Aitrus was a prominent member in the D'ni society just before it's fall. His curiosity about the surface dwellers led to his friendship with Ti'ana, whom he later married and had a child (Gehn) with. This led to his estrangement with Veovis, who later caused the Fall of D'ni. Though he survived The Fall of D'ni, he eventually contracted a deadly virus and sacrificed his life to save Ti'ana and stop A'Gaeris. He is the main protagonist of The Book of Ti'ana.
The Life of Aitrus Edit
Aitrus grew up with a love of rocks and of the possibilities of life on the surface. It's for this reason he joins the Guild of Surveyors and eventually joins the expedition responsible for creating the Great Shaft (which is where the Book of Ti'ana starts). Though his team eventually breaks all the way to the surface, several deaths (and the near death of Veovis) cause The Council to reconsider it's usefulness and shut down the project mere days before contacting the surface. However, this strikes a friendship between him and Veovis, who bullied him as a child, and the two become best friends.
Several years later, Aitrus is now a member of The Council and is preparing to vote on whether or not to re-open the shaft. However, as The Council debate and talk, Anna manages to find D'ni and is immediately captured. While Veovis suggests that Anna is troublesome and will bring nothing but ill fortunes, Aitrus is intrigued and wishes to talk with her, but is forbidden to. After The Council interrogates her, Anna is sent to live with Aitrus' parents: Kahlis and Tasera. They introduce Anna to Aitrus and the two become fast friends, Aitrus even going so far as to teach her The Art.
However, Aitrus' friendship with Anna strains his friendship with Veovis, who dislikes change. Things escalade after Veovis disallows Anna from linking to his Korfah V'ja ceremony on Nidur Gemat, refusing to allow an outsider to link, and Aitrus takes this as a personal snub, leaving the ceremony as well. Veovis partly apologizes for this, but still refuses to allow her to link, which Aitrus challenges. Veovis later finds out about Anna learning The Art and confronts Aitrus, leading to an investigation by The Council which causes them to confiscate his books and expel Aitrus from The Council and his guild. However, after some investigation, Aitrus presents evidence to The Council and is reinstated, allowing Anna to learn to write.
After several months, Aitrus finds himself falling in love with Anna as they explore the Gemedet age they wrote together. After more investigation, he proposes to Anna and renames her Ti'ana (meaning teller of stories). As the two bring their news to The Council, all vote to accept it but one: Veovis. Aitrus confronts him and the two aruge before Aitrus calls in a favor, changing Veovis' vote at the cost of their friendship. Veovis tells Aitrus to never talk to him again.
Aitrus and Ti'ana later have a child, Gehn, who is plagued with health problems as a baby. However, most of D'ni cast Gehn off as a plague and tell Ti'ana that Gehn is better off dead, as his existence is an abomination. However, Gehn eventually kicks his health problems to Aitrus's delight.
Aitrus later receives a mystery message from A'Gaeris, which he first ignores but later investigates. A'Gaeris uses his ability to forge handwriting to fool Aitrus into believing that Veovis was responsible for two murders and presents him with a linking book to the bodies. Aitrus brings the evidence to Council, who expel Veovis and imprison him in a Prison age.
Later, Gehn joins the Guild of Books to his father's delight and, though he first hates it, is inspired to be more like Aitrus, who he begins to look up to as a role model. During Gehn's studies, Veovis breaks out of prison and bombs several of the ink wells in the Guild Hall. Aitrus has an emergency meeting and prompts Lord R'hira to investigate Veovis' prison age. Though skeptical, R'hira finds it empty and orders a search for him.
Meanwhile, Aitrus returns home to find Ti'ana missing. With no information, he races off to search for her, only to find no trace of her. However, just as he's searching his office, Veovis appears and tells him he has Ti'ana hostage. Aitrus panics and links after him to Ederat, where he is knocked out by Veovis and A'Gaeris to use as bait for Ti'ana (unaware she was already in the age). He is placed in a cage and Ti'ana attempts to save him, but is unable to pick the lock. After dealing with Veovis, Aitrus is rescued and awaits Veovis' trial.
Several months later, Veovis is sentenced to be beheaded for his crimes. However, Ti'ana stands up for him and he is instead transferred to a new prison age, whose linking book is soon burned to prevent anyone from entering it. Unfortunately, A'Gaeris infiltrates it first to free Veovis and at Gehn's graduation, start the events that led to the Fall of D'ni. Aitrus races to Gemedet, where he waits there several days before returning to D'ni to investigate.
While in D'ni, he finds the entire place ruined and eventually finds the entire Council dead from a virus. Unfortunately for him, he also contracts it and spends most of his energy mapping out the tunnels for Ti'ana, as well as hiding the Gemedet linking book. He returns to Gemedet where he collapses and remains asleep for several days. He breaks the news to Tasera and Ti'ana, which leads to Tasera's eventual death. However, Aitrus vows to save his wife and son and links them back to D'ni with them to show them the way.
Once there, he attempts to escape in a boat but hears the cries of Veovis, who is stabbed in the back by A'Gaeris. He runs off to investigate, which causes A'Gaeris to kidnap Gehn and Ti'ana. Veovis explains with his dying breath that he can save them by cutting them off and Aitrus links to K'veer, where the three were heading. He rewrites a linking book to become a death book and burns the remaining books, much to A'Gaeris's anger. A'Gaeris threatens Ti'ana, but grows shocked and angry as Aitrus links into the death book, causing the linking book to fall into the fire. A'Gaeris follows shortly after and the two die from the flowing lava. Ti'ana and Gehn are saddened by their loss, but return to the surface with the notes Aitrus left them.