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Senix is an RPC created by JGREAD. He was one of, if not the oldest living being in Chima, perhaps second only to his allies in the Phoenix Triumvirate. He had many different identities and bodies (mostly Sabertooth Tigers) over the last 1,000 years, with "Senix" being his last one. He was introduced in the story Expedition of Exiles as a secondary antagonist, and was a prominent character in The Last Reincarnations, his final chronological appearance.


Biography[]

Early Life[]

Born Tenebrae the Tiger, he spent the first 20 years of his life a primitive creature. Tenebrae was part of the first generation of tigers to drink the chi after the First Great Illumination, 1,000 years prior to the events of the Roleplay. Being the physically strongest tiger in the tribe's early barbaric state, Tenebrae became its first leader. He was jealous of the Lions for claiming the chi source, Mount Cavora, themselves. He was also worried that it would give the Lion Tribe a monopoly over the chi and complete control over Chima's tribes, so in the year 995 BR, Emperor Tenebrae led the Tiger Tribe in a war against the Lions, in an effort to gain control of the land beneath Cavora. During the war, Tenebrae oversaw the digging of the Ancient Tunnels that would be used by many in the future.

By the year 992 BR, many of the other Tigers decided he'd gone too far, and, with the help of the Peacocks and Lyron, led a rebellion against his tyrannical reign, overthrowing the Emperor, establishing a monarchy, and making peace with the Lions. Tenebrae escaped capture after being usurped, and held contempt for his fellow Tigers from then on. The Lions, however, Tenebrae didn't hate much anymore in comparison, since they moved their city off of Cavora itself as per the terms of their treaty with the Tigers.

Meeting the Triumvirate[]

One year after being betrayed and living as Chima's first fugitive, Tenebrae had an encounter with three Phoenix who'd just fled from their tribe; a librarian, an alchemist, and a woman claiming to be a sorceress. Tenebrae asked the three phoenix why they'd run from their tribe, and Fal'qar explained that they disagreed with their first Emperor over the use of the Fire Wing Harnesses he'd created. The Phoenix explained that, if a Great Illumination were to be initiated with all nine harnesses (unlike what'd come to be known as the "First Great Illumination", which was some sort of natural occurence not involving the harnesses), it would literally reset the universe, erasing all previous history and destroying all memory.

The Multigenerational Plan[]

The Phoenix Triumvirate, as they now called themselves, explained how they'd banded together to protest the use of the Fire Wing Harnesses, culminating in their attempt to destroy at least one of them. When that proved impossible, they fled from their former tribesmen, who now viewed them as rebels. Sympathizing with the young and misguided Tenebrae as fugitives themselves, the Phoenix Triumvirate invited him to join their cause of perpetually preventing a complete Great Illumination from ever happening. Tenebrae agreed with them on the matter, and so the alchemist, Zarak, taught the tiger how to create an empty hommonculus body to transfer his soul into, something only Zarak (and now Tenebrae) knew how to create. Tenebrae assumed he'd take on a phoenix identity to keep watch on the tribe, but Zarak explained that it was mysteriously impossible to create a phoenix body. Thus, Tenebrae chose the form of a sabertooth tiger, since that was the closest to his original species (which he still deeply resented). Zarak also explained that he and his fellow phoenix had been unable to create hommonculi that they could transfer their souls into, perhaps because phoenix' souls were so closely tied to their bodies.

Due to this, the "sorceress", Faerin, explained that she'd devised a way to magically reincarnate herself, Fal'qar, and Zarak with their memories carried over after each time they died (this was only a half-truth on her part, since Faerin had found out that all phoenix reincarnate, and she'd discovered a way to simply tweak their cycles so that their memories of previous lives would be intact). Drawbacks to this included the possiblility that they wouldn't all reincarnate in the same time period each time, and the fact that they wouldn't always reincarnate as phoenix. The Phoenix Triumvirate nevertheless went on with their plan, agreeing to rendezvous with Tenebrae each new incarnation. Tenebrae agreed, and transferred his soul into his first hommonculus, leaving his original body out for the Tigers so they'd think he died, and discreetly slipping into the Sabertooth Tiger Tribe as if he'd always been there.

Rendezvous[]

By the year 824 BR, Tenebrae, in his current identity as Severen the sabertooth, had lived a few lives (and reached the age of 72 in this one) before finally meeting up with the Phoenix Triumvirate (as their memories of past lives returned upon reaching adulthood), who were lucky to all reincarnate as phoenix this first time. Unlike the Phoenix Triumvirate, Tenebre/Severen hadn't bothered trying to tell anyone else in Chima about the truth, since his allies had no progress recruiting anyone after him. Now though, Faerin pushed to take over the Phoenix Tribe itself in this new era, believing that to be the quickest and most certain way to prevent the Fire Wing Harnesses from ever being used. Despite Fal'qar and Zarak thinking of this as an unattainable goal and urging Faerin to not be so reckless (Severen had a neutral stance on the matter), Faerin went through with trying to convince the Phoenix of the forgotten truth about the Great Illumination, apparently managing to rally a decent portion of the tribe under her leadership, and stealing four of the nine Fire Wing Harnesses from the Phoenix Islands. Severen, figuring that the Phoenix Triumvirate had now achieved their goal, returned to the Sabertooth Tribe for the time being.

