Koda’s Breath

Koda's Breath

Artwork by Kekai Kotaki

Koda’s Breath

We are kodan, watchers of the world, sentinels of the spires of the Shiverpeak Mountains. In the farthest northern oceans, my people fight against our greatest enemy, Jormag, the dragon of frost and snow. The dragon brought suffering and torment to Koda’s world, and it is my duty to restore the Balance.

When all was seemed lost, Koda brought to us the great meditations: Ferocity, Stillness, and Tranquility. With these, we were emboldened to continue the fight, and bring the Far Shiverpeaks back to Balance. A great many of our Sanctuaries fled south with the weak, the young, and the Keepers of Words, in the hope that our people could be spared extinction.

For many seasons, we fought Jormag’s armies whilst harbouring our greatest secret, a Sanctuary named the Spear of the Sea. Carved from the top of the highest mountain, her ice was strong and deadly cold. When she was ready we released her, and the descent from the highest spires created an earthquake that was felt across the world. Our victories grew more numerous, and the oceans were, for the first time in generations, in Balance.

I was born on the Spear, one of twins, as all Kodan are, and raised by the warriors, poets, and priests of the behemoth Sanctuary. Koda guided me, and in time I was made Voice with my childhood friend Serene Wrath as my Claw.

As a symbol of my dedications, I wear fanatics pauldrons. Long ago, I determined my path, and nothing will sway me from it. I’m stalwart in my beliefs and immovable in my loyalties. The weight of my pauldrons reminds me of the burden I carry.

Trouble may follow, but I use my dignity to overcome it. I’m dignified even when up to my ears in mud. It’s what makes people respect me. A serious, thoughtful demeanor is the route to success.

My greatest sacrifice is that I must be cut off from the mists.My mind is forever shielded from the world around me, lest the corrupting influence of Jormag seek to chill my heart to the world and drive me away from Balance.

Koda’s blessing for me was Stillness. Even when the world seems to crumble around me, I find peace in immutable stillness, like the strongest ice. Nothing shall move me, nor force me to abandon Balance.

I abandoned my previous name because I lost my dearest love to corruption. My new name serves to remind me of the power Jormag holds, but more importantly, it serves as an oath to Koda to avenge my loss.

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