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Soren, a member of the elite Crownguard of Katolis, is a swordsman of immense talent and the youngest member of the Crownguard in history. He is the son of Viren and Lissa, and the older brother of Claudia.[2][3]

Appearance

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Soren has dirty blond hair swept to one side, and dark blue eyes. He wears the silver armor of the Crownguard adorned with gold and black accents. Underneath, he appears to be wearing a gray undershirt and black trousers. He has a good build, and also wears a cape with the insignia of Katolis. Soren always keeps his sword sheathed on his left hip, ready for battle. During his time in Xadia, he temporarily sported a stubble after not shaving for a little while.[4]

Personality

Soren comes off as cocky and brash but also as charming, charismatic, and kind. Although he likes to make fun of Callum for being so bad at sword-fighting, he always means well in the end. This is evident when he allowed Callum to beat him in a sword fight training exercise to impress Claudia. He enjoys making jokes, puns, and teasing others in a light-hearted manner, much to their chagrin. Although he likes having Callum as a combat trainee, what Soren wants the most is to make his father proud and was willing to do his command of killing the princes, make it look like an accident and not telling anyone including Claudia. His clumsiness and dim-witted decisions made things harder for him and Claudia, from betraying the princes and Rayla in the wrong time to provoking Pyrrah the Fire Dragon and getting himself paralyzed. Once he got paralyzed, he gained some humility to free himself from the task of killing the princes and confesses his sister about his secret mission, which she at first refuses to believe, and was willing to settle to be a poet, but he got back to his true personality after Claudia healed him.

Regardless of his immaturity and cocky attitude, Soren has a very strong moral compass, proving unable to be swayed by the manipulations and ambitions of his father, and standing firmly by his belief in the kind of world that he feels that Ezran will help to create. Despite being treated as inferior or even "dumb", Soren was the first to doubt the actions and decisions of his father after Viren had initially ordered him to kill the princes. Over time, he became more reluctant to follow through with his orders but felt troubled coming to terms with his father's true colors, trying to balance his loyalty and his peace of conscience. This distrust eventually culminated in Soren and caused him to bravely abandon his previous alliances and to switch sides in order to serve the royal family as honorable member of the Crownguard, highlighting his selfless loyalty to his kingdom and friends. While he still contained his goofy side, he grew to be a little wiser and more aware of his own decisions and feelings.

Soren is an expert swordsman in the elite group of soldiers tasked with protecting the King of Katolis. He is the eldest son of High Mage Viren, but couldn't be less like his meticulous father. On the outside, Soren is brash and overconfident, but with his sister Claudia, he's a giant goofball. His joke-telling has a long way to catch up with his physical prowess, and unfortunately, the human brain is not a muscle that gets stronger with more squats.

—Official Description[5]

Skills and Abilities

Combatant

As a member of the Crownguard, Soren possesses remarkable sword-fighting skills, making him an extremely skilled warrior in combat. His skills are at such a high caliber, that he is usually tasked with leading troops on missions. Soren's talent came at an early age, with his being the youngest member of the Crownguard in history. Despite this, his talent is sometimes tampered by his tendency towards showboating.

Strategy

As a member of the Crownguard, Soren is skilled in battlefield and siege strategy. He was able to quickly identify the most likely place to keep a heavy, anti-siege weapon in a town he barely knew, and then deployed it.[6] This shows that despite his goofy personality, Soren is quite logical and intelligent in matters about combat and civil security. Additionally, he was the one who devised the plan to smuggle Ezran and Bait out of Katolis along with the assistance of Corvus, Lujanne, Phoe-Phoe, Barius, and Opeli. This again showcases Soren's mind for strategy along with his firm comprehension of routine military surveillance.

Equipment

Sword: Soren is almost always seen armed with his sword. When first facing off against Rayla, he shows an unnecessary display of skill with it, much to Claudia and Rayla's exasperation.

Trivia

  • The name "Soren" means "stern" in Danish[7], which is rather unfitting since his character is pretty laid back.
  • When Viren gives Soren his mission in the episode "Through the Ice", the moment Soren comprehends his father's intent, his eyes can be seen dilating. This is a common physiological response when adrenaline is introduced into the bloodstream.
  • In early concepts, Claudia and Soren were the same character but were later split into two separate ones.[8] During this development phase, a brief designing detour imagined Soren to have black hair and a more intense demeanor, as opposed to his now laid back personality.[9]
  • When creating Soren, the artists sought to balance his expressions between sneering bully and lovable doof.[9]
  • Soren tends to eat a daunting amount of butter.[10]
  • The scar on Soren's eyebrow was caused during an attempt to mimic Corvus's scar, the intention being to shave a line through his eyebrow. However, a mess up resulted in an actual cut and scar.[11]
  • Soren likes pancakes, butter, and his muscles. He dislikes the moon, moths, and magic (especially if it involves something gross).[12]

Appearances

Book One - Moon

Book Two - Sky

Book Three - Sun

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