First Visit to the Purple City[]

In 819 BR, at the tail end of the Avian Triumvirate—Mammalian Confederation War, Severen was sent by Fal'qar and Zarak (who believed the Leopards' claim about the Elemental Balance, and were now on poor terms with Faerin) to infiltrate Faerin's headquarters in the Arctic, The Purple City, and extract the Fire Wing Harnesses. Despite his old age, Severen was able to sneak in and liberate the harnesses fairly easily (the hommonculus bodies aged slightly slower than natural bodies) while most of Faerin's army was away in the south. Severen escaped the city with the harnesses in tow, not staying long enough to witness the final battle of the war.

The Long Interim[]

It wasn't until much later that Tenebrae learned, from subsequent incarnations of Fal'qar and Zarak, that Faerin had gone insane, betraying and killing them before disappearing. Additionally, in the hundreds of years following Tenebrae's infiltration of The Purple City, the four Fire Wing Harnesses that had been in his possession were all eventually reclaimed by the Phoenix Tribe.

The Sabertooth Tiger—Lion War[]

In the year 163 BR, near the end of the Sabertooth Tiger—Lion War, Tenebrae, in his current identity of "Senix", was made a Commander of the Sabertooth Army. For holding this position, he was given a radio, an invention created that year which was an expensive luxury (that not all the tribes yet had) at the time. As the Sabertoothes prepared their assault on the Lion City near the end of the year, Fal'qar, who'd reincarnated as the current Phoenix Emperor (it was clear that Zarak hadn't reincarnated in this era), discreetly contacted Senix over the radio, telling him to travel by boat to the Phoenix Isles. Upon arriving during the night the Sabertoothes began their attack (having faked his incapacitation during a previous battle), Senix was given one of the Fire Wing Harnesses by Fal'qar. The Phoenix Emperor explained that he'd initiate an incomplete Great Illumination with eight of the harnesses, in hopes of preventing the Lions from being completely destroyed by the Sabertoothes. This secret meeting was interrupted by Set-Ra, who fought his Emperor due to Fal'qar's suspicious actions. Fal'qar held the phoenix at bay long enough for Senix to escape, however, and Senix took the harness with him into the Ancient Tunnels he'd had the Tigers dig hundreds of years prior.

The Second Great Illumination[]

Senix was soon pursued in the tunnels by the Tigers who patrolled them. Outnumbered, Senix managed to run long enough for Fal'ar's incomplete Illumination to be enacted, kick-starting many earthquakes throughout the continent. This caused the part of the tunnel where the cats were to cave-in, burying Senix' ill-fated pursuers, as well as the Fire Wing Harness that the sabertooth had dropped during the quakes. With the harness buried too deep to recover, Senix left the tunnels, going to the surface to find that he was apparently the only sabertooth left in Chima.

Aftershocks[]

Senix cloaked himself to hide his species as best he could, soon learning that the rest of the Sabertooth Tribe (as well as their allies the Mammoths) had been thrown north into the Arctic by an energy burst from the incomplete Illumination, and "cursed" in some way. He also learned that Cavora, formerly being grounded and having its chi falls pour directly into the Lion Temple, had been ripped into the sky, and the Lion City, nearly destroyed by the Sabertoothes, was instantaneously rebuilt by the Illumination to accommodate the now floating chi falls. Over the course of the next year, Senix sought more information regarding the bizarre fate of the Sabertoothes and Mammoths, and he learned that the curse confined them to the Arctic; they were blocked from crossing The Iron Mountains into the south by an invisible wall.

Working Solo[]

Knowing that both himself and Fal'qar risked being discovered if they contacted each other over radio again, Senix resolved to work alone and off the grid for the time being. He took the time to search for the Fire Wing Harnesses, which he learned had been scattered to random places around the continent following the Illumination. In the year following his information gathering, Senix made his hideout the ruins of a Sabertooth outpost in the Northern Outland Mountains, where he found something life-changing.

In the outpost, Senix discovered teachings Sabradia had left behind; he trained himself in the magic arts over the course of ten months, thus becoming Chima's third wizard. Soon after completing his training, Senix found one of the Fire Wing Harnesses in the Northern Outland Mountains, and destroyed it with magic. Now able to destroy Fire Wing Harnesses for the first time, Senix, despite having considered switching from a sabertooth form to a new body, realized that with this power, he could lift the curse confining his tribe and their allies to the Arctic. Senix also deduced that Sabradia and the Mammoth Mages must've been given an even stricter confinement to prevent them from being able to break the curse.

