Guerrillas In The Mist
Hard-hearted Terris Steward
Unspent Experience/Beats: 2/0
Academics (Research) ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ [Asset Skill]
Science (Metallurgy) ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ [Area of Expertise]
Brawl (Brass Knuckles) ⚫⚫⚫⚫⚪
Animal Ken ⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Socialise (Terris Steward) ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ [Asset Skill; Interdisciplinary Speciality]
Subterfuge (Keeping Secrets) ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪ [Asset Skill]
Area of Expertise (Metallurgy) ⚫
Contacts (Servants; Terris Stewards) ⚫⚫
Destiny (Bane: Settling Differences/Forgiveness) ⚫⚫⚫
Interdisciplinary Speciality (Terris Steward) ⚫
Professional Training ⚫⚫⚫
Status (Synod) ⚫
Terris Steward ⚫
Alternate Identity ⚫⚫
Staff (Metalurgists; House Servants) ⚫⚫
Defensive Combat (Brawl) ⚫
Martial Arts ⚫⚫
Allies (Kwabez) ⚫
Fighting Finesse (Brass Knuckles) ⚫⚫
Unarmed Defence ⚫⚫
Steel ⚫⚫⚫ (Steelrunner Draw ⚫)
Short term: Buy the best boat.
Medium term: Track down and meet with Larisseau.
Long term: Make amends with Sek through the pirates.
Group aspiration: Establish a new government in Austrex.
The worst thing Alhara has done: Killed a defenceless skaa
The worst thing Alhara can imagine doing: Betray a fellow Terrisman
The worst thing Alhara can imagine anyone doing: Rape
The worst thing that has happened to Alhara: Her time in the breeding programme
Formal Clothes – House Rebou Steward Robes
Leather Armour and Helmet
Alhara’s childhood was shaped by the whim of the Synod. Her feruchemical ability was discovered very early on, and it was engineered for her to enter the breeding programme in order to pass her abilities on to the next generation. When growing up, she was calm, quiet, and studious, and would surely have been a favourite to become a Terris steward under other circumstances. Naturally, it was organised for a Keeper to teach her knowledge of the metallic arts – a subject she grew particularly interested in. It saddened Alhara greatly that she would never study at the university, and that her destiny had been pre-decided by the Synod filled her with great anger.
Her time as an active breeder was short and wretched. She learned the reality of being a Terris mother was far worse than she had imagined. Her first two pregnancies were cut short by miscarriage; her third child was a stillborn. After much deliberation as to what to do with her, the Steel Ministry decided to re-instate her to the general populace. Clearly her body was weak, and would never successfully bear child. Alhara remembers little of her time in the compound, at least in part as she locked away many of the traumatic memories in a now-discarded coppermind.
Having missed out on a number of years at the university, Alhara worked twofold to catch up with her peers – though she seemed to take this in her stride. It was with great joy that she was offered a position as a steward, and she gladly accepted. The Synod had been instrumental in getting her extra tuition, but when the time came for her to leave Tathingdwen, Alhara was all too eager to break contact with them.
One of house Lekel’s plantations on the west coast of Scadriel was Alhara’s first station. The particular area was managed by Ronan Lekel, one of the younger members of the house. Whilst a perfectly civil, well-mannered gentleman on the surface, he had a particularly malicious disposition towards the skaa on the plantation, finding great joy in having them beaten and tortured. This, understandably, meant there was ongoing unrest amongst the workers when Alhara arrived. Even the maids and servants, who were standardly exempt from Ronan’s depravities, were beginning to murmur of revolt.
A few months into her stewardship, a known troublemaker – a plantation worker named Cam – attempted to attack Lord Lekel as he was escorting a number of visiting nobles around the estate. Alhara stepped in to defend her master, suffering a deep knife wound over her eye in the process. In retaliation, she managed to disarm Cam, and in blind rage proceeded to beat him unconscious with her bare hands.
Afraid she had stepped out of line in striking the skaa down, she apologised to Lord Lekel – to which he responded with much laughter. Entertained by the display of violence, he gifted Alhara a set of brass knuckles and consigned Cam to be beaten daily by her as an example to the other skaa. As it would have exposed her feruchemical abilities, Alhara was unable to heal her wound using gold and was left with a scar across her eye. She made sure to leave Cam with scars of his own, of course – with a little assistance from tapping her new brassmind knuckles.
Rather than making the skaa more compliant, Alhara’s example only fuelled their defiance. It was only a matter of time before a mass mutiny broke out, and though the rebellion was quickly quashed, the plantation was left in ruins and Alhara was recalled from service. Ever-persistent with their interference, The Synod sent a contact to reconcile with Alhara. It had been a long time since her time in the breeding programme, so she hesitantly agreed to collect knowledge of metallurgy for them, in exchange for their help in finding a new stewardship for her.