Character concept by Tony Flores, all rights reserved.
Chosen of Xoriah
Date of Birth: Unknown, but believed to be on Gril 12th, 1302.
Saranella is a lithe woman with blond hair and dark eyes. She dresses in rich red silks and satins, though beneath them are well-worn traveling boots dyed a rich red color. At first glance, she is only a lady in red, but then one begins to realize that she is more than nobility.
Born to a manor lord in a small farming community in Vridara, Sara grew up in a sheltered land. A legend, and the touch of prophecy, set her on the road away from home.
A stranger – the last of Xoriah's followers – died in the stream where the young girl went to play away from her parents. As his red blood flowed like dye into the waters, a dozen of Xoriah's archons reached down to give the child the Power of magic. Traumatized by the death of the stranger, the little girl was nearly a young woman before she remembered the entire event, after nearly drowning in that same stream years later. Her own near-death experience led her to uncover the items the man had worn, hidden by a frightened young girl in an age of Inquisition.
Saranella threw herself into the unbridled and undisciplined studies of fire, studying the combination spellbook and prayer book that the stranger had had with him at his death. Taking his weapons – twin sais of silver with a phoenix embossed upon them – Sara was ripped violently from her covert studies by an ages-old spell.
A storm rolled over the mountains of Avris such as had not been seen in centuries – a left over remnant of the War of the Undead. A small plateau had once been a test field for a powerful guild of summoners during the Storm Wars. The runes were activated by the lightning, pulling Saranella and two other strangers together from across the face of Gaeleth. Working together for survival in a land ravaged by the War of the Undead, and the aftermath of evil in Kur Maeth, Sara defeated a wizard taking power in a small city state – and took his velociraptor familiar for her own.
Buried in the wizard's library was a hint that an ancient city of of Xoriah's followers might still persist even after all the centuries since. Armed with experience and knowledge, Saranella left her friends, determined to find whatever remnants of Xoriah are left, and unite them, that the goddess might return from her near assassination at the hands of the god Infierne. Based on rumors that a church of Xoriah survived among the drow in the city of Tyven, she set out from Rakore with three hired men – and a paladin – to return the Goddess of Fire and Fury to her place among the pantheon of men.
Saranella is a professional, through and through. Knowledgeable, intelligent, charismatic, and wise, Sara has about her an aura of infinite patience and infinite power. Among her friends and with her husband, there is an aura of nobility that many queens would do well to emulate.
Sara's familiar is a velociraptor with red-gold skin, that answers to her commands. 'Skold', as she calls him, often stands silently in the shadows – or stalking in the shadows. A pack hunter, Skold thinks of Sara and Aust as his pack. A band about the velociraptor's neck, crafted by Aust, makes the predator immune to fire.
As per a Chosen of Xoriah.