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 //In the comic: [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​kale/​|Kale Romarin]]// //In the comic: [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​kale/​|Kale Romarin]]//
  
-Translator. Cranky and sarcastic. Prefers ​to be left alone. Killed some people, under circumstances he doesn'​t like to talk about.+**Kale** is a Ceannic/​Sønska translator, a sarcastic ​grouch who wants to be left alone, and a corporate-cult survivor who still has a whole lot of trauma to unpack. Born and raised in Montmere, a city in [[Ceannis]] on the border of the Mountains; now living in Central. Killed some people, under circumstances he doesn'​t like to talk about. ​
  
-He has a soulbond with his dog, [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​niamh/​|Niamh]], to help with hallucinations; ​and government-mandated therapy to help with everything else. Not really optimistic that he deserves a redemption arcbut he'​s ​at least doing the work.+Kale's freedom is carefully-supervised and has a lot of conditionsincluding government-mandated therapy, at the same clinic where [[Thorn]] goes for PTSD treatment. His apartment is also on the first floor of Thorn'​s building, and as circumstances keep throwing them together, he'​s ​been making friends with Thorn in spite of himself.
  
-Kale's apartment is on the first floor of [[Thorn]]'​s ​building, and as circumstances keep throwing them together, he'​s ​been making friends with Thorn in spite of himself.+He has a brain condition that causes mild visual hallucinations -- nothing dangerous or distressing,​ just inconvenient. He also has prosthetic spelltech eyes; these are unrelated to the hallucinations,​ which he'​s ​had since childhood, and can still see when his eyes are out. 
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 +Has a therapeutic soulbond with his dogNiamh, to help with all of the above. Not really optimistic that he deserves a redemption arc, but he'​s ​at least doing the work.
  
 "Kale Romarin"​ is a witness-protection alias. "​Kale"​ because it sounds close to his birth name; "​Romarin"​ in honor of [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​the-commitment-26-40/​|anti-cult activist Peony Romarin]]. "Kale Romarin"​ is a witness-protection alias. "​Kale"​ because it sounds close to his birth name; "​Romarin"​ in honor of [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​the-commitment-26-40/​|anti-cult activist Peony Romarin]].
  
-  * **Ethnicity**:​ Aibrean +**Ethnicity**:​ Aibrean ​\\ 
-  ​* ​**Age** (first appearance):​ 32 +**Age** (first appearance):​ 32 \\ 
-  * **Likes**: Sunglasses, long sleeves, his dog, Thorn, liver and bacon (moreso post-dog-soulbond) +**Languages**: [[languages#​Ceannic]][[[languages#​Sønska]] ​
-  * **Dislikes**:​ Crushing on people who are taken, feeling helplessgeneral human interaction+
  
-== Major appearances ==+**Likes**: Sunglasses, long sleeves, his dog, Thorn, liver and bacon (moreso post-dog-soulbond),​ imported Sønska goods 
 + 
 +**Dislikes**:​ Feeling helpless, having to navigate general human interaction,​ Northwind Prismaceuticals,​ crushing on people who are taken 
 + 
 +**Special skills**: Healing magic, telepathy and mind-altering magic, fluent bilingual translation,​ crushing on people who are taken 
 + 
 +==== Major appearances ​==== 
 + 
 +== Volumes 1-2 ==
  
