Goal: Become a priestess
Flaw: Lack of self-confidence
Age: 16 or so
Weight: 116 lbs.
Race: brown skin
Hair color: black
Grooming: long hair. Keeps it up in quick, simple styles
Clothing: really likes dresses (style possibly sari-like?)
Physical abilities: good climber, strong, able to lift large loads
Speech: rural accent, but well-read
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.
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
Nidak - friend in village.
Sherri - fellow priestess in training
Teacher in school to act as mentor
Lowen - wagon driver in village
Fellow priestess in training
Fellow priest in training
Teacher in school
Corrupt government official
Home in village
Barrack in priestess school
Tiny village of a few dozen families
School is in rougher part of town
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.
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.
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?