|Height/Weight||169cm / 57kg|
|Family|| Menaka (wife/deceased)|
|First appearance||Chapter 1|
Gandharva (간다르바) is a nastika and king of the Gandharva clan. He is currently in the human realm, reluctantly helping God Kubera with his scheme in exchange for information on his missing daughter, Shakuntala.
Gandharva usually appears as a slender male human with light blue skin tone. He has long, light-greenish straight hair, that flows freely on his back, or is bound by a blue sharp edged hair accessory. He has greenish eyebrows and light blue eye color, as-well as a distinctive fully light blue right eye, that appears to be in a permanently active state. Gandharva wears light green trousers, a light green sleeved overcoat, and a blue sash around his waist. The overcoat is worn both open and closed. Gandharva is seen walking barefoot most of the time.
As a nastika, Gandharva is capable of changing his appearance, and has done so in order to enter Atera and later Kalibloom. During that time, Gandharva has a very pale skin tone. His hair is of medium length and similarly to his regular, greenish in color. He has a light blue eye, and covers his right eye with a wide, black eye patch. In this form, he often wears black boots, black trousers, and a grayish-black shirt. On top of the shirt, he wears a black long-sleeved coat outlined by blueish-black fur (except on the sleeves).
Gandharva's original violent personality seems to have been modified to a relaxed and somewhat playful one after his marriage. However, following the loss of his wife and perhaps daughter, he is often hiding mournful thoughts. When driven to fury, he deliberately separates himself from others.
He is now and then seen sitting or standing to himself, pondering over things, sometimes also with a bottle of alcohol. When Gandharva is not troubled by the responsibilities of his status, he can be seen playing along the games of other sura, or playing neutral tricks on his companions. Despite his status, Gandharva appears to not hold himself above those lower to him, and is even willing to converse with insulting teenage punks (although when his losses are weighing on him, his anger has manifested in genuine, cold disdain). Usually, he has good social skills, and confidence in his ability to solve a situation through words alone, and has been shown to drive some of his opponents into a corner (Maruna, Agni). Gandharva cares very greatly for his daughter Shakuntala, and unlike many others, who believe her to be dead, Gandharva has adamant faith that his daughter is still alive, and doesn't like when her death is so much as suggested. She's the only reason he hasn't gone back to his aggressive self.
Matters such as honesty and keeping his word are important to Gandharva, and while he has thus far been prepared to do and sacrifice almost everything in the hopes of finding Shakuntala, he is clearly struggling with some of what he is being forced to do. Following a conversation with Leez, he decided to avoid potentially dangerous or unscrupulous situations to save his daughter, even if it meant it would take longer to reach her. Recently he had become close to Teo Rakan, mostly due their similar circumstances, making it difficult for him to kill her.
Powers and Abilities
Gandharva, even in his weakened state, is an extremely powerful Sura. Gandharva's Transcendental Skills mostly involve water and ice.
Gandharva used to be best friends with Garuda, Shuri and Visnu. So, when Gaurda was unable to raise his children anymore, Gandharva took Maruna in (much to the delight of his daughter). His wife passed away at some point, leaving only little Shakuntala.
Gandharva's daughter was kidnapped by some Gods. Upon finding out, Agni killed them and gave Shakuntala back to her father. This made her fond of Agni and when she grew older, she asked her father not to fight with Agni.
By N0, all superior sura were sent to the sura realm by Visnu. The poison in the air greatly affected the Gandharva clan, which caused the king to purify a certain area to avoid any deaths. However, this caused him to greatly weaken. At first, he didn't worry, because Visnu had promised to have an ocean made for his clan. This didn't happen and later he was paid a visit by Manasvin and Sagara, who presented Gandharva with a plan to get an ocean. He refused, describing their plan as madness. Before leaving, Manasvin advised him not to trust the gods and pointed out Shakuntala was slowly succumbing to the poisonous environment. Gandharva is left in shock.
Soon it was suggested that the stronger Gandharva sura should leave for the Garuda stronghold and leave the weak behind. Shakuntala was weak and she should be left behind, but as the daughter of the king, she was allowed to go as well. She found this very unfair and chose to remain with the children, but Gandharva refused to leave her behind. As time passed by and conditions worsened, Gandharva considered making an ocean himself, despite the fact that it could prove fatal for him.
