Lady Maya Redreef
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.
Description: Neither tall nor short, Maya fits into the realm of 'average,' though she is perhaps a bit on the thin side. There is something of a pallor about her that almost begs for more time in the sun. From her pale skin to her near-white hair and even the oh-so-pale blue of her left eye: it is as if all the color has washed out of her. Other than the scarring that crosses above and below her milky-white right eye, she has no visible scarring on her person. Her hair is generally kept long and frequently in her face.
(Currently, Maya is wearing black lace across the right side of her face; the fabric dense enough to hide her eye and its scars except under the closest of scrutiny. It ties at the back of her head, just under her hair which is tied up in a careful braid.)
Personality: Often presenting as a distant sort, Maya is not a cold person. She is withdrawn through nuture rather than nature. Having grown up apart (partly due to her mother's influence, partly due to the cruelty of her childhood peers), she struggles to identify with those around her. In truth, Maya is a woman who wants to reach out and be a part of things. She wants to be included, she wants to have fun, and she wants to find her place in the world.
Background: Maya Redreef never knew her father. Nicholas Riven was a man who divided his time between Redreef and the Twainfort. The marriage to Catherina Redreef had been one of politics and she was his second wife: he did his duty, no more. Never mind that Catherina was always so caught up in her studies that she didn't even seem to notice when he'd been gone a few weeks longer than intended. Then the news of the Deepwood tragedy came and she just bucked up and continued on... pregnant despite it all.
The pregnancy was not an easy one and the birth less so. Maya was born a somewhat ill child and with a strange condition: a milky pattern across the surface creating an odd pattern that some (the more kind ones) would call akin to a stylized star. As it didn't interfere with her vision (most of the time), Healers said it was fine. It didn't help, as she grew, that Catherina kept her isolated. Between her odd mother and her even odder eye, Maya was often calledd cruel names by the other children around the Shores and rarely welcomed to play in their games.
In her 20th year, Catherina absconded with Maya in the dead of night. Other members of the family had been feeling a growing sense of concern for some time based on Catherina's behavior and so went off in search of the two women. There has been little talk of what transpired, but it was Maya brought back to the Shores alone: now fully blind and scarred in her right eye.
It has taken a few years for Maya to recover from whatever happened. She has haunted Redreef's keep long enough and it has been decided it is time for her to step out into the world.
|Ember||Cousin Maya should not be blamed for whatever it was happened during her youth. That she is willing to make something of herself despite all of that should, and will, be commended.|
|Haakon||One little sword held across the throat, and she shrieks loud enough to wake the dead.|
|Mabelle||She looks shy, obviously not used to large crowds. She needs a pet!|
|Maris||A timid girl with a scar to match... Exceptionally beautiful in her own right, but I'd still like t'speak with her. Allies come in all shapes an' sizes after all.|
|Medeia||She may not look it, but this Lady clearly has a streak of determination in her. I admire her for taking on challenges and seeing them through.|