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Name: Ankine
Age Group: Adult (Deceased)
Gender: Male
Element: Ice
Appearance: Slightly dark blue coloured scales. Regal posture. Wears a jewel encrusted collar as sign of rank, along with a embroidered blanket over his back.
Biography: A sickly Dragon Elder of the Northern Reaches of the Dragon Realms, Ankine is mainly remembered as being Malefor's first victim on the Purple Dragon's path to corruption. The story was commonly retold in the early years; Malefor had been summoned to dispatch a group of attacking Apes, and after scattering them, he became hungry for power; demanded control of the North from Ankine, who died trying to stop him.
However, this was far from the truth. In reality, Ankine had been behind the attacks, in an attempt to start a war between the Apes and Dragons so that he could gain reinforcements to invade the Ape lands and subtly declare himself ruler of the entire North. Malefor figured this out soon after defeating the Ape Leader, Anatol, and confronted the Elder, who initially attempted to persuade Malefor to his way of thinking, but after Malefor ignored him, Ankine attempted to kill him with his Ice Breath.
Malefor weakened his attack with his own Fire Breath, which inadvertantly set fire to the ceremonial hangings in the Elder's home. Ankine had been ill since birth with respiratory problems, and the smoke from the flames caused him to choke to death. Malefor fled the North, fearing the others would judge him responsible, and for a while, the Elder was assumed to have died in an accident, although many thought he had been murdered.
Although Malefor was still innocent at this point, the Purple Dragon's descent into darkness began not long after this, as he grew disillusioned with the state of things in the world - it is believed that Ankine's lack of concern for the damage his war would cause added to Malefor's view of the world - and eventually discovered several mysterious artefacts relating to a mysterious machine called "The Destroyer".
By the time Malefor had become openly evil, the Elders came to the conclusion that he had murdered Ankine in cold blood, and this was added to the list of charges against him that led to his exile. It was not until many years later that a list of documents belonging to Ankine were discovered, revealing the extent of his scheme, causing the Elders to realise that Malefor hadn't been responsible. By this point, it was too late.

Name: Malander
Age Group: Adult
Gender: Male
Element: Fire
Appearance: Normal red colouring, with some battle scars. Wears a Manweersmall hat.
Biography: Malander fought many battles against Malefor's forces over the years; first when Cynder's armies ravaged the land - losing his mate in the process - and again when Malefor was resurrected. In one of the final battles near Warfang, Malander sustained severe head injuries, and only survived as a result of his daughter - born in a clutch prior to the one destroyed during the attack on the Temple - finding his body and recruiting others to bring him back to Warfang.
When he first woke, Malander did not remember who he was, and did not recognise his friends and family. As he recovered, these memories slowly came back to him. Over the last few years, Malander recovered to the point where he is more or less the same Dragon he was before the battle, except for the fact that he is firmly convinced that he is a Manweersmall.
His family tried to cure him of this odd quirk for many years without success, and finally gave up and decided to embrace it. Malander now lives in Warfang with his daughter, Thanora, who is constantly by his side to make sure her "daddy" doesn't get into any mischief.
A follow up to: [link]

Basically, after writing the last one, I found I kept coming up with ideas for characters and writing down story concepts! Perhaps I should start writing a story to use them all in!

There's several ideas that I haven't really followed through on; like minor characters who were famous Dragon philosophers or playwrights or that sort of thing, or a character who had a complex plan to solve issues in Malefor's time, but who was inadvertantly killed when Warfang was attacked and a building fell on him. I think I'm rather enjoying toying with events leading up to Malefor's
corruption - there's a whole potential story to be told there; perhaps I should focus on this!

I also toyed with the idea of a blatant Mary-Sue character who was one of the Eggs in Spyro's clutch at the Temple and had all his powers and several different colours and etc, but who, through a stroke of bad luck, was one of the many killed. However, the spirit isn't satisfied with that, and constantly forces itself to be "reborn" by manipulating Spirit Gems; each time attempting to become the hero of the story, and failing miserably every time.

Character names come from:
Ankine: Rankine temperature measurment.
Malander: Modification of Salamander.
Thanora: Anagram of Athanor, an Alchemical Furnace.

Dunno if these are the exact names I want to use, or if Ankine's motivations or Malander's beliefs are quite the right things - I thought there should be an echo of the evil Malefor in Ankine, and the idea for Malander came out of an Asterix spinoff starring Dogmatix where they used Magic Potion to convince a dangerous Eagle that he was another creature entirely.

I've also got ideas for several other characters, but I haven't fleshed them out properly yet.
*A broodmother who went insane as a result of her family all being killed in the war against Malefor. She lives in a cave near Warfang, and hasn't destroyed the crystals that were her family. Instead, she talks to them as if they are still there.
*A dragon playwright.
*Two friends for Amperon, my Librarian character. All three met in youth, got interested in prophecy and history and stuff and decided to try and change the world. Amperon became an Archivist, one friend used his riches to finance archaeological expeditions and store them in a cavern system he owned, and one became a philosophical writer and gained a following shouting in squares. When Malefor came to Warfang, they each manipulated him to aid them in their goals for change; inadvertantly paving the way to his corruption.
In the end, Malefor went evil and killed Amperon in a fight at the Library which he destroyed. The other two met their end when Malefor attacked Warfang for the last time; the rich one feared Malefor would come for his collection and rushed to protect it, at which point the cavern caved in due to the battle raging nearby, while the other one disappeared, and was never seen again. Some said he died in the chaos, some said he fled to another city, and some thought he even shared Malefor's beliefs and rushed to join his side.
Malefor, Warfang, The Destroyer, Cynder, The Dragon Temple, and anything else I forgot to mention are copyright...the people who own the copyright to the Legend Of Spyro games (Insomnia? I can't remember).
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While I think of it, I think it's interesting that Malefor was once like Spyro. What corrupted him? I speculated in my essay that he became evil as a result of discovering the Destroyer, and mixing that with his own rare saviour status, and assuming his destiny was to destroy and rebuild the world.

Given what we've seen about how Spyro's world works, Malefor could ultimately redeem himself; like all dragons, his spirit is bound to the world, and as such, he will always be there, like every dragon before him. Even if his spirit is presently bound to the centre of the world and/or guarded by Dragon Elder Spirits, there's plenty of time - I mean, it's not like he's going anywhere - for him to change his ways. I suppose he didn't change for all his time in Convexity, but that could be cause he was determined to fulfill his "destiny", which he arguably has now done as a result of his and Spyro's actions in DOTD - the world was destroyed and rebuilt. It's a bit far-fetched, but it's still something to consider.