The Orphans of Waterdeep
Halem was the first born child of a wealthy moon elf family. His father, Erim, owned an elven goods store located near the harbor in Waterdeep. His mother, Ali, split her time between helping Erim with the store and raising Halem. For the first eight years of his life, Halem wanted for nothing and enjoyed all the privileges a life of relative wealth could afford.
The only worry or fear that Halem felt before becoming an orphan was that his parents (probably his father) might try to make him sing in front of people. Unlike most elves, Halem had a terrible singing voice as a child and was extremely self-conscious about it. Though Halem’s mother assured him that he was not that bad, his father once told Halem that he made orcs sound like the Waterdeep Choir.
A Life Changing Trip
When he was eight, Halem’s family took a business trip/vacation to a village a few days’ travel from Waterdeep. While they were in the village, Halem borrowed some money from his mother and haggled with a merchant about a small prayer necklace for the goddess Eilistraee (he didn’t realize that she was a drow goddess, he just thought the necklace was pretty). He was very proud of this purchase and that he had been able to talk the merchant down to half of his original price.
On the return trip, shortly before reaching Waterdeep, Halem showed his father the necklace. Erim was not impressed, telling Halem that he had been ripped off and throwing the necklace away. Halem responded by telling his father that the armor he had purchased in the village would be unsellable and was a waste of money. As Ali interrupted the argument to keep it from escalating, they heard an arrow whistle through the air and strike one of the guards in the neck.
Halem and his family fled the wagon as their guards were overrun by what seemed to be a group of human bandits. Unfortunately, Erim had to fight off two bandits that caught up to them before they could make it very far and was killed. Ali dragged Halem away from his father, but not quickly enough. Another bandit caught them and was about to kill Halem when Ali stepped in front of him. The sword stabbed her through the chest and cut Halem’s cheek. With the last of her strength, Ali drew her dagger and stabbed the bandit, killing him.
As she lay on the ground, dying, Ali whispered her last words to her son, “Run and… live… and remember… your mother loved you…”
Halem hid under an overhang in a small stream that he found nearby. Two bandits searched for him, but were not able to find him. Once they had given up, he overheard them discussing “the deal” and that they had only been told to kill “the elf, his woman, and their guards.” Apparently, the deal said nothing about a kid, but it did say there were to be no witnesses. Ultimately, the two men left and, hours later, Halem climbed out of the stream and up to his mother. He curled up next to her and didn’t move until the City Watch from Waterdeep found him.
Initially, Halem was frightened of them, thinking they were more humans coming to kill him as well. The City Watch was eventually able to calm Halem down and get what little he knew out of him. Then they loaded him onto a wagon and sent him back to the city while assuring him that they would do everything they could to catch the men who killed his family and see justice served.
In addition to leaving him orphaned, the murder of his parents affected Halem in a number of ways. First, he became obsessed with the idea of justice (and revenge) and, once he realized that the City Watch would never find his parents’ killers, decided that he would be an instrument of justice. Second, he grew distrustful of people with power and authority when it became clear that the City Watch was not even looking for his parent’s killers. And finally, Halem lost all faith in religion. His parents had both put their faith in a deity (even if he didn’t know who his father worshiped) , but that hadn’t saved them nor had it resulted in their killers being found. In Halem’s opinion, if a god or goddess couldn’t even protect his family from bandits or at least bring those bandits to justice, what good were they?
The Galen Orphanage
The board of directors who controlled Erim’s estate and the family store, sent Halem to live at the Galen Orphanage under the care of Abbott Abric Caen. Halem arrived an angry, troubled child. For a long time, he refused to speak to anyone except for Abbott Caen, who was someone always able to draw him out, if only a little. When not in the presence of the abbott, Halem would sit by himself, watching the other children at play or work and ignoring any attempts at conversation with him the other children made.
