Toren is a rather tall, taller than Erin at least, reanimated skeleton with yellow-white bones that was assembled from pieces of Human, Gnoll, and Drake corpses, resulting in a slightly mismatched appearance.
The flames in the eye sockets were originally blue, but after assimilating some of the magic in the [Terror] gemstone, the flames turned purple.
In attire Toren has a slim, female figure, due to the bulges in the right place, and because of some curves that Toren had worked really hard to get right. She is wearing dirty clothing, ragged and tattered, wrapped and held in place with cloth fragments, gloves, a dark brown cloak, and a dark black mask with a shiny and rough surface, that covers the face, leaving only two narrow slits for eyes.
Toren is a sapient skeleton, who over the course of six story volumes has slowly evolved to become more and more self-aware.
For most of the story, his main priority had been Erin's orders, though he'd been known to misconstrue them for his own gain. He enjoys battle and despises the idea of being replaced.
Due to Erin's increasingly frivolous and demeaning orders (more out of ignorance of Toren's intelligence and emerging sapience than anything else), Toren's desire for freedom has merged with his battle lust and with a general incomprehension to the value of sapient life. The imbalance creates urges that can be described as murderous and psychotic. Like a child, Toren does horrible acts and is, for the most part, unaware about how diabolic said actions are. These acts clash with a budding need for attention, even acknowledgement, that effectively makes Toren's behavior almost erratic.
Toren had a penchant for killing anybody that tries to order him against his will.
. was created by Pisces, and was given to Erin in the hope that he would protect her. “Protect Erin Solstice. Obey her. Be used in less-optimal tasks.” were the words that shaped Toren's existence when Pisces created him. Instead of being used as a bodyguard, as Pisces intended, Erin used him as cheap labor (cleaning, hauling stuff, clearing snow) and as a barmaid, which often made Pisces feel miserable, whenever he was reminded of it.
Toren used to startle everyone on their first visit to Erin's inn, although most people accepted him as a more or less harmless minion of Erin. Calruz tried to instruct Toren to become a better fighter, but ultimately found him pathetic. Shortly thereafter, Toren proved his worth during Skinner's Attack on Liscor, and leveled up as a [Warrior]. Each levelup also increased his intellectual horizon, and he started to ponder on things that he hadn't cared about before.
He was part of Ryoka's and Erin's expedition into the Ruins of Liscor where he could battle more undead. When he blew up the First Wandering Inn, Erin told him to go away, and he did so, thus discovering the rift entrance into Liscor's Dungeon which was hidden under the snow.
Toren leveled up various times due to battling with various Corusdeers, and an adventurer groups' construct, which resulted in him evolving into a Skeleton Knight. After coming back from his training he discovers that Erin employed Lyonette, which resulted in him worrying about his future, as he feared he was being replaced. His relieve of learning that his fears don't seem to become true didn't last long, as Erin told him to teach Lyon. Not only is she preventing him from continuing his training in order to become strong enough to protect Erin, she revealed herself to be a huge annoyance— resulting in him beating her several times. After Erin ordered him to stop doing it, he had to think of alternatives, so he decided to poke her until she goes mad, or even going so far as to throwing her into a nest of Shield Spiders, and saved her only when she actually were about to come to harm, as Erin explicitly told him to prevent that.
Toren starts becoming more and more obsessed with leveling and has been massacring Corusdeers in the area which Erin sees when her, Toren, and Lyonette are out exploring various caves in the area. Since it has been snowing heavily around this time due to Erin getting the fairies drunk she has Toren pull her and Lyonette on a sled. This leads Toren to become resentful which leads to him betraying her and trying to get her killed by a bear, which Erin doesn't find out about until later.
Toren survives by ripping the mana from the undead under his command and retreats into the dungeon which has more than enough mana in the air to keep him alive. After taking care of this immediate need, Toren sulks in a depression on the dungeon floor believing since his mana connection to Erin has been severed she is dead. Despite resenting Erin and trying to kill her he didn't believe she'd actually die and now his entire world means nothing since he failed in the one task commanded during his creation.
After finally getting over his depression somewhat he goes on to explore the dungeon killing various dungeon creatures. On one such exploration he comes across a group of dead adventurers where he dresses and pads his body mimicking a human female making himself more like Erin.
While wandering the dungeon, Toren encounters the Silver-Rank team Vuliel Drae, who he decides not to kill, and who assume him to be a mute female solo adventurer. They invite him to join them and he does, mostly out of curiosity. Soon after, Vuliel Drae's [Rogue], Insill, misses a trap, but Toren saves him, earning him the gratitude and respect of the team. The group engages in a fight with leeches, leaving Vuliel Drae impressed with Toren's blade skill and [Mirage Cut]. The group is then rushed by a group of Cave Goblins and Raskaghar, leading to Vuliel Drae being almost overwhelmed before Toren saves them. Toren then learns the [Blade Dancer] class from Pekona, and parts ways with the adventurers. Once the adventurers recount their experience and other teams encounter or are assisted by Toren, he becomes known as the Masked Adventurer.
At the end of volume six he confronts Erin and attempts suicide after hurting/healing her. He is then taken by Ijvani to Az’Karesh.
Powers and Abilities
- Undead Physiology: Toren's undead nature gives him several advantages. He is inexhaustible and can run more than 100 miles in less than a day. He is also immune to some debilitating effects, such as the Mace of Howling's shrieks.
