Flame Speaker Jarlanen Sedriel
Let us gaze into the fire. What do I see? Well, I see everything.
Description: Jarlanen's light olive skin is indicative of a life mostly spent away from the sun. His short auburn hair has a coppery shine to it, a color shared with the fine eyebrows that frame narrow eyes of a muted pale golden color. The refined lines of his face lead towards an equally refined chin, with just a touch of a cleft. His frame is tall and thin, and he often maintains a straight elegant posture when he stands or walks. His movements are often precise and methodical, adding just the right amount of flare when needed.
Personality: Contemplative and insightful, it's not rare to find Jarlanen losing himself to his thoughts while gazing into the fire. Unlike many Thalerith, he is very slow to anger and even when obviously upset, he's not one to yell and raise his voice. He speaks in calmed tones, always controlled. He is not meek, however, and speaks firmly when required, making his opinion known often in a very direct way. He greatly believes in the value of the Thalerith oral tradition, and takes his duty as historian for his people very seriously. He speaks little about his own life, however, preferring to turn conversations to the lives of others, listening and learning about their deeds.
Background: The firstborn of Flame Speaker Selin Sedriel, Jarlanen was born surrounded by fire. His mother was a Flame Seer and well known pyromancer within the Kinship, and his father was the spiritual leader of their people. Jarlanen's fascination with fire would have probably been considered unhealthy in other Kinships, but in the Thalerith his parents made sure to encourage it. Since a very young age, Jarlanen knew he wanted to follow in the steps of his parents, and began training his mind and body both for that ask. He learned the oral history of their Kinship from his father and other Flame Seers, and practiced this skills of evocation from his mother
The murder of both his parents by Harbingers during Estril's Feast set the ever composed Jarlanen into a rampage. He promised retribution for such a personal assault and became a key leader of the hunt for traitors, helping ensure they received their just punishment at the end of Estril's Axe. When his marriage to Tavirah Aynarr was announced, it caused mush speculation as to the nature of it. Was it love? A political alliance? Neither Jarlanen nor Tavirah ever talked much about it, but at the very least, Jarlanen seemed pleased. The couple was blessed by Brundir with the charge of a soul in their firstborn Kalagos, but Kalagos' temperament dashed any hopes of him being the heir to the Sedriel legacy, so Jarlanen turned his attention to his nephew, Aganor. However, Aganor made it clear that he had no desire to become a Flame Seer at the time, so Jarlanen gave his blessing for his marriage to Sylindra Filinnar.
Any grief he felt at Tavirah's death during the Mortal Strife, he kept to himself, for he did not make much of it and remained dedicated to his work as Flame Seer. Most had expected Gorgath Filinnar to choose Jarlanen as his Flame Speaker when he became Warlord, but that was not the case, and the Warlord chose one of Jarlanen's students instead. However, that student did not survive the Third Migration, and Gorgath had not appointed a Flame Speaker by the time Sylindra challenged him. Due to his status as hero of Estril's Feast, both Gorgath's General and Gorgath asked to act as Flame Speaker for the purpose of the challenge, and while Gorgath seemed to have expected Jarlanen to not find the challenge valid, he did the exact opposite, fully supporting Sylindra in her challenge. After Sylindra defeated Gorgath, she appointed Jarlanen as her Flame Speaker. To this day, Jarlanen continues his work for the kinship, providing spiritual guidance as needed and counsel to the Warlord when requested.