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This is the character sheet for the Prophecy of the Circle webcomic. The list is organized by race; for mixed breed characters, he/she will be placed under who they most identify themselves with.


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    Tarsin 
The Tarsin tikedi are tribal by nature. The majority of them are nomadic. These groups are typically small, with populations barely over a hundred in most cases. Larger groups will rely on shelters that they can compact and carry with them, while smaller groups gravitate towards natural shelters found in the buttes and rocky outcroppings that litter the deserts. It is not uncommon for them to travel also with a herd of livestock, usually herbivorous mammals such as the horon.All tribes, nomadic or not, are well-versed in the art of negotiation and bartering. This includes dealing with other tribes as well as with tikedi from other nations, particularly the Tieke. Without the assistance and cooperation of others, survival for each tribe would be extremely difficult if not impossible due to the harsh desert climate. These hardships and challenges have led the Tarsin people to be a shrewd and thoughtful people, with a deep sense of tradition and a profound respect for the power and patterns of nature.

Tropes associated with the Tarsin:


Jahrd Ardeana

Race: mixed (Tarsin/Tieke)
Age at Introduction: 8
Current Age: 18
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Jacind Ardeana (father), Kraelyn Ardeana (mother)

My calling was my calling and it wouldn't ever leave me be, no matter how much I tried to turn my back on it.

The protagonist, Jahrd is a mixed blood tikedi from the northern province of Tarsin. He is the son of Jacind Ardeana, who is the current Kantreska of the community of Oros, and of Kraelyn Ardeana, a former Priestess of Teyka from Tieke City. Jahrd was born as a rarity in many ways. His half-blood status is something that he shares with very few in Tarsin, where the harsh desert climate is enough to discourage outsiders from even visiting let alone staying long enough to start a family. In appearance, he took a great deal after his Tieke mother, but a recessive gene from his Tieke side resulted in white fur instead of her pale blue or his father’s dark brown. Combined with his father’s stripes and long ears, he’s forever a visible oddity, unable to blend in with either of the people he claims relation to.Personal tragedy has led him to act in defiance of an unspoken taboo in Tarsin culture, and he has taken it upon himself to study the language and culture of the enigmatic tekk. It is an act that some quietly support, but which most view with apprehension.

  • Black Sheep: Or white sheep in his case. He's the only one in all of Oros with white fur, while everyone else has brown or blonde fur.
    • Combined with the fact that he inherited his father's stripes, which is apparently a recessive gene, as no other Tarsin seen so far has stripes.
  • Celibate Hero: Tarsin males at his current age should already have a potential mate lined up. He is one of the few young men who have yet to decide.
  • Hybrid Power: His mixed blood granted him larger ears, which allow him to hear better.
    • Then averted, as he lost Tieke night-sight.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: During the spring festival, Kirie threatens to expose his secret unless he stops studying the tekk right now. Afterward, he actually considers abandoning his tekk researching activities and choose a mundane life instead. Averted when he soon relizes that it's a bad idea, as his passion will never let him go, and prepares to face the consequences. The above quote is his justification.
  • Missing Mom: His mother died in the prologue. He was there to watch while the tekk ripped her apart, and at such a young age as well (8 years).
    • Luckily for him, he's not as traumatized as he grew older. Still, whenever someone mentions his mother, his smile fades away.
  • Mixed Ancestry: Has a Tarsin father and a Tieke mother, with his mother dominating his genes for the most part.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Was probably the first and only tikedi who spoke to a tekk. Shouting "areshek" (to stop; to end; to deny) at the attacking tekk, it responded and obeyed Jahrd's wishes. His vocabulary is slowly expanding as well.

Jacind Ardeana

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 26
Current Age: 36
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Jahrd Ardeana (son), Kraelyn Ardeana (mate)

The last thing I want is to lend credence to the theory that I'm "unfit".

Jacind is the current Kantreska of the Tarsin community of Oros and the father of Jahrd Ardeana. He is respected in Oros, although he had quite a time earning that respect and the effects still show in subtle ways. While he maintains the community well enough, he is well known as being a societal deviant, often bending long-established traditions to the point of breaking. Most of his transgressions have been relatively mild (such as his choice to wear a broken skull mask , which is typically considered bad luck) and earned him nothing more than odd looks, but other actions have concerned his people to the point of outspoken worry and threats of action.