   * **Debut**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​performance-review-1018/​|Performance Review 10/18]]   * **Debut**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​performance-review-1018/​|Performance Review 10/18]]
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-02/​summer-sunshine/​|Summer Sunshine]]: asks Thorn to help with a potential danger; admits he has hallucinations;​ gets taken home by the [[knights#​Woman in Black]]   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-02/​summer-sunshine/​|Summer Sunshine]]: asks Thorn to help with a potential danger; admits he has hallucinations;​ gets taken home by the [[knights#​Woman in Black]]
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 +== Volume 3 ==
 +
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-03/​24-the-show-must-grow-on-overture/​|The Show Must Grow On (Act II)]]: ​ when //​Leachtric//​ gets interrupted by vines, goes upstairs to find Thorn; reveals that he's a magical boy wearing power-blocking bracelets, and asks Thorn to cut half of them so he can stop the threat; interrupted by the Woman in Black, who tells them it's safe to wait for the rescue by [[mages#​Laurel Cerise]]   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-03/​24-the-show-must-grow-on-overture/​|The Show Must Grow On (Act II)]]: ​ when //​Leachtric//​ gets interrupted by vines, goes upstairs to find Thorn; reveals that he's a magical boy wearing power-blocking bracelets, and asks Thorn to cut half of them so he can stop the threat; interrupted by the Woman in Black, who tells them it's safe to wait for the rescue by [[mages#​Laurel Cerise]]
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-03/​29-a-night-to-remember/​|A Night to Remember]]: visits Thorn to compare notes about what they remember from the opera; realizes Thorn is more perceptive than he thought; takes out his prosthetic eyes so Thorn will figure out his identity   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-03/​29-a-night-to-remember/​|A Night to Remember]]: visits Thorn to compare notes about what they remember from the opera; realizes Thorn is more perceptive than he thought; takes out his prosthetic eyes so Thorn will figure out his identity
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 +== Volume 4 ==
 +
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​36-somethings-cooking/​|Something'​s Cooking]]: watches Thorn'​s oven while Thorn takes [[sonska characters#​Elisa]] home   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​36-somethings-cooking/​|Something'​s Cooking]]: watches Thorn'​s oven while Thorn takes [[sonska characters#​Elisa]] home
-  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​40-kudzu-roots/​|Kudzu Roots]]: after a discussion with his therapist, makes notes on his backstory and reveals it to Thorn, including his raising of [[ceannic characters#​Calyx Carvi]], work for Northwind Prismaceuticals,​ and friendship with [[ceannic characters#Hermosa Zikos]]+  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​40-kudzu-roots/​|Kudzu Roots]]: after a discussion with his therapist, makes notes on his backstory and reveals it to Thorn, including his raising of [[ceannic characters#​Calyx Carvi]], work for Northwind Prismaceuticals,​ and friendship with [[team relatives#Hermosa Zikos]]
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​41-family-deserts/​|Family Deserts]]: helps Thorn escort [[team relatives#​Hawthorn Lavande]] home; gets an example of how normal people feel about mind-control   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​41-family-deserts/​|Family Deserts]]: helps Thorn escort [[team relatives#​Hawthorn Lavande]] home; gets an example of how normal people feel about mind-control
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​43-plus-ones/​|Plus Ones]]: bonds with [[Leif]] at the party; escorted out at knifepoint by [[knights#​Agent D10]]   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​43-plus-ones/​|Plus Ones]]: bonds with [[Leif]] at the party; escorted out at knifepoint by [[knights#​Agent D10]]
-  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​44-through-lights-and-shadows/​|Through Lights and Shadows]]: accepts his imminent death, until Thorn prompts him to cut his own bracelets; ​heals himself while stuck mid-transformation+  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​44-through-lights-and-shadows/​|Through Lights and Shadows]]: accepts his imminent death, until Thorn prompts him to cut (half of) his own bracelets; ​gets stuck mid-transformation, but has enough power to send touch-telepathy and heal himself; shares some backstory; a response team shows up and re-bracelets him, but determines he wasn't at fault 
 +  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-04/​45-call-and-answer/​|Call and Answer]]: decompresses after the murder attempt, under guard, while the response team goes after Agent D10
  
-==Alternate ​Universes==+== Volume 5 == 
 + 
 +  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-05/​kale-in-lockdown/​|Kale in Lockdown]]: follows an order to stay in his apartment while Agent D10 is still at large; has remote chats with Leif, Thorn, and his therapist; struggles with depression 
 +  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-05/​53-borrowing-trouble/​|Borrowing Trouble]]: accepts a visit from Thorn; concludes that he //could// disable Leif's microchip, if his bracelets were cut again, but it's not an emergency worth the risk; asks Thorn to get him some imported cookies 
 + 
 +== Alternate ​universes ​==
   * **AU**: Magical Thorn: new student who befriends Thorn under his secret identity, while fighting him and his teammates as a magical boy   * **AU**: Magical Thorn: new student who befriends Thorn under his secret identity, while fighting him and his teammates as a magical boy
   * **AU**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​sundays/​alternate-universes/​au-in-space/​|In SPACE!]]: still in prison; temporarily cellmates with Leif   * **AU**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​sundays/​alternate-universes/​au-in-space/​|In SPACE!]]: still in prison; temporarily cellmates with Leif
 +
 +==== Relationships ====
 +
 +(For the relationships Kale had pre-name-change,​ scroll down.)
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 +Kale's current residence in Central was ordered by **[[mages#​Acai]]**. He's currently monitored by a team of people, including a primary magical handler (**[[mages#​Goldenrod Dinya]]**), a **[[https://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​therapist/​|therapist]]**,​ and the **[[knights#​Woman in Black]]**.
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 +He slowly and awkwardly makes friends with **[[Thorn]]**. It develops a side of more-intense feelings he's trying to suppress, though it's tough, especially when Thorn does things like "save his life" and "take the sordid backstory in stride"​ and "​physically pin him on a couch."​
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 +At first, Kale only encounters **[[Leif]]** when Leif and Thorn are together, and is wary about Leif's situation at first, since he's familiar with the treatment of servants of the Sønska companies in Montmere. Eventually Kale gets Leif's contact information,​ and they start having friendly conversations over text.
  
