Aliera is short for a Dragaeran, and recently got into the habit of wearing long gowns and levitating rather than walking in order to hide the fact. While she has been seen walking normally of late, she has apparently not completely abandoned this practice.
She has eyes that change between blue, green, and grey according to her mood, and is determined to have her own way at all times, usually without regard to the cost to herself or others. She is somewhat bloodthirsty, and extremely quick tempered, even for a Dragonlord, however, she is loyal to friends, and secretly holds both her father Adron e'Kieron and her cousin Morrolan e'Drien as personal heroes.
Typically for a noble of a high House, once she has determined that an action is correct within her code, she holds her own survival irrelevant. Although she'll choose a plan with a chance of survival over one with no chance, she holds this to be the smallest possible consideration.
When we meet her, she's often annoyed by something or someone.
- See also Meta:Aliera e'Kieron.
Aliera e'Kieron was born approximately five hundred years before the Interregnum.
We know little of her early childhood or education, except that it included training in the arts of Elder Sorcery, in addition to fostering a deep respect in her for her father, Adron e'Kieron. Presumably, she was raised at Redface, in the duchy of Eastmanswatch, her father's demesne, but this is not certain.
Her arrival at court in the last days of the reign of Tortaalik did not help the impending crisis, and disrupted the court, especially the attention of prime minister Jurabin and the consort Noima. A jealous Noima pressured Tortaalik into searching Aliera's guest room for items of pre-empire sorcery. This insult forced her and Adron to demand apologies from the empire, and Tortaalik's refusal led to both of them declaring themselves rebels. Aliera was arrested by Khaavren for assisting the escape of Mario after his first unsuccessful attempt at regicide. It was during this escape that she and Mario first expressed a romantic interest in one another.
Aliera was in the company of the Emperor later when Mario was finally successful in his second assassination attempt. It was only due to the timely intervention of Sethra Lavode and her outstanding abilities with teleportation that saved Aliera from destruction during Adron's Disaster, though her soul was wrenched from her physical body during the process.
In the book Taltos, Sethra Lavode and Morrolan e'Drien, Aliera's cousin (on her father's side), discovered her whereabouts and enlisted the aid of Vlad Taltos to recover the staff from Loraan, as Loraan's magical defenses ignored Easterners. The other desirable feature of Vlad's Easternness was that he could take the staff to the Paths of the Dead to resurrect Aliera, possibly without becoming trapped there as a Dragaeran would. The plan succeeds though not without serious complication, and Verra herself regenerates Aliera's body and reunites it with her soul, and allows her to leave the Paths. Before leaving the Paths, Aliera meets her ancestor, Kieron the Conqueror, and takes his sword out with her.
One of Morrolan's reasons for wishing to rescue Aliera was that she had a better claim to the title of Dragon Heir than he, and he would rather be Warlord than emperor. Aliera felt likewise and, shortly after being confirmed by the Dragon Council as Heir, started seeking out a more qualified candidate. In Yendi, she found Norathar e'Lanya, who had been falsely accused of bastardy and thus disqualified as a baby, and helped her be reinstated.
Aliera later participated in the assassination of a particularly nasty and manipulative Jhereg named Mellar. This was accomplished, in part, by allowing Mellar to kill her with a pair of Morganti daggers. Her soul was saved only due to the fact that she carried Pathfinder, which protected her.
When Vlad was imprisoned on Greenaere, Aliera was among the party that went to rescue him, using her skills with Pre-Empire Sorcery to effect his escape. Later, she also helped Vlad broker a truce with the king of Greenaere to end the War of 243.
A few years after this, Aliera was abducted (along with her cousin Morrolan) by the Jenoine, during their attempt to tap amorphia from the Lesser Sea of Chaos. With the help of Vlad and her mother Verra, they escaped from the prison of the Jenoine, and then aided the gods in foiling their plans to steal amorphia. Aliera then became marginally involved in enlisting the help of Vlad to aid Cawti her attempts to drive the Left Hand of the Jhereg out of South Adrilankha, although she would likely never admit to this.
Four years later, she was arrested for practising Elder Sorcery, a long-open secret. This was an apparently politically-motivated charge which neither she nor her friends Morrolan and Sethra were willing to fight. The otherwise-inevitable death sentence was prevented by the intervention of Vlad.
[Spoiler:] At some point, Aliera allows her mother, Verra, to set her up on an unusual date with the only man she has ever considered a worthy sire for her child, and so defies time, space, and plane to conceive her daughter Devera.
Aliera is the reincarnation of one of the founders of the empire, whose brothers were Kieron and Dolivar, who has been reincarnated as Vlad Taltos. She has undergone regression with Sethra Lavode to recall her past life, and she recognizes Vlad as well.
Her title, announced in Five Hundred Years After, is "Countess of Limterak", although it is not mentioned in Vlad's time if she still holds this title.
- See also Speculation:Aliera e'Kieron.
- Kieron (ancient ancestor, her brother in a former life and love interest)
- Adron e'Kieron (father)
- Morrolan e'Drien (cousin)
- Rollondar e'Drien (uncle)
- Dolivar (brother in a former life)
- Verra (mother)
- Devera (daughter)
- Mario (love interest)
"How does genetic heritage interact with reincarnation of the soul? Oddly."
"I was afraid Daddy would cause trouble sooner or later."