Biography of Aliyah Ruel Halteese
Aliyah Ruel Halteese (Ruel being the combination of the word “Rue” and the name “Noel”—meaning to fear or regret her birth) was born into servitude. Her routine was to rise from her bed before the sun, tend to her cleaning and then prepare breakfast for Halphas Halteese; one of the three brothers whom were royalty and also attempting to become the king of the land that the Halteese Republic controlled. As a young servant, she followed every order issued to her by Halphas Halteese and she was his favored servant of the lot. She never knew why nor did she question. The other servants speculated that Aliyah and Halphas were intimate but that was not the case. She did whatever he ordered and she made sure not to make any mistakes unlike the other servants of the Royal Halteese Family. Her clothing was of a fine appearance; pleasing to many eyes while the other servants wore either rags or common attire such as a faded brown skirt or a less than appealing dress.
A few of the other servants grew jealous of Aliyah and had even made attemps on her life, however; she was no ordinary servant. Aliyah had spent most of her time beside Halphas Halteese as he taught soldiers of the Republic basic and advanced combat techniques—especially guerrilla combat which she favored most. As she observed, Halphas even took his own personal time to teach Aliyah a plethora of skills which he himself had used on the field of battle. Through him, she learned that a mere Rod can bear the same cutting power as a sword and that an arming axe were as light as a feather. All she needed to do was control her breathing, how she distributed her body weight, and lastly, her posture with the weapon. The other servants dared not touch her after she had nearly beaten and offender to death and it took two strong men to ensure Aliyah would not break free and finish what she had started. Halphas himself, did not scold her as the other members of the Halteese Royal Family wished for him to do. Instead, he congratulated her. Aliyah was expecting to be lashed upon her back by a whip or even worse—branded for her incompetent recklessness and disregard for the Code of the Halteese Republic.
To her surprise, Halphas presented her with a sword and shield—forged by an elusive bladesmith of Japan. He told her that it was one of the last works in which the bladesmith performed before she had been killed and what makes the set such a rarity was that the bladesmith rarely crafted sword and shields—she mainly focused on ranged weapons such as rifles and cannons. He had told Aliyah that the sword and shield set were exceptionally powerful and durable and it was something which caught his eye years ago due to its water-esque pattern about the shield and sword both. These weapons are the very same weapons she uses against the Grandallian forces which infiltrated the Eastern Defensive Wall of Halteese.
The day that Halteese’s Great Wall was breeched, Aliyah knew it was a matter of time before they had reached the capital of her country, Epistema; her home, the very placed which she learned the ways of the common servant and the ways of the sword. She had nightmares of Halphas being skewered by the Monstrous of a Man which was none other than General Girardot; Bringing of Death as a few of the soldiers had deemed him. It was said that he often attacked by night and when he did, none of his opposition would see the end of that night. Despite his old age, he was too much for Aliyah to ever begin to hope to survive in combat against him and with the very knowledge of this, she feared for Halphas Halteese’s safety as well as her wanting him to not fight on the front lines. He denied her wishes and vowed to protect his country with his very life and with the intruding forces penetrating the Defensive Wall, the final orders he gave to Aliyah were to run, survive, and that she was free from the Halteese Servitude she knew oh so well. Despite wishing against his commands, Aliyah dutifully obeyed and left Halphas Halteese to his fate. Of course, she knew not that it had been one whom were defying against Halteese long before Grandall who put an end to Halphas’ life. The young child, with her sword and shield in hand, ventured about her war-torn country with her mind just as devastated as the frozen land around her. Aliyah wanted to stay and fight alongside her master and even if she died, it would be out of an honor to give her life to the man who had taught her so much. Even though her mind was so full that she thought it would burst, she was aware of her current situation. Aliyah had visited the armory amongst the Eastern Defensive Wall before she had ventured into the capital of her country and retrieved armor and a helm. Aliyah wore a skirt, despite the cold weather she pressed on; her gauntlets and chest armor and helm were of the finest quality that the Halteese Military could purchase and the armor was now hers.
