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Author Topic: Linnea Eklund  (Read 303 times)

Description: Healer. Summer Sky to Purple Dusk. Played by Leann.

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Linnea Eklund
« on: Oct 09, 19, 03:15:17 PM »
    The Basics
    Character Name: Linnea Eklund
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    Age & Birth Year: 36, born 158 post Purge
    Race: Short Lived
    Caste: Healer
    Birth Territory: Rihland
    Home Territory: Rihland
     
    Birthright Jewel: Uncut Summer Sky
    Offering Jewel: Cut Purple Dusk
     
    Role: Healer
    Faction: Scythia
     
    Appearance

    Play By: Carey Mulligan
    Distinguishing Features:
    Tree tattoo along her spine. Also Linnea is tiny. She’s just barely five feet and fine boned and can give off the appearance of being overly delicate.
     
    Personality
    Personality:

    Linnea tends to be a quietly introverted individual. She’s more comfortable sitting back and listening to other people, absorbing the content of conversation. Not that she isn’t witty and charming in her own right, she’s just better with one-on-one conversations and small intimate gatherings than with crowds. Growing up being seen as a tool, rather than as a person, left the Healer with a shyness she continues to battle and a social awkwardness she’s largely overcome. Large groups tend to leave her flustered and scattered unless she can focus on a specific task to complete or a specific person. When her social energy bottoms out she’s best able to recharge herself with a walk through the woods.

    If Linnea’s psychic scent didn’t so strongly identify her as the Healer she is, she’d probably be mistaken for a Hearthwitch instead. She’s a homebody that finds joy and contentment in domestic tasks. It’s common to find her cooking, baking bread, gardening, or creating her soaps and candles. It constantly vexes the Healer that she’s so competent in the kitchen while following recipes or experimenting with food, fragrances, and waxes while her attempts at Healing potions tend to blow up in her face. (Sometimes quite literally.)

    With the discovery of her culture’s ancient rites and rituals at her Birthright Ceremony, a piece of Linnea settled into place. A bone-deep need to learn and practice the faith of her people was sparked within her. Knowledge of the All-Mother and the Tree of Life comfort Linnea in the same way being in nature does. Learning the stories of her ancestors from the Skalds at the moots she snuck into excite her and deepen the curiosity she has to know even more. To absorb more of what makes Rihlanders Rihlanders.

    Linnea is a true idealist led by her heart, though she tempers it with a healthy dose of common sense and self-preservation. She tries to look for the goodness inside each individual, whether they have wings or not. (Though she remains a bit leery of those with wings and will question their intentions and motivations a bit deeper than she would a person without wings.)

    As a Healer she often finds herself compelled to ease aches and pains that are better left to heal on their own. Linnea is able to temper her natural instincts, though she finds it more difficult to practice self-restraint with the people she’s familiar with.

     Likes:
    • 1. Helping Others. Linnea enjoys being useful. She enjoys choosing how and when and with whom she’s helpful. Sometimes she worries that she’s being selfish since she likes the feeling of being needed and the gratitude she receives after doing something as simple as bringing soup to a sick neighbor or watching someone’s child as they run errands.
    • 2. Gardening. Typically the purview of Queens, gardening is an activity that relaxes Linnea. Whether her hands are digging in rich, fertile soil or watering blooms, it’s a time when Linnea is able to empty her mind of worries and doubts. It’s time that she can ‘turn off’ her heart and mind and blanket her spirit and soul in a quiet peace.
    • 3. Creating Her Own Fragrances. Linnea enjoys the process of distilling or cold pressing the essential oils from plants. It’s a hobby she learned from her mom and now uses to create her own soaps, lotions, candles, and oils.

    Dislikes:
    • 1. Eyriens. She’s met a couple halfway decent Eyriens during her life. But she’s also known a number of awful Eyriens. She’s sure that out there somewhere are some very nice Eyriens. But she can’t bring herself to like them after she’d been held as a virtual slave. Being around one tends to make her anxious and puts her on edge.
    • 2. Prohibitions. Protocol already gives the Blood a strict set of rules to adhere to in order to diminish bloodshed. But to create laws to further restrict behavior feels more than a little excessive.  Especially since the laws had only pertained to the Rihlanders until recently and they forbid behaviors ‘someone’ found to be ‘immoral.’ Though, even more than the Prohibitions themselves, Linnea sincerely abhors the punishments handed out to those ‘guilty’ of violating them.
    • 3. Hard Winters. The changing of the seasons is a natural cycle that marked the progression of time. And winter can be lovely with denuded trees and a light dusting of snow across the slumbering land. It’s when blizzards feel like a daily occurrence with continually biting temperatures and no signs of the weather softening that Linnea begins to feel a little grumpy.

