Gear: He carries Blossom, a flechette knife recovered from the isle of Nynrah, which has the power to create a cloud of blinding, disorienting illusory petals on impact with a target. He worked with Kat and Fang to make himself a Jian sword, imbued with level two Lerahk poison, which he decided to name Remembrance. As well as this, he carries a half-dozen sharpened throwing daggers in a bandolier across his chest.
Appearance: As with most Vacuum Rahkshi, Exxan has an orange and black colour scheme, but has changed the orientation of these colours, forming a pattern of tiger-like stripes, but inverted – orange stripes on his black carapace. He’s of an average height and build for a Rahkshi, and has added silver highlights to the armour of his spines and claws, with the traditional Rahkshi symbol emblazoned in silver on his shoulder plates.
Personality: Exxan used to be the quiet, nervous kind, keeping largely to himself in the library, where he studied all kinds of subjects that caught his interest. Always eager to learn, he preferred the safety and solitude of the library to experiencing new things out in the open world, but was always capable of handling himself if needed.
Much has changed since then. Time and life has made him more pragmatic and intolerant, willing to kill or maim if it’s necessary to ensure his own survival. Abandoned and forgotten by his former friends and allies, Exxan is more suspicious and distrustful of others, and is at a loss as to what to do with his existence now. His search for knowledge might have led him to Corpus Rahkshi, but his search for meaning and purpose is what keeps him there.
Bio: While he was initially bullied, Exxan soon proved that despite his sheltered, reserved nature, he knows how to fight, and is an opponent not to be underestimated. He has started up a hobby of studying his type of Rahkshi, and the normal kind, trying to discern how it is that they are so different. So far, his studies have proved inconclusive.
In recent times following his advancement to level three much of this has changed, and he’s developed a more pragmatic attitude, best evidenced when he was forced to kill a fellow level three, Omega, who attempted to kill him. He is more confident and outspoken, taking charge in situations instead of sitting on the sidelines as he once did. His fighting skills have developed greatly, and he’s also started training in unarmed combat. These skills came in handy when his sadistic sibling Sliver arrived at Corpus Rahkshi.
This culminated in the Visorak assignment, where after Sliver attempted to murder him, he stayed back to hold off the Oohnorak horde to allow the other students to escape. He led the spiders into an underground tunnel network before levelling up and using his new powers to collapse the tunnels, burying the Visorak... and himself. Presumed dead by the few friends he had, Exxan returned to Corpus Rahkshi to find that they had already fled the school, leaving him alone.
He briefly reunited with his former ally/lover Phogen, and the pair admitted their feelings for each other, but it soon became clear that she still valued her own ambitions above him. After she vanished again, Exxan once again struck out on his own.
Variation: Chain Lightning
Gear: Xara has taken to using a pair of long, thinly-curved swords with razor-sharp, notched blades. She also carries a set of ten throwing knives – retrieved during the Wreck the Halls assignment – called The Talons, which have a special ability: by holding one, she can teleport any number of the others into her hand as well.
Appearance: She is tall, thin and wiry, with an almost skeletal appearance to her armour, which is also etched with stylised depictions of intertwined lightning bolts. Even her spines have been altered, also shaped to look like large, jagged lightning bolts. Her swords are held in an X-shaped sheath on her back, where she can easily draw them over her shoulder.
Personality: Xara considers herself a warrior, plain and simple. She prides herself in her ability to fight, practicing day after day, and reading any books she can find on warfare, strategy, and combat tactics in her spare time. She sees little point in talking during a fight, and since she spends so much time fighting, or learning to fight, she doesn’t talk much to anyone. When she fights, she fights to win.
Time has mellowed her, however, and after tasting the harsh realities of the outside world, she’s come to realise that the goals she’d been so devoted to are hollow and meaningless.
Bio: Her ferocity and generally hostile attitude hasn’t earned her any friends, and her skill in combat has gained her more than a few enemies.
Recent events have softened her, though. After meeting a fellow Chain Lightning Rahkshi named Glass, she began to open up more, being friendlier, making jokes. This became even more obvious when Glass brought her an injured Shallows Cat kitten that he named Sand, who she quickly came to adore. At the same time, though, she is more driven than ever to become powerful, especially after the hapless nerd Exxan became a level three before her. Now that she too has leveled, she is more driven than ever to become ever more powerful.
She eventually achieved her life-long goal - being the school's best fighter - but realised how empty a dream this was, as everyone was scared of her, instead of respecting her as she'd hoped. She confided in Glass about her concerns, and the two began to spend more time together, until Xara joined up with a group of escapees and fled the school, Glass opting to stay behind.
However, fate had other plans in store for her. Caught up in a mission to bring in a group of rogue rahks, she was separated from the other rebels. Despite searching for days, she could find no sign of them, and with nowhere else to go, returned to Corpus Rahkshi.