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Author Topic: Orchid Tanithil  (Read 865 times)

Description: Hearth Witch. Summer Sky to Green. Played by Erica.

Offline Orchid Tanithil

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Orchid Tanithil
« on: May 02, 18, 08:23:47 AM »
The Basics

Character Name: Orchid Tanithil
Nicknames: Khidma
Age and Birth Year: 46 b. 148ap
Race:  Medium Lived
Caste:  Hearth Witch
Birth Territory: Dea al Mon
Home Territory: Dea al Mon

Birthright Jewel: Uncut Summer Sky
Offering Jewel:  Cut Green

Role: Protector of the Den
Faction: Brood of the True Born

Appearance

Play By: Taylor Momsen
Distinguishing Features:
Her eyes have gone a milky shade of white since the Serpent Khidma was tied to her soul.  She isn't blind, but she doesn't blame people for thinking she is.  Her skin has taken on a strange sheen, reminiscent of the rainbow iridescence some serpents have on their scales.  She even hisses on certain sounds, as her tongue has grown a little too long and thin.


Personality


Personality:
Orchid has been a kind, sweet soul for as long as she has existed.  Where most of the family can be downright dour and serious, she has always striven to bring smiles and laughter.  Cypress. Valor.  Solace. Serene. Sorrow.. these are names that scream 'serious and grim'.  The people often match their names, but still she did her best to bring laughter and light in the darkest of times.

After the attack on Black Castle? Everything has gotten so much worse.  Where her father was once a distant man who she knew loved her, now.. now she feel as if there is a chasm there that cannot be bridged.  Even the affection she knows must remain somewhere in her mother's heart does not seem to reach her, and she dare not tell a soul. 

Would they even grieve, if they knew of what sickness touched her in her Healing Sleep?  So she fled into the forest every day during her free time, hoping and praying to the Mother that she was wrong.. that she was not cursed, and that it was simply a prolonged grief seeping the color and joy from her life. 

She is still a kind and sweet soul, despite the obvious change her Rebirth has granted her.  She still seeks to make those around her smile and laugh.  She still weaves spells to grant good dreams, and still seeks out the materials to make favorite meals or drinks.

That her humor has gotten a little darker at times is just part of her Change.

Someday, she will be there to bring her Old Family into the New Family.  Someday, she will help them realize that their lives do not have to be suffering and pain, agony and grief.  Someday, they too will embrace the Truth that is the Brood, and they will feel the same contentment and joy that she does.

Likes:
  • 1.  The Forest - Even before she was found by Wraith, the Forest was her place of peace.  The Ebon Wood did not care that she had no Caste, and it did not care that she was so very different from the rest of her family.  It did not care that her father was Cypress Tanithil, or that she had a hard time maintaining the veneer of cold distance that everyone else in the family seemed so capable of holding.   Within the Forest, she could be herself - whatever that self may be.
  • 2.  Affection - Cypress Tanithil is a cold male.  Valor Tanithil emulates him, in his own way.  Solace Tanithil dotes on her Casted daughter, and .. and she feels left behind.  Not forgotten, exactly.. but she craves the attention, the focus of another being.  She wants to be loved, to be held, to be seen.
  • 3.  Spell Work - In working her spells she is useful.  She has purpose.  In working her spells she feels as if everything makes sense - and all things are possible.  She will work spells simply to feel that serenity, and without care for what the spell actually is.

    Dislikes:
  • 1.  Arguments - What is the point of an argument?  Orders come from the Broodmother or her Commanders (which really means from the Broodmother, anyways), and arguing with their Savior is akin to cutting one's own throat.  There is no point in argument, in debate.  Genesis loves all of her Brood, and means only the best for them and the Wood.  Those who will try to argue with the Broodmother or her Commanders are likely to find themselves very uncomfortable when Orchid turns her attention on them.
  • 2.  Lies - Blatant lies are infuriating.  Her brother presents himself to the world as an honorable male.. but would an honorable male assassinate an entire squad of men for a corrupt Court?  Would an honorable male hide his actions if those actions were honest and true?  Discovering the sheer number of lies her life was surrounded in nearly drove her to the Edge.. and they can spark her ire like little else since her Rebirth.
  • 3.  Gale Galoneth - Cypress, her own father, dedicates all that he is to his Queen.  She knows that this is expected.  She knows that the Bond draws on a male's heart.. but is there truly nothing left for his own flesh and blood?  She wants Gale dead.  Maybe, just maybe, she can carve her father's emotions back to his family if the wicked bitch is dead.

