About Bryndís Raelyosradinsdóttir
Female Half-Elf Bloodrager (Urban/Primalist) 2
CN Medium Humanoid (Half-Elf)
Init +3; Senses Perception +7
Hero Points: 2
Fort +5, Ref +2, Will +2 (+2 vs. Enchantment Spells and Effects) (+1 vs Arcane Spells)
Failed Apprentice (Race):
Arcane Temper (Magic):
Skills (16 points; 8 class, 2 INT, 2 Cunning, 4 Background)
Acrobatics* +7 = DEX 2+2+3
*ACP applies to these skills
Keen Senses (Half-Elf): +2 Perception
Languages Taldane, Skald, Elven, Varisian
Low Light Vision:
Controlled Bloodrage: 6 Rounds/Day
Uncanny Dodge (Ex)
Restrained Magic (Su):
0th (at will)
Money 12 GP 7 SP 8 CP
Bryndís’s mother Svala is a witch of some power and ambition, but of almost no renown of Kalsgard. That is the best type of witch to be in a city like Kalsgard, where magic in general, and witchcraft in particular, is distrusted. As a younger woman, Svala was (and still is to be fair) a considerable beauty, enough to beguile a Snowcaster elf into abandoning his responsibilities as a Twilight Speaker to take up with her.
Raelyosradin had undergone his tribe’s preparations to inure him against the temptations of the wider world, but he was a poorer choice as a Twilight Speaker than either his tribe, or he himself imagined possible. Sent to Kalsgard as a trader, and spy when the opportunity arose, he began to be swayed by city life after his initial shock wore off. Svala sought him out, and he found her fieriness and forwardness irresistible.
For her part Svala saw Raelyosradin as a prize. Winning him despite his promises to his people would prove her abilities in manipulation and seduction. Bryndís was born to them a year into their relationship. Some years went by, and both Svala’s and Raelyosradin’s feelings for each other cooled. As Svala’s powers grew and her network of underworld contacts expanded, Raelyosradin seemed to her a smaller and smaller trophy. Raelyosradin grew bored and lonely. Elves were extremely rare in Kalsgard. Most were other Snowcaster elves, who had no dealings with him after delivering a final message that he was no longer welcome at home. The few other elves found him too strange to be comfortable with, and he never managed to accustom himself to Ulfen ways.
By the time Bryndís was fifteen, Raelyosradin had begun to think about perhaps moving on to see more of the world. Unfortunately the first trip he took was to another woman’s bed. Svala found out about the affair almost immediately of course. Her response was to murder, cook, and eat Raelyosradin. She did the same to the woman who had dared to cross her when she tracked down her identity.
Bryndís was shocked. She understood well that her mother could not let such an affront to her honor go without a response, but what Svala had done seemed rather disproportionate revenge. Bryndís didn’t express this to her mother, that now seemed very dangerous. Nor did she tell anyone else, that would have been a very foolish thing to do. So, life continued for Bryndís and Svala as if Raelyosradin had suddenly one day just disappeared, on the surface at least.
Bryndís had reached the age when her training as a witch needed to begin. Although she knew Bryndís had the spark, Svala found her infuriating. She seemed to be unable to learn even the simplest of things, and never attracted a patron. Svala eventually decided Bryndís was too stupid and lazy to amount to anything and abandoned Bryndís’s tutelage. Bryndís did find witchcraft beyond her ability, but she was learning according to her own agenda. She was increasingly horrified by her mother, and had set about learning how to protect herself from magic.
As Svala realized she would never coven with her daughter, she lost interest in her. Bryndís waited her mother out. When her mother no longer bothered to monitor her, Bryndís simply packed her belongings and slipped away. She was of no more value to her mother than a household servant anymore, so Bryndís doubted Svala would bother to look for her. As a precaution Bryndís dropped her surname of Svalasdottir and instead adopted Raelyosradinsdóttir after her father. She does not tend to use a true surname though, preferring "Magpie", a pet name her father had called her because she had loved to collect baubles and beads and string them as necklaces when she was a child.
Bryndís took all the money she had squirreled away over the years and invested it in weapons and armor. Her father had taught her the basics of martial combat, and she would make her way earning a living by it. Her size and strength secured Bryndís a spot on a cargo ship bound for Riddleport. There, she found a job as a caravan guard. For about a year she meandered through Varisia's hinterlands in this way, learning Varisian and coming to like Varisians and their way of life quite a lot. When a caravan brought her to Magnimar, Bryndís took a break to stay for a while. From what she's heard, Bryndís should be able to scratch up some work guarding the bodies of the puny, or maybe a rich house. She's not above giving being a gladiator a go if she must. This will get her started, and she will move up from there. First she would need to build a reputation, make a name for herself. She is determined to do so, and confident she will accomplish great things.
