Approved Sheet Nishtara Rionna - Born Of Steel And Silk

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  1. SevenBirds

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    "Born of steel and born of silk, and the contradictions of the two."
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    Character Information
    • Full Name: Nishtara Rionna
    • Race: Devata Slizzar
    • Age: 133
      • Birthday: June 24, 177
    • Gender: Genderless, usually feminine-presenting or androgynous
      • Pronouns: She/They
    • Eye Color: Purple
    Core Concept
    • Nishtara is a traveling Devata seeking to explore all the peoples and cultures of the world in a way that only a Slizzar can, but also trying to balance it with her old culture and the identity of her mother's people. She is above all a curious soul, seeking to make new friends and discover new things, but sometimes lacks compassion for the small and short-lived people of the world, especially those that react with hostility to those that are different from them.
    • Nishtara is primarily non-religious, feeling abandoned by both her mother's and father's gods. She does, however, have an interest in others' religions and has a strong cultural attachment to the Cellik Old Gods and local minor heroes, including some degree of superstition. Her contact with the Nihsereya faith and dragon worship is minimal, mostly being one of passive curiosity mixed with fear. After losing her home to religious conflict, she harbors a simmering resentment of Unionism that has only been partially tempered by time.
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    "Go and live the stories of the men and of the mice
    And I would not bind your feet for it is they that count the time
    For your eyes to find the poetry and your hands to paint the lines."

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    Proficiencies
    • Strength: 2 [x]
      • Unarmed
      • Improvised Weapon
    • Constitution: 2
      • Resilience [x]
      • Thread Craft [x]
    • Wisdom: 4
      • Deeplore Wisdom [x]
      • Dimenthist Wisdom [x]
      • Common Alchemy [x]
      • Heks Wisdom [x]
    • Dexterity: 0
    • Magic: 2 [x] - Primal
      • Materialism Spell Pack
      • Mimicry Spell Pack
    • Charisma: 4 [x]
      • North Linguistics
      • Ancient Speech
      • Mount Husbandry Pack - Qarresh [x]
    Abilities
    • Devata Slizzar [x]
      • Bonded Telepathy, Altered Power, Slizzar Aging, Slizzar Shapeshifting, Slizzar Puppeteer, Slizzar Mutagenics, Mind Surging, Slizzar Espionage, Slizzar Societyvex, Slizzar Identityvex, Slizzar Speechvex, Slizzar Afflictedvex, Slizzar Mimicvex
    • Spell Point Buy [x]
      • Magic Combatforce, Pocket Dimension, Reflection Strike
      • Starwalking, Arcane Mastery, Star Power, Life Wall, Arcane Wardrobe, Celestial Element
    • Ritualism - Generic Kit [x]
      • Ritualistic Manifestation
      • Ritualistic Scripture
      • Ritualistic Crafting
    Languages
    Common (Free)
    Zoram (Learned through Slizzar visions)
    North Linguist Pack (Linguistics) [x]
    Fluent - Gallwech (native), Skodje
    Moderate - Anglian, Aontaithe
    Basic - Calem, Breizh, Dwarvish​
    Ancient Speech Pack (Linguistics) [x]