Capture and Escape[]

This marked a change to Senix's goals. Since he'd destroyed a Fire Wing Harness, he seemingly prevented a complete Great Illumination from ever being carried out. While he was still loyal to his allies in the Phoenix Triumvirate, he now put his loyalty to the tribe he'd grown fond of over hundreds of years first. In late 161 BR, after his excursion into the Wastelands, Senix proceeded into the Arctic, inevitably entering the boundaries of the curse and transforming into an "ice zombie". Senix, however, didn't mind the apparent "immortality" this gave to his current hommonculus, and the new powers that came with this. Just before he could free the Sabertooths and Mammoths from the curse, however, he was spotted, ambushed, and defeated by Leopard scouts. The Leopards, who'd earned fire chi from the Phoenix and were now able to enter the Arctic without cold-weather clothes, and without getting frozen, captured Senix, using special chains that restrained his magic powers. Though Senix didn't see the Leopard King in person, he ordered the scouts to lock the sabertooth in an old prison (the only building of the Purple City still standing) at the shores of the northwest sea.

Senix remained imprisoned for just over 160 years (not needing food due to his zombie status, and having one guard at a time with a rotating shift), until a violent earthquake caused by an imbalance of chi in the south (this was due to the chi falls having been drained) shattered his containment unit, allowing him to turn the tables and freeze the current prison guard/warden Longfang, along with a Raven and a Bat who'd appeared in the prison that day. He then set out to find the rest of his tribe. At first trying to lift the curse, Senix found that he wasn't able to, reasoning that it would take multiple witches or wizards working together to do so. He continued walking alone in the north, searching for the mages and their tribes. When Senix felt the curse being lifted a while later, he returned to the now frozen Hunter Prison, taking Longfang, the raven, and the bat with him to present to the freed King Finglor as prisoners.

The Fire—Ice War[]

When Senix made it to the mountain the Sabertooths had been frozen in (which they'd since turned into an HQ), he was greeted by King Finglor from a balcony. He was led in by sabertooths, who put the frozen raven and bat into the prison section of Saber Mountain. Longfang, on the other hand, was taken to Finglor, who thanked Senix and unfroze the leopard's head so he could speak. Senix commented on how quickly Longfang had become their prisoner, and Finglor asked the leopard about The Golden City's defenses, revealing that the Sabertooths were going to assist in the Icebears' assault on the Valley of Balance. It was then that Senix returned to his position as a Sabertooth Commander, in addition to learning about the Icebears and Vultures' similar exile to the Arctic that'd happened almost 40 years after his capture. The freed Sabertooths and Mammoths had now allied with the Icebears and Vultures, forming the new Ice Hunters.

Interlude[]

However, Senix learned soon after, as he was preparing his forces for battle, that the Mammoth Queen Maulryene had been incapacitated by a mysterious illness, leaving the Mammoths to postpone their part in the invasion of the south. Senix also reported to Finglor about the Fire Wing Harness he'd destroyed in the Northern Outland Mountains, and, for the Sabertooths to prevent the harness from being found and reforged by anyone, assisted with adding the location of its pieces to the Sabertooths' map, the Artifact (however, Senix's memory of this was hazy, and he eventually forgot the location of the harness pieces after this). Finglor agreed to have the Sabertooths search for and contain the pieces, but explained that, for now, he needed the tribe's full power for the war, especially due to the Mammoths' exclusion.

Battle of the Golden City[]

When the Sabertooths reinforced the Icebear and Brotherhood forces in the Valley of Balance a while later, Senix pushed from the northeast with his legion, intercepting a Leopard legion led by King Leodus. Senix and Leodus knocked each other off their speedorz in joust-like fashion as their forces clashed. The two wizards dueled normally, before activating their chi aura magic; the two chi auras towered above the warring armies in the valley as they fought one-on-one. Leodus' yellow chi aura eventually overcame Senix' blue aura, and the Leopard King defeated him. However, Senix had partially allowed himself to be defeated and recaptured, since he'd learned that the Leopards had joined the Fire Tribes; as such, he could get information on the current whereabouts of Fal'qar, who was presumably still within the Phoenix Tribe.

Recapture and Proposition[]

Leodus chained Senix's hands, feet, and spear with fire powered chains, and took him to the Golden City in the middle of the valley, leaving the battle. On the way to the Leopard Castle, Senix listened in on leopards' conversations, learning the crucial information he'd wanted; the Phoenix Emperor (Fal'qar) had been exposed for his actions at the end of the Sabertooth Tiger—Lion War, and as such had been overthrown by Set-Ra and imprisoned by the Phoenix. Senix aimed to use the Fire—Ice War both for the Ice Hunters' revenge on the Fire Tribes, and to rescue Fal'qar. For the time being, however, Senix was again a prisoner of the Leopards.

