|Welkin is not the tallest of men, a few inches below six feet. With a lean and athletic frame, he is decently handsome with messy brown hair, sharp looking hazel eyes, and fair skin. He tends to wear loose but not baggy clothing, and light leather armor that seems a bit worn but still well crafted. His weapon is a hand and a half sword of good quality, that almost seems to hum in his grip. While normally a calm and considerate man, in combat he takes on a different personality. His movements become flowing and graceful, with the lightly armored man weaving and bending in between blows, combining magic and swordplay to shield himself and his allies, as well as swiftly strike his enemies down or harass them, forcing them to focus on him.|
When he speaks, it is calmly and friendly, almost soft in a sense. He is quite capable of anger and raising his voice, though he normally attempts to not do such if possibly, preferring to keep an amiable appearance.
Welkin was born in Lyonese, to a minor noble family who was known for dabbling in the arcane. Distrusted by many, they worried not on the fears of the peasants or simple minded, instead ushering Welkin to become a powerful and strong mage. The young man was indeed interested by the arcane arts and their practices... but rather than focus on wizardry and lofty towers, Welkin sought to pursue the arcane arts in a more... physical manner. He was a hardy young man, and while not strong, he was adept at fencing, fighting with smarts rather than strength alone. It was no surprise that when he was of age at 16 years old scouts from the Lyonese Rose Queen Academy heard of Welkin and sought to get him into their academy, and spefically into the Janissary courses. While his parents were unhappy with such a predicament, Alex was quite happy to study on becoming a Rose Vanguard, one of the 'elite' arcane warriors and bodyguards.
His training at the academy was long, full of trials and tribulations. He focused not just on arcane attunement, but also the magical arts and studies. While not arcanically gifted enough to cast spells, he was able to use his weapon as a focus point for his powers, and could easily strike down his opponents or use shielding enchantments to protect himself, and others. Over the course of seven years, his body and mind were hardened and honed to work together. Completing his training finally, it was again not long until a freelance vanguard caught the eye of someone in need of such skill...
- I am Welkin, Rose Vanguard of Lyonese. With my sword and mind, I aim to wreck havoc on my opponents, shielding my allies from punishment.
- I seek to hone my skills and become a legendary Vanguard. Of course I seek fame, wealth, and the love of women - But knowing my allies trust in me is also reward enough.
- My biggest triumph so far is placing second in the Rose Queen Academy combat trials - Being bested by a superior is a humbling experience, and while I learn the limits of my strength, I know that there are challenges I must still face, and to exult in coming victories.
- I shall not shed the blood of innocents, no matter how fruitful it may be. I respect superiors who earn it, though I am not afraid to dissent and rebel if necessary. I will be humble in my skills, as action shall speak louder than they can. Knowledge must also be cherished, and to be protected from those who would use it for evil.
While not a home, the Rose Queen Academy is a small but prestigious academy for the Arcane arts. It is very selective of students it allows in, and only maybe two or three dozen are picked annually. Those who are lucky enough are enrolled into an exhaustive, yet focused and specialized school of arcane arts. From summoning magic, to artifice, and even the Rosen Vanguards, many varying paths can be found at the academy. It is in the capital of Lyonese, a series of buildings overgrown with creeping moss and ivy vines. The building itself has all manner of arcane wards placed upon it, and some of the empires most skilled mages can be found there often, usually guiding the teachers or extremely promising students.
The Rose Vanguards are a magical order of warriors trained to serve in the Lyonese empires military. These students focus on channeling magic through the blade, being lightly armored but capable of powerful magical attacks and defenses. They are often the forefront of small group operations or defending key people, given their unique skill sets. They often focus on wading through battle with teleportation or quick movement, bypassing defenses to strike at vulnerable targets, while placing arcane wards on key enemies, which reduce the efficiency of attacks or magic. The orders history is over two centuries old, and extremely skilled and experienced often serve as the emperors bodyguard, should there be an emperor of course. The Rose Queen Academy has never divulged the history of its name either, other than the courtyards always being filled with roses, and not just red ones.