Avalerdis, or Ava as the Southerners tend to call her, is a large woman of obvious Ulfen heritage. She stands at 6’10” and weighs 340 pounds with broad shoulders, wide hips, and tremendous strength. For those outside the Ulfen realms, her size is usually a shock, but only made more so by how deftly she wields her earth breaker, a weapon even the Ulfen regard as too heavy for most. Ava has long dirty blonde hair, which she usually wears in one or two braids and light brown eyes. Her face would be attractive, but her nose has been broken too many times and her teeth show signs of battle as well. While not ugly, Ava gets far more attention for her size than her beauty. She turns even more heads for her battle prowess.
Typically, she is seen wearing a gray pants and a blue tunic over which she will wear her armor. A necklace of bear’s teeth is the only adornments she will suffer, though sometimes she is seen with a fur cloak instead of her usual gray one.
Avalerdis hails from the frozen lands of the Linnorm Kings. Her family made their home near Hero’s Rest on the border with Irrisen. Her father and two eldest brothers were killed in a massive raid on the town by the Winter Witches and trolls of Irrisen before she was even born. Her mother, Tridis, was mad with grief after the battle and fled to the Empty Boneyard to seek solace. While she grieved, a silver-haired woman approached and comforted Tridis. Tridis denounced the unending war between the Ulfen and Irrisen which had taken her husband and sons from her. The woman promised Tridis that her family’s sacrifice would not go unrewarded, but that the struggle needed to continue. She foretold that Tridis carried a child who would escape the wars in frozen north. Tridis knew the woman who comforted her was none other than the Silver Dragon Avaleru. She redoubled her family against the Irrisen, sending her two youngest sons to train and prepare for coming battles. And when the new baby was born, Tirdis named her Avalerdis in honor of the dragon’s promise.
Avalerdis grew up with the heart of a Ulfen warrior. She grew quickly and grew strong, easily matching her older brothers in feats of daring and strength. Despite this, Avalerdis was forbidden to join the raiders or the Blackravens. From an early age, she was told that her destiny lie in the southern lands. When she was 17, her mother told her the time had come. She was given her father’s old mail and she departed south to see what the words of the dragon held for her.
Avalerdis is a woman to make any Ulfen warrior proud. She is a brash, young warrior with strength to challenge any man. She’s at home in a fight as well as a tavern, singing songs of valor or noble sacrifice. While she’s seen many a fight, she still has a naive sense of honor. She grew up with a very clear sense of ally and enemy, so the deception and intrigue she’s encountered in the south often frustrate her. She picked up her faith in Torag from her homeland, and she loves hearing the stories the priests tell. She despises snakes and recently has found a love of bear wrestling.
Avalerdis is known in the Ulfen tradition as Shield-Breaker, though the reasons tend to vary. She will tell you it’s from her powerful strikes with the heavy Earthbreaker. Some say it’s from her tendency to take heavy strikes on her buckler. Still others, who only talk behind her back, say it’s from her ugly face which has either been beaten by a shield until it broke or can simply break a shield by it’s mere look.
Name: Avalerdis (Ava) Freyrdin, called Shield-Breaker
Race: Human (Ulfen)
Personality: Brash, bold, brave
Likes: Adventure, Good friends, Good drink and good food, feats of strength and daring
Dislikes: Snakes, weak ale, cowards, and sad songs
Favorite foods: Meats, potatoes, eggs, onions, cabbage,
Hobbies: Dicing, listening to stories of legend, wrestling bears
Physical Description: Dirty blonde hair in braid(s), light brown eyes, crooked nose and teeth, large frame with broad shoulders and hips.