Along the path to the Council, where the head of the country, the king, resided, Aliyah was ambushed by those who were originally of Halteese. These soldiers in jade armor were of Maletta, a small country which Halphas Halteese’s brother, King Demuth, ruled over had invaded the capital Epistema. Using everything she knew, Aliyah fought and killed her opposition but not before gaining information from them. She had learned that Malletan forces had invaded Epistema and that the Council had already been lost and the soldiers which had been defending the Council were either separated, in small groups, or dead. Furthermore, Aliyah found several accusing objects from what appeared to be from Parousia in the soldier’s possession. This meant that Maletta had impersonated Halteese and attacked Grandallian forces. If that were the case then they had also Grandallian armor as well. Seeing things in this light, Aliyah was convinced that Maletta was behind the fact that Grandall was drawn into the conflict that her people and the people of Dalkia had been entangled in for so long. With Demuth’s thirst for power, she could not put this malicious plotting out of his reach but for him to pull an entire thing such as this off, made this entire scenario seem amiss. Aliyah needed answers and she needed them now. She made her way to the Council and scouting out the area, she saw that it had in fact been taken by Melletan soldiers. Their flags wrapped around the castle and danced within the frozen breeze that had stripped the land of its warm green grasslands. She missed the children playing in the summer and the butterflies that had flown—many which she would catch and then let go after she ogled them in their eternal beauty. Aliyah missed when things were so much simpler; yet, she cast that aside and entered the Council.
Once inside, she found herself ambushed by Malettan forces several times and after a while, she came across Grandallian forces as well. Aliyah had bested several of their numbers until she came across a commander. She was the Commander of the militarized Grandallian unit Relic and she was not as easy an opponent as the others were. In fact, her unit, Relic, was on an entirely different level of skill than the other soldiers made Aliyah uneasy. Despite this uneasiness, she battled the commander, named Annebella, to a blood curdling draw. Aliyah had acted on her guerrilla tactics and used the diversion to temporarily retreat. She evaded and successfully eluded several units from both sides and eventually made her way back out into the snow covered surroundings and after hiding herself, she began to plot as she tended to her wounds. To her misfortune, she was discovered by Mellatan forces and was forced to retreat—this time, she had ended up running into another battle. This battle consisted of two commanders of different units but of the same origin—Grandall. One had armor of purest white riddled with blood of her own as well as her enemies. The other, her armor was of the darkest of nights and appeared to be spotless. Among them had been a young man who was lightly armored—or so he appeared. Aliyah was able to tell that his clothing was constructed with armor beneath its surface—fooling those who would think he would not be prepared. Clever. Aliyah prepared herself to battle them all, yet after combat against Annebella, she knew all too well that this would be her last battle if she did not run. Halphas Halteese’ words echoed in her mind. Run. Survive. Should she abandon the capital and hope that she can survive? No. Her master gave his life for his country and Aliyah would do the same, however; these soldiers of Grandall, instead fought side-by-side with her. The woman in white armor gladly accepted her while the one in dark armor would rather her to die. The young man, he, himself had saved her life and ensured she did not succumb to the Mellatan forces fighting by her side. With their teamwork the two of them dispatched most of the opposition while the two commanders were lacking in the tally—though she had been the only one keeping score.
After introductions were made, Aliyah slowly came to respect the soldiers which she had met but mainly for the young man who introduced himself as Ky. As she explained things to the three, she was met by the rest of the units Gungnir and Exodus and with them, General Girardot. At the sight of his face, Aliyah was in fear that he would kill her on sight; yet, he seemed to be on the same page as the Commander known as Priya was. Even more so, with them had been soldiers of not only the Council but the Eastern and Western Walls of Halteese as well. Seeing them with Grandallian forces enforced that with them, she could survive a little longer. If she did survive, she would honor Halphas Halteesse for the rest of her life.
- Spatha (Gelida)
- Shield (Crista)
Together these armaments are known as Frozen Crest, which is the seal of the Halteese Royal Family.
