Artoria Aldsan works as an adventurer and mercenary by trade, largely taking jobs in and around Mor Dhona, particularly when they involved squashing the local Garlean presence. A skilled swordswoman, she can often be seen at the forefront of battle.
Artoria grew up within the Garlean Empire and is not a native to Eorzea. Characters who are involved with the Garlean military may recognize her from her past involvement.
She has married Renaea Algiernis, a noble of Ishgard whose family primarily serves the Fortemps. However, Renaea has been away from the city for some time, and so Artoria's ties to the city are thin.
She currently works as a free agent, taking leves here and there as an adventurer, though she's taken up association with The Hallowed Oath.
Artoria looks to be a woman in her 20's. She can typically be seen wearing armor, though she may wear lighter cottons and leathers if she is simply out and about a city. She seldom travels without a side arm. When she is expecting a battle, she prefers medium or heavy armor and either a two-handed or hand-and-a-half style of sword.
She is of slight frame, but lean muscles show evidence of training. Her pale locks and golden eyes often makes her easily recognizable to those given her description. The woman does not seem to possess anything of notable wealth, apart from the quality of her armor and weapons, which she is careful to keep in good condition. But despite her usual humble disposition, Artoria's carriage seems to indicate that she's had a well-born, or at least, a military focused upbringing.
Though she rarely is dressed light enough to allow it to be seen, her body is far more heavily scaled than the typical Au Ra's. Particularly along her arms and legs, she seems to be almost more scales than skin, her fingers and toes ending in claws. In addition, black veins run just under her skin, most visible across her chest where they center upon her heart.
Artoria is mostly quiet. She often holds her tongue on matters she considers not important. She used to come quickly to the defense of the weak, an instinct that she still has a hard time suppressing despite her best efforts. She dislikes bullies and will not hesitate to stand up to them, even when she is sorely outmatched or outnumbered. She is not quick to anger, but also is not quick to laugh or smile. Artoria can best be described as stoic, seeming almost machine-like at at times.
Artoria does not speak of herself too often, and while she does not often lie, she will often try to redirect the conversation or otherwise avoid the question if asked about her past. She also does not make small talk well; she is seen as quite serious by most, and some might even accuse her of lacking any sense of humor whatsoever. She has been making the attempt more often of late, but its success is another matter. She has a tendency towards naivety, and while she is not stupid, she will often take someone at their word.
Artoria is quick to learn, but seems convinced that her only talents lie on the field of battle. Despite her competence with the sword, she is still very green when it comes to the general knowledge of the Eorzea overall, and much of what she knows of Eorzea was learned in the last few years.
When given a choice, Artoria would choose a sword above all else. She began her training with most martial weapons early in her childhood, and while she is skilled with other weapons as well, the sword has ever remained her preference. In a fight, she often falls into a defensive stance at the beginning, always preferring to protect others before going on the offensive. Despite this, she often becomes strangely cold and mechanical in battle, not hesitating to cut down weaker foes. However, it seems if she turns aggressive, she can go somewhat wild, almost like a sort of berserker state.
Artoria has received some training in magic as well, but despite having a large pool of personal aether to draw upon, she seems to lack both the inclination and the talent to take full advantage of it. Instead, she largely uses her aether to reinforce her swordsmanship. She not only throws out raw bursts of aether to act as both shield and attack, but also uses it to reinforce her own body, making herself faster and stronger.
Artoria remains extremely mobile on the battlefield. Despite her tendency towards heavy armor and defense, she is exceptionally acrobatic, able to leap from enemy to enemy in a manner similar to that of Ishgard's dragoons.
Some of these rumors are untrue, speculation, or are greatly exaggerated.
Common & Uncommon Rumors
- ■ "Oh that girl? A quiet sort, but I can't deny she's good with the sword. She seems to work alone most of the time though." — An Adventurer at Revenant's Toll.
- ■ "Artoria Aldsan? She got married here not too long ago, to a Renaea Algiernis. You wouldn't expect an Ishgardian to fall in love with an Au Ra, but I suppose things are changing these days, or maybe that's just how strong their bond is." — An Attendant at the Sanctum of the Twelve.
Rare & Player Rumors
- ■ "That monster is still alive? Take my advice and stay far away." — A Deserter of the VII Legion.
