Exemplar Universe Glossary

Original publish date: Sept 7, 2017

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AEGIS Personnel

Albert Hassebroek, Dr.

A German-born specialist in Exemplar medicine who works for AEGIS. He occasionally presents himself as a kindly and somewhat goofy man, but in truth he is mean tempered, manipulative, and egotistical.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Amelia (Amy) van den Broeke, Special Agent

An Agent of AEGIS.

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Amelia has faced a great deal of adversity due largely to her abilities among other factors. She believes her life would have turned out much differently had it not been for the help of representatives from AEGIS. She joined the agency so that she might give back to other Exemplars, like herself, who were cast away by society. Somehow, she develops an empathic bond with Everett Howard (later known as Sapphira Scott) a person who embodies everything she believes is wrong with the world.

A transwoman, who passes very well, Amelia has faced a great deal of adversity in her life, but as she comes to knows Sapphira Scott and the other exemplar overcomes her old hatreds, the two fall in love. After merging into a single being and subsequently returning to their previous form, Amelia is transformed into a biological woman.

Her birth or “dead” name is Andrew.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption & The Fall of Kruhl

Andrew Steenburg, Deputy Assistant Director

Matthews and Van den Broeke’s superior whose duties within the agency are largely bureaucratic.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Brian Malcolm, Director of AEGIS

The government appointed leader of AEGIS.

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It is later revealed that Director Malcolm is the centuries old Moloch, the brother of Chemosh who has remained on Earth for countless centuries to guard and protect humanity and help atone for the misdeeds he has committed in the past.

See Indigo Knight
See Moloch
See Richard Downing Jr.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Carter Rathdrum, Special Agent

A veteran, both as an LAPD officer and an AEGIS agent, Rathdrum who despite his apparent easy going attitude, is a skilled investigator.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption and The Fall of Kruhl.

Phillip Matthews, Special Agent in Charge

A man wholly dedicated to his job and direct superior to Agent Van den Broeke. Never one to get involved in the personal lives of his subordinates, Matthews is nonetheless well respected by all the agents who work below him.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

 

Creatures & Non-Human Peoples

Assar

The denizens of the world Daemag, the Assar resemble lions with human bodies. The Assar are war-like and view humans as an inferior to them.

Gallu

Semi-corporeal beings who would seem to serve Chemosh. They are vulnerable to most any weapons when they remain still, but become intangible when moving. They do not seem capable of speech, but do tend to scream out the word Gallu which is how they received the name.

Skeada

A creature altered by dark sorcery to become an assassin. The appear as an ordinary human and only reveal their true form when it is time to kill. They possess luminous red eyes, clawed hands and razor-sharp teeth. They possess superior strength and are extremely difficult to kill.

The process of creating a skeada requires a willing subject or someone so broken they’ve given up on life.

 

Denizens of Daemag

Gylda

A great Assar beauty hailing from the island of Angol, Gylda was to be wed to the warrior king Kruhl. A spoiled child barely come into adulthood, she was resentful of Kruhl and the arranged marriage forced upon her by the alliance between her father the King of Angol and Kruhl.

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She betrayed her betrothed to the sorceress Reesha.

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Kruhl

See under Exemplar (Heroes)

Leoffa

The former betrothed of Kruhl. Leoffa died by her lover’s hand when he was tricked by the sorcerer Odalrik who had cast an illusion upon her.

Appears in the Fall of Kruhl

Reesha

The former apprentice of the sorcerer Odalrik who once joined forces with the Kruhl in order to defeat her master. She later led an uprising against Kruhl to usurp his rule and free her people from his rule. Though she claims to work for the betterment of her kind, her motives may not be as selfless as she claims.

Mentioned in The Fall of Kruhl

Odalrik

See under Exemplar (Aberrants & Villains)

 

Exemplar (Aberrants & Villains)

Babalawo

A known exemplar with the ability to phase through solid matter. He uses this ability to rob from banks and occasionally rescue innocents who are in distress. Officially labeled as an aberrant, Babalawo is nonetheless something of a folk hero to the populace of New Hebron. Of African American descent, his alias refers to an Ifá holy man. It is believed, however, that this name is an affectation and nothing more.