After a few weeks of this, Halem snuck out of the orphanage one day and was wandering the streets. He happened upon a scene in which a homeless woman was begging for bread from a street vendor. The man refused her, despite the presence of her children who were equally hungry. When the woman’s begging accidentally knocked a loaf off of the cart and into the mud, the man wouldn’t even give her that, throwing it away instead. Halem raged at the injustice of what he saw and chose to act.
Halem bought some bread from the man and then slipped a few worms into it and began to cry about the bread being bad. A crowd formed around the man and the small elf crying about “wormy bread” and quickly turned against the vendor. While he was trying to explain that his bread didn’t have worms in it (a charge that Halem suspected would force him to relocate, if not close down shop completely) Halem stole several loaves and took them to the woman and her children.
This was the moment that he realized he could be the one to dispense justice. It was an epiphany that helped elevate some of his rage and gave him a purpose in life. He returned to the orphanage and began to open up a little to those around him even occasionally speaking without being prompted. He still was quiet and prone to dry humor that few – other than himself – found funny, but there were a few children who were able to see past his brusque exterior and become his friends.
Over the next eight years, he became good friends with Jade Moonstar, Panelemeon (commonly called “Pan”), Talilaniata “Lila” Mooring, and Kevros Lucassen. These friendships would not only change Halem, in more ways than one, but also the city of Waterdeep.
Graduation and Adventure
Halem was one of the five orphans who became wrapped up in the drow attacks on the orphanage. It was during his very abbreviated graduation ceremony that the drow first began to use portals to teleport in and attack, searching for the Galen Heir. During the weeks and months that followed, Halem and his friends made several trips into the Underdark (some of them less intentional than others) and went through many battles with the drow and their allies, including Krendon Maaw.
Much to Halem’s annoyance, these adventures often ended with him in dire need of healing and the group making a trip to the Temple of Ilmater, where Kevros served as a paladin. One of the clerics of Ilmater, a human named William, took a special liking to Halem and a sometimes intense interest in Halem’s religious beliefs. Though Halem was outwardly (and inwardly) annoyed by William’s frequent attempts to convert him, there was a part of him (very deep down) that appreciated the cleric’s unsuccessful attempts at getting Halem to follow Ilmater.
During the course of the adventures, Halem and Pan snuck into a business owned by a man who was connected to the drow. While there, they found a captured boy whom they recognized from the orphanage, Elran. Halem and Pan were able to rescue Elran and took him to a secret garden/hideout that Pan had created. Elran stayed there, working as a carpenter and improving the garden greatly over the course of the orphans’ adventure.
Not long after this, Abbott Caen was gravely injured by a drow attack and sent to the Temple of Ilmater to be healed. While he was there, the drow attacked the temple. When the orphans realized what was happening, they rushed to the temple to help. During the battle, Halem and Kevros encountered a person clad all in black who had just stabbed the abbott when they entered the room. Enraged, the two boys attacked, but found that not only were they outmatched, but the assassin was toying with them rather than killing them. In the end, the assassin was able to escape though Abbott Caen survived the attack.
A short time later, Halem and Kevros were captured by the drow and taken to their city. While there, Halem was tortured for information while Kevros was forced to watch. Each time the drow tortured Halem, darkness seeped into his skin. As the pain became too much, he begged Kevros to kill him, but the paladin was bound by his oaths to Ilmater and could not kill Halem unless he put his faith in Ilmater (or any other god). When Kevros told this to Halem, Halem told Kevros that he hated him and, at the time, he truly did.
After torturing Halem to the point where he could take no more, the queen of the drow had Kevros taken away and then asked Halem why he was not on her side. Halem laughed, or came as close as he could given what he’d just endured, and told her he had no reason to be on her side. She responded by telling him that his father was her son, so it was only natural that he would serve her as well. These words shook Halem to his core.
