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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2008, 03:09:26 AM »

Hmm, I'm afraid not. I'm not too sure though, so I'll ask around for you :)
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2008, 05:06:38 AM »

Updated with all of your changes, Simonne! In teal where I've updated already-oranged updates. :)

Ready for round three of comments!
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2008, 05:28:36 AM »

Hmm, I'm afraid not. I'm not too sure though, so I'll ask around for you :)

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What the Brownies receive in exchange for their labour is unclear; we might guess at something as simple as the raw metal they require, or payment in refined gold and gems which can be exchanged through the human/brownie markets, but we cannot inform you in detail.

I found this in a development article about the Singspeakers... is it possible Issalei could have traded her Brownie coins with a human trader for gems once she left the Vale? Those would be much more easily transported for a small thing like her.
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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2008, 05:06:37 PM »

Hello again!

Well, yes, Rookie uses gems as portable coinage.  Brownie Beads are also used by some as currency, although they only have a really fixed value in Milkengrad.
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2008, 10:49:20 PM »

Thanks again, Rookie! I've updated the CD to reflect that.

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« Reply #20 on: May 29, 2008, 02:54:08 AM »

Name: Issalei Farsight

Gender: Female

Age: 30

Race: Llaoihrr Brownie

Tribe: Llaoihrr Brownie, Skydiver Clan

Height: 14 nailsbreadth high

Weight: Slightly less than 1 od

Eye color: Mist Grey

Hair color: Slate Grey

Occupation: Reconnaissance Scout

Title: The Far-Sighted

Overview: Issalei Farsight is a stoic Vale Brownie of the Skydiver Clan. She takes her job defending the Vale with utmost seriousness, often to the preclusion of everything else in her life with the notable exceptions of superbly brewed ale and her pride at stake in a Game of Four Houses. Why ale?  Although I suppose the Brownies might trade for it, it's not a common drink in the Vale.  They have Auhu'o Spiced Mead and "Rroi uhLL", a kind of low alcoholic wine made from fruits.  So feel free to have her love ale, just know that it's not very common ;) In that order. Recently her mother, her hero, her only unfailing confidante, vanished from the Vale. Issalei has vowed not to rest until she discovers the fate of Pyrra Bluebark.

Appearance: Issalei was born to a rather dark, could-pass-for-Ebony-in-the-right-light-if-you-weren't-looking-closely Greybark father and a Bluebark mother. Their daughter emerged from the womb a Greybark, but much lighter than her father. Her general skin tone is something akin to wet slate. She doesn't have to try very hard to be pretty, with her refined features, paler grey eyes and long, thick hair; a detriment when she strives only to be taken seriously at her work. Her figure is trim and sleek from long hours astride her mount and hard training with her clan mates. She measures at a very average 14 nailsbreadth.

Issalei wears her hair back for utility's sake; braids on either side of her head keep stray wisps tame and are then pulled back into a long tail on the back of her head. The only adornment she adds is a cluster of rich black feathers shed from her mount's wings, tied into the hair. Like most things to the Brownies, she believes they contain part of her mount's spirit and she feels that wearing them strengthens her bond to Twillee.

Clothing: Issalei believes that dressing well is a mark of respect towards her clan and profession and is rarely found looking anything but impeccable and with a care to her surroundings. If she is scouting at dusk, twilight or night-time, she wears greys and blacks. During the daytime, greens and browns grace her figure. Other times, she simply prefers unassuming black. Her wardrobe largely consists of soft, fitted mouse-skin leggings and tunics and tall boots. For warmth, she has a number of well-fashioned thick cloaks and overcoats. Unfortunately she was only able to take what she and Twillee could carry and most of her wardrobe was abandoned. She now has a change of tunic and breeches aside from the pair she is wearing, her most durable tall boots and a well-lined long coat og black-dyed mouse fur which helps keep her warm, serves as a bedroll on warmer nights and helps her blend in better with Twillee during flight.