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See Awẹ́ Kincaide
See Ashley Harris

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Chemosh

A dark being who appears to have no physical form, but rather invades the bodies of humans and takes control of them like some sort of parasite. He makes an appearance every few years and leaves a trail of bodies in his wake. He shares some sort of connection to the being Ashtar, but what that connection may be is anyone’s guess.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Garos

A giant whose body is covered in many multi-sized eyes, Garos is a terror to behold and a being of incredible physical power. Little is known about his past, but despite helping Chemosh, he seems to have mixed feelings about aiding the other being.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Kwrump

A great brute of a man who periodically appears and goes on a rampage destroying everything in his path. His motives are unclear, but he does not seem to be particularly bright.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Odalrik

A sorcerer and former nemesis to Kruhl. Odalrik was a powerful ruler who reigned over his people as a tyrant. In his heyday he reigned over most of the human population of Eirdon and had amassed a large army that rivaled even that of the Assar.

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After his banishment to Earth, Odalrik has been consolidating his power and slow bending the people of Tondzaosha and surrounding area to his will.

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

 

Exemplar (Heroes)

Aether

An exemplar of very samll stature possessing super-speed and agility, he is capable of moving at such high speeds, it is impossible for almost anyone to see. He was injured during the Battle of the Downing Building, but made a full recovery. He is the lover of the exemplar Harrier.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Arkana

A sorceress and protagonist of Shadow of Arkana.

Ashtar

A being of incredible power, who resembles a human, but would seem to be of extraterrestrial origin. She is murdered by Chemosh, a being with whom shared a history. She passed her abilities on to Everett Howard before dying.

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Though she once believed herself to be the wife and lover of both Chemosh and his brother Moloch, it is latter revealed that the three beings were once one being and had been driven mad and split into three distinct entities.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Borrum

Named for the Celtic God of the Wind, Borrum is able to call up storms and harness the power of lightening. He is a borderline athletic and sub-apex level exemplar. Borrum was gravely injured during the Battle of the Downing Builing, but managed to survive due to his increased healing factor.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Equalizer, the

An exemplar dedicated to equalizing injustices, the Equalizer is an athletic level exemplar who suplements his abilities through the use of firearms. Though often outclassed by more powerful villians his quick wit and steady aim kept him ahead of the game. The Equalizer saw his demise at the Battle of the Downing Building.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Harrier

A tall and statuesque exemplar named for the species of hawk and not the aircraft. Harrier is a sub-apex level Exemplar with retractable talons, superior strength and the abilities to fly. She was wounded during the Battle of the Downing Building, but made a full recovery due to her increased healing factor. She is the Aether’s lover.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Indigo Knight

A world famous hero who utilizes a mechanized suit to fight crime. Rumors of his secret identity abound, but the most common of them is that he is eccentric billionaire Richard Downing Jr.

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Though he once believed himself to be the brother of Chemosh and husband and lover of Ashtar, it is latter revealed that the three beings were once one who had been driven mad and split into three distinct entities. Known Aliases include, Indigo Knight, Brian Malcolm and Richard Downing Jr.

See Brian Malcolm
See Moloch
See Robert Downing Jr.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Kruhl

Once a mighty warrior king, Kruhl was banished from his realm of Daemag by the sorceress Reesha. Upon arriving he is transformed into a diminutive young human woman in her late teens to her twenties.

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Moloch

A being, who like, Ashtar, resembles a human, but is of extra-terrestrial origin.

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Though he once believed himself to be the brother of Chemosh and husband and lover of Ashtar, it is latter revealed that the three beings were once one individual who had been driven mad and split into three distinct entities. Known Aliases include, Indigo Knight, Brian Malcolm and Richard Downing Jr.

See Brian Malcolm
See Indigo Knight
See Robert Downing Jr.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Onryo

Protagonist of Onryo’s Revenge, named for a Japanese vengeful spirit.

Psyren

See Everett Howard or Sapphira Olivia Scott

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption & The Fall of Kruhl

Red Reaper

A mysterious hero with unknown motivations who wears armor of a type similar to the Indigo Knight.