  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his dead mate is sure to get him furious.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's quite tolerable of the criticism he's been getting as kantreska, but mentioning a sensitive issue is sure to trigger his rage.
  • Happily Married: Was.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: After constantly bashing him for his recent decisions, when Yaren reminds him of Kraelyn, that really sets Jacind off.
    Yaren: A kantreska is a protector and everyone you protect dies. Do we all have to meet Kraelyn's fate?
    Jacind: *forcefully grabs Yaren's wrist* Get. Out.

Shanka Kaneska

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 13
Current Age: 17
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Balta Kaneska (twin brother), Yaren Kaneska (father), Calterra Kaneska (mother)

It's because I'm me. I'm not right for...this. For her or anyone. But I have to start fitting into the community again, don't I?

Shanka is the son of Yaren Kaneska, the former lead hunter in Oros, and Calterra Kaneska, the community’s healer. He is very serious, shy, and quiet, and although he attempts to do the right thing, he has a bad habit of letting his fears and lack of confidence rule him, which often leads him deeper into trouble.

  • The Exile: Averted barely: He was originally meant to be exiled for aiding and abetting Annen, but Yaren takes his place instead. Even though he's still a member of the Oros community, he still feels guilt and isolation.
    Shanka: They connect me, Jahrd, and all of his trouble with losing Dad, and I feel like I was exiled with Dad after all.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to his twin, Shanka is quiet, cautious, and careful. Still, that doesn't prevent him from doing rash things to save those he loves.

Balta Kaneska

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 13
Current Age: 17
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Shanka Kaneska (twin brother), Yaren Kaneska (father), Calterra Kaneska (mother)

...They're not looking. If they are, it's with concern. The same way I do, because you keep hiding like this.

In direct contrast to his twin brother Shanka, Balta, the current lead hunter of Oros, is perhaps too confident. He is brash, and quick both to act and to speak his mind. His most reckless actions, however, tend to be in service to others.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Even though he's Shanka's twin, it's assumed he's the older one, as he cares for his brother more, and becomes the man of the Kaneska family with Yaren's exile.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Slowly starts to become molded into Yaren, and eventually ends up as the male guardian of the Kaneska family and the lead hunter.
  • Promotion to Parent: After Yaren's exile, he takes it upon himself to act as Shanka's guardian.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Compared to his twin, Balta is hasty, rash, and reckless. As he grows older, he moves from carefree to serious over every little detail.

Calterra Kaneska

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 30
Current Age: 34
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Yaren Kaneska (mate), Balta Kaneska (son), Shanka Kaneska (son)

I care about you both, but not enough to allow an argument when I'm caring for wounded.

Calterra is the mother of Balta and Shanka, and the former mate of Yaren. She is also the healer in Oros, and, for the purpose of keeping a stock of medicinal herbs, she maintains the gardens nearby the village. She is serious and professional in her work, and strives to never let personal feelings stop her from caring for those in need of her care. Her personal life, however, is marred by a selfish streak and an apparent difficulty with empathy beyond the confines of her job, especially in regards to her own family.

Yaren Kaneska

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 33
Current Age: 37
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin Desert
Known Relatives: Calterra Kaneska (mate), Balta Kaneska (son), Shanka Kaneska (son)

Leave leadership to someone who can actually follow traditions.

Yaren is the father of Shanka and Balta, the former mate of Calterra, former friend-turned-rival of Jacind Ardeana, and the hunt leader of Oros for many, many years. He is known to be outspoken and aggressive with his opinions, and is fiercely loyal to the old ways and traditions of Tarsin society. Yaren always tries to act for the good of his people, but his temperament leads many to overlook that fact and to fear him instead of respect him. His stubbornness has led to many arguments, especially with Jacind, who he views as an incompetent and dangerous leader who should not have won the position of Kantreska.

  • The Exile: He chooses to exile himself over his own son. Motivated by the fact that he had enough of Jacind's leadership.
  • The Resenter: He just can't let go of the fact that Jacind beat him for the position of Kantreska. He resorted to settling for lead hunter. Ever since, he's been hypercritical of Jacind's every decision.
  • Take Me Instead: Demands to receive punishment instead of his son. Even if Jacind reminds him that he's the lead hunter of Oros and therefore has a responsibility to uphold, Yaren flees anyway.