    Fears:
  • 1.  Being Alone - The Waste ate away at her heart, until all she had was the despair and fear of her family discovering her secret.  Wraith saved her.  Wraith brought her to a Family that would do anything to give her new Life, new hope.  Amongst the Brood she feels wanted, loved, and cherished.  The idea of losing that terrifies her.  She wants her past family to join her.. she wants them to wake to the truth and join her in the Broodmother's care.. but if that isn't possible, she will at least ensure that her new Family always loves her.
  • 2.  Valor Tanithil - She loves her brother, and always has.  But Valor.. Valor will kill her.  She knows he will.  He will convince himself it is the right thing to do - that ending her life will grant her mercy.  She fears that nothing she could say, or do, will ever convince him otherwise.  It is her fear of Valor that drove her deeper into the woods the day that Wraith found her - and for that she is grateful. But she is also terrified that he will find her, someday...
  • 3.  Bright Lights - Ever since being Reborn, overly bright lights have bothered her eyes.  They confuse her vision, and so she often avoids them.  A fire at a distance is fine - she can enjoy a party with the best of them.. but sudden flashes will have her retreating into the trees quickly, unwilling to allow herself to be disoriented where others might be able to reach her.

    Craft Strengths:
  • 1.  Telekinetics - When Khidma rose from her Rebirth, she found that she had.. a knack... for knowing just how to grip something in her Craft's grasp.  She knew how to best contain it.. constrict it, and leave it gasping for breath in all the best ways.  This is how she hunts.  This is how she brings prisoners to the Den.  And this is how she ensures that potential recruits.. hold still and listen.
  • 2.  Masking Psychic Scents - Hearth Witches must be able to cleanse Scents, after all - and it was only natural that she discovered ways to turn this skill to other means.  Orchid can disguise her own, and up to two close companions - blending their scents into the world around them until they are psychically indistinguishable from their surroundings.

    Craft Weaknesses:
  • 1.  Deception Craft - Some find their strengths and weaknesses changed after their Rebirths.  But even after all that has happened, Orchid can't lie.  At all.  She's terrible at it, and no matter how hard she tries she can't seem to get a good grip on the Craft used to do so.
  • 2.  Inner Barriers - Something about her rebirth has left her.. susceptible.. to the influence of other Brood.  Those like Bane, Wraith, or the blessed Broodmother can easily sway her with even a light touch of Craft in their voices. 


    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Solace Tanithil - Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk - Black Widow - b. 110ap
    Father: Cypress Tanithil - Yellow to Rose - Prince - b. 67ap
    Siblings:
     Half-Sister: Serene Galoneth - Summer Sky to Purple Dusk - Healer - Waste Stricken
     Half-Sister: Amber Galoneth - Opal to Sapphire - Queen - Waste Stricken
     Sister: Sorrow Tanithil - Purple Dusk to Sapphire - Black Widow - b. 158ap
     Brother: Valor Tanithil - Purple Dusk to Sapphire - Warlord Prince - b. 161ap
    Allies:
     Shadow - Summer Sky to Opal - Warlord - b. 143ap
     Reaper - Tiger Eye to Summer Sky - Witch - b. 158ap
     Fang - Purple Dusk to Sapphire - Warlord - b. 162ap
     
    History:
    From her earliest memories, she has known that Solace Tanithil found her.. disappointing.  Or at least that is how it has always felt, though her mother has always claimed that it is simply an inability to understand Orchid's emotional responses.  The sting of that has always resounded in her heart, always been the driving force behind every attempt at bringing laughter and smiles to her family's faces.  That effort has always been a losing battle, and still she continued onward. 

    True enough, she might have been able to lessen that disappointment by caving to the pressures of her mother's desire for her to learn one of the more 'respectable' castes.. but she doesn't WANT to.  She has always been drawn to taking care of people, to tending the home and ensuring that everything goes as it should.  How can a family be happy if they do not have someone they love there to ensure that they are happy? 

    She wasn't asked to make her family happy - she simply attempted to do it.  She threw herself into the lessons that were given to her, and she learned to dance and sing in an effort to make Sorrow happy.  Over time, these became her refuges from the hurts and stings of a Father that rarely smiled at her and the whispers of a Court that sung of how her mother did not care about her children. 

