Thorny Elphen was the King of the Kingdom of Elphegort. Ruling under the banner of diplomacy and peace, Thorny's regime prospered until his country was faced with a sudden invasion from the neighboring Kingdom of Lucifenia. Backed into a corner, he collaborated with the Lucifenian Resistance to help ensure the success of their revolution.
Thorny was born into the Elphegortean royal family during the fifth century EC, later becoming the King of Elphegort and resided at the royal palace in Aceid. Maintaining pacifist ideals, the king maintained the army only self-defense. During his reign, he married and sired children. In EC 492, Thorny disguised himself in rags and went out into the capital city, where he browsed the shop of the foreign merchant Keel Freezis. Impressed by his excellent wares and service, he bought a pipe and left.
Afterward, he word of the Freezis' shop and made it well known throughout the land, saving their struggling business. As the Freezis Firm became more famous and wealthy, King Thorny continued to keep close ties with the merchant, allowing him to a title of nobility later on.
- "Are you sure you're all right with such a thing for aiding Lucifenia, King of Marlon?"
"Yes. Thank you so much for hearing out my whim, King of Elphegort."
- ―Thorny and Kyle[src]
Several months later, he secretly visited the Freezis Mansion to meet with Keel and Marlon's King Kyle, discussing Lucifenia's current famine and heard out Kyle's suggestion that he and Keel send aid on behalf of their respective countries. Following the meeting, he waited to have a drink with the two before a servant, Clarith, burst in drunk and started cursing out Kyle Marlon and Keel Freezis. Thoroughly confused, Thorny left once the matter was settled and returned to the royal palace, sending a messenger to confirm their earlier discussion the next day.
Afterward, Thorny worked with Keel to send the necessary aide to Lucifenia via letters. When Keel requested Lucifenia send a servant working directly for the princess as a diplomat instead of the prime minister or royal family, the Elphegortean King passed on the message to Lucifenia, rejecting the Yellow Country's Prime Minister Minis as the dignitary and confirming the princess' servant, Allen Avadonia instead.
Green War and RevolutionEdit
When the Lucifenian army suddenly invaded Elphegort around a week later, the enemy forces swiftly overwhelmed the Elphegortean military and forced Thorny to flee the capital. Pushed further north, the king settled at the fortress at Merrigod Plateau and used it as the military's base of operations against Lucifenia. As the war dragged on, Elphegort's army managed to hold back Lucifenia's onslaught while the enemy massacred the country's populace.
After the Lucifenian Resistance captured Lucifenia's capital city of Lucifenian and The Daughter of Evil was imprisoned, the Lucifenian army surrendered and Thorny had the enemy soldiers detained. Five days later, on December 24, King Thorny attended the peace talks at the Lucifenian royal palace's Hall of Sounds between all involved parties in the revolution.
There he discussed what Elphegort would do with the detained soldiers, making clear he didn't wish to continue incurring grudges with Lucifenia. He then witnessed Kyle announce that Marlon would occupy Lucifenia and set up an interim government while the nation rebuilt itself; following that, he learned Princess Riliane was to be executed two days from then at 3 o'clock in Milanais Square.
Following The Daughter of Evil's execution, Thorny began rebuilding his kingdom, eventually releasing the Lucifenian prisoners of war back to their home country. After Marlon annexed Lucifenia and established a blockade of Elphegort's ports in EC 501, Thorny remained unopposed to Marlon's sudden imperialistic policies. Around that time, the king stripped Earl Felix of his title for his capture by the Lucifenian army during the war.
Afterward, he granted the Blankenheim Family head the title of Marquis and governance of Toragay in Felix's place, hoping that promoting the Marlon Royal Family relatives would deter Marlon from warring with them. Following the Hedgehog Upheaval in EC 505, Marlon lifted its blockade and improved relations with Thorny's government.
After his death, Thorny was sent to the Heavenly Yard and remained there with his family and friends. In EC 999, he and the other souls were pulled back into the Third Period while the ground world merged with the Hellish Yard. Afterwards, Thorny was invited to the dinner party at the Lucifenian Royal Palace in honor of Princess Riliane and joined the other guests in the Hall of Mirrors.
- "This is what Hermann Bälz, a civil official during the reign of Thorny Elphen, left behind."
- ―Mayrana Blossom[src]
Following his death, Thorny's lineage continued into the seventh century EC with King Soil Elphen. By the following century, Elphegort's relations with Lucifenia and Marlon were restored and the three countries prospered together. Rumors of Thorny's political motivations for replacing the ousted Felixes with the Blankenheims continued to exist well past his lifetime.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "I too desire no more chains of enmity."
Thorny was a kind and benevolent king, believing strongly in his pacifist ideals even after the horrors of the Green Hunting. Because of his ideals, Thorny was strongly opposed to war and bloodshed, and wished not to create grudges even to satisfy a need for vengeance. Despite this, Thorny still believed the army was necessary for self-defense and was not above using the military to protect their country from invading forces. Regardless, the man always searched for a non-violent, diplomatic solution to Elphegort's affairs when able.
Thorny was also particularly attentive to foreign affairs and was open to supporting other countries with aide to relieve tension between nations and keep suffering. As a by-product of these beliefs, Thorny was uncharacteristically warm towards non-Elphes and eased tensions between different races across much of Elphegort during his lifetime. Despite this, Thorny's beliefs also made him somewhat of a sycophant in his foreign policy, buckling under Marlon's imperialistic polices and remaining uninvolved as his neighboring countries were invaded.
Skills and AbilitiesEdit
As the ruler of Elphegort, Thorny possessed a great amount of political power and influence within the Green Country and was effective in managing the nation during both war and peacetime, although often not exercising his power. Because of his influence, the king could easily affect the reputation of the Freezis' shop despite Elphes' general hostility towards foreigners. As head of the Elphegortean army, Thorny was able to inspire strong morale in his troops and effectively use his commanders to handle war strategy.
Keel Freezis: An acquaintance of Thorny's. Initially meeting the merchant when he was struggling in his kingdom, Thorny was impressed by the man's persistence and attention to quality in the face of the Elphes' discrimination. After boosting his business the two had a close confidential relationship as two of the most powerful men in Elphegort, and the king often consulted with Keel and relied on his financial support in important political matters.
Kyle Marlon: An acquaintance of Thorny's. As the king of Marlon, Thorny respected Kyle as an equal and consulted with him on important political matters, the two having a somewhat confidential relationship. Aside from this, however, Thorny was clueless on matters of Kyle's personal life.
Conceptualization and OriginEdit
- The English word thorny means "having many thorns".