Some of the keen-eyed readers may have already noticed but we have new Patreon banners spread out all over our site for the last few hours now. In case you didn’t realize, here’s a preview of the banner in question:
We were meaning to introduce these mascot characters to you much earlier but the artist we commissioned to do the reference sheets for these characters is still not done. In fact, so far only 4 out of 7 are done. Not gonna lie though, I did get a bit impatient and went ahead to commission another artist to finish mine so that we can proceed to the next stage sooner.
For the time being, I’ll go ahead and introduce to you all the mascot characters we have created, each character is based on one of Re:Library staffs.
1. Sylphie d’Elysium
Sylphie was a new god born from the faith she received from her followers as an influencer in her past life. Since she had hundreds of thousands of followers, she could be considered a god with considerable power. However, as a new god, and an individual with zero contact with magic before, Sylphie did not know how to utilize her power. Therefore, the senior gods decided to seal Sylphie’s divine powers and sent her to a fantasy world with myriads of magical beings and had her study magic under the fairy queen. It was only after studying under the queen of fairies for a 100 years was Sylphie finally allowed to leave the sanctuary, Elysium, to explore the world and learn about their cultures. Everything in this world was new to Sylphie so she was always filled with curiosity and often got herself into minor troubles.
Shy and reserved around strangers, but has a carefree and loving personality around her friends. She’s a bit clumsy and gullible, so she always gets pulled into other people’s pace and gets teased easily. She is curious by nature so she tries to learn new things everyday. The way she keeps practicing the same skills and learning new ones day after day may seem like a crazy endeavor from an outsider’s perspective but she only does it because she thinks it’s fun.
Whilst Sylphie was still unable to properly utilize her divine power, she can change her genders and those around her with ease since she fully understood the biology of both sexes. The bracelet she’s always wearing is based on the infinity gauntlet and serves as a vessel to contain the divine powers that she wasn’t able to fully control. The six stones on the bracelet contain the ability of space, time, reality, power, mind, and soul respectively. She doesn’t necessarily need the bracelet to use her divine power but it helps her control it.
The power to change gender comes from the reality stone. In order to use her divine power, she has to utilize faith energy, so it’s not as if she can use them without limits. In other words, she can’t snap half the existence in the universe to dust like Thanos did, at most she can only snap like 1,000 at most at the cost of her own existence. If she used all her faith energy at once, she’ll cease to exist.
Even if she can’t make full use of her divine power, she is still a god and thus is one of the most powerful beings in the mortal world. However, as a matter of fact, most of her powers actually have minimal effects on powerful beings with divine power, much less other gods.
In order to become a proper god, she has to gain more believers outside of her past life’s followers. Once her past life’s influence starts to dwindle, she’ll lose her only source of Faith Energy and thus slowly fade out of existence. Her believers will gain an infinitesimal amount of her divine power every time they pray to her.
(That is why it is impossible to kill a god, even if you kill them, they’ll eventually resurrect if they still have lots of believers. The only way to kill a god is to slay them so they cannot interfere in the mortal world and take this chance to wipe out all their believers so they lose their source of Faith Energy and cannot recover.)
Name: Sylphie d’Elysium
Race: Fairy (God)
Height: 12.5 cm (Human size – 146 cm)
Eyes: Deep Blue
2. Robin Al-Logia
A noble scion from upper aristocracy that specialises in alchemy research and astronomy.
Sometimes he dreams of other worlds with advanced technology, and makes several efforts to replicate them using magic.
Uses an Astrolabe equipped staff for spatial magic, derived from the same concept as the antikythera mechanism.
Is able to cast magic remotely via the pair of catalyst orbs he keeps with him at all time, they are able to freely fly around and appear to have personalities of their own, though that is just conjecture.
Fond of all those cute, he has a reputation for sending elaborate gifts to noble daughters.
He is extremely fond of reading, and takes efforts to learn about all sorts of nonsensical trivia others consider irrelevant, often using them at boring social conventions he’d rather not attend.