Aliyah is an aggressive fighter. Anything around her she sees, she calculates and utilizes it within every attack she delivers. This is evident when she crosses paths with the specialized Infantry Unit which was sent to advance upon Halteesean land after the Republic’s attack upon Grandallian forces. Though she was able to subdue, trap and successfully kill several soldiers of the units she alone faced, alas, she was unable to best Annebella in combat. Aliyah uses her weight, weapon, and anything around her to confuse or trap her opponent. She rarely remains in the defensive position and if she does, it is not for a very long period of time. Aliyah excels in guerrilla warfare and with brash, fast, and relentless attacks she is a talented swords-woman to oppose. She prefers to keep her enemy on the defensive so that they can do nothing—however; she runs the risk of tiring herself out and being placed in the defensive herself. Though if this does happen, she can either counter, evade and elude or parry her opponent yet, she is not proficient with countering her opponent to that degree. So she will retreat only to observe, study, plot, and attack her enemy with even greater force than she had previously.
Aliyah knows little when it is outside of her realm of servitude and this shows when such simple tasks are asked of her such as: a favorite food, garment, and other things of the like.
Her favorite colors are Light Steel Blue and Light Cyan. This is the same color of her armor (the former color) as well as her weapons, Gelida Crista (the latter color).
Halphas Halteese was the one whom raised her as a servant and Aliyah was of course, his personal servant whereas other members of the Old Halteese Family had multiple servant to tend to whatever whim they sought.
She was unable to defeat Hyle in combat due to her injuries received from Commander Annebella but, she managed to inflict enough damage upon him to where he was barely a threat to the Grandallian Forces.
Aliyah is very polite and spends most of her time maintaining her area as well as her weapons and mail. A great deal of her time is spent with Raisa whom teaches her additional ways to tend to her armaments. Ky also sheds light on this area and with him, she has taken a quick and rather childish liking to him ever since they had met. Despite him being a Japanese, she believes that race matters none if people can co-exist with one another.
She has learned that it was not Halteese which had attacked Grandall but Maletta which had impersonated as Halteese soldiers. This was done with ease due to the fact that Maletta had been a smaller country which most of Halteese's own citizens had been divided between. Mail and weapons were stolen and the stage had been acted out perfectly. It is credited to Maletta that Grandallian forces were now present within Epistema.
Aliyah alone faced Malettan forces, Dalkian forces, and Grandallian forces within the span of an three hours. She relied heavily in guerrilla warfare in order to survive and kill her opposition. This tact worked even against Relic, though, she knows all too well, that her tact was barely enough to face every member of Relic in a single fight--especially against Annebella and Arrai.Fought Commander Annebella resulting in a draw. This battle left the commander two slashes about her right cheek. As the end of this battle was reached, Aliyah fled, (acting on tact; not fear) and as Annebella realized what was going to happen, she called the additional forces which were lent to her Squadron back yet they refused to listen. They suffered for their mistake. With a diversion, Aliyah was able to render each of the soldiers defenseless and from there, she mounted upon one and then impaled him. The next and after, she eviscerated the remaining two soldiers. Annebella dislikes losing her allies yet, for the child she finds her tactics rather intriguing. After Aliyah was adopted by Commander Priya, Annebella's thirst for combating the child was none hostile, but rather by sport. Throughout the war, Annebella has come to not only respect but trust the Halteesean. Commander Surina is the second commander of Grandall which she has met. Surina held a rather neutral dislike for the Halteesean but that was natural. They were at war and for one of the enemy to become an ally would naturally make her or any of Parousian alliance suspicious. Though in time, Surina came to know and trust the Halteesean. Aliyah met her after Kusanagi Ky saved her from an ambush and ever since that point, she has been under Surina's hawk-like gaze. Despite the trust which has been established between them, their is something about Aliyah which Surina does not particularly like.
Kusanagi Ky, is the first member of Gungnir she meets and she regrets this none. He fought by her side and after the battle was won, he tended to most of her wounds yet could not tend to the rest due to their location and with his reddened face, Aliyah found it rather attractive for a man to blush. In addition to this, Aliyah loves his personality. Commander Priya, her new "Adoptive" Commanding Officer of the paradigm Gungnir is kind and sympathetic. This Aliyah admires as well as the fact that Priya looks down not on others and prefers to think before she acts. Aliyah is accepted by Priya due to the circumstances in which she defends Ky and lends her aid to Grandallian Forces. As this is done, she is annexed into Gungnir and proudly shown as a valued member of the paradigm.
