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"We are but a fragment of the enormity of the cosmos" [1]

The Arcanist is one of The Eleven, and reigns over the Starfall Isles and the Arcane Flight.

DescriptionEdit

The Arcanist is a long-bodied dragon described as possessing ten spindled limbs: two sets of wings, two sets of emaciated arms, and two legs. He has large ears and an intricate, flat head crest which fans from his alien head. His predominant colors are pink and purple. He is mentioned to be frailly built, with a wiry frame and a weak, curved neck. It is implied that he hovers rather than flies. His larger pair of wings acted as a cocoon when he was newly born, while his smaller vestigial wings remain mostly folded at his sides.

The arcane serpent is the youngest of the eleven gods, and is characterized by his curiosity and desire for knowledge. He was so determined to learn that he climbed to the top of the World Pillar for days without the use of flight or magic. He is also a bit overzealous, at one point feeling as if he could command the universe itself and believing that he was communicating with the heavens. He also becomes frightened multiple times throughout the Third Age.

StoryEdit

Birth of a New GodEdit

Story - Birth of Arcanist
The Arcanist was born at the end of The Second Age. The civilization that lived on the continents had created a giant engine that would supposedly possess the capability to "fortify life, challenge death, and know the true potential of magic." It collected magical energy from many surrounding smaller engines, and would provide scientists and mages alike with immeasurable knowledge of physics and the workings of the universe. When the engine was turned on, it malfunctioned, exploding and ending all life. 
Story - The Arcanist Awakens

However, at the detonation's epicenter, a mass of energies had condensed in the form of a great orb. It pulsed like a star, arcing wildly with tendrils of arcane energy. It appeared curiously sluggish, as if waking from sleep. And then it stretched out all ten of its spindled limbs. This was the birth of the Arcanist [2]

The god's first few moments of life were sluggish and confusing. It took him several days to rouse himself from the coiled position he was created in, and even after he was frightened by what he felt and saw. But after a time his curiosity had overtaken his fear, and he began to explore his birthplace. Because of the devastated state of the world he had been born into, he considered it to be the true appearance of the realm, having seen no other world.

Story - The Arcanist and the Observatory

The ObservatoryEdit

The remains of the world provided him with questions and wonder, and though he couldn't read the text on the few papers and parchments left intact, he could understand the pictures and started to form an idea of the area's past history. But eventually there were no more remains for him to discover, and he decided to explore outside of his birthplace for the first time. 

Oblivious to the existence of the Plaguebringer and the Gladekeeper who fought in the north, the Arcanist arrived at his first unknown destination: a surprisingly intact observatory. After studying the building, he managed to decipher its purpose. He peered through the telescope, unaware of what he was about to see. He then witnessed a vast sea of blackness dotted with a million blinking stars. While the experience startled him, it also filled him with an excitement that caused him to remain in the observatory, viewing and charting the apparently endless expanse of stars and galaxies.

The Release of the ShadeEdit

Story - The Arcanist at the top of the World pillar

Using a vast supply of parchments he found inside the observatory, the Arcanist began to write down his observations. He drew constellations and maps, endlessly observing space. However, one day he discovered something different - a splotch of pure black located in a place where it hadn't been before. The blackness moved over the course of only a night, leading the Arcanist to believe it must be very close - perhaps even so close it could be viewed with the naked eye. He searched the horizon for a high place to observe it from, deciding on using the World Pillar. As he approached the structure, the massive amounts of warped energy around it made flight impossible. He was forced to crawl upon the ground in order to reach it. Sickened, intimidated, but even more intrigued, he climbed the Pillar. He had to know.

After days and nights, he reached the summit. During his toil, the dark spot had grown. The arcane serpent's perception felt skewed after gazing upon it, and he believed that the magical energies radiating from the Pillar were to blame. He tried to pull at this magic and absorbed the ether, which cleared his vision. To his surprise, the darkness seemed to respond to his movements. As he played around with magics and movements, he felt as if he had contacted the heavens and that the universe was at his command. But suddenly, something felt wrong.

The Shade attacked, draining the serpent of his magic and terrifying him into deciding to leap from the Pillar rather than face the powerful monstrosity. After this, the Shade broke through the magical barrier and shattered the World Pillar.[3] The Arcanist was nowhere to be found when the older gods were revived and gathered around.[4]

A New AgeEdit

Since the Pillar was broken, the Arcanist made the Starfall Isles his home. He created children in his image, most likely the Fae.

And since, the arcane serpent continues to observe the sea of stars and mysteries from his beloved Observatory, its Eye of Many Lenses staring deep into the darkest quadrants of space. The Arcanist broods by candlelight within, feverishly scribble the knowledge of the cosmos into ancient tomes of countless pages. Forbidden words rolling off of enchanted tongues echo through the archaic structure bound in runes formed through years of applied magical sciences.[5]

TriviaEdit

  • The Arcanist has the longest and most detailed backstory of all of The Eleven.
  • When looking at the dragons' ID numbers, it is revealed that the Arcanist was the 11th dragon to be created on the site. This was likely a nod to the story of the gods' birth, as all the gods have their ID numbers roughly in the order they were born in the story. The Arcanist is indeed the youngest of the eleven gods.
  • The Arcanist is the only deity of the Eleven whose name is not a compound word. (EX: Tidelord, Gladekeeper, Lightweaver)
  • While most other deities have elemental opposites (Fire and Water, Light and Dark, etc.), because the Arcanist is the last of the 11 deities, he has no elemental opposite.
  • The Arcanist is the only deity that has two sets of wings.
    • Additionally, he is the only one out of the Eleven that has four arms.
    • In total, he has 10 limbs (4 wings, 4 arms, 2 legs), while all the others have 6 (except the Windsinger and the Earthshaker, which don't have wings and therefore only have 4 limbs, and The Stormcatcher, who has two sets of arms).
  • He has a similar body shape to the Windsinger (excluding the wings).
  • On the Flight Rising forums, he is called "Spacedad" among the members of the Arcane Flight

SourcesEdit

  1. Flight Rising Forums: Deity Speech Chronicles
  2. Lorebook: Chapter 2: The Second Age
  3. Lorebook Chapter 3: The Third Age
  4. Lorebook Epilogue: Flight Rising
  5. The Starfall Isles on Flight Rising

External Links Edit


The Eleven
Arcane Rune The Arcanist Earth Rune The Earthshaker Fire Rune The Flamecaller Ice Rune The Icewarden

Light Rune The Lightweaver Lightning Rune The Stormcatcher Nature Rune The Gladekeeper

Plague Rune The Plaguebringer Shadow Rune The Shadowbinder Water Rune The Tidelord Wind Rune The Windsinger

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