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Terrium Archelis Dorishe
Teriarch soth Verines
Teriarch of Kerozel
The Lord of Flame
Dragonlord of Flame
High Eminence Teriarch
Starfire Dragon of Iltanus
Ward-Regent of Voltail
Lord of Pyres
Champion of Ashen Wings
Doom of Amerital Goolm
Grand Magus Eldavin
Hot Thing (Rags)[1]
Old Smoker (Frost Faeries)[2]
Old Fool (Frost Faeries,[3] Magnolia,[4] Az'kerash[5])
Mr. Dragonlord of Burning Things (Erin)[6]


Brass Dragon






Magnolia Reinhart


Nirayicel (Daughter)


High Passes

First Appearance

Chapter 1.08 R

Teriarch, real name Terrium Archelis Dorishe, is an ancient Fire-type Brass Dragon that lives in Izril.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

In his true form Teriarch is of a size similar to that of an Airbus A380.[7] He looks like a dragon depicted in Western culture, but instead of horns on his head he has a luminous mane that looks like molten bronze turned into some kind of living hair. His scales are deep golden bronze that glow and glint in the light.[8] His eyes have mismatched colors of heliotrope and cerulean, with celestial lights shimmering within the moving pupils.[9]

In his most common mortal form he looks like a 6+ ft tall elderly half-elf, with a lined face and a beard like an elderly statesman,[10] with a pair of eyes that are both heliotrope and cerulean, pointed ears and a lustrous mane of silver-gray hair. His body looks like a an Olympian athlete past his prime but with the same body, with a moderate olive brown whitened skin. His clothing looks like magical robes of shining silk, like it was the most expensive stuff, on par with Lady Magnolia’s attire.[11]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Seal of Teriarch, inspired by Ryoka's banner by Raoul Solomon.

Teriarch is highly arrogant, greedy, and protective of his possessions, which are personality traits that appear to be shared by most Dragons shown in the story. He is incredibly world-weary, having lived for countless millennia, been everywhere, and done everything, only to see all his efforts inevitably come to dust. This has understandably caused him to become a recluse in the present-day, preferring to spend years sleeping in his sanctum rather than become entangled with the affairs of the world once again. While Teriarch often seems like a grumpy old man, his gruff countenance hides a kind heart, with a particular soft spot for headstrong young women. Highly-intelligent, Teriarch is shown to enjoy teaching others, though he can be unintentionally patronizing.

Background[edit | edit source]

Teriarch is ancient beyond measure. All numbers assigned to his age are estimates. He is so old that even the most impassioned arguments now fail to move him from his isolation - not because he's heartless, but because he's heard it all, done it all, and seen the results of his efforts crumble to dust every single time.[12] A full list of his exploits would be utterly impossible, but a few of the people he knew and historical events he participated in are as follows:

When he was a hatchling, the Dragonthrone of flame was still under construction.[13] He also met one of the last Gnomes still alive in that era.

He had gone to the heart of the Grand Design when Dragons were appraised for the right to join the system of classes and levels.[14]

Teriarch knew the fourth incarnation of the Quarass - while they were sworn enemies, they struck a deal to work together. At some point, he was the protector of the Empire of Iltanus, feared by the Walled Cities who held fast against the Empire. He knew Empress Sheta of that empire, among others, and protected the Harpies until their last city fell.[12]

Teriarch fought the Great Wyrms of Chandrar alongside the remaining Dragonlords of the era, and won. During the war, he created the Glass Straits with his killer move. The fire from his strike lasted eight days and nights.[15]

Teriarch has known Magnolia Reinhart since she was a girl, that is since thirty or forty years in the past if his memory serves him correctly. They didn't lose contact, but she managed to hide the secret of his existence from the world.[12][16]

