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Ember (ElfQuest)
Real Name: Ember
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Ember twelfth chief of the Wolfriders. She's the daughter of Cutter and Leetah, and Suntop/Sunstream's twin sister, though as different from him as day from night. When the twins were still in Leetah's womb, Ember called wolf-blood (and its subsequent mortality) to her, while her brother called for some unknown magic of the High Ones' time. As a result, the Wolfriders all saw in Ember their next chieftess, and knew someday she'd have earned the chieflock (a topknot worn only by the Wolfrider leader) from her father, Cutter. However, in her early years, this young tomboy was often jealous of how everybody's attentions seemed focused entirely on her brother; she thought he and Leetah could step on the stage whenever a magic user was needed, while she, Ember, had to stay back and wait till her own adulthood would have come - which wasn't to her taste. Redlance's support, along with Ember's very self-confident and outgoing nature, somewhat eased things; yet, by the time of her adolescence, the young daughter of Cutter was almost constantly at odds with her chieftain father. When Rayek tried to answer the plea for help echoing straight from the time of the High Ones' crash on the World of Two Moons, Cutter sternly forbade Ember to follow her mother, Suntop, Skywise, Ekuar and Trinket into the Palace; believing he had no trust in her, Ember went anyway - and as a result was stolen, with the rest of her family, when Rayek drove the Palace faraway in the future. Here Ember lived what to her seemed but a night; however, when they came back to the Now, she learned that 10,000 years had passed for her father, and finally understood that Cutter's harshness was not to be seen as lack of faith. At this time she also came along her very first love-mate, Mender the healer, and they shared a somehow idyllic time together - often agreeing on what was important, and what wasn't. Ember, however, felt Mender was way too much like her, and when her father chose to split the tribe in half to face the Shards War, she chose her mother Leetah to take care of the health of her branch of Wolfriders, while Mender would have gone fighting alongside Cutter and his warriors. They settled on a new holt to preserve the Way of the Wolfriders and hunt down the monsters left behind by Winnowill. It was there Ember met Teir, a mysterious plains-dwelling elf who enchanted her more than she'd have ever thought possible. After a somehow stormy relationship worsened by Mender's jealously and Ember's sometimes not-that-smart choices as a chieftess, the two are now close to the point of being life-mates and while she's probably given him her soulname, Ember still doesn't want to force Recognition, but patiently wait until the High Ones will give her and Teir a baby of their own. Much matured since her infancy, Ember has flame-red wavy hair long below her waist, blue-green eyes (though often depicted to be either blue or green) and a slightly tan complexion, paler than her mother's and darker than her brother's. Her soul-name is unknown, though Teir has, for some reason, often called her "K'Chaiya". Her wolf friends include Choplicker and Patch.

Ember is the twelfth chief of the Wolfriders, leader of her half of the tribe. Fiery and spirited, she still stands at the beginning of her tenure. Getting her name from her fire-red hair, Ember was destined from birth to be the next chief of the Wolfriders. Just before Cutter whet off to lead a portion of the tribe to recover the Palace Shards, he charged Ember to keep her portion of the tribe hidden and safe. She was to find a new holt, far from the danger of Grohmul Djun's Citadel. Inherent in this commission was Cutter's command that she regain "the Way." Thus was Ember given her first test of adulthood, coming to it at an even earlier age than Cutter. Afraid at first of making mistakes, she gained enough confidence to wear her own chief's lock. After the Palace was reconstructed and the Djun defeated, Ember admitted, "I must return to Howling Rock with as many as will follow me. Winnowill may be gone, but she left behind ... terrible things ... that want cleaning up." Cutter agreed that she should never undo her chief's lock and wished her well in her own "quest." Now living at Howling Rock Holt, Ember leads her tribe and deals with Mender and Teir as they vie for her affections.

First Appearance: ElfQuest (1978) #6

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Issue Appearances:
Abenteuer in der Elfenwelt (1984)
ElfQuest (1978)
ElfQuest (1985)
Elfquest (1998)
ElfQuest Archives (2004)
ElfQuest: Hidden Years (1992)
ElfQuest: Kings of the Broken Wheel (1990)
ElfQuest: New Blood (1992)
ElfQuest: Siege at Blue Mountain (1987)
ElfQuest: The Discovery (2006)
Elfquest: The Grand Quest (2004)
The Complete Elfquest (1988)

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