The final entry in Mardalius' logbook is different from the others: it is written in the form of a letter. Week Six: Julilee, Instead of tracking my actions against the Legion for this week, I have decided to write my contemplations on the Oaths. This punishment has given me time to reflect on what they mean to me and how to apply them to my life. I will start with peace. Peace: After fighting against the Legion, alongside the Army of the Light and the assorted groups represented on Argus, I see why we cannot be at odds with those under another banner for petty reasons such as land or racial hatreds. Justice: There are few instances where it is appropriate for one to place judgement on another. Personal insults and slights aren't reason to place judgement on others. To censure individuals for their personal beliefs is dangerously close to mind politics. Mercy: Excessive force is never acceptable, especially in the arena of interpersonal conflict. I recognize that my response to Sorel's words and actions were just that - excessive. Words dissipate into the air and can only do the damage we allow. Killing someone, however, is permanent. Sacrifice: Insults are bearable in the face of peace. Anything, no matter how personal, is worth giving if it means peace for the collected peoples of Azeroth. Actions and consequences are real and palpable. I can never take back stabbing Sorel, nor can I give him back the time I took from him. I have learned my lesson, and I will strive to be worthy to wear the Sanctuary tabard going forward. Signed, Mardalius Anterius, Battlemage The page is stamped with the same insignia as all the others, Mardalius' personal seal, a crossed sword and staff, accompanied by the House Anterius sigil, a stylized "A" emblazoned on a shield.
Full Name: Mardalius Anterius Nicknames: Mardy Date of Birth: April 14 Age: 23 Race: Half Thalassian, Half Human Gender: Male Hair: Fire Red Skin: Pale Eyes: Sapphire Height: 6'3" Weight: 215lbs Place of residence: Sanctuary Guildhall, Dalaran City Place of Birth: Silvermoon City, Quel'thalas Known Relatives: Margoz Anterius (Human, Father), Brudicus Anterius (Human Death Knight, Grandfather), Kirsune Anterius (Quel'dorei, Mother) Religion/Philosophy: Church of the Holy Light Occupation: Battlemage Group/Guild affiliation: Sanctuary Likes: Books, Dislikes: Wasting time, fatty foods, senseless discrimination. Favorite Food: Garden salad with grilled chicken, nuts, tomatoes, and a light dressing, served with a side of fresh fruit. Favorite Drinks: Fizzy fruit punch wine, cinnamon whiskey. Favorite Colors: Purple and silver. Weapons of Choice: Hand-and-a-half sword with an arcane focus in the pommel paired with a staff. Hobbies: Playing the lute, research, reading, weight training, sparring. Physical Features: Well toned muscle, leans towards his elven heritage. Special Abilities: Talented in Frost and Fire magic, exceptional swordsman. Positive Personality Traits: Intelligent, kind, determined. Negative Personality Traits: Reckless, emotional, socially awkward. Misc. Quirks: Claustrophobic History: Mardalius was an accident. His parents never planned on having children, and when he was born, Margoz had to beg Kirsune to help raise him. Given that Margoz was away soldiering often, this lead to nearly a decade of emotional abuse and attempts to abandon Mardalius or adopt him out, all of which were foiled by Margoz. As a young boy, he was considered a freak by his peers for his "tainted blood." This lead to isolationist behavior, the effects of which can still be seen in some of his social interactions to this day. When Mardalius was ten, the Scourge marched on Quel'thalas, headed for the Sunwell. Kirsune took Mardalius and escaped by portal to Dalaran, only to leave him apprenticed to her father, an accomplished battlemage. For a decade, Mardalius trained in the arts of Frost and Fire magics as well as with the sword. His grandfather molded him into a weapon for "the wars to come," something that came in handy when Mardalius reconnected with his father at the onset of the Draenor Campaign. With the help of Margoz, Mardalius enlisted aboard The Jade Lion, under Captain Zhi Fa. The following months and years would see the father/son duo embark on several missions together, eventually leaving The Jade Lion to join other orders, finally ending in Night Vanguard with many comrades from days gone by, including one Sorel Crescentsong, who held the command. Mardalius and Sorel were always oil and water, but this new command relationship strained that to new heights, culminating in Mardalius joining the Horde organization Sanctuary, where he could be among his people. ((Portrait Courtesy of Vilmah))