Age 34 years, aged equivalent to a 17 year-old human
Alignment Chaotic Neutral
Social Class Street Rat
Nationality Sotoan, technically
Physical Appearance Kist appears to be much younger than she actually is- though she ought to appear as a human teenager, she seems to be 12 or 13 at best, with a round, childish face and a mop of untidy curly brown hair which is often tangled with leaves and twigs. Her face is a bit odd, with a nose that would normally be cute, button-like if it didnt seem suited for a longer face. Because of this, her thin pink lips seem to be positioned a bit too far down, above a small, weak chin. Under each eye, she has a crease which is reminiscent of a wrinkle while clearly not being a wrinkle. Thus, when someone observes her face, she begins to look young and somewhat old at the same time.
Kist has wide brown eyes, which manage to have a luminous quality about them. Her is tanner than the faery usually approve of. She has pointed ears which often just poke out of her curls.
Kist is ~44 tall, of a boyish build with small hands and feet. It looks like she'll never develop sizeable breasts, though this evidently doesn't matter to her because she usually wears baggy clothes that hide her stick-like figure. Her attire changes with the seasons- in the summer, it tends to be a sleeveless shirt and loose cotton pants or skirt, in the winter, a jacket and heavier pants and shirt. This often varies- she steals clothes and then wears them until they fall apart. Its helpful that she is less sensitive to cold than most and so doesnt require things that are more difficult to acquire, such as a woollen jacket or nice shoes.
Kist also has a pair of moth-like wings, which are thin enough to fit under her clothes without attracting attention but are surprisingly resilient. These wings are white, speckled with black, and soft white fur grows where they attach to her shoulders. Kist usually chooses to keep these wings hidden under her clothes to avoid attracting attention.
Kist also has an alternate shape, similar to that of a white ermine moth. the only difference being that this shape is larger than moths of that species- it is 2/3rds the length of someone's pointer finger. The dots on her wings match those in her humanoid shape. In this form, Kists senses are like a moths- she can see well in the dark and picks up smells through her antennae. This shape also has the advantage of making her inconspicuous and making her hard to catch.
In both forms, one may observe an interesting phenomenon: at certain times, namely when Kist has not used much magic, her skin will seem underlaid with slowly shifting blue splotches which glow eerily, like ghostflesh. As a moth, these appear to be more regular: they line her white body as tiny dots and speckle her wings. When Kist is like this, she is noticeably more pale and hunched, as she is afflicted with constant nausea and tachycardia when she has an overflow of magic. In this state Kist is also surrounded by adoring animals, which flock to the magic and lavish in its glow, ignorant of the creatures around them that should be their prey or their enemies.
Personality Kist has a child-like curiosity and an incredibly immature sense of humour, but recent times have caused her to become more serious than she once was. She is well aware now of what a struggle it can be to survive and so she is on a constant alert to threats to her person and is more interested in food and clothing than frivolities. Not that her love of chrysalides and drink has died: she has simply learned to have priorities about these things, and forgets about them once life tosses her in a situation where she is not safe. When she is safe, however, she cherishes these things all the more, for she had learned to have a greater appreciation of life and its sparse joys.
Kist is notoriously mischievous- she doesnt exactly want to cause people harm, she just wants to be amused and to make people snap, even for just a moment, out of their daily routine. She plays pranks which are usually not too harmful, just aggravating or perplexing to the target and amusing to witnesses. However, if someone angers her, she will find a way to get back at them, either through direct (and very foul-mouthed) insults or through a prank. She is very rarely caught in these pranks, since she often observes in her moth form, or can turn into a moth when she needs to escape. When possible, Kist will simply cause chaos. However, another addition of recent events is a mean streak that rises up in her at times. She has become more vindictive, and now she has the power to follow through on that as well. These moments will pass quickly, however, and then Kist will feel ashamed of her more violent actions.
Kist is also quite talkative, and will strike up conversations with strangers. She pays little attention to social niceties and when some one bores her, she will openly show it or simply walk off. It is the interesting people she befriends, those with a sense of humour or unusual stories or an intriguing profession. She will return to these people, often turning up out of the blue to talk or go on some adventure. Her nature tends to alienate many people, but those who are of a similar aptitude or are open to odd people tend to find themselves entranced by her and swept up by her enthusiasm.
Kist will almost never ask for help, however, and she avoids saying thank you. There is some innate pride that prevents her from putting herself in a position below others, so this includes owing anything to someone or doing almost anything for them. If she does need to thank someone, it is often in the shape of a pretty stone or a feather, because it is hard for her to even force out the necessary words.
Despite her youthful appearance and wonder at the world, Kist is far from naïve. She had a foul mouth and a debauched nature to begin with, but this has been little helped since she has been adopted by the dwarf pirate Gozrik Krauswitch, who has given her many new curses and has fostered her love of hard liquors. Despite this, Kist has yet to develop any sort of sexuality, even though she jokes about it, and she has absolutely no interest in kisses or the sickening sweetness of romance.
