Spellborn: Nolden Krainstyn – Master Trickster

At one point during TCOS development we created the Discipline Masters, a set of the Enclave's greatest heroes and prime examples of what to expect from the Disciplines, our class system. While they were put in the game, they never got the attention I wanted them to have, nor were all assets used. I envisioned them as a band of contemporary heroes the players could fight alongside to in specific scenes.

Marlon Kromodikoro, Dennis Zoetebier and yours truly created a bio for each of the Discipline Masters and this series is meant to showcase each of them. The game itself only contained minor bits and pieces.


Endlon Prisoner is one of the original Prisoners amongst the Ousted, who grew up on the scaffolds and bridges of The Lessers. He believes sincerely that the Enclave is a disaster waiting to happen. The notion was ignited at an early age when he already expressed a keen interest in the workings of gadgets and his mentor told him of how the Enclave had discarded the technology behind it, only to steal it back.

It became the main drive behind Endlon’s action as he honed his skills in becoming a Trickster. In 991 AC at the age of 23, Nolden deemed himself ready and together with his best friend Harmon hid himself aboard a Belgias Bros. vessel to infiltrate the Enclave and disrupt it from within. They arrived at Parliament but the operation was not to last. While Harmon scouted the area; Endlon snuck into Silver High House and was caught red-handed by a Silver politician called Levania Zalnu. It was love at first sight for both, yet Endlon concealed his true identity by posing as Nolden Krainstyn, an independent trader servicing both Silver and the Belgias Bros.

The relationship immediately put a strain upon the proceedings and Harmon grew annoyed with Endlon as he had apparently lost the zeal needed for the mission and kept sneaking away. Endlon kept his love hidden and at the same time tried to keep her and her interests out of harms way. After weeks of frustration-fuelled mishaps, Harmon found Endlon in the middle of the night at Hawksmouth Market being ‘strangled’. A single arrow from his bow killed the assailant. But Endlon became completely overcome with grief as Harmon had killed Levania. When the error became clear, Harmon felt betrayed as Endlon had sided with the enemy. A fight between the two left Harmon on the brink of death as he fled.

Endlon knew he could not return to The Lessers. But he did not care anymore; Harmon would pay for his actions. Taking up the name Nolden permanently he travelled to Mount of Heroes and improved on his gadgets and skills at Boltfort. After the Arcane Surge in 994 AC, Nolden survived a simultaneous assassination from the Ousted from which he learned that Harmon was hunting him down and was roaming Parliament. So when the Enclave asked him to become a Discipline Master based on his work at in Boltfort and move to Parliament, Endlon felt happy again; if only for a split second before being overcome with grief.


Nolden Krainstyn is a man of few words and heavy emotions. Yet, nobody who talked to him would say so as he keeps his feelings very much to himself. He is determined to bring out the best in recruits, as he believes he can learn from their advancements and understand gadgets even better. He does not talk about his personal life, nor does he talk about his feelings, yet some recruits mention they find him to be particularly unforgiving towards Ousted. It also doesn't help that his explanations of mechanics can be very chaotic and erratic; often making leaps of faith in terms of design only to come to a brilliant conclusion afterward. He doesn’t like to socialize; his only ‘friends’ being a few Enclave officials he knows from his work at Boltfort.

Nolden is a bit different because the character was designed from the ground up by Dennis Zoetebier, who added his own form of drama to the proceedings. Another love story then? Yes, but one with a pang of bitterness to it and some lines open to get players connected to the starter area again. Nolden was a welcome change from my own writings and, as an Ousted, was more directly linked to The Lessers.

What's that, you say? The Lessers were to be the 'real' metropolis within Spellborn. Years of ousting people had driven them to a raftyard so huge it dwarfed Quarterstone. Next to that, the Ousted living there were actually more advanced than the Enclave, already possessing dailevium - the substance needed for shardships to pass the Red Rim. The Belgias Bros. were also to play a role here, with the Enclave consciously kept stum, to keep them from expanding. Combined with the new Arionite threat, this would provide a new stage to propel the game forward.