Saturday, 26 January 2019

Cast of the Crystal Seas: Analicia

Analicia is an elf, but quite dissimilar to those of legend, for she is a member of the Varanesi clan. The Varanesi elves are renowned artisans, merchants and patrons of the arts. They are wealthy and powerful, with a reputation for snobbery and haughtiness. They are also known to employ subterfuge and even violence to protect their interests.

Analicia showed early promise as a carpenter, and given the long lifespans of elves, had plenty of time to refine her craft. In fact, in the century or so that has passed since she was born, she has become obsessed with crafting wood. Under the tutelage of Don Amatus, a senior artisan of the the Varanesi, she has achieved a mastery that is famed throughout the city and beyond. However, she also has other talents.

Another senior Varanesi, Donna Serafina, saw that Analicia would make an excellent… operative. She thought Analicia would be useful in the more clandestine activities of the clan, as she was graceful, agile and intelligent. Analicia was trained to be a spy and a thief, and until she reached adulthood (and could assume the title Donna herself) was obliged to follow this life path.

On reaching her first century, Analicia - now Donna Alicia - was excited to be setting up her own workshop and becoming fully independent… but the senior clan members had other plans. They ordered Analicia to continue her work with Donna Serafina. Analicia was disinterested, and showed them disrespect by disobeying their orders. Nonetheless, her decision was tolerated, and she was free to set up a business of her own, although she was stripped of the honorific Donna and went back to plain old Analicia.

For the first few years, things went very well for her: her craftsmanship was in high demand by many wealthy families in the city of Freeport, and she found many patrons willing to sponsor her artistic pursuits. Tragically,her success was short lived following a devastating arson attack that saw the culmination of her life’s work - her workshop and all its contents - utterly destroyed. Filled with guilt and shame, as well as anger, she returned to the clan leaders for help in rebuilding her business and locating the perpetrators of the crime.

Now, Analicia finds herself in an uncomfortable bind: the clan elders have reluctantly agreed to assist her, but her earlier rejection of them still hurts, and so to save face she must agree to work for Donna Serafina once again… and her first assignment is very odd indeed. Analicia has returned to the life of a rogue, in the employ of the elven Varanesi, and is now sailing on a ship to  a strange southern city, with a dwarven cleric called Horace...

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