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Between hunting animals and hunting men, you'd be surprised how often the animal puts up more of a fight.

Social Rank: 8
Concept: Prodigal Mercenary
Fealty: Crownsworn
Family: None
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Religion: Shamanism
Vocation: Soldier
Height: 5'7
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brownish-Gold
Skintone: Sun Baked

Titles: the Captain-General of the Valorous Few

Description: A deliberate pattern of raised scars frame her face, notably on her chin, her jawline, along her cheek bones, and across her forehead, serving to accent features that were already sharp and severe. Her skin is sun-baked and weather-beaten, as if she's spent the vast majority of her life outside, and there's no shortage of cuts, scrapes, idle bruises and less deliberate scarring about her--minor to major--to suggest a life spent living, and living hard. Her hands are particularly well calloused and worn. Her eyes are a brownish-gold, particularly the latter in good lighting. She wears her hair cut very short on the sides of her head but allows it to grow somewhat longer on top, where it's usually pulled back into a simply knot. Two raven feathers are the only adornment here, and her hair is so black that it's easy to mistake them for part of this unusual style. She is built for her work, wiry and tightly muscled, and when she moves, her step is light and deliberate.

Personality: Shard is not someone who makes friends easily. She's often dour, and given to biting sarcasm when not being overly serious. While she's not lacking for a sense of humor, it's often sharp and unpleasant. That said, her loyalty to the Valorous Few has not been in question since signing on, and she's been a diligent soldier, if not necessarily the most pleasant of fighting companions. While she has her own, often small and private set of principles, Shard is largely an open pragmatist in how she behaves and how she operates, something that typically serves her well in her line of work.

Background: Shard grew up in the wilds, an Abandoned child in an Abandoned tribe, far north of any civilized territory. She's not free with details, though it's clear that by the time she was grown she'd learned the arts of both hunting and war, things she claims are not nearly as different from each other as a lot of people would like to find comfort in believing. She met Audric and a group of his sellswords while they were out on contract, and without much apparent convincing signed on with the Valorous Few, leaving her old life and her tribe behind forever. She keeps her reasons close, but perhaps she wanted a change. Or perhaps she just has a mind for survival and didn't need eyes to see which way the wind was blowing. Either way, the story goes that she swore an oath of loyalty to the Crown when she joined up and no man or woman that was present will say otherwise.

Relationship Summary

  • Audric - Former employer, friend, one-time enemy.

