Background: Born and raised in England, originally in the Order of Ember. His first liege, Flint, and his entire Order were killed in the Great Massacre around fifty years ago. Ryker began running the Lodge, the training centre for new paladin recruits. He was bequeathed land and monies from his previous liege, and established a ‘camp’ for other lost, dishonoured, and downtrodden knights. He had a huge scar on the left side of his face, ever since the Great Massacre, but Max healed him. He is a bit of a dick, but also a big softy and loyal to his core. He is a potentate, which means he can hold the telepathic link within an Order. This is rare. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from his left shoulder to wrist. His domain, life, is represented by a lilac, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of his forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Domain: Spirit, Life, Death, Beast, Earth, Air, Fire, Water
Eye colour: Turquoise
Hair colour: Deep, dark red
Age: 40 … something
Significant other: Ryker
Background: Max had no memory of anything before she woke up on the streets of Sydney, Australia when she was a young teen. She suffered from seizures whenever she was stressed, tired, or sick because she needed vitality from paladins. She was stalked by the chades for years without understanding why. Max is a graphic novelist and sleeps with a Japanese tanto sword she lovingly calls Joy. She is the daughter of Mother Nature, Dana, and Death Warden, Mordecai. Dana named her Titania. As the daughter of a goddess, Max has special abilities like precognition and she created a whole new element, Spirit. She also accidentally created a loyalty brand – those who are true and loyal to her receive a brand on their upper left bicep. It is a circle with seven druidic runes, all symbols of the elements she has domain over. Her Heraldry/coat of arms is represented on each of her paladins in her Order and is a full sleeve tattoo that moves. This is unique and a direct reflection of her power. She hates karaoke and has been traumatised by tequila in the past.
Background: Lark was born in Australia and is the youngest person in the Order – as well as the shortest. He had never been in any previous Order before as he was deemed unfit for failing the Paladin Trials. He did this on purpose to stick it to his father, a truly horrible man. He has an eidetic memory and is a genius. He is naturally happy by nature – his father never broke him – even though his back is filled with scars from his abusive childhood. He is a massive book geek and has a room just for his books. He fell in love with Ivy, even though on the surface they are opposites. He is a potentate, something he kept hidden for years. He is an expert at yoga and taught himself ballet. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from his left shoulder to wrist. His domain, earth, is represented by a green, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of his forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Background: Jazz is human. She was raised by very strict, cold parents. She is very smart and accomplished with three doctorates as well as her medical degree and is a surgeon. She was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour but was lucky enough to meet Max eight years ago and be cured by her. She has been best friend with Max for years. She discovered the secret world of wardens and paladins when Max asked her to help the Order. Jazz delivered Maxwell and saved many lives after the Revolution War. She went above and beyond to help Beyden when he was badly injured. Despite lots of differences, she fell in love with Beyden. Max made her immortal by accident! Jazz is the only person alive to have witnessed the Donkey And The Train Incident!
Background: Ivy is a ranger. Rangers are notoriously lone wolves, working within their five-man unit to track, capture, or kill chades. As a ranger, she is also responsible for policing and punishing the paladins and even wardens when they commit crimes. She would say she is an anti-social loner who prefers her own company and finds the social airs of their society tiresome and distasteful. Beyden is her younger brother. Nikolai is her direct superior and her best friend. She has always wanted to help the chades and quickly became Max’s secret squirrel to help accomplish this dream. She fell for Lark after a lot of resistance.
Background: Diana was born in Portugal and is the second oldest member of the Order. She was bound for over five hundred years to the same liege, Verity, and was in the Order of Truth. Her Order and liege were killed in the Great Massacre around fifty years ago. She used to act as a consultant to law enforcement all around the globe, using her death paladin skills. She likes the finer things in life, including clothes, and is bold and strong and intelligent. She has a very stubborn streak, denying her love for Darius after he chose duty over pursuing a relationship with her. But she understood because she was also a soldier. Still, she eventually pushes Darius until he snaps and learns all about his wicked side. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from her left shoulder to wrist. Her domain, death, is represented by a gold, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of her forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Background: Dex was originally Charlemagne. He was a well-respected Air Warden and fought in human battles for years with his Order – the Order of Magne. He raised his younger brother, Darius, after their parents were killed. Unfortunately, he devolved into a chade after the Great Massacre. He was a chade for decades but managed to hold onto a piece of his soul. He ran into Max several times over the years, saving her life as well as taking her vitality. Max named him Dex after the TV series because he was a likeable serial killer. He was cured by Max but still retains enough chade abilities that he will never be a true warden again. He is now a chaden (half warden, half chade) – Max chose the new title. He found his happily ever after with Cali, and has a baby son, Maxwell.
Background: Born in France in the 8th century AD, Darius served under the same liege for over one thousand years, until his Order was disbanded after his liege turned into a chade. His old liege was an Air Warden, and his brother, Charlemagne, and his Order was called the Order of Magne. He is a scholar at heart and astronomy is his passion. He loves all things Star trek. He is a stickler for rules, and a little rigid. Honour and duty rule his life to the point where he chose duty over love for close to a thousand years. He is a gentleman to his core. He is a hilarious drunk! And he is a dirty, naughty boy in the bedroom. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from his left shoulder to wrist. His domain, air, is represented by a grey, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of his forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Hair colour: Blonde (natural caramel and honey highlights)
Significant other: Axel
Background: Celeste was born into an aristocratic warden family. Even though it was against the rules, she fell in love with one of her paladins in her Order, Axel. But she was forced to lie to him to save his life from her family, breaking up with him. She cut all ties with her family and disbanded her Order of Brimstone. She lived and worked in one of the paladin orphanages for years until Max summoned her for the Warden Trials. She won a position on the new International Domain Council as the Fire Warden. Her secret son with Axel, Spiro, is the first ever spirit paladin to be born. He is now fifteen years old. Axel forgave her once the truth was revealed.
Background: Born in Sweden, Cali served under the same liege for almost one hundred years and was in the Order of Neptune. She hated her old Order because she was used for sex by her misogynistic liege. She loves to swim and jog, and her favourite part of the day is watching the boys stretch through the kitchen window after the morning workout. She is fun and sassy, as well a true warrior. She falls in love with Dex after a one-night stand and has a surprise, miracle pregnancy. Baby Maxwell is an Air Warden like his father. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from her left shoulder to wrist. Her domain, water, is represented by a blue, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of her forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Background: Born in Spain, Beyden is the second youngest paladin in the Order, but also one of the tallest. He had never been in any Order before Max’s because he was deemed unfit due to the lies an old ‘friend’ spread about him. He is the sweetheart of the group, is a vegetarian, and is a wine connoisseur. He is also a very fine dancer! Although he is absolutely lethal in combat, he would have been quite content to never fight a day in his life. He is a gentle giant. He was injured terribly in the Revolution War and ended up being the first ever paladin to become infected by a chade. Jasminka, a human doctor, saved him and they fell in love. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from his left shoulder to wrist. His domain, beast, is represented by a pink, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of his forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.
Background: Born in Australia, Axel was originally in the Order of Brimstone. He left his first Order after his liege, Celeste, dumped him and broke his heart. He plays the piano with the skill of a true artist and is cocky, irreverent, rebellious, and a shameless flirt. He is easy-going but also serious about his duties. After fifteen years nursing his heartbreak, he discovers Celeste lied to him to save his life. He also learns of a secret son, Spiro. He loves teasing Darius in particular. Max’s Heraldry/coat of arms spans from his left shoulder to wrist. His domain, fire, is represented by a red, shimmering, 3d symbol in the centre of his forearm, amid vines, branches, thorns, flames, and feathers.