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Description: White to Tiger Eye Hearth Witch, played by Danika

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Rachyla Paredes
« on: Apr 05, 18, 09:54:51 PM »
    The Basics

    Character Name: Rachyla Paredes
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    Age and Birth Year:   20, born 173 AP
    Race: Long Lived; Mostly Dhemlanese with approximately 3/16th Dharonese
    Caste:  Hearth Witch
    Birth Territory: Little Terrille
    Home Territory: Little Terrille

    Birthright Jewel: uncut White
    Offering Jewel:  uncut Tiger Eye

    Role: Undecided
    Faction: Province Court

    Appearance

    Play By: Danielle Nicolet
    Distinguishing Features:

    Rachyla is petite with golden skin, dark brown eyes, and straight dark brown hair that is somewhat wispy. Her face is distinguished by sharp, high cheekbones. She has a large birthmark shaped like an uncut jewel on her lower abdomen.

    Personality

    Personality:

    If one word could be used to describe Rachyla, it would be feisty. She doesn’t put up with being talked over, or down to, or ignored, or walked over. She’s a White to Tiger Eye Hearth Witch who grew up being treated as invisible by many of her peers. If she lets herself lose an inch of ground, she tends to find the ground gets yanked out from under her and she doesn’t recover. So…she doesn’t let herself lose an inch. Rachyla will go toe to toe with someone trying to deny her something she wants or needs. If someone sasses, or snarks, at Rachyla—well, she sasses or snarks right back.

    In addition, Rachyla is proud of her skills in the kitchen. She is young, only 20, but already she has learned how to create fanciable and delicious cakes, pies, cookies, and other pastries. More than one neighbor has tried to get her to open a bakery, but she isn’t sure if that is how she wants to spend what will be a long life. Still, she is happy to bake for anyone having a bad day, and she seems to have quite an instinct for who that is, often showing up at someone’s door with cookies or muffins or a fruit tart before she is asked to bake anything. She is also happy to take requests, and will let people pay her for them, and if an offered payment is too low, Rachyla is not shy about requesting what she feels is a fair price for her skill and her time.

    Waking up with no idea who she is or anything about herself except the Jewels she wears has changed Rachyla in profound ways, however. She doesn’t know it yet, but once (if) she remembers who exactly she was before, she is going to realize that she has become a lot more cautious, a lot quieter, and a lot less willing to go toe to toe. At the same time, there’s only so much that even memory loss can do to change who a person is at their core and that’s going to show through sometimes. She will give sass at unexpected times, and will be embarrassed by it. If she’s pushed hard enough, she will push back. One thing that probably will not have changed is Rachyla is not going to let anyone walk all over her. She wants to recover memories and know who she was. She wants to find out if she has family, and she can’t do that if she lets herself get pushed to the side.

    Eventually, there will hopefully be a return to who she was before she lost her memory, but it will be a work in progress and will depend on what kind of life she makes for herself as she rediscovers who she is and if she actually regains her memory or if she merely is able to learn facts like who her parents were, where she was born, and that kind of thing.

    Likes:

    • 1 Baking. It is Rachyla’s number 1 skill and number 1 happiness. She enjoys the process of taking ordinary things like flour and sugar and water and turning them into something extraordinary like crystal cream puffs. Even after losing her memories, baking soothes her because it is something she knows almost instinctively.

    • 2 Walking in the rain. There’s something about being alone in the rain that is peaceful for Rachyla. It’s an especially good time to think through thorny problems when she can talk through whatever is bothering her out loud to herself - with the added advantage that no one would be around to think she is crazy for talking to herself. When the weather is warm, Rachyla enjoys getting wet in the rain, but when it’s cold out she will bundle up and use Craft to keep herself dry.
    • 3 Spending time as part of a group. Rachyla takes great pleasure in being with a crowd of people who are all doing the same thing together, or who are all simply enjoying one another’s company – especially if she gets to feed them.
    Dislikes:

    • 1. Dusting and laundry. As a Hearth Witch, Rachyla has an innate need for tidiness and order, but she despises the tedium of dusting and folding laundry.
    • 2 Loud noises. Rachyla has sensitive hearing so she hates loud noises. To compensate, she usually keeps a mild aural shield over her own ears that act as a filter (psychic ear plugs!)
    • 3 True conflict. Rachyla doesn’t mind bickering and mild arguments, but she abhors heated arguments and physical fighting. She is more ambivalent about psychological fighting.
    Fears:

