Mother Lilana Merketh
20 yr. Female Muuradan
Short-Range Divination Magic
Specialties in Reconnaissance, Field Survival, and PredationAbout Mother Merketh:
Mother Lilana Merketh is a comely woman, whose tidy braids of white hair and small lithe body hold the potential to sway many men. However, those who gaze too long at her usual loose, flowing outfits are as likely to first notice the sturdy padding beneath as she is to begin moving upon them. Though a woman with an empathetic heart for those she cares for, Mother Merketh is a huntress by nature, and does not take kindly to anybody treating her as a catch. Having participated in great hunts far to the north in her youth, she considers the opinions and input of the unproven as half-valid at best, and instead focuses upon the truly capable, and the next great trial she has chosen to surmount.
Lilana was born in the far north to the Merketh clan, where the sheer cold demanded each be able to hold their own warmth with ether - or be lost when they could no longer remain pressed to their parents for aid. In her instinctual drive for freedom, toddler Lilana left the relative comfort of her insulated home for the first time a solid year before most were allowed to dare, and shocked many when she lived to walk again, for cold is the single greatest killer of the wastes. Her grit and etheric potential were praised, even as her parents delivered scoldings and worried tears.
By the age of 8, she was assisting in the Merketh's Great Hunts, wherein the young adults of their tribe - the men and childless women in their prime, tracked, trapped, and slew the greatest beasts of the wastes for protection, food, and incredible materials nearly beyond value. At that time she carried things and helped repair simple tools such as nets. By 9 she was carving hides and scales, even assisting in the laying of new traps in the paths and lairs of great beasts. On her 10th birthday, she was given the honor of participating in the kill, being one of the first five to loose arrows into the drugged wyvern. Though not as great as the Ice Dragons of old, the scales she collected for herself are among her most prized and financially valuable possessions, being harder than metal, sharper than a spear, and almost impossibly conductive to the cold. But a week after this first taste of glory, an Inquisitor of Varya passed by on an annual visit around the clans. Upon hearing of her reputation, the man spun her true tales of the glory he had won in his work, and tested her. She accepted the subsequent offer with little hesitation. Since then she has bonded with her warband, and grown respect for her officers, though the specifics of the Seminary's strict hierarchy yet elude her capacity to care.
Mother Lilana Merketh is a terrifying woman, whose loose and dirtied braids of white hair and inconspicuous, powerful body hold the potential to take down most any foe. However, those who can see past her powerful bow and clawed gauntlets of poisoned wyvernscale may first notice that beneath the hardened exterior is a caring woman, who would stop at nothing for those she trusts and considers family.