CHARACTER REVEAL: Elven King Aethaden Undriel

Introducing …

Some of you may remember that the next new serial to start at Raythe Reign is a m/m high fantasy piece called The Elven King’s Blade.

This is the “King” character sheet for you to enjoy while Mathia Arkoniel, our most excellent artist, is working on the cover, which hopefully should be done by month’s end.

Here’s the story:

A great Elven King is dying, because he must be magically bonded to a certain kind of Elven Warrior called a Blade.  All the Blades have disappeared, except for one, who supposedly was banished to the human realm of Earth.

The Elven King goes to search for his Blade with all sorts of prejudicial beliefs against humans, but also with dark forces on his tail.  He’s injured and saved by the one he is actually looking for, except instead of the pure-blooded Elven Warrior he expected, he finds what appears to be just a human, a lesser being not fit for to bond with.

We thought it would be fun for you to learn a little bit about the characters and let us know what you think and what you hope the story will contain.

Here’s a little bit about Aethaden:

  • NAME: King Aethaden Undriel, Undriel means Life Giver but can also mean Life Taker
  • TYPE: Mage/Summoner
  • EYE COLOR: Purple
  • HAIR COLOR: Platinum
  • AGE:  1007
  • TATTOO:  He has the same tattoo as Ciaran. Shows they are connected. 
  • RACE: Valore Elf
  • PET: Twig adores him, often wraps himself around Aethaden’s neck, nose tucked beneath his fluffy tail.
  • MOTHER: Firathia Undriel
  • FATHER: Syrthavel Undriel
  • BEST FRIEND/COUNSELOR: Lord Halleden Morgana

PERSONALITY: Aethaden is the last Undriel.  He has watched as all of his kin have fallen into the Black Sleep without their Blades.  His youth protected him from falling, too, but that protection is at an end. He has passed his 1000th year when he should have bonded with his Blade, but he has yet to discover a way to bring the Blades back or free his kin from the dark magic that plagues them.

The youth that spared him so far has made him many enemies among the other powerful Elven clans who resent such a young Elf ruling them, especially someone as proud and prickly as Aethaden.  These families see no reason why the Undriels must continue to lead them at all. After all, the Undriels’ unique ability to rouse the Guardians to protect them hasn’t been needed since far before Aethaden has been alive. Surely, that state of affairs will continue …
But Aethaden has no intention of going quietly into that good night.  He will go to the ends of the earth, even other realms to find his Blade and a way to save his family.  But he never even considered a lesser being such as a human would be his savior …

For those of you who wanted a close up of the tattoos:

29 Responses to CHARACTER REVEAL: Elven King Aethaden Undriel

  1. BuddhaAli May 9, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

    Sooooo pretty!!!

    • admin May 9, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

      Mathia did a really brilliant job as always. I try to tell myself all my preparation for this story gave Mathia even more to work with than normal and that’s why it’s so good, but nah, its all Mathia.

  2. Ipodpixie May 9, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes! A gorgeous example of elvenhood!

    A question though – does that mean the ‘human’ part of the equation would have been born with the tattoo? Or do you answer that during the story? If that’s the case I’m happy to wait!

    • admin May 9, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      There are two possible ideas, and I haven’t made my mind up:

      (1) “Cursed” mark meaning born with it, which has all sorts of cool parts to it.

      (2) Connection mark, meaning that they both choose this tattoo without knowing the other has it.

      I’m leaning towards 1. What do you guys think?

      • Ipodpixie May 9, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

        I think on Earth being born with a mark like that would be too difficult to explain.
        It could be when they reach the correct bonding age it appears or it appears when they first touch to enable them to identify each other kind of like a brand.

      • Shandra Torbett May 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

        I’m a big fan of being born with the mark or having it appear at the onset of puberty as a bonding mark. I think the mystical aspect lends itself more towards the high fantasy nature of the story rather than “Oh, hey! I walked into the same tattoo parlor as you and this dude totes did me up right!”

        Well, unless you want said tattoo artist to be a seer. I could go for a seer marking individuals based on what they “See” should be their marks.

        • Ipodpixie May 9, 2017 at 10:22 pm #

          Being born with it could work if it started out as a simple birth mark and changes with the aging process until it reaches it’s finale at the correct bonding age.

