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Shylah Vulpecula
Seafaring Warrior; She-Wolf of the Seas
Northernmost regions of Scandinavia
Land of the Midnatt Sol, Fjords and Nordlys

 

Born in Hammersfist, during the aurora borealis, the statuesque beauty with long, fiery red hair and eyes of the lightest blue hails from a remote northern land. Her future pre-set as sure as there are constellations in the heavens.

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  • Many hours have been spent upon the water, as well as gazing out over it. Many hours on the cliffs, far above the fjords, where the Norns spoke to her one night, years ago. The rolling of the waves is something that always has been and always shall be, and that is the way of life. Just as the warrior's way is her way ... her destiny.

    Known from the beginning, the warrior's path is an extremely difficult one. No other female from her clan has undertaken the task once they learned to be accepted into training they must become better than the males -- fight better, walk further distances, carry more than the normal weight of items, and learn all the ways of sailing, including navigation and the longships. Undaunted, her perseverence brings reward when acceptance into the warrior's circle is finally gained. Trained under the keen, watchful eyes of long-time friend and mentor Stigvard, son of Ivarns the Great, Shy became an adept seafarer and fighter following in the footsteps of her nine older brothers, much to the dismay of her mother and father.

    Having participated in a large number of battles throughout the far, rugged Northlands she achieved a deservedly-well, but hard-earned reputation. Bears visible scars reminding her of near fatal errors, refusing to have them removed by magical means. Long and thin are the two scars marring the left side of her face: One is above her eyebrow, extending into the hairline directly over her temple. The other intersects the first and trails down, ending near her earlobe. Upon viewing her right forearm, when freed of the studded bracer, one will notice several severe-looking healed claw marks. Many more battle scars (and a tattoo) lay hidden beneath her clothing.

    Shy's attire usually consists of a silk blouse which is delicately embroidered with a Scandinavian design, and tanned deer breeks. She also wears supple, buttery-soft leather gloves, fur-trimmed knee-high boots, and a hooded cloak; one of arctic wolf and fox furs during the colder month's. Clinging to her clothing is a delicious aroma of combined spices: Muskatnøtt (nutmeg), Vanilje (vanilla) and Kanel (cinnamon). Underlying those is the subtle scent of Frankincense.

    Noticeable, too, is the etched silver-and-gold band of Hammersfist's warrior tribe encircling her upper left arm. Three small rings adorn her right earlobe: Two gold, one silver; the silver being the more prized of those two metallic elements, giving her the ability to 'Shadow Step.' Gracing her neck is a Tors Hammer amulet, a gift from a close friend. Carries a longsword, Fire'n Ice, on her back. A whip, The Tearmaker, at her left hip. Plus, three concealed blades; two with runic markings, the third being the Stiletto of Bloodclaw given to her by the man most dear to her heart.

    After receiving word from her youngest brother, Bjartr, she set sail with a warrior crew to visit a strange land and its many unusual inhabitants, deciding to build a log home near one of the pristine lakes located between the forest and the mountains. The name of 'Shylah Vulpecula' is adopted, as suggested by Bjartr, in order to keep her identity hidden. Shylah's true name is known by all in Hammersfist and it is rumored that some type of connection to Idunn is held, although that has never been substantiated. Life in the new land has taken many twists and turns, forcing the seafaring warrior to steel herself against the chaotic ways of such a bizarre place; using the knowledge gained for her own benefit.

    Venturing to other realms, such as the now-destroyed Sommerhaven, Shy continues seeking out others, learning new and interesting trades, taking part in battles against orcs, and enjoying life to the fullest. One can often find her laughing, jesting, and/or sharing a good drink at one of the local taverns or inns; amused that so many can be lulled into complacency and forget about her fierce Viking nature.

    Please join in and see the lands, people and creatures met. She will surely take pleasure in your company, traverse these portals often and find new ones to investigate. Perhaps you like to hear poems or stories? Shylah has much to tell!

    ~ Those who enter the 'Domain of the Midnight Sun' and resolve
    the tasks set before them go on to greatness.
    Those who fail ... are lost forever ~


     

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