Characters / Brightly Burning

This subsection of the Heralds of Valdemar Character Sheet lists the characters of the stand-alone novel Brightly Burning.

Herald Lavan Chitward and Companion Kalira

  • Achilles' Heel: Controlling Lavan's powers requires both Lavan and Kalira's full concentration. It leaves them wide open to any attacks because they're not paying attention
  • Chaste Hero: Lavan and Kalira, both due to their bond.
  • Doomed by Canon
  • Emotional Powers: Lavan's powers are fueled by rage and fear. When Kalira dies, his rage destroys the entire Karsite Army
  • Interspecies Romance: A platonic one, with each other.
  • The Magnificent: Lavan Firestarter; Lavan Firestorm.
  • Meaningful Name: Lavan means "white" in Hebrew. Here both literally meaningful (he's a Herald, and so wears white), and figuratively so (he's basically a naive kid who ends up channeling forces he doesn't understand and can barely control).
  • Mindlink Mates: An interesting example in that Lavan is both life and Companion bonded to Kalira. The double bond is necessary for controlling his Gift but means that he is almost completely dependent on her.
  • Morality Chain: Kalira. In this case, it isn't that Lavan would turn evil without her, but he would quickly go insane. The Karsites find this out firsthand.
    • Lan going evil is hinted at. Because his power is fueled by anger and the Karsite war is so terrible, by the end he's fallen into a bad habit of getting wrapped up in his anger and rage with Kalira being more and more ineffective at reining him in.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Future generations only call him Lavan Firestorm. It doesn't help that his last name's kinda lame.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Lavan is a living weapon capable of annihilating entire armies. He receives special honors, consideration and protection because this ability made him into Valdemar's WMD at just the right time to repel a Karsite invasion.
  • Playing with Fire
  • Power Incontinence: Lavan nearly kills himself when his power first manifests. He's so powerful that his primary problem is controlling his power, not using it.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The only thing keeping him sane was his Companion. Then she died.

Herald Pol and Companion Satiran

  • Deer in the Headlights: They have to be physically dragged away from the inferno that Lavan summons after Kalira is killed.
  • Mentor: For Lavan

Herald Trainee Tuck and Companion Dacerie

  • Bookworm
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: To the point that Lavan notes that it's like Tuck has a permanent Truth Spell on him.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He learned how to sew from his grandmother, and as a consequence, one of his chore duties at the Collegium is in the mending room. He greatly enjoys the fact that he is the 'only rooster in the henhouse'.

Healer Trainee Elenor

  • The Empath
  • Hopeless Suitor: She's in love with Lavan. Lavan is lifebonded with his Companion, and thus not even remotely available.