Post by Nicky on Dec 10, 2017 20:09:33 GMT 1
Nationality: Sarrian ethnically. Sarrian-Khergit culturally.
Spoken languages: Khergit (Native), Sarrian (Second), Common (Fluent), Norse (Fluent).
Appearance: Shaha is a dark-skinned woman in her mid-sixties, still strong and capable for her age, she is tall, especially for a woman, standing at almost six feet in height. Her once dark hair is now grey-white although her head is mostly kept shaved. The life she has lived is apparent, she has a scarred body, particularly her hands and areas on her face.
Personality: Shaha is a quiet woman with little to say, although what she does say expresses the experience and wisdom she has garnered throughout her life. She will barely speak unless spoken to or in the company of close companions. She is a patient and calm woman with a strong will and a woman of practicality, understanding that there are hardships in life and on occasion difficult decisions need to be made. She is adaptable to many situations and the life of a slave has made her hardy and strong, capable of learning quickly to any job or task she puts her mind to.
Likes: Children, Law & order, Structure, Nature, Stories, Songs, Displays of bravery, Integrity, Strength.
Dislikes: Fickleness, Cowardice, Disloyalty, Anarchy, Oppression.
Flaws: Despite being adaptable, Shaha is in some form set in her ways, having lived her life in her own way and in a certain manner since a young age, having finally earnt her freedom, she is both torn between finding freedom to be a new experience and finding freedom to be pointless and simply having no purpose. Shaha despite once being a skilled fighter has had her ability dulled by age and time, still capable with the bow and sword, but certainly no longer an expert. As comes with age, Shaha is effected by fatigue at a quicker rate than in her youth, and in some respects her senses have dulled slightly.
Character history: Shaha was a slave even before she was born, her Sarrian parents slaves to a lawless Khuzait-Khergit tribe. By the time Shaha was born, her Father had already died and her Mother shortly after her birth. Most of the other slaves were Sarrian, and through them Shaha vaguely learned the tongue of her parents, many using the Sarrian tongue to avoid the listening ears of the slavers. Over the years spent as a slave for the Khergits, several of the elders would hold secret lessons in the night for the child slaves of Sarrian descent to teach them their native tongue, the lessons were swift and to the point and many of the children were unable to adapt to learning the language, in the end, Shaha, and only a handful of other children, stuck to the lessons. Even without the elders present, and after they died, the children would sit in circles at night practicing the language with eachother as it gave them a strange sense of victory over the slavers knowing that they could speak without being understood, and thus through years of on and off practice and difficulty, Shaha learnt the tongue of her parents. Through the slavers, Shaha grew to understand the Khergit language from birth more naturally than Sarrian, lest she be punished for misunderstanding. They would solely speak Khergit so since birth, it is all Shaha heard. Thus Shaha holds Khergit as her native tongue.
The concept of religion was never introduced to Shaha by a meaningful figure in her life, thus she grew up to be pragmatic and held faith with no God simply due to never learning a faith. She is not however an Atheist, and does condone religions and even takes an interest in them. Although various other slaves throughout her youth tried to educate Shaha on the Sarrian Faith they were never around her long enough for any of these lessons to stick, all of which she gradually forgot over time due to simply having to concentrate on survival, now moving into the last stage of her life, Shaha considers her own ruthlessness to be wrong and has made efforts to find the right and true Faith to follow.
Shaha was raised to learn how to perform tough and menial tasks for many hours a day with little rest, physical work and labour as well as often having to fight other slaves for food and resources. Her saving grace as she grew was that she was an exceptionally beautiful woman and was often able to coerce goods and resources out of the slavers and men watching her. Becoming something of a leader to the men, women and children in the same situation as her, in her seventeenth year, Shaha led the slaves in an armed revolt against their oppressors which resulted in all of the other slaves escaping and Shaha choosing to stay behind to give them time to escape, as they were being pursued.
For this, Shaha was beaten brutally and branded as a troublemaker, being sold cheap onto the highest bidder, another rich slaver, an exiled Swadian in the Sarrian lands, who put her to work as a fighter in pits and arenas, where rich nobles and merchants would bet on the victor. During these years Shaha became fluent in the common tongue, both through her Master's teachings, talking to other slaves from different cultures who could only communicate with eachother via the mutual common tongue, or through simply listening, for if anything, Shaha was not short on time. Also during this period as a fighter, Shaha would have to train by her Master's orders, initially being unable to understand the trainer's commands, her Master put her through intense lingual sessions with a Monk to learn the common tongue, which would happen for hours daily. Although it took Shaha a long time to learn the new language, eventually she was able to do so, and through training and simply time, she became fluent in the tongue. For many years thereafter Shaha's life was split between being a fighter and a bedwarmer for her owner, who forced many children onto her. Over the years as a fighter, Shaha gained much experience in improvisational surgery and injury treatment. Eventually the fat Swadian choked on his food and Shaha was repossessed by his heir, sold off with her offspring to a slaver in the far south.
Over the following years, whether by infantile death, disease, murder or other such manners, Shaha lost all of her children one by one, many of them even making it to adulthood but not surviving the hard life they had to endure. Finally, moving into her later years, Shaha once again was prompted to lead an armed revolt against her owners, wishing to taste freedom before age and time caught up with her. This time she succeeded, and killed her most recent and so far final owner.
Freedom did little for Shaha however, and she wandered aimlessly for the next few years as a vagabond, finally ending up where she is now, longing for a purpose and finding a life of freedom to be one with no purpose. Shaha simply travelled for a few years, taking the odd job or work where she could find it as a hunter, bodyguard, cook, mercenary, fisherman, anything that would pay sufficient amounts to get by, whilst trying to avoid cutting other people short or gaining at the disadvantage of others. Through pure coincidence and with no real intent behind it, Shaha found herself in Fearichen just as the last of her money expired, left to find a new manner of survival and hoping to find a purpose once more.