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Killian Lu
Race Human
Birthplace Arcavios
Lifetime Mending Era

Killian Lu is a human mage-student in his second year at the Silverquill College at Strixhaven University on Arcavios. He is called Killy by his friends.[1]


Killian has handsome features, a sharp jaw, and his immaculate midnight black hair might immediately draw the eye - not to mention the always-dashing monotone suit - but his implacable determination and work ethic have endeared him to both his peers and Strixhaven’s faculty. His Inkling is called Doco.[1]

Some might say that pressure is a direct result of having the Silverquill Dean, Embrose Lu,[2] as a father. A master poet, Embrose is reportedly a stern man who drives his son to graduate at the top of his class. Enacting rigid discipline and an ever-watchful eye to catch any of Killian’s mistakes, Embrose is quick to remind Killian of the lineage of inkmasters that comprise the Lu ancestry. Killian’s failures are his father’s failures - and that of the family, by extension. Weakness in any pursuit is simply not an option.


Killian trained in secret to address his shortcomings and only ever displayed detached professionalism for his fellow students and teachers. Whether due to his father’s constant vigil or his own desire to master both the light and dark elements of Silverquill’s trademark magic, Killian vowed to only ever make a mistake once. If only he didn’t find the light so difficult to embrace.[3][4]

Angry at being unfairly sentenced to Detention Bog by his father, Killian accidentally disrupted a resurrection spell of the dryad student Dina with a wayward bolt of ink magic.[5] The unwanted result of this coincidence was a colossal living swamp creature with a dark heart that started to destroy all living things and took off for Strixhaven as it was being lured by its magic energy. Working together, Killian and Dina managed to defeat the monster, but the Silverquill student was fatally injured. Sacrificing the last remains of the resurrection spell in her blood, and the hope of resurrecting her glade, Dina cured her newfound friend.

Driven by his father to become an eloquencer, using only black magic, Killian began to despair of being ever found worthy.[1] Tempted by a fellow student, who was an Oriq agent in disguise, he drank a potion that shut out his empathy and almost drove him into the hands of the secret mage organization. However, with the help of Doco he just in time learned to use white magic. He applied this knowledge immediately when he and his fellow students came under attack by mage hunters. By saving the day, he finally found the begrudging approval of his father.

Story appearances[]

Title Author Publishing date Set Setting (plane) Featuring
The Chains That Bind Reinhardt Suarez 2021-03-31 Strixhaven: School of Mages Arcavios Dina, Valentin, Lisette, Killian Lu, Liliana Vess
A Silent Voice Calls Marcus Terrell Smith 2021-04-30 Strixhaven: School of Mages Arcavios Killian Lu, Razineth, Fannessa Fjyorne, Shaile Talonrook, Quintorius Kand, Embrose Lu, Doco, Dina, Vickus

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