- ■ "There was a huge explosion at one of the Castrums near to the Ala Mhigan border and I saw her getting carried back not long after." - A Soldier of the Resistance
- ■ "Mmm.. she has a monster inside her, yes. But, don't we all? It's just a question of getting our monsters to play nice together~." — Anstarra Silverain.
♥ Romantic Relationship
♡ Romantic Interest
★ Trusted Friend
⧖ Lost contact
Renaea Algiernis ♥ ●-
A girl who ran away from her noble family in Ishgard, Renaea was beset by bandits when Artoria came to her aid. Since then, the two have had a passionate romance-- though not without its troubles as the two became separated for months at a time. Recently they have reunited and wed one another.
A'lera Treon ●The Whispered Wish
A'lera works as a blacksmith, running a company that caters itself towards adventurers. She was responsible for Renaea's current equipment-- a lightning aspected sword, and was the one to invite Artoria to work at the Rose.
Anstarra Silverain ●♥Rendezvous of Stars
Artoria and Anstarra have had their differences, largely as a result of events surrounding Artoria's wife. Artoria saw Anstarra as refusing to take responsibility for her actions, an attitude that was anathema to how rigidly Artoria forced herself to behave. They have since made up, though Artoria still doesn't completely approve of Anstarra's world view.
Lycheria Itazura ●The Hallowed Oath
Artoria met Lycheria when the two were both working for House Cahernaut. Though Artoria helped teach Lycheria about swordsmanship, Lycheria's lack of aether and her idealism were both worrying points for the long-term.
Orrin Halgren ●House Halgren
Artoria first met Orrin when investigating the elemental Djiin. Though they came to blows on this occasion, as Artoria came to Djiin's defense, they later reconciled when Orrin took an attack directed at Artoria's friend, A'lera.
When Artoria awoke after the Calamity, she found herself lost and with no where to go. Her armor was little more than scraps and a trail of blood led behind her to show her path. Fortunately, Eorzea proved plentiful in opportunities for one with martial prowess, and she spent a great deal of time in Mor Dhona, helping to ward off the region's monsters as adventurers gathered to rebuild Revenant's Toll.
Since then, she has continued to work as a mercenary and adventurer, taking what work she could. This would eventually see her to joining the Limitless Reliquary, a group of relic hunters. Unfortunately, the group's activities would eventually lead them to cross paths with the Garlean Empire and they found the home they resided in destroyed. A number of the group went their separate ways, and Artoria found herself searching elsewhere. It was during this time however, that she would first meet her wife, Renaea Algiernis.
Later, she would join Yojimbo Trading Company, a company focused upon hunting monsters to sell their parts on the market. Again, she would work here for some time, and became friends with their leader, Claire Harte, but would eventually leave after Claire's death. From there, she made her way to work as a retainer for House Cahernaut, on the invitation of a friend. She persisted here for a time, but her suspicions regarding the Countess's activities, the deteriorating leadership of the House, and wanting to secure a more stable income for her wife eventually led her to resign and take up a more stable job as a member of security at The Velvet Rose. This proved short lived however, as the company came under scrutiny by the Syndicate and Artoria found herself ill at ease with a job that required little of her.
Instead, she found her way to The Knights of Eorzea, and organization that sought to benefit those who needed help the most. With them, she would participate in the Liberation of Ala Mhigo, fighting her way through soldiers and magitek in the streets of the city. She eventually went her separate way however, and has been working independently as a mercenary since then.
Artoria assisted in investigating a tribe of miqo'te known as the Falling Stars. She first became involved with this tribe after accepting a leve to hunt down one of their rogue hunters, the Fallen known as X'kirra Ares. Upon defeating her, she and the others in her group received an invitation to visit the Sept.
However, this invitation turned out to be a trap. As Artoria's group made their way into the frozen wastes that the Falling Stars called home, they were ambushed by huntresses of the Falling Stars. Betrayed and captured, the Falling Stars used a strange Allagan device to overwrite their memories and implant commands into their mind to be carried out at a later date.
Though the incident had been wiped from her mind, it didn't quell her suspicions of the tribe, and Artoria soon found herself working alongside an Ishgardian Inquisitor to question a man who had apparently been brainwashed. Their interrogation was interrupted by a mysterious figure known as Lord Chagrin. The defenders managed to drive off Lord Chagrin and save their prisoner's life, discovering that Lord Chagrin was in truth Orrin Halgren, who had been similarly mindcontrolled into being a puppet of the Falling Stars.
