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Ashtor
Ashtor Portrait
Age: Aging[1]
Gender: Male
Origin: The Northern Wastes
Allegiance: The Sratha-din
Occupation: Scholar
Weaponry: Staff
Status:Alive
Appearances:Beyond the Western Deep

Ashtor is an Ermehn, and the oldest and most experienced member of the Sratha-din.[2]

Personality

Ashtor prefers diplomacy to violent solutions.[3] He looked away when Hardin slew the champion.[4] Despite that, he is able and willing to hold his own in combat.[5]

When he gets worried, he rests his fingers on the Ermehn equivalent of an upper lip.[6]

Relationships

Skills

Although he is the oldest member, Ashtor is capable of keeping up with the younger members in battle and in travelling.[7]

Ashtor is the last known Ermehn scholar.[8]

History

Pre-Series

Ashtor has personally seen Felis slave blocks.[9]

Chapter One

Ermehn Diplomacy

The Sratha-din watch as Hardin duels the champion of Feyn's tribe.[10] Rathik asks Ashtor what he thinks. When Ashtor replies that he thinks diplomacy could have solved their problem, but Rathik says that the fight is diplomacy.[11] Ashtor believes the fight is a waste of time, but Rathik says Hardin has a plan,[12] and points out Hardin must have a specific reason to watch the tribe for days. Ashtor concedes, but doesn't see what the tribe will have to offer if Hardin kills the tribe's champion.[13] He looks away when Hardin kills the champion,[14] and listens to Hardin's speech.[15]

Conversation

After Hardin tells the other Sratha-din to prepare the tribe, Ashtor approaches Hardin by the fire, telling Hardin that his performance was as impressive as always,[16] but doesn't see what purpose this served. Hardin tells Ashtor that the Sratha-din needs expendable warriors if they want to take Deltrada Garrison.[17] Ashtor asks if that's how Hardin sees his own people, and Hardin says that they aren't his people, only shadows. Ashtor tells Hardin that this is wrong. Hardin asks Ashtor if he would rather sacrifice himself. Ashtor replies that he would rather not sacrifice anyone.[18]

Hardin tells Ashtor there will be bodies and that if Ashtor can't stand that thought then he needs to return to his tribe. Ashtor tells Hardin all the Sratha-din would follow Hardin anywhere, and asks Hardin not to question his loyalty again. Hardin apologizes, and tells Ashtor that he knows Ashtor has good intentions, but says there can only be death this time, and begins to leave.[19] Ashtor tells Hardin that they are destroying the one thing the Canid cannot take from them: their honor. Hardin does not reply.[20] Hardin walks away through the camp.[21]

Chapter Two

Hardin Consults

Ashtor waits with Hardin for Bevan on the overlook.[22] Bevan notes that one corner of Deltrada Garrison is more exposed than the other, but less heavily guarded.[23] Ashtor asks who would be foolhardy enough to climb the wall alone. Bevan says that he can do it, and outlines his plan to get the Sratha-Din in quickly. Hardin approves Bevan’s plan and tells him to have the Sratha-Din break camp.[24]

Ashtor watches Bevan leave, and asks Hardin if he’s still going over the Western Ridge, which Hardin affirms. Ashtor starts to ask about something but Hardin cuts him off and tells him that the patrols will be distracted from the ridge by the others.[25] Ashtor asks if Feyn’s Tribe is only bait to Hardin. Hardin tells Ashtor that their sacrifice won’t be in vain because General Clovis will be at Deltrada.[26]

Ashtor asks if Hardin is certain about this, and Hardin confirms that General Clovis has been in Deltrada since the last full moon.[27] Ashtor says if Hardin kills General Clovis, then the Canid will hunt them down with everything they have. Hardin retorts that the Canid are always hunting them down, and that he promised the tribe an chance to take back what they lost.[28]

The Eve of the Attack

As the Sratha-din watch Deltrada Garrison from an overhang in the mountains,[29] Ashtor crosses to speak with Hardin.[30] Hardin notes that a third patrol is leaving Deltrada and going northeast, which means Rhosyn’s diversion has worked. Ashtor warns Hardin that Deltrada will soon realize the patrol they killed to take the overhang has gone missing. Hardin asks Ashtor what he and Eira plan to do during the attack, and Ashtor says they will hold by the western shore of Lake Felnach until dawn with two soldiers for protection. Hardin tells Ashtor to take four.[31]

Ashtor asks Hardin if he can spare four warriors, and Hardin reminds Ashtor that the Sratha-din is composed of the finest scouts and warriors- and that Ashtor is the last known Ermehn scholar, and Eira may be the last known scribe in the Northern Wastes. Ashtor reluctantly concedes this point,[32] and asks Hardin what he plans on doing. Hardin says a thousand things have to go right, but he only has control of one. Ashtor says he’s never approved this plan, and reminds Hardin that success or failure will set the Sratha-din and all Ermehn on an irreversible course. Hardin asks Ashtor if he really thinks he doesn’t know that,[33]

Ashtor says he does, and says he might finally admit this was inevitable. He adds that some of the newer Sratha-din say that Hardin is the reincarnation of High King Aeslid, because Hardin has won great battles and turned Ermehn to his cause. And now the Sratha-din will follow Hardin to the ends of the world. Hardin sardonically comments that mortals couldn’t possibly overcome the Canid alone, and adds that he believes the higher power at work here is not the work of the gods.[34] Ashtor notes that Hardin thinks highly of himself, but very little of his own kind, and Hardin says that he freed the Ermehn from a lifetime in the shadows, and if they all die the Ermehn will disappear, and that is the weight he bears.[35]

Ashtor tells Hardin that sort of talk works on the average Ermehn, but not on him. He claims that the Sratha-din are Hardin's army and that Hardin is responsible to save them or at least ensure they don’t die in vain, and that is the true weight he carries.[36] Hardin confesses he never expected to get this far, to which Ashtor adds that none of them did. Ashtor reminds Hardin to meet him at Lake Felnach’s western shore at dawn, and walks over to Rathik to get the four soldiers. Hardin looks over at Deltrada, and asks the gods to help him.[37]

Description

Appearances

Trivia

  • Ashtor's original design looked more delicate and aged, but it was dropped in favor of a more mobile 'wisdom with experience' vibe.[38]

References

  1. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Alex's Commentary
  2. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Alex's Commentary
  3. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49
  4. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  5. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Alex's Commentary
  6. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Rachel's Comment: February 16, 2013, 12:37 pm
  7. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Alex's Commentary
  8. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 50
  9. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 50
  10. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 48
  11. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49
  12. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 50
  13. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 51
  14. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 53
  15. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 55
  16. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 59
  17. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 60
  18. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 61
  19. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 62
  20. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 63
  21. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 64
  22. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 21
  23. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 22
  24. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 23
  25. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 24
  26. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 25
  27. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 26
  28. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 27
  29. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 48- Alex’s Commentary
  30. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 48
  31. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 49
  32. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 50
  33. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 51
  34. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter Two, Page 52
  35. Beyond the Western Deep, Chapter Two, Page 53
  36. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 54
  37. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter Two, Page 55
  38. Beyond the Western Deep: Chapter One, Page 49- Alex's Commentary

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