    • 1 Being alone. While Rachyla enjoys walks alone in the rain, and various other alone times, she fears being truly alone, with no one else in her life who is significant to her. Her parents became ill suddenly and when they died she was alone. Now she fears being alone as either she never remembers her past and is unable to make any true connections with her new life, or she regains her memory but has already changed enough from who she was that she is unable to reconnect with anyone from her past.
    • 2 Insects. Especially since Rachyla spends a lot of time in the kitchen, she has an irrational fear of insects in her kitchen to the point where she paid a Black Widow for a security web specifically to keep bugs out of her kitchen before moving to Eastville. This fear is one that will translate to her life without her memory as she becomes obsessed with proving her worth in the kitchen.
    • 3 Rachyla’s new biggest fear is that she will never remember who she is and what her past is. She is acutely aware that something is missing from her sense of self and she fears never being complete again.
    Craft Strengths:

    • 1 Craft helpful in the kitchen: warming and cooling spells, and manipulation of physical objects. She can actually cook a hard-boiled egg with craft alone, although something like that does tire her out significantly. More commonly Rachyla uses warming and cooling spells to reduce the time it takes to prepare food (For example, bringing butter to room temperature before mixing it into cake batter and cooling the cooked cake so she can ice it sooner). She uses the manipulation of physical objects to stir multiple pots, lift cake layers onto each other, rolling out pie dough and the like.
    • 2 Aural Shielding. Rachyla has sensitive ears and uses a modification of the shield to filter the volume of sound that enters her ears. These shields are ever present. She keeps them small, but can use them over larger areas and can reverse them to amplify sound.
    Craft Weaknesses:

    • 1 Power Bolts. The only thing Rachyla has ever destroyed with a Power Bolt is a cockroach that was about to land in a bowl of soup.
    • 2 Whimsy Craft. Rachyla refuses to practice whimsy craft as she doesn’t want to be accused of using illusions to hide imperfections in her cooking or cleaning or organizational tasks.

    Life Story

    Family:
    Mother: Desideria Paredes. Born 152 BP. Died 193 AP. Rose Broken to birthright Yellow Priestess
    Father: Virgilio Medina. Born 221 BP. Died 193 AP. White to Tiger Eye Warlord Prince
    Siblings: none

    History:

    Rachyla was born in Little Terrille to parents who moved there about half a century after the Purge. Both had survived due to Lady Sa Roya’s sacrifice, although her mother was Broken back to her Birthright Yellow. Her grandparents did not survive long after the Purge leading her parents to decide on a new start in a new Province. Her childhood was very simple and very normal: loving parents, a respectable middle – class family. She was an only child so her parents indulged her, but she was also clearly a Hearth Witch from a very young age so some of her schoolmates treated her as if invisible, because what she did, and what she was good at was not thought important.

    At her Birthright Ceremony, she came away with an uncut White, like her father before her. Her lightest of Jewels did not improve her situation with her schoolmates since most who also had a Jewel either had a darker Birthright than White, or had what they considered a higher caste than Hearth Witch, or sometimes both. Those who didn't have Jewels were in awe of those darker Jewels and higher castes, and she had to learn to stand up for herself if she was to get anything she needed from her contemporaries. Her Virgin Night when she was nineteen was successful, but not terribly exciting seeing as she was helped by a friend of her father – not someone she would have chosen for herself. Just over a year later Rachyla made her Offering to the Darkness, coming away with an uncut Tiger Eye.

    A mere month after her Offering, Rachyla was enjoying a meal with her parents, discussing her plans for the future. Her mother was less than impressed with her daughter’s desire to strike out on her own and in a different city no less. Her father was more supportive – as long as she promised to visit for his birthday every year; he wasn’t willing to give up his daughter’s special pastries. She was well known in the neighborhood for her baking skills and had been for several years. Something in the dinner, not prepared by Rachyla, was not what it should be. All three members of the small family were poisoned; Rachyla’s parents more heavily than Rachyla herself. After Rachyla had gone to bed, her parents began to suffer from hallucination; they both committed accidental suicide. Her mother drank pure drain cleaner; her father walked out into the street into the path of a horse drawn cart and was trampled.

    Rachyla woke the next day to hallucinations of her parents’ ghosts following her around. When the hallucinations faded and Rachyla realized that her parents were indeed dead, the young woman threw herself into settling parents’ affairs: organizing the funerals, sorting through their belongings, selling her father’s business and the house she had lived in all her life. At the same time, Rachyla sought closure in seeking the cause of the poisoning. It was determined to be an accident, a case of inexperienced workers gathering incorrect ingredients. The restaurant's inventory had been searched and other inappropriate ingredients had been found and disposed of. It had been fortunate that Rachyla's family had been the only ones to consume something tainted. Once done with the personal business and having learned the truth of her family's death, she moved to Rockland, having arranged to stay in the Eastville home of a man who had been a business associate of her father, but who would not be staying there for several months. Shortly after her arrival there, drained emotionally, physically, and psychically, Rachyla succumbed to a fever that steadily rose to dangerous heights. A Healer had given her medicines, but knew that the fever was something that needed to burn itself out. After the fifth day of the fever, it finally spiked and then broke, and Rachyla woke with complete memory loss; no idea of who she was or where she was, until she found a letter addressed to her. After reading the letter, she decided the only to do was to make her way to the Province Court and ask for both a job and assistance. Now all she has to do is get there and hope someone could and would help.