    Fears:
    • 1. Discovery as a Reclaimer.  While Linnea is not an incredibly vocal member of the movement, she believes, whole-heartedly, in the goals espoused by the leaders. She readily provides help and support for the cause and will shelter members traveling through her area. The memories she has of her father are nebulous at best as he was killed before her Birthright. Killed when he’d been overheard telling a Rihlander legend. It frightens her that the same fate could befall her. 
    • 2. Being a Pet Healer Again. Linnea grew up in service to an Eyrien court, as she and her mom shared the same Caste. There are no carefree memories of a childhood free from the immediate whims of Eyriens. With the ascension of Kalvar Elbremov and his destruction of the Eyrien Courts, Linnea experienced true freedom for the first time in her life. She’s terrified that it won’t last, that the Eyrien’s who settled in her beloved home will take Rihland back and she’ll be forced back into servitude.
    • 3. That Rihland Will Never Be Free. The Eyriens may not be holding the Courts of her homeland any longer, but a Black Jeweled Eyrien still runs the territory. He returned their name, sort of, and seems to be trying to bring the native beliefs back out into the open – but until a Queen of Rih blood rules Rihland will not be truly free.

    Craft Strengths:
    • 1. Mending Flesh. Linnea’s Craft seems to work best when dealing with soft tissue damage. It’s
      almost second nature to use Craft to seal wounds, stabilize organs, or knitting together muscles or ligaments. Rarely will her healing leave behind a scar.
    • 2. Animal Healing. As her mother’s specialty was in healing the various animals used in farming, Linnea was trained in the specialization. Learning the trick to muting her own Jewel strength so that she didn’t burn out the creature meant that Linnea also learned how to conserve her own Jewel strength when working with mammals. 

    Craft Weaknesses:
    • 1. Healing Tonics. Despite Linnea’s comfort and capabilities in the kitchen with regards to cooking or her hobby in utilizing essential oils and scents, the Healer is hopeless with Healing Tonics. She can just barely manage the contraceptive and moontime brews so common to the Blood. Attempting to make anything more significant ends up either blowing up in her face or having dreadful side effects.
    • 2. Reverse Healing. Intellectually she understands the process for this bit of Craft. She also understands that sometimes a Healer needs to open a wound to drain it so it can heal, or re-break a bone to reset it properly. She just can’t seem to actually do it. The Craft spells just... fizzle, and waste the power she used.

    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Reinhilde Vinke :: White - Yellow :: Healer :: Born 136
    Father: Eindride Eklundsen :: Rose - Purple Dusk :: Warlord Prince :: Born 132
    Aunt: Alfhild Eklundsdottir :: Tiger Eye - Summer Sky :: Priestess :: 56, Born 138


    History:

    It wasn’t until her eighth birthday that Linnea realized that there was something wrong with her life. It had always been her and her mother in a Court of Eyriens. There were enough fair-skinned wingless Rihlanders in view to counterbalance the golden-skinned winged people for her to recognize that there were different types of people. She just didn’t know what that meant until her dead father’s sister came well before sunset the day before she turned eight.

    The woman took her from her distraught and crying mother. Her aunt took her on her first flight amongst the winds and deep into a secluded woods. It was in the center of pristine nature that her aunt, a priestess, told her the stories of her people. Not just of the people of Rih, but also of her father and mother. Tales of the All-Mother tailored for a child to learn, and the harder tale of rebellion and the death of her father from before she was even born. All while the Priestess, her aunt, prepared an Altar to take her through her Birthright Ceremony.

    It was a night of revelations. She’d known she and her mother were different from the Eyrien’s that told her mother who to Heal and when, but didn’t know how. She’d known that she was also a Healer and would follow the same path as her mother when she was old enough. And that path would start the moment she returned with her bright and pretty Summer Sky Jewel.

    Her aunt returned her to her furious mother and her Caste training started in earnest. So too did her lessons on the history of her people. Her mother refused to acknowledge it, it’s what led to the death of her greatest love, but her aunt would sneak her out and back in before anyone was the wiser.

    It was a lonely life. The Eyrien’s who had control of her life saw her as an asset rather than a person with thoughts and feelings. Her mother, while affectionate and loving, would do nothing that would anger or upset the Eyrien’s in control. She’d been broken of any need to rebel or discuss Rihlander history or culture, depriving Linnea of her heritage. Her aunt visited when she could, and imparted as much as she could, but it was impossible to distill centuries of beliefs and customs with the short time they had together. Especially not when her mother was so terrified that the fate of her beloved husband would become the fate of her only daughter.

