| John "Reaper" McCallan |
Warden of the Blades
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Warden of the Blades
Johnathan McCallan (Father, Deceased)
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John "Reaper" McCallan was born to Johnathan McCallan and Ashley Vectus McCallan in 1116 A.D, During childbirth Ashley was forced to preform a c-section to save John's life. Johnathan was of Gilnean nobility while Ashley was of Stromic nobility. She ran away with Johnathan before the wall was shut closed to all outsiders. He has three siblings, Jackson McCallan, Amy McCallan and Louise McCallan. He was once engaged to be married but in his worgen rage he killed his fiancee and his best friend.
He is the Second Warden of the Blades but the first to be voted in and forsake his noble titles for his duty to the Blades of Greymane and the military of the Duchy.
Formerly, John was a hot-head and had no regard for lives of his enemies or those lesser than him, he had little respect for those above him, only impressing them with his skill and not his leadership, he kept his friends at arms length and had no goal to take over as the head of his families house. It was just after the First Range Rebellion when Amarinde died, he contemplated and looked back at his life and swore that he would become a better man for Bellum, his friends and allies and for his house. John is now more than often calm and cool under pressure, always the one to pick the necessary decision despite the price that must be payed, he puts family before anything and keeps to his word. He is fiercely loyal to his allies and relentless to his enemies.
He was the youngest of the four McCallans, Jackson being the oldest and most skilled horse rider of the bunch, Amy the youngest and Louise being the second oldest. In his childhood he was teased and bullied for not being a great rider like his father who was a great knight and lord of the town they grew up in, even his siblings were better than him. This got him into alot of trouble as he would get into alot of fights with other kids who insulted him. His brother then started paying attention to his lack of being a natural horse-rider and warrior, he took him to the town's ranch and told him to pick a horse, there was one horse which stood out, he wasn't the fastest horse but he was the strongest. John chose that horse so they could both train equally.
He begun riding and training with his older brother, his two sisters joining the military and becoming renowned cavalry riders and eventually knights of Gilneas. By the time he was fourteen he was trained by his father in the arts of Gilnean and Stromic martial and sword arts, John slowly became a great warrior and a great rider of his home-town, joining the military at fifteen.
By the age of fifteen he joined the military to bring honor to the House of McCallan. Two years into service and he was made into a sergeant and given his own squad. While on patrol his squad was ambushed by rebels in the Northern Headlands, the ambush was so well organised that they killed off his troops quickly and were about to move onto him, in the face of real combat, John stood true and charged the lines with Lan'fear slaying the nearest rebels, he was routed quickly and lost his weapon on the street, he ran to a nearby farm to which he yelled to the family to run and get assistance, Lan'fear and him stood their ground until the rebels charged across the field, he had no weapon but he spotted a old farmers scythe, which he took up and rode against the enemy, before they could even swing their swords, John swung Lan'fear to the left and brought the scythe across their necks, decapitating them all in one foul swipe.
A legion of troops came to investigate and found John beside Lan'fear, bathed in the blood of his enemies, still quite shocked at his feat, for his heroism and courage he was promoted to Captain and earned the title "Reaper of Gilneas".
During his years in Gilneas, John used to play around with his love life and court many woman, often each would find out about one another and call him out on his cheating habits. Many were silenced so that the heir to the McCallan family wouldn't be known for such acts. His father and brother who were disgusted by his actions, organised a marriage pact with one of the ancient houses in the Grip to secure more farmland. John initially disapproved but after courting with the woman known as Sarah McMutrie, he slowly begun to admire the lady, and even found a friendship with Tristan McMutrie. When the Worgen Outbreak begun, the military was summoned to prevent the outbreak within the city, but John's father ordered him to stay and prepare the defense of the Grip should the worgen travel south. John disobeyed, believing that his country is more important than his family. He and a few loyal men, including his older brother went out to the city. Whilst in the city their men were directed alongside the king to help secure the prison. John was bitten and taken away personally by Jackson. In his inevitable worgen rage he injured Jackson but did not infect him, he ran to the Grip and begun to run amok in the city of Karth alongside a pack that followed him. He entered the McCallan Mansion and killed his father, killing Sarah and Tristan who were there to stay safe. The royals soon swept across the Grip and secured or killed most of the Worgen.
