When there's beauty beyond words or horror beyond imagination, put it onto canvas. Art will allow us to find peace amidst the chaos.
Social Rank: 9
Concept: Offbeat Artist
Marital Status: Unmarried
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Description: At first glance, Samira is easy to overlook. Her diminutive height and slender frame impart an air of vulnerability, lending her the appearance of one who might simply blow away in a heavy gust of wind. Despite her frail build, she moves with agile alertness, a fiery glint frequently sparking in her expressive brown eyes. Her dark hair tends to defy any attempts to tame it, unruly waves falling to frame a tanned face. Her nimble fingers often bear smudges of charcoal or faded paint and rarely appear at rest.
Personality: Life in the Lowers has taught Samira to adjust her mood and responses based on the environment around her. Tough as nails, courteous, withdrawn - whatever necessity dictates. There is safety in being adaptable, she has learned. Those who manage to break past this ever-changing exterior are able to catch a more genuine glimpse of Samira. Her closest friends are rewarded with a well of compassion, fierce loyalty, and the company of a kind but quirky personality.
She often manages to appear perfectly sociable and ordinary at first, but flashes of her eccentricity show themselves in small ways. She views the world with an artist's eye, inspiration sparked by even the most mundane aspects of life. Art has saved her, has pulled her back from the darkness that she feels looming; she is never so at peace as when she is engrossed in her artwork.
Background: Like many urchins growing up in the Lowers, Samira's childhood was a lesson in survival, skills honed out of necessity. These early years are split into two chapters in her mind: pre-Culler and post-Culler. The former are not worth remembering in Samira's opinion, years of uncertainty and squalor while scrounging for the next bite of food or a warm place to rest her head. Her luck changed when her skillful pick-pocketing and nimble escape drew the attention of a Culler, who introduced her to the family and brought her into the fold. This provided a sense of security previously lacking in her young life. Grateful for these newfound connections, she was eager to put her skills to use for the family however she was able. Once she had the protection of the Cullers, Samira was able to focus more time on her natural artistic talents, her idle habit of sketching on scraps of paper soon growing into not just a passing hobby, but an obsession.
|Adrienne||I met Samira Culler at an event honoring the Queen of Endings. She's cautious, and understandibly so, but with an undeniable eye for art and artistry and skill with her craft.|
|Alrigo||Softer Culler, so far. I mean that might change in time, had heard of the store. She should come visit for at least a glass of wine|
|Anisha||Master Apollo wrote to me about Samira Culler, praising her hand, her eye, her touch. And after seeing her work, I find myself agreeing. Hers is a unique vision, outstanding and thrilling. But of course, she is so much more than her art. She is forethought and consideration. She is delightful and humorous. She is inspiring and intriguing. To have the honour of mentoring her, to learn of her, and teach her... One day, I hope, I shall not just be known as Anisha Whisper. But also as one of the influences on Samira Culler.|
|Apollo||She's got an obvious talent, but moreso, an insight. Skill can be taught - passion can't.|
|Asha||Plenty of people who spend time in the Lowers toughen up so much they forget that there's anything else to be. Samira sees it in other people and seems to avoid it in herself, and that's no little effort. She's willing to be human, and she's an interesting human at that.|
|Braelynn||She has a pet mouse! I don't know why, but I always think more highly of people with pets. They know how to take care of something that needs them, at least!|
|Corrigan||Unusually erudite and artsy for a Lowers girl, but not so far up herself that she can't laugh at outhouse wall-art. Not bad company.|
|Dycard||Evidently wary of lowering her guard around a nobleman. An unpleasant experience with one in the past, perhaps? Either way, when she does acquiesce and speak her mind, she has interesting observations to make.|
|Evaristo||Damn, when did the Cullers get so YOUNG, or wait, maybe I just got older. I can't keep up with who they all are any longer. But here's a charming artist that I hope to meet again!|
|Farrah||She keeps a mouse as a pet. How awkward.|
|Lora||A visionary from the far side of the city. I hope to see her vision come to life. The world needs more dreams made real, and more dreamers to dream them into existence.|
|Mabelle||An interesting woman, pleasant and amusing. She inspired me with an idea!|
|Nanette||A fellow artist, whose work I am looking forward to seeing. If it is good, perhaps I will even ask for a piece to add to my private collection. I wonder if she will be firm competition? I hope so - I could use the motivation. We may even be friendly rivals, provided that I stay one step ahead of her always. I'd like to say that I am not a sore loser, but..|
|Poppy||A bright artist with a quick wit and clever mind. I look forward to the debates and discussions she will surely bring to me.|
|Porter||Ha! She seems like fun. Her and Rorik are going to be a force to be reckoned with if she accepts that offer of patronage. Which she should. Because Rorik is great. Also I like when more fun people are around. As long as they don't assist in breaking my door down. I need my door.|
|Ras||More complicated than most, maybe. Still a person, though, and not a bad one really. I shoulda known she'd get pissed about what I said. Hope she finds her friend again.|
|Raziel||It's a rare gift, to make another see through your eyes. Harder still when you have to fight through years of antagonism and do so with an image. But that's the power of art, isn't it? Few reach such potency, and at her age, no less.|
|Revell||Seems alright for a Culler - I say, as if I don't like the Cullers. She was happy to sit and chat at the Seaborn Weaponry, took my quips well and even listened and gave me some advice.|
|Rosalind||She makes art and things! And she seemed a bit quiet..I should probably talk to her more, maybe she'll be less--I don't know the word. Not shy! She is defintely not shy!|
|Rowenova||A Culler woman but a good human to Mousey -- who might get a new name -- and we totally bonded over our animal friends, but not in the way you might think!|
|Rukhnis||Brave and selfless and self-possessed, she is one clearly capable of putting the well-being of others ahead of her own. I am deeply grateful for her willingness to risk herself to save another.|
|Sirius||Compassion is a rarity in the fevered pitch of battle, especially if the field is contained in one's mind, yet in her I met a discerning spirit with the power to bring momentary abatement when the bulwarks of the mind have fallen against the insurmountable odds. I'm very thankful for it.|
|Sydney||Good to talk to. Sensible. Has great opinions on nobles and punching. Makes excellent life choices.|
|Thea||While the Cullers arent known to be of-the most trusted of people. Or stand up. Messere Samira brought in a mouse she saved from a cat. While I was taught to let nature take its course, this woman wanted to save it. Im not sure if this is a common occurrence, but I think it speaks of something deeper. At least of Messere Samira.|
|Torian||One of the Safe Harbor House's better students. Could be a teacher some day even. Almost never thought we'd makeit this far, but with young folk like Samira coming up, I reckon we'll be around a long time.|
|Videl||An artist, with passion for the work and a dream to share her passion in a place where there's not often room for it. I hope she can make it work, and I'll try to help her if I can.|
|Wagner||There are lots of dreams in the gutters, but she has the tact to see them through.|
|Zoey||The soft Culler? Perhaps. Time will tell. I did not think any of the Cullers were soft.|