  • Ally:
    Name Summary
    Adalyn She probably hates me for what I said about the book. But I think it's going to be great fun going into battle with her.
    Adora My kind of conversationalist. But I still don't like her.
    Aethan Plays good defense.
    Agnarr Some Prodigal who hates paperwork, like any of us who have sense. Seems interesting enough.
    Ainsley The first time I met her I challenged her to a spar, and she made me so harder for that victory than Brand. She's a damned fine warrior. I bet she's an even better scout.
    Alarissa Dour, glowering, pragmatic, one never knows where she stands. But the Baron De Lire trusts her. And she is, it would seem, royalty of some sort.
    Aleksei She had a lot of questions. Hopefully some of the answers were helpful for her.
    Ardee Not afraid to say what she thinks. Smart. Sharp. I like her.
    Athaur I understand her position, even if I do not agree with her methods
    Beatrice I'm told they call her the Wolf. It's apt. I've seen a hint of her ferocity beneath layers of unexpected protectiveness for people who perhaps didn't deserve it. None of it, however, have I seen so much as her caution - her demeanor suggests she might run or bite my hand at the wrong word.
    Behtuk Proof that I came to the right placce.
    Berenice She never seems to _enjoy_ the events I see her at.
    Bliss Shard. I know full well she doesn't like me - and there are times when I have to admit that I absolutely do not like her. All this time in the city together, but she is firm in her beliefs, principled in them, and outspoken. Whether or not I like her at any given moment? This is a woman I deeply, deeply respect.
    Calaudrin I actually remember this woman from the archery tournament. The one where my arrows utterly betrayed me, the bastards. But she's made a greater impression at the dockyard, aiding us in retrieving two men from the freezing water. She may not think shelling out a few silver to help is worthy of praise but her quick thinking certainly was. She's someone to watch out for.
    Cambria Curt. Taciturn. Not necessarily a bad thing.
    Carmen Understated, professional, smart. A woman who knows her trade.
    Caspian A woman who seems to be quite grumpy. I've never seen anyone get angry at a well played lute before!
    Clara I met Shard in a very serious and stressful place so I cannot blame her for seeming to be angry much of the time. I felt like I was angry a lot of the time too. And honestly if people didn't listen to me when I was in charge I might be pissed off too. I do hope that we can meet again when things are less stressful.
    Cristoph Ow. That hurts. So does that. And that. Yeah, that too. I'm glad that I wore full steel when I fought that one. Damn.
    Cybele Angry Sneaky Climber Soldier Lady.
    Delilah Stoic, quiet, and unassuming. Somehow, I find her to be really sweet and caring, even if she tries to play it off otherwise.
    Domonico Drinking water in a tavern is a rarity but could indicate a level-headedness. Her promise to aid me in finding one of my men will not be forgotten.
    Duarte Reticent and reserved. An ascerbic sort of humor. One of those types that is likely extremely loyal to one thing - and one thing alone.
    Echo Direct and to the point, remarkably suspicious of others, and likely an able warrior given by her position in the Valorous Few.
    Edain She is Baron Audric's right hand in the Valorous Few, and often a voice that makes me stop and consider what I thought I knew about how we view the Abandoned. I am certain that to her I am just another 'silk' but I always enjoy her musings when I am browsing the archives. Even if I do not agree with her thoughts, without fail they always make me stop and carefully consider what I believe. There's a great strength in that, and I wonder if she knows how valueable that is to us all.
    Eilonwy Quiet and intense. I get the sense she saves her energy for what matters.
    Eirlys Damn good at what she does, reminds me a lot of my brother. I am glad she was with us. Would like to know her better.
    Evaristo I'm hungover and she's a friend of a blood mage and probably will save us all from something really bad. I got a feeling.
    Fatima Warrior woman who would have done well in Thrax. She seems a bit wary but Gods those scars are beautiful.
    Faye An interesting woman, one that I might have quite a bit in common with. She seems quite knowledgable abotu Skald, and I enjoy listening to her. I'd enjoy speaking with her again.
    Ferrando A highly deadpan Valorous Few lieutenant, apparently also highly trained in archery and blandness. It's not like she's awkward or shy, though, she just doesn't seem to have a lot of things to say. I bet she's totally talkative once she's known you for five years and nobody else is around, though.
    Fiachra Quiet, but clever and knowledgeable in the woods and in handling potential danger. As well as a hell of an archer. I'd welcome her knowledge in the wilds on any scouting trip.
    Fiora What a time to be a secret queen. Good luck to her.
    Gareth A friend of Ainsley. Makes sense.
    Gaston Taciturn and quiet at the best of times I find, but she's no mean shot with a bow. She proved herself clever with her ruse in the forest, and a woman of her word as well. And that, I would have to say, counts for far more than quiet surliness about the woman.
    Gianna It's always interesting to hear what she has to say.
    Gilroy Always with a goof. She's the life of the party!
    Grazia The Prima, as the Undying Empire calls her, seems to be quite uncomfortable with being called "Your Majesty," as one might imagine from a simple sellsword. And yet she has good taste in whiskey, even if she thinks the Lyceum is too warm during the blistering heat of summer.
    Hana She's the sort of person I usually look to as a customer, but she's a little intimidating when you meet her at an art show. Once I started talking, though, she seemed to actually be thoughtful about art -- even if she claimed she didn't really know much about it. I think she knows more than she thinks.
    Ian Took having a vomit monster vomited onto her with as much good grace as could be expected.
    Jeffeth Don't know much about her other than she has the Prince's ear and seems to be a trusted confidante. She seems to have her head on straight.
    Jordan She's a tough woman, not one for talking with strangers, maybe, but definitely someone to watch if she's Prince Ainsley's sparring partner. I look forward to her fight.
    Joscelin Abrupt, but that's not a bad thing. I've seen her before and I mean to get to know her better. I've heard -such- tales of this woman...
    Josephine A woman of few words and gruff demeanor. No doubt not to everyones taste but I find her a fresh breath in truth.
    Kaldur Intent and intense. What is her interest in me? I will have to find out.
    Kenna Her passion shines through her words. I can tell she cares about what she's speaking about.
    Killian Interesting woman, rough around the edges but that's no problem in so far as I'm concerned..and has her eyes open. Always refreshing to meet someone who isn't trying to force the world to fit in their little box, but looking at it as it really is and trying to figure out what to do about it.
    Leola Very focused, like she's looking down the shaft of an arrow, always, always. No hesitation, either.