Eventually, the other orphans were able to reach the drow city and rescue Halem and Kevros. Once they were back in the city, Halem was a mess. He was mentally, physically, and emotionally damaged and his friends did not know how to help him, nor did they have the time. This, unfortunately, led to Halem frequently clashing with them, particularly Pan who tended to be the leader of the group. While the others continued to search for ways to stop the drow, Halem could not bring himself to do anything but discover the truth of what the drow queen had said.
He returned to his family’s store and the apartment they lived in above it. While there, Halem discovered a secret area that led to an alter to a drow goddess. Runes covered the walls and after some effort, Halem discovered they could be activated by his blood. Halem sliced his hand open and activated the spell. An image of his mother’s face appeared before him, though she was now a drow. She told him that she had been sent to the surface to find the Galen Heir. While the drow queen had lied about Halem’s father being a drow, everything else she had said was true. Ali told Halem that his father was responsible for the attack that had killed her and led Halem to believe that his father was dead as well.
More confused than ever, Halem sought out advice from the Abbott, who was beginning to recover from his injuries. Halem confessed his feelings of hatred towards his friends and his confusion about what to do. The Abbott’s council did not tell Halem what he should do, but the old man’s words eased some of the pain Halem was feeling. He resolved to do things his way and not be swayed by the words of the evil queen or even his own mother.
Halem decided to learn to be a better fighter to help his friends. He was able to find people in the “Temple of Calistria” who could lead him to a master… the acolyte also gave Halem his first experience with “adult relationships.” When Halem awoke from his time with the acolyte, he found that he was not alone in the room, the assassin who had attacked Abbott Caen in the Temple of Ilmater stood in the corner. This man took Halem under his wing and began to train him as an assassin.
Halem’s time with his master was frustrating. The assassin was often brusque and prone to making Halem spell out everything he wanted to learn. Halem could rarely tell if the assassin was joking or just trying to be as irritating as possible. Still, he learned much while they worked together.
Eventually, the orphans learned that the drow were attempting to reassemble a statue of the dead god Ibrandul. The pieces of this statue had been long separated and were in various hands, including Abbott Caen’s. The Abbott, they learned, was a follower of Ibrandul and was protecting the Galen Heir who functioned as Ibrandul’s avatar was was the key to reviving the dead god. The orphans decided to assemble this statue themselves and revive Ibrandul under his own power rather than having him be controlled by either the drow or Shar’s followers.
Searching for all of the pieces of the statue took the orphans to various locations and saw them participate in the war between the orc hoard of Blackheart (who possessed the heart of Ibrandul) and the city of Waterdeep. The orphans were able to defeat Blackheart, though they nearly perished in the battle. Ultimately, the orc hoard vanished into the dwarves ruins they had been hiding in, led by a reanimated Kredon Maaw (who the orphans had once killed, only to later learn that the drow had turned him into some sort of high functioning zombie).
With nearly all of the pieces in their possession, the orphans travelled into the Underdark once more where they would need to face a black dragon and the drow queen in order to have everything necessary to complete their quest. Though they had thought long and hard about how to defeat the dragon, they took an unusual (but ultimately fortuitous) route of speaking with it first. The dragon, it turned out, was a follower of Ibrandul as well and agreed to help them.
Finally, the orphans entered he drow city and were able to reach the queen’s chambers. The battle was long and fierce, but ultimately, they were victorious. Sadly, with her last attack, the queen was able to kill Halem.
His friends returned to the orphanage with Halem’s body. Kevros prayed to Ilmater to resurrect Halem. The deity appeared to Halem and told him of Kevros’ request, but said that Halem would have to become a faithful servant of Ilmater. Halem refused and, because he had not put his faith in any deity, was sent to the Wall of the Faithless, a place to punish those souls who claimed no god. To Halem, it seemed that he was there for years and years, though in reality it was only a few hours.
While Kevros stood watch over his body, Halem’s master appeared. Kevros was unsure what to make of this development, but the man told him that he would set everything right. He removed his mask, revealing himself to be a moon elf with dark hair and an uncanny resemblance to Halem. Erim, Halem’s father, had not been killed in the attack that claimed Ali’s life. Instead, he had watched over his son from a distance and done what he could to protect him.