Appearance and Personality:
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 150 | Hair: White Gold | Eyes: Pale Blue
Bryndís inherited her father’s height and she is imposing, standing taller than most human males. She isn’t exactly lithe, but instead lean and, like most Ulfen people, muscular. Both her father and mother were pale skinned, with blond hair and blue eyes. Bryndís is the same, though slightly paler than typical for Ulfen humans, and with almost white hair and light blue eyes.
She is attractive, but her size tends to be a bit off-putting to most men. Her face isn’t quite as rounded as the average Ulfen woman’s, which along with her ears betrays her elven heritage. Although she isn’t particularly talkative with people she doesn’t know well, she is polite and knows to smile when dealing with others if she wants to make a good impression.
When she isn’t in armor, Bryndís typically wears simple clothing of linen and leather for comfort. She doesn’t ignore her looks, but doesn’t trouble herself much with extra primping. Staying clean and keeping her hair in good order is enough for her.
Although she doesn’t pass for human upon close scrutiny, Bryndís has found that in Varisia the overwhelming Ulfeness of her size and looks tend to be the center of people’s attention rather than her elven features. This is a reversal from the Lands of the Linnorm Kings and she is pleased by it.
If Bryndís inherited her father’s height, she inherited her temper from her mother. While violent, it is not a loud, dramatic type of anger. Bryndís’s temper is a cold fury that she can keep hidden until the time is right. Like almost all Ulfen, she is mindful of her honor, and will not let slights pass unchallenged. When she was younger she gave and received more than her share of black eyes and bruises over disparaging comments about her elven parentage. On the other hand, Bryndís does not use honor as an excuse to seek out fights. Slights or insults must be real and with intent to rouse her.
Bryndís tends to be pessimistic about human nature. She doesn’t really expect people to be their best, or to act in good ways. Her childhood was proof enough to her that most people are not kind or helpful unless they will benefit by it. She doesn’t assume others are out to harm her, but she does keep her guard up with strangers until she knows something about them. Trust is something that she believes must be earned, and she hates the idea of being shown to be gullible.
She talks little and vaguely about her past in Kalsgard. It is an awkward subject that she doesn’t expect other people to understand. She is used to Ulfen biases against witchcraft, which in her mother’s case are entirely justified anyway. Her expectation is for others to either be revolted if they knew about her family, or to pity her. She wants neither of these. On other subjects, especially the future, she is quite talkative to almost anyone. In those conversations she is nakedly ambitious and brags without an ounce of shame. She is supremely self-confident.
Once Bryndís warms to someone she is very different. She does have a dry sense of humor and enjoys small talk and casual conversation with those she is comfortable around. A cornerstone of Ulfen life is the family as a protective barrier from a harsh world. When she gets close to people she begins to view them as family since her own turned out to not meet her needs. She is also utterly loyal in return.
Bryndís views magic and its practitioners somewhat negatively for obvious reasons. Her views on magic may be shaped by a more provincial version of the arcane, but she does understand what magic is and what it can do. She has worked hard to build mental shields against enchantments, which she fears the most. Her elven heritage has helped her considerably in this, but she is always on the lookout for anything that will strengthen her protections against spells and hexes.
My plan for Bryndís is to develop her as an effective anti-caster martial, and also to make a character that progresses sensibly given the unusual abilities of the Bloodrager class. Her background is set up to portray her counter to the more usual barbaric "fear and superstition about the unknown" in regarding magic, to fear and suspicion because she does know about it. Delayed casting until 4th level means that I'm emphasizing her defensive abilities versus magic early on. But she does in fact have the "spark" as her mother believed. Her mother's mistake has trying to teach a spontaneous user. It was like trying to teach a penguin to fly because it's a bird, not ever realizing it is meant to swim. When she does gain spellcasting abilities it will be an extension of the manipulations she's already learned to protect herself. Before that point she has no idea she is capable of spell casting at all. I see her as almost an anti-magic inquisitor without the religious trappings. Know the enemy, and use the enemy's own tactics to defeat it.
As for personality and CN alignment, it is with CG tendencies, a "limited good" philosophy that you can't make the world a better place, but you can help and protect family, friends and allies from it. Definitely not a chaotic crazy or random for the hell of it version of the alignment.