The only jewellery she wears with regularity is a thin chain around her neck which has another smaller feather, a shard of Twillee's egg fashioned carefully into the shape of a bird and some other small pendants. Where did she get this?  Metal is not common or cheap.  Again, not to say she can't have it, just that it's going to be expensive and have to be traded from somewhere or inherited.

Personality: Issalei is a strong-minded woman with imperturbable patriotism to her clan and her people. Her whimsical, quixotic father was a fleeting presence in her life growing up which made Issalei even more determined to find stability and a sense of unconditional belonging. Her ability to remain steadfastly dedicated to being the best at what she does in the defence of the Vale relies heavily on the sense of camaraderie and loyalty she has with her clan mates. Immediately following her mother's dissappearance, this ability was sorely tested. Issalei found herself wholly conflicted and no small bit frightened over her own sudden lack of regard for her work and her clan mates with the all-consuming task of tracking down the only other person she would give her life for.

Over the course of her apprenticeship she has proven herself willing to step up to many a difficult situation, regardless of whether it is dangerous or frightening. Issalei could make a fine military leader someday, but her ties to her community seemed less important in the face of discovering what happened. The only twinge she felt upon leaving the Vale was regret that she wasn't more sorrowful to be turning her back on her whole life.

In general public, Issalei is a quiet, introspective presence who prefers to be observant rather than participatory. Outside her clan and now outside the Vale, she is often mistaken for pensive and aloof, a misjudgement she does little to correct. In the company of her fellow Skydivers, though, she is a completely different woman. When the day's work is completed and Twillee is taken care of, she enjoys relaxing to a pint or two with her comrades and has some talent for the Game of Four Houses. Not so anymore. If she stops on her journey, it is only to sleep and eat, and even those things she has found herself doing mid-flight.

As with most riders and their mounts, Issalei's deepest loyalty is to Twillee. She has been the captive-bred Corbie's keeper since the day she hatched and their deep, symbiotic bond reflects that. Having Twillee with her is possibly the only thing saving Issalei from becoming completely consumed by her quest.

Strengths:


Her personal merits aside, many of Issalei's most prominent strengths stem from and are dependant upon her partnership with Twillee. They truly are better together than they are apart. Issalei has very keen eyesight in all but the lowest of light. Combined with Twillee's own exceptional vision, carrion-bird senses and both of their naturally dark colorings, the pair make excellent low-light, inclement weather and night-time scouts.


Corbies are notoriously fast and agile in the air, performing acrobatics at breakneck speeds, and Twillee is no exception. Issalei and Twillee use this to its utmost ability in aerial combat, often gaining an advantage over larger, less manoeuvrable opponents. Land-locked combatants find it hard to aim accurately at the fast-moving pair. In battle, they are often assigned as diversionary fliers as keeping herself mounted with only a hand strap at that speed precludes the ability to fire weaponry.

Despite Twillee's fine training, Issalei must work twice as hard at keeping the Corbie focussed in aerial combat situations simply because she is not a bird of prey like many of the trained raptors in the militia's company. The pair train hard and often to strengthen and hone the applicable predatory instincts in Twillee that come naturally to many of the other pairs.


From a young age, Issalei proved herself quite bright. She learns extremely quickly and has a very sharp memory. Being detail-oriented by personality, this skill makes Issalei an ideal reconnaissance flyer, able to commit to memory many things at once. Issalei also has a very good ear for languages and is passably fluent in Tharian. This has helped her enormously since leaving the Vale.


Issalei has some skill in card games and games of chance and, if applied prudently, may be able to win money for herself here and there while on the road.


Issalei's size can serve as an advantage to her at times; she requires far less food than a larger person and is able to subsist on a wider variety of game (ie: mouse). It also allows her a degree of stealth which, when paired with her honed scouting/reconnaissance abilities, serve her well when she'd rather not be noticed.


Although it is generally only useful against people her own size or slightly larger, Issalei is trained to fight and is better than average at it.