Fortunately, Orrin by fortuitous chance was freed from his control. He went on to fashion a counter to the so-called Spear of Destiny that had controlled Artoria and others and proceeded to free all those controlled by the Tribe. With news of the Nunh's plan to make himself into a pseudo-Primal, the group launched an attack at the location known as The Crucible, the place where the Falling Stars created their greatest warriors. With this distraction, another group would pursue a way with which to weaken the Nunh.
Afterwards, a number of heroes assembled to help hunt the X'zarann, the Nunh of the Falling Stars in Azys Lla, where he planned to use an aether relay to effectively temper most of Eorzea at once. The group destroyed the relay before finishing off the Nunh himself, bringing an end to his mad ambitions.
Artoria has also investigated a series of incidents involving what appear to be elemental spirits escaping Allagan confinement. Her first encounter was in Mor Dhona, working with the Sons of Saint Coinach. A recent earthquake had opened a cave near the Crystal Tower and the Sons had sent in a research team only for none to return. Upon delving into the cave, Artoria and the group with her found that one of the researchers had been possessed by spirit that named itself, Shaitan, with strong influence over Earth aspected magic. Shaitan declared his intentions to destroy the legacy of Allag, including those currently living in Eorzea today, and the group engaged him. Though they managed to injure the elemental, Shaitan fled before they could slay him.
However, Shaitan was not the only one to awake. Other groups found Efreeti, a fire aspect having taken the position of Nunh of a Miqo'te tribe, and Marid, a water aspect who had taken a lalafell and now led a group of Sahagin. Artoria's next encounter however, would be with Djiin.
Though Djiin did not pose the overt threat that Shaitan did, he had possessed the body of a scion of House Dzemael in order to manifest. The two dragoons who had traveled with her would not allow this, and soon attacked Djiin, with Artoria standing against them in Djiin's defense. She was not enough to protect him however, and a thrust from V'aleera Lhuil pierced through the boy's body-- and sent a strange disc tumbling into the Sea of Clouds. Though she searched for the disk, she was unable to find it.
By strange chance however, a leve taken in the Fringes led her to discovering Jotun, and ice aspected elemental who had made the region his home. They conversed for a time, and Jotun revealed that many had come to challenge him over the years, but even if one would defeat him, he would then simply take the body of the victor as his own. Artoria and her group eventually left without major hostilities.
From there, she later took another leve escorting a man in Yanxia to meet the great sage, Raijin. He too was an elemental, lightning aspected, who would pass himself down from master to apprentice, each new sage inheriting the knowledge of the previous as Raijin took a new body. The group conversed with Raijin for a time and discovered that at one time all the elementals had been placed in a single body, and the strongest willed of the would take control should it happen once again.
Meanwhile, Efreeti's eternal party continued in the desert, though the Miqo'te that he had dominated grew tired as his rule continued to drain their resources. Shaitan came to confront Efreeti, to recruit the fire elemental to his destructive cause, only to be turned away.
Storyline on Hiatus.
Hooks and relationships: I'm open to any idea that can provide potential quality RP with my character. If you feel that my character profile can provide a hook for a story you have in mind, don't hesitate to reach me out to see what can be done. Artoria's history lends itself particularly well to anyone who might be from Garlemald or investigating something regarding the Empire.
RP combat and injuries: I'm open for most systems, whether it's a simple contested random roll in game, or something more complicated, and am a great believer in characters receiving consequences for their actions. Artoria is a frequent participant in the Fate-14 system used by the RollEorzea discord and linkshell.
Miscellaneous: This wiki page contains details about Artoria's past, especially in the History section. Some of it may be discovered by those who actively seek it out, but much of it is not generally known. General and Behavior information are free for any observant character to play off of, and the same goes for the Rumors. History is purely there for OOC knowledge and is to help with plot development with those I am involved in a storyline with. The same goes for Recent Events and Relationships sections. If you are interested in taking part, please let me know!
Fate-14: I am also running a Fate-14 storyline, called Somnus Aurelis. If you're interested in joining, please feel free to contact me.
Server and Timezone
Player Info: US Player, usually available in the evenings.
Footnotes and Credits
This wiki was put together with a great deal of inspiration from the wikis of Roen Deneith, Meallaire Sergenaux, and Sune Szihu.
This page is still under construction and will be updated intermittently.