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Title: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Shira al-Sabbah on Mar 21, 18, 11:37:15 PM
The Basics

Character Name: Shira al-Sabbah
Nicknames: Not if you want to live
Age and Birth Year: 45, b. 148 AP 
Race: Pruulian 
Caste: Black Widow 
Birth Territory: Pruul
Home Territory: Pruul

Birthright Jewel: Uncut Green
Offering Jewel: Cut Red

Role: Mastermind
Faction: True Sabbah

Appearance

Play By: Daniela Amavia
Distinguishing Features:  Shira is always meticulously put together. She wears flowing robes and cloaks herself in mysticism. Her elegant beauty has attracted powerful lovers and turns eyes towards her in almost every situation. Tall, slender, poised, Shira is every ounce a proud Pruulian woman.

Personality



Personality:
Shira is a very devout woman. Coming from a long line of Sayyadina, both Priestesses and Black Widows, Shira believes in the Darkness and Mother Night at least as much as her sister, Zhaleh. A Dark Jeweled Black Widow, Shira had a fascination for looking into the future from early in her training, and it has become an obsession in her adult life. She has a strong belief that it is her destiny to see the salvation of Pruul and bring it about. That belief was strengthened by the three Dark Jeweled Black Widow daughters the Darkness has blessed her with. Why would she and her family been given so much power if not to use it?

Self-important and arrogant, Shira has clothed herself in mysticism, preferring to speak as if she is a mouthpiece of the Future, a true Prophet among her people, instead of just a woman. The only people she looks up to are the Priestesses and Black Widows that are leaders among the Sayya. Primary among these is her older sister, who Shira is fiercely loyal to. She does not speak against the foreigners and those with foreign blood because it fits her political agenda, she does so because she is genuinely convinced that they will bring ruin to Pruul, and the only way into another Golden Age is for all of them to be deported or killed. This belief stems from her visions of the future, which she of course has interpreted based on her own twisted biases.

Shira demands perfection from those who work with and for her, including her three daughters, two of whom she pushed into training to become Black Widows. She expects that they live by her ideologies and principles and does not allow them to have opinions of their own that differ too far from hers. Her rage is easy to rouse and always cold, but also loud. She can go off on rants for hours and every single word will be carefully chosen. These impassioned speeches have brought many to the cause of the True Sabah who might otherwise have stayed out of the fight and continue to rouse people against their foreign Voice and Queen.

A lot of this perfectionism and pride stem from some deep insecurities. Her visions of the future, while expansive, are incomplete, and she knows in her heart that she might be wrong. This drives her to push harder, to be heard over all others, and to prove herself right because when she does not, that fear of being wrong eats away at Shira.

When around the very select few people she feels comfortable letting down her aura of mysticism around (her sister, her lovers, a few friends), Shira is still exacting, but softer. She looks to her sister with awe and adoration even to this day and is filled with joy when Zhaleh praises her. Family dinners are the only place where Shira genuinely laughs, debates, and even dances and sings if there is music. She enjoys the times when she is surrounded by her kin, and particularly appreciates her time with Matin's little Queen daughter.

In the bedroom, she is always the boss and a demanding partner, but in the aftermath of pleasure, Shira tends to get a little introspective and sometimes even slips into vulnerability, talking about the things that worry her enough to vent, though never in great detail since she is absolutely paranoid that someday, someone will betray her.


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Life Story

Family:
Mother: Shohreh al-Sabbah, White to Yellow Priestess
Father: Arezou al-Sabbah, Yellow to Rose Prince
Sister: Zhaleh al-Sabbah (https://www.bloodrites.net/keep's-registry/zhaleh-al-sabbah/), Summer Sky to Green Priestess (age 49, b. 144 AP)
Brother in Law: Isfandyar al-Sabbah, Tiger Eye to Summer Sky Prince (age 48, b. 145 AP)
Nieces and Nephews:
Matin al-Sabbah (http://www.bloodrites.net/pruul-23/matin-al-sabbah/), Tiger Eye to Purple Dusk Warlord Prince, (age 29, b. 164 AP)
Adileh al-Sabbah (https://www.bloodrites.net/pruul-23/adileh-al-sabbah/), Purple Dusk Birthright Priestess (age 21, b. 172 AP)