Kirie

Race: Tarsin
Current Age: 16
Place of Birth: Oros, Tarsin DesertKnown Relatives: Degur (uncle)

You need to decide right here, right now, who you are. And you're going to choose carefully. You aren't the only one affected.

Kirie is the niece of one of Oros’ village elders. She’s not particularly outspoken about her views on Jahrd’s interest in the tekk or in any political matters, but her uncle’s blatant distaste for Jahrd, Jacind, and any events that would upset the status quo makes her a concern by proxy.

  • Blackmail: Unless Jahrd switches his vocation and stops exploring the Crater, she'll threaten to expose his secret activities to her uncle. She'll use some of Jahrd's dropped journal pages as proof.

Degur

Race: Tarsin
Known Relatives: Kirie (niece)

And tradition is why I keep failing. I've been too polite, as is custom. Fine. This time we'll play it your way.

An Elder of Oros, Degur sticks to tradition, and as a result has a strong and obvious distaste toward Jacind's leadership and Jahrd's activities. He sees the other Elders as blind for not looking at and dealing with the issue at hand. A guardian of the status quo and hot on Jahrd's activites, he'll do anything to maintain the peace of mind in Oros.

Shensin

Race: Tarsin
Age at Introduction: 16
Current Age: 20
Place of Birth: Gessick, Tarsin Desert

You were correct, you know. I am young for this. I'm young for this because my predecessor fell to this same trap.

Shensin is the current Kantreska of Gessick. He took up leadership at sixteen, an incredibly early age for the job, and he goes to great lengths to keep others from judging him for his youth. He is a very careful individual in regards to respecting the tekk, and he stubbornly refuses to bend to any who would make requests that might anger them. He is considered by most of his people to be a wise and compassionate leader, despite his youth and apparant lack of experience, and he is well liked.

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: At merely 16 years of age when introduced, Shensin is very young to lead a village. Still, if he managed to win the contest to become kantreska and maintained enough of a good rep to keep him up there, then he's doing something right.

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    Tieke 
The Tieke are cave-dwellers, specifically inhabiting the cliffs in the area surrounding Teyka Bay in the central eastern province of the continent. They are well known for being the only tikedi race to possess electrically based technology and a religion that isn’t centered on the tekk but instead focuses on worshiping a mysterious, possibly extraterrestrial visitor named Teyka and the gifts of knowledge and engineering that she provided them with.

Tropes associated with the Tieke

  • Innate Night Vision: Due to their cave habitat, all Tieke have night-sight to help them see better.

Aurorin Duskeir

Race: Tieke
Current Age: 20
Place of Birth: Tieke City, Tieke
Known Relatives: Annen Duskeir (older brother), twin sister (name unknown), mother and father (names unknown)

There are warnings, and for good reason!

Aurorin is the son of two healers in the city who are battling the last traces of an illness that decimated Tieke City’s population. He is an inexperienced but gifted engineer who would love nothing more than to be left in a workshop, taking apart and exploring pieces of ancient Seradin technology and improving modern Tieke-built devices. Currently he is trying to use those skills to help his brother, his parents, and his people to recover from their ordeal.His parents’ affiliation with the Priestesses of Teyka and his own close friendship with Jardren Stiggs – an aide to Tieke City’s Kantreska – sometimes puts him in an awkward position, caught between two sides of much larger, much more political arguments than he’d like. He is logical, blunt, pessimistic and prefers to simply get things done.He and Priestess Shen Coritani seem to have a rocky romantic history.

  • Gadgeteer Genius: Possibly the only current tikedi engineer introduced, he's managed to use the current technology to develop a spear that uses Seradin claws. Those with a talent for engineering are well respected if they can prove their worth and enter into the Priestesses’ confidences, but it’s a touchy position, as they can find themselves cut off from their work if they breach that trust even the slightest bit, something he managed to achieve.

Annen Duskeir

Race: Tieke
Age at Introduction: 24
Current Age: 28
Place of Birth: Tieke City, Tieke
Known Relatives: Aurion Duskeir (younger brother), younger sister (name unknown), mother and father (names unknown)

I have hundreds of lives depending on me. Hundreds!

