Current Status: Summer, 1331 Avard. Sonya returned to the forests of the Empire of Vridara after a brief stint to Rakore. The elven-raised woman continues to patrol the forests of her home and help hide the few remaining elves in Vridara from the Inquisition.

1st-Level Slate-Sholin Ranger

STR: 16
DEX: 18
CON: 18
INT: 13
WIS: 16
CHA: 12
AC: 6
THAC0: 20
HP: 14
Alignment: NG
Special Attacks: See below
Special Defenses: Nil
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: 5'6"

Weapon Proficiencies: Daggers, nariko'nae hand-to-hand combat style (see weapons style entries), and expertise with shortswords.

Nonweapon Proficienies: Direction sense (secondary skill), hunting, forest survival, leaterworking, animal handling, animal training.

Bonus Proficiencies: Animal lore, tracking, ambidexterity.

Languages: Common, Vridaran

Special Attacks: Sonya's nariko'nae style of combat lets her deal considerable damage, while maintaining her silence and stealth. She can strike, kill, and fade back into the shadows with her victim without making a sound or being seen -- making only one Hide in Shadows and one Move Silently roll, for the entire combat round. Her stealth imposes a -1 penalty to opponents surprise rolls, making her even deadlier.

Ranger Skills: HS 30%, MS 35%.

Appearance: Sonya is a lithe and lean woman of perhaps five and a half feet, with dark red hair held in a single braid that descends to her derriere. Clothed in tight-fitting, dark brown leathers, her figure is impressive without being intimidating. Her slightly slanted, emerald green eyes are surrounded by long, dark lashes, and her whole body seems to almost tremble, ready to leap into action in the blink of an eye. Hanging off of one hip is an old, though well-maintained shortsword, and in her knee-high boots, her belt, and her wrist sheathes are throwing daggers of dark steel. The thicker leather at her shoulders and forearms are, to the trained eye, made for a falconer. Either overhead, or on her shoulder, can be found a small eagle with dark brown feathers banded in dark red.

Background: Some traumatic experience when she was young locked away her memories, and she knows nothing before the age of eight. Found by the illusive sylvan elves of the Vridaran forest, she was raised and nurtured by them. Growing up a part of the forest, she also grew up with magic, a fear of man, and a close kinship with the forests. Time and curiousity have left their mark on her, and she has begun the long road to reconciliation with her past, and her humanity -- though she grasps only dimly how difficult her road will be.

Equipment: Her dark leathers cover her up to the neck, and even to her fingerless gloves. Strapped onto her forearms are wrist sheathes of the same supple, dark brown leather. She also carries a shortsword, and a number of leather-working tools in a pouch on her belt. Other than this, she carries very little -- living off of the land, and off of her training.

Roleplaying Notes: Quiet and fearless, Sonya is one of the better kept secrets of Vridara. Staying within the shadows of the trees, and shunning the cities rife with people, Sonya has become something of a legend -- helping those in need within the forests, and punishing brigands wherever she finds them. She fears all humans, trusts elves implicitely, and is thrilled by magic and those who wield it in the name of good.

Follower: Sonya's eagle is a small Vridaran fishing eagle, with superior vision and intelligence. Responding to Sonya's cues, since she raised the eagle from a fledgling, it can communicate a great deal to her through posture, body language, and its calls. Though dangerous to others, because of its sharp talons and beak, the eagle is virtually incapable of harming Sonya, and she it. AL N; AC6; MV 1, FL 30(C); hp11; #AT 3; 1-2 per claw, and 1 per beak attack. Morale 10.

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