Erim prayed to his god, Erevan Ilesere, the elven god of mischief and rogues, and asked for a very special request. Erevan could not resurrect Halem, but he could transfer his soul out of the wall and into a vessel, in this case, Erim’s body. Halem and Erim had a brief moment to talk, though Halem was confused and unsure of what to make of his father appearing before him. Little was exchanged between the two, but Erim did tell Halem the most important thing he could say: “I love you and I was always proud of you.”
Halem awoke a moment later, still not sure what was happening. His confusion was only heightened by the fact that he was looking down at his own body. Kevros, who did not know what Erim was doing, was equally confused when Erim/Halem began demanding to know what was going on. Eventually the situation was sorted out – in so much as that was possible – and the orphans were reunited.
The statue was reassembled, the Galen Heir was revealed to be Elran and the reconstruction of Ibrandul’s temple, located beneath the orphanage, was begun. The orphan’s had come out of their long adventure victorious and, mostly, intact.
Fallout of Erim’s Sacrifice: Halem in a New Body
As a result of Erim’s sacrifice, Halem was stuck in his father’s body. He locked himself away in the crypt that served as a safe house for his father and descended into a deep depression for many days. Though it took time, Halem was eventually able to begin to come to grips with his father’s death and the strange circumstances that he found himself in. He knew that he was not right in the head by any stretch of the imagination, but he was able to cling to the thought that his father had loved him and that was enough to keep him upright and moving for the time being, though he knew that he would not be able to stay in the city where reminders of his old life lurked around every corner.
Halem carefully disguised himself as Halem, put his affairs in order, and then told several people that he and his father would be making a trip into the Underdark. Several days later, he returned as Erim and informed those who did not know the real circumstances that his son had perished on the adventure. A funeral was held for Halem’s body, though in Halem’s mind it was his father’s funeral.
Halem spent the next several weeks trying to be a better friend to those around him. He even went so far as to attempt to help Lila prepare for her upcoming nuptials with Rhagar Adarbent, though he generally found himself completely out of his depth in this area.
5 Years of Travel
After Lila’s wedding, Halem left the city and travelled south, hoping to learn the skills that he would require to take Erim’s place both in his day job and in his nightly business. His travels kept him away from home for five long years.
His first stop was in Baldur’s Gate, where Halem went by the name “John.” His first job there was working for a few months under a gem merchant named Nimbrul Featherstone as a guard and shop worker.
After working for Nimbrul for three months, Halem decided to look for work in an elven goods store. Disaster almost struck when he walked into “Linaeth’s Elven Wares” and was instantly recognized by the woman behind the counter as “Samuel” (presumably the name Erim used while in Waterdeep). Halem claimed to be his brother and told her of “Samuel’s” death. Linaeth hired Halem and he worked with her for about six months before moving on and leaving Baldur’s Gate to continue his journey south.
When he reached the nation of Amn, he stayed in the city of Athkotla for quite some time. He initially found work as a bowman and was eventually promoted to the head of a small company of archers. After that, he found work as a ranger-scout until he was stabbed in the leg during a battle and forced to spend a month healing.
After he was healed, Halem left the Amn military and found work with an animal merchant named Gryn. Gryn taught Halem some rudimentary veterinary skills and frequently had him help train the horses that were brought into the shop.
Halem worked for Gryn for about six months and then left Athkatla, traveling still farther south into Tethyr. Tethyr had just come out of a long and bloody civil war and was finally getting back on its feet. While there, Halem worked as a spy and attendant to one of the lords on the new king’s court. This allowed Halem to see the inner workings of the Tethyr nobility and saw him introduced to Oqu’is Bulair, a human woman working for the Harpers.
Halem also saw Kevros while in Tethyr, though he did not speak to him. Kevros had traveled to Tethyr and joined an order of Ilmater’s paladins known as the Knights of the Lambent Rose. Halem checked up on Kevros several times, wanting to make sure that his friend was safe, but never made contact with him.