    Her Birthright should have been a time of celebration and joy.  It wasn't.  Her birthright had been a somber event, and Solace had often argued and wept during the year that should have had Orchid over the moon.  But at least she had her little sister.  A little sister she could dote on - for they had so much in common.  Neither of them, it seemed, was exactly what their mother wanted.  They were un-casted, and at least they had each other.

    And then Sorrow manifested her Widow's Tooth just days after her Birthright.  The household re-arranged itself for her.. and suddenly her mother and sister were always off doing Widow's things together.  Without her.

    Where her brother and sister were shown off at parties - whether they liked it or not - Orchid was not to attend such events unless she earned her place there.  Her family was not enough, apparently; and it became even more clear as time went on that who she was - what she was - would never be good enough.  The standards were simply so vastly different that.. she gave up.

    She stopped worrying over how people saw Cypress' Hearth Witch daughter, and chose to be herself.  Her smiles came more easily, and her laughter rang in halls that otherwise were vast in silence.  She brought life and laughter to halls that typically were filled with seriousness and sobriety.

    She put flowers in windows, and ensured delicate scents could drift through the halls.  She made her home a home, learning all the tricks of the trade that she could from the only mentor she had that she felt any real connection to.  Hazel was an ancient female, a Hearth Witch and librarian that her mother had hired years before.

    She descended to the Green at her Offering, and felt.. as if finally everything would be alright.  Her Offering had been small, private - but family had been there.  She was gifted a military exemption - likely for the best, considering how kind and unsuited for battle she was - and she chose to dedicate her work to service for Court and family. 

    She was not her little brother, or her sister.  They were guaranteed glory and affection from every corner.  Sorrow and Valor both had a birthright darker than her own, and both of them were Casted.  Sorrow's Offering saw even Cypress attending, something that he had not bothered to do for his eldest daughter from his marriage to Solace.

    And.. everyone.. was there for Valor's Offering.  Each event hammered home the truth - and so when Hazel died, she wept and grieved as if her own Kin had passed.  The truth was simple, even if her mother did not seem to realize it.  Solace and Cypress, for all that they were her parents, were not as close to her heart as the elderly Librarian had been.  They had never really tried to be.

    She took her own role in the Household after that.  She made sure everything was in place during the catastrophe that was Solace's kidnapping by the Brood.  She kept everything running while everyone fretted over her mother's recovery.  She did her best to ensure that Sorrow and Valor were supported, and she kept her concerns to herself.

    When the attack on the Black Castle came, she did all she could to protect the weaker members of the household, despite feeling ill herself.  She fought with a ferocity she hadn't know she possessed, and she wove her spells faster than she'd ever done before.   She collapsed during that battle, feeling the icy cold touch of poison finally overtake her as the Castle fought back against the invaders.  Someone had poisoned her, it seemed, in an effort to harm the family.  She'd have laughed if they'd asked her whether it would work - for obviously it would not.

    She didn't wake for some time.  And when she did wake, to learn that her aunt had died and so many that they had known had fallen to Brood claws.. she took to retreating to the Forest more and more.  The Household continued to run smoothly - and so no one really took notice.  She was grieving.  She still put on a smile, and laughed here and there - but the laugh was hollow where once it had been full.

    No one noticed. 

    Cold fear filled her in her solitude. Emotions were fading.  She wasn't.. interested.. anymore.  It didn't even hurt as much to see the obvious care her family had for their Casted children over her.  Her brother's distaste, hatred, for the Brood became even more clear as time wore on - and that fear turned to the realization that her own brother might kill her someday.

    The Woods were her refuge.  She travelled further and further into them as time wore on, as she felt the Waste sink further and further into her soul.  She had years yet, she knew that.  But it didn't feel as if she did.  It felt as if the clock was winding down, faster and faster...

    And then he appeared.  One moment he was not there, and the next.. he was.  He was pale, and beautiful.. and scarred.  He was also supposed to be dead.  She should have screamed, or reached out to someone back at the house.. but she didn't feel the need.  If anything, she was tiredly resigned to her fate.

    Have you come to kill me?
    I have come to save you.


    She knew she should deny him.  She knew she should fight to remain with her family - a family that did not love her for who she was, a family that would lock her away or kill her out of some sense of mercy..- but she just couldn't bring herself to do so.  She was a burden.  An unwanted and uncasted child that her family had no idea what to do with.