During the First Antinium War, an Antinium army led by Xrn and Devrkr tried to encroach north to invade and attack the human army rescuing Liscor from the rear. Teriarch destroyed the force and foiled that plan.[17] Later, during the Second Antinium War, the Antinium again tried to seize parts of northern Izril. However, they again encountered Teriarch, who burned two armies and ended those plans.[18] He refused to further participate in the war besides delaying Velan when he came to the High Passes, as he refused to fight the Goblins.[19]

Teriarch occasionally walks the world in disguise using a fake persona, such as Grand Magus Eldavin, and used to make quite the impression each time. He was recently convinced to do so once again by Ryoka Griffin.[20]

Chronology[edit | edit source]

Powers and Abilities[edit | edit source]

Teriarch is a magic user of superlative skill, with power and knowledge superior to an [Archmage]. He is speculated to be the single most skilled/powerful magic user currently living. His skill and knowledge in spellcraft and magical theory far surpasses any other character so far shown in the story. Unlike the modern mages of Wistram, Teriarch does not categorize spells into tiers, and even seems to find the idea to be silly.[7] The most powerful magic he has been seen to cast was equivalent to roughly tier 6-7, but it is almost certain that that is not his limit.[21]

One of Teriarch's commonly used magical effects (which is never given a name) is a projection that he can control over a distance, which he frequently uses to interact with people and objects, sidestepping the limitations of his massive, conspicuous true body. However, the greater the distance between his real body and said projection is, the less powerful the spells he can cast with it. For instance, he was limited to Tier 2 spells when he was fighting at an area that is located somewhere between Celum and Liscor.[22]

In Volume 8, he also used a simulacrum (essentially an artificial body, controlled via telepathic link) to achieve a similar effect without the power dropoff, though at significantly higher risk to himself.

Teriarch also has his breath weapon, dragonfire that once easily crippled Az'Kerash's most durable minion, and later destroyed an entire wing of his castle from several hundred miles away.[23] He can also use dragonfire to propel himself like a jet fighter. This is considered an advanced technique far beyond most Dragons.[15]

His killer move was to fly up into orbit, turn his scales into dense metal, and then crash down as a meteor blazing with dragonfire, devastating the entire area.[15]

Spells:[edit | edit source]

While Teriarch doesn't need the Level System (Spells) to cast spells, as Eldavin he pretends to cast spells the same way as [Mages]. It should also be noted that this is only a list of the spells Teriarch has been seen to cast, not all the magical effects he likely knows.