Nicholas Fazello, Humorous and well thought. Despite his crudeness, Aliyah finds his jests rather fruitful though she fears the worst of his scenario simply because it rivals her own. He had little to no choice and between life and death, he chose to fight with Grandall in order to survive just a bit longer just as she had chosen. Between him, Ky and Raisa, she felt as if they were all victims of circumstance, just by differing degrees. Aliyah had vowed to survive by nearly any means necessary while Fazello was imprisoned, tortured, and when the Parousian Army invaded Maletta, he was freed due to the commotion yet, he was again captured. E'Laura, the second general of the Parousian Army was the one whom had captured him yet, she was unclear as to why. This bothered Aliyah, yet she had no say and just as Priya had taken her in, E'laura had fundamentally done the same for him. Yet, she left the choice to her subordinates. After much arguing, Priya took in yet another stray and it was after taking in Fazello (The Highwayman) she was deemed "Mother" for taking in stray soldiers, prisoners, and the like. Ky and Raisa were both doing what they believed was right only for it to be wrong. Their good deed is what gained them the punishment to be imprisoned. From this they were given the choice to conform or die. Seeing that they are both still very much alive proves which choice they chose. She feels somewhat responsible for their involvement even though she is at all not at fault. Yet, she believes in these three beyond all else. Archer, has respect for women unlike most males. Archer stood his ground against a lieutenant and two commanders who attempted to take Aliyah by force. She was prepared to kill the three yet Archer beat the men down and before they could report Archer for his acts of violence, Archer and Aliyah had already made it to Priya and she informed Girardot of what had occurred. With this done, all three were stripped of their ranks and Aliyah has respected Archer ever since. Additionally, Archer was given a boost within his rank by Girardot whom detailed the incident and labeled Archer and outstanding soldier with values and true morals.
Raisa, Silent yet deadly. This is what Aliyah likes about her. She is to the point and wants to get things done. She admires her determination and her drive. Aliyah also loves to spar with her when she has the time to spare which is not at all often. Aliyah respects Raisa and Raisa respects Aliyah. Throughout the war, the two grow to know one an other and neither bears ill-will towards the other. Raisa teaches Aliyah differing methods of maintaining her beloved sword and shield while Aliyah, (under no obligation) prepares the finer foods which she is capable while the Parousian Occupation of Maletta and Dalkia is in effect. To her, Raisa is a teacher and she wants her teacher to feel comfortable and to know that she is grateful for learning what they have to teach. Aliyah is also envious of the fact that Raisa lives with Ky. Raiko is a disgusting woman whom Aliyah detests. Aliyah, just as many others has run across Raiko in the middle of sexual intercourse and despite what has been said and complained about, there is not much Girardot can do. He can restrict someone from being around her yet, with the fact that they are literally within the field, there's not much a choice but to deal with her antics. Not only that, Girardot would need to find her in the act himself since such allegations are rather damning. In Aliyah's case, it is hearsay. In addition to this, she is an outsider and such nonsense is easily written off. From commanders to lieutenants, Raiko leaves a trail of rot within her wake. When the harlot latches herself onto Ky, Aliyah nearly brings herself to kill Raiko, yet, killing one of the Grandallian soldiers would mean that she would be executed and Priya would suffer for Aliyah's rage. Sadly, all Aliyah can do is watch practically helpless as he is led on as well as taken advantage of.
Trivia as of the Rebellion
Aliyah admits to Riese that she is infatuated with Ky for he protected her when others stood to oppose her. In addition to this is how he treats Aliyah and how he has always treated her. Ky fought by Aliyah's side and nearly died keeping her alive.
During the Girardot's Rebellion, Aliyah worries of Ky's safety as he has been transferred to an entirely different unit. As she had heard, it was some kind of Specialized Unit. This was all she knew yet at the same time, she wondered if he had truly been ready for it. During the time of peace which was had, he had grown distant and practically anti-social. It was That Whore's fault that he had withdrawn in the way that he did. Yet, there was nothing she could do but hope for the best.
