Here's what I sent Kord:
Maiya Lainain is an elf, born outside of human lands and growing up in a foreign culture. Her people, in the elven nation of Ullearta, have customs and traditions that make most humans scoff. Perhaps foremost, they are a matriarchal society, primarily controlled by females. Most positions of power, from priestess to warrior, are held by females exclusively. Males are relegated to artisans, laborers, farmers and other such jobs, but they are forbidden to pick up the sword. This stems from a civil war that nearly tore the nation apart several thousand years ago. Nearly 90% of the male population was destroyed, and when peace was settled, it was decided that men were too easy to upset, and too quick to take violent reprisal. Thus, women are trained extensively from a young age to carry and use the sword, the bow, and other weapons. Though they lack the innate strength of males, their nation prides itself on the quick hands and minds of their daughters, and they are said to be excellent warriors. To this day, their traditions hold true--they are a primarily peaceful nation, but their armies contain no males.
Maiya grew up in a common house in Ullearta, daughter of merchant parents. Her father was a successful businessman, her mother a capable footwoman and merchant in her own right. Maiya had an older sister, Kei, who their parents trained to take over the business. However, Kei did not have Maiya's inborn wit and cunning. Her parents saw that Kei needed extra help, and did everything they could to provide it for her. Lacking business sense, Kei sought nothing more than to be a warrior for the nation. Maiya would sit in on her parents' lessons for her sister, learning and demonstrating for them, but to her dismay, most of her parents' attention seemed focused on her 'needy' older sister. Frustrated, the young elf grew up to be somewhat brooding, and set about learning the sword from her mother to vent her frustrations.
She was quite a skilled fencer, arguably better than her older sister who sought to learn professionally. This sparked tension between the two, and they were constantly bickering and fighting as they grew up. When their parents left for a business trip one day, the two finally settled in a fight with live blades. Though neither sister died, they were both wounded--however, Maiya was the clear victor.
Kei couldn't accept her own failure, and fell into depression. Their parents punished them both harshly when they came back to find the house a mess, and their daughters in bandages. Yet in Maiya's eyes, they focused all of the blame on her, asking why she simply couldn't let her sister be. Maiya had had enough. She ran away from home with nothing but her sword and the clothes on her back. That was twenty years ago, and she is now a young elf of 118 years. She's wandered to the human lands, and has made her way by learning the underground life. She performs odd jobs, and occasionally picks pockets, but prefers and honest paycheck over ill-gotten gold. She's proud of her swordsmanship and practices every day, hoping to someday have her name on the lips of the bards, and to have her parents come and acknowledge her with the respect she believes she is due.
She has signed up to join the Valkyries, knowing that there are many great warriors in their ranks, and confident that someday she can number amongst them. Fiery-hearted and passionate, she hopes to catch the eyes of one of the masters who may teach her her skills someday. Until then, she's more than happy to do mercenary work and be paid for it.
Character sheet is still being finalized, but here's what I have so far. http://www.myth-weavers.com/sheetview.php?sheetid=793428