Shadows From Beyond
Quinn Delucan was born as the youngest son of 5 to a lower-class family of half-elf merchants in the city of Fairhaven, capital of Aundair. Despite growing up in a low class family, Quinn has always shown a flair for the dramatic and the affluent. He learned at an early age to talk his way out of almost any situation, especially when he and his brothers would get in fights. He was neither the strongest nor the fastest of his siblings, but his quick wit and disarming nature tended to see him through trouble. As a young man, he picked up story-telling and magic tricks to help his family pay the bills and put food on the table, and found a love of entertaining when performing in taverns and inns. He quickly made friends with many of the patrons of these establishments, and soon found himself with friends in high places. Using these contacts, he began to climb through the social strata of Fairhaven. His siblings began resenting him for his success, especially his eldest brother, Branwyr, who had followed in his father’s footsteps into the merchant class with mixed success. When the last war began, Quinn’s contacts ended up “providing” him with a career in Aundair’s small but effective military, although Quinn sees this as more a betrayal than an opportunity. Quinn’s unnatural ability to weasel out of trouble and quickly befriend those around him eventually landed him in the Royal Eyes of Aundair, Aundair’s elite espionage service. Queen Aurala, Aundair’s primary ruler, is an extremely suspicious and scheming woman, although she always holds the best interest of her people in her heart. During his service in the REA, Quinn was called many times to infiltrate Aundair’s primary enemy, Thrane, with whom Aundair is currently engaged in a cold war. As his magical and social aptitude increased and he rose through the ranks of the REA, he became increasingly involved in the politics of Thrane. His parter in the REA, a fiercely patriotic human by the name of Aurien, became suspicious of Quinn’s expanding interest in Thrane’s society and his undercover work therein. Quinn was primarily inserted into the heirarchy of the Church of the Silver Flame, Thrane’s primary, and indeed only, religious organization. As he became more deeply entrenched into Thrane’s society, Quinn began to question his allegiances. Although the people of Aundair were his people, he began to respect the devotion the Thranians displayed to their religion and their fierce dedication to their beliefs. Not being a religious man, Quinn held no such beliefs, but the friends of his undercover persona and the friends of his true self began to come into conflict as the lines between undercover work and real life blurred. Aurien began to see the change in his partner and distrust him, a feeling that only grew over time. One night, Aurien brought his suspicions straight to the queen, and the two set up a plan to catch Quinn in an act of treason. Quinn, eternally being in the right place at the right time, overheard their planning and learned of their impending betrayal. Being the opportunistic person he is, Quinn decided it was best to quit while he was ahead. He packed his belongings that night and deserted the REA, never to return. This was not the end of Quinn’s involvement with Aurien and the REA, however. Quinn escaped with many classified secrets and delicate information belonging to Aundair, and his fellow REA agents, especially Aurien, felt personal betrayal at Quinn’s desertion. Aurien was granted permission from the Queen to hunt down Quinn and retrieve him, alive or otherwise. To this day, Quinn is constantly on the lookout for the REA agents that hunt him as he uses his skills as a performer and his charismatic personality to work his way across the land.