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    A low moan, almost more a croak sounded in the simply appointed room. A young woman with pallid but still obviously golden skin and lanky straight dark hair opened sunken dark brown eyes, squinting against bright morning light. Slowly the fog of intense illness cleared from the woman’s eyes and mind and she struggled to sit up, tangled as she was in sweat soaked sheets and blankets. Finally she gained her feet and stumbled to the mirror she saw on the wall across from the bed. She stared at herself in the mirror, seeing the obvious signs of illness in the grayishness of her skin, the dullness of her hair and eyes, and feeling it in the dryness of her mouth and the weakness of her legs. “Who am I? Have I been ill?” she asked herself, and then laughed –or rather croaked, “Obviously I’ve been sick or I wouldn’t look like death warmed over and I’d know who this was staring back at me in a mirror.” She stared at the Tiger Eye that hung between her breasts. She knew what it was, but it jogged no memory in her of her identity. Her eyes traveled down her imagine in the mirror, lingering on the White embedded in the cuff bracelet on her right wrist, then flicking to the birthmark with a similar shape on the opposite side of her stomach.

    “Right,” she said, continuing to speak out loud in hopes of triggering some sort of memory. “Obviously I’ve been sick, probably for quite some time. I don’t know who I am. So first things first. I need to get cleaned up and find something to wear, then I need to search for some clues to my identity.” Having made a plan of action, she turned away from the mirror, searching briefly until she found the washroom, noting as she searched that there was nothing she needed to look closer at for clues to her identity. She quickly filled the small tub, pumping cold water by hand and warming it with a quick warming spell, mildly surprised she’d known how to do it. She washed up quickly, doing what she could to wash away the vestiges of illness. She climbed out of the tub, vanishing the dirty water and drying herself with targeted warming spells.

    She looked through the half-unpacked suitcase she’d found by the bed and picked a dark blue dress with a demure cream colored collar and cuffs on the sleeves, absently smoothing out the wrinkles. She added thick woolen tights and study leather boots with a high heel.

    Once dressed, Rachyla began searching in earnest for clues to who she was. Finally, in the kitchen she found something to give her some direction. A letter, left on the small table alongside the remains of a meal read as follows:

    My Dear Lady Rachyla,

    I am so sorry for your lose my dear. Your parents were fine people, and your father in particular has been someone whose company I have enjoyed for many decades. You are welcome to stay in my home in Eastville for as long as it takes you to get settled and accustomed to life here in Rockland.

    I wish you luck in finding a job and hope that you continue to do something with your wonderful baking. Your father always brought me delectable pastries from your kitchen when I came on business. I am sure that if you see Lady Ackley that you will find some direction.

    Jere Manco


    The young woman folded the letter and tucked it into the pocket of her dress. “Rachyla,” she said out loud, “That feels….familiar. Hopefully that is my name. I wish this Jere Manco person had been more specific. Still, he offers some good advice I think I will take. I assume I am in Eastville, so I will search out Lady Ackley.”

    Her mind made up, Rachyla added a medium grey coat and dark blue hat to her outfit and left the small flat in search of someone to direct her steps.


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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #1 on: Apr 05, 18, 09:55:52 PM »
    I'd like Jewels when someone gets a chance please.
    I am who I make myself to be and I am the only one who doesn't know who that is.



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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #2 on: Apr 06, 18, 01:51:38 AM »
    Weighed by Mother Night...

    You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut White Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with an uncut Tiger Eye Jewel at your Offering.

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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #3 on: Apr 07, 18, 12:56:59 PM »
    Ready for review thanks!

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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #4 on: Apr 09, 18, 09:19:56 AM »
    Added to the queue.

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    « Reply #5 on: Apr 12, 18, 01:41:01 PM »

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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #6 on: Apr 13, 18, 10:08:17 PM »
    Ok, I think (I hope) I am ready to try again for review.

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    Re: Rachyla Paredes
    « Reply #8 on: Apr 16, 18, 10:19:39 AM »
    Third time's the charm? Ready for review again please!

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