Arc 1: The Girl with a God's Name
Gandharva is messily sleeping on his back, surrounded by curry mushrooms. Kubera Leez, who only has eyes for the mushrooms, doesn't notice Gandharva, and accidentally steps on him. This seems to cause Gandharva a bit pain and he rolls on his side. An apologetic Leez tries to amend the situation and touch Gandharva, who prohibits it, lowering the temperature around his body and nearly freezing her hand. Surprised, Leez starts to criticize Gandharva about illegal use of magic, to which a still sleep confused Gandharva responds that he did not use any 'magic', nor does he need to follow the rules made by humans. As he first lays his eyes on Leez, he mistakes her for Shakuntala, but shortly realizes his mistake. He also reveals that while publicly he doesn't accept notions of his daughter's death, he does hold doubts himself. He then asks Leez about her reasons for being in a dangerous forest, as well as bringing along a bag. Being explained of the curry mushrooms, he demands that she eats one, unboiled. This turns into a humorous lesson where Gandharva learns about limits of humans when eating somewhat large food items, which are not possible to chew. Being amused, he asks Leez about her name, and receives a hard to spell Kulbhaertruaks as an answer, that he bends into an easier Ketergent. Given a good laugh, he allows her to live, provided she walks in the opposite direction of her village. When Leez shows discontent, he says to kill her, and intimidates her, by freezing the air around his hand, and later whole body. In the end Gandharva is left being happy for showing grace and mercy.
Later, Gandharva goes to meet Maruna at the destroyed forest. He comments about Maruna's inability to kill the girl with a god's name, while feeling sorry for the trees. He then tries to play a joke on Maruna, by offering him a curry mushroom, however, much to his dismay, he manages to eat it effortlessly. After hearing from Maruna that Leez is heading for a place they cannot attack, Gandharva expresses surprise. Only to learn the reason is the summoned fire god Agni, Gandharva finds the situation interesting. He claims that in case of any other God, he might have given up, but believes he can do something about Agni, stressing on his differences from the other gods, and a weakness he knows about.
Arc 3: The Sorrow of Loss
Gandharva appears with Maruna on top of a hill near Atera. After hearing from Maruna about the defense system, Gandharva suggests they attack from the inside, to avoid the defense system. While Maruna still considers attacking a god protected city suicidal, Gandharva tries to encourage him, remembering an advice. According to which, there are gods who are not even worth fighting and those, who are a little fun to play around with; neither of which should be feared. Gandharva acknowledges his weakened state, however, he refuses to back down or run away from a god. Gandharva later notices a few people down below, and asks Maruna to take a closer look, as his eyesight is not as good as his. Maruna, angered by the half hunters prepares an attack, but is stopped by Gandharva, who asks him to transport him below and to stand still, not harming the humans. Gandharva is first glad that Maruna manages to stay still, despite the insulting approach of a human, however, the Garuda Rakshasa loses his control when Gandharva is insulted. The King voices his discontent, and asks Maruna to not harm the other two. But Maruna takes care of all three, before Gandharva finishes his sentence. Gandharva approaches the halfs in a friendly manner, undoes their collars, and heals their wounds. Gandharva appears very happy when the halfs see him as kind. They tell Gandharva about the details concerning entering the city with a magician's license. Rummaging through the hunter's items, Gandharva finds a magicians license and proceeds to shape shift into an appropriate disguise. Gandharva then explains his plan to the concerned Maruna.
The plan is to make Agni mad, forcing him to use powers, which are beyond his summoner's capabilities of support. If the summoner cannot handle the power, they will pay with their lifespan, and in case of excessive use of power, like White Assimilation, it may kill the summoner instantly. A god cannot exist in the Human Realm without a summoner, which would cause Agni to leave for the God Realm and leave the city without its primary defense.
Hearing the plan, Maruna is concerned weather Gandharva could survive after making a god mad, and accidentally suggests Shakuntala's death. Gandharva firmly states that Shakuntala is not dead, and is confident in his survival, pointing out that putting out fire is his specialty. Despite Maruna's warnings Gandharva decides not to turn back, and proceeds to meet the one and only honest god, Agni.