True Sabbah Coven (and daughters):
Esther al-Sabbah, Purple Dusk - Green Black Widow (age 24, b. 169 AP)
Hava al-Sabbah, Purple Dusk - Sapphire Black Widow (trained) (age 22, b. 171 AP)
Nahal al-Sabbah, Summer Sky - Green Black Widow (trained) (age 20, b. 173 AP)
Other True Sabbah Coven Members:
Atarah al-Sabbah, White to Yellow Black Widow, (age 55, b. 137 AP)
Gilah al-Sabbah, Yellow to Rose Black Widow, (age 35, b. 157 AP)


History:

Shira was born four years after her sister, Zhaleh, and looked up to her from the moment she could lift her own head. Coming from a long line of Sayyadina, both Priestesses and Black Widows, Shira grew up in a devout and proud Pruulian home. When she came away from her Birthright with the Green, her family and Clan were incredibly joyous, and she was told often that he power was granted to her by Mother Night for a great purpose.

When she began to exhibit the signs of a nascent Black Widow during puberty, no one was really surprised. Shira had always taken an interest in the Caste, and it was a day of great celebration when her snake tooth came in and she began her formal training with the Sayyadina, just as her sister had. Though they were training in separate locations, Shira and Zhaleh remained close through their youth and teens, and it was Zhaleh who took Shira through her Offering. Though the young Black Widow tried her best, she was unable to make a full descent. Still, the Red she held made her one of the most powerful women among the Sabbah, and with that power came great responsibility.

It was not long after her Offering that Shira had her first child after a night of passion with a Dark Jeweled man of good Pruulian stock. She was a Dark Jeweled woman and had every intention of passing on her bloodline early and often. She had three children in this matter, back to back, all three of them daughters with dark hair and eyes and who were Shira’s pride and joy. Immersed in the mysticism of the Sayyadina she did not take a husband as her sister did, but she kept close ties to Zhaleh’s family, their children growing up spending much of their time together.

Shira found her talents and interests collide in looking into the future through Tangled Webs. She would often spend hours or even days tracing the maze of faces and choices that made up the future, trying to pinpoint what actions she could take to ensure the future she wanted for her Clan and her Territory. Deeply loyal to both, Shira lived a life of service, never seeking to acquire wealth but rather measure her worth in the prosperity of her people.

As her daughters grew, first one, then the second, and finally her youngest each were given powerful Birthrights and later welcomed as Apprentices and Sisters of the Hourglass, her eldest as a natural Black Widow and the other two trained into the Caste by their mother's request. This, more even than her own Red Jewel, convinced Shira that the Darkness meant for her family to have a great purpose and be instrumental in the future of the Sabbah. Only Zhaleh’s eldest and the only boy in his generation did not secure a Dark Birthright, and Shira suspected this was because of the dark and stormy mess of possible futures that always clouded her visions when she peered into his future. In it she saw a crisis of faith, so she spent quite some time with young Matin, making sure he understood his duty to his family, his Clan, and Pruul in that order.

When she wasn’t with her Clan, she was at the Little Citadel. It was there that her daughters were raised, and there that Shira’s power base was the strongest. She grew to be renown for her ability with the Tangled Webs of Dreams and Visions, her prophecies for the future often uniquely detailed, yet no matter how hard she pushed herself, her Jewels, and her patience, Shira’s visions always stumbled when they rested on those who were not of Pruul. Those born outside of its borders, those whose bloodline dated recently from the former, even just those who spent much of their time abroad. All of these were like impenetrable clouds in an otherwise clear sky, leaving the Black Widow frustrated and worried for the future of Pruul with so many uncertain vectors among her people. Her frustration turned, over the years, to rage. That anger settled on those of impure or foreign bloodlines, a xenophobia she learned from her sister Zhaleh and that grew to even more unhealthy proportions within Shira.

