Current Characters: N/A
Name: Arslan (Canonly, no last name)
Canon: Heroic Legend of Arslan
Canon Point: End of anime/Volume 7 - he's just been sent off on his own to collect 50,000 troops in the south, despite having a price on his head, due to his Father's disliking that people like Arslan
Arslan was raised for a large portion of his life by a couple near the southern oceans, who later ended up murdered. It was around eight or nine that he was brought back to the Palace, to be raised towards taking his rightful place as the Prince of Pars (not that he didn't study before, but more study was now required as he neared the age of becoming a man).
At fourteen years of age (AD 320), Lusitania, one of Pars' greatest enemies, threatened the kingdom. Arslan, by his father Andragoras' command, is sent to the front lines to participate in his first battle. Although sensing something is wrong, as an unusual fog covers the fields of Atropatene, Andragoras refuses to listen and battle soon breaks out at the front.
In many ways, this proves fortunate for the young prince, as he avoids the later burning oil field that takes out most of the Parsian army, although after a long fight Arslan finds himself un-horsed, and without a blade, a soldier bearing down on him in order to slay him. At this time, Arslan is saved by his loyal retainer, and one of the prior generals of the kingdom, Darun, who tells Arslan that, in order to preserve his lineage and hopefully take back the kingdom, that he must survive.
Following Darun's lead, Arslan is led to a small out of the way home up in the mountains, where Pars' formal historian, and now retired and aspiring artist, Narcus lives. Being old friends, Narcus takes them in for the night, and tells Arslan why the battle was lost, earning Arslan's respect as the boy realizes he has much knowledge. However, despite Darun's best attempts to get Narcus to join them, knowing the man has a vast knowledge of history and the strategy of war, Narcus only says he will help them for the time they remain in his home.
However, as morning approaches, Arslan is woken by the noise of horses approaching the house, and joining Darun out on the roof of Narcus' hut, spies a few soldiers from a traitorous general's unit approaching. Taking shelter in the rafters, Arslan and Darun listen as no further news is given of Andragoras, and indeed, it is said his protector, Darun's uncle Vaphrese, has been slain, his head now hanging outside the capital of Peshwal.
It is at this point that Arslan first shows an understanding of those around him, stopping Darun from drawing his sword and giving their position away. Narcus, managing to get the men to leave for the moment, then confronts Darun and Arslan as they descend from the rafters, accusing Darun of intentionally trying to get him involved in things, and once more refusing to assist. In his second show of understanding, Arslan offers Narcus recompense for his help, and instead of offering money as the artist presumes, Arslan offers to make him the royal artist when the kingdom is returned to it's former rule. Narcus accepts this, and the group sets out.
At Narcus' urging, and at his noting how things will go down, Arslan sets a trap for the traitor Karlan before he can begin a smear campaign against Arslan, and the group sets up at a damn. When found, the damn waters are opened and most of the soldiers washed away. The ones who remain are fought off by Arslan and Darun, although arrows shot at Arslan are deflected by two new teammates; Guibu and Farangis.
Darun takes to chasing Karlan, attempting to capture him so that Arslan can question him, but it fails and instead Darun is left hanging from the planks of a bridge and almost falls. It is Arslan who goes to assist him up, stating that he is glad that Darun did not go with Karlan to his death.
Afterwards, Arslan begins his campaign to free the slaves, but it doesn't go as planned. Not only do the slaves begin to chase them, but Lusitania finds out their location and the group must split up. Going with the minstral Guibu and Narcus' helper, Elam, he makes his way toward the fort of Peshawal.
While at Peshawal, Arslan spots a strange man attacking an old general and sword trainer known as Bachmann, and rushes to aid him. At this time, he meets Silvermask, who informs Arslan that he is not a king or an heir at all, something that confuses Arslan and which Bachmann partially confirms, although he is slain on accident while protecting Silvermask and cannot tell the group what he knows. Silvermask himself gets away, and Arslan begins to doubt himself.