As the Rebellion progressed Aliyah, (re-assigned to Priya's unit) fought valiantly as she had during the Dalkian War. She along with the rest of Gungnir had temporarily merged with other Grandallian Units in order to move as a Platoon which was led by Commander Annebella. Through her leadership, only a single death was faced and much like Commander Priya she allowed a time to grieve. Yet during this grievance gunfire was heard. Raisa and Aliyah both knew the sound well.
Kusanagi had emerged with his new Commanding Officer. Her name was Dawn. After they were secure, Aliyah did her best to connect with Kusanagi, yet he paid her little to no attention. Minor conversation pertaining to her weapons, mail, and if she were feeling the effects of injury or fatigue. Other than that, he was distant towards her.
He had changed. His long flowing hair was cut short and his eyes, once as warm as the sun stared back at her the very same as an archer of Maletta bearing the intent to kill within his eyes. Dawn had attempted to explain his current state yet, Aliyah had refused to listen. She wanted her friend back. She wanted the one whom had saved her life back. Ultimately, she wanted the one she loved back.
If it were not for Raiko, Ky would not have changed whatsoever. Yet, Dawn had explained that if he were not as he was now, he would have died. It was his raw drive and hatred for her which allowed him to survive. He had grown from a struggling child into a more mature individual. Sadly, this individual saw Aliyah not as the friend she once was...but just another face among the lot of them.
Aliyah still uses the armaments she received from her father, Halphas Halteese.
Was reunited with her mother thanks to Raisa and through her mother she has learned that Halphas was her father. Aliyah now knows that she is royalty. Aliyah also keeps her bloodline a secret for she fears if Strife were to catch wind to her lineage, he would use it to his advantage if not outright kill her.
Has a deep hatred towards Raiko for destroying the kind hearted individual that Ky once was. She also holds a black hatred for Aeneas due to the fact that he willingly gave himself to Raiko even while she "latched" herself onto her newest victim.
Has taught Kusangi few strategies of the Halteesean Swordplay which she utilizes in combat as well as tactics revolving around Guerrilla Warfare.
Often bites her tongue while in Priya's prescence.
Sub Chapter: II
As a personal knight of the Empress, Aliyah has authority over most of those within Parousia which is now under Priya's rule. Serving alongside the rest of the reformed Gungnir, she carries out her role of protecting her home, her country all while slowly getting personal bearing so that Aliyah can have her own domain. As she is the last of the Royal Family, she seeks to rebuild the capital and eventually, all of Halteese itself while keeping Parousia as an all time ally. Though before any of her hopes can take shape, Aliyah is summoned by her Empress, Priya. According to reports, Ky has been elusive from those of Parousia and has been seen and located. Though Aliyah is warned that he is highly aggressive and even dangerous if she chose to accept locating him and bringing him back to Parousia. It took her all but a day to make her mind up. Aliyah chose to search for him. Though it be not for Priya. It was for Aliyah herself. If it were not for Ky, Aliyah would have died several times during the Second Rebellion. Her infatuation had now grown into love and if she can bring him back, she would win Priya's graces and if it were all possible, she could be with Ky just as the old days. Although Aliyah took on the mission she was given, she disliked Priya's second choice. She had ordered that Pfieffer accompany her on this mission. She would sooner accept the Captain of the Anti-Rebellion Force, Surina, over Pfieffer. Though she has no room to complain or protest no matter the history Priya and Aliyah have.
Weeks drift by as their search turns fruitless. By his description, Ky was practically identical to the armor he wore during the Second Rebellion. Settling in a small town, the two females wasted little time and gathered their information. After this was done, the two compared what they had learned.