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Sapphira Olivia (Liv) Scott

See also Everett Howard

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Upon witnessing the death of Ashtar and inheriting her powers, Everett Howard, a seemingly ordinary, albeit racists and bigoted old man undergoes an intense physical transformation into a young woman of African-American descent. Faced with the mistrust of Assistant Deputy Director Steenburg, who fears he has the makings of an aberrant, ‘Sapphira’ must overcome his prejudices in order to defeat Chemosh. He is nicknamed, ‘Liv’ by Agent Van den Broeke, in whom he shares an empathic bond.

Later she falls in love with Amy van den Broeke and after her brief merger with the agent comes to accept her new gender and sexuality.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption & The Fall of Kruhl

Tennyo

Named for the angel-like beings of Japenese Buddism, Tennyo is a sub-apex level exemplar who carried twin katana’s into battle. Tennyo participated in the Battle of the Downing building, but did not survive.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Teressa

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A transgirl like her elder sister Amelia, Teressa buried her feelings to hide them from her father Lucas for fear of invoking his ire. In her late teens she discovered that, like her sister, she possessed exemplar abilities. Including the power to create illusions, cast her image great distances for very short intervals, and is immune to most forms of telepathy.

She has been waging a one-woman war against the sorcerer Odalrik since his aborted attempt to bend her to his will.

Appears in the Fall of Kruhl

 

Exemplars (Non-combatant)

Katie Brown

A young girl with an unspecified range of psychic powers known to and protected by AEGIS.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Locations

Alameda, Idaho

A town Southeastern Idaho which neighbors Tondzaosha. Alameda is home to Alameda General Hospital. Parts of The Fall of Kruhl take place here.

Angol

Located upon the world of Daemag, Angol is an island nation to the east of Eirdon. A sometimes rival and sometimes ally of the other nation, Angol is populated mainly by Assar, while the human denizens are kept around mainly as slave labor.

Daemag

The world or realm within which Kruhl formerly called home. Daemag is a world where sorcery and the sword rule supreme and the almighty Assar rule over their human slaves with an iron fist.

Eirdon

Smaller than it’s neighbor Angol to the west, Eirdon is a might nation ruled over by Assar warriors.

Grove City, Idaho

A city in Southeastern Idaho which is located approximately thirty miles north of Tondzaosha. It is the home of one of two state mental hospitals. Parts of The Fall of Kruhl take place here.

New Hebron, California

A city in Southwestern California. It is the primary setting for Psyren’s Redemption.

Tondzaosha, Idaho

A town Southeastern Idaho which neighbors Alameda. It is the birth place of Amelia van den Broeke. Parts of The Fall of Kruhl take place here.

Miscellaneous Terms

Aberrant

An Exemplar who participates in criminal activity. Namely, a super villain.

AEGIS

The Agency for Exemplar Governance, Investigation and Security. AEGIS is largely distrusted by ordinary humans and Aberrants, but most law abiding Exemplars have nothing but praise for the agency as it often helps them come to term with their abilities and in the more extreme cases help them make a new identity for themselves when their new abilities are accompanied by a physical transformation.

Exemplar

An individual, with powers or abilities that are beyond that of an ordinary human.

Exemplar Physical Power Scale (EPPS)

When measuring the range of exemplar physical abilities, namely strength, speed and reflexes, Exemplars and ordinary humans are classified as one of five different ratings: Below Average, Average, Athletic, Sub-Apex and Apex. This scale does not apply to any psychic or energy-based abilities.

Below Average

This classification applies to anyone possessing below average strength, speed or reflexes.

Average

This classification applies to anyone possessing average strength, speed or reflexes.

Athletic

This classification applies to anyone possessing strength, speed or reflexes comparable to a professional athletic.

Sub-Apex

This classification applies to anyone possessing physical abilities beyond that of an athlete, but still possesses a fair bit of vulnerability. Sub-apex level exemplars can be sometimes be defeated by average humans with weapons. Someone possessing superior strength, but can be killed or severely injured by gunfire would be considered a sub-apex exemplar. Sub-Apex exemplars may also possess increased healing factor.