History Kestinella Eyrin Hepialus was born in the spring to her faery parents Spilos Hepialus (father) and Purausti Ses (mother) in the Erthnetora Forest. She was the forth child, after her three brothers, Isidore, Cernnunos and Serafim. Spilos was a cutler, making fine, often enchanted knives and forks for the people in their village, as well as creating those to be exported to other faery communities. He was renowned for their work and so easily gained the attentions and eventually hand of Purausti, who came from the faery upper-class. Isidore was their first and favourite child and each child after him received less attention than the previous one, until it came to Kist, who was especially disregarded because she was female. She was closest with Serafim, and he had the effect of making her into a bit of a rebellious tomboy. They got into trouble together and explored the forest around their town. In faery society, where girls are expected to be quiet and obedient, this was a great shock. She wasnt hated, people just tended to regard her with confusion and avoided her, though there were some rare people who found her unorthodoxy refreshing.
Kist was fed many stories about humans a child- about how they are wicked monsters who eat faery children and cause horrible wars and so on. And yet the humans kidnapped by the faeries (when replaced by changelings) seemed nice enough. They were servants, trapped in metal collars and submitted to the will of the faeries- they seemed to be just wingless faeries rather than cannibals and monsters. There was one human servant who Kist came to know- his name was Tycho and he was about 12 when she met him; she was 22. He was a Sotoan who told her stories about life amongst the humans, especially in his hometown, Madrid. Kist was entranced at the possibility of so much variety and freedom, and especially at the prospect of female mages who were allowed to do as they pleased. She began to go on expeditions to the nearest human town, Lisdin, which was along the Kaadian Way, usually going incognito as a human child so she could talk to the people living there. She came to know them fairly well, largely by hanging around the tavern, and it was eventually discovered that she was a faery. Kist had expected them to be frightened, to persecute her as they did in the legends, but in actuality they were quite accepting, and readily listened to stories of faery society with awe. Sometimes, she brought Serafim with her, and he was also accepted for what he was.
At the same time, she had Serafim teach her how to use magic, as he knew a fair bit about it. This was practiced in the forest, without any observers, and no one else in the faery settlement every found out about it.
Kist had been at this for about two years before people found out- her parents started to hear of her frequent disappearances from the faeries and had her followed by an enchanted mechanical butterfly, which relayed information to Purausti. Her parents were shocked by her behaviour and tried to keep her from visiting the humans by restricting her to the house. There was talk of marrying her off, but she had not yet had her cycles, so it could not be so.
These measures worked for a time, but she managed to steal out some nights and go to Lisdin anyways. She was caught once, about a 6 months after shed been caught the first time, and was threatened again with marriage. And so she was a good girl for another two years, until her cycles did finally come. Terrified at the prospect of marriage and sick of being confined, she ran away. She was 25, roughly equivalent of 13 human years.
She stayed in Lisdin for a time and then went on to Madrid. From there she took to wandering Soare, mostly in the confines of Soto, and has been doing so for the 4 years since. She occasionally visits Lisdin, and will oftentimes wait there until Serafim turns up- for he was never caught in his excursions and thus was never restricted from leaving the house.
Such visits and frivolities fell by the wayside, however, when in the winter of 5AR, Kist was in the City of Oracles and decided to steal a pair of shoes. She caught the attention of the cobbler, who chased her across the city. Just when she thought she was on the brink of escape, she ran into a crowd of temple-goers and was caught by a man who encouraged her punishment. Just as she thought it was all over, the bricks beneath her fell out, and she tumbled into a dark cave full of cold water. She was closely followed by a stranger, who she found was named Sinadryn. Together, they explored this cave, which was full of strangely-glowing blue plants.
Soon, however, armoured men appeared, and Kist and Sinadryn ran away. Just when they were about to be caught, they came to a pillar of water, in which floated a grey aquatic creature. It entranced Kist, but when she came close, the spirit of the creature entered her body. Kist has no idea what the thing is, or why it matters so much to the soldiers. She just knows that her body glows blue, that she constantly feels sick and dizzy and that animals follow her adoringly everywhere she goes, making stealing food impossible. The Ashokans have been chasing her across the land for nearly a year now, but a hope appeared to Kist on the coast of the Tamarind Bay: Gozrik came along in the Alteisen at just the right moment. Soon he had adopted her, however unofficially, and Kist received the surname of Krauswitch and for the most part sticks to Gozrik's side as his second in command.
Misc. Kist dislikes the heat and prefers cold and snow.
-Her favourite flower, scent and food is the jasmine flower. She often turns into a moth just to drink the nectar. She also has a sweet tooth in general and enjoys sampling various flower nectars.
-Kist has learned that she really enjoys hard liquor and the sensation of being drunk: this revelation has been fostered by Gozrik.
-Kist has many useful and amazing skills. She is flexible- her arms and hands are double-jointed and she enjoys showing this off to people. She can lick her elbow and she hop on one foot for an extended period of time. She knows the words to many bawdy songs, as well as some songs in old/foreign languages. She can imitate birdcalls and is very good at making realistic farting noises. Her belches are loud and powerful.
-Kist loves insects, arachnids, crustaceans, gastropods and all variaties of worms.
-Kist adores fireflies, even though she hates the summer. If there is one thing she likes about summer, it is finding a nice open field on a cool night, when she can catch fireflies.
-Kist as a small birthmark on her upper left eyelid.
-Kist has dimples when she smiles.
-Birthday: January 25th
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