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Author Topic: Ambala Dhawan  (Read 4211 times)

Description: Landen. Played by Caryn.

Offline Ambala Dhawan

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Ambala Dhawan
« on: Jul 18, 15, 07:52:15 PM »
The Basics

Character Name: Ambala Dhawan
Age & Birthyear:  38, 154 AP
Race: Short-lived
Caste:  Landen
Birth Territory: Nharkava, Kaeleer
Home Territory: Nharkava, Kaeleer

Birthright Jewel: none, Landen
Offering Jewel:  none, Landen

Role: The Seat of Kamini
Faction: Rebellion


Play By: Tabu
Distinguishing Features:



Ambala is one of those women who was born to be someone's mother. She's attentive to the needs of others, possessed of a solid store of patience, and is always willing to lend an ear to someone's problems. She takes pleasure in seeing her charges grow to their full potential, and will give as much of her time and energy as she has to do to get things done. She is a great believer in ‘getting messy and making mistakes’. Life is mess and chaos and trying to salvage meaning from a nonsensical world; if you’re too stuck on getting it perfect or keeping your dignity, you can miss out on a lot.

She’s a very sociable woman. As a merchant’s wife, it was her responsibility to host her husband’s business associates, both Landen and Blood. As an herbalist, she learned how to keep up a light, friendly patter to put her patients at ease and keep them coming back.

Don't make the mistake that she's a pushover, just because she's a soft touch for a sorrowful pair of eyes and rarely speaks out in Council. She won't back down if she truly believes in her stand, but she prefers to work behind the scenes speaking one-on-one with the other Council members if she has an objection. The last thing the Rebellion needs is more tempers flaring.

Ambala is firm with those she regards as being under her wing, believing that all children (including the adult ones) require discipline and stability along with love and encouragement. Ambala can be too much of a mother hen at times, hovering too close to overprotectiveness, but she means well.

Ambala is a practical woman. A mother herself, she found it easy to serve Kamini. How could she not believe in the Goddess when one could see her gifts everywhere- in the passionate embrace of a husband, in the laugh of a child, in the proud smile of the woman who’d borne him? She is a creature of home and hearth, happy to take up the little domestic tasks to keep her family and friends comfortable and happy. Once she made the decision to join the Rebellion, the Seat of Kamini and the care of her new “family” was a natural fit.

For one who serves her own Goddess so faithfully, Ambala is one of the confirmed skeptics around Devika. She likes the woman; she admires her for trying to do something great; but she has never truly believed that Devika is hearing the Mother’s voice. The gods weren’t meant to walk among ordinary men and the brain was capable of some amazing coping mechanisms in response to near-death trauma. She’ll support the Mother’s vision of equality for Blood and Landen, though she remains dubious as to whether the Blood will come to embrace it too.

  • Bhakti- Ambala has a pet monkey she raised from a sickly infant. Bhakti is companion and helper in her work, fetching herbs and distracting patients in pain. Ambala as fond of her as any of the human children she bore.
  • Blood Healers- She may be jealous as all get out of their ability to fix the inner workings of the body as no Landen can, but she can’t deny their usefulness. If they’re willing to help save lives in the Rebellion, she’ll love them like a sister.
  • Cooking- Food is a good way to bring people together. And ever since tasting Glacian cooking, Ambala makes it a point to celebrate the more flavorful variety of Nharkavan dishes.
  • Purging and bleeding a patient- Though many Landen healers believe in these practices, Ambala does not. It’s a point of pride- the Blood may spill their own blood, but Landen should not imitate them.
  • Surgery- It may be necessary, but the process can often be gruesome and unsuccessful. The Rebellion sometimes runs short on sufficient pain relievers, making the whole experience that much more traumatizing for both healer and patient.
  • Cold- Cold and dark are the enemies of light and warmth. Ambala feels the cold more keenly than most and can often be found wrapped up or perched by the fire on a cool night.
  • Public speaking- Ambala loves interacting individually. But she grew up somewhat sheltered and was trained that young ladies didn’t seek attention that way. Her fear of crowds also contributes to her intimidation at the prospect of addressing a large group.
  • Large crowds- After being victim of an angry mob, she knows how quickly they can turn otherwise rational people into a creature ugly and destructive. She’ll always be afraid a crowd will get out of hand, even if she knows the people in it.
  • The collapse of the Rebellion- With a group of such varying perspectives and old grudges, alliance is tentative at best. Glacia and the Mother hold them together for now, but Ambala fears what will happen if one or both of those influences are ever removed.
  • Herbalry- Ambala is one of the most knowledgeable herbalists in the territory. She is familiar with uses for native flora when others may have lost that information and her potions can be just as effective as a Blood Healer’s in some respects. Even her luck and love potions aren’t just cons, incorporating herbs that boost confidence and lower inhibitions.
  • Psychology- It isn’t mind healing as the Blood understand it, working directly with the chalice of the mind. But Ambala has the ears and instincts to be an effective counselor through talk therapy and some discreet potion usage.
  • Surgery- Ambala hates cutting into people, particularly if they’re not dead yet. If possible, she’ll leave such operations for other healers and her experience level is thus correspondingly low.
  • Internal medicine- Without Craft, her ability to diagnose and treat internal defects and problems is limited.
Life Story

Mother:Farha Talati, Landen herbalist, 58.
Father: Aksan Talati, Landen animal healer, 59.
Husband: Maneet Dhawan, Landen merchant, d.

