Duragon Tumet

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"Relying on others is foolish. In the end of it, there isn't a person who can save others. Only you can save yourself."

 Duragon Tumet
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Gender Male
Race Au ra
Clan Xaela
Citizenship Refugee
Age 21
Height 7'0 ft or 2.1 m
Alignment Neutral Good
Profession Gunblade for hire
Patron Deity Halone, the Fury
Orientation Heterosexual

Character

General

Duragon Tumet is a former member of the Garlean military turned mercenary. As a child, he fled his xaela tribe and ended up in Doma, where he ended up recruited to serve the occupation forces. Resolute and fearless, his combat training serves him well as he takes up jobs while traveling around Eorzea.

Appearance

Strong and well built, he is a tall male Au Ra, with a combat trained body that has seen many battles. His hair is pitch black and his eyes have a sharp white luminescent color with equally pitch black irises, giving him an intimidating, piercing glare alike that of a wild beast.

He displays a pair of sharp horns pointing forward from both sides of his face, and a long, scaly tail.

One of the Xaela tribe, the scales that adorn his face and body shine dark like polished onyx.

At first glance, he displays a rather cold expression, probably toughened by the hardships of life. His piercing glare and height make him a difficult person to approach by those easily threatened.

Personality

Too serious and not very keen on social interactions, Duragon prefers to be left to his own devices.

He does not often open up to others, and would rather work and get by on his own.

Due to past bad experiences, he has trust issues and finds it foolish to rely on others, adhering to the philosophy that no one man can save another, each person can only save themselves.

His most remarkable traits are his bravery and unwavering will. His biggest flaws are his inability to trust others and his anti-social, non-amiable personality.

Towards his friends, he is self sacrificing and exceptionally forgiving, however he does not make friends easily, and finds it hard to trust strangers. He is honorable, loyal and kind-hearted despite his appearance.

If he can get past his social issues, he has the makings of a good leader, being capable of inspiring others to action.

His past issues left him with a very gray world view of the world, where there are no truly good or bad people, and each person is mostly self serving and looking out for their own interests. As such, he is quick to see second intentions in kindness.

Combat

General

Duragon is an offensive, aggressive fighter, prone to the physical side. He prefers to wield heavy blades, such as greatswords or gunblades, with one or both hands, due to his background that specialized him as a beast slayer. Against people, he is specially dangerous in open space, cleaving and smashing against hordes of opponents. He somewhat lacks the finesse for one on one dueling of a more elegant kind, but makes up for it in strength and power.

He is attuned to the aetheric elements of shadow and fire, and weak to the aetheric elements of ice and light.

As a member of the Garlean military, he was taught how to use a gunblade, a very difficult weapon to use and master. Perseverance made him quite adept with it, becoming his weapon of choice.

Classes and Jobs

- Gunbreaker (Expert)

- Dark Knight (Advanced)

- Culinarian (Intermediate)

- Miner (Intermediate)

- Samurai (Intermediate)

- Paladin (Basic)

Spells and Skills

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Tendencies

Likes

Food and drinks (preference for Doman and Kugane cuisine)
Fighting
Getting paid

Dislikes

Being hungry
Not getting paid
Books
Boredom
Puzzles
Complex technology and magitek
Traditionalists and judgemental people

Hobbies/Talents

Cooking
Treasure hunting and dungeon raiding
Camping
Working out
Gemstone Mining
Horse (and chocobo) riding

Relationships

Dakrah Malqir

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Duragon knew Dakrah when they were children. Though they were not from the same tribe, they still ran into each other in common places like Reunion when their families went there to trade.

To the extent they were allowed, they explored the steppe, finding secret caves and beautiful views only possible after a climb.

She remembers him in such adventuring days as much more playful, open, and carefree than he is now, and was left to think that he was dead or gone for good when he disappeared from the Azim Steppe. When they were young, she was the serious one between them--though she had a sense of humor that would sometimes come through in surprising ways, more often she would be thinking deeply about things, or focused on perfecting her ability to win at games so that she might one day lead her tribe.

Now, having found him in the midst of a suicide mission the Garlean Empire sent him on, she convinced him to start a life apart from them, but isn't sure what to do with the nihilistic, cause-less man that remains. It almost seems to be reversed. He seems perpetually sullen, while she is more animated and at least able to laugh at herself, though there is still plenty to be serious about, underneath.

Obanan Katherion

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Obanan met Duragon and they immediately became best friends (in his mind, because he was drunk).

Probably the alcohol talking (yes it was), but they worked well together despite having very different personalities.

Obanan was a hero who saved Duragon and his friends from a monster (in his head, the truth is they fought together to defeat the monster with the help of Dakrah).

Duragon has yet to learn more about this strange hyur highlander from Ala Mhigo, but he knows he is an easy to get along drunk sometimes, while serious other times, yet always packing a punch capable of sundering rocks.

He sometimes also carries an axe. A very big axe.

Thaylan Tumet

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Thaylan was a friend from the same tribe as Duragon. They grew up together, running around and mock fighting. Their friendship got closer to rivalry as they grew older, specially as they had very close age to one another and were constantly in competition.

On the day of their trial, the sabotage set forth was going to get Thaylan killed. Duragon broke out of his ropes at the last second, then broke Thaylan and the other children out as well so they could fight together. This was the only way they were able to fight against the beasts coming to feast on them.

However, Thaylan returned home to find his "trial had been disgraced" and that Duragon was being sent away for being a traitor and poisoning his own father. Deep inside, Thaylan started to hate Duragon, blaming him for setting him free that day.

