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Son of Mornae, and older brother to Gabrielle, best friend of Leito, enamored by Elizabeth, and an inhabitant of Cricket's Glen. His father Siah is dead by an undisclosed cause. He is playful, mischievous, and fascinated by ancient legends and stories about the lost Templar Order, even though the elder townsfolk frown upon such interests. When a rat raiding party commanded by Captain Tosk besieges the town, he reveals a surprising heroic side by organizing many townsfolk toward the river where they can escape. He later rescues his family from their burning tree home, only to plummet into the water when the tree snaps before he can swing himself to safety. He is swallowed by the Salmon of Knowledge and transported to the mystical realm of the fish gods. They tell him that he is to become like the legendary Kuhl-En and save his people, and they bequeath a mystic pouch to aid him. Returning to the smoldering ruin of Cricket's Glen, he rescues the wounded Pilot the Tall who tells him of the Templar prophecy of the Chosen One of Wotan, and promises to train him as a Templar Knight.
At first, Karic feels unworthy of even becoming Pilot’s squire, but after experiencing a mystical dream that revealed the origin of the world, of defiant evil, and the necessity of the Templar Order under Kuhl-En—as well as learning that Templar can pass between the Worlds of Night and Day when the need is noble and desperate enough—he reasons that only a Templar can save his family and agrees to be taught. As his training begins, he learns that much of what he learned as a child was distorted myth, and that he must now begin to discern truth as Pilot reveals it to him—even to the acceptance of forbidden Death Magic utilized as a mere tool. As their journey takes them far from his home, to the desert wastes of the Barren Lands, Karic and pilot find themselves besieged by the deadly threat of the ravenous horde of red ants known as The Many.
Employing the mystic pouch of the fish gods in a stunning fashion, Karic rescues himself and Pilot from the red ants, thereby proving he has been blessed by the gods, and perhaps by Wotan himself. Pilot continues training him to minimal effect, and finally guides him to Kildre Hill, and an encounter with the legendary Black Anaius, a supernatural being who proves she is no myth as she assumes the forms of those Karic loves and left behind—Gabrielle and Mornae—and traps him in her hut.
Karic flees and is seemingly rescued by Pilot who makes an offering to Black Anaius in exchange for the answer to an unspoken riddle. Following Karic’s success at what he calls the Test of Kildre Hill, Pilot later knights him as a Templar. They then journey to the Great Ash Tree where only the Readers of the Wheat can discern his true destiny. Pilot uses Karic’s blood in a Death Magic ritual that parts the vast Fields of Gold, but are attacked by the Hooded One, revealed as Cassius, who claims that Pilot is a traitorous “pale bellied grub,” a fallen Templar who guided rats in the destruction of Cricket’s Glen and betrayed Deishun to his death. Cassius stabs Karic through the gut, when he again experiences a mystic vision wherein he rides the back of the Great Death Owl; he is flown over the mouse capital city of Dealrach Ard-Vale and shown his family as slaves; when asked what he has to offer Lord Wotan in exchange for their freedom, Karic says everything; Wotan accepts.
First Appearance: The Mice Templar (2007) #1
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The Mice Templar (2007)
#1 The Mice Templar Volume II: Destiny (2009)
- 'The Prophecy, Part 1: The Calling'#2
- 'The Prophecy, Part 2: In the Beginning...'#3
- 'The Prophecy, Part 3: Black Aniaus'#4
- 'The Prophecy, Part 4: The Readers of the Wheat'#5
- 'The Prophecy, Part 5: Truth Behind the Lies'#6
- 'The Prophecy, Part 6: The Symbol'
The Mice Templar Volume III: A Midwinter Night's Dream (2010)
#1 The Mice Templar, Volume IV: Legend (2013)
- 'Part 1: Precious Burden'#2#6#8
- 'The Dream Of A Midwinter's Night'
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