hmm would you mind me joining in? I've got a character ready who might fit in and this seems very very interesting.
I would play Areej Sulai, an easterling bard, who might or might not know Erinhue ( I would rather have that you did though Hue because Im not sure Tempest won't skewer me on sight
). She is of a minor noble clan and like Ondine she has once been alone, terrified and confused on the road though in her case it was to avoid danger and she is very happy about how it worked out in the end.
This would be her biography
Name: Areej Sulai
Height: 5 feet 5 inches
Build: slender, and finely- build she is however a lot stronger than she looks
Clothes: Simple and practical she still manages to somehow also pick out clothes that look refined and elegant.
Weapons: a nagi, the traditional weapon of the women of her clan, it consists of a pole as tall as she is with a three foot scimitar blade on one end. A short but powerful, composite recurve bow.
Background: Areej was born to a noble, but minor easterling clan, rather well known for their prowess in war. The last of five siblings of which only the eldest was a boy, she was never expected to do more than become a refined lady and marry well. She got a good education, learning the gentle arts like singing, dancing, calligraphy and sewing but unlike other girls of her station she also learned to fight with the Nagi the traditional weapon of the women of her clan. As said earlier her clan was known for their skills in war and women were not only expected to bear children but also protect them when needed. She was a headstrong and curious child, devouring any book she could find, questioning everything until she understood the why and the how of things and arguing with anything she didn't like. This rather disquieted her parents. A good wife was supposed to be quiet and obedient, not to talk back and discuss mathematics with her husband. Her older brother loved her for it however and he encouraged her behaviour, bringing her books from his travels and teaching her how to shoot with a bow and some hand-to-hand combat. He told her many stories about what he had seen in the west, about the honor and bravery of the warriors there, and later when there was peace, about the freedom both men and women enjoyed there. This all made little Areej very curious but all in all she wasn't unhappy with her lot in life and though she did not particularly look forward to marrying she supposed that it was a better fate than that of the servants and serfs she sometimes helped. Her quiet life was shattered however when her brother came hurrying back from his travels two weeks before her wedding, saying that she had to go now
because her soon-to-be-husband was a cruel man who beat his wives, and her parents could not or would not call off the wedding and he didn't want this for his darling baby sister. Afraid and confused Areej did what she was told and soon she was alone on the road, with her brother's advice to go west because there nobody would force a woman to marry an unworthy man. He would take care of the situation at home but she had to go, and only come back when he said it was safe.
Though a lot tougher and more resourceful than most girls of her age and station, Areej had a couple of very hard weeks until she hit some luck and was able to join a travelling troupe. They did not question her about her origins, she could sing and dance, and when the need arose she could also defend the caravan and that's all what mattered to them. She spend a few happy months with them, meandering steadily west but she kept her brother's words to her heart and when the troupe headed back east, she left and set out on her own again. Now with a better idea how the world worked and how to handle herself in it she became a travelling singer and acrobat, earning her keep in the inns and townsquares. It's a hard life but one she has come to love and she doesn't think she will ever go back to her homeland even if the safe-message from her brother ever comes. She would love to see him again however for he is one of the few she truly misses.
Personality: Stubborn, curious and with firecracker personality, she has difficulty to keep herself out of trouble sometimes, but she is also independent and resourceful and she has managed to get out of scrapes relatively unharmed until now. No longer living a sheltered existence she knows both the good and ugly sides of life but she still is somewhat of an idealist even if realism has tempered that. Having once only survived by the kindness of complete strangers she tries to return the favor by doing the same for others and she will try to rectify injustice whenever she is in the position to do so.
Skills: Areej has mastered all the skills a proper lady should ranging from singing, playing the lute, dancing, calligraphy and painting, to sewing and bookkeeping. All the women of her clan are supposed to have some skill with the nagi, though most never learn beyond the basics. She really liked handling the tall weapon however and she has become truly deadly with it. Her skill with the bow is fair and she has learned to shoot from horseback. Her skills at barehand fighting are more than fair too but she seldom uses it instead preferring to rely on her nagi instead. She is small and though her technique is good, most of her oppenents are at least half a foot taller and 10 to 20 kilos heavier than her. It takes one smart opponent to literally flatten her with his weight. Her boundless curiousity and her brother's encouragements have made her pretty knowledgable about a variety of subjects ranging from amthematics and astronomy to healing though most of that knowledge is very theoretical. When she traveled with the troupe they taught her acrobacy and her skill in both dancing and martial arts have allowed her to pick it up fairly quickly and though she wasn't the best she can execute some neck-breaking moves, moves she has begun to incorporate in her fighting style.