Gandharva proceeds to the checkpoint, where he is welcomed by the clerk, who instantly falls for his looks. They casually talk about girlfriends, while the clerk analyses Gandharva's license, and discovers that it is borrowed. Doing things by the book, the clerk announces that she will not allow people with a borrowed license into the city nor accept bribery. Gandharva solves the situation, by gently touching the clerk's hair, and speaking up close, which overwhelms the clerk and allows Gandharva to proceed to the Sura scanner. The scanner does not identify Gandharva as a Sura and he enters the city.
Surprised by the lack of action by Agni, Gandharva decides to look for Agni himself instead. Gandharva quickly finds Agni, claiming he shines the brightest in a city of humans. Gandharva meets him in a garden, and comments on Agni's lack of aesthetics when building a bouquet. Agni, unable to believe his visitor, tries to act as Babo Kim, and puts on the glasses, but his attempt is ignored by Gandharva, who comments on the glasses. Agni lashes out, asking Gandharva why he appears now, when he is on a vacation in the human realm, and was nowhere to be found, when he was looking for him. Gandharva is initially speechless, but continues with an attempt to manipulate Agni, by playing on his current weaknesses and the God's general hate for Nastikas. Agni however refuses to heed such low tactics, and asks Gandharva to meet him in God's realm, if he's looking for a fight. The response was expected by Gandharva, but leaves him surprised nonetheless, since Agni is actually a god and his natural enemy. Gandharva proceeds with the plan that involves shady tactics, which are disliked by both him and Agni. He slowly explains to Agni how he found the woman Agni is looking for and killed her. Despite being a lie, Agni is unable to control his emotions and heats up to white flame in a state of anger.
The white flame leaves Brilith in a state of coma, Agni responds to it and powers down, thus also making it possible for Gandharva to survive the blast of heat. The Nastika comments on how his ability lessened the effect of the heat blast on the city, and evaluates the state of Agni's summoner. Agni tries to protect his summoner by making it seem like he doesn't care about her, which Gandharva welcomes, since he won't have to feel guilty about killing her. Agni feels his anger rising at the thought of Brilith's murdering, but tries to stay calm and suggests he may kill the rest of Gandharva's clan, should Brilith be killed. But Gandharva smiles and states that there are none of his kind left to kill, and that he will kill Brilith, unless Agni can stop him. Seeing Agni turn apathetic, Gandharva decides to kill him first. Gandharva slashes at Agni, but the slash is caught by Agni, which makes Gandharva realize that Agni is unable to summon a weapon, and while playing careless, Agni cares for his summoner. Agni then uses Ultimate Heat to push away Gandharva, an attack that generates large amounts of fog to surround the field and gives Gandharva a chance for a stealth attack. Agni barely manages to avoid the attack, only losing his left arm, and is glad that Gandharva is now focusing on him instead of Brilith. Remembering Shakuntala's pleas not to fight Agni, Gandharva is unable to continue with the violent methods and the fight tunes down to a silent sitting stalemate. Agni tries to talk his way out of the situation, and the topic goes to Gandharva's daughter. In light of Agni being concerned about Shakuntala, Gandharva finally opens up, expressing regret that unlike humans who gain moral strength from the gods, he has no one to have faith in, even for the safety of his daughter. Agni proposes himself as the source of faith, but is turned down. Gandharva welcomes the thought of Sura and gods being allies, but quickly finds it to be an impossible dream. The stalemate is interrupted by Maruna's flyover, which distracts Agni and gives Gandharva a chance to freeze Agni with Absolute Zero Point.
Gandharva observes as Maruna's attack hits the barrier, and concludes that it is only a matter of time until the magician (Asha) loses their vigor, facing a steady attack by a Sura. Gandharva is then attacked by a thawed out and angry Agni, who burns off his hair. In surprise and confusion, Gandharva reflectively tries to counterattack Agni, but is stopped by the memory his daughter's words. Tears form into Gandharva's eye, which is noticed by Agni, who stops his attack, and proceeds to put out the fire in Gandharva's hair instead. Gandharva is surprised, when Agni deduces that he is trying to kill somebody inside the city and connects the current assault to the red sky incidents. Pondering about how much Agni knows, and whether he will tell the other gods when he returns to God Realm, Gandharva is offered a deal by Agni, if his summoner isn't killed, he will not accept any more summons after Brilith. Weighing his options, Gandharva decides to accept the offer, provided that Agni gives a worthy answer as to why he is protecting his summoner that much. The answer is damped by Maruna's attack colliding with the barrier, but satisfies Gandharva. Before he calls off the attack and leaves the city, Gandharva gives Agni one last advice: not to get too attached to a mortal, for it is the immortal who will end up in pain.