It is Darun who reassures Arslan, stating that despite whatever was said, Arslan is indeed his finest liege and that he will support him. This settles Arslan, who goes to Narcus for the next step in regaining Pars. The now strategist's suggestion is to side with Prince Lajendra of Shindra, a country where the two princes are fighting for the throne. His reason for choosing Lajendra is that Lajendra only wishes to rule, where his brother, Gardeep, wishes to conquer things.
At first, assisting in the battle between the two brothers, the king finally passes and decides to let the Gods decide who shall rule, and a one-on-one battle to the death between Lajendra and Gardeep's champion is called. Lajendra takes advantage of this, and convinces Arslan to loan him Darun, neglecting to tell anyone that Gardeep's champion an almost inhuman monster who feels no pain and has extremely tough skin. This causes Arslan to threaten Lajendra with death should Darun die, but thankfully, it does not occur.
After Arslan's managing to bring in Shindran help, many men begin to flock to join him in the hopes of retaking Pars. Leaving Peshawal, where Arslan and his men have been staying for a while - with the short excursion to Shindra - they finally go to begin taking back the various castles. At one, Arslan watches as the women and children jump to their deaths, wondering how a God would wish one to do this.
At this time he picks up a girl name Etoile, who he later leaves in charge of the many Lusitanians who did survive at the time; the few who were in town or unable to kill themselves, as he soon has to confront the country of Toran.
Using yet another of Narcus' strategies, bloodshed is spared on Pars' part, and Toran is pushed back for a time. It is about then that Arslan learns his Father, assumed dead, is really alive. Heading back to Ecbatana, the capital, Arslan is accused by his father of attempting a coup, and told to travel south, through enemy infested roads, on his own to collect 50,000 troops. Arslan does indeed set out, expecting nothing more than death.
(Note: Within the dub, Andragoras is known to be alive, and thus his accusing Arslan of a coup is entirely correct. This is, however, not the truth of the matter, and a terrible error in the dub. The original Japanese can be provided on request.)
As there are a few things which did not make the anime, but of which are important to Arslan's character, I have included a small handful of things which may come up. Please feel free to ask for further elaboration:
Earthquakes - Throughout the manga, whenever someone messes with anything related to the Snake King, earthquakes occur. These would likely unsettle, although not panic, Arslan
The Sea - In the manga, Arslan seems to have no recollection of his time being raised by the sea (although he knows he was). As soon as they near it, memories of his time there, including finding the couple who raised him dead, return.
Suitability: Despite being young, in his own time period Arslan is considered an adult. He has been in several battles by this time, and is quite used to the atrocities of life. Being a leader, he's also capable of taking control if he has to, and happens to be the sort of person who will try to mediate and keep people together. The fact he has been canonly known to also get people to join him, due to his gentle and fair personality, could serve as a useful skill as well.
Also, the fact he does still have a childish side could prove useful in many ways, since there are some who might react in a positive manner to this. Though naturally, it could also be treated in a negative manner.
Arrival: It wouldn't be by choice, but considering canon, Arslan could have been sent to the Pines to get him out of the way by the one wizard in canon, who is manipulating things. Or just fell through a wormhole. Whichever.
Personality: Arslan has a deeply developed personality, though almost every trait leads back to the same few reasonings; namely, his desire for righteousness and his concern for his people.
Although he does not understand everything there is to understand in the world, and in fact is lacking knowledge on many things that are not related to the Palace, Arslan knows that the people have it harder than himself, and is willing to learn and to listen. He dislikes the idea of slavery, and would like to see it abolished. On top of that, he sees no reason why a person of a lower status should be treated badly, and carries himself accordingly around those he meets. He will, when necessary, become a firm and political Prince. He certainly is aware he has power, but he will never abuse it unless there is a necessary reason to do so
An intelligent youth, Arslan knows when he is outmatched, and thus relies on his startegist, Narcus, for assistance in planning battles. Yet, he has his own way with words, convincing said strategist to join him, despite the fact Narcus had never wanted to return to the Kingdom of Pars ever again. He does this by speaking not only of how he's been scolded for the suggestion of abolishing slavery, a suggestion Narcus himself made, but of how he will appoint Narcus the royal painter when he takes back his kingdom, as he would rather see Narcus' works than that of the Lusitanian's hanging in the Palace. This ploy also shows that Arslan can understand a person on a deeper level, merely by listening to their words and watching their actions.