Annen is Aurorin’s older brother and just as dedicated to the cause of helping his family and people overcome their plight. His passion for the preservation of those he loves has led him even to putting his own life in danger. Whether his decisions are the wisest, however, is debatable. He unfortunately demonstrates marked recklessness, very little care and consideration for anyone who is not a fellow Tieke, and a special disregard for the tekk.He is involved – along with his younger brother Aurorin, their mutual friend Jardren Stiggs, Tieke City’s Kantreska, and some of the Priestesses of Teyka – in a controversial plan to construct and maintain colonies in the forested land between Tieke City and the Crater so as to allow easier access to tekk territory and its herbal resources.

  • An Arm and a Leg: The tekk attack cost him his entire left arm. Now an amputee, he has trouble even maintaining his balance.

Shen Coritani

Race: Tieke
Age at Introduction: 17
Current Age: 21
Place of Birth: Tieke City, Tieke

I'm not as foolish as I was back then. I can't afford to be.

Shen is a young, somewhat idealistic Priestess of Teyka. It pains her greatly to see her people suffer from the sickness that swept through the city, and she strives to aide them, but her actions are ultimately guided by loyalty to her order, especially the High Priestess. She is particularly vocal on the teachings of Teyka that call for respect of all sentient life, and for a healthy fear of the tekk and of trespassing into their territory. In her mind, they are better left alone, and far away.She is also a lifelong friend of the Duskeir family, particularly Aurorin, who she’s hinted as having had romantic feelings for at one time, although differences of philosophy have tended to cause a strain between them.

Jarden Stiggs

Race: Tieke
Current Age: 24
Place of Birth: Tieke City, Tieke

Do you think I'd have gone if there was no hope? I just didn't want to raise yours unnecessarily.

Jardren Stiggs is an aide to the Kantreska of Tieke City, and working with Aurorin, Annen, and some of the Priestesses of Teyka to build and maintain the colonies in the Western Forests of Tieke. He finds great joy in grand plans and negotiations, and carries an air of perpetual reassurance and optimism about him.He tends to go by his last name instead of his first, even among friends.

  • Last-Name Basis: Prefers the name Stiggs, even among friends.
  • Deadpan Snarker: In one instance, he manages to slip in a sarcastic remark given the current, grim situation.
    Aurion: They won't like it, but if people don't take care of themselves...
    Jarden: I promise I'll wash.
    Aurion: You'd better.

Aeza Coritani

Race: Tieke
Current Age: 32
Place of Birth: Tieke City, Tieke

That would be why I'm out here: I made sure they knew that. Every one of them. Apparently there's no room for interpretation.

Aeza is a Priestess of Teyka working as a scout in the Western Forests of Tieke and the fringes of the Crater. Her assignment is to map the location of valuable medicinal plants and resources so that the colonies can eventually expand.She is a survivor of the sickness that swept through Tieke City, and was left half blind and half deaf, with partial facial paralysis and a bitter attitude towards many of the Priestesses who oppose the construction of the colonies.

  • Disabled Snarker: Deaf and blind in one eye, yet can provide brags/insults.
    Aeza: I'm down one eye and even I can see that brightness.
  • The Exile: Actually, she left on her own accord.
  • Innate Night Vision: First one to mention that Tieke have night-sight. Even though she's down one eye, she can see well in the dark.

    Harangin 
Little is known about the Harangin people, as they have long since closed off their borders to visitors. Few are allowed in for any reason. Those who are lucky enough to be permitted are kept out of the cities, never allowed to stay long, and deal only with specially chosen Harangin ambassadors. The only Harangin noted to have left the nation are exiles with little of value to report. According to Word of God, Harangin fur is jet black.

Tropes associated with the Harangin

  • Hidden Elf Village: The Harangin live in the southern mountains of the continent and live among the caves. No one gets in, and no one gets out.

As of now, no Harangin characters have been introduced.