While she never showed aptitude for typical Brownie weapons in her early training, necessity has renewed her need to be able to defend herself out in the world so she has been making use of a slingshot she managed to fashion herself. It is an ideal weapon for the currently nomadic woman as ammunition is readily available in the form of pebbles and needn't be stored up and carried on her person.


Issalei can sew well enough to patch her clothes and repair Twillee's harness.

Weaknesses:


As most Brownies eventually discover, their size is of considerable detriment to them when dealing with people outside the Vale. Issalei, in the short time since venturing outside her home territory, has been mistaken for both food and sport, and has considered the merits of hiring someone skilled in magic (or failing that, a torture rack) to stretch out her height just a little.


In light of her mother's dissappearance, Issalei has become less rational and definitely less predictable than your average person. She used to be very even-keeled and thought things out with admirable clarity but these days she is more likely to act rashly without a lick of thought towards the consequences. Out in the world where her global naivete already puts her at disadvantage, this could lead to unfortunate ends.


Issalei may be fluent enough in Tharian, but her speech is heavily accented. As such, she is often-times hard to make out when you add to the mix that her voice, even at a yell, is much smaller than the people she is dealing with. To make matters worse, Issalei is a naturally quiet speaker so this can lead to misunderstandings and awkward situations.


Issalei has no knowledge of growing or tending food, and not terribly much skill hunting so she must rely largely on Twillee's scavenging ability, foraging and what she can purchase to feed herself and Twillee. This is very strange for a Brownie.  Could you give a reason why she did not learn these skills from the Imparters before her 15th Birthday in your history?  Or perhaps she forgot them?


Typical of most of her race, Issalei is generally mistrusting of the larger people. This prejudice has colored her dealings with people she has encountered outside the Vale, but for the time being, it seems like finding leads to what happened with her mother outweighs even her dislike of the "big oafs". Her words.


Her obsession with her quest rather consumes Issalei to the point where, aside from Twillee, she cares for very little else.  A little more detail on this one would be good.  How much does it hinder her and when?

History:

No one really knows what the pragmatic Pyrra Bluebark, an accomplished Ferretmaster and noted captive breeder saw in Eoorig Drummer. Whatever it was, she married the capricious singer and bore him their only child, Issalei. Eoorig, being a lauded vocalist and something of a ladies' man, held his art above all else and was largely absent during Issalei's formative years. That meant she spent the time before her Choosing Day in Pyrra's company. Issalei's mother had shown exceptional skill with handling animals as a youth which blossomed into a career breeding fine mounts for the militia. Everything from hawks and falcons to ferrets, foxes and owls, were born under Pyrra's care. Why does her mother, a Ferretmaster, breed birds?  The Skydivers deal with the birds ;) It is from her mother that Issalei learned her respect and love for the animals instrumental to the Vale's well-being. She also developed her strong sense of self and the desire to be part of something bigger during these years.

When Issalei was just turning twelve, her mother acquired a breeding pair of Corbies and after several unsuccessful matings, they produced a clutch two years later. It was from this clutch that Issalei's Twillee was hatched. There wasn't much call for Corbies as fighting mounts so Pyrra let Issalei handle the birds' upbringing. After a time, the two other younglings in the clutch were sold as curiosities and only Twillee was left. By then, Issalei and Twillee were bonded and the young Greybark began training her for mounted flight with Pyrra's guidance.

By the time Issalei turned fifteen and her Choosing Day was upon her, she had no doubts in her mind that she wanted to be a Skydiver and ride Twillee in the defence of the Vale. There was some hesitance over whether she could do this on the back of a non-predatory bird, but Issalei was determined. She passed the tests handily and became a Skydiver, to her mother's pride and her father's oblivion. Issalei proved herself a quick learner and a dedicated rider as she and Twillee kept on par with the rest of the apprentices. It meant hard training and constant reinforcement to instil in the Corbie the instincts that came naturally to the birds of prey, but the pair was equal to the task.

