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|Name:||Fade/ Arais Valerian|
Fade was a slave (and presumably mentally retarded.) at Bernardholt whose face has been branded with the Legion's mark of cowardice. He is often charged with the protection of Tavi, and was sent with him to Alera Imperia when Tavi began training to become a Cursor, where he serves as a common slave. He is secretly a skilled swordsman, possibly the best alive, revealed to be Araris Valerian, the former guard and close companion of the deceased Princeps, both the subject of debate as to whether Araris allowed the Princeps to be better than him, or whether the Princeps was truly more skilled. To protect the princeps' son and wife, he branded himself as a disguise and went into hiding as the slave Fade. He has a deep resentment of the First Lord, though, at the request of Tavi, fought to protect his life during the Vord attack on the Citadel in Academ's Fury. He nearly dies to save Isana in Cursor's Fury. After Isana risks her life in a prolonged watercrafting to save him, his hidden love for Isana is revealed. He shows up more in Captains Fury as Tavi's personal singulare, traveling with him to free Varg from the Grey Tower and teaching him more about swordfighting. He also proposes to Isana, who says yes, making him and Isana officially engaged. Araris plans to travel with Tavi to the homeland of the Canim; however, in Princeps' Fury he has stayed behind with Isana in Alera.
Fade is from the Codex Alera, and is the property of Jim Butcher. He appears here solely for the purpose of role-playing in milliways_bar, from which no profit whatsoever is being made.