Leodus took the captured Senix to his throne room in the castle, and had his guards leave them. Leodus sat on his throne and revealed that he'd deduced Senix's true identity as the ancient Tiger Emperor Tenebrae. Senix denied this, explaining that all his past identities were no more, and that there was now only Senix. Leodus questioned the concept of creating different identities for all eternity, and offered Senix an alternative; if Senix left the Ice Hunters, Leodus would provide him with a greater purpose: preserving the Balance of the Elements. Leodus reasoned that two wizards, each from a Fire and Ice tribe respectively, could join together to restore Chima's Elemental Balance.

Duel in the Golden Throne Room[]

Senix (whose chains had run out of fire chi power) refused Leodus' offer, instead breaking through his chains, picking up his ice spear, and attacking the King. He briefly considered telling Leodus about the Phoenix Triumvirate and their goal, but after the Leopard King's speech about restoring the Elemental Balance by any means necessary, Senix assumed that Leodus was the kind of person who would want to reset the universe with a complete Great Illumination (and might be able to put the harness Senix had destroyed back together with magic). In his mind, Senix resolved to assassinate the Leopard King just to make absolutely sure. Senix' thoughts went even further, and he realized that he could perhaps keep watch on the Fire Wing Harnesses more adequately by becoming the leader of a Fire Tribe, like Fal'qar had. He commented aloud that killing Leodus and taking over the Leopard King's body and tribe would yield more interesting results than an alliance.

Leodus blasted Senix across the room, but Senix rebounded, and the wizards dueled again, sending magic and elemental blasts flying throughout the throne room. A damaged Vulture Sky Scavenger jet that made it over the walls of the city soon crashed through the wall of the throne room, violently interrupting their battle. Senix recovered and considered moving his consciousness to the body of Leodus, who'd been knocked unconscious by the force of the crash, but the Leopard guards charged into the room, so Senix escaped with the vulture pilot in the detachable cockpit jet of the Sky Scavenger, as the rest of the vehicle crashed down into the city streets.

Confrontation with Petricoff[]

With a trail of smoke coming from its small engine, the damaged cockpit vehicle overshot the Valley of Balance, crashing far out in The Iron Mountains. The vulture was killed in the crash, but Senix survived and wandered out into the mountains, during which he realized that he'd gotten ahead of himself in the throne room; it was only possible for him to transfer his soul into a hommonculus, not into a natural body, and leading a fire tribe certainly hadn't worked out for Fal'qar. Thus, Senix kept his goals grounded, aiming to focus on the war and extracting Fal'qar. While moving to rejoin the Sabertooth attack force, Senix encountered a young peacock, who discovered that he was Tenebrae through dialogue with him, and charged at the sabertooth, revealing himself as a descendant of the Peacock King. Senix, however, struck and froze Petricoff (who didn't have fire chi) with his spear before a battle could even start. Senix then trekked through the Iron Mountains, traveling back up into the Arctic North to return to Saber Mountain, and dragging his new frozen prisoner behind him.

The Crawler—Ice Hunter War[]

Upon arriving much later (after the important battle of Icestrike's Ultimate Glacier, unbeknownst to Senix), he put the frozen Petricoff in the prison of Saber Mountain, and asked the guards where the rest of the Sabertooth Army currently was. They told him that Finglor and his forces were somewhere in the Iron Mountains. Senix then saw Vulture, Leopard, and Bat forces marching toward Saber Mountain from the southeast, and ordered the Sabertoothes to arm all defenses. The Vultures, Leopards, and Bats launched an all-out attack on the HQ. Angry at the Brotherhood of Vultures' apparent betrayal, Senix commanded the HQ's defense from within the mountain. The Sabertooth forces at the HQ prevented the enemy ground forces from breaking into the bottom of the mountain, but the Bats' fire chi powered Wing Strikers propped open the sabertooth jaw gate at the top of the mountain before it could be closed, allowing bats to fly in. The bats who'd been piloting the Wing Strikers also flew into the opening just before the jaw gate came down, crushing the vehicles.

Soon after, Senix ran up to the entrance tunnel and intercepted the bats as they flew back up to escape with the freed prisoners. The wizard zapped all visible enemies (including Petricoff and the raven Senix had frozen in Hunter Prison) to the wall with magic energy lighting from his hands. Senix was interrupted, however, when he was blasted from behind by Benjamin (the bat he'd frozen at the prison) with a Gatling gun-like revolving blaster. The continuous fire chi laser blasts to his back forced Senix to the wall before he could react. Senix hit his head on the switch that activated the gate, falling unconscious to the ground as the jaw gate opened. Since Senix' hommonculus had just barely been able to withstand all the blasts, his adversaries assumed he was immortal, so they didn't bother killing him.