    Lorenzo Thank goodness she didn't think I was crazy when I told her about some crazy things.
    Lou I can't get a good handle on Shard, except to say that she's very standoffish at times. Unless it's a topic she's concerned or passionate about. I can't speak to her experiences, but her prowess on the Grayson missions makes me glad to have her counted among our friends. I think we could potentially be friends, should circumstances ever change and we not have danger around every corner.
    Lys de Lire House Sword. She's stoic and steady. Yes, 'steady' is the word for Shard. Rooted and hard, and unmoveable.
    Margerie Appraising. Harder to read than most people I've met, at the Salon or elsewhere. I find myself biting back a goodly portion of my usual incessant, cheerful babbling in her presence for some reaosn.
    Martino Well there is someone who's got strong views and is not afraid to make them known. Passionate, clearly, on matters close to them
    Mason An interesting woman, Mason met her by chance at the Shrine of the First Choice, and they ended up having a long conversation. Mason sees some common threads between himself and Prodigal, as both are learning to live in a new home and culture. She seems sharp of mind and firm of opinion, not afraid to share opposing thoughts or ideas.
    Melody However blunt and easy to read this one might claim herself to be; to me, she is the unexpected.
    Merek %bMerek thinks she is very quiet, and seems to not like a lot of things from what he has seen at most.
    Mira Fierce. Wild. Free. She's not a lady to be caged. I can understand her point of view, but I'm just not the warrior she is...
    Mirari A steadfast, headstrong women not afraid to be messy in order to do what's right.
    Nijah A prodigal from the North. She works as a mercenary and is rather difficult to read, but can provide some nice company once she's warmed up!
    Niklas I'm not sure I've ever heard her talk. But she says a lot with her mopey glowers!
    Nuala Not a woman of many words. Like an owl, she watches, listens, and strikes when the moment is ripe. An asset to the north.
    Orazio An interesting woman; she clearly chooses her reactions and her words with care. Orazio finds her to be surprisingly pleasant company.
    Petal She seems sort of quiet and rather logical. She won't wear silk, but she understands why common clothing is so good. Maybe one day she will let me make her an outfit.
    Pharamond She's intimidating, and she seemed to at least be against the actions of Danae tonight which, for now at least, makes her an ally in my book! Intense though.
    Philippe The last wolf queen or a subject of our Arvum king. She is a person who will need to decide on which side she is on. Both choices have extraordinary results.
    Reese She seems rather somber and serious. I think she can fight, just to look at her, but more than that she has a warrior's focus. I hope Audric doesn't lead her into trouble.
    Riagnon She's V E R Y serious. Which is sortof exciting!
    Rinel A prodigal with typically savage notions of warfare.
    Rymarr A bit uppity, but I don't mind it. Seems determined to bristle as often as possible. Yet she's dependable and efficient. I like that. I'm well aware that I'm often perceived as cold, distant, and all the rest. So I can't really judge another based on their outward appearance. She offers sage advice when it's needed and I found myself looking to her as an advisor a great deal during a recent point of command. She knows battlefields and knowing battlefields is a skill that I share and because of that, it gives me a blanket foundation of respect for someone such as she and myself.
    Sabella She saved my life and I am forever absolutely and totally grateful! She's great! We'd be best friends if we ever got together more! Which we don't. But it could happen!
    Saedrus Reserved is, I think, too subtle of a word for Mistress Shard. She is something of a mystery, at least in a mild sense. Dark, determined and so sure of her own mind; each admirable traits. She tells me she is horrid company, but I refuse to believe that. I can be terribly persistent.
    Samael I like her question during the Prayers to the Sentinel. Does the Sentinel judge those who don't worship it?
    Saya She's earth and stone in leathers and metal. Steady, but with an edge. I know it.
    Selene What stories she could tell are concealed by distinct reserve. But her curiosity and fearlessness suggest so much more. A mystery, without fail.
    Sergei The vice-captain is a very, very stern young lady; and not, might I add, very lady like. I'm not complaining, honey, but it's going to get real distracting if you're constantly trying to kill me.
    Silas Not much of a talker, but she is a fellow person-watcher.
    Sparte A good rider and marksman, though perhaps not so keen on some people I rather like. Which is a shame, some of my best friends are stoats.
    Tallius Seems alright, if a bit on the quiet side. Seems odd how different she is from the Shav I knew and grew up around. Really underlines how unique each tribe or group is from one another.
    Tarik She like cider and she doesn't smile. I have a feeling she does smile, but I don't think I want to be around when she starts to smile. She is the Few like me. She seems to be very focus individual that something to remember if I ever have to work with her. I got to match her focusing if that is possible.
    Tescelina She carries an intensity that I would expect of a wolf, fierce are her eyes and beautiful. There is a hint of sadness as well, under it all. I suspect that fierceness was not free, it came at a high cost. I will be cautious, as she warned, but we will speak again.
    Theron I've seen her in a number of times and I know she's quite skilled with the sword. I haven't had the opportunity to spar her yet, but I look forward to it, in the future. Maybe after the war. Someone who's reserved and well-connected, maybe a little dangerous, as she's part of the Valorous Few. I look forward to serving with her at Setarco.
    Thesarin When she spoke, which was little, she seemed hostile. When she acted, it was to protect the lives of strangers at great risk to her own.
    Torian They were at the Merchant West fire and The Compact owes them a debt of gratitude!
    Valenzo Don't know what I'd do in her boots, but I can't help but be impressed by her composure. Wolf queen, indeed.
    Valery She is always so serious and she seems sort of angry... But not the dangerous angry, behind the seriousness she seems nice.
    Vayle Stoic and quiet, but as the group grew smaller she grew more verbose and her intelligence became clear. She was patient and direct. Thank you.
    Victus I've seen her type around, wild and free. Skittish like one of the animals from the north as well. But she's got some military discipline on her and no doubt some dirt on those knuckles too. Ain't nothing about that I don't respect.
    Warrick Willing to deal with my stupid problem for an appropriate amount of coin.
    Willow The more I see her in different contexts the more interesting she becomes.
    Zeriax Examined by the eyes of a hunter. A predator. A killer. The first time she looked at me, I finally knew what it was like to be caught within my own gaze.