About Kari Surfdancer
Kari grew up in a small fishing village northeast of Sandpoint. Her childhood was spent playing on the on and around the beach: collecting sea shells, examining the creatures in the tidal pools and playing various games with the other children.
As she grew older, she helped her parents on their fishing boat; she proved to have an uncanny knack for predicting the best fishing spots, based on her observations of the flight patterns of birds. She tried to explain her reasoning to her mother and father, but neither they, not anyone else, could understand how she was doing it. Other strange things started happening around her: things going missing and later being found in unusual spots, and unexplained sounds with no plausible cause.
One day, she caught sight of a 4 inch tall, winged man, making off with a spool of thread. She called after him, but he disappeared. Later, she spotted him again, putting the spool into the larder. This time, he stayed to talk, and told her that his clan was protecting her from evil spirits. Despite her protests that she didn't need protecting (she had her parents for that), the fey creature was insistant that he and his relatives continue to watch over her. Ever since then, these tiny creatures have followed her, never visible to anyone else, making her life difficult by constantly moving things, for reasons known only to themselves. Although mostly a nuisance, she learned that she could coax them into moving small objects for her, if she asked nicely.
When Kari grew into an adult, she left her home village, eager to see new places and have new experiences. She travelled north along the coast of the Varisian Gulf, fishing and foraging in the wild to feed herself, exploring sea caves and observing marine life. One day, as she travelled along the west of the Fogspear Mountains, she saw a magnificent male wolf. When she continued on her way, the animal followed her. She left some food for it, which it ate gladly, but when she tried to approach it, it retreated into the underbrush and vanished. This continued for several days, until finally the beast allowed her to come closer. She formed a bond with the animal, which seemed unusually intelligent, and named him Hrolf. Over time, she learned to ride the wolf, and he has served as her mount ever since.
Over the next few years, Kari wandered up and down the coast of Varisia, exploring wonderful untamed places, and marvelling at the ruins of ancient Thassilonian contruction. A few months ago, while visiting a town to trade for supplies, she met a merchant and got to talking. The man mentioned an ambitious attempt to establish a colony in the islands far to the west, in the partially sunken remains of the shattered Aztlanti continent. Intrigued by the opportunity to explore new lands and traces of the lost Azlant civilization, she made the long journey to Almas, to see if she could join the expedition. When she go there, she found that she had missed the departure of the first wave of colonists, but that a follow up ship was set to leave in a few weeks time. She arranged an interview, and explained to the recruiter how her diverse skills, and bond with nature. could help the new colony.
Outgoing and fun-loving, Kari is focused on seeking out new experiences and places, almost to the point of obsession; unconsciously, fear of The Bleaching drives her forward. Despite her gregarious nature, she also needs regular periods by herself, surrounded by nature, to recharge.
Kari is 3'3" tall, 34 lbs, with green hair and green eyes. She fixes her locks in place with a seashell-adorned hair clip.