Exhiled by the Tumet tribe, Thaylan traveled until he was found and adopted by a samurai master from Doma. Thaylan was trained in swordmanship and taught how to use a bow. One day Thaylan learned Duragon had also survived, and was of the Garlean military. The same Garlean military that had driven his samurai master from his home and that was tyrannically oppressing nearby regions.

This sparks the flames of revenge in Thaylan's heart once more, and he now is looking to settle his score with Duragon, once and for all.

History/Timeline

Birth

Duragon is a child of the steppe, born in the Tumet tribe from two warriors of the Azim.

Lanae Dhotarl, the Lioness of the Steppe, was his mother, and Azakor Tumet, the Fireborn, his father.

Both were well known for their prowess, and rivals in dispute for the Dawn Throne.

However, these two powerful warriors, while keeping the appearances of rivals and enemies front their respective tribes, fell in love, and from this forbidden - and secret - engagement a child was born - Duragon.

Lanae left to 'travel' under the pretense of honing her skills, keeping her pregnancy a secret even from her own tribe.

And one day, many months past, Azakor returned to the Tumet, bringing Duragon as a baby in his arms, saying "this is my son, blood of my blood. You may not ask who is his mother, or where he came from. If anyone has a problem, fight me."

Youth

A plot by a Tumet traitor resulted in the death of Duragon's father, before he could dispute and win the Dawn Throne.

This traitor learned the truth, that Duragon was the son of an enemy warrior, and wanted to get rid of both him and his father for their 'betrayal'. He was a Tumet traditionalist who could not abide for the tribe rules to be broken no matter what.

This traitor was Duragon's uncle, and Azakor's brother: Tairot.

He set his plans in motion, one day, when Duragon undertook his 10th birthday trial, leaving beasts behind to finish him off alongside the other children being tested once he escaped his ropes.

However, Duragon was quick enough to free himself from the ropes, just before noticing the approach of the ferocious beasts.

The other children had not yet broken free.

Facing a moral conflict, Duragon releases the other children, not leaving them to die for being weak as tradition demanded.

The other kids helped Duragon fight off the beasts, and they all returned together, injured, but all alive.

Duragon's happiness, however, was short lived. Azakor, his father, had died, poisoned.

Tairot, meanwhile, convinced the Tumet tribe Duragon was responsible for poisoning his parent, and he was pinned as traitor and a breaker of traditions both for killing his father and for breaking the other children off so they could fight together.

Escape and new life

Duragon was arrested, but managed to escape due to the help of "a friend of his father's". He later learned this "friend" was a xaela of a different tribe - a dothral.

This 'friend' was a woman who invited Duragon to stay with the Dothral, but he wasn't sure she could be trusted, as what he had heard of the dothral was that they were violent and reckless.

One day, in the middle of the night, Duragon escaped, never learning the woman who rescued and cared for him was, in fact, his mother Lanae.

He left the Azim Steppes and fled to Doma, but was captured shortly after by the Garlean Empire, as they had control of the region.

Because he was strong for his age, the Garleans considered he could be useful.

He was trained to serve the Garlean military, being part of a program designed to raise loyal children from a young age into powerful soldiers for very dangerous tasks, such as eliminating beasts and fighting Primals.

By proving himself worthy, Duragon joined the military, alongside other warriors that hailed from Doma to fight for the Empire, generally men and women coerced into their roles and told that, if they were to disobey, the lives of their kin would be forfeit.

As a young adult

Duragon developed into a strong and gifted warrior, admired by his peers.

However, past his battle prowess and martial capacity would lie a man shy, insecure and in struggle with his duty. The trauma of feeling responsible for his father's death and exiled by his tribe was ever present.

Duragon comes to adopt a very grey world view where there are no true heroes or villains and everyone just does what they can to survive in order to rid himself of perceived past guilt due to the previous events in his life.

As such, for him being a Garlean soldier was no different to him from fighting for their enemies. There was no sin, right or wrong, merely the struggle to survive day by day. The people he fought alongside of were also fighting for their own families, also had their reasons.

This taught him there were no good or bad people in war, merely two sides in struggle to protect those things they care about, be it family, friends, lands or wealth.

Yet, when duty called he would take moral stands that would leave him against the leadership of the Garlean military and land him in trouble in more than one occasion, such as allowing civilians to flee instead of killing them as ordered.

But while some could bring into question his actions, his prowess was proven and he was allowed to stay and fight despite his shortcomings in following orders.

And this was fine to him, as Duragon did just enough to get by and feared ever having to take leadership. Yet, because he was resolute, humble and fearless, he would eventually inspire others' admiration and loyalty, as those around him would come to recognize his best traits and qualities.

Death of a friend

Duragon one day met a man named Zekar. Zekar fought using a gunblade. He was a garlean man but very skilled and strong in combat. Although Duragon was larger, Zekar was just as powerful. Duragon and Zekar became friends and rivals.

Unlike most Garleans, Zekar saw Duragon for who he was, and respected him, treating him as a friend instead of considering him as being from a "lesser race".

Zekar was appointed as leader of the squadron Duragon was a part of, and started to teach Duragon how to wield a Gunblade.

However, one day, Zekar sacrificed himself to save the rest of his men, including Duragon, from a powerful foe: a primal, that they were sent to slay.

Duragon still wears Zekar's dog tag around his neck, and his current weapon is Zekar's gunblade, left to him after his death.

This event led to Duragon eventually deserting the Garleans and picking up a life as a mercenary.