  • Boxless:
    • Gaze of the Medusa
    • World’s End Permafrost
  • Tier 1-2:
    • [Arrow of Light] (Tier 1)
    • [Call Object]
    • [Create Snow]
    • [Detect Death] (Tier 1)
    • [Flame Jet] (Tier 2)
    • [Flash]
    • [Frozen Wind] (Tier 1)
    • [Mud Slap]
    • [Stone Dart] (Tier 2)
    • [Snowball]
    • [Tripgrass]
  • Tier 3:
    • [Flash Step]
    • [Fireball]
    • [Lightning Bolt]
    • [Message]
    • [Stone Fist]
  • Tier 4:
    • [Chain Lightning]
    • [Earthen Spire]
    • [Haste]
    • [Ice Wall]
    • [Shatterbolt]
    • [Siege Fireball]
  • Tier 5:
    • [Beam of Fire]
    • [Field of Deepest Slumber]
    • [Valmira’s Comet]
  • Tier 6:
    • [Restoration]
    • [Room of Paradise]
    • [Wave of Seething Acid]
  • Tier 7-8:
    • [Foundational Recreation of Mundanity]
  • Unknown Tier:
    • [Age of Frost]
    • [Annie’s Contemplation of the Mind]
    • [Appraisal]
    • [Aquatic Sinkhole]
    • [Arrows of the Lightning Queen]
    • [Astral Clock]
    • [Aura Detection]
    • [Aura Mute]
    • [Aura Reader]
    • [Aura Tracers]
    • [Babble]
    • [Bear’s Strength]
    • [Blooming Fireball]
    • [Body of Diamond]
    • [Bolt of the Lightning Giant]
    • [Bound Compression]
    • [Bound Spell: (Spell)] / [Bound Spells] (Can bind up to a 100 spells)
    • [Bridge of Light]
    • [Bubble of Air]
    • [Candle]
    • [Chains of Ivory]
    • [Claw of the Deep Abyss]
    • [Claw of Volke]
    • [Clone of Cete]
    • [Cometfall of the Harpy Queen]
    • [Complete Silence]
    • [Conjure Pebble]
    • [Contained Room]
    • [Crippling Indigestion]
    • [Crystalized Thoughts]
    • [Detect Lie]
    • [Detect Life]
    • [Detect Magic]
    • [Detect Parasites]
    • [Detect Truth]
    • [Diamondheart]
    • [Dimensional Sh—] (Presumed [Dimensional Shift]?)
    • [Directed Compressed Burst of Air]
    • [Disintegrate] / [Disintegration]
    • [Displacement]
    • [Doubled Spell]
    • [Earthquake]
    • [Earthshift: Stone Flows Through Me]
    • [Emergency Exit]
    • [Featherfall]
    • [Finger of the Fire Giant]
    • [Fire Bolt]
    • [Firefly]
    • [Five Alchemies: Anchorage]
    • [Fivefold Arcane Barrier]
    • [Flash Move]
    • [Flash Stepped]
    • [Flight]
    • [Fly: Speed of the Swallow]
    • [Forest of Stone]
    • [Fortress of the Ice Queen]
    • [Frictionless Surface]
    • [Full Body Synchronization]
    • [Grand Teleportation]
    • [Greater Appraisal]
    • [Greater Geas]
    • [Greater Haste]
    • [Greater Invisibility]
    • [Greater Light Bindings] / [Greater Bindings of Light]
    • [Greater Resistance: Cold]
    • [Greater Spellshield]
    • [Greater Time Slow]
    • [Heated Room]
    • [Iceflesh]
    • [Isolation Bubble]
    • [Legions of Radiance, the Sundrenched of Caonis]
    • [Lesser Teleport]
    • [Light Bridge]
    • [Light Orb]
    • [Light Wall]
    • [Loud Voice]
    • [Magic Void]
    • [Mana Bubble]
    • [Mass Paralysis]
    • [Memory Search]
    • [Mend]
    • [Meridae’s Save—] (Name Incomplete)
    • [Meteor Storm]
    • [Obsidian Skin]
    • [Open Portal]
    • [Pentagram of the Five Alchemies: Annihilation]
    • [Pentagram of the Five Alchemies: Protection]
    • [Pillar of Flames]
    • [Pillar of Flame, Unbounded]
    • [Polymorph]
    • [Prismguard’s Sh—] (Presumed [Prismguard’s Shield]?)
    • [Pure Radiance]
    • [Rays of Disintegration]/[Disintegration Rays]
    • [Recall Memory]
    • [Recast]/[Recast: (''Spell'')]
      • [Rays of Disintegration]/[Disintegration Rays]
    • [Reconstruct]
    • [Repair] (presumably Tier 1 or Tier 2)
    • [Replay Memory]
    • [Restore]
    • [Rune of Warmth]
    • [Scry] / [Scrying]
    • [Shadow Walk]
    • [Shock Orb]
    • [Silence]
    • [Slow]
    • [Slow Fall]
    • [Snowstorm] (strongly implied; presumably at least Tier 4)
    • [Solar Ray: Wide Diffusion]
    • [Spear of the Lightning King]
    • [Spell Purge]
    • [Spellshield]
    • [Spire of Mud]
    • [Splinter Spell]
    • [Stone Armor]
    • [Stone Wall] / [Wall of Stone]
    • [Stoneskin]
    • [Stun Bolt]
    • [Summon Object]
    • [Summon Spectral Skeletal Warriors]
    • [Superior Analysis]
    • [Sylph Spark]
    • [Telehop]
    • [Teleportation]
    • [Tempest of the Lightning Giant]
    • [Ten Thousand Spriggan Stakes]
    • [Tenfold Refraction Barrier]
    • [The Bindings of Belavierr]
    • [The Winding Lair of Solce’s Jellyfish]
    • [Thresk’s Seekers]
    • [Thunderclap]
    • [Tidal Wave]
    • [Time Slow]
    • [Valmira’s Falling Starry Sky]
    • [Void Sphere]
    • [Volcanic Rain of the Ash Giant]
    • [Vortex of Annihilation]
    • [Walls of Stone]
    • [Wave of Mercury]
    • [Wings of the Phoenix]
    • [Zelkyr’s Emergency Golem]
    • [剑圣 – 心火之刃] / [Sword Saint - Edge of Heart’s Fire][24]
    • ??? - Appraisal / Identification Spell (Allows the Caster to see the Classes/Levels of his target).[11]

