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I am your rightful king, Silver-born for centuries. The only reason you're still breathing is because I can't burn the oxygen from this room.
— Cal to the Colonel
Tiberias Calore VII
Cal 03
  • King of Norta (rightful)
  • Flame of the North (rightful)
  • Prince of Norta (former)
  • General of the Shadow Legion (former)





October 31, 300 NE






Fire Manipulation






Silver Elite (former), Mare


Elara, Maven




Tiberias Calore VII, also known as Cal, is the eldest child of Tiberias VI and the heir to the throne of Norta. As a member of House Calore, he is a Burner and has the ability to manipulate fire.


Early years

Prince Tiberias, nicknamed "Cal", is the only child of King Tiberias Calore VI and Queen Coriane Jacos. Cal had three older siblings, all of whom died of miscarriages, until he was finally born as a happy and healthy child. His mother and uncle Julian Jacos loved him and gave him toys. However, when Cal was only a year old, his mother was murdered. Soon after, his father married Elara Merandus and together they had a son Maven, Cal's younger half brother.

In Summerton

A day before his Queenstrial, Cal leaves a bar in the Stilts and catches Mare Barrow in the act of stealing from him. Instead of arresting her, he gives her one tetrarch (followed by another) and gets her a job at the Hall of the Sun. The next morning, Cal appears with his family at the Queenstrial, where Mare discovers that he is actually a Prince of Norta. He is present when Tiberias and Elara inform Mare that she is no longer a Red, but a member of House Titanos. Elara and King Tiberias both choose Evangeline Samos beforehand. While Mare Barrow gets engaged to Prince Maven, Cal's younger half-brother.

Cal continuously helps Mare adjust with her new life, teaching her in their training and dancing. He has a neutral approach with the Reds, though he refuses to be the king who would plunge his country to a war. He is shown to be very competent and involved in warcraft, with maps and books about war sprawling across his room. He is extremely interested in military tactics and has the heart of a soldier.

During the Sun Shooting, he hunts down and successfully captures four members of the Scarlet Guard: Farley, Kilorn Warren, Ann Walsh, and Tristan. While Ptolemus Samos murders Tristan for threatening his sister's safety, Cal proceeds on torturing Farley while asking for more information. Farley gives him no answers, thus King Tiberias decides that the prisoners would remain in their cells. In the morning, however, it is revealed that the prisoners have escaped.

In Archeon

When Cal finds out Mare and Maven are working with the Scarlet Guard, he is heartbroken and distraught and takes them to the king for judgement. When Tiberias rules that both Maven and Mare are to be punished, Queen Elara takes hold of Tiberias and Cal, revealing hers and Maven's true intentions. Maven betrays Cal and Mare, while Elara controls Cal to behead his own father. The soldiers take Cal and Mare into prison, only to be executed in the Bowl of Bones the next day.

After a long and excruciating battle to save their lives, the Scarlet Guard rescues them before they are killed and Mare realizes that both Cal and her will stop at nothing to kill Maven.

With the Scarlet Guard

Distraught and displaced, Cal struggles to find his place in the Scarlet guard, who treat him as a prisoner and threat. Cal has no other option but to follow them around as his home, the silver palace, has strong indignation towards him thanks to the treacherous Maven.

Dragged away to one of Scarlet guard's safe havens, Cal is forced into a cell and getting treated with the tendency of anything but kindness and respect. Mare soon joins him and soon they escape the area (alongside some other companions; like Shade, Mare Barrow's brother who is Red with Silver abilities), to track down the newbloods in the list given to Mare by Julian Jacos.

Cal follows Mare, helps her find the newbloods while still figuring out which side he was on. They find refuge in Notch where all the newbloods are brought to and trained. Cal, being the good teacher he is, takes on training them. Especially the kids, since he loves them while Mare hates them.

Meanwhile, he decides to abdicate his position with Mare and the rest of gang but is convinced by Mare to stay as she states that he is important and she needs him. Things get hard when they attack a certain part of silver land, as Mare kills a few silvers which Cal objects on.

By the end of the book, they progress to save the thousands of kids being sent off to die at the hands of war but are caught by Maven. Cal tries to speak as Mare sacrifices herself to save him the rest of the newbloods and Scarlet guard, but the metal tightening against his neck chokes him and forbids him from saying anything further. This results in the capture of Mare.

King's Cage

In the beginning, Cal is desperate to save Mare and sends Nanny in to act as a spy for the Scarlet Guard. Sadly, Nanny is killed in the process. It is revealed later on in the book that he then consults his grandmother, Queen Anabel, to help Mare escape. When Mare finally escapes the palace, Samson controls his mind, attempting to use Cal to kill Mare and vice versa. With the help of Mare, they both kill him.

