NG Medium humanoid (elf)
Languages Elvish, Common (Taldane), Kelish, Undercommon, Dwarvish
Combat Gear mw chain shirt, mw rapier, longspear, buckler, dagger (2, 1 silvered), mw alchemical silver light mace, mw backpack, healer's kit (1+1*), bedroll*, belt pouch (2), traveler's outfit, magnifying glass, embroidered holy symbol (flower with sun in center and wings surrounded by wreath of leaves), sack (2), 6 days trail rations*, waterskin, rice paper (20 pcs), ink, pen, CLW wand (48 charges), 3 lesser restoration potions, yarn*, knitting needles*, crochet hooks*, embroidery floss*, fabric*, 0 pp, 95 gp, 6 sp, 0 cp (*denotes item carried on pack animal, where applicable)
Racial Traits +2 on saving throws vs. enchantment spells and effects, +2 on caster level checks to overcome spell resistance, +2 on Spellcraft checks to identify magical items, immune to magical sleep effects, +2 on Perception checks, weapon proficiencies
Favored Class: Oracle +1 HP 1st level, +1 SR 2nd level, +1 SR 3rd level, +1 SR 4th level
Oracle's Curse Clouded vision: Cannot see past 30', but has darkvision. (Note: I'm also treating this as including poor resolution even w/in 30'. She can't read fine print, but her sense of touch is very good.)
Revelation Channeling: Channels positive energy as a cleric of her level; cures/inflicts 2d6, save DC 16 (including Trait bonus).
Revelation Healing Hands: +4 on Heal checks, can use the Heal skill on two people at a time.
Appearance: Cynara is, like most elves, tall and slender. Her hair is a shade of blond so pale as to appear white in most light, and her eyes are also pale and cloudy. She typically wears a scarf over her eyes, as they look somewhat disconcerting even to those used to dealing with elves. Only the faintest hint of tan touches her skin despite the years she's spent outdoors in the brutal Katapesh sun. When not adventuring she wears simple light-colored robes and carries a staff with which she feels her way; she invariably carries a ball of yarn and knitting needles, or several hanks of embroidery floss and a needlepoint frame.
Studious and clever, albeit more gregarious than the stereotypical bookish recluse, Cynara had always intended to be a scholar, but the Fates had other plans. Her Mystery chose her in her 105th year, just before she reached adulthood. For some time afterward she was despondent over the effect of the curse on her vision--it made reading fine script extremely difficult. She could no longer easily follow the tomes and scrolls she had loved, so the path of the scholar seemed to be closed to her. In addition, oracles of her sort are quite rare in elven society--the deities associated with her Mystery are not those typically worshiped by elves. So despite the generally positive reception given to elven oracles, she had very few peers. It was at that time that she was recruited into the Shin'Rakorath, as they needed an agent in Katapesh to (among other things) keep track of the flourishing trade in exotic items--anything that might betray drow origin needed to be reported. The Shin'Rakorath have given her a purpose she thought she'd lost with her vision, these many years ago, and she is a true believer in their mission.
Because of her curse she has trouble with direct examination of items, so she acts primarily as a point of contact for the network that Indriel, her handler in the Lantern Bearers, set up and maintains. She cannot read or write well, but she can encode information in knitted or needlepointed pieces; the blind elf healer with her knitting needles has become a fixture of the Katapesh bazaars in the time that she's been there.
Cynara is a member of the Lantern Bearers, a shadowy group of elves devoted to standing against the threat of the drow and their allies, and concealing their existence from the rest of the world. Because her Mystery is one favored by Sarenrae, she was sent to Katapesh by Swallowtail himself some forty years ago. Since then she has worked as a healer and otherwise kept her ears open for any sign of dark elves in the lands south of the Inner Sea. Few other Shin'Rakorath members are permanently stationed in the area (the closest are Aerel, a wizard in Quantium, and Shiriena, a ranger in Ipeq), and her primary contact in the organization is Indriel, a rogue who passes through every year or two.
Five years ago she sent a report that included mention of Zolurket as something to watch for; the possibility that the depths of Tar-Urkatha hide a way into the Underdark made it a potential conduit for drow activity. The Elder-moot's unwillingness to back the reclamation made it a low priority, or so she thought. Six months ago she received a directive to prepare to investigate Zolurket personally, since Sangvit had defied the Elder-moot and was about to return. Reestablishment of the dwarven stronghold there is thought by her superiors to reduce the possibility of a drow incursion; despite the risk of discovery of the dark elves, the Lantern Bearers have an interest in seeing the reclamation succeed. If it does, she has been ordered to remain there if at all possible, to discourage further exploration into the Underdark and keep watch for the drow. (Besides, potentially embarrassing the Governing Council is a little something extra--the Lantern Bearers are elves, after all!)
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