As a Black Widow of Clan Sabbah, Shira had the honor of working closely with Prince Adramelech in his golden years, before the blight of Pruul began. She could feel something coming, and she could tell all her Sisters did as well. It started with the visions: children, their faces cast in darkness and churning clouds above the skies of Pruul. Shira tried to interpret these vague and foggy visions but was frustrated by them and very much distracted by a more pressing concern. There was a Mother, a Priestess Queen with hair as pale as bone and light eyes. She had been born to the Kaid, but her bloodline was...impure. Shira could not see her future, but could see bits and pieces of the futures that revolved around hers.

Piles of heads, carrion eaters picking out their eyes. Haggard children with hollow cheeks. The Great Oasis drying up. All this Shira saw and felt horror. She spoke out amongst her sisters and her Clan, but by the time they began to heed her words, there was something much more pressing to deal with.

The horrors of the Mines, the Mad Queen, and the Mineborn had been discovered. These children horrified her, and for a moment Shira felt pity for them, but that moment did not last. They had been mistreated and definitely deserved some pity, but they did NOT deserve respect or, worse, admiration. That was what they got though, and even Adramelech, who Shira had thought wise and honorable, turned his eyes to these children.

The first part of her visions came true soon after. Saiph al-Kaid stood before Onn and Pruul and butchered the Geiba, without pity and without question of individual guilt or innocence. Shira was across the desert when it happened, but her screams or rage and grief carried across the vast open sky upon hearing the news, and her hatred for the Mother of Pruul and all those who shared her impurity settled into her bones, wrapped around her heart and turned to stone there.

From that day on, Shira broke from Adramelech. She broke from any who sought to use or aid these Mineborn or any of the other filth that had infected her Territory. Her family was pure, so it was they who she focused on, leading each of her daughters through the end of her training and to the Alter and her sister. All three of her daughters, Black Widows all by now, came away with Dark Descents and vowed to assist their mother in her goal of saving Pruul by ridding it of the foreign filth that had marred their once fair and perfect desert. Others joined her too, and though in the light of day Shira still served the Coven at the Little Citadel, in the shadows she and her sister formed her own organization: the True Sabbah, the Storm that would Scour Pruul and leave it Clean!

Working in the shadows, they worked to take down impure leaders amongst the Sabbah and beyond but were hampered by the growing drought, few heeding their warnings that it was caused by the worship of these Mineborn false idols, as Shira truly believed. Then, as if to test her devotion, those false prophets rose up, slew Adramelech, and brought the Rains. Many of her Clan saw this as proof that the Mineborn really were the chosen of the Darkness, but to those who had faith in Shira and Zhaleh, the sisters cautioned patience, because if this really was what Mother Night wanted, then why was Pruul still overrun by impurity, corruption, and misery?

Her patience was rewarded!

Though her Clan was falling to pieces around her, now lead by a filthy Eyrian Voice and his Puppet foreign Queen, the desert replied to Shira’s pleas for proof that she was in the right. Out of the dunes came the Great Worms, and the once predictable and neutral creatures (fearsome and dangerous, yes, but only taking what they needed) turned into the raging jaws of Mother Night herself, intent of raining death down on a Territory that worshipped false idols and embraced diversity which had no place in the scorching purity of Pruul.

Sure of herself once more, and with hundreds flocking to the side of the now proud and numerous True Sabbah lead by Zhaleh, Shira is ready to save Pruul!


Show Us What You've Got

Character in Play:

Shira lifted her hands high in the air and spoke with a loud, clear voice to the gathered people. She was clothed in robes of pure white, black hair starting to silver at the temples left to flow down her back except for the strands pulled back from her brow with a woven silver hairpiece. Silver shone at her wrists as well, both the Sabbah Clan cuff and a matching one on the other wrist, each embedded with one of her Jewels. Her hourglass pendant hung at her neck and a silver bent gathered the robe at her waist.

