| Ashlynn d'Elyse
Ashlynn was born in 577 AR near Merywyn, the only child of Sir Benoir d'Elyse, a master duelist of the Royal High Guard, and his wife Lady Elwynn. Her mother died of a wasting ailment when Ashlynn was eleven.
Ashlynn grew up in training academies and target ranges. She fought and defeated some of the finest swordsmen in Llael by the age of fifteen, and her warcaster talent earned her a place at the Royal Arcane Academe where she blossomed. She graduated head of her class and went to serve as one of her nation’s few warcasters.
Ashlynn soon became one of the most renowned duelists in Llael. Despite her warcaster talents, she had to work as a freelancer just to earn a wage, due to Llael's ludicrously poor support given to its warcasters. Finding her early assignments, such as guarding the Council of Nobles or garrisoning Merywyn, tedious, she began to seek out danger wherever she could find it and soon became a renowned duelist, fighting petty duels and trivial combats.
When Khador invades, Ashlynn joins Llael’s 2nd Armoured Brigade of the Western Division. On the battlefield, she surprises even herself with her martial prowess and proves herself a true warcaster. Even given the superiority in numbers and firepower of the enemy, she inflicts substantial losses. After Laedry’s mercenaries folded, Ashlynn spends weeks harassing Khadoran supply lines, operating with little support.
In Casteus 605 AR, Ashlynn leads a bold attack, bursting through a gauntlet of Men-O-War to buy time for the besieged garrison at Fort Llernas north of Merywyn. Her attack allows the garrison to abandon the heavily damaged fort to fall back to Merywyn before the encirclement. When Khador strikes at Merywyn, she is given a small skirmish group and assigned to conduct periodic reprisal strikes beyond the city’s walls.
After the fall of Merywyn, Ashlynn's father is among the thirty-seven nobles who attempt to organise a revolutionary force. This initial attempt fails, and he is executed by the traitor Prime Minister Deyar Glabryn as a potential threat to the Khadoran occupation. Ashlynn retreats with the rest of the surviving Llaelese military to the last free city of Rhydden, which becomes a refugee gathering point and the centre of the Llaelese Resistance. Following the end of the war, she participates in escorting nobles across Llael’s occupied borders to sanctuary in Cygnar. She is fortunate enough to have ‘liberated’ a substantial stash of Golden Crucible mechanikal parts after the occupation, including access to several Vanguards.
Ostensibly turning mercenary after the occupation, Ashlynn has proven selective in choosing clientele. Nearly all of her employers belong to the enigmatic Highborn Covenant, a loose affiliation of former Llaelese nobles.
When the Northern Crusade, led by Grand Scrutator Severius, arrives in Llael the same time as a full Khadoran assault legion is moving on Rhydden, Ashlynn welcomes them to the city, agreeing to build a temple and follow Menite pre-Orgoth policy towards Morrowans in exchange for their help. With the aid of Severius' forces, the Resistance manages to repel the Khadorans. However, Severius' new policies start to raise concern among the local Llaelese populace.
At the beginning of 607 AR, Cygnaran remnant forces strike several significant logistical targets in Merywyn. They expect assistance from the Resistance, but Ashlynn is unable to do so, being occupied with a thrall horde headed toward Rhydden from the west. Aided by the Northern Crusade, her forces push the Cryxians back across the Black River, while Cygnar ultimately fails to loosen Khador’s grip on the capital.
Sharing a common foe, Ashlynn decides to join forces with Severius to liberate Leryn, a city so fortified that the Resistance couldn't take it alone. Though she doesn't trust Severius, she needs his help to seize Leryn as a new base of operations, since Rhydden is indefensible in the long term from Khadorans. She dispatches Anastasia di Bray to discover the religious leanings of the ranking Greylords of occupied Leryn.
Through Severius' efforts and the intelligence provided by Anastasia, when the Northern Crusade arrives at Leryn, the city's gates are flung open to them. However, Ashlynn couldn't have expected Severius to declare Leryn the seat of the Northern Crusade and impose Temple law. The city is liberated from the Khadorans only to become a territory of the Protectorate of Menoth. Despite her resentment, Ashlynn has no choice but to continue working with the Sul-Menites, without whom the Resistance stand little chance of victory against the Khadorans.
From a young age Ashlynn had a disregard for discipline and her own safety, and was unable to take seriously the consequences of her actions despite Lord Benoir's stern demeanour and low tolerance for nonsense. She gloried in her skill until she hears of her father's death in the fall of Merywyn. His death crushes her childish joy in the rush of battle and turns her cold and ever more ruthless.
Vengeful and independent, she takes a grim satisfaction in killing Khadorans wages a personal war against her hated enemies. Though only biting at the Motherland for now, Ashlynn hopes not only to repel the invaders but also one day to drive her sabre through the heart of the men she holds responsible for ending her father’s life. Most notable among these is Kommandant Gurvaldt Irusk, who led the invasion, and the traitor Deyar Glabryn, whose collaboration paved the way and who signed his death sentence.
|Cygnar||Allister Caine • Coleman Stryker • Constance Blaize • Dalin Sturgis • Edward Dominic Darius • Jeremiah Kraye • Kara Sloan • Markus Brisbane • Sebastian Nemo • Victoria Haley|
|Protectorate of Menoth||Anson Durst • Feora • Mikael Kreoss • Severius • Amon Ad-Raza • Servath Reznik • The High Reclaimer • Harbinger of Menoth • Thyra • Vindictus|
|Khador||Alexander Karchev • Aleksandra Zerkova • Gurvaldt Irusk • Old Witch of Khador • Oleg Strakhov • Orsus Zoktavir • Sorscha Kratikoff • Vladimir Tzepesci|
|Cryx||Asphyxious • Dalin Sturgis • Deneghra • Goreshade • Mortenebra • Scaverous • Skarre Ravenmane • Terminus • Venethrax • Witch Coven of Garlghast|
|Retribution of Scyrah||Vyros Nyarr • Issyria Nyarr • Rahn Shyeel • Thyron Ellowuyr • Ossyan Vyre • Kaelyssa • Ravyn • Garryth|
|Convergence of Cyriss||Aurora • Axis • Directrix • Ghil Lucant • Syntherion|