The immortal lord Yazelern, ruler of the Court of Thasenare.Yazelern rules the Court of Thasenare. He is regarded as the most gracious and diplomatic of the Esu, for he believes in compromise and values eloquence over courage in battle.

Yazelern’s allies are frustrated by his caution, but they appreciate his patience and pragmatism. Although all Ankaykari can be fearsome, Yazelern is better than most at keeping his temper. He is generous and sympathetic towards his followers and shows mercy to defeated foes.

Like his friend Liralian, Yazelern hopes to create a more just society. He rules the kingdom of Arunisa – a land known for its peace and prosperity. He dislikes becoming involved in mundane conflicts but will help his allies when he must, usually by supplying their armies. While others seek to conquer new lands, he believes his duty is to ensure the welfare of those who are already loyal.

Nayusuru Servants

Yazelern has the allegiance of three Nayusuru servants: Arellesria, Larthesiul and Olemnashial. Although none of them are great fighters, their talents bring prestige to his court. Arellesria and Olemnashial are famed musicians, while Larthesiul is a skilled healer.

Arellesria is the most politically astute of the three. Yazelern is deeply fond of her, but sometimes considers her too scheming. He is equally fond of Olemnashial, who has a sweet and gentle nature. Larthesiul is an interesting companion, and while he can seem aloof, Yazelern knows that he is no less loyal than the others.

Friends and Enemies

Yazelern by Maggie
Yazelern by Maggie

Yazelern tries to avoid making enemies, but has clashed with Ruzenathra more than once. He fears her insatiable ambition and knows she has no respect for him. Although he is civil to Takanepi, he envies the affection Liralian feels for him and believes that Takanepi’s alliance with the deranged Lady Mormariul means he cannot be trusted.

While Yazelern admires Liralian’s nobility, he fears that she is too stubborn and reckless to make a good ruler. He often worries about her emotional welfare and seeks to divert her with music and conversation. They often visit each other’s Citadels to discuss philosophy, and sometimes he even manages to make her smile.

Yazelern’s other close ally is Tassedehami, who appreciates his political maneuverings and can usually be relied upon to support his endeavors. Tassedehami is a complicated, unpredictable friend, but Yazelern is one of the few Esu who understands him well – perhaps because Tassedehami considers him worth confiding in.


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