Who the hell is Ceara!?
Let’s talk about Ceara, aka Scarlet Briar, who’s very relevant right now. But you probably don’t know why, unless you’re one of those who is either good with lore or pay attention!
As you probably already gathered Scarlet is a lunatic, and perhaps there’s some reason to that?
Scarlet Briar’s given name is Ceara. Like all sylvari she awakened under the Pale Tree one day, but perhaps nothing like other sylvaris she was not confused. It was clear to her, she knew what she wanted from the day she awakened.
In the dream she had seen how the world around her was ever changing, like an interlocking system that affects one another. It was fascinating to her, it was even overwhelming and complex.
Ceara always comes off as emotionless, even from the day she awakened. Serimon, trying to help her acclimate as she had just awakened, was interrupted by a short “shh, I’m thinking”. And although Serimon kept his soothing voice, Scarlet was firm in her decision of finding her own purpose. She did not want to be defined by a purpose she had not chosen herself.
After he awakening she goes on to study for eight years in the Grove, having learned all that she could care for. Although the sylvari was skilled in many key disciplines it wasn’t enough for her, she wanted to make machines as complex as the world around her, as great as the ones she could see in nature itself. Ceara craved more, hungry for knowledge she sought out to learn the most basic of machines which is it’s metal. She impressed a norn named Beigarth, and she spent a long time as his pupil. But when the time came and she had learned all that she needed she announced her intentions to move on. Beigarth was upset, trying to convince her to stay but he could not. She was determined, because Scarlet knew she didn’t have to be a master smith to create the creations she wanted.
Moving on she spent the next two years with a gladium, her name was Asagai of the Iron Legion and she was an expert sniper and demolitions. Asagai was so highly skilled she could tell by how the weapon felt if it was not assembled properly. Yet again Scarlet left another of her teachers leaving Asagai insulted and furious, threatening to gut her with a rusty blade. Scarlet avoided her swings and bid her farewell as it was interesting and fun for her, but it was oh so simple.
Although the great colleges where extremely biased against anything that wasn’t Asura, they eventually became very impressed by her as she managed to make a fully functional golemite on the fly, simply from a small power crystal, a bit of raw ore and a few specific spells.
She completed the coursework of all of the colleges in an impressing time frame, being the highest-ranked student in her class. Scarlet took best to the college of Synergetics. She found that it was boundless, just like her interest. Immersing herself in miasmic mix of mystical energy patters and arcane probabilities, its focus on chaos theory and mapping the unpredictable. Chaos.
Under Headmaster Omadd, Scarlet began to fathom the complexity of the Eternal Alchemy. Delving much deeper into it, Scarlet began to understand that Eternal Alchemy is the key that would allow her to access the basic fabric of reality itself.
Scarlet’s thesis was not well received by the colleges and neither the Arcane Council. It was “unsupportable” and it was even “heresy, criminal”.
But Scarlet already knew that they wouldn’t understand her, she had already begun to separate herself long before she told them. She wanted to seek out other people with the same vision as her. Scarlet found exactly the kind of people that would allow her to proceed on er idea, the Inquest.
Her time with them was short but extremely productive as the Inquest taught her things that the colleges wouldn’t discuss. Inquest allowed field tests without any safety precautions as well, which made her work much faster.
Teyo and Scarlet broke into the city’s archives in Rata Sum and tampered with several of the designs in there, trying to give the Inquest a competitive head start but it went badly as they where both caught. Teyo managed to get away, teleporting to safety she left Scarlet to face all the consequences. She was immediately stripped of all of her academic credentials and she was ejected from Rata Sum but it didn’t bother Scarlet at all, whistling as she left the city she knew exactly what was next.
Hiding from the Peacemakers she settled with the Michotl Hylek outside of Rata Sum. The Hyleks speciality was mixing potions and poisons to produce specific effects, but Scarlet knew this wasn’t what she wanted, it was too simple for her.
Omadd managed to track her down giving her a proposal: a chance to explore the Eternal Alchemy once again. Knowing Scarlet, she couldn’t refuse the temptations.
Omadd had an experience he wanted to conduct, it was an isolated module that would make her unfettered by her physical body and she could delve into the metaphysical vortex of reality like no one ever had before her.
~ To be continued ~