Starnum is the elven king of Lucretia, a country in the high-fantasy world of Omega. He is also a powerful magician and skilled swordsman. He is married to a human woman named Dalena, and together they have two children, Jonathon & Angelica. He is the widely-unknown half brother of King Arthur and best friends with the son of Merlin, Ronan Dawson. He is a benevolent ruler who watches over his people from the capital city of Spere. He does his best to rule with a sense of honor and justice, even though a large portion of his kingdom is inhabited by vampires and other undead. It is for this reason and other matters of security that he keeps the capital city hidden in a pocket dimension only accessible by those who know how to reach it.
The Star Bearers
Starnum was born to Jawn & Igraine Lander. Jawn was to be the next king of Lucretia, but because of his forbidden love for a human, he chose a life of exile with his wife over the throne. Despite being a high-borne elf, Jawn left Spere, the capital city, and took his wife and moved to a village of forest elves named Vertrinity. There Jawn worked as a special type of foresting ranger, who cuts down trees and plants new ones in there place, to help the forest grow properly and thrive. Though some may have considered him a mere lumber jack, his job consisted of more than just cutting down and planting trees. Jawn handled many matters of the local forest and its animals. However, when Starnum was only four years old (eight human years after his birth, as Starnum was still a Halfling then.), Jawn was killed on duty by a cerberus, which is a type of large three-headed wolf. The smaller cerberus of Omega only have two heads, but the larger more feral ones have three. They are of course named after the legendary guard dog of the gates of Hades. Before Jawn died, Igraine gave him a daughter as well, Starnum’s litter sister Alandria. However, Igraine also had two other children from her previous marriage. Her first child was a girl named Morgana, who later became the infamous Morgan Le’Fey. Igraine’s second child was the son of King Uther Pendragon, who was named Arthur. After being tricked by Uther, Igraine’s first husband, died in battle. A few years later Igraine met Starnum’s father Jawn, and they fell in love and got married. This is how Starnum came to be the younger brother of King Arthur. Sadly, only eight short years after Jawn died, Igraine too was slain, by an evil sorceress named Sindra. It was then that Starnum began his quest for strength and revenge.
The Adventure Begins
For many years after that Starnum continued to live in Vertrinity as he began his trainning. His grandfather soon took an interest in him, as he often came to the village on business, and eventually just to visit Starnum. Even though Starnum was a halfling at the time, his grandfather Edwyn missed his son Jawn, and so he began to care for Starnum. He saw a strong determination in the youth, and he understood that it was born from the loss of his parents. Edwyn grew to love Starnum very much, and eventually began to bring him on visits to stay with him in the palace. There Starnum received training from all the best swordsmen and warriors in the capital. Later Starnum began traveling abroad, and this lead to stints of him staying with his brother Arthur in Camelot. This was before Arthur became king, and this is how Starnum came to meet Ronan. Merlin had a son named Ronan, and Starnum and Ronan quickly became best friends. Starnum was the hot-blooded swordsman, and Ronan was a clever magician. That’s when they began going on adventures together all over the lands. At first they were very confident of themselves, as well they should be, for they were prodigies of their time. However, they soon came to know even greater forces and enemies in the world, as they took their adventures to even greater heights.
Because of the death of his father, Starnum always displayed a deep rage against the cerberus, and he would violently kill any that he encountered. Until one day, they came upon the biggest cerberus they had ever encountered. The beast stood over a story tall, and if they hadn’t known better, they would have thought it was the guardian of the gates of Hades himself. Starnum remembered back to the other rangers that were with his father that fateful day, saying that the monster that had killed him had been a particularly large beast, and that he had fought it off valiantly so that they might escape. This particular cerberus they had found that day was missing one of its eyes on its left head, and when Starnum seen this he had a deep intuition that this was the beast that had killed is father. In fact they were even in the approximate area of the territory the monster that had killed his father might have kept. At first he said nothing, not knowing if it was true, and Ronan advised that they might avoid the beast. Starnum then spoke up and told his friend of what he was thinking and feeling, and then they both agreed that the creature must be slain. They then engaged in a difficult battle with the creature, and both of them were injured during the fight but not seriously wounded. After the hell hound was slain, they took its heads and its skin with them back to Vertrinity, where they sold them. Starnum kept a single fang from the left head with the missing eye, and after this he told Ronan that his vendetta against the cerberus was done, and that the rage he felt against them had left him.
