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"We have only done what we know to be right. We wish only for you to walk in the light of our Goddess, to hear Her Word, and to know Her Love. Tell me, mistress, how have we wronged you? How have we imposed on you with our charity and good will?"
―Kian Alvane[src]

One of the playable characters of Dreamfall and Dreamfall Chapters, Kian Alvane is a 35 year old[2] Azadi Apostle: a soldier and assassin. He is sent to Marcuria by the Six to find and kill the Rebel leader known as the Scorpion. In his travels, he sees another side of his people and begins to question his beliefs, thinking that what he once believed to be pure faith now more closely resembles blindness.

Background Edit

Kian is an orphan, a 'motherless boy' who grew into a quiet but intense man, with a very strong devotion to the Goddess - his faith is so strong that even his pious instructor warns him to be more discerning. As an Azadi man, he was raised to see women as the dominant gender and is extremely polite to them, addressing every woman he meets as 'Mistress'. He is an accomplished swordsman, trained by Garmon Koumas who recognised talent in the young boy, and is now an Apostle: one who converts with the sword rather than the word. At some point in the past he appears to have served with the now-Commander Vamon, and since then the two have borne thinly-veiled animosity for each other. Vamon claims it is because Kian has advanced too far beyond the station of a low-born orphan; his comments suggest that Kian may have friends in high places.

Dreamfall Edit

When Kian arrived in Marcuria during his hunt for the Scorpion, he met the Azadi Emissary and received further briefing on his mission. Commander Vamon arrived soon afterwards and was asked by the Azadi Emissary to follow Kian, and ensure the Apostle's edge was not blunted by the eastern pagans.

"I am always told of these filthy and dangerous magicals, and yet... No, I must not doubt what I have been taught. I am not a scholar."
―Kian Alvane[src]

Kian began tracking the Scorpion down, but increasingly found his head turned by the Marcurians. Faced with the reality of the Magic Ghetto, the attitude of his fellow soldiers and the dissatisfaction of the citizenry, he began to ponder the true reason the Goddess might have had in sending him to Marcuria. During his investigation, a young woman appeared out of nowhere in the Marcuria marketplace. She was promptly arrested by the Azadi as a witch and hauled off to Friar's Keep. Kian went to the prison to interrogate her, but decided she was harmless and argued for her release, although Warden Murron insisted he must observe protocol and send her to Sadir for trial.

Kian headed back to the city, but met a woman on her way to the Keep to whom he felt inexplicably drawn. Believing they had met before, he spoke to her but soon realised his mistake. Nevertheless, he decided to ask her why the Marcurians seemed so dissatisfied with the Azadi after everything the Empire had done, including ridding Marcuria of the Tyren. Unfortunately, the woman happened to be April Ryan, and she gave him a piece of her mind. They went their separate ways without Kian realising he had just spoken to a senior member of the Rebels.

After killing two rebels and interrogating a Zhid at swordpoint, Kian finally got a lead on the Scorpion that took him to the Journeyman Inn. With a gang of soldiers, he raided the Journeyman and arrested Benrime Salmin as a rebel sympathiser. He also found Na'ane in one of the upstairs rooms. He threatened her and demanded that she take him to the Scorpion, telling her the ship smuggling supplies to the Swamp City would be boarded, its crew weighted and thrown into the ocean. Na'ane pleaded for the life of the crew, and agreed to give him the Scorpion in return.

"So now you question your Empresses, too? ...Still, the Goddess is merciful, and so am I. I'll give you one more chance to prove your loyalty and save yourself from eternal damnation. Do what you came here to do. Kill this murderous witch."
Vamon[src]

Kian stowed away on a ship and arrived in the Rebel City, where Na'ane told him to meet the Scorpion on one of the piers. However, when he arrived, he found April Ryan waiting for him. Surprised to encounter the woman who had made such an impassioned speech, Kian insisted that his time in Marcuria had changed many of his ideas. He believed that the Goddess had led him to April to show him the truth. April wasn't convinced during the most of their conversation and saw him as an Azadi infiltrator, however, by the end she started to believe he was honest and was willing to let him leave the city without alerting other rebels.

Unfortunately, Kian had been followed to the swamplands and a squadron of Azadi soldiers, led by Commander Vamon, began a raid on the Rebel City with Cloudships. Thinking his fears had been confirmed and that Kian - dressed as a rebel to blend in - had defected, Vamon ordered Kian to kill the Scorpion... the name the Azadi had given to April after she first began fighting them. Unable to bring himself to kill her, Kian hesitated. One of Vamon's soldiers stabbed April in the stomach with a halberd. As she fell from the pier, Vamon arrested Kian and hauled him away.



Dreamfall ChaptersEdit

Kian screen
Kian returns as one of the three playable characters in DFC. At the game's opening, he has been held in Friar's Keep for a year awaiting execution. While he has accepted his eventual fate, one question continues to bother him: What is his people trying to accomplish in Marcuria? Whatever it is, he is convinced that it can not be the will of the Goddess.

Kian's song at night before execution:

"Sleep, child, sleep. Sleep in your mother's heart.

Let the wind blow and the rain fall. Hear the executioner's call.

Watch the traitor's head roll, as the Shadow takes his soul.

Sleep, child, sleep. We shall never part.

For we will soon be free,

together, forever, in the cold, cold sea."

The night before his execution, Kian gets a surprise visit from Captain Balsay Bachim who tells Kian there is a made-to-order prison riot going on in order to help break him out of the prison. Kian is confused as to why the resistance wants to help him and Bachim tells Kian he needs to repay his debt from his actions in Dreamfall.[3] Kian escapes prison and is taken to to the enclave, the ancient library of the Sentinel Order of the Balance in Marcuria: the base of operations for the resistance. They ask him to join the resistance, which Kian can either agree to join or reject. If accepted, Kian will go to Marcuria with Likho and Enu.

TriviaEdit

'Kian' is related to the words 'generations' or 'king'; or to the Gaelic 'cian', meaning 'ancient'.

His facial markings signify him being an apostle. It's the mark of the apostle. [4]

Kian's surname has raised questions about what his future role may be, especially as far as April is concerned. With Lady Alvane positively identified as being an older reincarnation of April, many have speculated about a future relationship or family connections.

In Book Five of Dreamfall Chapters, it is revealed that Lady Alvane is Saga, who was adopted by Kian, thus taking the surname of Alvane- thus becoming "Lady Alvane."

Though Kian seems to recognise April in Marcuria, how is not currently explained. Kian had not left the Azadi Empire before his mission to Marcuria, and as seen in The Longest Journey, April never travelled that far west.

Red Thread Games has confirmed that Kian is gay on steam forum discussion "My Kian is gay? OK!"[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. facebook Ragnar confirmes new Kian actor for Dreamfall Chapters)
  2. Dreamfall livestream (4:46:55) - Kian's age
  3. guamespot 25 min gameplay walkthrough video
  4. twitch.tv livestream, (8:08:51)

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