  
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 ==Alternate universes== ==Alternate universes==
-  * **AU**: Magical Thorn: Kudzu'​s talking-animal confidante+  * **AU**: ​[[Alternate Universes#Magical Thorn]]: Kudzu'​s talking-animal confidante
   * **AU**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​sundays/​alternate-universes/​au-in-space/​|In SPACE!]]: A counselor ​ for Kale and member of an alien species that can see through the fourth wall   * **AU**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​sundays/​alternate-universes/​au-in-space/​|In SPACE!]]: A counselor ​ for Kale and member of an alien species that can see through the fourth wall
  
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 //In the comic: [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​kudzu/​|Kudzu Carvi]]// //In the comic: [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​character/​kudzu/​|Kudzu Carvi]]//
  
-Dark magical boy who "got all murder-y up in the northeast"​ until he was dealt with by the Romarin administration. Also a primary antagonist in [[Alternate Universes#​Magical Thorn]]. [[http://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​saturday-sketchbook-ill-let-you-whip-me-if-i-misbehave/​|Transformation theme is "​Sexyback"​]].+Dark magical boy who "got all murder-y up in the northeast"​ until he was dealt with by the Romarin administration.
  
-His extended backstory is detailed ​in [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/volume-4/40-kudzu-roots/​|Kudzu ​Roots]].+He was [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-19-35/​|the mind-control "​fixer"​]] for Northwind Prismaceuticals,​ a medical spelltech company which had serious problem with [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-6-35/​|industry manipulation]] in general.  
 + 
 +The company was headquartered ​in Montmere, where it cultivated a culture of [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/kudzu-roots-8-35/|not trusting any non-Northwind medical treatment]]. Kudzu himself had excellent self-taught healing magic, but was steered into using his powers for things like [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-17-35/|erasing patients'​ doubts about Northwind treatments]] instead. 
 + 
 +This all worked out great for Northwind executives, until they ordered ​Kudzu to [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​through-lights-and-shadows-22-39/​|shred the mind of someone he cared about]]. That one backfired. [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-27-35/​|Spectacularly]]. 
 + 
 +Kudzu originally [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-11-35/​|tested positive for magical potential]] in elementary school, but was advised not to pursue it because of the hallucinations. Those turned out to be not a problem at all.
  
   * **Domain**: Stars (based in Fire)   * **Domain**: Stars (based in Fire)
-  * **Ethnicity**: ​???+  * **Ethnicity**: ​Aibrean
   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-12-35/​|Transformation sequence]]   * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-12-35/​|Transformation sequence]]
  
 +== Major appearances ==
 +  * **Debut**: [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​campaign-season/​|Campaign Season]]
 +  * [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​storyline/​volume-4/​40-kudzu-roots/​|Kudzu Roots]]: details of his extended backstory
 +  * **AU**: [[Alternate Universes#​Magical Thorn]]: Primary antagonist, and Thorn'​s unassuming classmate
 +
 +== Relationships ==
 +
 +Kudzu and his **older sister** were raised in Montmere by two of their **[[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-10-35/​|grandfathers]]**. It was a stressful childhood, not because any of them were abusive or uncaring, but because their household had a lot of combined health issues and not enough support to go around: anything not treatable by a Northwind product was left untreated.
 +
 +In his late teens, Kudzu'​s nibling **[[ceannic characters#​Calyx Carvi]]** was born, and Kudzu'​s fear over Calyx'​s health issues pushed him into a spontaneous first transformation. Later, Kudzu became Calyx'​s legal guardian, and was an adoring and protective uncle right up until Calyx succumbed to their medical problems.
 +
 +**Northwind executives** were originally afraid of Kudzu, but when [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-16-35/​|trying to have him killed didn't work]], they settled for manipulating him into serving their interests instead. They were still wary enough to invest in high-powered mental shielding tech for themselves.
  
 +Kudzu became friends with (and then developed a crush on) **[[team relatives#​Hermosa Zikos]]**, the vet for Calyx'​s pet rabbit. Hermosa cultivated the friendship, because he was an undercover agent sent to investigate Northwind, but concluded Kudzu was a genuinely nice person who was being manipulated by the higher-ups. The reveal of Hermosa'​s spying gave Kudzu enough of an emotional shock that it led into [[https://​leifandthorn.com/​comic/​kudzu-roots-25-35/​|his final power-up transformation]].
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