Not really sure that I remember how much detail I went into in past; not much I do not think. Since I mentioned in my previous post about explaining more about the other members of the Nightmist in “Power & Bliss” I thought I would post a little here as well, to show what is in store. I do not go very much in detail with their individual backgrounds, as that has little bearing on “Power & Bliss” specifically, so here we go.
Kain Nightmist is the founder of the clan. As said before, the Nightmist Family is not a family related by blood, but instead, a family related by their experiences and tribulations. Kain’s father was a soldier, and Kain’s mother was (as the norm in the continuity of the story) a housekeeper. However, both were killed in a battle during the rise of the Arvandorian Empire. This left Kain an orphan and he was moved to an orphanage. However, he grew to age in the orphanage, never being brought into a new household. He had a brother, named Garr. This is the only true blood relation among the Nightmist. Garr was one year younger than Kain, and when Kain was allowed to leave the orphanage due to coming into adulthood, he brought Garr with him, and went off on their own. During and after the war, there were many groups that opposed the Arvandorian Empire, and since none could do much alone, they formed an alliance to oppose the Empire. However, this Alliance did not get very far over the years, even united. Kain would have supported them, except that he did not see enough differences between the two groups to truly say the Alliance would be able to institute a better system of government throughout Arvandor. This, Kain and Garr initiated the Nightmist Clan, to simply help out those in need, regardless of what government was in control. They had little teaching in the form of acquiring a trade skill, so Kain endeavored to thievery and smuggling. He got weapons and supplies to the Alliance against the Empire just as readily as he moved things throughout the land for the Empire itself. So long as it got them money and the ability to survive, he did not care who the job came from. Of course, this did not mean that Kain and Garr were without scruples. Everyone has their pet peeves, hangups, and fears.
As I have stated in posts about Dorian directly, his chiefest hangup, the one thing he absolutely will not stand for, is the theft of one’s free will. This same hangup is what drew Dorian and Kain to be friends. However, Dorian was not the first to be brought into this newly formed Nightmist Clan/Family. There were many to meet and get to know when Dorian came onto the scene. First of all, there was Rosalinde Nightmist. Like his sister, Rosalinde had been raped when she was younger. While Raina suffered such at the hands of her older brother, Mathias, Rosalinde suffered such at the hands of her father. Unlike Dorian, who killed his own father and brothers, Rosalinde did not. Instead, in a fit of rage, she struck him in the head, and fled her home. She did not go to an orphanage, like Kain, and instead, wandered the streets until she crossed paths with Kain. Kain and Garr took her in, and showed her the love of a family that would never due such things to her. This is what drew Dorian, initially, to Rosalinde. Dorian idolized his sister whom had suffered a similar fate, and so he felt compelled to protect her as he did his sister. From there, it grew to something more. Something astoundingly confusing, but something more nonetheless.
Vayne is the oldest of the crew, of course, being a vampire (though there are other vampires that serve him directly as fellow members of the Nightmist Clan). He is the eldest among his kin who formed a group prior to their union with the Nightmist. He was nicknamed the Black Rose and the living servants that protected him when he was forced to slumber during the day, were called the Black Thorns. Ironically enough, or perhaps simply from a lack of imagination, the person in charge of such protective group was called Thorn. All people had nicknames in their group, to hide their true identities from the Empire or anyone else that opposed them. This tactic was adopted by the Nightmist as well after their union. Kain took the name Knight, Garr took the name Squire, Rosalinde took the name Ivy, and Dorian had many names already from which to choose. Little is known, even among the Nightmist, of Vayne’s life before he was a Vampire, but of what is known, he was turned into a vampire unwillingly, and was not looked after by the one that turned him. He was supposedly hunted by everyone living and undead for some time, before his story could be heard. Even then, it was apparently distrust that followed him. He took it upon himself to shelter vampires of like kind and protect them from the underworld’s menace that would no doubt hunt them down as well.
Raina has not been admitted as a member of the Nightmist Clan, however, with the events that transpire in “Power & Bliss” I forsee it as happening soon. Thus, I have no nickname for her at the moment, though I suppose that Dorian will simply default on the name he gave her when they were still young and dodging the criminal organizations in Kadmos. And then there is also Li Shaoshen, who has not been added to the group as a whole. I am not sure whether or not I shall, or if he’ll even be much of a featured character in the tales unless directly related to Dorian. That will be decided in time.
I am also working on some short stories that I see taking place before and after “Power & Bliss” and there are three newer additions to the Clan amidst these short stories. I cannot give back story on them, as that actually would spoil the short stories at this time. Let us simply say it once more ties in to the unified hangup amidst the various members of the Clan, and that their names are Nibiko, Salera, and Zsa’da. They will not be the last either, I have many others in mind, and I shan’t even mention their names, for their stories are a build up from what is already in the works. (Accurse these plentiful ideas that keep me from finishing a single project in a timely manner!)