He supported and encouraged the modernization of his kingdom even at the risk of defying the Proscriptions of Jwo-jeng, especially after he had become a member of the Brethren of Saint Zherneau and had learned the truth about humanity's ancient history. (BSRA)
After Merlin Athrawes saved the life of his son, Prince Cayleb, in the Year of God 890, the King appointed him as Cayleb's personal armsman and included him into his inner circle of advisors. It is implied that the King's membership in the Brethren, and close relationship with fellow Brethren member then-Bishop Maikel Staynair, caused him to recognize Merlin Athrawes as the "second string" of Pei Shan-wei's plan to rescue humanity as described in the Journal of Saint Zherneau.
When the united navies of Corisande, Emerald, Chisholm, and Dohlar moved against Charis on the order of the Church of God Awaiting, King Haarahld decided to meet them in battle on the open sea. During the ensuing Battle of Darcos Sound, his flagship, HMS Royal Charis, was boarded by Corisandian troops led by Admiral Black Water; during the brutal melee fighting that followed, most of the crew, as well as the king, was killed. Midshipman Hektor Aplyn was with him in his last moments.
Haarahld VII was buried in the Charisian capital city of Tellesberg. Cayleb II succeeded him on the throne. Merlin deeply regretted being unable to save the King's life, and vowed to not fail a second time in his responsibilities to Cayleb and Charis. (OAR)
King Haarahld's memory was held in high honor by the people of Charis. He was remembered as a just king, which helped his son in establishing a strong enough position for himself to found the Charisian Empire. (BSRA)
- ↑ Like most monarchs of Charis before him.