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    "They knew they’d fight together, though, they knew not who they’d fight."
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    Appearance Information
    • Everyday - Although her appearance can change according to her whim, Nishtara tends to keep a fairly consistent everyday form for ease of interaction with others. This shift takes the form of a flat-chested but curvy Ailor woman with long, bejeweled ears and long, wavy reddish hair held beneath a silver and sapphire circlet and woven with plant-life. About half of her body is covered in dark blue-black scales, circling around her face, neck, and limbs, which shimmer with a dull sheen. A multitude of silver spots are speckled across her scales and often take the form of twinkling stars using Cosmic magic. Regardless of her shift, she has a tattoo on the front of her left shoulder representing Frode and Greine-Faire - a green flower surrounded by blue feathers.
    • Natural - In their natural form, Nishtara appears as a large blue-black Slizzar with dark blue curved horns and patches of blue and green splashed across their stomach. Their 'hair' inverses the color scheme, with green being the primary color and blue being the accent, and reaches to what would be hip-length for a humanoid. Each black scale has a silver spot in the center, which become twinkling stars when their Cosmic magic is active. Their eyes are a solid bright purple with a slitted pupil.
    • Shifts - While Nishtara has multiple shapes she takes when exploring other cultures, there are a few that she seems to favor, including a Gallovian woman with auburn hair and an antlered Maquixtl with dusty brown hair.
    Life Story
    • Childhood - Rionna was born beneath a full moon in the summer of 177 to a Gallovian woman called Mairead Declan, just moments before her younger twin Geala. There were some whispers surrounding their birth, as they arrived just a bit too soon after their father's brief visit between trading trips and that handsome stranger had been spending a lot of time around Mairead several months back, but both girls were happy, healthy, and the spitting image of their mother, so the rumors eventually began to settle.
    • Adolescence - Rionna and Geala had a pretty normal childhood and adolescence, working in the fields with their mother and learning all about their history, religion, and culture from the village elders, who promised safety and security in tradition even as unrest stirred in lands beyond their village. True to her name, Rionna took a particular shine to the spirits of sky, even spending a short time learning rituals from the Lair-Inniel and being dedicated to the Sky Searcher Greine-Faire when she turned fifteen. This continued until the girls' eighteenth birthday, when they learned that they were in fact Slizzar and, although it was Geala that truly embraced their new identity rather than Rionna, Rionna learned that she had no choice but to accept her new nature.
    • Young Adulthood - The sisters remained inseparable even into adulthood, sticking close to one another and using their abilities to protect each other from suspicion, but this became increasingly difficult as Geala reached the limit of her age control, appearing no more than thirty even as they approached forty. This brought about some mutterings among the superstitious villagers, saying that too much favor brought ill-luck, along with renewed whispers of the strange circumstances surrounding their birth. When their village was pillaged and burned during the Clearances, this fear burst into anger as the women were declared harbingers of destruction and driven away from the survivors, forcing them again to rely primarily on each other as they traveled alone.
    • Adulthood - They eventually found a group of surviving Cellik Old Gods faithful traveling to Northern lands to escape the destruction and Unionist encroachment and settled in with them, taking the opportunity to 'reset' their identities and buy themselves some more time. During this time, they continuously kept an eye out for other Slizzar, still not fully understanding their abilities or identities, until they finally met a Mauli called Estu who began to teach them more about Sassrakkand and Nihsereya. The two secretly took on new Zoram names, Rionna becoming Nishtara and Geala becoming Chandra, and began to further explore their natures until Chandra finally died.
    • Regalia - Nishtara deeply mourned the loss of their sister, becoming obsessed with finding a way for Chandra to still "experience" the world through their stories and experiences, as she privately feared that she had been condemned to the Mirrors. However, after repeated rituals still garnered no answer, they eventually began to falter and fear that they had also been abandoned by the gods. Their wandering eventually led them to Anglia, where they met a Witch called Neska, and sought to learn magic and rituals to reach out to their sister through other means, but once again was faced with the inevitability of death when fever took their new dear friend. Eventually, they received word that their old mentor was residing in Regalia, a city of many strange happenings, and, feeling lonely and disconnected from their sense of self after so many losses, decided to travel to the city in an attempt to fill that gap and find their identity.
     
