Erdene Iriq is a displaced Xaela herbalist, medicine-maker, and witch. Following a disastrous emigration from the Steppe and several years of solitary wandering through unfamiliar lands, they were taken in as a ward of the Esoterica free company. They presently serve as the company's gardener, as well as assisting with its various ventures.
While tall for an au ra woman, Erdene is nonetheless tiny by most standards. A stretch of easier living has softened their shape only slightly, and they're still a flexible creature of lean muscle and efficient, slightly uncanny motion. They do possess a certain measure of grace, but it's something deliberately cultivated in spite of growing up gangly, and it has far more in common with a fighter's agility than anything else. Their large eyes are harshly slanted and dark--violet against black--and their facial structure is sharp and delicate, often lending an unsettling, fey cast to their expressions. They usually wear veils and bandanas, which help to counter this somewhat. A lifetime spent outdoors and years of grief and stress have both taken their toll, and a close look will show hints of ageing around their eyes that better suit someone five or ten years older.
Their face is decorated with several grooved and inked scars that form harsh, sharp lines and serve to make their facial structure seem all the more alien. A curious set of glowing aetheric tattoos can be found winding around their torso and limbs, though they're normally invisible to the naked eye.
Their hair, a massive collection of fluffy ringlets, is always kept in braids. Naturally white, they keep it coloured a vivid turquoise-and-blue. It's often strung with charms, jewels, and flowers.
There is more good in choosing the lesser of two evils than in praising your morality and doing nothing while the greater one burns everything to the ground.
A closed book, stoic in public and often pensive in private. This isn't helped by the coverings often worn over the lower half of their face, making their expressions all the more difficult to read. They're sometimes hesitant to speak as well, not yet fully confident in their grasp of Common and reluctant to come off as stupid... at least in some circumstances. Around those they're closer to, they speak less stiffly and hints of a mischievous, affectionate soul seep out in their manner. They are attentive and gentle by nature, preferring to express their fondness for others by deed rather than word. They possess a strong stern streak, though it's as rare as it is harsh.
They are not as openly aggressive as their heritage would lead some to expect; most of that stereotypical Xaela fire is put to internal use, combating a pervasive sense of defeat and despair. The end result is someone placid and weary, much of their emotional strength drained by a private battle. They remain functional and level-headed in the face of horrifying events, but seemingly innocuous things can skew the odds and make them remarkably upset… and one way or another, they always pay for it later.
This is a list of the items that Erdene usually has upon their person, though they often carry other things as well. Feel free to use this information if it comes up logically in the course of RP, such as pickpocketing, a search, etc.
Last Updated: Sept. 15 / 2017.
Though of moderate skill in unarmed combat (and possessing the horrifying raw strength of a Xaela), Erdene was drilled from a young age to be a healer, and to keep their distance in combat whenever possible--they consider it their responsibility to survive so that they can tend the injured, and acts of stupid, dramatic bravery are unheard of on their part. They're at their best in the midline, aggressively supporting their allies with magic. This section is subject to change, as they're currently training in other arts.
These are mostly backstory-related relationships.
This is not a complete list; it contains only characters with a very stable relationship to the character.
Last Update... Sept. 15 / 2017.
* An asterisk denotes that Erdene doesn't know the individual's true name.
◢ Common Rumors - Easily overheard. Use these freely!
◢ Uncommon Rumors - A little more difficult to hear. Use sparingly or ask first!
◢ Rare Rumors - Very rarely overheard. Please ask before using!
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Hooks for Erdene tend to revolve around business and healing matters. It's possible for more outgoing characters to just roll up and chat--they're friendly and can be quite talkative once they get going--but being a shy character, they're very unlikely to approach anyone without an outside reason.
I've been at this RP nonsense for about 12 years, and while I'm about as jaded a participant as you'll find, collaborative writing has never lost its shine.