    And he was going to save her. 

    So she took his hand when he offered it, following him deeper into the trees.  She followed him, travelled with him, as he led her further and further away from her home.  He spoke of his scars, of how the Broodmother had saved him from certain death.  He spoke of how she could not only survive, but laugh again.  Really laugh.

    And he told her of her brother.  He told her of the lies her brother had spread - of how Valor had killed him.  By the time she reached Genesis, she was all too willing to do whatever it took to live.  All too willing to tie herself to the angry male that needed laughter more than anyone else she'd ever met.

    Valor Tanithil might kill her, even if she remained behind and did not seize the opportunity to live.  But Wraith Estalon?  He would brave the depths of the Dea al Mon territory to save Kin with the Waste.  Wraith Estalon accepted her for her Self, and didn't care that she was no Black Widow or Priestess. 

    The Broodmother brought her new life - and Khidma is the willing Child that arose from the ashes.  Khidma is the child that chose to help protect the Den with a wolf named Fang, and the children, and the Brood.  Her smiles and laughter remind them that they are not just killers and monsters, but that they are also people with dreams and hopes. 

    She sings, she dances, and if sometimes that is in the blood of those who would harm her or hers?  Well all the better.

    Show Us What You've Got

    Character in Play:
    ~Theme Song~
    If her mother meant to keep her out, she was doing a poor job of it.  The wards were still laid in the old patterns - but then, why wouldn't they be?  Her mother was not a Hearth Witch, entrusted with the secrets of protective spells and scents.  Her mother had not respected such leanings in her own child - why would she think to change that behavior now?

    Why would she bother asking Night-Thorn to rework the old protections and habits, when her mother likely didn't think of her daughter at all? 

    It didn't matter.  She still loved the mother of her first birth.  She slipped from the trees, drifting in amongst the open windows to lay the wreaths of pale Morning Blossoms on the window sill.  They were the flowers she had preferred to lay out for Solace before.. and she still wanted to lay them out now.  Not often, of course.. she didn't want the Household to leave.

    She liked checking in on her mother, every now and then.  With a happy hiss, she let the spell that would allow the scent of those flowers to drift down the halls play into the stems, and then she slipped away.  She had left her home of her own free will, of course.. but that didn't mean she had forgotten them. 

    The house must not forget her, either.  That was why she left a drawing of a better protection spell in the house keeper's room.  That was why she'd reset the spells for good dreams into her mother's wall..

    To that end, she'd chosen to leave a few small prey animals hanging outside her mother's window.  She hadn't butchered them for her - there was no telling how soon her mother would come to the window, after all.  But she did hang them upside down, their necks neatly broken and some Morning Blossoms woven between their small and delicate limbs.

    A present.  A gift.  A message that even though the family likely despised her, she still cared, and always would.  She was leaving when she heard the noise, turning to look at the startled butler staring at her.

    She was, after all, without Scent at the moment.  If he had not laid eyes upon her, he'd never have known.  Her lips turned up in a smile, head inclining in that way she'd always done before.  "Be well, Firelace."  Her word hissed, a little, but she did not seem ashamed.  She simply bolted, her pale limbs flashing in the wan light as she slipped into the trees and.. disappeared.

    It was the first time anyone had seen her.  It was probably not going to be the last.


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    Player Name: Erica

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 18, 10:23:13 AM »
Could I get 2 General Rolls for some allies please?  :)

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 18, 12:28:21 PM »
1. Summer Sky - Opal
2. Tiger Eye - Summer Sky
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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 18, 03:39:43 PM »
Now I need stamps from.. Gavin, and Kellee, and Halyonix I think, possibly a Dash.. and then voila!  Ready!

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 18, 05:39:51 PM »
Added to the que pending approvals.
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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 18, 10:35:48 PM »
Looks good to me! :)
Cypress, not so much. lol



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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 18, 01:08:56 PM »
She’s beautifully tragic!

<3 solace mentions all goood here!

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 18, 02:00:57 PM »
Valor and Wraith mentions are good here!

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 18, 02:17:13 PM »
Ash/Fang mentioned approved by me!
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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 18, 02:14:15 PM »

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Re: Orchid Tanithil
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 18, 02:50:06 PM »
Ready for Round 2

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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 18, 06:15:52 PM »
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« Reply #12 on: Nov 07, 19, 02:20:19 PM »
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