It became evident early on that Issalei had little aptitude for the weapons of her clan, but patient and knowing instructors took the time to discover her strengths. Time showed the prudence of their patience - Issalei grew into an exceptional stealth scout. Her keen vision and the dark coloring she and Twillee share make them highly useful for scouting in conditions that may be less than hospitable.

Over the years of her apprenticeship, Issalei grew into a promising young Skydiver with many exciting prospects and opportunities awaiting her as a full-fledged Skydiver. She passed her tests on Naming Day with flying colors, so to speak, but these would have included some weapons tests for everyone, even if her speciality is elsewhere.  It's a pretty big part of being in a Militia! and went from Issalei Greybark to Issalei Farsight. Hey thirtieth year should have been one of great celebration and it was... for a few months.

Half a year after Issalei's graduation, her mother asked her to stop home and help her with the hatching of a new group of Corbies. Issalei arrived at the breeding pavilion owned by Pyrra to find everything in disarray, young animals loose from their enclosures, flying and running about chaotically. Even worse; Pyrra was nowhere to be found.  The ensuing days were a nightmare for the young Skydiver as she and many of her fellow Brownies frantically combed the length and breadth of the Vale in search of her mother. In the latter days of searching whe most had given up hope and ceased, even Twillee honing in on carrion was something. She would be devastated if her mother were dead, but it would at least be closure.

Days turned into weeks and nothing gave. Issalei began disregarding her duties in favor of casting a broader net. She and Twillee flew outside the Vale, sometimes not returning for days. The stellar reputation of this promising pair was tarnishing quickly with their inattention to their duties as a Skydiver pair. Finally, at the outside of a month later when most considered hope to be lost and ceased searching, her direct superiors gently but firmly told Issalei that her reputation was on the line. Something snapped in Issalei at that moment. What good was it being part of the militia if she couldn't even protect her own mother? What kind of society was this that refused to band with her to search ceaselessly, at all costs for a prominent, missing citizen. A practical one which needs everyone else to survive too.  Sorry, couldn't resist....LOL.... Issalei felt, however unreasonably, that all of her loyalty and defense of brownie society had been betrayed and the thought of staying sickened her. She had lost her mother, and now she had lost her faith in her people.

That very day, Issalei sold the majority of her mother's breeding stock to one of Pyrra's long-time Ferretmaster colleages and resolved to use the money to finance a search. Hmm, it seems unlikely that a Brownie would own that much in actual money - they are essentially a barter economy.  But he could have traded the birds for other stuff which she then sold to others....so maybe I'm just being picky She packed up what little she owned into a bundle managable for Twillee to carry and struck off from the Vale. No one has seen her in the land of her people since. Most presume her dead. In truth, Issalei and Twillee have been travelling great spans of distance, ever searching for that most important piece of her family.

Issalei has given not a moment's thought to what she'll do after if her quest comes to an end one way or another; at this point in time, she frankly doesn't care. And that could be more dangerous than anything she'll face out in the wide world.

Weapons: Issalei has little proficiency with the usual weapons of her people aside from the slingshot which she has only recently attempted to use out of necessity to defend herself and Twillee, as well as to hunt. Firstly, it really is strange that she would be part of the Skydiver clan for 15 years and not have picked up some weapon skills.  Secondly, can I point out that you'll do very little damamge against a full-sized human with the size of stones you can fit in your slingshot.   She is skilled at hand-to-hand combat (not much use to her against most of the outside world) and the use of her hunting knife (a gift from her mother upon her acceptance into the Skydiver clan), a generic thing that sees more action skinning mice for food than it does battle and blood. In truth, Issalei's sharpest weapon is her memory.

Belongings:


Light hand strap harness for Twillee
Compact sewing kit
Two sets of tunics and breeches, one to be worn, one spare
One pair of tall boots, worn at all times
Hunting Knife
Pack to carry belongings with hidden compartment for carrying gems in place of currency
Slingshot

Familiars: Twillee, an *16 year old Corbie. Twillee's training has been a long, hard road for both her and her rider due to her species' natural inclination to scavenge rather than hunt, but the pair have been bonded and working together so long that it has become easier to keep Twillee's attention where it should be during work. Other than that, Twillee's natural inclinations are a boon to the work the pair does - she is fast and agile in the air and tenaciously defends her position when she can't manoeuvre away.

