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Efram Greetsglory

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Efram Greetsglory

Efram Greetsglory is the acting Imperator of the Flame Legion after Gaheron Baelfire's death in 1325 AE. Though not a true Imperator yet, Efram has taken up the mantle of leadership for the Flame Legion through negotiations for a cease-fire with the other High Legions via the Blood Legion Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer. Unlike many other Flame Legion members, Efram shows kindness towards females and has progressive ideals. He is very soft-spoken and compassionate towards cubs, especially his daughter Prisca.[1]

Biography[edit]

Following Flame Imperator Gaheron Baelfire's death in 1325 AE, the Flame Legion fractured into rival splinter groups vying for the late Imperator's vacant throne. Efram Greetsglory eventually became the leader of a more progressive splinter group which desired a cease-fire with the other High Legions; unlike some Flame Legion officers, he showed kindness towards female charr and was compassionate towards cubs, especially his daughter Prisca.[1]

It was not until 1332 AE that Efram's faction was contacted by Tribune Crecia Stoneglow of the Blood Legion who invited them to the political All-Legion Rally in Grothmar Valley to celebrate the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik's death and the strength of the charr legions. Efram accepted Blood Imperator Bangar Ruinbringer's terms of a truce even though his faction had to give their cubs up to be raised in the fahrar as members of the Blood Legion as a sign of goodwill.

In the festival's opening ceremony, Efram's faction was seated next to the troops of Ash Legion's Imperator Malice Swordshadow. He witnessed Crecia and Rytlock Brimstone's son Ryland Steelcatcher fighting Branded devourers and ordered his followers to assist the other legions when more hostile Branded unexpectedly erupted from the ground around the audience. He, like the other charr present, were shaken by the new Elder Dragon Aurene's sudden fly-by and Branding of the attacking devourer broodmother, and he retreated to the Flame Legion Camp in the valley to look after his people once the ceremony had concluded.

Shortly after, Efram was approached by the Pact Commander, and he denied being the Flame Legion's new imperator as he had not been officially recognized as such yet. When the Commander attempted an apology for Aurene's interference in order to ease Efram's anxiety, Efram gently cut the Commander off by stating that both his faction and Aurene were still finding their place in the new world so he bore no ill will towards the Elder Dragon's actions. He revealed that the Flame cubs, including his daughter, had had trouble adjusting to the Blood Legion's fahrar as they were being bullied by other cubs who still viewed the Flame Legion as an enemy to fight. He accepted the Commander's offer to console the cubs and gratefully witnessed the Commander convincing Prisca to return to the fahrar and not retaliate against the Blood Legion's cubs.

Some time later, Efram learned from Prisca that strange, older charr had appeared in the fahrar in an attempt to recruit Prisca and other cubs to their cause. Realizing that the recruiters might have been Renegades, Efram told Kasmeer Meade, one of the Commander's companions who had been observing the Flame Legion's magic since the ceremony, about his findings. Kasmeer summoned the Commander to the camp where Efram voiced his worries about charr extremists influencing the cubs of his people. When Efram heard that the Commander had already visited Bangar about other suspicious charr activity in the festival, he let anger come through briefly when he thought the Commander had already been aware of the Renegades and had held that information from him during their previous meeting. The Commander quickly corrected Efram, however, by revealing that Malice had been the first one to reveal the possibility of rising Renegade activity to the Commander.

As Bangar would not believe that a threat might be lurking in the valley, the trio resolved to let Crecia, Bangar's second-in-command, know about the threat instead. However, Efram pointed out that finding information would be hard as the local charr would not be forthcoming to any of the trio due to either their background or, in the Commander's case, a relationship with Aurene whom many charr viewed with suspicion. Kasmeer resolved the issue by using a mesmer spell to make the Commander resemble Ryland. Efram supported the idea as Ryland, a reputable centurion and hero of the festival, could walk about the Blood Keep without anyone raising an eye. He suggested that the Commander start searching for clues about Renegade infiltrators in the fahrar where Prisca had first been approached.

Some time later, Efram was approached by Marjory Delaqua who told him that the Commander had gathered evidence about Bangar having slipped into the Shiverpeaks Pass with several dozen armed warbands and that the Blood Imperator had not only been aware of Renegade activities in the valley but had been working with them for some time. Efram joined Marjory, Braham Eirsson and Imperators Smodur the Unflinching and Malice Swordshadow as they hurried to the pass to find the Commander, Crecia and Rytlock who had gone after Bangar's renegade warbands.

They reached a signal fire which the Commander's party had lit but were unable to advance farther due to the worsening weather. They soon met with the Commander's weary party who revealed that Bangar had stolen Braham's fire-enchanted bow and taken the warbands deeper north to "even the odds" and secure the future of the charr. During the conversation it became apparent that the Blood Imperator was not going after Aurene but was intending to get an Elder Dragon of his own—Jormag—to act as the charr's counter against Aurene. Crecia lamented not realizing Bangar's ambitions earlier and prepared to apologize to Efram for letting Bangar recruit several Flame Legion members into his Renegade army, but Efram was sympathetic towards her and did not bear a grudge.

In a subsequent talk with the Commander, Efram admitted that many of his people felt oppressed as refugees and would thus easily pledge themselves to the Blood Imperator's cause; the Flame Legion missed the fight and wanted to be seen as equals among the other legions. Efram warned the Commander that a fight would be inevitable for anyone involved in this conflict, and he would not let warmongering ideology grow roots in his legion again after all the damage such views had caused in the past centuries. As far as Efram was concerned, however, his truce with the High Legions would hold, and he would stay in Grothmar Valley and help Crecia in any way he could.

Location[edit]

Ascalon

Story involvement[edit]

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Combat abilities[edit]

Abilities
  • Flame Legion "Imperator"
Effects

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Trivia[edit]

  • Efram is voiced by Ike Amadi.[2]
  • Efram is a variation of the masculine Hebrew name Ephraim which means "fruitful, fertile and productive." In the Bible, Ephraim was the modest and selfless second son of Joseph and Asenath and was blessed by his blind, dying grandfather Jacob over Joseph's eldest son Manasseh, leading to the eventual precedence of the tribe of Ephraim over Manasseh's. Biblical scholars argue whether Joseph tricked Jacob into blessing Ephraim first or if Jacob was fully aware of who he was blessing and chose Ephraim due to a prophetic vision.

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