Arc 5: The Golden Knight
Gandharva seeks out God Kubera in the vicinity of Rindhallow and comments that he couldn't find him earlier. He has the suspicion that Kubera went to attack Atera, completely ignoring his opinion. Kubera just notes that Gandharva doesn't trust him. Gandharva responds that of course he doesn't trust him, after all the blood between them, and that he only is on his side because it's the sole possibility to find out if his daughter is alive. He warns Kubera, that if it turns out she is dead, it would be the end.
"Our relationship is as faint and precarious as the possiblity of my daughter's survival. Never forget it, Kubera." - Gandharva
Arc 6: Longing for Yesterday
Maruna remembers Gandharva as one of his father's friends and how he was entrusted to him when the Garuda silblings had to split up. Gandharva was very protective regarding Shakuntala and didn't appreciate she liked Maruna. To "help Maruna's development" he made him go through one hell of a training, to the point Maruna felt abused instead of trained.
At the end of Maruna's flashback, Gandharva is seen sitting on a cliff near Rindhallow, drinking. He and Maruna discuss wich city to attack. Rindhallow seems too strong, but Gandharva doesn't want to attack Atera. He hopes to find Shakuntala through the gate to the Sura Realm Kubera is about to open for him. He remembers happier days with his family and how Shakuntala was taken away from him later.
It turns out Kubera already opened the gate without waiting for Gandharva.
In a flashback, it is revealed that after the Cataclysm, Gandharva had to keep a territory for his Clan purified because of the poisenous environment of the Sura realm. Many Sura are discontent and urge him to make an ocean, but Makara explains to them that making an ocean would most likely kill Gandharva. Gandharva runs off to see Shakuntala, who pretends to be okay, but he sees her shaking when she leaves.
Manasvin, King of the Ananta Clan at that time, comes to see Gandharva, accompanied by Sagara. Manasvin notes that keeping the territory for his clan purified drains Gandharva's power and that he already is severly weakened. Gandharva rebuts that this is only temporary and that Visnu promised him an ocean. The Ananta King, however, proposes a plan as alternative. The contents of the plan are not revealed, but Gandharva declines, calling him a lunatic. How ever weakened, he would never agree to that kind of plan. Manasvin leaves, noting that Shakuntala didn't look well and is healing herself to keep Gandharva from worrying. Devasted, Gandharva asks himself how long she could survive in the Sura realm without him.
The flashback ends and Gandharva is approaching the gate, wich can only be passed in one direction at once. Before Gandharva can cross over to the Sura realm, someone else uses the portal. That person is Sagara along with her Rakshasa bodyguards. She mocks Gandharva's affection for his daughter and assures him she died a long time ago. Maruna joins to defend Gandharva and threatens the Ananta Sura, but Sagara escapes thanks to Pingara and more Sura come through the gate, making a crossing impossible for Gandharva.
Another flashback shows Maruna's memory of Gandharva as a loving, protective father. The former Gandharva was cold and heartless before having a family and the only thing refraining him from reverting to his old self after his wife Menaka died is the hope for his daughter's survival.
Gandharva, beside himself with rage, confronts Kubera and threatens to stop supporting him, but the God calmly states that if he doesn't help him, he won't open more portals for him and Shakuntala will be lost. Remembering Shakuntala telling him to never again let anyone threaten him, even with her as hostage, but still not willing to let the hope to find her go, Gandharva backs down and leaves to calm himself down.
Arc 8: The Wavering King
Gandharva went sulking in the depths of the ocean, remembering the time his clan was attacked and he had to make the decision whether to try making an ocean on his own or not. He is emotionally unstable and causes light emotional resonance, with Gandharva Clan Sura and Halfs being more agressive than usual.