Aftermath[]

Senix later woke up to find that the enemy forces were gone, and that Saber Mountain itself had sustained little damage, save for the turrets on the face of the mountain that'd been destroyed by the Wing Strikers. After recovering from his earlier defeat, Senix began to oversee the reconstruction of the turrets, as well as the sabertooth vehicles that'd been destroyed on the battlefield. Since the damage was minimal, the repairs were completed soon, before Queen Sabradia and the Mammoths arrived at Saber Mountain. In the throne room of Saber Mountain, Senix stood quietly at attention as Sabradia reunited with her grandson, Sabran II, and introduced Mammoth Princess Maulisa to her daughter-in-law, The White Lioness.

Plots and Counter-plots[]

As the queens descended into the ice caverns to release the sabertooths who remained frozen, Senix was approached by a huge mammoth who introduced himself as Malgus, the first wizard. Senix introduced himself, and engaged in a conversation with Malgus, all the while secretly using magic to read the mammoth's mind. Unaware that the other wizard had simultaneously read his mind, Senix discovered that Malgus knew about the Fire Wing Harness he'd destroyed in the Northern Outland Mountains, and that the mammoth intended to reforge the harness for himself, in order to become the Elemental Wizard. Since that went against Senix and the Phoenix Triumvirate's plan by reopening the possibility of a complete Great Illumination, Senix realized he had to make sure Malgus didn't find the exact location of the shattered Fire Wing Harness in the mountains. Senix and Malgus kept their knowledge of each other's secrets from becoming apparent, engaging in pleasantries before exchanging goodbyes.

Soon after Malgus left Saber Mountain, Senix heard the wails of a sabertooth inside a chamber as he walked through a hall. After asking the guards about who was in the room, Senix was alarmed to find out that it was Finglor's relative Saban, who'd reverted back to his pre-zombie form and lost his ice powers after plugging fire chi. Realizing that this could possibly be a way to restore the Elemental Balance without the use of a Great Illumination, while still allowing the Ice Hunters to get their revenge on the Fire Tribes, Senix put the guards to sleep with a pacifying spell, and entered the room, asking Saban about how he'd been transformed. However, Senix heard more guards approaching in the hall, and told Saban he'd return to continue the questioning later. Senix then left the room, released the spell on the guards, and slipped around the corner of the hall.

Breakout and Manipulation[]

Soon after, Senix broke into Saban's chamber from behind using energy lightning, now aiming to recruit the rogue sabertooth to his secret cause. Bringing Saban into the tunnel he'd just created, Senix closed off the hole in the wall of the cell. He then explained to Saban that he had a plan to prevent another Great Illumination from ever happening (he figured he'd ease Saban into the full truth about the Phoenix Triumvirate and the Great Illumination so as not to overwhelm the young man with too much information at once). However, Senix realized that the naive sabertooth either wouldn't understand the full extent of the complex plan, wouldn't believe him, or wouldn't trust him and the Phoenix Triumvirate. Thus, the wizard decided to use reverse psychology for the time being, to essentially turn Saban into his "sleeper agent"; by spreading the word about fire chi being able to revert Ice Hunters' transformations, the young man would think he's defying Senix and the Sabertooths, but actually helping them in the long run.

Senix then lied to Saban, telling him the new development that fire chi "cured" Ice Hunters could jeopardize his plan to "prevent the Elemental Balance from being restored". Senix arranged for Saban to go to the remote Northern Outland Mountains, to make sure no more southerners or northerners found out about what had happened to Saban (he was betting on Saban "defying" him by going south to spread the information; otherwise, if he did arrive in the Wastelands, Senix would reveal the actual truth and recruit him). At Senix's request, Saban described all the lions who'd been involved in the experiment. As sabertooth guards (as well as Queen Sabradia herself) started to break into the tunnel, Senix ventured quickly with Saban to one of the HQ's vehicle garages, and the two sabertoothes escaped the mountain on speedorz. Saban's fire chi aura and melting of the snow around him made him a moving target for the Sabertooth air forces, but Senix was able to blend into the snow with his white fur. Senix reminded Saban to drive east, to the Wastelands, and said he'd rendezvous with him there. After this, Senix heard that Malgus had taken most of the Mammoth Tribe to the newly rebuilt Purple City, and was now calling himself the King of the North, as the news had spread quickly.

Partings and Preparations[]

After serving the Kingdom of the Sabertooth for hundreds of years, Senix had now gone rogue, for two reasons: first, he was now considered a traitor to the tribe after his necessary breakout of Saban, and second, because he realized that the Sabertooths' leaders had become blinded by their hatred of the Lions, unable to see the bigger picture regarding the Elemental Balance and the prevention of an Illumination. While sad about this, Senix now knew exactly how Fal'qar and Zarak had felt when they defied and left their tribe, strengthening his resolve.