After a year of working in Tethyr, Halem began to feel a longing to return home. He had traveled far and done many things and, most importantly, felt that he had found as much peace in his new body and strange situation as was possible. He was ready to return home.
Return to Waterdeep
While traveling back from Tethyr, a bird flew down to Halem and gave him a letter from Pan telling him that Abbott Caen was dying and wished for the orphans to return to Waterdeep. Halem hurried to the next town and boarded a boat bound for Waterdeep, wishing to get home as quickly as possible.
Upon returning to Waterdeep, Halem became entangled in the troubles plaguing the city once more. These troubles would lead him to team up with some new friends and lose some old ones. Through many adventures – and misadventures – the new group of orphans that he and Lila found themselves working with would go on to become the heroes of Waterdeep known as The Dawn Warriors. While Halem fought alongside his friends, he no longer sought the attention that many of them craved. While the city embraced these Dawn Warriors, Halem made sure that he was not counted amongst them, instead always wearing a disguise or slipping away once the battle was ended.
Over the course of these new adventures, Halem found himself the master of an efreeti named Kamal Aziz bin Essafa. Halem knew that at some point, the magic that bound Kamal to serve him could also force the efreeti to grant him three wishes (or let it try to kill him). He had some ideas of how he might use those wishes, but when they ended up being offered when he least expected it: just as he and the other orphans had entered the desecrated temple of Illmater to face off against a resurrected Krendon Maw, his drow allies, and an unknown monstrous armored warrior. Halem used these wishes to disarm his enemies, to switch Krendon Maw’s soul with his fathers (effectively killing Kredon Maw), and lastly an ill-fated wish to cast a spell that turned him temporarily into a dragon. This final wish accidentally killed one of Halem’s new friends, the elf Alora, but the group was able to find a way to resurrect her not long after the battle. Though Halem had managed to resurrect Erim, the ordeal had left his father in a catatonic state.
Finally, the Dawn Warriors were able to thwart the plans of the villains to pull a portion of Waterdeep into the Shadow Realm and defeated the leaders of the orc army that had been threatening the city as well. After the final battle, in which the Dawn Warriors defeated an orc cleric, Tarbil One-Eye, Halem searched amongst the ruins of the outer wall around the city for their enemy’s body. He expected to find the orc dead, but instead found that he had somehow survived the collapse of the wall. As Halem prepared to finish off the orc, Tarbil whispered that he knew how to save his father – possibly the only thing that would have stopped Halem’s blade.
Halem snuck Tarbil back into the city and agreed to exchange his freedom for help in properly putting Erim into a body. He and Myst went to the local prison, disguised as a wizard and his apprentice and were able to get an elf on death row to agree to help them with an “experiment.” Halem promised this sun elf, Jurisk, 3,000 gold pieces for his body. Though Jurisk did not like it, he agreed. Halem had Tarbil put Jurrisk into Krendon Maw’s body, himself into Jurrisk’s body, and Erim into his original body. The process was not without risk, but Tarbil was very skilled and pulled it off admirably. Unfortunately for Jurisk, Erim woke first and, having no idea what was going on, instantly killed “Krendon Maw” – which saved Halem the trouble of doing it himself, since he had no intention of letting Jurisk leave with the knowledge of everything that had gone on and who was involved.
Upon waking up, Halem found himself in yet another new body, but the strangeness of that sensation was nothing compared to his joy at having saved his father.
Before dying, Halem’s appearance was fairly typical of a moon elf. He was moderately tall and thin with shoulder length silvery-white hair. On his left cheek, he bore a small scar from the attack that wiped out his family.
After being resurrected in Erim’s body, Halem still looks much the same in shape and size, though aged by about a hundred years (though to an elf, this only the difference between being a teen and being an adult). He had always born a strong resemblance to his father, so there are many facial similarities, but his hair is now black and his nose is slightly crooked, as though it has been broken several times. The scar on his cheek is, naturally, no longer there, though he has inherited plenty of others all over his body, including one that he earned himself while serving in the military in Anm.
