Franz Faust (birth name Franziska Helena Faust) is a Half-Arkn who obsessively researches the culture of the Arkn and the Dekn. He is the descendant of Gavreel Irinith, the Arkn Prince of Avantas'tol. He is willing to attain knowledge of the Arkn and Dekn cultures at any cost, leaving him open to manipulation.
Faust was born from the union of the Arkn warrior Tabbris Irinith and a human artist by the name of Astrid Faust. He was raised alongside Tabbris for part of his life and grew up in Avantas'tol. After an incident with Sevar'khai where Sevar'khai wounded Faust badly, Tabbris made the decision to have Faust live with the woman who had birthed him for his own good. From there, Faust rarely saw Tabbris again and mainly was raised by his human mother, Astrid.
Faust developed into a wild young boy with an innate desire for conquest – a side effect of his bloodline – along with the temper tantrums it gave him. He spoke little to no English, and would often fly into a rage when his mother would not understand what he wanted.
This was solved when he met For'ende Elext, who served as a translator to him for several years. For'ende also tempered his stronger rages, and acted as his closest friend on Ersis.
Faust's father, Tabbris, had left him with an innate desire for knowledge which only grew further. Over the years, Faust began to compile an archive of Arkn and Dekn culture, if only to ease his homesickness.
At some point, he grew acquainted with Petrel Raverne.
A few years before the events of Staff of the Scholar, Franz learned how to summon Gavreel's Thorn; from there, he grew in his skill with Gavreel's Thorn until he was one of the most technically accomplished Half-Arkn in his city. By the time Staff of the Scholar begins, Faust is a far cry from a flimsy scholar, being a warrior and scholar beyond any Half-Arkn his age.
Franz Faust makes a blog in order to write down what he knows of Arkn and Dekn culture. Unbeknownst to him, Andras makes a channel and begins uploading Faust's private video diaries.
When Faust is informed of this, he flies into a rage. Andras begins tormenting him via strange coincidences and anonymous questions on his blog that continue to grow and grow. Faust eventually finds out that his tormentor is Andras. Faust is attacked by an assassin who he dispatches swiftly. Finally, Andras reveals his purpose for tormenting Faust so much and offers a deal to Faust; if Faust kidnaps Marchosias and Ryael to bring to Belial Casimir, then Andras will give Faust a pass to the famed Alunerium.
|“|| I’ve got myself fucked sideways, and I’ve entered into a bargain that will most likely get me maimed.
All for knowledge. Sometimes I wonder why I reach so far for what seems like an impossible prize.
Ah, but I can’t help myself, can I..? It’s always there. The mysteries, the unanswered nagging little questions. I hate leaving such questions unanswered.
|“||"I’ve the blood of angels in me, and I just got done beating a man so hard in my fury he is the sole possessor of a swollen ankle and a heavy limp."||”|
|“||The endless possibilities! Learning what was, the true creation of this world, the Endtimes, what came before... And the knowledge that could be gleaned from parts of past Arkn culture! Hethe take me, I’m practically shivering with excitement just thinking of the thought...||”|