When next John woke up he was a part of the ones Krennan Aranas cured temporarily. He was quick to re-unite with Jackson who told him despite his actions as a worgen, the people in the Grip were about to go up in arms and riot without a leader. On their journey home, the world started to heave and shake. The Cataclysm arrived and they rode hard, only to watch the entire southern portion of Gilneas be destroyed, as they mourned the loss of their home, they were drafted to help fight the Orcish invasion of the Headlands and secure Keel Harbor before travelling with the refugees to Darnassus.
The Blades of Greymane and Berenal GraybladeEdit
Weeks later after the tragedy of Gilneas, Reaper entered a dark place, believing the world to be against him, he had no where to place his anger and hatred, down in the ditches and stealing money from the rich to get by, he happened across a rich and well armed man, he did a simple run by, but was headed off by the man. Reaper was handed to the Stormwind Guard and beaten by the morally deficient guards, surprise to his eyes when his first visitor in jail was the very man he tried to steal from. Berenal Grayblade the High Commander of a military order of Gilneas offered him a job inside the order, Reaper was curious as to why he was offered a job, the high commander said he knew of his heritage and did not want him to rot in prison.
Reaper joined the order and met many individuals that became key in his life,the Paladin Cedrec Delcarn and the soldier Evan Riley. After serving for about a year in the order, he made a great deal of friends, including the High Commander who never gave up on Reaper and always believed he could change his views on life.
When there was a massive walkout that left a gap in the Blades, Reaper rose up to the occasion, presenting a quality he thought he could never have, leadership. Reaper was never alone though, as acting leader of the infantry, he was always watched over by Berenal, those who doubted him were embarrassed by his abilities and keen eye for combat strategies, he received help from Cedrec Delcarn and Tristan Dragonsblade as his second-in-commands.
The Blades recovered, and a lot of new faces were now a part of the order, Reaper stepped down from the infantry leadership quietly as the order began to become one once more, no one really remembered Reaper's actions as the whole event was slowly forgotten.
The Kun-Lai MoutainsEdit
The Bulwark moved into the Kun-lai mountains to do battle with the Horde, in the mountain pass, Reaper lead a small group of soldiers into the tombs on orders. The tombs was a trap as High Warlord Skullcrusha and his Kor'kron Legion were waiting for them, Reaper fought with everything he had and more, his group was wiped out and only he remained, a pile of Kor'kron dead next to him. At that time Skullcrusha stepped forward to do battle with Reaper, They fought and scraped for hours until several of Skullcrusha's warlocks chained Reaper down and knocked him out. Reaper was able to send out one last transmission before being taken away for several months.
The Kor'Kron LegionEdit
Reaper was captured by the Kor'kron Legion, he was immediately shipped to Orgrimmar and stood "trial" in front of Garrosh Hellscream and High Warlord Skullcrusha, They deemed that with the veterans of today, new torture methods needed to be found and tested with, these methods they would test on Reaper in his time with the Kor'kron.
They used the Sha and many mental tortures to try and break him. He held out for a long time but soon enough gave into the tortures, losing his mind and eventually being forced to fight in the Blood Arena. Once they Alliance began it's assault on Ogrimmar, he was set free and put into a recovery camp. He was soon requested to be released by the High Commander.
Return to the Blades of GreymaneEdit
Returning at Hallows End, during the burning of the Wickerman, Reaper was dragged by Berenal around the fest. After the pair re-acquainted themselves with each other and Berenal giving Reaper a rank and status back in the Blades. He was sent immediately to Dalaran for medical check-up.
