Name: Tajkhan Dashkarisna
Title: Shantu of the Lion, the King’s Advisor
Ethnicity: Ititshi (Kayalana)
Eye Color: Bright Blue
Hair color: Black
Skin color: White
Tajkhan Dashkarisna is the father of Keelavata, and once Shantu of the Lion, highest military leader of the Karakali warrior caste of Kayalana.
After the tumultuous events of prince Shayari‘s and king Tenotaka‘s unforeseen deaths, that thrust crown so suddenly into the young prince Rannon‘s hands, there were many that had more or less selfishly ambitious wishes for a different king upon the throne.
But wise and humble, the newly crowned young king turned to Tajkhan and asked for his support and counsel. Becoming his foremost ally and protector, the honourable Shantu took Rannon under his wings, not only a guardian, but a mentor and friend.
To consummate his allegiance, Tajkhan gifted Rannon the invaluable swords Dragon and Serpent – sacred thousand-year-old blades of legend – as a sign of his friendship and devotion. The prestige of being named the bearer of the famed blades granted the untried king much of the acclaim he needed to command his court and people with respect, and with Tajkhan at his side, Rannon grew into a wise and dedicated ruler. For ten years Kayalana flourished under his reign.
But then came the drought. The harvests failed, the people starved, and famine and sickness ravaged Kayalana. When the king proved unable to alleviate their suffering, many recalled their original misgivings about the discredited youngest prince, and fires of rebellion began spreading.
Angered and frustrated, Rannon ordered the Karakali to stamp out the uprisings, and finally demanded they uproot and displace entire communities, ruthlessly leaving many to die, that Kayalana as a whole might survive. But refusing to turn upon their own people, the warriors would not obey.
In a final attempt to find a compromise, Tajkhan went to reason with his king. But betrayed that even his trusted mentor was turning against him, Rannon accused him of treason – and upon the blade once given as a sign of loyalty and friendship, the Shantu met his fate.
Enraged by the death of their leader, the Karakali declared war upon their king – the Civil War had begun.