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  2. SevenBirds

    SevenBirds Phantasmal and Resplendent

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    "Well, Adventure, she’s a strange bird -- she’s brazen and she’s shy
    She’ll swoop down unsuspecting, but she’ll fly off if you try
    To catch her for her feathers, she’ll just show herself in scales
    But close your eyes, she’ll brush your cheek with wings of fairy tales"
    • Childhood - Rionna was born beneath a full moon in the summer of 177 to a Gallovian woman called Mairead Declan, just moments before her younger twin Geala. There were some whispers surrounding their birth, as they arrived just a bit too soon after their father's brief visit between trading trips and that handsome stranger had been spending a lot of time around Mairead several months back, but both girls were happy, healthy, and the spitting image of their mother, so the rumors eventually began to settle.
    • Adolescence - Rionna and Geala had a pretty normal childhood and adolescence, working in the fields with their mother and learning all about their history, religion, and culture from the village elders, who promised safety and security in tradition even as unrest stirred in lands beyond their village. True to her name, Rionna took a particular shine to the spirits of sky, even spending a short time learning rituals from the Lair-Inniel and being dedicated to the Sky Searcher Greine-Faire when she turned fifteen.
      This continued until the girls approached their eighteenth birthday, being troubled by strange dreams of snake-like people, and they agreed to travel together out to the moors, where they could meditate beneath the sky and stars in search of answers and guidance. Upon waking the next morning to find Rionna transformed into a large black and blue Slizzar and Geala's eyes shining bright purple, they came to understand what it was their dreams were trying to tell them and, after another couple days of comparing notes and learning to use their abilities, they returned to their village with a secret shared only by the other. As fate would have it, Rionna was warier of her new connection to the dragons despite having no choice in the matter, while Geala embraced the connection despite being only half-Slizzar.
    • Young Adulthood - The sisters remained inseparable even into adulthood, sticking close to one another and using their abilities to protect each other from suspicion, but this became increasingly difficult as Geala reached the limit of her age control, appearing no more than thirty even as they approached forty. This brought about some mutterings among the superstitious villagers, saying that too much favor brought ill-luck, along with renewed whispers of the strange circumstances surrounding their birth. When their village was pillaged and burned during the Caeren Clearances, this fear burst into anger as the women were declared harbingers of destruction and driven away from the survivors, forcing them again to rely primarily on each other as they traveled alone.
    • Adulthood - They eventually found a group of surviving Cellik Old Gods faithful traveling to Northern lands to escape the destruction and Unionist encroachment and settled in with them, taking the opportunity to 'reset' their identities and buy themselves some more time, though still traveling from place to place as necessary to protect themselves. During this time, they continuously kept an eye out for others like them, still not fully understanding their abilities or identities as Slizzar. After a long while of searching the cold north, they were eventually found by a Mauli called Etsu, who quickly took them under his wing. Delighted to no longer be alone, Rionna and Geala threw themselves into their training with their mentor, taking the Zoram names Nishtara and Chandra, and began to branch out in their exploration of themselves and the world until Chandra reached the end of her lifespan.
    • Regalia - Nishtara mourned the loss of her sister and constant companion for a while, but eventually decided to continue her exploration in her honor, learning cosmic magic that would allow her to project the stories of her adventures into the stars for Chandra to share with her. For a time, she would sing to her sister's spirit as she painted the Cairt-Slighe Rionnag, but eventually faltered in her belief as she never seemed to receive any answer, leading her to believe that her old ancestor spirits had abandoned her now that she was no longer Ailor.
      Although she had the ability to take any shape she wished, she often favored Ailor shifts for their familiarity. While traveling through Hoogeland enjoying the misty hills and seeking to learn more about nature and herblore, she met an Anglian witch called Neska who offered to trade her knowledge of plants and animals for Nishtara's knowledge of the heavens. What began strictly as a practical relationship quickly blossomed into something more and the pair were soon inseparable. Through Neska, Nishtara learned much about the Anglian way of life and, hoping to fill the gap left by her old faith and seeing a chance to rebel against Unionist encroachment, even spent a while learning the rituals of the Heksen. However, when a terrible sickness came during her tenth winter there, neither her arts nor those of their companions could save Neska's life and once again Nishtara was left alone. Heartbroken, she immediately fled to the hills and 'burned' her old identity, keeping only Neska's final gift to her - an embroidered herb pouch smelling of lavender.
      She traveled far and wide for the next few decades, sometimes alone and sometimes with other Slizzar, as she tried to pin down her own identity and sense of place in the world. Eventually, she received word that her old tutor Etsu was residing in Regalia, a city of many cultures and strange happenings. Intrigued, she began to make her way toward the city in search of more stories to share with the stars and, hopefully, to find others like herself.

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    A rough character-design sketch.​
    Rionna Declan - A Gallovian woman with long auburn hair. This is the shift that Nishtara was born with and that she maintained for her early decades with the Ailor. She often uses this shift when she needs to blend into mundane society or when interacting with Ailor, especially the Northern cultures.
    Ihuicatl Eleuia - An antlered Huactl Maquixtl male, though androgynous in appearance. Upon visiting Floralcourt a few times and finding a variety of people there, Nishtara adopted this shift to integrate into the neighborhood and learn more of their way of life. As they have discovered that people of many kinds are welcome in Floralcourt and finding it difficult to adequately blend in as an Exist-being, they are slowly starting to phase this shift out in favor of their half-shift.
    Anzid Hurin - An Eronidas male with long black hair. This is a favored form when wandering Crookback or otherwise feeling threatened, as it acts as a bluff against those that might do her harm, as well as her usual method of blending in to learn by observation.
    Sopdet Mehen - A female Merew Asha with an otter-like head, reddish-brown in color with patches of cream on her belly and dark-brown dapples on her arms and back. Although this identity was formerly "burned" after a previous disaster, she has recently picked it up again upon learning that her old friend, presumed dead, was very much alive and in Regalia.
     
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    Switched Earthenware Craft for Thread Craft, seemed more appropriate.
     
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    @Caelamus A bit of an expansion. With the recent change to Society Point Buy allowing for Primal Mages to take Heks Wisdom, I've added that and a new episode in her backstory explaining where it came from. I also added some more notes relating to her religious journey and some cultural flavor, as well as adding the Mount Pack because the Qarresh is cool.
     
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    @Caelamus Just updating according to the new packs and Slizzar update. I added Deeplore Wisdom and adjusted the links, as well as added the new Slizzar abilities/racials.
    I also did a little rewriting to condense my religion section and tweaked their appearance. I feel like my Life Story has Tribbled in size, so I'm going to try to figure out a good way to condense it and just put the full details in a spoiler, though I don't think that will require a re-review.
     
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    @Caelamus Another minor update due to lore/mechanic changes, just removed the now-defunct languages from their list and changed mentions of the Caeren to Gallovian. These are in green, as well as the Deeplore Pack I added a while back. I also condensed their life story a bit, moving the full version to the Extras page.
     
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    @Caelamus Updated with new Magic system, changes in green.
     
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