Halem has a very dry sense of humor and can often by sarcastic or even down right rude. He is easily annoyed by most anything and, especially in his childhood, was often angry or irritated when those around him were not doing what he wanted them to do (even if he never told them what he wanted).
In the five years since the orphans were able to reconstruct the statue of Ibrandul, Halem has mellowed considerably. After learning the truth of the attack on his family and the revelation of who his father was and what he had been doing during the time that Halem was living in the orphanage greatly changed him. While he retains his dry humor and sarcasm, he uses it playfully – though it remains to be seen if anyone will actually realize this – and is far more patient (relatively speaking).
Previously, Halem’s greatest fear was that he would never bring his parents’ murderers to justice. Now that he knows the truth of that event, his only real fear is that he will not be able to live up to his father’s legacy.
Recently, he has gained a new fear (or, at least, a new concern): Prim, his father’s old girlfriend who knows nothing of Halem and Erim’s situation and happens to be a master assassin as well.
Justice. He particularly likes justice that he dispenses with sharp objects to those who deserve it. Also, though he won’t admit it, spending time with his friends. He enjoys (rarely) beating Jade at anything involving stealth and sneakiness, getting under Pan’s skin (especially through his followers who are deliciously gullible when it comes to their hero), arguing with Lila, and jokingly complaining about having to spend time with Kevros.
Halem is aware of the fact that listing his favorite things to do makes him sound like a jerk; he just doesn’t care.
- Erim: As a child, Halem’s relationship with his father was a very confusing one for him. Erim’s mood occasionally changed with little warning and he could be very difficult to please. Halem longed for his father’s praise, but only rarely received it. Erim also possessed a very dry sense of humor, making it difficult for anyone except Ali to be sure when he was joking. Halem was often very frustrated with how his father treated him and his own seeming inability to consistently earn Erim’s praise. This left Halem with mixed feelings about his father. Ironically, Halem’s personality is very similar to his father’s.
When Halem later learned that his master was actually his father and that his father had sacrificed his life to bring him back from the dead, Halem wasn’t sure what to think. He struggled to reconcile this with his previous feelings for his father. Ultimately, he decided that it was better to take things at face value and not think about it too much. He accepted that his father loved him and resolved not to dwell on the details any more than was necessary.
Now stuck in his father’s body, Halem is finding that many things his father failed to tell him about during their brief time together are coming back to make life difficult for him.
- Ali: Halem’s childhood relationship with his mother was almost the complete opposite of his relationship with his father. Ali was a very bright and happy person who Halem thought would light up any room she walked into. Since Ali was the parent who spent the most time with him, Halem felt much closer to her than to his father. She was always quick to praise him and make him feel good about himself. She was gentle when correcting him for mistakes he made or times that he was unkind to others (even when it was unintentional), rarely raising her voice. In Halem’s opinion, there was no creature in all of creation as perfect as his mother.
Upon discovering that Ali was actually a drow agent sent to spy on the city and further his grandmother’s plans, Halem was unsure what to think. He has a difficult time connecting who he thought his mother was with who he later learned she really was. In Halem’s mind, Ali has become two separate people and he generally refuses to attempt to connect them in any way. A part of him would like to look into Ali’s past and try to understand if she was what he remembers her as or if she would have happily sat next to her mother and watched him being tortured until he begged for death. He has not done this, however, because he is afraid of what he will find and wants to keep his memories of her as pure as possible.
