Nora has one green eye and one blue eye. The cause is unknown and her vision is perfect but it is a trait that, if one notices, can be somewhat disconcerting to some. Items:
Dress is of a simple halter style that ties behind the neck, similar to what many of the royal servants wear. She has recently begun wearing a simple bracelet from an unknown source. She carries no weapons while serving the royals but has a small dagger strapped to her right thigh when she goes out into the city. There is a criminal element after all. But would she really know how to use it if the need arose? Debatable. ::Character::Personality:
Nora is pleasant but quiet. Having grown up serving the royal family in a multicultural city and interacting daily with individuals of the different races, she is very accepting of all peoples. Well, except for orcs, which she has an almost paralyzing fear of.
Her appearance, the two different color eyes, has caused her some scorn over time so she can be shy and distrusting of strangers, whatever their race. But to those who manage to gain her trust and treat her well, she is loyal to a fault. Nora is very intelligent but because she doesn't say much, to most she is a simple servant girl.
Nora's greatest ambition is to serve her queen and the royal family until the day she dies. To some, that may not seem much of an ambition but to someone like Nora, life inside the palace, even as a servant, is better than the life outside those walls. Biggest Fear:
Disappointing the queen or others she serves...oh, and orcs. Talents/Flaws:
Nora is quiet and unassuming which allows her to go mostly unnoticed if she wants. Because she has a talent to be able to practically fade into whatever setting she is in, she is often called upon to be the server during council meetings or other state functions, moving around the table, filling wine glasses when need be without drawing any attention to herself or her movements.
Though Nora carries a dagger when moving about the city she has no combat skills and would be hard pressed to protect herself if she needed to. Mage:
It was Artuis Morhana who discovered the girl some nine years earlier. Artuis was an elderly merchant trader and occasional adviser to the the queen, and by adviser we mean informant. Artuis traveled extensively and would bring back news or rumors he picked up along the way to the queen if he thought the tidbit might be useful. Let's face it. Even the most erroneous rumor usually has a basis somewhere in truth and is therefore worth being aware of.
It was on one of these merchant expeditions that Artuis found himself, quite by accident (or so he claims), in the middle of a slavers' auction. The girl caught his eye almost immediately. On display with other slaves about to be put on the block, her appearance was causing quite a stir. Her eyes frightened some and they called her a demon, though others were quick to point out that a demon would not be able to be held by chains made by human hands. Others declared her to be diseased and that she would infect all those who would come into contact with her. Even the other slaves tried to distance themselves from her.
But Artuis was wise and his years of travel had shown him many things. He took pity on the girl who the own told him was eight years old at the time. Artuis was not convinced as the child seemed small for her age. But he had no choice but to take the man at his word. Artuis bought her and took her with him.
But what was he to do with her? How could a man who touted his wares by drawing customers in, keep a slave who frightened them away? The answer was, he could not. But the old merchant had many connections and came up with the perfect solution, which he was sure would provide the child with a safe and secure future.
Artuis took the child to Cydilla and presented her as an exotic gift to the queen. Now slavery was not strictly forbidden in Cydilla but it wasn't highly regarded either. But the queen had compassion on the youngster and excepted the old merchant's gift. The next day the queen granted the child her freedom and at the same time offered her a place among the palace staff. She would be a servant, yes, but she would be free. She would live and work in the palace where she would earn her room and board as well as a modest wage on top of that. And that is story of how the young one came to be in the service of the Cydillian nobles.
At present, Nora is a trusted member of staff. She is supremely loyal to her queen, who ultimately granted her the life she has, and to those closest to the queen. And her superb hearing and her almost uncanny ability to be seen but not regarded has allowed her to, on more than one occasion, to alert the queen to possible treachery both within the palace and out. O/O's: Becky's O/Os
Though I am generally opposed to character death, if things go as I envision I can see how Nora's actions might cost her her life. Et Ceteras:
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