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Lord Viren is the High Mage of Katolis, and was King Harrow’s closest adviser. A master of dark magic, Viren knows that any problem can be solved with a “creative solution,” and his clever spells have saved the human kingdoms from disaster. Cunning, ambitious, and bold, Viren has a vision of a great future for humanity, and will go to any length to achieve it.[2] He is the father of Soren and Claudia.

Appearance

Viren is a pale, very tall, thin man with brown hair and grey eyes. He has a neat goatee, dotted with grey. He usually wears an intense expression to all but his children. He dresses in mostly dark grey, black, and red robes. He carries around a long white cane with a purple gem inside the staff head.

When he is possessed with dark magic, Viren's skin turns a pale grey, and there are now markings around his eyes, which have now become entirely black.

Personality

Viren is the High Mage of Katolis, and King Harrow's closest advisor. A master of dark magic, Viren knows that every problem can be solved with a "creative solution," and Viren's clever spells have saved the human kingdoms from disaster. Cunning, ambitious, and bold, Viren has a vision of a great future for humanity, and will go to any length to achieve it.

—Official Description[3]

Viren is very ambitious, intelligent man with a one-track mind and a means-to-an-end attitude. He is not above using underhanded tactics, relying on trickery and deception to further his goals, often found twisting words and circumstances, faking emotions, or exploiting other creatures for their magic. Although he is an expert in manipulation, his actions are often easily discovered as transparent, which he usually responds to with anger and desire for revenge. Despite his negative mindset, he appears to have a soft spot for his children, however, they are not spared entirely, demonstrated when putting pressure on Claudia to choose between dragon prince's egg and Soren's life, as well as tricking his son into harming the princes for his benefit.

He truly seems to want what he believes is best for Katolis and humanity as a whole. He is prepared to get it by any means necessary. However, whenever someone fails to agree with his reasoning, he is eagerly angered. He is extremely arrogant, self-righteous, paranoid, manipulative, cunning and power-hungry, as he is willing to sacrifice anyone who stands in his way of taking control on the war against Xadia, which might started when he convinced Harrow to kill a Magma titan under the belief for this action to be the only solution to an age of famine inside the human kingdoms. In his mind, he believes Xadia rightfully belongs to humanity and anyone who doesn't share his point-of-view is nothing less than as traitor.

Skills and Abilities

Magic Mastery

As the High Mage of Katolis, Viren is an expert in magic, especially dark magic.

When employing dark magic, Viren incants his spells by speaking backward. However, the more often he uses these spells, his body begins to change in appearance:

  • Fusing Spell - "Ecnesse ruoy esuf." ("Fuse your essence."): This spell infused the wisps with the essence of a Magma titan's rock.
  • Silencing Spell - "Eciov eht laets." ("Steal the voice."): This spell was casted by Viren with the paw of a Xadian animal. It allows Viren to silence Callum and take away his voice.
  • Smoky Assassins - "Snissassa yekoms niaga esir, nellaf fo hsa." ("Ash of fallen, rise again smoky assassins."): This spell, using the ashes of fallen Moonshadow elf assassins on a blood candle, allows Viren to summon smoky afterimages of the once-alive elven assassins that follows his commands.
  • Soul Trapping Spell - "Erasaert ym si luos ruoy." ("Your soul is my treasure."): This spell was casted by Viren, who used it to seal Runaan within a small gold coin. This spell allows Viren to trap someone within an object and contain them within it. It is chanted in repetition to take effect.
  • Tracking Spell - "Natit amgam eht kees." ("Seek the Magma titan."): This spell was casted by Viren to track a Magma titan using a piece of its rock body. The spell caused the wisps to be charged with energy then launched in the direction of the ingredient's origin.

He is also able to successfully perform sky magic with the aid of a Sky Primal Stone:

  • "Aspiro frigis": This spell was casted by Viren with the assistance of a Primal Stone to immobilize Thunder in a wave of ice.

Manipulation

After the assassination of King Harrow, Viren convinced the people of Katolis that the elves of Xadia are their true enemies, lied to Amaya that Gren would look for Callum and Ezran, and subtly told Soren and Claudia that they must do everything they can to take back the Dragon Prince's egg, including murdering the princes or sacrificing each other.

Equipment

Staff: Viren is not the first human to possess his mysterious relic staff. It has been passed down through the human kingdoms since the land was divided in two, so long ago that its original owner has been lost to history. Strangely, the staff seems to be elven crafted. Viren uses the strange relic to amplify and strengthen his dark magic spells, but perhaps it holds greater secrets.[4] He can also use the staff to channel spells that Aaravos casts for him from the other side of the magic mirror.

Trivia

  • Sometimes, Viren goes mudsledding with his children, although he dislikes dirty robes.[5]
  • Viren loves Claudia's pancakes and Hot Brown Morning Potion.[5]
  • The corrupted look Viren gets whenever he uses dark magic is what he really looks like. Using dark magic so many times has corrupted him inside and out, so he has to constantly use dark magic to create the cosmetic illusion that he is still normal. [6]

Appearances

Book One - Moon

Book Two - Sky

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