Possessions[edit | edit source]

This is absolutely not a comprehensive list, encompassing only those items in Teriarch's hoard that have been explicitly described in-text.

Current:[edit | edit source]

  • Teriarch possesses a massive broadsword, which previously belonged to a Giant until Teriarch took it from him.[9]
  • A flying carpet
  • A pile of ruby gemstones, each one larger than a fist.
  • Baneblade[25]
  • An Original Wadeir.[25]
  • Magical Trident that vaporize whatever it hits, even Wyverns hide.[25]
  • Keyblades
  • Transforming Weapons
    • Maia Whitforgers' Concealed Spoonblade. A Spoon that transforms into a Rapier.
  • Armoire of Holding
  • Around 700 pounds of prime beef from a breed of magical cows that went extinct 800 years ago.
  • A jade throne that confers unto the person sitting on it the power of an ancient empire until their death.
  • Drathian porcelain teacup set.
  • Dragonclothes
  • Cursed Books
  • Ring of Greater Health
  • Necklace of Protection
  • Earther Electronics
  • Many, many other things that are not explicitly described. Teriarch's hoard is massive.

Former:[edit | edit source]

  • Orb of Scrying. It’s embedded in pure jade and enchanted with several enhancing spells that increase the range and scope of the spell itself - Shattered it in irritation.[9]
  • A first-edition tome of Rihal; three hundred years old and in perfect condition. This book was a crystallization of the Rihal Imperium’s knowledge of six hundred years, which was merely a book the apprentices and novices would study - Given to Ryoka.[7]
  • Grave Rot Scroll - Burnt.[25]
  • Magical Arrowheads that explode into a rain of magical crystal that are so sharp and propelled so fast by the explosion that they can pierce even Wyvern hide - Used against Ice Wyverns.[25]
  • Vial glowing like starlight, presumably a panacea - Given to Ryoka, and used to cure Fierre's silver poisoning.
  • Perfect Bag of Holding (Has minimum magical interference) -Given to Ryoka to hold the gold from the delivery
  • Potion of Greater Haste - Given to Ryoka for her delivery

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • He is the oldest known living being in Innworld.
  • Teriarch has heard of (and possibly known) Elves, who vanished tens of thousands of years ago, implying that he is at least that old. However, most of them were before his time implying that he was born after the majority of Elves died.[12]
  • He incinerated two Antinium armies sent against him in the Second Antinium War.[26]
  • When Teriarch curses he sometimes says: "Tamaroth’s beard!" This is significant for two reasons: firstly, he is one of the only Innworld natives capable of comprehending the idea of the gods, and quite possibly the only one who remembers their names. Secondly, it means he is old enough to at least have heard stories of the gods, who vanished possibly upwards of a hundred thousand years ago.[9][27]
  • Thus far, Teriarch has never flown to the twin moons.[7]
  • He does not like keeping plants unless it’s in preservation, as he can’t stand to water them, even with spells, and they still die after centuries, even with the finest care.[28]
  • The Grand Design theorized that he had done enough to reach Level 100 if he was capable of leveling.[14]

References[edit | edit source]