“My brothers and sisters, we have come to the precipice. The time for inaction and half-measures ended the day our supposed leaders elected to give the rule of our great Territory into the hands of impure children. Pruul has been overwhelmed by vermin -they call themselves our friends, our kin, they take our names and try to lead us, but we know the truth! They are nothing but fleas, feasting upon the very soul of Pruul and I name them now: the foreign-born, the long-lived, those who see our desert and dare think themselves wise enough to change it!”

There were mutters from the crowd, murmurs of agreement, of anger. It was not directed at Shira’s words but rather inflamed by them. She knew her audience and knew that she wasn’t going to convert anyone today. They were already believers, but they needed to be elevated in their faith, so she continued.

“Pruul is a desert. It is clean and burns away that which is not born to thrive here. Now the desert will guide us once more.” Her tone lowered, her eyes fell, and she spoke as if telling them a great secret. “I admit my faith lapsed when the Rains fell from the sky. I wondered if I was wrong in my belief that the impurity overwhelming Pruul would be our ruin. Perhaps it was time to change after all,” here, her tone became to take on power again as she played the room like a flute, “but the desert heard my distress, it listened to my pleas for an answer, and answer it did! We are desert creatures, and cannot ignore the warnings of the sands. Never, in our long history, have the Worms risen against us the way they are now. Never, in centuries of Mothers, mothers of true Pruulian heritage, has the water from the skies of our desert enraged the great Worms. It is not the water, oh brothers and sisters, but those who brought it that are to blame. The desert rejects them and so must we!”

Shira tossed her chin up, standing tall, her hands above her head flexing as her arms burned, but the burning only gave her words more power as she shouted.

“The Mineborn and their cohorts will bring ruin to our desert. They will eat the flesh from our bones until there is nothing even for the carrion birds! But there is a path to salvation. We must listen to the great teachers, the Worms who make Pruul our home. We must heed them and cut out this cancer. We must expel the long-lived and foreign-born, and if they do not go, we must spill their blood upon the sand to appease the Worms before they do it for us. If we do not do so, then we too shall be deemed impure. We too shall fall, for it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to save ourselves!”

She didn’t need a script anymore. She didn’t even need to look into her webs. The future of Pruul was in their hands and if she did nothing, the results would be unrecognizable as the Territory she loved and her Clan… well, Shira preferred not to think too hard about the visions of impending doom she saw when she gazed into the future of the Sabbah.

“So my kinsmen, will you stand with me against the ruin of Pruul? Will you stand in the path of the sandstorm and have FAITH that the way forward is though? We will fight the foreign invaders and we will WIN, for only we who are of Pruul will not be struck down. Oly those who BELIEVE will TRIUMPH!”


Player Name: DragonGirl

Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Mar 21, 18, 11:39:24 PM
https://www.bloodrites.net/points-scheme/(march)-points-transactions-13037/msg113304/#new (https://www.bloodrites.net/points-scheme/(march)-points-transactions-13037/msg113304/#new) is a Dark Roll which I have sacrificed points for. She will be a character of true evil, oh roller gods, grant me the power to make people hate (or, you know, give me anything you are all knowing, oh roller gods).

*lays out goodies*
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Dash on Mar 21, 18, 11:56:21 PM
Weighed by Mother Night...

