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Are we caught up? Good! Now on to some character bios (with some beautiful, inspirational, art from various deviantArtists that has helped inspire my world).
Liena: She is a very powerful, very gifted mage with the potential to become a sorceress (I.e. capable of controlling raw elements and using nearly limitless power). A lack of interest in the classification more than a fear of corruption keeps her at her current level, despite the fact that a sorceress on the side of good is both rare and valuable. Her preference is to spend time in her favored library either reading or writing or even studying. A professional scholar by choice, she pays minimal attention to the goings-on of the world despite her role as heir to the throne of the Faerie Kingdom. Since faeries can live several thousand years of age, and she’s barely over two hundred, she knows she has plenty of time before she is forced to tip her toe into the swamp muck of politics. If she picks up a weapon, she is proficient with a sword and bow equally though she prefers to stay back and throw fireballs. She has a surprisingly long level of patience for the normally temperamental mage-types, and she will often be found munching on peppermints to restore her mana.
Ginger: No one really knows where this odd little creature came from. She showed up half-drowned on the Faerie Kingdom’s castle step, and Liena was given charge of her welfare. Once dried, fed, and caffeinated with coffee, the odd creature turned out to be an interesting hybrid of half-cat and half-dragon. Named Ginger because of her the color of her tabby coat, one could see her as either a cat with wings or a furry dragon. Upon realizing Liena was a sorceress-could-be and did not have a familiar, Ginger appointed herself into the spot and hasn’t budged since. She’s efficient enough in battle with an ability to breathe fire, but the cat side will kick in as well and divert her as she spots shiny things to play with. Snarky, pessimistic, and yet cuddly, this is one cat that would indeed take over the world if she only had opposable thumbs.
Dayna: An artist by trade and a brilliant swordswoman by profession. The sword pays more than the brush does, but they can be equally messy depending on the job. Half-elf and half-faerie, Dayna prefers to live in the cities belonging to the faeries since they are among the shorter of the races, and Dayna is usually forced to make up for her lack of stature with an abundance of caffeine. She’s the first to rush into battle, which isn’t so bad since she’s the one wearing armor. Don’t be mistaken if you don’t see a sword on this artist, though. That brush in her hair might just be there for more than show. She’s relatively neutral to events, all things considered, but once bribed with the promise of exotic coffees, she’s more than happy to offer her services to save the world. Despite her magical bloodlines, she’s somewhat limited in magical ability and her wings aren’t big enough to allow flight. On the other hand, her pointed ears can hear a pin drop in a forest—a surefire way to keep the party safe in hostile territory. Or a way to make her swat at invisible flies. It’s debatable.
Michela: She is a human, though more magically gifted than most of her race, and her desire to fix the ails of the world made her decision to focus on the healing arts a sound one. Though arguably younger than other companions with longer lives, she is technically the oldest when the relative length of a lifeline is considered. At 50, she has seen and done a lot for a human. She serves as the voice of reason quite frequently, and she and Liena share a mutual exasperation for their temperamental companions. While most healers are on the squishy side in battle, Michela carries a large mace and is not afraid to bludgeon anything clever enough to get past the frontlines. She traces a humble beginning in human towns, but her class and charm mean she can hold her own with even the snootiest of royal family members (be they belonging to Liena or Fiona).
Fiona: The princess of the human lands, and therefore she is the same rank as Liena. In contrary attitude to her best friend, Fiona quite revels in being the princess and runs more of the kingdom than her parents do (which they don’t mind). Then again, who would dare tell her no? This lovely, graceful princess happens to be one of the most proficient hand-to-hand fighters on Fantastica, and she doesn’t need a weapon to get a job done. She has VERY minimal magical skills, but, let’s face it, she doesn’t need them. Don’t be fooled into thinking she is all brawn and no brain, however. She has a cool, shrewd, analytical mind that allows her to process and evaluate various situations in about the same amount of time that it takes Dayna and Lila to hit full temperament. She is currently engaged to a monk from the Courage Clan on the far side of Fantastica, and the unification between her kingdom and the clan will help bring stability to her people. (And he’s cute.)
Lila: She belongs to the Elf people, and she is as nature-based as one might expect from those in line with the land and the trees. On the other hand, she possesses a ripe temper when provoked, and she’s quick to chuck fireballs at those who get on her bad side. A mage by profession, she is a skilled designer and seamstress by trade. From her enchanted Bottomless Bag (standard fare for all traveling types), she can produce any type of clothing needed. Ripped pants fighting an ogre? Done. Burned a tunic in a fireball duel? Got you covered. As an elf, Lila is exceptionally valuable in battle. Elves are among the best combatants in the world, though they do dislike ‘bathing in the blood of enemies’ in a literal sense. As soon as Lila hears about the conflicts brewing, she is quick to seek out Liena and offer her services. Two mages are always better than one, especially if she can finally convince Liena to evolve.
And lastly, a non-party member who is still an ally.
Grace: The queen of the Faerie Kingdom, and she has ruled solo for the last hundred years. Courters have come and gone since she was widowed, but she really has no desire to re-marry since she handles running things just fine by herself. At over a thousand in age, she barely looks older than her daughter. She is exasperated and vexed by her only child’s lack of interest in the political scene—she has to learn eventually—but she is more vexed by her decision to not embrace her true gifts. When trouble begins to stir and consume the lands of Fantastica, Grace is quick to mobilize the Alliance of Three between the three racial lands of the world in order to keep peace between the factions. Leaping at a chance to get her daughter out of the library, she tosses Liena out of the castle with only Ginger, a Bottomless Bag, and a supply of peppermints on hand in order to save the world. Grace isn’t worried about the outcome, however. Once Liena sets her mind to something, it gets done. Like mother, like daughter, as they say.
That’s the main role call, and next week I’ll take a look at the villains and maybe some more sub-characters. I shall leave you with one more item for the day: a comic drawn by the friend who was the inspiration for Dayna’s character! Yes, this scene will show up.
Who screamed? Well, we’ll find out soon enough. Stay tuned!