Once reunited in the airjet, Cal and Mare share a long embrace, never letting go of each other even while a healer tends to Mare's wounds. Cal tries to calm Mare down by holding her wrist. She flinches away, claiming that it reminds her of the manacles Maven placed on her arms, much to Cal's dismay.

Cal arrives to pick up Mare after her visit with her family. He fills Mare in with all that has happened while he drives them back for a debriefing. They attend the debriefing together. Cal listens to what Mare says about Maven, encouraging her to continue speaking. When she bursts out of the room, Cal follows her out, keeping her company.

From that day onward, Cal helps Mare train in the morning, usually going for a morning run. On one particular day, a thunderstorm hits while they run. Cal suggests that they head back but instead, they have sex in the forestry, hiding behind the shrubs.

They walk back to the hospital, meeting with Sara and Julian. He promptly leaves Mare to chat with them, leaving to clean up. He meets Mare later on, and they train before Ella assists Mare in training, Cal standing close by.

It is implied that they share a bed together in the barracks at Piedmont. Cal tells Mare of the constant nightmares that cloud his sleep, several of which remind him of killing his father, him trying to kill Mare and of his brother. He then confesses his love for Mare, with her sharing the same feelings for him, breaking their promise back in Tuck.

They have an intense spar in the training centre, which leads to both Mare and Cal being heavily injured.

Cal accepts the invite to become King of Norta, and after a fight with Mare in which the words "choose me" get thrown around, their relationship experiences serious damage.


Cal is a strong-willed individual, although quite complex and doesn't often let others know his feelings. He is often torn between knowing what is right and what he must do for his kingdom. Whilst he maintains a disinterested exterior, he is devoted to Mare Barrow since she's the only one who understands him. Cal became withdrawn after the murder of his father and Maven's betrayal. Cal is also kind, brave, and selfless. After Maven's betrayal, Cal is also filled with revenge on his brother and step-mother. Growing up, Cal often felt that nobody understood how he felt and his doubts about becoming king one day. However, Cal is known to "follow orders and not being able to make choices" by Maven.

Physical description

Cal is tall and muscular, with a physique that can be depicted by the one of a soldier. He has thick black hair, bronze eyes and pale skin. He has a crooked smile. Cal also has scars all over his body, which he refused to have healed by a skin healer because he wanted to keep them as trophies.

Abilities and skill

Fire Manipulation

Cal is a burner who can manipulate fire, but not create it. In order to utilize his ability at will, Cal must wear a metal bracelet that releases sparks, which he's able to turn into flames.

Resistance to Temperature

Due to his ability to manipulate fire, Cal has a constant body heat regardless of the ambient temperature of his whereabouts. Like all burners, Cal can comfortably withstand extreme heat or cold without being harmed. This resistance to temperature encompasses everything from handling molten metal to being unaffected by frigid winter winds.

Military Skills

Cal was trained as a young boy from his father, knowing that one day he would be king, to be able to think up great military tactics and have great general skills. This makes Cal a great general, but his lack of political skills is what made him a poor king. He used this ability to think up great battle plans, such as planning to take a team of all Silvers, disguise them as Reds, and throw them out on the battle field to surprise the Lakelanders.


Mare Barrow

During their first encounter, Cal seemingly becomes interested about Mare's way of living, as she steals for her family. Taking pity on her, Cal gives her a job in the Hall of the Sun so she could escape conscription. While in the Hall, he looks out for Mare, especially from his fiancée Evangeline Samos. The night before the Sun Shooting, Cal and Mare share a kiss, though Cal dutifully remains at the side of Evangeline throughout the whole event and upon returning to Archeon. In Glass Sword, Mare and Cal also share a kiss, and later in the book, even share a bed in Notch. In King's Cage, Cal was really upset that Mare was being held captive by his brother. When they first reunite, Cal has his mind controlled by Samson, who tries to get Cal and Mare to kill each other. Later when she's rescued, they resume their relationship, sharing plenty of kisses. They even have an intimate moment right before Farley gives birth. However, when Cal accepts the position of being the new king of Norta, it severely damages their relationship.


  • Calore is Italian and means warmth, heat, fervor and glow.
  • Cal likes to build things, which is a trait he inherited from his mother.
  • He is a trained pilot.
  • Cal has three older siblings that his mother miscarried.
  • He was a very happy and fat baby. According to Coriane, he was always smiling and laughing.
  • Cal loves children.
  • He's a very good teacher.
  • His mother gave him his nickname.
  • As a baby, Cal took apart his toys and smashed them back together incorrectly, much to his mother's delight.
  • The only reason why he lived through his mother's pregnancy was because she kept him a secret from everyone else. She also kept him out of her mind so that Elara wouldn't know about him.
  • Cal likes classic rock music.
  • Cal's birthday is on October 31st.
  • According to Victoria Aveyard, looks like Matthew Daddario.
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