His eccentricities extend to his other hobbies, as he spends most of his free time researching, designing and building all sorts of magical contraptions without regard for practicality.
His most distinct characteristic is probably just how much he places emphasis on treating Fana like his own younger sister, with almost religious fervour.
Name – Robin Al-Logia
Sex – Male
Height – 6’ / 182cm
Hair – Black
Eyes – Blue
Accessory Notes – Wears a monocle of some type
Catalyst – A pair of floating alchemical spheres that orbit his shoulders
3. Fana Al-Welsh
Royal Queen of the Welsh Kingdom, she has heard stories of her ancestor’s great exploit and how the kingdom came to be, she wishes to be like them one day so she abused her authority to train with the knights to polish her skills.
One day, Fana gets bored and decides to escape the castle and see the sights of her kingdom, which she could only imagine, stuck on her throne. After working out some details with Robin, she escapes with Sylphie in tow. To not be recognized by her citizens, she disguised herself as a man and went to register as an adventurer, as that seemed to be fun. Liomad, after noticing Fana’s disappearance, quickly catches up to her after receiving a few vague hints from Robin, only to find her in the adventurer’s guild. Liomad swiftly saw through her disguise and dragged her into a private room of the guild. After a brief discussion, Liomad gets roped into joining her since she gave up on convincing Fana to return.
Through their travels, they get to meet people from all walks of life, Serolithia the arachne, Fira the fire spirit, Ceres the fallen angel, and many others.
Fana acts prim and proper in front of her retainers and citizens but she actually idolised the lives of adventurers. She only reveals her true personality to those closest to her, and feels quite constricted in the stuffy royal castle. Her favorite pastime is spending a quiet afternoon in the library while listening to Robin talk about his latest inventions.
Name – Fana Al-Welsh
Sex – Female
Height – 5’5” / 165cm
Hair – Blonde
Eyes – Amber
Dex the chihuahua had been abandoned by their owner when he was still a young puppy. Now alone and homeless, the young puppy didn’t know where to go and tried to scrape up food any which way he could, begging by acting cute, scavenging the local dumpster, hunting small animals in back alleys, and sometimes even stealing from food stalls.
One day, Dex somehow wandered into the barracks and encountered the young Liomad training with her spear. Dex noticed the lunchbox Liomad left on the bench and tried to snatch it, but Liomad soon noticed him and stopped his attempt with ease.
Being the stubborn type that he was, Dex wasn’t going to back down like this, he kept going back to the barrack everyday to steal Liomad’s lunchbox. Sometimes he succeeded, sometimes he failed, and somehow they developed a weird relationship of being the chaser or the chased. Dex could instinctively tell Fana was Liomad’s boss, so he usually acted coy and harmless in front of Fana.
Has the mentality to never give up no matter how hopeless the situation, is very loyal and protective to those he opens his heart to. Dex has a very shrewd mind and always comes up with new tricks to one up Liomad.
Because of the constant back and forth with Liomad, Dex has somehow learned how to utilize aura for body strengthening unconsciously.
Race: Dog (Chihuahua breed)
Hair: Beige furred with white underbelly and sunbeam
Liomad is a knight serving under Fana as her bodyguard. At first, she approached her duty with a professional attitude, and treated Fana with the respect she was due, but as the years went by, she eventually warmed up to her. She was a war orphan, abandoned in the barracks as her father died in battle and her mother was always absent, leading her to be raised by the collective that is the soldiers of the kingdom, who chose to adopt her. In this environment filled with men(and the occasional women), Liomad lacked what others would consider a feminine attitude. The small number of female soldiers tried their best, but they were battle-hardened veterans, which didn’t help in Liomad’s upbringing. As a result, she has no interest in embroidery and the like, but in weapons and combat. Growing older, Liomad has shown a remarkable aptitude for handling weapons in combat. At the age of 14, she managed to beat the veteran soldiers in a duel without any magic, and at 19, defeated the guard captain. At 20, she received the honor to become the royal guard of Fana, which she accepted.