His bones were broken in various places and his knee-cap was shattered, but through the valiant efforts of Lilurah Lockewood, Reaper was able to push through the surgery and was battle-ready within the week.
John McCallan, Grey Knight and Horse-LordEdit
Reaper was now pushed back into a leadership role, introduced to Adrian Gregor, Head of House Gregor by Berenal, he was put to work by Berenal to officially announce the revival of House McCallan and their vassalage to House Gregor. He quickly began construction of McCallan Ranch and built a healthy friendship with Adrian. John was able to supply the Ashen Coast with many fine steeds that roamed in the Range, just like his father did before him, but in the Grip.
John began to reap the rewards of reviving and putting effort into his new leadership role in House McCallan, many hedge-knights and warriors from all over Gilneas heard of the McCallan ferocity and ability in combat and wanted to serve under him. Quickly he was able to put these workers and warriors to work, finding time to provide personal protection to his Lord and friend, Adrian and forming the early order of the Equine Guard.
First and Second Range RebellionEdit
Reaper lost his wife Amarinde in the Battle for McCallan Ranch against the Gregor traitors supposedly lead by Oliver Gregor in The First Range Rebellion, he mourned the loss of Amarinde, but knew this was not the way she would've wanted him to go. He swore by her grave site that he would become a better person, one that Bellum could look up to, a person that others could respect and admire, a person that would bring honor to the name of McCallan.
The Second Range Rebellion arrived and John had taken the reins of the united Ashen Coast force to fight it off before tragedy struck and to defeat an ancient foe, he had to ask the man he idolized to die for Gilneas, he still holds his death as his fault.
Warden of the BladesEdit
John had reclaimed his house's ancient birth right of the March of Plains, or atleast a small portion of it whilst the other portion is held onto by an agent of the King, continuously blocking him from attaining records to confirm as such. But regardless of his efforts, he had focused heavily on the region and all of it's problems, namely The Five Rings. John fell into a coma from his five year binge of not adhering to his inner form, but because of help from Berenal Grayblade and some other Blades, he woke up from it after being blessed in Taldoren and has accepted his "other self", Eburi'talah, the Pale Wolf.
After being roused from his coma and after a length vote throughout the Duchy's leadership, they all voted that John was the best decision for the Warden position, filling it in perfectly and eager to remove the noble "nonsense" as he put it. He has thus far been working diligently to organize the assets and men under his command and work with the nobles of the Duchy to prepare for anything that might come their way.
Berenal Grayblade Edit
Berenal Grayblade, Duke of the Ashen Coast and High Commander of the Blades of Greymane acted as a tutor and role model for Reaper in his early career with the Blades. They soon began a healthy friendship, Berenal always believing Reaper was not this man who cared for nothing and believed the world owed him one.
They continue to maintain a strong relationship, Berenal trusting Reaper with a signed letter in case of his unfortunate demise.
Cedrec Delcarn Edit
Ever since starting off in the Blades, the two have always dreamed of opening a blacksmith business. Cedrec was the first one Reaper called upon to help him fill the role of acting leader of the infantry. The two formed a comradeship and understand each other perfectly, out of combat and in combat.
They continue to maintain a camaraderie, albeit Cedrec being extremely busy as Highlord of the Onyx Knights and Reaper repairing the Range from Oliver's Rebellion.
Adrian Gregor Edit
The relationship Reaper has built with Adrian is not one of long-term friendship, but from the necessary loyalty that was expected from Reaper as a leader of a house of the Range. Slowly Reaper began to respect Adrian and they both begun to understand each other which then built to a strong friendship.
Due to recent events, John has begun to loss faith in Adrian's capabilities as the Leader in the range, blaming most of it on his wife, viewing her as "Incompetent" and "Venom-tongued". Because of John's initiative and Mari's interference, He was imprisoned and sentenced to life, save not for the last minute change in Adrian's mind to instead sentence John to help Ardeiria.