- Regeneration: Toren possesses the ability to reform his body once it has been destroyed. Mana is required to perform this act. Doing it too frequently in a short timeframe is too mana-consuming and will slow his body's reconstruction process. If no more mana is available, he will not be able to recover and will cease to exist. This ability was possible thanks to him having 4 of the bones of [Archmage] Nekhret within his body. After Az’kerash took them he lost this ability. However, Az’kerash embued Toren with [Limited Regeneration], which he then learned as a Skill. While he can still reform himself if shattered, it is much slower. If his bones are reduced to powder, they will no longer reform, forcing him to replace them with other new ones. If his skull is crushed, he may die.
- Mana Sense: Toren has the ability to sense ambient mana, and can accurately determine the magical power of different objects, and people.
- Mana Manipulation: Toren can manipulate mana to some extent, though he cannot use this to cast Spells or perform magic. This lets him effortlessly 'steal' mana from undead put under his thrall through [Command Lesser Undead].
- Perfect Memory and Enhanced Learning: Toren is a very observant skeleton, and he learns very quickly due to his perfect memory.
- Omnilingual: Toren can read and understand any language or script, as long as what is being said means something.
- Autonomous Body Parts: Even when Toren's body parts are separated from him or he is completely dissembled, he can still remotely control the separated parts. After Az’kerash tinkered with Toren's body, he gained the ability to recall his body parts by having them hover just like a Dullahan’s.
- Body Dissemble and Reassemble: Toren can intentionally disassemble and reassemble himself at will, allowing him to "play dead" or hide from threats.
One of Toren's main advantages over other undead is his ability to level, granted to him by Pisces upon his creation.
- [Barmaid] Lv. 3
- [Carer] Lv. ? (over 7)
- [Relic Guardian] Lv. ? (at least 30)
- Derived from [Skeleton Warrior] → [Skeleton Knight]
- [Sword Dancer] Lv. 13
- [Tactician] Lv. 6
- [Undead Leader] Lv. 14
- Derived from [Leader]
- [Command Lesser Undead]
- [Conceal Presence]
- [Dangersense (Ward)]
- [Daring Charge]
- [Enriched Recipes]
- [Even Footing]
- [Lesser Strength]
- [Limited Regeneration]
- [Limited Telepathy]
- [Mirage Cut]
- Derived from [Power Strike]
- [Perfect Dodge]
- [Raise Corpse]
- [Sharpened Edge]
- [Shield Bash]
- [Sword Fighting – Basic]
- [Weapon Proficiency: Sword]
- [Weapon Proficiency: Shield]
(For Leveling History see Here)
- Enchanted Sword - A Steel Longsword with a long forked rune etched onto the metal. It is enchanted with a weak durability and cutting enchantment.
Quirks and Anecdotes
- Toren's first task was to clean up the upper level of the Old Inn. He did so dutifully, taking the entire night. Erin scolded him for forgetting the ceilings, which she hadn't explicitly mentioned. Nevertheless, that day was the first time that Erin also told him he had done a good job - twice even. Toren really cherished all the instances when Erin lauded him for good jobs.
- Toren tried to impress Erin by catching fish from the stream and bring the (badly hacked up) catch to her kitchen. Erin wasn't amused.
- Toren lost 18 games of chess in a row against Rags. As Erin found out about it, she tutored him a bit, but Toren remained a very bad chess player. Nevertheless, he gained the [Tactician] class for his efforts.
- Erin regularly made Toren help her, and often was angry at him since she didn't phrase her demands properly: He didn't stop pouring salt into the soup, he collected firewood from floorboards, and he obediently 'gave her a hand'. When she had him clear up the snow around the inn, he never stopped which created a veritable snow wall ten feet high. Her probably biggest mistake was to send Toren collecting firewood from trees, and when he couldn't fell Amentus trees, he went for Krakk wood.
- Before Erin chose to name him Toren, she had thought of naming him Papyrus from Undertale, but chose not to because he wasn't cool enough for that name.
- Toren is described as "really creepy" by most people in the story.
- Although Toren was created less than a year ago, the combined age of his bones exceeds four hundred years.
- Toren has a killing list; on it are the Ashfire Bees, Lyon for being so annoying, and Ryoka for... having shinbones that are a tad too long. Erin's sleigh and bells are also included.
- Things Toren likes: killing, leveling, music.
- Pisces had used 4 bones of [Archmage] Nekhret to give Toren the ability to restore himself no matter how badly he might be broken. Those bones are what makes him unique. The 4 bones are: the second-lowest left rib, the tibia of the right shinbone, the left clavicle and the fourth rib from the top on the right side.
- Toren used to enjoy killing things for no reason, but Toren has gotten tired of doing so after 2651 kills.
- Similar to Ijvani, Toren believes himself to be the strongest skeleton in the world.
- As of Ch 7.14 T, Toren's female personality claimed a name of her own, Nekhti, which resembles the name of Nekhret, the [Archmage] whose bones Pisces used to make Toren: “Torena? I don’t like the name. My name should be different. More…separate. N…Nek..Nekhti. Close enough.”
- Chapter 1.32
- Chapter 2.10 T
- Chapter 4.08 T
- Chapter 3.17 T
- Chapter 1.41
- Chapter 1.45
- Chapter 2.24 T
- Chapter 2.40
- Chapter 2.26
- Chapter 3.18 T
- Interlude – Meetings and Friendships
- Chapter 8.09
- Chapter 5.05
- Chapter 5.05
- Chapter 1.33
- Chapter 1.35
- Chapter 1.40
- Chapter 2.09
- Chapter 1.33
- Chapter 3.32
- Chapter 6.48 T