Arslan is also a trained fighter, although his lack of battle and his youth means he cannot stand up to anyone who is of a very high caliber. Still, he can defend himself well enough, and is not afraid to do so if necessary. In fact, despite the fact that some parts of his personality may suggest otherwise, he is a brave person who will do the right thing, even if the right thing is not exactly what he approves of.
One thing that sets Arslan apart from his father, King Andragoras, is that he is fiercly loyal to those of whom serve him, and to his people in general. The few times one sees him get truly angry is over said loyalty, and the best example would be when Darun, Arslan's protector and loyalest subject, is fighting for the Prince Lajendra in a battle to the death. Lajendra didn't bother to warn Arslan or Darun that the opponent he would be faced against is basically inhuman, and cannot feel pain, continuing to stand even when a blow that would render a regular man dead should drop him. Upon realizing this, Arslan draws his sword and warns Lajendra that, should Darun die, he will have his head. Arslan also at one point orders his army out to slay the army in front of them, despite the fact they would have been safer in the castle, because the enemy had decided to start burning, hanging and slaughtering the people of a neaby village in front of them.
A gentle person, Arslan is also well-respected for many reasons. Not only can he act like a proper, well-spoken, upstanding leader when he needs to, but his caring for the lives of others always shows through. In battle, he always orders that those who surrender be given quarter, and the unarmed are not to be killed. In addition, he listens when everyone speaks, taking in the desires of all those around him to try to move forward in the best possible course of action.
However, it should be noted that his belief of all being equal, at least to some extent, has gotten him into trouble. There are many who refuse to serve under him because he intends to abolish slavery. Some also believe him to be eccentric and idealistic, which to some is good, and to others, very bad. But Arslan is determined and will not back down on certain beliefs he has, slavery being one of them, as he was helped in the past by a slave who showed him no hostility and was raised by a wet nurse who, it is implied, taught him to respect people on their own merits.
- Can wield a sword (though not the best at it) and tend to it
- Can fire a bow and arrow
- Can ride a horse
- Can swim (included because it might seem strange due to his setting)
- Knowledge of some strategy
These are possible weaknesses, and can be elaborated on as necessary
- Protects the Innocent
- Physically Weak
- Peace Keeper
- Possibly Magic
- If possible, I would love for Arslan to be able to bring Azrael, "his" eagle; the bird is with him when he leaves the castle. Only thing which might complicate this: Azrael does act as a protector, and has been known to claw out eyes of people bothering his master...
This is certainly a very strange place. I really don't recognize much of the technology, although I am interested in learning about it. Considering ti looks like these journals communicate, is there anyone who might be willing to show me how half of the stuff I don't know works? Preferably without treating me like I'm a fool?
Also, is there anyone who knows how to use a blade and might be willing to help me work on my technique? I have this terrible feeling I may need to use it around here.
It wasn't exactly what either Darun or Narcus had wanted, but situations had led the group to splitting up. The Lusitanians had been chasing them, and the group was to meet up at Peshawal, but despite the fact they were being chased, they still needed rations.
Guibu had left Arslan and Eram to their own devices for the moment, Eram being ordered to see about aquireing further information while protecting the prince, while the minstral went to get some supplies.
Presently, they were waiting to meet up with Guibu, Eram in his usual garb, and Arslan obscured by a heavy cloak. Although he'd put away all signs of his princely title - all his jewels were safely secured away by Eram who had more knowledge of the streets - he still had the hood drawn over his head, as his hair color, although not entirely unheard of, was still a draw and no one wanted to risk one person looking hard and realizing that they were looking at the Crowned Prince.
It was Eram who noticed the boy coming at them first, and he had started to move to protect Arslan when the prince cut him off, having looked over with the slave boy's motion to see Alex and realize something was off.
As Alex dropped before him, in the moment before his father came around chasing him, Arslan had taken in enough to realize that things weren't just off, but didn't look at all well. So as Alex's father came towards them, Arslan shifted just faintly as if to shield the boy, although their variations in height meant that Arslan had only moved in front of him and no more.