Lucaine Pyramides

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A warrior-poet practised in the deadly Two Arts style of combat, Lucaine Pyramides was a pivotal character in the Wars of Succession. Beloved of heir to the throne Catarin deSangre, Lucaine was slain by enigmatic assassin Trenton Deis - a job Deis was originally contracted for by the manipulative Castomira Brangwin that soon turned into a personal vendetta.

In the country of Kashar, on a continent across the sea to the far southwest of Sapience, Lucaine was born into slavery. Raised as a house slave, he was trained in secret by an elder slave - the guard captain - in the ways of the Two Arts. At the guard captain's suggestion Lucaine was promoted to house guard and received a sword, the Three Moons. At seventeen Lucaine fled his master's residence, took control of a ship after killing almost half the crew, and commanded the remainder to sail him to Sapience.

Alone and destitute, Pyramides turned mercenary. Soon gaining a reputation as the best hired blade on Sapience, he was contracted by Castomira to assassinate Catarin de Sangre, though became infatuated with her before carrying out the contract, and joined her forces (against those of her brother, Mycale deSangre). Enraged at this betrayal Castomira hired Trenton Deis as his replacement, ordering him to kill first Lucaine then Catarin.

In what is arguarbly the best (certainly the most well-documented) demonstration of his abilities, Lucaine slew over three hundred soldiers loyal to Mycale, as well as the serpent Duke Lucius Errikale, in defending Catarin while she searched for the Staff of Nicator in the King's Tomb in Seleucar.

Distracted by his feelings for Catarin, Lucaine was surprised by Deis while writing a love poem about her - his final piece. Disarmed of his sword and blinded by the assassin, he was set upon by more than a dozen men, and despite killing many unarmed, he was slain.

Tales about Lucaine's life and times live in on the storybook of parables and fairy tales titled Stories of the Past, for Children, authored by Lina Stalfos.