- Parent’s Relationship: Erim and Ali’s relationship was one that Halem often couldn’t understand. Part of this was because he was very young and found love and affection between lovers to be “gross.” His parents didn’t tell him much about how they had met or even when they fell in love. He knew that his father’s gruffness usually ended as soon as Ali entered the room, at which point he became lovestruck to the point of being silly. Ali had said that when Erim was trying to woo her he pretended to have mistaken her for a lost princess in need of rescuing and that there was much singing and dancing involved in the courtship. While they got along well almost always, the one subject that Halem’s parents did not agree on (and would often argue over) was religion. Ali was a strong follower of Sehanine Moonbow, while Erim’s beliefs were completely unknown to his son. Halem found the subject of his parent’s relationship unpleasant to think about beyond knowing that they loved each other and him, though later he would wish he had spent more time questioning both of them about their relationship.
Abbott Abric Caen: Abbott Caen has become almost a second father to Halem. When Halem first arrived at the orphanage, Abric was the only one he would speak to (and even this took several days of work by the Abbott). As he grew older, Abbott Caen served as a frequent voice of reason and guidance whenever Halem was troubled and upset. When Halem learned that he was part drow and feared that he not only was destined to betray his friends but actually WANTED to, Abbott Caen was the person he went to for advice and he was not disappointed.
Jade: Halem’s relationship with Jade is… interesting. On the one hand, he would help her with almost anything she asked of him. On the other, he hates that she seems to always be one step ahead of him in so many things and a part of him wishes for her to fail spectacularly. When climbing walls, he would hope that she would miss a handhold and plummet to the ground, but he also made sure to position himself so he could save her should that happen – which it almost never did. Their interests are often very similar, but something about Jade’s personality (and probably also her skill) would drive Halem crazy. As they have gotten older this rivalry (which Jade may not have even been aware of) has softened into a more good natured competition.
Kevros: Even Halem has trouble understanding his relationship with Kevros. He cares greatly for his friend and admires Kevros’ near-reckless desire to help those in need. However, after their time in the drow city, Halem was prone to leaving the room whenever Kevros entered and practically fleeing at the sight of the halfling. Kevros and Halem also approach problems from very different perspectives. While Kevros wants to do things lawfully and with as little suffering and bloodshed as possible (he has been known to heal their enemies after battles), Halem believes that the best way to solve a problem is with a knife in a dark alley where no one will find the body. Despite these differences of opinion and the traumatic events they went through together, Halem considers Kevros to be one of this best friends… so long as no one asks him to admit it.
Lila: Halem considers Lila to be one of his closest friends from the orphanage, though she might not realize this. Lila is often impetuous and her mind works in ways that Halem struggles to follow, but he can’t help but enjoy his time with her. He views her as a sister and their relationship (to him) is that of siblings, with him often teasing her or playing jokes on her as a result.
Mary: If Abbott Caen became Halem’s surrogate father, Mary was his surrogate mother. She was the one who cleaned up his messes and nursed his wounds whenever he did something idiotic (which was frequent). Mary is one of the few that Halem ever intentionally allows his softer side to show through to.
Myst: Halem has no idea what to make of Myst or what to do with her. She knows too much for him to just ignore and he probably would have grown to like her had he known that she existed before his father died and left him in such an awkward situation, so he’s stuck with her, for good or ill. Halem believes the odds are about 50/50 that Myst will someday turn on him when she finds it to her advantage.
Pan: If ever there was a love/hate relationship in Halem’s life, it was his relationship with Pan. Pan was never one to let Halem mope, regardless of how well deserved it might be (such as after having been tortured for hours on end by his evil grandmother). Also, Pan was the defacto leader of the group and ever since coming to the orphanage, Halem has chaffed under any and all authority. That said, Halem has respected Pan and his protectiveness of the group from the beginning. While it was Pan that Halem envisioned murdering when thoughts of betraying his friends entered his mind, it was also the horror of killing Pan that helped keep Halem from giving into those thoughts. Now that Pan has become the new leader of the orphanage, Halem is proud of his friend and willing to help out in anyway that he can. Halem does, however, tell Pan’s followers to call Pan “Your Grace” and other silly nicknames that Pan hates and helps the younger orphans escape their chores from time to time.