Character: Demetrius Claudius
A commander of the fifth legion during the early years of the Yellow Wars. Demetrius Claudius was a brilliant scholar who held many noble titles within the order, and is well recognized for writing “Of Blood and War of the Dyndi” and his reformations to the Order, which arguably helped the Myralians push back the dyndi threat during the Yellow Wars.
Early life and education
While not much is known about the childhood of Demetrius Claudius, it is known that he was born to a very wealthy military family. His father is assumed to have been a high ranking officer within the order, while information about his mother is entirely unknown. It is believed that Demetrius was born between the boundaries of 285 and 295FC during a period of high tension with the dyndi, just before the beginnings of the Yellow wars.
While Demetrius was young, his father was often away, securing the borders from the threat of the dyndi. He spent most of his time alone, fascinating himself with Myralian architecture and security. It is believed the Demetrius was heavily spoiled as a child, granted access to great wealth and knowledge, ready at his command. He spent many hours a day in his father's library, studying history and the culture of his ancestors. Demetrius did not receive personalized education, though he had strong literacy skills and constantly desired further education.
In his early teenage years, Demetrius became subject to strenuous physical training from his father, and lost his time for study. He learned the arts of war, becoming a well adjusted warrior. As ordered by his father, he joined a century. During his time in the lower elites of the Order, he spent a large amount of his time on construction and handling regulation within his Caestra. There, he applied his architectural interests, and worked passionately while his peers slugged around. His efforts were quickly noticed, and he was offered additional training with the master architects and artisans. He received specialized training in metalworking, leather-working, stone-cutting, glass-making, and other unique trades.
After serving a few years in his century, Demetrius was brought before the advisor of Darius. They spoke for hours, though the discussion was never disclosed to the public and still remains unknown. After, Demetrius was granted access to the royal library, where he was given expert training by the greatest scholars of the period. There, Demetrius studied architecture and national security.
After his return from his studies in Dragon's Crown, Demetrius was placed into his old century. Though, to his humble surprise, he was appointed centurion. The Yellow Wars had just truly begun, and tensions were at an all time high. The burden was difficult for Demetrius, as he had to lead in the greatest time of peril since the civil war with the Caesons thirty decades prior. Demetrius did the best he could as centurion, arguably leading the strongest cohort Myralis had yet to have seen.
Over the coming years, Demetrius accumulated great influence within the order. He worked in coordination with other centurions, and became widely recognized as the top centurion of the time. During his time as centurion, his father died of pneumonia. This was only a minor setback for Demetrius, as he did not slow pace. Instead, he fulfilled his father's legacy and continued his passions of defeating the dyndi threat. As centurion, Demetrius worked devoutly toward developing and improving both professional and social life within the Myralian Caestra, introducing greater structural foundations and elaborating upon daily procedure. He brought forth the idea of the outdoor bathhouse, working closely with engineers to develop a universal heating contraption to warm barracks and heat pools. Demetrius also reformed Caestra construction, creating a back line of units who promptly rushed in with wagons and bags after the invasion of foreign land, following the immediate sounding of a loud horn. These units carried tools and materials to begin Caestra construction. These units were known as Copiates.
After a long period of serving as Centurion, in 330FC Demetrius was promoted to Legatus of the fifth legion, the greatest commanding officer before the Legatus Legionis. During this time, Demetrius began his work on a manuscript that would be come to known as “of Blood and War of the Dyndi”, which details how to efficiently construct the perfect Myralian Caestra to combat the threat of the dyndi crisis. The Yellow Wars were still young at this point, and the Dyndi were growing in strength and numbers. While the Dyndi were magically adept, Demetrius dedicated much of his time toward the research of magically resistant armours and fortifications. Unknowingly to others at the time, he also dabbled illegally in the magical imbument of weapons.
As Legatus, Demetrius conquered much of the Dyndi lands, slaying many dyndi as well as their precious Dwytir. Demetrius heard rumours of the Dali o'Sedd, the divine stone of the Dyndi. He sought after the stone, as he believed it would be a great artifact for the Myralian people. During a siege upon the inner Dyndi lands, Demetrius and his legion came close to the Dali o'Sedd. However, Demetrius was shot through the shoulder by a Dyndi treetop sniper, and fell unconscious. The legion was forced to retreat with high casualties.
Upon returning to his Caestreum, Demetrius fell drastically ill. On his deathbed, he gave the location of the key to his study to a centurion who assisted him. A month into his illness, he died of poison from the arrow that pierced him.
Inside his study, the centurion discovered “Of Blood and War of the Dyndi”, as well as other pieces of research from Demetrius. All of Demetrius' work was brought to Darius, who vaulted his research, except for “Of Blood and War of the Dyndi”, which remained in the hands of the Legatus Legionis.