even being used for making pancakes and hot brown morning potion in her free time.

Although Claudia is generally not an evil person, her naivety has shown to lead her down a path of darkness that is built on loyalty to her family, primarily her father. Years of emotional manipulation by Viren have led to Claudia's worldview being distorted to a point where she is easily manipulated and eager to justify wrong actions, going so far as to lie to herself and attempting to convince others of her father's better nature, despite his otherwise obvious downward spiral. Her moral ground degraded so much that she seemingly no longer cares about anyone other than Viren, perceiving her friends and brother as traitors who sold out to Xadia. She genuinely appears to believe that her father's actions benefit humanity and, since she does not want to lose the only family she has left after losing both her mother and Soren, she is willing to do whatever he wishes. Although she every now and then shows hesitation to obey him, it appears her own will is usually overruled by the foolish belief that her father knows best and would never lie to her.

Claudia can also turn her playfulness into deadly focus when the moment arises.[8]

Just because Claudia seems like a weirdo who's so spaced out she could walk into a stationary object doesn't mean she's not paying attention. She's a naturally talented mage who has learned the intricacies of dark magic well from her proud father, Viren. Perhaps one day she will even surpass him, but until then she's happy to use her skill with the dark arts to make extra fluffy pancakes and prank her brother, Soren.

—Official Description[9]

Skills and Abilities

Claudia possesses a wide span of knowledge regarding the practice of magic, as she is aware of various magical artifacts, such as the Sky Primal Stone, and can quickly determine the magical ingredients necessary to cast dark magic spells.

Magic Mastery

Claudia is a powerful dark mage who proves exceptionally skilled, having the potential to one day even surpass the skills of her father, Viren.[9] With the use of magical artifacts, such as the Sky Primal Stone, or magical ingredients used for dark magic, she can achieve a variety of different effects. However, there are times when she can cast spells without the help of external aids, as some of the dark magic that she has performed in the past has been retained within her body. Claudia can successfully cast two spells with runes and incantations using the Sky Primal Stone:

  • "Aspiro": Incanted in Ancient Draconic, this spell allows Claudia to unleash a strong breath of wind in front of them, pushing people or objects backward.
  • "Fulminis": Incanted in Ancient Draconic, this spell allows Claudia to generate powerful electricity and unleash devastating bolts of lightning at enemies.

When employing dark magic, Claudia incants her spells by speaking backward. She has achieved many feats through the use of this practice:

  • Dancing Flames Spell - "Semalf gnippiks gnipael." ("Leaping skipping flames."): This spell allows Claudia to conjure a small flame that leaps between multiple targets before disappearing. This spell was cast using the essence of an Emberback Spider.[9]
  • Fusing Spell - "Ecnesse ruoy esuf." ("Fuse your essence."): This spell allows Claudia to infuse wisps with the essence of a living being.
  • Grasping Spell - "Nwod meht gard, psarg gnihtirw." ("Writhing grasp, drag them down."): This spell conjures a huge, spectral octopus that will use its tentacle to seize the intended target. It uses the tentacle of an octopus.
  • Healing Spell - "Sbmil eseht ot efil gnirb." ("Bring life to these limbs."): Claudia tries to use this spell to cure Soren of paralysis but failed. The spell requires flower petals and a tad of grasshopper goop.
  • Heating Spell - "Latem eht taeh, hcuot gninrub." ("Burning touch, heat the metal."): This spell heat a weapon's metal.
  • Homing Spell - "Kram ruoy dnif, tlob rekeestraeh." ("Heartseeker bolt, find your mark."): This spell ensures that a projectile never misses its target, no matter the circumstances. It uses the eye of a griffin.
  • Illuminating Spell - : This spell allows Claudia to cast a torch-like light from the palm of her hands, which can then be used to light up a dark area.
  • Revealing Spell - "Cigam rouy laever." ("Reveal your magic."): This spell allows Claudia to discover a magical object's true nature and potential secrets.
  • Slithering Steel[10] - "Mhet dnib leets gnirehtils." ("Slithering steel bind them."): This spell allows Claudia to transform an object into snakes to bind someone. The snakes then morph into chains.
  • Smoky Resurrection Spell - "Srekees ykoms niaga esir, nellaf fo hsa." ("Ash of fallen, rise again smoky seekers."): This spell, using the ashes of deceased Xadian Wolves on a Shadowlife Candle, summon smoky afterimages of the once-alive creatures to do her bidding. The summoned creatures are impervious towards material objects or weapons.
  • Snake Morphing Spell - "Dnibnu leets gnirehtils." ("Slithering steel unbind."): This spell is capable of transforming an object, such as chains, into snakes using the essence of a white powder or a snake's belly.
  • Tracking Spell - "Fle wodahsnoom eht kees." ("Seek the Moonshadow elf."): This spell was used by Claudia to track Rayla using a piece of her hair. It fuses the essence of the target with some wisps to locate it.[9]

While using the corrupted sun staff, Claudia gained access to a dark version of sun magic.

  • "Noctu Igne": This spell conjures and launches an orb of fiery energy at an intended target.
  • "Tenebris Praesidium": This spell allows create a force field of pure energy.

Trivia

  • The name "Claudia" derives from the Latin root "claudus" or "Claudĭus", meaning "lame, crippled, disabled".[11] This could be seen as reflecting the changes in her appearance due to physical corruption from her extreme use of dark magic to heal her brother and resurrect her father.
  • The book Claudia is shown reading in "Echoes of Thunder", Love Amongst the Dragons, is a reference to the fictional play of the same name featured in Avatar: The Last Airbender, a television show Aaron Ehasz worked on previously as a head writer and co-executive. This reference was deliberately put in as a nod to fans of Avatar.[12]
  • Claudia uses dark magic to make extra fluffy pancakes[9] and even invented the "hot brown morning potion", the equivalent of coffee.[13]
  • In early concepts, Claudia and Soren were the same character, but were later split into two separate ones.[14]
  • For her birthday, Claudia loves silly surprise parties. She likes them so much, that she can not stop dropping hints to Soren and her father about how much she would like to be surprised, sometimes letting them know exactly what kind of surprise she had in mind that year. She gets bigger and more ridiculous ideas every year, but she never fails to act surprised when all her dreams come true. Or at least, Viren and Soren think she is acting — it is possible she really did forget.[15]
  • Claudia likes her family, ancient ruins, cute things, and hot brown morning potions. She dislikes lukewarm brown morning potions.[7]
  • Claudia's early hand concept sketches helped explore the visual language of spell casting.[8]

Appearances

Book One - Moon

Book Two - Sky

Book Three - Sun

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