After briefly returning to the Wastelands and not finding Saban there, Senix drove southwest into The Great Forest, where he tracked down and froze the lions who'd experimented on Saban with fire chi and made the discovery. The reason Senix froze these lions despite wanting their discovery to be made widespread, was because they were members of The Forgotten, a faction that he'd learned had acquired at least one Fire Wing Harness (the one that Senix had been in possession of before it was buried in the Ancient Tunnels 163 years prior, no less). After almost 1,000 years of preventing a complete Great Illumination, Senix was paranoid at this point that any faction using the harnesses could, or would, initiate the event if they obtained all of them. Thus, Senix would freeze members of the Forgotten whenever possible, and aimed to use force to liberate (and destroy, with magic) the harnesses they'd acquired later on, in case he failed to prevent Malgus from reforging the harness he'd destroyed. For now, though, he'd focus on Malgus, and would keep an eye on the Forgotten.

Senix then discarded the speedor and found a small boat, venturing with his frozen prisoners on a river that led to the sea. Senix sailed his boat to the frozen Bat Island, where many icebears were stationed, still awaiting orders from their king. After burying the frozen lions on the island, Senix explained to the icebears that King Icestrike was dead, and went on to talk about how the Ice Hunter alliance was fracturing. Senix convinced the gathered Icebear forces to follow him in attacking the Purple City to defeat the "false Mammoth King Malgus", and they charged off the island with him, running north across an ice bridge they created with their steps.

Attack on the Purple City[]

Senix and his Icebear army launched a full frontal assault on the coastal city upon stepping back onto Arctic land. Despite the Mammoths' strong defense, the Icebears' Claw Driller mechs were easily able to break through the walls of the ancient city. As Mammoth and Icebear forces clashed inside the city, Senix stormed the central tower, confronting Malgus, Malgus II, and Galvanor in Malgus' throne room. Senix and Malgus revealed that they'd read each other's minds back in Saber Mountain, and that each wizard's plan conflicted with the other's. Senix engaged in a powered up duel with Malgus, as icebears stormed into the room. Malgus and his allies eventually fled from the throne room, and Senix's Icebear forces were able to successfully drive the Mammoths out of the Purple City, claiming the city themselves. Now with a headquarters and an army, Senix planned to attack the Phoenix Isles and finally rescue Fal'qar, but he focused first on the Malgus situation while mobilizing his forces.

Second battle of the Purple City[]

Senix used the Purple City as a base, sending out Icebears to hunt for Malgus and his son. Senix revealed the secret about Saban to Ike, Iceslash, and two other icebears deemed the most loyal, and sent the four of them to track down the missing Saban, who hadn't followed through on the rendezvous with Senix (Senix wanted to confirm whether the reverse psychology outcome was at play, or if Saban had meant to side with him, and simply got lost on the way to the Wastelands). Soon after, a temporarily allied force of Mammoths, Tigers, and Forgotten attacked the Purple City. Senix's Icebears were immensely outnumbered and overwhelmed by the invaders, and Senix was captured by the Tigers with fire chi chains before he could escape the city. Though the Forgotten tried to take him themselves, the Tigers and Mammoths (the latter notably being led by Malgus II) left the city with Senix in tow. The Purple City and the Icebears within were then bombed and annihilated by an unrelenting bombardment from Scorpions, who'd come from the south to enact revenge on the Icebears.

An Unexpected Alliance[]

A short while later, as Malgus II and Titus (who Malgus II had told about Senix's true identity) debated on what to do with the captured Senix, the wizard saw a black cat in the snow nearby, and pointed him out. While the Tigers and Mammoths were briefly distracted by the "panther", Senix was broken out by two of his four most loyal icebears (as Ike and Iceslash had abandoned Senix's cause after hearing of his capture), and the two icebears were gunned down by the Tigers, allowing Senix time to escape into the snow. Realizing that Malgus must've gone to find the pieces of the shattered Fire Wing Harness in the Northern Outland Mountains, Senix ventured across the Arctic and over the Ice Mountains, into the Wastelands to the east. He tracked Malgus, and also recognized the scent of a lion along with the mammoth's scent. In the Northern Outland Mountains, Senix crossed paths with one of Leodus' Imperial Knights, a lion named Lycor, who was tracking the lion traveling with Malgus. Senix explained that he was no longer allied with the Ice Hunters, and revealed Malgus' plan to become the Elemental Wizard, framing it as a dangerous event that should be prevented (but without telling Lycor the full truth, because he doubted the lion would believe him). Senix and Lycor then teamed up to stop Malgus and Lyrix.