A short time later Starnum began to obsess over the death of his mother, and how she had been murdered. By this time his older sister Morgana had become a powerful sorceress. In his dealings with her, he came to learn that their mother had been killed by an even more powerful witch named Sindra. She had been banished from their coven for killing Starnum’s mother Igraine. Starnum began tracking Sindra, but she was always one step ahead of him. It wasn’t until several years later that he finally caught up to her. He brashly attacked her, but his sword was no match for her magick. Sindra struck him down, but did not kill him. Perhaps she wished to let him live on in his misery. He than began to study the arts of magick. Learning at first from Ronan, and then Merlin, Starnum soon began to take on as many different schools of magick as he could. At first he excelled at fire magick, and then eventually mastered all of the elements. Later he grew fond of darkness magick, as he got on further into his elven teenage years. Now that she knew of his existence, Sindra had been keeping tabs on Starnum, and she would often appear before him to cause him strife.
Eventually Starnum realized this, and began to form a plan. Up until now he had been openly adventuring, gaining power, wealth and fame. As he was coming of age now, he went into seclusion, where even Sindra couldn’t find him, and intensified both his physical and magical training. The place of his training was in a hidden lair under Spere Castle. The chamber itself is doubly warded, hidden under a castle in a city protected by a magical barrier, hidden in secret pocket dimension. This is the nature of the city of Spere, but there are many secret locations that Starnum has found hidden within the city and the acres of surrounding land within the pocket dimension. When Starnum emerged once again from Spere, continuing on about his travels, he was of a keener mind than before. Much of his studies had broaden his knowledge in academics, and the way of the world. This enhancing of his intellect lead to new powers which no one knew of, and this is how he came to lay a trap for Sindra. Of course she began to track him in no time, but he was quick to detect her presence. He waited for the right moment, right as she was about to ambush him. However, he was ready for her, and immediately caught her in a powerful illusion. Before she could realize it, he had already warded her heavily. By the time she had broken out of the illusion, she was already caught in his trap. Sindra was a powerful sorceress, but she mainly dealt in ice magick and the other elements. Starnum was also versed in the elemental schools, and Sindra knew this. They had come to know each other very well over the years in fact. So it was of no surprise that Starnum’s initial attacks could not slay her. Even as she was bound, her many spells were protecting her against Starnum’s fire magick. Starnum then laid down a continuous field of flames. This put a heavy strain on Sindra’s protective ice spells, draining her of power and leaving her vulnerable as she struggled with Starnum’s wards. In fact she was unaccustomed to such powerful arcane magick, as Starnum had used to bind her.
However, Sindra was indeed an enchantress worth her salt, and before she could be burned to cinders she broke free of Starnum’s bonds. The elven warrior then began to assault her with his most powerful spells and sword techniques. Sindra, despite her focus in elemental magick, also had powerful abilities of regeneration and reincarnation, which she had stolen and pilfered throughout her lengthy career of evil. Because of this, Starnum was still unable to slay her, despite all of his best efforts. However, he had anticipated this, having once before seen her come back to life before his very eyes. He decided that if he couldn’t kill her this time, then he would imprison her instead. At the end of his attack, when Sindra was at her weakest, he suddenly implored a powerful spell he had prepared for this very moment. Catching the witch in time and space he then encased her in a giant shard of crystal. The crystalline holding cell was of course bound by arcane wards even more powerful than the ones he had used on her before. He then left her there in a hidden chamber down in an infamous cave system, and warded the chamber as well, just to be safe.