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Mikele Character Sketch

Name: Mikele

Goal: Become a priestess

Flaw: Lack of self-confidence

Age: 16 or so

Sex: female

Height: 5'4"

Weight: 116 lbs.

Race: brown skin

Hair color: black

Eyes: green

Grooming: long hair. Keeps it up in quick, simple styles

Clothing: really likes dresses (style possibly sari-like?)

Health: great

Physical abilities: good climber, strong, able to lift large loads

Speech: rural accent, but well-read

Parents:

Father: Len, farmer who has lived in village for generations, close to the land, strong, gentle, talkative.

Mother: Oriah, daughter of merchant in next village, educated, bookkeeper at granary, good-natured, short temper, quick to forgive.

Siblings:

Tamwell - older brother who is dedicated to farming, bad with words

Ian - older brother who was an excellent climber and harvester who died falling from cliff while harvesting

Friends:

Nidak - friend in village.

Sherri - fellow priestess in training

Teacher in school to act as mentor

Best friend?

Least favorite:

Lowen - wagon driver in village

Fellow priestess in training

Fellow priest in training

Enemies:

Teacher in school

Corrupt government official

Pets: mini-dragon

Residence:

Home in village

Barrack in priestess school

Neighborhood

Tiny village of a few dozen families

School is in rougher part of town

Cultural background:

Villagers have been here for generations, supply important grain to city

City is ruled by an upper-class from the east, centered in Temple City.

Religion:

Very loyal to Temple-worship. The temple is dedicated to the gods, who live in the ever-present star wandering star. Believes in the healing power of religion - ceremony, selflessness, meditation; all aspects of religion provide both emotional and physical healing.

 

Paragraph:

Mikele wants to save others from death and pain. However, she lacks the self-confidence needed to act in moments of crisis. As a child, she was present when her brother fell from a cliff. She blames herself for his fall - her inability to catch him, to heal him, or to find help in time. A priestess helped her to overcome this guilt and grief and so she rests her confidence on faith in the gods the priestess represents, particularly the goddess of healing. She sees the goodness of the gods all around her - in her family's ability to recover from the loss of her brother, in the hard-working people of the village, and in the fruitfulness of the land. This faith keeps her going until, while studying to become a priestess in the city Minagarb, she learns of the corruption at the heart of her religion. She witnesses poverty, prostitution, and murder, often in the name of the gods. Her friends (and enemies) in the city open her eyes to the problems she overlooked in her home village (the city drunk, the prostitute on the edge of town, the villagers shunning and eventually murdering a child with a birth defect). At the same time, her own forbidden magical abilities begin to make themselves manifest. She finds that she can heal in ways the priestess's rituals cannot. She is faced with a decision - should she seek ways to develop her own abilities to find true healing, or submit herself to the broken religion and society that once provided her with so much hope?

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