[pnpgm] Adventures of Z'LEYRA Part 1
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Wed Dec 22 20:18:15 CET 2004
The Adventures of Z'LEYRA as told by her to Kaylle the Legendmaster
More than a quarter century ago a promising young Ticasi scholar of a
well to do family (his father had just been elected to the Council of
Scholars) came upon and verified the interesting fact that weapons made
by the Kameri tribe were known to be stronger, less likely to break than
other weapons made by human hands. Somehow the steel was made tougher.
This scholar, a charming and adventurous man and knowledgeable in metal
crafts scandalized his family by traipsing off into the wilderness
seeking the Kameri in hopes of learning the secret.
With pluck and luck the scholar, Tiren by name, made it though a
thousand miles of wilderness terrain inhabited by hostile tribes to the
Kameran, the lands of the Kameri. Quite the adventure, unfortunately his
notes about the trip were later destroyed in a fire. For his winning a
word challenge the Kameri gave him one month's visitation privileges,
only to be extended by word of a shaman. In that month Tiren managed to
impress and marry a young Kameri shaman, Z'nayha. By all accounts they
truly loved each other and were happily married. Z'nayha extended his
visit month by month until she died.
Less than a year after his arrival in the Kameran, Tiren was the father
of identical twin girls Z'layha and Z'leyra. Born under an auspicious
moon both girls were obviously talented and very strong willed.
Fortunately they were also amazingly sensitive to people's moods and
were easy to raise. In the following years Tiren and Z'nayha had two
sons and another daughter.
Tiren did learn the Kameri metalworking secret, though to do so he had
to swear great oaths of secrecy. After eight years in the Kameran Tiren
managed to send a message to Ticasi saying that he was well, had married
and had children. Almost another ten years would pass before an event
would uproot his life and send him back to Ticasi. Their daughters had
been inducted into the mystic lodges, Z'layha and Z'leyra had been
taught the greater secrets and just initiated as young shaman when Z'nayha,
wandering in the woods as she was wont to do, didn't come back.
Searchers eventually found her corpse. She had been ambushed and killed
by a raiding party. Her death ended Tiren's visitation privilege.
At Tiren's request the tribe considered his desire to take his children
with him and ultimately allowed him to take one of his children, Z'layha
or Z'leyra having finished their studies and of an age to make their own
decisions. Tiren thought that Z'layha's pet wolf would be harder to fit
in Ticasi society than Z'leyra's pet eagle. The tribe determined that
Z'leyra was a redundant shaman and allowed her to be sent with her
father back to 'civilized' lands after he had told the elders and chiefs
the advantages to having someone learn civilized skills and magic. She
was 17 years of age when she left.
After another harrowing thousand mile trip (this time including a trip
down much of the River Dirla), Tiren and his daughter Z'leyra arrived at
his families home in Ticasi and found that the family fortunes had
changed considerably for the worse. His father had only been elected the
one time to the Council of Scholars, losing out to competitors the next
two terms. Once because someone stole his masterwork, the second time
because his shop mysteriously caught fire and burned down with the
masterwork inside days before the judging. He died, mugged the night
before a hearing in front of the council in which he had alleged
cheating on the part of his competitors. The muggers escaped capture
because they sailed away that night.
Though her grandfather only served one two-year term, that qualified Z'leyra
to subsidized instruction in the field of her choice. She chose to study
Balance Magics as a complement to her Shaman skills.
A shy student, treated as an outsider because of her barbarian heritage
and upbringing, she naturally gravitated towards other outsiders who
also enjoyed the woodlands and became friends with some Sidh who
introduced her to Sidh and Elder magic. During this time Z'leyra became
friends with Varange, a Faerry Sidh Magician who spent time in Ticasi as
a diplomat and scholar. Z'leyra had managed to do well enough in her
healing studies, primarily because of her earlier shamanic training,
that she was recognized as a Master Healer.
>From her father as part of her training she learned how to be a Master
Armorer and Kameri Weaponsmith. The training she received from the Sidh
also instructed her in the skill of Jeweler in which she became quite
competent if not quite a Master.
Tiren, having reestablished himself in Ticasi society, attempted to
attain the rank of Counsel of Metal Crafts. His blades were wondrously
strong but he was up against a clan of metal workers that had controlled
the post, with the one two-year exception, for generations. In one test
the judging was obviously biased, two years later in the next test in
which he had arranged for powerful neutral observers to watch, his
examples were stolen and replaced with shoddy substitutes. While making
items for the third test the forge in his house mysteriously caught fire
and burned the house to the ground, killing Tiren and destroying all his
This left Z'leyra homeless. After seven years in Ticasi she was ready
for a change. Her father was dead and her grandfather had died before
she arrived. She did not get along particularly well with the rest of
her father's relatives. Her closest friends were in the forest, not the
city. After conferring with some of these friends she realized that only
by leaving and coming back far more powerful would she have a chance of
avenging her father.
Thus her long term plans: becoming powerful enough to find and expose
her father's killers, then ultimately going back to Kameran with enough
knowledge and power so as to be respected, rather than ostracized for
leaving the Kameran. She knows that the longer she takes the more
impressive she must be as she will be compared with her sister who will
have been advancing in skill as a shaman for years.
Z'leyra was ready for adventure when it offered.
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