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Freya Baranfinnel

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~Brief Description~

 

Freya Baranfinnel (or Freya B. as some call her) is an unnaturally short elf with a temper to match. She has a tendency to madness and has a hard time making friends. Her occupation is that of a healer, though she doesn't practice the art very much anymore. In the past she has built up her reputation as a little bit of a trickster.

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~History~

 

When she was born, Freya was a seemingly normal elven infant, calm and quiet, with a quick smile and silvery laugh. However, all semblance of normality shattered when, at the slightest annoyance, her eyes turned blood-red and her fair infant face twisted into a grimace of utter fury. Scared and bewildered, her parents consulted a healer, but nothing could be done except to make sure that Freya did not become irritated. This plan went well until she was 10 years old.

 

Freya’s eldest brother delighted in tormenting his younger siblings, and though he knew that she was not to be annoyed, he could not help himself. Freya imperiously ignored him for a while, but the last straw came in the latter part of the summer of her tenth year. Her brother had, against the will of his parents, gone with some friends to the village tavern and had come home, bold and dreadfully drunk. Finding that Freya was the only one in the house, he proceeded to harass her and ordered her to do mundane household chores repeatedly, insisting all the while that he was her master.

 

Finally, she could take no more. Before her brother’s horrified eyes, her berserker form took hold and she leaped across the room, grabbing a kitchen knife on the way. That night, when her parents came home, they found her kneeling on the floor, laughing and weeping in turns at the feet of her dead brother, bloody knife still in hand.

 

Though Freya had gruesomely murdered her brother, her parents did not have the heart to take her to be executed. Instead, they blindfolded her and dragged her to the fringes of the wild forest, where they let her go. Insane and alone, Freya wandered aimlessly for 3 years, eating whatever she could find, her berserk tendencies protecting her. During this time she forgot what had brought her to the forest in the first place.

 

One day in the early spring of her thirteenth year, Freya stumbled on a ramshackle hut in the heart of the forest. There she met a reclusive and elderly wood elf, who, taking her in, succeeded in curing her madness, but was unable to dispel her berserker nature. Freya had no remembrance of her past, though in the years to follow she would have flashbacks of a life other than that which she had believed herself to live. The wood-elf taught Freya the art of being an herbalist and healer, as she had no children to pass her former trade on to.

 

When the elf died, 3 years after Freya first met her; Freya left the forest for the world beyond the fringes. Living a simple, wandering life as a traveling healer, she gathered information about the world she never truly knew until recently. In her wanderings, she stumbled across the Pen Keep and decided that she would rather live here than anywhere else.

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~Abilities~

 

Freya is a master of the art of daggers and throwing knives. She is also a master herbalist and healer, specializing in physiological disorders, though she has some experience in wounds.

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~Items~

 

five daggers/throwing knives (one in each boot, one under the shoulders of her clothes, one strapped to her arm)

a walking stick

a bag of useful healing herbs

a leather pack of random items that might come in handy

a journal in which she chronicles her adventures

a crysteline orb that she can use to cast illusions

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~Physical Description~

 

At 5 feet tall, with Blue-green-brown eyes set in a tanned thin face, slightly frizzy brown hair and a tendency to slouch, Freya looks harmless. She has the thin features and pointed ears of all her race, but lacks the hight so oten ascribed to elves.

 

Travel Clothes: Her faded green leggings are dirty and worn, as is the light-brown linen tunic that seems to swallow her whole. Over her tunic, she wears a scarred, deep-brown leather over-jerkin to provide warmth and a small amount of safety. Like her over-jerkin, Freya’s boots are deep-brown leather, but are newer in appearance. She wears a heavy brown cloak over her entire outfit and her hair is braided and tied off with a leather tie.

 

Normal Clothes: Often a shadow can been seen gliding through Pen Keep as Freya's grey cloaked figure glides around a corner. Under her drab cloak though, she wears a wine-red, floor-length dress with a black and silver bodice. No shoes adorn her feet, as she prefers to go barefoot. She still carries her daggers, strapped to her arms and legs with the last one under the hem of her bodice and her hair is left loose.

 

Party Clothes: A seafoam green dress with gauzy white sleeves. No shoes and no cloak. Her hair is held back with a silver circlet.

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~Personality~

 

Though her appearance is meek, Freya can pack a powerful punch. Her demeanor is that of a dragon that does not wish to be woken, prickly as a porcupine and due to explode at any moment. Fiercely protective of friends, once they gain her trust, Freya would die to save them. Despite her violent outbursts, she also has a soft side. Anyone hurting, physically or mentally, be they on her side or not, she will try to help, hence her position as a healer.

 

Freya also has an affliction. She goes berserk, especially when angered; Sees in red when this occurs. She can still see, though her vision is red-tinted. The afflicton causes no pain as she was born with it. Freya knows exactly what she is doing when this ailment takes over, but she has no power to stop it. The affliction will dissipate about 5 minutes after the reason for it occurring has passed.

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