    Still, her Offering was carried out by her aunt in the same way as her Birthright - in a Rihlander rite deep within an untouched woods. Shortly after receiving her Purple Dusk, her mom passed away during a Healing “mishap” after she broke herself of her Jewels. Linnea understood that her mom felt she’d accomplished the final task needed before returning her soul to the All-Mother to avoid becoming a draugr.

    Her life remained largely unchanged until 190AP when Kalvar Elbremov slaughtered the Eyriens, including the bulk of those that held her ‘captive’. She left the area and found a group of Rihlanders with the sole purpose of returning their territory to what it was before the Eyrien Occupation. She made friends and connections within the Reclaimers and ended up settled in Scythia where she began working as a Healer for herself, and her cause. 

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    It may be the eve of the spring solstice, but there was still a chill to the air in the mountainous region of Scythia Linnea had made her home. The Healer barely noticed it, bundled up as she was, as she hiked farther into the woods as the light faded around her. The ebbing birdsong relaxed her while the discovery of new blooms delighted her.

    This would be the first Solstice she’d celebrate properly since Kalvar Elbremov “liberated” the Rihlanders. Celebrated the way her mother and aunt taught her so very long ago. The shadows lengthened around her before simply blurring into night. There was no fear in her - no alarm that she’d be unable to find her footing upon the uneven ground. No need to call Witchlight or Witchfire to light her path.

    Besides, she was nearly at her destination.

    She’d never forget the giddy joy that had bubbled through her when she had first discovered the natural clearing that encircled the massive ash tree. How could she forget it when flooded through her every time she returned? Linnea pressed her hands to her cheeks and breathed deep. This was a natural vé, her vé. Perhaps she’d share it next solstice with someone, or perhaps she’ll keep it to herself. It still felt dangerous to practice her faith. Rih’s faith.

    Linnea crossed the clearing and stood before the large tree. She pressed her hand to it for a long moment before touching her forehead to it. “Hello Mother,” the Healer murmured. The All-Mother, her mother. Mother Night, even. Maybe. Separately and together.

    She took a couple steps back and kneeled as she Called in a large stone slab that served as her Altar. Next Linnea called in a tied bundle of lavender, juniper, and white sage. With just a touch of Witchfire, the herbs began to smoke and smolder. Leaving it upon the Altar, she Called in and lit the fat white candles containing primroses and lilacs she’d prepared specifically for this night. This rite. The small wooden Idols quickly joined the rest of her offerings. They’d belonged to her aunt, wherever she was currently, and were a matched set to the ones her father had owned. The ones that had been destroyed when he’d been killed.

    Tears pricked at her eyes as the few memories she had of setting up an Altar with her mother crowded her. She paused her preparations and sat back, allowing the flickering candlelight to hypnotize her slightly. Once she felt steady she finished up with the offerings: a still steaming mug of mulled cider, an apple-nut cake, and a small vial of honey with small wildflowers floating inside.

    Linnea sat at the Altar as the smouldering herbs turned to ash. The candles were half burned and the cider had long since stopped steaming. Feeling more relaxed, more balanced, more together than she had in quite awhile, Linnea stood and made her way home through the darkness - leaving her Altar Shielded for the first day of spring.

    She’d be back the next night to retrieve her Altar stone and Idols.

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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #1 on: Oct 09, 19, 03:23:31 PM »
    May I have Linnea's Jewels rolled as per the the family roll adoption here, which were originally rolled on Killian's Sheet.

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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #2 on: Oct 09, 19, 04:32:17 PM »
    Weighed by Mother Night...

    You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Summer Sky Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Purple Dusk Jewel at your Offering.

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    Congratulations!
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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #3 on: Oct 09, 19, 10:15:18 PM »
    May I also have five family/ally rolls?

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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #4 on: Oct 10, 19, 08:07:25 AM »
    1. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
    2. White - Yellow
    3. Rose - Purple Dusk
    4. Rose - Purple Dusk
    5. White - Yellow
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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #5 on: Oct 10, 19, 11:44:55 PM »
    Ready for Review, pending Rated Em approval!

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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #6 on: Oct 10, 19, 11:46:38 PM »
    give unto me sweet, sweet linnea, (:< !!

    (as in much approve)




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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #7 on: Oct 12, 19, 11:52:51 AM »
    added to the queue.
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    Re: Linnea Eklund
    « Reply #8 on: Oct 21, 19, 09:28:07 AM »
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