    Tekk 
The tekk are a predatory species that straddles the line between reptilian and avian nature. They are warm-blooded and quadrupedal, but with six highly specialized limbs in total. Aside from hind and forelegs, tekk possess a pair of large membraned wings that can carry them through sustained flight for up to a few miles if need be, but which are more commonly used for gliding from tree-top to tree-top. Both fore and hind legs serve dual purposes. The former doubles as a pair of fairly nimble hands, and the latter, typically covered with a thick fan of feathers, can be splayed out perfectly horizontal and used as a secondary pair of wings to help with achieving lift.

Tropes associated with the Tekk

  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Tekk introduced so far have crests or manes. These traits split species apart.
  • Pūnct'uatìon Sh'akër: Full names are composed of a personal name and a caste name, split by an apostrophe. So far, we know that "rekk" refers to priests/leaders, and "tekk" refers to scouts and hunters — and thus became the tikedi name for the whole species, as it was the only caste they regularly encountered.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All tekk have red eyes as their natural color.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: At least in tikedi sights. In the interludes, you get to see the other point of view.

Shan'rekk

Race: Northern Maned Tekk
Age at Introduction: 81
Current Age: 86
Place of Birth: Northern Harlech Tree, The Crater

If the old ways deafen and hope blinds, if only one guardian remains, so be it. If only I remember, so be it.

Shan’rekk is a the leader of the tekk of the Northern Harlech Tree. He is a follower of the oldest traditions of the tekk, which speak of a need for the respect and guidance of the tikedi so that they can reach their full potential and not be dragged down by what the tekk refer to as corruption: when the tikedi lose their respect for the tekk, and become arrogant and aggressive. It is his personal mission to foster real communication and understanding between the two species and lead them to mutual peace.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the very second page of the webcomic, did you look at the tekk that killed Jahrd's mother? Did you notice that the tip of its beak was black?
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Probably the only one in all of tekk community advocating for communication instead of culling.
    Renn'tekk: Where [Ah'tekk] cries for war and revenge and abandonment of our past, you have always cried for understanding and preservation of the old ways.
  • Peeka Bangs: His mane sprouts from a straight line of hair running up his head. When it's not covering one eye, it's covering the other.
  • Sympathetic P.O.V.: In the interludes, you get to see the world and the crisis at hand through his eyes.

Renn'tekk

Race: Northern Maned Tekk
Age at Introduction: 49
Current Age: 53
Place of Birth: Northern Harlech Tree, The Crater

I have faith in you... And you must have faith as well. It can be done.

Renn’tekk is Shan’rekk’s mate and his most trusted friend. She is his second in command and, often, a voice of reason where his idealism would lead him astray. She is logical, strong-willed, loyal, and practical. While following tekk law is deeply important to her, she is willing to bend rules if it serves the greater good.

  • Gender Reveal: All tikedi refer to tekk as males. In the interlude, it's revealed that she's actually the mate of Shan'rekk.

Ah'tekk

Race: Northern Creasted Tekk
Age at Introduction: 38
Current Age: 42
Place of Birth: Northern Harlech Tree, The Crater

I am not scared of Shan'rekk, and I am not sorry. In the end, I will be thanked. You will see what I see.

Ah’tekk was once a scout at the borders between the Crater and tikedi territories until a sudden disappearance. He returned without explanation nearly a year later, changed by his mysterious ordeal, and has since become sullen, fatalistic, and troublesome. He has developed a dangerous hatred for the Tieke tikedi, and was removed from his former scout’s duty by Shan’rekk out of fears that he would do something truly rash. He is no longer allowed to leave the Northern Harlech Tree.Ah’tekk is strongly opposed to Shan’rekk’s more peaceful methods of dealing with the shaky balance between the two species, and would much prefer to be allowed to cull them as he sees necessary.

  • Devil in Plain Sight: With his punk-like hair, mutton chops, small goatee, and his base-black skin color, combined with his cries for war, it becomes obvious that he will be up to no good.

Trai'tekk

Race: Northern Maned Tekk
Age at Introduction: 43
Current Age: 47
Place of Birth: Northern Harlech Tree, The Crater

Try silence. I might like you better.

Along with Renn’tekk, Trai’tekk is one of Shan’rekk’s elite guards. He is a personal protector for Shan’rekk, and also takes up the duty of keeping Ah’tekk in check. Trai’tekk is one of very few tekk with the ability to get Ah’tekk to listen and to speak instead of simply brooding.

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