He has been actively blamed for many failings in Adrian's and Mari's marriage, which has only furthered his disgust in the two and made John's general faith in his lord, questionable.
Lately John has been willing to repair the friendship and continue his role to stand beside Adrian, which has been returned as they work together for the betterment of the Duchy
Fleur DeWitt Edit
Fleur DeWitt has made a heavy impact on John's life, at first they were bloodthirsty rivals, now she is his fiance. They first met during the Second Range Rebellion in which they constantly berated and verbally fought, at one point, John gave her a nickname which she has stuck with to this day, "The Ice Queen.". When a break down in authority occurred and John ran to the defense of Adrian, taking on several members of the Blades by himself, Fleur was the only one to truly halt him, after-which John actively sought the death of Fleur, challenging her to a Blood Duel, an ancient tradition of Clan Callan where the first to spill blood is condemned to death. During the battle they danced the dance of war and fought for hours, to the point of John beginning to admire her tenacity and ferocity in battle. Although John overpowered her and won the bout, he proposed an end to the rivalry, starting one of the most dangerous partnerships in the Ashen Coast. On the battlefield they were unstoppable as they watched each others backs, their ferocity matched only by the body count they accumulated together.
In the weeks before the war, John was given an order by Adrian to defend the resources within Darkhaven. Due to a lack of communication and the need to confirm his suspicions, he instead took control of the town and made sure there were no traitors while intently protecting the storehouses. For his initiative he was arrested and condemned to death, branded a traitor to the people of the Range. Having lost faith in his lord and his region, Fleur DeWitt constantly visited him, comforting him within the confines of prison.
At one point they proclaimed their love for one another, Fleur even admitting she never expected to fall in love. Fleur told John to make it proper, and that when he was ready, she wanted him to propose to her.
The tragedies of within Ardeiria would forever echo throughout John's life, he lost the man who raised him, and his sister was used as a puppet for so long. Fleur stood beside him as his co-commander and comforted him more than anyone did during those dark days.
After John was named Lord of Blacksand, he was asked by Fleur to visit Karnsburg for the weekend. He finished his duties and set off for Karnsburg. Once there he surprised Fleur with a marriage proposal, he took her to her room and pointed to a ship in the dock, the "Lions Fury." and told her he had bought it for her, once she was struck in awe, he knelt down and proposed to her. She said yes and they begun to plan their wedding day.
Months after their marriage and their triplets having been born, the two were surrounded with work and parenting from across the Ashen Coast was difficult. The love begun to get strained as Fleur told Reaper that she "Loved that he was the father to her kids." and that the love was no longer there. Reaper agreed to part ways, divorcing her but also telling her that he is forever grateful for being "the mother to my kids."
With Fleur's disappearance, The House of DeWitt has moved to Ashridge and the triplets reunited. John still misses the best friend he had children with, an achievement many can't say they have.
Curses, Abilities and Weaponry Edit
Through his long service to the Blades of Greymane and their ventures, John has acquired numerous training from specialized individuals, damning curses from villains and empowered weapons from fallen foes.
Strategic Mind Edit
John has forever idolized General Garn Talton ever since his childhood, it was almost like fate answered his prayers when he was able to learn under the man through his journals and tactical know-how. He tested this knowledge in a War Game against his friend and ally, Berenal Grayblade and won.
Throughout his military service, the battles and wars he has fought in has given him an edge in a tactical sense.
Curse of the Worgen Edit
When the Worgen attacked Gilneas, John was bitten and ravaged across the southern country-side, killing his beloved and his father in his feral rage till his brother, Jackson captured him and delivered him into the hands of the Royal Alchemists of Gilneas, where a cure for the base symptoms was provided. After that day he pushed the urges down for almost five years till his beastial side grew a separate consciousness.