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

(https://www.bloodrites.net/Themes/silentwave_20rc3/images/green.png) & (https://www.bloodrites.net/Themes/silentwave_20rc3/images/red.png)

Congratulations!
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Mar 22, 18, 12:09:32 AM
Totes forgot to ask for family rolls. I would love 5! Thank you!
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Dash on Mar 22, 18, 12:17:36 AM
1. Purple Dusk - Green
2. Purple Dusk - Sapphire
3. Summer Sky - Green
4. White - Yellow
5. Yellow - Rose
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Dash on Apr 06, 18, 02:33:20 PM
(https://www.bloodrites.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fbloodrites.net%2Fcleanup.png&hash=08350abe1d9c219e8a2edd3024ca1fb7)
Registry Cleanup Notice

This character sheet has been inactive within the Keep's Registry for over 2 weeks. If you wish to keep this character sheet (including the Jewels rolled) you will need to reply to this thread within 2 weeks or else you will forfeit the character and the Jewels.
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Apr 06, 18, 02:51:15 PM
Keeping
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Apr 07, 18, 05:43:28 PM
Ready for Review. Need Stamps from Lene, Mu, and maybe Kenna?
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Lene on Apr 07, 18, 05:56:47 PM
Looks all good from my end :)
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: mu on Apr 07, 18, 06:08:05 PM
References to Matin and Adel are good by me.
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Kenna on Apr 10, 18, 09:57:58 PM
Looks good from a Pruul prospective.
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Apr 11, 18, 12:37:35 PM
ok, that's all my stamps. She's ready for review!
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: phinneas on Apr 12, 18, 08:12:34 AM

This application has been reviewed!

Check your private messages for feedback. When you have made the requested changes please reply to this post and let us know you are ready for the next round!

Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: DragonGirl on Apr 12, 18, 11:08:40 AM
Ready for the second round. Edits made as follow:

Personality added:

When around the very select few people she feels comfortable letting down her aura of mysticism around (her sister, her lovers, a few friends), Shira is still exacting, but softer. She looks to her sister with awe and adoration even to this day and is filled with joy when Zhaleh praises her. Family dinners are the only place where Shira genuinely laughs, debates, and even dances and sings if there is music. She enjoys the times when she is surrounded by her kin, and particularly appreciates her time with Matin's little Queen daughter.

In the bedroom, she is always the boss and a demanding partner, but in the aftermath of pleasure, Shira tends to get a little introspective and sometimes even slips into vulnerability, talking about the things that worry her enough to vent, though never in great detail since she is absolutely paranoid that someday, someone will betray her.


Craft Strength edited:
Tangled Webs: Shira has always had a natural talent for peering into the future. She also has a lot of practice weaving webs not only alone but with other Black Widows, her coven working together to try to see the many paths of the future. Her talent with these is noted throughout the Black Widows of Pruul for its strength, but comes with a handicap that she has never revealed to anyone: she cannot see the future of those not born to Pruul, and even those who were sired by outsiders are vague and cloudy in her visions. This is probably the core of her xenophobia.

Made 2 of the daughters Trained Black Widows:
Esther al-Sabbah, Purple Dusk - Green Black Widow (age 24, b. 169 AP)
Hava al-Sabbah, Purple Dusk - Sapphire Black Widow (trained) (age 22, b. 171 AP)
Nahal al-Sabbah, Summer Sky - Green Black Widow (trained) (age 20, b. 173 AP)

As her daughters grew, first one, then the second, and finally her youngest each were given powerful Birthrights and later welcomed as Apprentices and Sisters of the Hourglass, her eldest as a natural Black Widow and the other two trained into the Caste by their mother's request.
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: phinneas on Apr 14, 18, 09:21:56 AM
(https://bloodrites.net/approved-phinn.png)

...but not yet ready to play! You must bring your Dark:Light character ratio to 1:2 before Shira can be moved into play.

Edit: Ratios will now support Shira, and she's approved for play.
Title: Re: Shira al-Sabbah
Post by: Dash on Dec 04, 18, 03:06:55 PM
Per 2018 Thanksgiving Shop Non-Adoptable Dark Ally Roll:

Weighed by Mother Night...

You've risen from the Darkness twice blessed with an uncut Red Birthright Jewel, and were gifted with a cut Ebon Gray Jewel at your Offering.

(https://www.bloodrites.net/Themes/silentwave_20rc3/images/red.png) & (https://www.bloodrites.net/Themes/silentwave_20rc3/images/ebongray.png)

Congratulations!