|Members of the Paragon Circle|
|Paragon of Wind,||Aradis Sedell|
|Paragon of Fire,||Adrale Domyrri|
|Paragon of Earth,||Jaghon Rislin|
|Paragon of Ice,||Laeryene Rislin|
The Paragon Circle consists of four of the most powerfully gifted Touched Callers within the Accord of Teladir. Each has sacrificed much to achieve a mastery of their chosen element so profound that they have been termed 'Paragons' of it. To the people of Teladir, they are figures of near-divine stature, having built immeasurably upon the already significant reverence in which all Touched are held. To the leaders of the Sovereignty, they are a constant menace, offering the individualistic Teladri a common point around which to rally. Currently, they form the de facto leadership of the Accord of Teladir, guiding its fate alongside the leaders of the various tribes that form it.
While the Paragon Circle in contemporary form is in large part a product of events and fate, Aradis Sedell can rightfully claim to have set in motion the events leading to its formation. Two years before the Great Quake, Aradis Sedell set about gathering the most powerful Callers in the newly formed Accord. Aradis believed that the formation of the Accord, an event for which he had spent decades pushing, had occurred too late. Fearing that the alliance would not have time to properly intergrate and cooperate before the retreating Sovereignty forces rallied, he pushed for a grand ritual on a scale never seen before.
When he reached out to them, Adrale Domyrri and the Rislin siblings were already legends among the tribes of the Accord, having performed feats of elemental mastery none suspected possible. Though disparate in personality and temperament, each had also earned the respect and admiration of those around them through the offering of wise council and the dispensation of even-handed justice. Each Paragon agreed to perform one last feat, to prove conclusively that they had achieved perfect oneness with their element. Having done so, to the satisfaction of all the others, they set about preparing for a ritual which would shake the world. It was at this point that the term 'Paragon Circle' began to be used to describe the four Callers, though whom coined it is lost to the annals of history.
The original intent of the great ritual was not initially revealed to the Accord. Aradis Sedell, ever the wary planner, knew that there was great risk and potential instability in what he and the others were about to attempt. Thus, when informing the tribal leaders of the Accord of his intent, he vowed only to enact a ritual that would aid in the defeat of Sovereignty forces on Teladir. The actual intent, to infuse all humans upon Teladir with a mild form of the elemental infusion possessed by the Touched, was revealed only years later.
The ritual, when it was performed, raged out of control - too powerful for even the prodigious mastery of the four Paragons to contain. It unleashed an earthquake that raged across the material and magical planes alike, devastating settlements, twisting the landscape, and forever altering the flow of arcane and elemental energies across both continents. True to the word of Aradis Sedell, the ritual did succeed in finally shattering the remnants of the Sovereignty forces upon Teladir, sending them reeling across the ocean. So monumental was this achievement, and so frankly terrifying the power unleashed by the four Paragons working in concert, that the ritual was deemed successful; a grim and brutal necessity in the face of an intractable foe.
When the dust cleared and a sense of normalcy returned to the Accord, the Paragons were offered as leading candidates to guide Teladir into the future. Each had the advantage of being above the tribal loyalties of other Teladri and each had proven both their wisdom and their willingness to sacrifice for the people of the Accord. Together, their watchful eye forever stares across the water, waiting for the Sovereignty to strike once more, or perhaps planning to strike out themselves...