Calling itself, Eburi'talah, he induced John into a coma and ravaged him for what felt like five years within his dreams so he could feel the pain the beast within went through. It was only till Nicholas Graveshire, Berenal Grayblade and multiple members of the Blades took him to Tal'doren to conduct the Ritual of Balance, returning peace of mind and a fair balance between Eburi'talah and John. The two consciousnesses combined, leaving John the ability to calmly use his Worgen form to benefit his combat style, but also gave him a shorter fuse and more aggressive tendencies.
Blood Curse Edit
When a deadly cult began to take the forefront within the Ashen Coast and much of the Blades were captured, John willingly stepped forward as a sacrifice so that his friends wouldn't die alone and those before him could get more time to survive.
As his throat was cut, he passed on, only to be returned to his body with more power pumping through his veins that he could upon at will, the drawback was occasionally coughing fits or lethargy.
The Power of Equiss Edit
Equiss, the combination of Equine, the holy blade of Eadrig the Cavalier and Magmawrym the Dragon's Sword, familial sword of House Callan and McCallan has bestowed it's champion and wielder, John with immense power and multiple abilities.
John can summon the Spirit of McCallan, Lan'fear, a burning horse that treads magma in it's steps in a pillar of fire streaking from the sky to trample his foes, as well as summon additional spirits that have manifested within the blade, three burning ravens that would circle John upon being summoned till they were given orders. He has affectionately called them different variations of the name 'Ed'.
After absorbing the remaining power that resided within Kil'zoth, Equiss continued to grow in power. Able to sap the energy from John, it could create a scorching bolt of fire that, given John's intentions to the target, heal and cauterize the wounds, or burn and melt his foes. Doing so would make the blade's often bright glowing flame to a very dim light, almost feeling like it was draining the spirits that resided inside of it's will to obey John.
Crimson Glory Edit
When the selfless offer came forward to be the host for an unfortunate fallen soul, John stepped forward eagerly on the promise that it wouldn't affect him too much and upon his death it would find peace in the afterlife. John after all, always believes that his job will claim his life sometime soon, so it was more of a convenience to the soul, and he would gain powers from his kindness.
Whenever John so wishes, he can activate the soul's power with two words 'Crimson Glory' in which his whole body begins to emit a red glow and his muscles and height increase two fold. Pushing all his latent potential and power to the forefront, he fights with intense stamina, energy and has an obnoxiously loud tone of voice during the most basic of social situations.
The drawback is that he after the effects start to wear off, his body slumps into a heavy lethargy that he could almost pass out from, not quite used to the effects yet. When knocked out in this state, his body shuts down completely and is akin to a near-death situation. Thus far he hasn't been knocked out in the form.
John has gone through many bad situations in his life where he could've easily died, but he almost always refuses to fall to any foe, always getting back up to swing his sword. When he crashed on the Broken Shore and was forced to survive there, it only hardened his resolve to never fall to his enemies unless it was his dying breath.
Hyarskar Favor and Ancestry Edit
After fighting for weeks in what was once known as the Valley of the Vrykul, John traced the roots of House Callan back to Clan Hyarskar which made its home in what is now known as Hjalmar's Cradle. Having previously earned their favor and is now raising a Storm Whelp, Ursula, in hopes of being recognized by their clan, his ultimate goal is to be recognized among them as a Storm Lord and receive some semblance of closure with those that came before the Callans to please the age long tradition of House McCallan, to become stronger than those before them, the Callans.
He also completely adores the little Ursula and takes her with him everywhere except for conflict zones, often hiding in his backpack where she naps until called for.
When assailing a Legion Command Ship, John recognized the potential of the Wrymtongues and their healing capabilities, intimidating one into surrender and taking him as a prisoner for the Blades of Greymane. After news came around that many Wrymtongues were changing sides to both Alliance and Horde, he decided to recruit him as a healer for the Blades of Greymane.
As such Jorge see's him as a master of sorts and answers his call to the battlefield, but generally obeys any of the Blades of Greymane or follows them around should they summon him when not in a battle.