Cathak Falcree was born to dragon-blood exalted father and mortal patrician mother. His father is Cathak Mizuri
, a water aspect who's one parents were a fire aspect from Cathak and other a water aspect from Peleps house. Because of his mismatched elemental affinity and the fact in one battle he had lost his entire arm he was offered low quality marriage proposals. So amongst them he chose Linya
, a Cynis house retainer (had worked as concubine at one Cynis house infamous brothels). To Linya it was promotion from her position as patrician but to his father it was best possible match he could get as Linya did have exalted ancestors and so hoping their offspring can elevate their both positions. Falcree was born eldest but he has a sister also; Myra
. He was trained like any scion of Cathak house; taught strategy, master melee combat to degree of genius, he was taught etiquette and manners. With usual dynastic family fashion his parents were distant while he was more closer to sister whom he guarded over as elder brother.
But things changed dramatically that his sister exalted and was chosen by the dragons, so she immediately got much praise, recogniction and started hang out with other chosen of dragons and get oppoturnities and invitations to parties whcih only Falcree could only dream. Albeit he worried over his sister, he realized she was much more than he was so he started focus on Immaculate texts and do various self-developed rituals to help bolster his chances being chosen by dragons. One of them was code of soldier written in Thousand Correct Actions of Upright Soldier
. He studied that manual like a bible. Birthdays went by and both his parents waited anxiously him to exalt, they suspected he is late bloomer and so they with heavy bribes assigned him to House of Bells (if he would been exalt it would had been less of issue). he studied and excelled in class, swordplay was excellent as was his charismatic leadership and he was exemplar student.....expect he did not exalt! The 20th birthday came.....and he spend it all alone. His sister was only one even congrulate him and quickly dropped present to him before she rushed off to party of her own with her exalted friends.
Since that point his parents became distant (he saw his mother regularly and she at least talked to him while father did not talk whatsoever), both silently disappointed on his failure. Falcree was bitter, angry but once more depending on his code of soldier he decided if he was not chosen by dragons....so best what he can do is serve dragons as a mortal. So he did something shocking; since graduation he signed himself (voluntarily) to Vermillion Legion
, the Red Piss Brigade! many thought him to be mad, but some thought it was fitting exile and punishment for a failure like him. It was pure hell for him, amongst other 'failures' and 'outcastes' from other houses who some of them were even exalted by dragons and they hated him
because he chose to come to the legion willingly! Expect one and she was Ledaal Yumi
, she was strategos of her unit but she never really picked up the front line aspects of the warfare. She was excellent supply manager, had keen genius level tactics and also keen occultic lore and knowlegde. However Falcree was far superior in swordplay and sheer charisma how to inspire and lead troops, this very much she determined through her contacts in House of Bells and what class grades he excelled at. Not to mention he was not slouch on thinking on his feet in combat and make emergency tactics which are directly quoted from Thousand Correct Actions of Upright Soldier
, a sort manual which most students just skip through in the class. Not to mention his sense of morale backbone is exact similar to hers and she also studied the manual like a bible to live by as life as a soldier.
So for these reasons Cathak Falcree, a mere mortal, was assigned as second command in legion 9 of Vermillion Legion, a mortal command over both mortals and dragon-bloods alike! Which is unheard and literally angered many, but none questioned their superior Ledaal Yumi's decision. Her decision paid off, as Falcree indeed provided solid front line commander while she herself focused more to management and planning of the coming conflicts. Just the way she preferred it. Falcree and Yumi had mutual respect to each other and perhaps potential blossoming feelings which never came to be (she was high breeding dragon-blood and she was already promised to a fiancee in Blessed Isle....and thus reason why she solidly focused military career to enjoy her freedom to explore Threshold and get enjoy experiment and employ her genius mind before she retires to breeding duties at home, so thus affair with mortal would been tremendous scandal and make her family and herself look bad).
Then there was messenger from one Immaculate monasteries deep in Threshold, request assistance against large group of bandits who had come seek despoil and steal monastery relics and treasures! Yumi had assigned several talons of her units to other patrols so she was stretched thin in regards deploying units from the defense forces at stronghold she and her legion was assigned to. But none the less she calculated suitably sized experienced soldiers and she herself and Falcree would come along to defend the monastery. They rided fast towards the monastery, they saw the bandit group had succeeded penetrate the defenses and some of them were already looting the first treasure vault....and soon thunderous roar the first treasure vaults exploded as a powerful demon stormed out from it
! Yumi immediately recognized it was blood ape and conducted that monastery must have got one sealing devices in storage, sealing device which housed a demon which was sealed inside the item when a exorcist had banished demon into it and some foolish bandit had broken or unsealed the demon somehow!
She immediately knew normal soldiers, even elite, cannot kill blood ape with numbers and eguipment they got. So they made risky plan to use soldiers to distract and cause minor injuries to blood ape while she delivers finishing blow on her daiklave, which as magical item can cause great deal of harm. A very uncharastic action in her part to participate in close combat and so Falcree was worried. Everything went well however and as Yumi leaped from ambush upon backside of the blood ape she thought she had succeed as her daiklave slashed down....only to be knocked back by blood ape who had seen through her plan and with powerful swipe knocked wind out of her, then lifting a huge rock blood ape smashed said rock atop her and crushed her lungs, bones and all internal organs in one go!
Enraged, furious and angry Falcree grasped on hilt of Yumi's sword Blizzard and screaming he charged towards blood ape while dragging sword which he barely could lift! Then in that moment he saw a vision and message from Unconquered Sun, which he drowned behind on fury towards the demon as suddenly blade in his hand came light as feather and his feet moved rapidly and he felt stronger than ever before! With a blur he leaped past blood ape's swipe and then arching slice with daiklave he harassed the blood ape with powerful golden arching slices and put him on defensive and then his blade started find hits past blood ape's guard, every slice burning and scorching his wounds with holy burning golden fire and blood ape screamed as he hacked him into pieces until nothing but shizzling black tar of demonic blood was left staining the monastery pavement.
Burning golden light and brand in his forehead made him realize what has happened, he was crying, both for what he had become and also for loss of Yumi and also realize his life was over as protector of the realms. He moved to Yumi and apologized to her, both taking her precious weapon without permission and also for becoming a anathema. However Yumi just smiled and barely managed to whisper; "Do not cry....you had been chosen as a hero....by the sun than from dragons..."
Those were her final words and it made Falcree wonder what she had meant exactly by it. He had no lore nor religious training in lore like she had got, but as this happened he saw another golden light....it was another anathema, a another solar, who had emerged amongst the Immaculate monks. Together with her they blessed and gave final farewells to all fallen and then taking the sacred relic which bandits were aiming to steal with them they departed on the road. Falcree had taken the armor and weapon which Yumi had worn in her first and last actual combat as memento from her and his past life in the Blessed Isle.