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Species: Pure Elf
Family: Heron (dark elf)
Tall and slender almost the the point of malnutrition, Eleni cuts a particularly lanky, graceful figure. When not hidden under layers of cloth and wraps, her skin is so pale it faintly glows in the darkness, and her hair, which falls in thick ringlets to her shoulders, is whiter than cobwebs. Even her lips and eyelashes are devoid of color; in contrast, her eyes are shockingly blue, saturated in the tradition of the pure elf gene.
Eleni, however, prefers to hide these distinctive features. Mistrusted and easily identified among the drow of D'issan, she learned long ago to cover up her skin under layers of black cloth and grey wraps, even going so far as to wind a scarf around her hair. Ashes, rubbed into her skin, dull the brightness and give her a semblance of belonging among the other natives of the underground city. She wears a single diamond teardrop earring in her left ear, matched by her brother's, and a vial of refined darklily essence that acts as a safeguard against capture.
To call Eleni loyal is an understatement. After their mother died in childbirth and their father joined the Faction to throw down the Golden Queen, Eleni took it upon herself to care for her younger brother by whatever means necessary. Unfortunately, as a poor denizen of little note in the depths of D'issan, those means did not leave much room for moral scruples.
It began with petty theft and ended with Eleni attempting to rob a high-ranking Faction member in the Council's own quarters. Caught, she was given the choice of accepting the role of an informant or dying then and there. Even then, Eleni's only thought was for her sibling lying awake for her with a hungry stomach. The choice was obvious.
So began many months of Eleni ferreting out traitors in the Faction's ranks, their exposure traded for her and Heron's ongoing safety. Rather than grow to resent the boy for the choices she made, Eleni's hatred of the Faction strengthened, and she would often tuck Heron in at night with stories of beautiful places safe from the reach of Nina - the exile continent of Khankirae. The dreams did not only take root in the boy; for long hours after Heron fell asleep, Eleni would think of how they could make their way there, leaving this war and its dangers far behind. But always, she would be reminded of the darklily vial resting on her breast, and the promise of death if they tried.
As a pure elf, Eleni has a natural strength in light magic. She manifests it in many forms: a ball of blue light, favoured in dark places; a shifting fog toxic to creatures affiliated with shadow; a shield with the consistency and transparency of glass, held together through will; and, in extreme situations, in the form of a dagger with the same solid qualities. This last action, done presumably in an act of violence, is difficult for her to maintain for long durations as it takes considerable concentration to keep the magic corporeal while also fighting an enemy of any skill.
This, of course, means that it's much simpler to keep an array of ordinary knives on hand instead. Eleni dresses in form-fitting clothes that allow her the greatest freedom of movement; her weapons, therefore, are small and easily concealed, with one sliding into a sheath-pocket on the small of her back, another strapped to the inside of her calf and one on her arm, and a fourth hidden in the sole of her boot. She keeps lockpicking pins and a small vial of sealant for refolding letters or missives undetected.
For all her physical preparations, however, Eleni makes for a poor fighter. Accustomed to stealth and light as a feather besides, she has never received formalized training in combat and would fare no better than a child with a sword or a bow in hand. When faced with such opponents, she must rely on her quick wit to evade them, and has made an undignified escape out across the rooftops more than once.
-blazeh was here and did stuff- ;D
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