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Source: Legends, pg(s). 22–25

Avarneus, a hero of the Vidric Revolution, plays a vital role in maintaining the unity of the newly established government as a member of Vidrian's council. Through their strategic insights, measured approach, and ability to understand the motivations of others, Avarneus fosters cooperation and harmony among the council members that serves as a significant factor in keeping the various factions and individuals aligned towards a common goal. Their reputation as a dedicated and selfless advocate for the people of Vidrian further solidifies their influence and ensures that the government remains focused on the betterment of the nation.12


Avarneus, shrouded in mystery, has a past obscured by secrecy. During the revolution in Sargava that led to the birth of Vidrian, Avarneus faced public trials as a collaborator with the colonialist government. Their upbringing in Kalabuto remains unclear, with different accounts suggesting diverse backgrounds. Some recall seeing Avarneus as a beggar on the streets, while others claim they were the child of a councilor's secretary in Eleder, witnessing firsthand the impact of Chelaxian rule and corruption. There are even whispers of Avarneus having ties to the criminal underworld of Crown's End, known for its dubious characters.2

Despite the uncertainties surrounding their past, one thing is agreed upon: Avarneus witnessed the suffering of their people and recognized the need for change. Refusing to confirm any specific story, Avarneus focuses on the present and the actions that need to be taken. Their involvement in history begins with their association with the thieves' guild in Eleder. Lonely individuals trapped in colonial life remember Avarneus as a sympathetic listener and a discreet presence, although they struggled to recall their name when their belongings went missing. Avarneus possessed a remarkable ability to understand people and situations, maneuvering them to their advantage. Their social invisibility granted them access to places and information that others could never obtain.2

Initially, Avarneus distanced themself from the brewing revolution, providing financial support to trusted insurgents from their illicit gains. However, as it became clear that critical information was inaccessible to those who shared their vision, Avarneus stepped into the role that was needed. They embedded themself and skilled spies within Sargava's colonial government, disrupting shipping routes and schedules, exposing atrocities committed by cruel rulers, and even betraying senior officials who trusted them as a Mwangi agent.2

Although arrested as a perceived collaborator after the victory, Avarneus found solace in the support they received during Vidrian's council trials. As Vidrian becomes self-sufficient, Avarneus may one day address the task of honoring those who deserve recognition, including themself. For now, their focus remains on the crucial matters at hand.2


Avarneus possesses a calm and observant demeanor, carefully weighing every detail and considering various outcomes. Avarneus speaks sparingly, choosing their words wisely. They prioritize listening and observing, believing that every moment spent with others presents an opportunity to learn. A lingering influence from their days as a spy is reflected in their inconspicuous attire and non-gendered language, with only their name used by those close to them.2

Despite their desire for a quiet life and a sense of freedom after the hard-fought revolution, Avarneus finds it difficult to truly rest. They remain engaged in gathering intelligence, a habit they have not let go of even after becoming a member of Vidrian's governing council. However, Avarneus has become more cautious and now enlists the help of others for their missions whenever possible. They have also learned to refrain from reflexively spinning lies when caught in their manipulations, a positive change in their approach.2

Avarneus tends to assess the value of relationships based on their political potential, a mindset that they recognize as potentially detrimental both personally and professionally in the long run. They understand the risks involved if someone were to take their detached nature personally and turn it against Vidrian. However, this is the approach they have grown accustomed to, and they have yet to find a reason to change it.2


Abrogail Thrune II

Aware of the immense capabilities of Cheliax, Avarneus understands the importance of closely monitoring Abrogail Thrune II and her every move. They are well aware that Abrogail will make efforts to consolidate her power and expand her influence once again, seeking to reclaim anything she deems rightfully hers. Vidrian must remain vigilant and prepared for the day when she makes her move.2

Avarneus has devised a daring plan in response to a grandiose artwork, a gift intended for Queen Abrogail Thrune II from a fawning foreign dignitary. They have assigned agents to intercept the shipment discreetly and ingeniously conceal a clockwork recorder within it, with the purpose of capturing a single crucial conversation. However, Avarneus acknowledges the inherent risks involved in this operation. The agents have been given strict instructions to destroy the recorder immediately if there is even the slightest hint of its discovery, ensuring that no trace of their interference remains.2

Shimali Manux

Shimali Manux leads Firebrands in combat.

While Avarneus maintains a distant demeanor towards most individuals, including Shimali, they hold a unique perspective on the Vidric admiral's idealism. Avarneus recognizes the value in nurturing and preserving Shimali's unwavering beliefs, even if they rarely express it openly. In their own subtle manner, Avarneus keeps a watchful eye on the activities of the Firebrands and those associated with them, attentively observing for any signs of dissent or discord that may arise in support of Shimali's cause.2


Avarneus's personal connection to the rebel leader Sihar remains ambiguous, leaving uncertainty as to whether they perceive any reflection of themself or someone they once knew in Sihar's role. Nonetheless, Avarneus maintains a keen interest in the state of Mzali and requests regular reports to stay well-informed about the city-state's affairs. They have taken proactive measures to ensure that, in the event Mzali seeks assistance, they are prepared to offer at least a measure of support.2

Tessa Fairwind

The Hurricane Queen Tessa Fairwind holds an unyielding grudge against Avarneus, vowing never to forgive them for what she perceives as betrayal. According to her account, they engaged in a passionate courtship that swept both of them off their feet, only for Avarneus to subsequently abandon her and sacrifice the Free Captains for the sake of the revolution. While Avarneus flatly denies any romantic involvement, they do acknowledge manipulating Tessa to advance the cause of the revolution. Whether they harbor any remorse for their actions remains unknown, as they maintain an enigmatic silence on the matter.2

Wynsal Starborn

Avarneus finds themself in an uncomfortable position regarding Absalom's acting primarch, Wynsal Starborn. Lacking sufficient information, they are unable to form a personal judgment about him, which is a circumstance they detest. Though tales of Starborn have reached Vidrian, Avarneus is concerned by Wynsal's reluctance to embrace his own power. They are determined to gather intelligence on Starborn, both as a leader and as an individual, in order to determine whether establishing a connection would be worthwhile. While other councilors in Vidrian welcome the recognition of such a highly esteemed and influential ruler, Avarneus remains focused on the future. They recognize that Wynsal likely has adversaries and desires to relinquish his position swiftly, which means his enemies may prove more valuable allies than his allies themselves.2

News of an upcoming gala or festival being planned by the Absalom council has reached Avarneus, presenting an ideal opportunity for investigation.2


As a spy, Avarneus had a preference for non-magical means, as magic could be easily countered with a few simple gestures and incantations. For long-term covert missions, they sought something undetectable, and practical ingenuity could be just as potent as any form of magic. Avarneus shared the schematics of their inventions only with their most trusted allies, once they had established complete trust in them, of course. Four of such inventions include the clockwork recorder, lover's ink, the palm crossbow, and vestige lenses.2