Battle in the Wastelands[]

Hot on their trail, Senix and Lycor soon caught up to Malgus and Lyrix, near a small mountaintop lava pit that'd been created by Senix' earlier destruction of the Fire Wing Harness. While Lycor dueled the ice lion Lyrix, Senix engaged in a heated magic battle with Malgus, determined to prevent Chima's first wizard from reforging the Fire Wing Harness. The battle was cut short, however, when a Stinger-Copter flying overhead was commanded by Skaulus Rax to fire warning laser shots between the four combatants, since the Spiders were aiming to colonize and claim the Northern Outland Mountains.

Final Death[]

The fighters were scattered, but upon recovering, Senix resumed his magic fight with Malgus. The two evenly matched wizards were locked in a seemingly perpetual energy lightning standoff, until Senix was suddenly stabbed through the back by Lycor, the Imperial Knight's Fire Valious sword piercing through Senix's chest and chi harness. Malgus immediately ran up the mountain to get the pieces of the Fire Wing Harness as Lycor retracted his blade, declaring that he'd stopped the threat of Tenebrae, just as his ancestor, Lyron, had helped to do over nine hundred years prior.

Senix ran away from Lycor, stumbling near the crevice of the lava pit, where he was spoken to by Leodus. The Leopard King's temporarily disembodied spirit explained that he'd just told Lycor the truth about Senix's identity and plan (Leodus had misunderstood Senix' intentions after their interaction, thinking the sabertooth's goal was to prevent the Elemental Balance from being restored). Leodus noted that Tenebrae didn't have the resources with him to perform another soul transfer, and explained that he'd foreseen Senix's downfall. Leodus wished Senix to rest in peace, and Senix, without time to tell Leodus about the Phoenix Triumvirate and their true goal, had no choice but to finally accept death, allowing himself to fall into the lava pit.

Summoning[]

Following the destruction of his last physical body, Tenebrae's soul (reflecting the appearance of his original tiger body) entered the Chi Ghost Realm for the first time, meeting the spirits of many other historical figures in Chima. He was wary to the fact that Faerin's "ghost" wasn't present, meaning she currently had an incarnation at large in Chima. Eventually, Tenebrae was presented with a portal back to the physical world, and, stepping into the Great Forest, he found that he'd been summoned using a "Chi Ghost concoction", something he'd never known about before (due to it being a mostly secret creation of the Gorillas). His summoners were, unsurprisingly, Fal'qar and Zarak. Tenebrae was surprised at the latter's current incarnation, however, being that it was the scorpion, Scorponok. As the three allies recapped each other on each of their journeys in the current era, and discussed the issue of Faerin, Tenebrae commented that he and Zarak had been in such close proximity in the Wastelands, but without knowing.

Arrivals and Revelations[]

The group was then ambushed by Lycor and Leodus, much to Tenebrae's chagrin, and the two arrivals demanded an explanation about what Fal'qar had just been talking about, relating to the Great Illumination. Fal'qar conceded, and told them about the universe-resetting purpose of a complete Illumination. To the surprise of Tenebrae and his allies, Lycor and Leodus believed Fal'qar, so they were given a full explanation about the Phoenix Triumvirate's mission. Leodus explained that, following the Tribal Summit, many in Chima were now searching for the Fire Wing Harnesses, since a Great Illumination seemed like the only way to fix the Elemental Balance problem. As such, the Leopard King said he'd contact the Mammoths (the tribe most devoted to the search, under Malgus' command) to ensure that, once again, the Illumination would be incomplete. Tenebrae stopped him, however, reminding everyone present that Malgus had read his mind, and as such would've already learned about all of this...

Malgus himself then jumped out from behind the Forever Rock, simultaneously freezing Lycor and using magic to blast Zarak's soul out of Scorponok's body, causing the spirit to immediately disintegrate since it hadn't been summoned by a Chi Ghost concoction. Malgus explained that he fully intended to reset the universe, which would both restore the Elemental Balance and net his tribe its revenge against the Phoenix. Since he'd learned about the Phoenix Triumvirate and Fal'qar's current incarnation from reading Senix's mind, Malgus had allowed Fal'qar to escape from the Phoenix Isles and rendezvous here, to locate Zarak for him. Malgus explained that all phoenix in existence actually reincarnated perpetually, and Faerin had simply figured out a way to have the Triumvirate retain all memory of their past lives each incarnation, rather than starting anew. Malgus had now put Zarak back into the natural cycle, and the phoenix would have no memory of his past lives anymore. The Elemental Wizard also revealed that the first Phoenix Emperor was one of the Dragons who'd created Chima, dispersing and solidifying his God powers to form the Fire Wing Harnesses, and taking on a Phoenix form until his death, to "deceive" the people, as Malgus put it.

