Year 1749: Shekina's father died before she was born, victim of an assassination attempt against her mother in which he took the fatal blow. When she was born her mother was a broken hearted woman who focused soley upon her work as Empress and had little time for a child - even one that would be heir in the future.
Year 1759: Shekina's mother dies, the assassins are successful in their assaults this time around. Investigations point to a new rising "evil" in the desert bandits, named Melchior, who may be the monster behind both attacks. Either way, a ten year old Shekina ascends the throne as Empress. She is rushed through much of the things she needs to know, leaving no time for childhood fancies. She becomes a quick study of religion, rituals and politics - all via necessity.
Year 1763: Varna sneaks into the Royal Palace and seeks out the Empress in the gardens. He explains an intended assault by Melchior upon the kingdom, as well as the madman's "theory" about Varna, Shekina and himself being keys to some great power. She believes him and Varna vows to protect her there after, becomming one of her royal guards.
Year 1764: Melchior attacks in full force with demonic monsters at his beck and call as he lays siege to the capitol city. During the chaos Shekina struggles but her and her gaurds (including Varna) are overpowered. She is ultimately taken but plays dumb when Melchoir asks about Varna - despite knowing he was amoung the injured gaurds.
During her captivity she learns of Melchoir's plans for her, in specific. While she is, according to him, a part of this key he needs she is also something more: A way to take over the kingdom. He purposefully assassinated her family and left only a child of a girl on the throne so that he could marry her and gain control over a weak Empire. This reinforces her resolve to be a strong leader instead and to thwart Melchior no matter what.
Ultimately Varna arrives to free his Empress. The battle was not easy, Melchior came a heartbeat away from being able to unlock his “gate” with all three pieces gathered but with the fighting skills Varna possessed and the magic of the Empress defeated him. Seeing his corpse on the ground they both assumed he was dead and returned home.
Year 1772: Shekina realizes she is in love with Varna, and he is in love with her. However, when he approaches her about courting, she shoots him down because of his station and dubious racial background. Her status is as such that she cannot mar it with a relationship like that - particularly not after what Melchoir told her of his "plan" for her. She would never do anything to become that weak Empress he so desired.
Year 1778: Rumors are confirmed that Melchior is still alive and operating within the criminal underbelly of the Empire. He has gone from chief of the sand bandits to a mafia-esque “Shadow King”. Varna requests to leave the royal gaurd to chase the bastard down as a legally empowered soldier of the Empire. Not a fool, Shekina realizes the other half of his logic is based upon not wanting to be around her after being rejected, so she agrees.
Year 1808: Shekina is resting in her bedchambers when she is abducted quitely in the night by Melchior. Not on is he not dead, but it seems an old dog can learn new tricks since he's taken a page from Varna and gone the extreme stealth road.
This time, however, his plans are not to open his door with the three keys, nor to marry her, but instead to foster a new Empress he can control. This results in his using a ritual to force a child upon Shekina! Varna bursts in just as the ritual is completed, too late to stop it. Furious, Varna fights Melchior once again and this time it appears he's finally succeded in ending the man's life.
After all is said and done Shekina and Varna return home agian. She opts to keep the child, since it has done no evil.
Year 1820: Once more the rumors start of the existence of the “Shadow King”. While they cannot confirm it is actually Melchior, but she and Varna suspect it to be true given the last time the man died he sprung back to life from the ashes. This causes many to question if the Empress and her old gaurd aren’t LETTING the man escape each time and tarnishes their reputation severely. Shekina, of course, knows this is not true and makes public statements to the fact.
Year 1828: Melchior steals Shekina (again) and he runs after him with a team of people. They follow him into Aether and have a massive showdown which creschendos with Lel'Eyone (possessed by Archangel Mihkael) smiting Baali and Consena. Varna frees his queen and she talks with the aetherian army which comes in response to all the chaos. After they are introduced to the new nation.
Once the whole affair is done Shekina returns home to rule her people but Akasha and Varna stay in Aether to hunt Melchior.
Year 1830 - Year 1834: Six years pass and Varna and Akasha do not return home. Nearly mad with isolation and depression, she uses magic to insiminate her with Varna to have a child: Kaali. While she created the child in the year 1830, she finally brings it to Akasha and Varna's attention in 1834.
She brings it to Varna's attention because, before telling him, she also married him without him even being HOME. He is furious with her at first but comes to see just how broken she is without him. He caves and agrees to give up on Melchior and return home with her. Shekina throws political caution to the wind and marries Varna.
As for Akasha, she strips Akasha of her rights as heir, giving them to the younger sister who is "home" more.
Year 1841: Leila poisons Kaali as per Melchior's orders. Caught for her crime, Varna and Shekina have Leila purified of the demonic contract but then banish her from Phaira. The frenzied search for their daughter begins.
Year 1853: Shekina learns that Mikhail has emerged from within Lel's personality and taken over. She sets out to recruit people to help convince the angel to bring Lel back.
Year 1855: Melchior kills Akasha in a dark ritual to summon the Ocean Slada'sha.