Falor, Talorin "Tal"
Falor, Talorin "Tal"
Shaladen Chronicles: A Knot in Time, Shaladen Chronicles: Anvil of Sorrow, Shaladen Chronicles: Who Mourns the Creator, Savant's Blood: Shadow of the Avatar, Savant's Blood: Hecate's Bounty, 'Neath Odin's Eye, Gaea's Legacy
Kron Hills, Eastern Grayhawk
As a long time wielder of Shaladens, and possessor of a soulname talisman, Tal's physiology has been permanently altered giving him extended life, increased strength, and resistance to harm. Tal was the avatar of Eternal Garn, the strongest of the Eternals, for almost a decade and this relationship greatly increased his physical strength on a permanent basis. He is physically the second strongest Shael Dal (next to Algernon the current avatar of Garn). As the Avatar of Nethra, he can increase his physical power at will.
Tal, is the gate-master of Shael Dal, and can manipulate portals through time and space by force of will. This control makes him immune to the majority of time-space effects in addition to the chronal immunity possessed by other Shael Dal.
Married (Terra Karlin Falor)
Protectorate, Falorian Fighting Academy, Kel'Ishtauri Bard School, Scarlet Talons
Tal is a magician in name only. Learning the skills of mages in order to better combat them and use their itemry. He has mastered a limited repertoire of spells that he wields with arch-mage level power. Being first and foremost a warrior being able to cast spells, and use the legendary spell-bows of the Death Spectacles makes him a formidable opponent indeed.
Tal is common competitor in the All-World's Tournament and holder of top position titles in the 12th, 13th, and 14th circle challenges. He competes regularly in unlimited class combat and rarely fails to reach elimination rounds even versus elder opponents. His shaladen enhanced toughness, instinct for battle, and gifted skills with the powerful Dan Sadad fighting style make him a challenge even for immortal challengers.
Talorin Falor is one of the more storied figures in the Ring Realms, a warrior with a truly mythical ability to find himself in the 'hotspots' of legends in the making. Tal's history is a complex knot of twists and turns that involves many enterprises and tragedies. After a few seasons spent treasure hunting, Tal retired while still young to invest his gold and become a businessman. He ended up in the unlikely role as the proprietor of a brothel, an enterprise he shared with his adventuring partner Kaas Windsbane. The two men, while running a house of ill repute, were known as the 'softest touches in town'. They never bound their girls to contracts, nor did they ask more than a token percentage of any fees collected. In fact, the two men even helped their 'girls' get 'legitimate' work should the seamy life no longer appeal. Perhaps it was this low-pressure approach that made their business so successful. The endeavor was not to last, Tal grew bored and started looking for adventure again. He took up with king Tradeholm's eastern front regulars as an experienced captain. It was during this tour of duty that he met and fell in love with an Elven woman named Deirde Silkere. Tal continued his borderland tour and kept house with Deirde for several seasons. What might have been an idyllic life for the warrior turned tragic when raiding parties from the east realm overran several villages and cities along the border. Tal and the troops under his command were quick to respond, and over a period of days drove back the enemy. It was during this conflict that Tal showed mercy to one of the enemy commanders. An act of altruism which would see an entire village of elves sacked as revenge, and result in the loss of his wife of only a few seasons. This experience would harden the man for the many adventures to come.
After this harsh lesson, Tal's tactics and demeanor took on a darker tone, the bitterness over his loss one not quickly forgotten or left behind. He went back to active adventuring and campaigning now in a more serious vein. It was shortly after that he met up with members of the Band of the Crescent Moon, and learned more of the Death Spectacles run by Meridian Arcturan. He met Beia Targallae and T'Gor D'Shar and began assisting them in shutting down the arenas. It was during this time that Tal began adding to his fighting skills, learning to combat the arena pit fighters on their own ground. He began studying and mastering the harsh art of the Dan Sadad.
During the cycles that followed Tal would be involved in the recovery of the amulet of Tarkimaar, he would fight all manner of creatures from adamantium golems to skellar. He would take part in the revival of the Eternals slain by Garfang, and help organize many of the quests to recover the Shaladen swords. He himself would recover the shaladen blade Warstar. He would foray repeatedly in the cities of Dream Merchants and even fight the rogue elements belonging the deposed Kriar leader Daergon Surr.
Tal's hard heart would soften and their would be romantic interludes with Desiray Illkaren (then single) and Dominique Ariok. However, it was a fellow Shael Dal, Terra Karlin whom he often adventured with that eventually captured his eye and heart. After a courtship of several seasons, they would become the second married couple in the Shael Dal (T'Gor and Tigress being the first).
Tal's adventures would continue. He became a key figure in the Shael Dal, the indomitable spirit to succeed against all odds. He would prove instrumental in several missions including a special cooperative mission with the Fabrista Kriar to Karanganoi homeworld, where they would learn of the Baronians and their mysterious 'masters'.
Tal remains active in the Shael Dal and few would dispute his being their spiritual core. He and his wife Terra continue their efforts to remove all traces of the Arcturan death spectacles. Tal created several schools for adventurers, that serve as sources of income as well as recruiters for the various causes that he takes part in.