Apex

This classification applies to anyone possessing extreme physical abilities beyond that of the sub-apex level. Such individuals may be invulnerable or so close to it that no ordinary human could ever hope to kill them without some form of advanced technology or taking advantage of a weakness to a radioactive mineral. Apex exemplars are extremely rare.

Pyschometric Retrocognizance

A unique exemplar ability in which the person in question is able to view past events by touching physical objects that have some sort of tie to those events. Currently, Amelia van den Broeke is the only person known to have this power.

Stone of Cold Fire

A device which was used by Chemosh to kill Ashtar and transform her into a block of ice.

 

Ordinary folk

Ashley Harris

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Formerly the Exemplar Babalawo, Ashely is trapped in the body of a former victim of Chemosh after learning that she was given her abilties to Chemosh and was on her way to being transformed into a Gallu. Though it is not known for certain it is believed Indigo Knight was responsible for her body swap.

Initially uncomfortably with her changed race and gender, Ashley eventually comes to adapt to her new situation and even finds herself attracted to men.

See Awẹ́ Kincaide
See Babalawo

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.
Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Awẹ́ Kincaide

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Babalawo’s alter ego and son of Noah Kincaide. His life of crime began to help pay for his ailing father’s medical expenses.

See Ashley Harris
See Babalawo

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Brian van den Broeke

The second-eldest Van den Broeke and the sibling to whom Amelia is closest.

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See Teressa

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption

Clara Howard Stern

Everett Howard’s late daughter.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Daisey Fischer

A young woman who works the visitor desk at the Tondzaosha Police Department. She is not an officer herself, but serves as an administrative aid.

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

David van den Broeke

The youngest Van den Broeke sibling.

Mentioned in The Fall of Kruhl

Erica van den Broeke

The second-youngest Van den Broeke sibling.

Mentioned in The Fall of Kruhl

Everett Howard

See also Sapphira Olivia (Liv) Scott

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An elderly man who has lived through much tragedy in his life, first through the death of his wife during childbirth and later with the loss of his daughter Clara who was murdered at gunpoint by a desperate young mugger. Grieved with the loss of his daughter, he lets his anger turn to hatred and convinces himself that all people of African-American descent are cut from the same mold as his daughter’s killer.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemtion.

Hailey Stern

Daughter of Clara Stern and granddaughter to Everett Howard.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption & The Fall of Kruhl

Jennifer “Jenn” Riley

Hailey Stern’s lesbian girlfriend.

Lucas van den Broeke

The abusive father of Amelia van den Broeke who believed he could beat the ‘sissy’ out of his transgender child.

Mentioned in Psyren’s Redemption & The Fall of Kruhl

Maggie van den Broeke

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See Serena

Mentioned in Psyren’s Redemption
Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Noah Kincaide

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Clara Stern’s murderer and father to Awẹ́.

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Richard Downing Jr.

An eccentric and reclusive billionaire rumored to be the armored hero Indigo Knight.

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See Brian Malcolm
See Indigo Knight
See Moloch

Appears in Psyren’s Redemption.

Serena

A nurse working in Alameda General Hospital in Idaho.

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Full name Serena Maragaret “Maggie” van den Broeke née Moretti

Amelia’s mother, Serena went by Maggie, the diminutive form of her middle name when younger to distinguish herself from an aunt with the same name, but after her divorce from her absusive husband Lucas began using her first name to signify a fresh start for herself.

When still married to Lucas, Serena turned a blind eye to the abuse of her eldest child then named Andy believing that Lucas was curing the child of what both parents deemed as deviant behavior. After Lucas beat Andy half to death, she lost custody of all of her children and came to see Lucas for the monster he really was and came to reget enabling his despicable acts. After divorcing him, she went back to school to become a nuirse and was able to regain guardianship of her children, save ‘Andy’ who was already of legal age.

Mentioned in Psyren’s Redemption
Appears in The Fall of Kruhl

Thomas “Tom” Shanderly

A police deputy for the city of Tondzaosha, Idaho.

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Shanderly is a skeada, an assassin created by through the use of very dark magics. Whether he underwent the process willingly or was coerced, it is not clear.

See Skeada

Appears in The Fall of Kruhl.

 

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