Ky is in possession of two pistols, carries one sword and two daggers. Aliyah remembered his arsenal from the latter of this past year and the only thing that changed was the fact that he had an extra dagger. After they compared notes, the two of them paid their bill to the inn keeper and were on their way. Three days later, as night had begun to fall, the two females were in the middle of a forest. They had set a small fire and agreed to take shifts with watch and sleep. As Aliyah slept she was awoken by clashing metal. Alerted and immediately transfixed in a accelerated bloodlust, she rushed over to the commotion only for her initial anger to be swept away. There he was. Standing there tatted with blood. Pfieffer was downed on a knee drawing in haggard breathes all why coughing up blood. Slowly coming to her aid, she took her eye not off of Ky for a second. Priya's implore was much more real than Aliyah had anticipated yet with that known, Pfieffer stood and was prepared to continue combat. Alongside Aliyah, Pfieffer did her best yet, Ky parried her blade, dislocated her shoulder (her sword arm) and delivered excessive blows to her face via knee strikes, punches, and elbow strikes.
As she fell, Aliyah heard her mutter "Dammit" before she fell into the small stream. Her body was partially submerged and she was in no danger of drowning. Getting to her feet and doing her best to rid her fear, Aliyah prepared to fight the one person who she would never wish death let alone harm to. As it all came down to it, she and Ky were ill fated.
Trivia of Sub Chapter: II
Was ordered by Priya to locate and sway Kusanagi to return.
Proudly accepted the mission and donned the armor which he had craft for her.
Disapproved of having to be paired with Pfieffer for the mission she was given.Travels with Pfieffer until they reach Sumatra. It is here that Pfieffer is on watch while Aliyah rests where she runs into Kusanagi. Pfieffer engages Kusanagi yet in mere moments, he breaks her sheild and as she was defenseless, he slashed her thigh and then delivered a string of vicious hand-to-hand combat combinations which led to this final attack: a headbutt. This resulted in Pfieffer being knocked out for days. After rushing to the scene, Alyah finds Kusanagi and taunts him with what Raiko has done to him in order for him to acknowledge her as a a threat. Alas, due to her emotions, she did not fight effectively as he did not either. Aliyah is ultimately defeated without being killed or incapacitated. After she was knocked down, Kusanagi aimed a revolver at her which truth be told, if he wanted to fire and if he did, she would have died.
Expresses her innate emotion to Kusanagi and even kisses him, yet, he cannot return her care and emotion due to what he has experienced with Raiko.
Trivia of Sub Chapter II~Act: III
Has admitted to falling for Kusanagi Ky, yet he has rejected her. Not out of spite, nor hatred, nor any ill will towards her. He simply is not ready to be with anyone due to the betrayal which he suffered from by Raiko.
Is one of The Empress' personal knights.
Aliyah, is the sole surviving descendant of the Old Halteese Royal Family.
Still loathes Raiko for being the cheap whore that she is.
Wishes to rebuild Halteese with Arthias as its sole ally for trade, commerce, and also celebrations.
Dislikes Pfieffer for the way she has treated Ky.
Allied herself with Raine Zhirov in order to track down an infected Kusanagi.
Her emotion sways very little despite the fact that at this point, Kusanagi is no longer human.
Is given Vaga: Kusanagi's weapon before the two of them grew as far apart as they have. his explanation for such a gift is so that: "You'll always remember me before I...I've become this. Not the beast, but as distant, distraught, and outright deformed from when we sat watching the stars the first night you stayed there..."
Aliyah Ruel Halteese's Gallery
Aliyah Ruel Halteese's Gallery of Act: II
Aliyah Ruel Halteese's Gallery of Act: III
|Significant Characters of The Mantis War|
|Achilla | Agony | Alexandria | Aliyah Ruel Halteese | Aneko | Annebella Williams | Aroha | Arrai | Arsenic | Coatlicue | Crucifix | Dalilah | Dawn Larrieux | E'laura Riga | Eurydice | Garret Mulls | Heresy | Isai | Kami | Kisaragi Ren | Kissa | Kusanagi Ky | Malice | Maria | Midnight | Noel | Noémi | Ouroboros | Pfieffer Reaux | Priya Delgado | Raiko | Raine Zhirov | Raisa Zhirov | Riese | Ryia | Sasaki Kuro | Shina | Shira | Shuu-Rai | Sieg Volkov | Surina Delgado | Tala | Temperance Rivera | Trevor | Tyranny | Venom|