|Thomas Vincentius Draconius|
|Birthplace||Illikon, Northwestern Empire|
|Eyes||Green and yellow|
|Parents||Sir Alistair Drake and unknown mother; foster parents Warren and Corianna Drake|
|Significant Other||Elektra, Severina Kallistos, numerous other women|
|Other Family||Anne, Cristina, Cassandra (all sisters)|
|Pet||Black stallion ("Ghost")|
|First Appearance||The Legend of the Five|
Sir Tom Drake is the protagonist of The Prophecy of the Six. An Achaean knight of Illikon with an infamous reputation, Drake leads a mostly ordinary life, unaware of the dark destiny that awaits him: a destiny that will threaten to tear apart worlds both mortal and immortal.
Early life Edit
Tom Drake was born the bastard son of Sir Alistair Drake and a barbarian woman he met on a campaign into Northrim. He was returned to Illikon as an infant, raised in an orphanage until around age seven, at which point he ran away and began living on his own in the city streets. He scraped by using his agility and cunning, often stealing to survive, and he became adept at evading those who might seek to catch him. He was at last taken in by Lord Warren Drake, patron of House Drake, who was technically Tom's uncle. Warren kept him first as a mere servant boy to run errands, but Tom soon became Warren's page, and then his squire, much to the chagrin of other nobles. When Warren began training the boy and saw his talent for battle, he adopted Tom as the only son and youngest child of the Draconius family. This raised a controversy that has never truly faded, what with Drake's extreme lack of noble blood, as well as his spitfire personality and rebellious nature that persist even today. Unlike most squires, Drake was knighted when he was younger than twenty-one, causing further controversy.
Tall, with broad shoulders, a lean but muscular and toned physique, and a very handsome face to match, Drake makes an excellent ‘knight in shining armor’ – at least in the physical sense. He has an aquiline nose, high cheekbones, and dark, low-set eyebrows that accentuate his slim eyes. His dark brown hair is short-cropped and spiked back, and his eyes are bright green with distinct yellow about his pupils. A deep scar is cut into his left forehead, extending upwards a short ways to interrupt his hairline.
Armor and WeaponsEdit
Tom's combat armor shows off his physique, as it is modeled after that of an ancient Achaean hoplite: his breastplate is sleeveless and form-fitting, bearing the design of a muscular chest, as well as the golden Imperial crown flanked by a pair of his blood red heraldic dragons. He is rarely seen without his dual, matching swords sheathed in an X across his back, and he always wears his amulet and ring. His ring is a steel band inlaid with obsidian, and his amulet is a small, silver heraldic dragon, which he wears upon a leather cord about his neck.
Chaotic at heart and with a dislike for most governments and rules, Drake is wildly unpredictable, and he frequently disobeys his superiors since he believes that his own methods work best. He holds little loyalty toward the Empire as a whole, but he is fiercely protective of both Illikon and the few people he calls friends. Drake has earned an infamous reputation among his fellow nobles for many reasons, as they call him - among other things - cocky, smart-mouthed, rebellious, disrespectful, extremely temperamental, persistently wise-cracking, and a "filthy street-rat bastard." Although Tom believes in honor and is quick to help those who cannot help themselves, his haughty and impudent personality make it very difficult for him to truly uphold the code of chivalry. Not only does he have a quick wit, the ability to find humor in even the most dangerous or absurd situations, and even a habit of talking to himself and thinking aloud, but his sarcastic wisecracking and taunting persist even while in battle. This, in addition to his temper so volatile that he frequently becomes dangerously violent, has made some come to think of him as vicious toward his enemies. However, underneath all this sarcasm and rebelliousness, Drake is a good person who - more often than not - is out to do the right thing... even if he is very adept at getting into things over his head.
Although Tom is the illegitimate son of a Draconius and a barbarian woman, he has been fully adopted into the Draconius family as the heir of the house, and thus has taken up their last name and heraldry. The Draconius heraldic animal is a segreant red dragon: a dragon standing on its hind legs with both forelegs raised and its wings spread behind it. Their heraldic colors are red, gold, and white. Tom displays the heraldry of the Drake family with pride on all his suits of armor. His jousting armor in particular is covered in dragon designs, and his helm is modeled after a dragon head. Last but not least, he always wears a small, silver amulet of his family's heraldic dragon. His family supposedly bears a true draconic lineage, and this is an idea that Tom carries with pride.
The following is a list of stories in which Tom Drake has made an appearance.