Use training, discipline, and the spirit of storm dragons to read your opponents!
Grave lives to improve his skills every day, wondering what limits there are to a person's potential. He's dedicated, serious, and strong-willed. He carries a sword, but he was warned at a young age to "use it only when necessary, and no more." He has no such limit on tapping power from the blue dragons of lightning and thunder, though.
Grave trains alongside his sister Jaina and under Master Midori at his dojo in Dragon Tail Vale. Grave cares little about politics, and instead focuses on individual power. Many expect him to win the Fantasy Strike tournament against the previously undefeated Rook.
Transform into a mighty green dragon!
Master Midori believes in honor above all else, and instills respect and ethics in his students, as well as physical training. His master before him taught techniques too deadly to be used, and Midori saw first-hand how that power warped his now-exiled brother. Midori protects his students from such taboo knowledge.
The blood of green dragons flows through Midori's body, and he can take the physical form of a dragon for short times when his focus is strongest. His personal fighting style is defensive and solid, but his dragon form allows for powerful offense as well.
Be a stone golem, attuned to nature and armored with rock!
Rook's past is unknown, though he is known to be an old being, connected to nature. He governs the Morningstar Sanctuary, a haven for free thinking, artistic endeavors, and scientific research that is immune to the laws of Flagstone. He is kind, thoughtful, and wise.
Rook's rocky body makes him almost impossible to defeat, though Rook was never particularly interested in hurting others. Rook and his old friend DeGrey are old enough to remember the last time a government stole its citizens' personal freedoms, and DeGrey urged Rook to create an event that would unite the disparate peoples and remind them they are not so different from one another. That event is the Fantasy Strike tournament.
Paint with magic and unbounded creativity!
Valerie has heterochromia, meaning she has one blue eye and one green eye. She "sees things differently," and expresses herself through painting. Emotionally, she experiences highs and lows, which she believes gives her even more appreciation for the full spectrum of human feelings.
She also happens to like both boys and girls--a crime in the capital city of Flagstone. She now lives at Rook's Morningstar Sanctuary, a protected city labeled as "enemy of the state" by Flagstone. She serves as Rook's artistic advisor, alongside Max Geiger, Rook's scientific advisor.
Be a panda! Make stuff happen, win or lose!
You might not know it from first glance, but Lum is a smart and logical panda. It's just that he loves gambling and chaos and he loves for lots of fun things to happen. He likes to roll dice, but he knows the odds very well.
The Pandalands are having tough times these days, though Lum's spirits still remain high. He sought out Argagarg the water shaman for advice in the nearby Murkwood Marsh. There he learned of the Fantasy Strike tournament and after calling "heads, we enter; tails, bamboo," he signed up.
Kick ass, take names, use fire!
Jaina's fiery temper goes hand-in-hand with her fiery attacks. Don't look at her wrong, or cross her brother Grave, or she'll have some words for you, and maybe her knee, too. She fights with a magic bow, strung with fire, and she taps the power of red phoenix dragons.
Jaina often overextends herself in combat, trying things beyond her mastery. This extra spunk can overwhelm enemies, but also results in her own injuries and burns. Master Midori does not approve.
Use ninja tricks and speed of the fox to overwhelm your opponents!
Setsuki trains at the secret ninja academy called the Fox's Den. Though she's small and not physically strong, her speed and agility know no match. Through a mix of speed and deception, she can confuse opponents into making mistakes.
Setsuki heard that Grave defeated the mighty Rook in a sparring match, and now seeks him out for guidance. She's admired him for some time from afar, but she now feels compelled to see what she can learn from him personally.
If debate and rhetoric fall short, Pilebunker your way to justice!
DeGrey is a master of language and debate. He fights for the rights of all, even those of low status, or the poor. If there is an injustice being done, he's compelled to right it, or at least expose it to the world. And if justice requires his mighty glove to get done, then so be it. Only tyrants need fear tyrant-killers. His outspoken views in Flagstone City caused him to end up imprisoned at Daggerfall, which he knew would happen, but does not regret.
DeGrey's is much older than his body would suggest. Long ago, at the moment of his would-be death, he struck a deal with the night that let him live until his true task is fulfilled. A ghost watches over him to make sure he keeps up his bargain. Though she delights in tormenting him, she ultimately supports him when he needs help.
Plan for the future…and manipulate time!
Geiger is precise and logical. He made his living as a watchmaker though he also studied and experimented in the sciences. His research was branded as "unholy" by Flagstone City, and he sought refuge at Rook's Morningstar Sanctuary to continue his research. There he serves as Rook's scientific advisor.
Geiger's fascination with time may be on the verge of bearing fruit: he's learning that time can be bent and shaped, but he does not yet know the limits. Can a future disaster be avoided? Or can that one regret of the past be undone? If it could be, is it worth the risk to unravel one's life experiences?
Fish men aren't savages, they win through wisdom and patience, and yet they're still exciting to play!
Humans see the Merfolk (or "fish people") as a barbaric race, but the stereotype is all wrong. Argagarg is a cultural leader and he preaches non-violence and tolerance. They say his heart is bigger than any human's. While some want war with the warlike-humans, Argagarg prefers a diplomatic attempt.
Argagarg draws on the magic of water spirits, demonstrating that water can crash, but it can also flow. It's dangerous and gentle; it can take any form, yet it's formless. Few have the patience to grind down Argagarg when he's able to keep their attacks at bay.
What is Fantasy Strike?
Fantasy Strike is an olympic-style tournament held each year by the stone golem Garus Rook. Rook started holding the tournaments at the advice of long-time friend and diplomat Jefferson DeGrey, who believed that such an event would bring together the different peoples of the land and make them realize that their true enemy is the Flagstone government, not each other.
Most entrants are not so high-minded though: Grave Stormborne is the only known fighter to ever defeat Rook in a sanctioned match, so his goal is to prove himself against all comers. Will he do it? Or will Flagstone attempt to shut down the tournament entirely?