Raahi Dhawan, son, 17
Firaki Dhawan, daughter, 15
Naina Dhawan, daughter, 14
Mahasvin Dhawan, son, 12
Nanda Dhawan, daughter, 11
Vairat Dhawan, son, 10


Ambala was born in Jharkand Province to a pair of healers. Her mother tended humans and her father animals, and the family did well enough to aspire to marry their only child to a higher-class merchant when she grew up. Ambala learned herbalry from her mother and let the future take care of itself.

Her future ahowed up in the form of Maneet Dhawan when the merchant hired her father to consult on some sick pack animals. Though twenty years older than she, it was love at first sight. The two were wed not long after her twentieth birthday and welcomed their first son the following year. It was a golden time in Amabala’s life, building her family and her herbalry business.

Then Glacia invaded in her twenty-third year. It wasn’t so bad at first. The family even prospered under Glacia’s more Landen-friendly policies. Their Queens helped revive land that had gone barren and Nharkava seemed poised to recover. But somehow the fruits of these labors never seemed to stay in Nharkava. Then rumors started of lands being seized without cause. Her own parents lost their estate to reward a Dark-Jeweled Black Widow and had to move in with Ambala and her husband.

Maneet saw the warning signs and moved his family and business westward. But it didn’t matter in the end. Their Blood overlords, Glacian and Nharkavan alike, kept raising their demands until honest merchants like them couldn’t make a living anymore without increasing their own demands as well. The farmers and craftsmen her husband bought from got more and more upset, until one day they came to voice their grievances and demand some relief.

Her husband couldn’t give it to them, of course, and when his attempt to pacify them failed, Ambala had to watch as long-trusted friends and neighbors turned into an out-of-control mob. She lost her husband and her home that day, fleeing with her children and her parents to the Temple of Kamini. The incident showed her that Landen could be as destructive and ugly as Blood sometimes, and instilled in her a drive to help the innocents caught in the crossfire.

She remained at the temple for four years, working with the monks and organizing their efforts to help women and children in need. She came to realize that some of their aid efforts went to the growing Landen Rebellion, a fact which nearly had her moving on again. She didn’t need the trouble and her still-young family didn’t either.

Then one day she actually met the woman they called the Mother, and after half an hour’s worth of conversation, found herself not only joining the Rebellion but accepting a position as the Seat of Kamini. Her parents moved on with the children to the Temple of Lavanya (and further away from Glacian reach). It freed Ambala to help build a better life for them all, though she misses them desperately and visits when she can. Life with the Rebellion was often difficult and sometimes dirty and bloody, but Ambala found strength in her new purpose.

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Sunrise over the Ladakh mountains.

Ambala rose to greet it every day, for the privilege of observing the magnificent sight. It gave her hope and strength for the day to come as the holy lake at the mountains’ feet never quite equaled (Lavanya’s name be praised). Perhaps it was a byproduct of growing up in the east. Lakes were not so plentiful there as in the west, but the sun always rose in all its brilliance and glory.

The Rebellion’s stronghold was never completely still and muffled thuds and shouts echoed as Ambala padded back through the halls to the shrines kept for worship of the Eight. She lit a stick of incense for Lavanya as always, asking for the Mother to preserve them and their Avatar as they did their work. She might not be sure about Devika’s actual status, but she had no problem with praying for her well-being- for the woman’s own sake and for the Rebellion’s. Most days, as today, she also lit incense for Gautama. There was no wrong time to ask for a little extra wisdom and honor.

However, her own goddess was Kamini, and so it was that she offered to the goddess of home and hearth the small mountain-flower she’d carefully picked while on her morning walk. The delicate blossoms on the scrub-like branch may not be the beautiful lotus-flower considered the ideal offering, but fortunately the Gods praised any token, no matter how small, so long as it came from the heart. And Ambala had plenty of that, bowing her head to pray the Goddess to remember her children and the families in the Rebellion. They had so much stress and pain and fear in their lives, with only the hope of a brighter tomorrow to make the sacrifices worthwhile.

From her lips to the Gods’ ears.

Petitions (if any):  none

Player Name:Caryn

Offline Caryn

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Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #1 on: Jul 23, 15, 06:02:14 PM »
Huh. Just realized I forgot to say she's ready for review.

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    • cute! but psycho... but cute!

Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #2 on: Aug 01, 15, 09:38:50 AM »
Acknowledging that Review Council is aware that this character is Ready for Review and confirmin that the character is in the Review Queue, apologies for the delay! We'll try nad get to the review as soon as possible.

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Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #3 on: Aug 17, 15, 09:27:36 AM »
Sent a quick note to your player account, Caryn. Reply here when you're ready.  •  Discord: phinn#0798  •  Writer Tracker

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Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #4 on: Aug 29, 15, 12:20:06 AM »
Ready for round two.

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Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #5 on: Aug 31, 15, 03:06:07 PM »  •  Discord: phinn#0798  •  Writer Tracker

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Re: Ambala Dhawan
« Reply #6 on: Apr 01, 18, 11:19:17 AM »
This character has been marked as Inactive

If you would like to reactivate this character they will need to be submitted through the Keep's Registry again as a petitioned character using the Reactivation Petition.  •  Discord: phinn#0798  •  Writer Tracker