Arc 10: The Night it Rained Fire
Without his knowledge, Maruna aids Sagara's army into attacking Atera, on the condition the priestess won't be harmed and thus Agni won't show up. In Kalibloom, Gandharva finds Shess and Leny, who reveal to him Sagara and Kubera's plan and how Maruna is helping them. Moreover, Shess offers to help the King get there. The Nastika agrees and they head for Atera.
Agni appears just in time and attacks the Sura, chasing after Sagara, Pingara and Riagara. Sagara stays back in order to buy the Rakshasas time to escape. She takes male form and tries to manipulate Agni. However, Maruna, unaware of Sagara's plan, grabs her and runs away from the God. Agni catches up to them, but before he can fully use Insight on Maruna, Gandharva shows up and stops Agni, claiming the attack on Atera was his plan. Quickly, the God states he isn't a fool and that he knows Gandharva wouldn't do such a thing. He tries to interrogate the King, but the later explains he can't talk about it and that it would be better for him not to interfere. Agni deduces they are being observated and remembers Kubera. He lets Gandharva get away.
Sagara's army tracks Leez to Kalibloom, but the barriers prevent them from entering and attacking the city. Gandharva is given the task to infiltrate and kill the Chaos Priestess, since the Chaos Barrier will falter then.
In order to gain acess to the city, Gandharva resumes his human form and pretends to have been attacked. He's found by Teo and Elwin Rakan and explains he has amnesia. Seeing him hurt, they take him to the city, treat his wounds and allow him to stay in their house. Gandharva starts growing fond of Teo, only to be shocked to learn she's the Chaos Priestess. He accompanies her to the Chaos Temple and, as they cross the Lake of Reflection, Teo manages to get a peek of his Sura form. Scared, she investigates in old books and finds a drawing of Gandharva's Sura form. She suspects his real identity and wonders what he's doing inside the city. Her ideas are he's either trying to steal the Sword of Re or going to kill her.
Gandharva goes off for a walk and runs into trouble. He's saved by Leez in older form. They talk and Leez makes him realize he'll make his daughter sad and guilty if he has to go to such lenghts and resort to shady actions to find her. He's grateful and promises to take the longer but not easy road. Leez introduces herself as 'Richie' and is praised for being a great daughter. They separate and Gandharva bumps into Teo, who was tailing him and heard their conversation.
To Teo's dismay Gandharva doesn't show any interest in participating in the Test of the Sword or killing her. She starts wondering if she wasn't exaggerating. After Sagara and Leez cause disturbances in the Temple, Teo's asked to open the door leading to the sword room. The Nastika offers to escort her. On their way there, Gandharva sees Sagara and to avoid being seen, hugs Teo. Teo admitts to herself she's attracted to Gandharva, even if he's a shady guy. After Sagara is out of sight, the King warns the Chaos Priestess she's in danger and advices her to go inside the Earth Barrier. She's unsure, as she'll be defensless on her way there. Gandharva promises to take her inside the barrier.
While heading for the Earth Barrier, Gandharva notices Maruna approaching them. His student asks him what he's doing, but doesn't get an answer. When Teo turns around, Maruna quickly hides to avoid her becoming aware of him. Teo asks Gandharva what he's doing and he explains he's making sure no one is following them. The Nastika briefly thanks the Rakshasa, before continuing to the barrier with the priestess.
- Gandharva is one of the 12 characters shown in the Chapter 0 Prologue; he seems to represent 'loss and solitude'.
- On me2day, Currygom told that some people were disappointed because of Gandharva's low rank, but if he's in third place after Vritra and Asura it's actually not low at all...Vritra alone is really strong but he doesn't have allies (all Vritra clan suras just fight alone like Taksaka) so if the clans fight, Gandharva's clan will defeat the Vritra clan.
- According to him and Sagara, "pretty faces" are common in the Gandharva clan.
- His sura form is most often sighted as planet-sized, but is sometimes reported to be city-sized or even smaller. His largest recorded appearance was when he apparently swallowed a red giant star.
- He destroyed the planet Gresvan.
- He seems to be fine with eating vegetables, but he doesn't eat seafood.