The Corbie is in the prime of health, largely resulting from her diet of fresh raw meat rather than having to rely on scavenging from less savoury cuts in the wild. Her feathers are a rich, deep black and her appearance much more groomed than your average wildly-feathered Corbie thanks to Issalei's care.

The stormcrow has an intelligent expression and responds immediately to Issalei's commands. As with all birds trained by Brownies, Twillee is trained to respond to a distinctive call from Issalei. The pair's call is a long 'caw-caaaaw', close to the sounds Twillee naturally makes. With few Corbies in the Skydivers' service, there is little fear of it being mistaken by another bird, an advantage to the pair. *claps*  Woo, someone read the entry LOL

Despite Twillee's fine training, Issalei must work twice as hard at keeping the Corbie focussed in aerial combat situations simply because she is not a bird of prey like many of the trained raptors in the militia's company. The pair train hard and often to strengthen and hone the applicable predatory instincts in Twillee that come naturally to many of the other pairs.

*In light of no pertinent facts regarding a Corbie's lifespan, I've turned to information on the American Crow for guidance; they can live up to 40 years in captivity. If there is some information on the Corbie I've missed, please feel free to correct.  You can probably get rid of this bit now that Bard Judith said they live up to 40 years too :)

Very very nice Issalei.  You've obviously done your reading, even though some of the Brownie stuff is not the easiest to find (yet).  Just a couple of little things to make her even more Brownie-like, but as I've said, you don't need to go with my solutions if you can think up and explain your own.  Hope that helps!

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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2008, 03:50:23 AM »

Thanks yet again, Rookie!

I guess I'm not getting my idea across very well in the sheet - she can hunt and use her slingshot, but she's not terribly good at it. I'm not saying she's going to go to war with a group of humans armed only with her slingshot, either. LOL. I'll try and clarify some more. ;

Hmm, about her mother breeding the birds. Once pointed out, it makes sense that she wouldn't, but it's a little unclear in the race info that there's a deliniation between Ferretmasters breeding and training just the mammals, etc, and no mention of the Skydivers being the ones to breed/train flying mounts.

A practical one which needs everyone else to survive too.  Sorry, couldn't resist........

Heehee... you know that and I know that, but Issalei isn't thinking particlarly rationally.

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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2008, 04:17:57 AM »

Aaaand updated with changes again. :)
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2008, 04:21:31 AM »

Hmm, about her mother breeding the birds. Once pointed out, it makes sense that she wouldn't, but it's a little unclear in the race info that there's a deliniation between Ferretmasters breeding and training just the mammals, etc, and no mention of the Skydivers being the ones to breed/train flying mounts.

Well!  I'm currently updating the Council Tree entry and the edits I plan should make it wonderfully clear, as only the Skydivers have Roosts for the birds and only the Ferretmasters have stables for the mammals :)
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2008, 04:28:53 AM »

Sounds good. :) People wanting to create Brownies can only benefit from more info from your mind!
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« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2008, 04:51:56 AM »

Well, you know, if you get an erge to develop anything for them, come over to the development board :)
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« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2008, 04:57:29 AM »

I might do! The fact that members have the opportunity to help develop the world was one of the main things that drew me to join!
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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2008, 10:43:53 PM »

Ok, I didn't find a problem with it anymore, so here's a first approval! (One small thing: in the Familiar section you still have the asterisk, you can delete that ;))
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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2008, 10:50:20 PM »

Thank you, Simonne! I took out the asterik. Duh, me. ;)
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« Reply #29 on: May 30, 2008, 06:54:14 AM »

~Second Approval and titled~ Please remove the coloring for edits and I will archive this for you. Enjoy the RP hun! heart

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