          • admin May 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

            That’s a great idea! IDEA STOLEN! lol

          • BuddhaAli May 10, 2017 at 1:13 am #

            Actually I totally agree with Ipodpixie! I love this concept of the mark starting out as a series of small blotches or freckles as a child and then as puberty starts to hit, it starts to darken, maybe even hurt and spread into a very distinct shape. This would make sense if you follow the idea that a kid is a formless blank slate and its only as the child begins to mature that their personality takes shape. At that point, the magic would KNOW beyond any shadow of a doubt who their perfect partner would be. Someone they complete and who would give them greatest happiness. Ipodpixie; that idea is genius.

  3. Illyrea May 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Wow! I wish to be good as Mathia one day (impossible in my opinion)

    He seems so proud as character, it’s clear in the picture and confirmed in the description, but I don’t know… he seems fragile too… maybe it’s just me that sees it…

    The Cursed idea seems wonderful!! *-*

    • admin May 9, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

      Mathia makes it SEEM so easy and then I try to draw something and its like a crooked stick figure. So I’m with you!

      You are CORRECT that Aethaden is fragile. He has so many people counting on him. Not just the Valore Elves, but his family. Instead of having a long Elven childhood, he had to take the reigns of power and he’s watched as every family member has fallen into an unnatural slumber. Unless he finds a cure they will fade away forever. All on him! No pressure!

  4. Natasha Barlow May 9, 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Definitely going to be an interesting relationship lol

    • admin May 9, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

      There will be plenty of fireworks and misunderstandings for sure.

  5. blaid May 9, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    Excellent work Mathia. Hmm, an elven king with Silver hair and purple eyes. I get the feeling that there is a bit of Targaryen channeling going on here, I do love those Dragons bloods!

    • admin May 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

      The silver hair and purple eyes thing is actually (ahem) a silly thing that shows(ed?) up a lot in fanfiction. And I wanted to use it, because in my mind elves WOULD have that versus humans really. So I’m just having some fun here and Mathia made it cool.

  6. Kitty pride May 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    That’s all kinds of awesome! I love elves. And the Blade looks positively edible. Can’t wait to dive into this new adventure. 😝

    • admin May 10, 2017 at 12:15 am #

      I can’t wait to start writing it either though I’m having fun with the other serials right now. Mathia and I are working on the cover. We’ll see how that goes!

  7. Steve May 10, 2017 at 1:25 am #

    I can’t wait for the book.

    • admin May 10, 2017 at 2:36 am #

      I’m rarin to go. As soon as the art is done!

  8. Sara May 10, 2017 at 3:15 am #

    I love this artwork and can’t wait to read the story 😊

    • admin May 10, 2017 at 3:35 am #

      I keep looking at the images closeup and am getting excited myself to learn these characters.

  9. keith May 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    omg… those close-ups… *w* i’m dead

    • Raythe May 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

      Tee hee! I’m so glad.

  10. little one May 11, 2017 at 3:33 am #

    Love the illustration but most of all I love the clothing his wearing.

    Can you tell me the different between Mage and Summoner? It sound like the two different powers. I thought if your mage you can use magic or read about how to do to thing like send you somewhere.

    • Raythe May 11, 2017 at 7:46 pm #

      He is a Mage in the general sense as he can wield magic but with a subclass as summoner as his special talent.

  11. Catalina1995 May 11, 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    OMG I like this story and I haven’t read it yet ,but somehow when you see the drawings you can imagine how the story will be.This story will be great I’m sure and I’m so happy although it is very funny that King Aethaden he did not have to strive so hard to find Ciaran Hawthorne (“Blade”).Perhaps the bond between them is much bigger than he thinks although they have never seen each other,they met pretty fast(and in the worst case one being hurt and the other believing that he is going to die)

    • Raythe May 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      The issue for them as you recognized is not finding one another physically but emotionally.

  12. Mangaworm May 11, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Dang! I’ll take him with a slice of hotness! He’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to see him and the others in action in this new story. Once again the artist has done an amazing job.

    • Raythe May 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm #

      I can’t stop looking at either of them.

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