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Not to be confused with the Helian Faction.

Nyestra Helian is the name of a Dragon Scholar who lived before Gifted even existed. She is generally referenced to as the leader of the Helian faction, for she is the one whom 'created' it. Her first name is currently only mentioned by Brysmendrik nearby Dralk, and she's generally referred to as just Helian.

Helian the ScholarEdit

Race: Dragon

Gender: Female

Born: Unknown

Died: 344 B.R.

Known As: Helian the Great, The Scholar, Founder of Chiconis


Key Events in Life:

  • 752 B.R. Opposed the destruction of the Human Kingdom of Barasavus
  • 575 B.R. Chose to remain behind when the Gate of Embers was closed
  • 471 B.R. Opposed Lunus during the Great Schism
  • 451 B.R. Founded the new Dragon-home of Chiconis


A consumate scholar and philosopher, who worked tirelessly to defuse the growing conflict with the Humans and also to head off a civil war among Dragon society that many feared was just over the horizon, Helian was the founder of her faction and greatly revered among her peers and descendants.

Helian believed that the rise of the naka-duskael represented a challenge to which Dragon society should rise up to meet. She believed that Dragons were the most enlightened and advanced race in Istaria and that they should seize the reigns of leadership and lead all races into the future.

She was opposed by many factions, but none were as popular or bitterly against her as the faction led by the militant Malganival Lunus. Despite her many achievements in research and scholarship, she ultimately chose to abandon her homeland of Dralk and lead her followers south to a new home, Chiconis, located in the Granitefall Mountains. This action she believed was the only way to avoid a full-scale civil war.

Helian was also one of only a handful of ancients to remain behind when the Gate of Embers was closed in 575 B.R. With the growing discontent among her people and the rise of the Humans, she felt that her place was needed more with her followers than with the other ancients. She chose to remain behind and for more than two centuries she worked to make Chiconis a place that Dragons could call home, even in self-imposed exile.[1]

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