Enemies Turned Allies[]

Lycor, Leodus, Fal'qar, and Tenebrae worked together to stop Malgus' plan. A battle ensued, since the Mammoth King intended to kill all of the beings present, so that they couldn't spread the word about the Great Illumination before he could gather eight other harness wearers to perform it with him. During the battle, while Malgus was distracted fighting Lycor and Leodus, an injured Fal'qar told Tenebrae to flee, so he could tell as many people as possible about the Great Illumination and the Mammoth King's intentions. Tenebrae's ghost, which remained in the material world as long as the concoction that'd summoned him was intact, attempted to "fly" out of the forest, but Malgus flew after him with his Fire Wings, catching up to Tenebrae and ripping through the concoction with his weapons. As Tenebrae's ghost dissipated and returned to the Chi Ghost Realm, he told his allies below that this would be up to "those still in the land of the living."

Legacy[]

Thanks to Senix breaking Saban out of Saber Mountain, word was spread about fire chi's "restorative" aspect for Ice Hunters. Though Saban himself eventually returned to the Ice Hunters, and this revelation didn't end up spurring the majority of Hunters to give up their ice powers, it did allow multi-species factions like the Forgotten and the Stinger Brotherhood to recruit many ex-Hunters without disrupting the Elemental Balance.

Even after his death, Tenebrae's spirit was instrumental in passing on the truth about the Great Illumination to "the next generation", Lycor and Leodus, which, as Fal'qar would comment in his "last moments", may have been their purpose all along.

Quotes[]

'Leodus: "New name, new face... but I know who you really are, Tenebrae."

Senix: "You must be mistaken, your highness. Emperor Tenebrae died over 900 years ago." 

Leodus: "A lie."

Senix: "The truth. Whatever man or beast I once was, I am no more. Tenebrae ceased to exist when Semblis was born. Semblis ceased to exist when Severen was born. And so on, and so on. Now there is only Senix; Tenebrae is but a memory."

Leodus: "What are you planning? To go on like this forever? A new identity every 80 years or so?"

Senix: "Is that not the only path to immortality?" 

Leodus: "Yes. But that will surely get boring for you, living for all eternity... I can offer you something greater."

Senix: "I doubt that, but go on." 

Leodus: "If you break ties with the Sabertooths and the Ice Hunters, you can be redeemed. I can give you a purpose in life: servitude to a greater cause, beyond good and evil; the Balance of the Elements."

Senix: "Hmm. How did you know? That I used to be Tenebrae?" 

Leodus: "I am a wizard, as you saw. Magic gives me the power to see through deception. Do you accept my offer? Two wizards, one from a Fire tribe, one from an Ice tribe, joining together and harnessing the power of the elements to shape Chima into complete balance." 

Senix: "Why do you offer me this new direction, if you know who I was and what I did centuries ago?" 

Leodus: "Because I believe that 'good' and 'evil' are irrelevant. I believe that no sentient is past the point of redemption, even the Emperor who drove the Peacocks to near extinction." 

Senix: "Then, your highness...you are wrong." 

Senix breaks out of his chains, which have run out of fire chi power. Leodus springs from his seat and engages Senix in a magic duel in the throne room. 

Leodus: "You should've taken my offer, Senix. Now you are doomed to an eternal, aimless cycle."  

Senix: "Not if I kill you and take your body! Then things could get interesting!" 

Leodus: "Then you will be disappointed." 

Leodus fireblasts Senix across the room.' 

—The interaction between Senix and Leodus in the Golden throne room, which displays both characters' philosophies, while also foreshadowing the Empire of Balance that Vamprah and Leodus would later form.  

Appearance, Gear, and Traits[]

Weapons and Gear:  A long Ice spear, very effective for throwing at flying enemies. 

Appearance: (Senix appearance) Strainor's lower body, Sir Fangar's upper body, Stealthor's eyes and fur around his eyes, and Sir Fangar's head.

Personality: As a young Emperor, Tenebrae was extremely arrogant and brash, but he of course became much wiser and smarter by living for over a thousand years. For a long time, he only cared about the Phoenix Triumvirate's goal, but over the centuries, he grew increasingly attached to the Sabertooth Tribe (while making sure not to forget his main purpose), eventually considering himself one of them. Like his Triumvirate allies, however, he retained a utilitarian philosophy, determined to prevent a complete Great Illumination for the good of Chima at large, and to carry out any sacrifices that cause required.

Appearances:

  • Expedition of Exiles: A Chima Roleplay Tie-in Story (First Appearance)
  • The Chima Roleplay
  • The Last Reincarnations: A Chims Roleplay Tie-in Story

Trivia[]

  • Senix was originally changed into a wizard so he could function as a replacement for JGREAD's RPC Malgus, since the Mammoth Tribe had gone inactive in the RP; when the mammoths became active and JGREAD began using Malgus in the RP again, a retcon to Senix's backstory had to be made to explain how he was the third wizard of Chima, since Malgus was the first and Leodus was the second.
  • Senix's original identity of Tenebrae was named after Tenebrae/Darth Vitiate/Emperor Valkorion from the Star Wars Expanded Universe, a character with a similar backstory.
  • Senix' theme song:

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