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Kenton

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Kenton
Kenton.jpg
by User: Botanicaxu
Family
Parents Praxton
Abilities Sand mastery
Titles Lord Mastrell (acting)[1]
Groups Diem
Taishin
Ethnicity Daysider
Nationality Lossandin
World Taldain
Featured In White Sand

Kenton is a half-Darksider, half-Lossandin sand master from Lossand, on the Dayside of Taldain. Kenton is the leader of the sand masters and a member of the Taishin, holding the title of acting Lord Mastrell.

Appearance and Personality[edit]

Kenton has golden blonde hair and a slightly tan, to brown complexion, as a result of his half-Darksider heritage. Kenton's eyes are naturally blue. However, when he uses the full might of his sand mastery powers, his eyes glow with a golden light and his pupils seem to contract or disappear, leaving only the white of his irises.

Kenton has lived much of his life challenging authority. He has done it so often that he sometimes instinctively challenges others for the sole purpose of challenging authority, without a greater goal in mind.

History[edit]

Early Life[edit]

Kenton is the youngest son of Lord Mastrell Praxton. Despite having little talent in sand mastery, he insisted on joining the Diem, based on the legal technicality that he possessed just enough power to move sand.[2]

Acolent[edit]

As an acolent Kenton became skilled at the using a single ribbon of sand. He refused advancement to the lowest rank of Underfen four times, since accepting would mean being relegated to that rank permanently. Instead, he insisted on running the Mastrell's Path to prove that he could do anything a Mastrell could do. Prior to running the Path, Praxton offered Kenton advancement to a slightly higher rank of Fen if he refused to run the Path. Kenton refused his father's offer and while undertaking the Path, he killed the final Sandling guardian, something thought impossible, destroying the Path forever.[2]

After Kenton's feat during the Path, his father was furious and once again offered Kenton the rank of Underfen. Kenton again refused and Praxton granted him the title of Mastrell. He explained to Kenton that the rest of the Deim would hate him for it.[3]

Battle Against Kerztians[edit]

During the advancement ceremony, a group of Kertzians launched a surprise attack on the ceremony. Kenton, having also been trained in martial arts, led a group of Sand Masters in defense against the attack. Ultimately he failed and was buried in sand by Praxton's final act, which abruptly ended the battle. The Kertzians killed virtually everyone, leading Kenton to believe that he was the only survivor.[4]

He was found hurt and dehydrated by Khriss and her party. After they revived him with water, Kenton agreed to be their guide, and accompanied them to the city of Kezare. While in their company he kept his Sand Mastery a secret. Along the way they stopped at a Kerztian outpost, where Kenton bartered for supplies. There, he learned that there were other survivors of the attack. After they left the outpost he discovered that he could no longer use Sand Mastery when Kerztian warrior priests attacked their company.[5]

Acting Lord Mastrell[edit]

He parted from Khriss after arriving in Kezare. He went to the Diem where he was found by Dirin, who informed him that Drile, the highest ranked Sand Master, was speaking for the Diem before the Taishin. Kenton immediately went to the Taishin to argue against what he thought was Drile's appointment to Lord Mastrell. While on his way there he discovered he had regained the ability to master sand, and remarkably he could now command three ribbons. Kenton was named acting Lord Mastrell, since he was the only surviving person holding the title of Mastrell. He argued for the Diem's survival to the Taishin when they attempted to dissolve it. He was given two weeks to attempt to change the minds of the heads of the other seven Professions.[1]

After he returned to the Diem he confronted Drile. Each accused the other of being the Kerztian traitor. A short fight with sand followed and Drile fled. Aarik arrived at the Diem, looking for a place to stay after returning from Darkside. The next day Khriss travelled to the Diem to discover that Kenton was not only a "sand mage," but the leader of the Diem.[6]

Attributes and Abilities[edit]

Sand Mastery[edit]

Since childhood, Kenton has been an extremely weak sand master, only being able to control one ribbon of sand.[2] He loses his ability, possibly as a result of a power weakening drug or overmastery,[4] but later regains them, and is more powerful.[5]

Sword Fighting[edit]

Kenton is skilled with a sword, his weakness with sand leading him to train with the Tower's guards.[2]

Notes[edit]

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