Liomad acts seriously, but is kind to others. Despite the presence of multiple men in the barracks where she was raised, she is extremely prude, as the female soldiers went to great lengths to avoid ‘tainting’ her. Her prudeness has become a teasing point for many people close to her. During her free time, she can be seen practicing with her spear or patrolling around the streets of the city.
Liomad’s abilities revolve mainly around using her aura in combat. Her aura is light pink in color but has been seen to occasionally become red. She is capable of using her spear in many different stances, which allows her to deliver a flurry of attacks that is variable and interchangeable.
Name: Liomad Redscale
Height: 178 cm
Eyes: Emerald Green
6. Lithianne Sero
Lithianne Sero, better known as Serolithia in human society, is one of the rare arachne race born between the fusion of man and spider. She was the only arachne in the group after the previous generation queen had died shortly after giving birth to her, so she was treated as the next queen of spiders.
The spiders would bring all kinds of food and loot to Serolithia but she couldn’t quite savour the taste of raw meat, so she ended up eating fruits most of the time. One day, the spiders brought back a picture book, Serolithia couldn’t understand the human language, but she was enamoured by the colourful illustrations. She was also quite interested in the figures drawn in the picture book, humans, who share the same upper half as her’s.
Thus, she set out of the dwelling in hope of meeting some, but she was treated as a monster and got subjugated instead. But since Sero was a rare arachne race and had a beautiful appearance (at least her upper half is according to the human’s aesthetic), they didn’t kill her but captured her to be sold as slave instead.
Ever since then, Serolithia has become distrustful of people. While they were enroute to the capital, fireballs start firing out of nowhere and forced the adventurers to leave Serolithia behind. Soon after, a beautiful girl with red hair and a little fairy fluttering beside her appeared as if from thin air.
Very quiet and generally indifferent or distrustful of people, doesn’t like to talk too much and is often nearly expressionless. Loves to read stories and especially romance and even more specially yuri.
Around people that she finds comfortable to be with, she’s much more expressive and affectionate although still maintaining her tendency to talk as little as possible. Kuudere type.
Various forms of magic, specialised in illusions and dark magic. Trained in hidden weapons with her spider threads and poison, hand-to-hand combat, high physical strength and self-regeneration, stronger and faster if she molts.
Name: Serolithia / Lithianne Sero
Age: Private (young)
Hair: Predominantly black but can appear very dark purple under some lighting
Eyes: Dark red eyes with slightly slit pupils
7. Fira von Ifrit
Fira is a high-ranking fire spirit and is the daughter of Ifrit, one of the four Spirit Kings in the world. She was born and raised in the sanctuary of spirits, and had never set foot to the outside world even once. She was disinterested in everything around her and would prefer to immerse herself in reading, until one day she was introduced to a “newborn” fairy who was said to be the next Fairy Queen. That queer fairy named Sylphie would approach her with no qualms of status when others are usually wary around her due to her being the daughter of the Spirit King. She would often tell stories of her adventures, how oh-so-fun it is in the outside world, and constantly nagged Fira to go with her.
Taciturn and uncaring. Since Fira doesn’t receive much parental affection from her parents due to how busy they are, she grew up without much attachment to anything other than the books she often reads to kill time. Due to her status, she doesn’t have many people who she can call friends either so she turned out to be very uncommunicative. But deep down inside, she yearns for familial love and everlasting friendship.
As a fire spirit and the daughter of Ifrit, Fira naturally has very high proficiency for fire elements. She could easily burn down an entire city if she fights at full power.
Name: Fira von Ifrit
Height: 163 cm
Race: Fire Spirit
Hair: Red with black highlight
Eyes: Ruby Red
Phew, now that the introductions are over. What do you think of the character backgrounds? Interesting right? There was a time I was so hyped when we wrote this that I even considered hiring a ghostwriter to turn this into a full blown story. But the hype has kind of died down now several months after waiting for the artist to finish up. Maybe one day in the future we’ll host a writing competition and have participants write up a prologue with up to 10k words. Who knows?
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