A Mercenary Gamble chapter 2 - another throw of the dice
Female Svirfneblin with short white hair, about 3ft 6 tall with a wiry and compact build.
Cyan was born within the underdark during the first ride of the claw of winter, she was seven in the Year of the Blue Fire. Over a hundred now, she is entering her middle age as a gnome. In the chaos after the coming of the spell plague, she was able to scrape a living in the shadows of East Rift. Eventually the pain of living by the rift, the reminder of everything that was lost, drove Cyan to explore further. And she headed out, spending decades on the road, choosing to live by her wits and carve out a niche in the world.
Cyan became very self-reliant, carrying all she needed on her back. Over the decades she sought to learn anything that would help her, eventually this pursuit of self-sufficiency became a joy in knowledge for its own sake. In her seventh decade Cyan became a formal initiate of Ogmha. Cyan pursues what interests her, and having learned to survive on the edge of the rift has been unbothered about using theft and the occasional flash of violence to get by. On occasion she has even sold her services. But Cyan does have standards, no knifing kids for example (unless they went for her first) – no preying on folk who already have bugger all. She has done the odd assassination, though only of people she considers knew that manner of death was an occupational hazard – the crooked merchant, a mercenary boss, nobles getting too deep into politics or too vicious with their tenants.
Mostly solitary, Cyan doesn’t really like getting too close to people. Been let down one too many times. And if you live for centuries, there is an unfortunate tendency for close friends to keep dying off. But Cyan enjoys conviviality, she will go out of her way to see a bard perform if she hears of it – loving the old stories and the potential for an evening of entertainment and friendly conversation that doesn’t scratch the surface too deeply. She has met John Walker a few times, and keeps an ear open for gossip that he’s about, as she hasn’t yet learnt all his stories.
Cyan met Kaylee when she first came out of the underdark and into East Rift. In fact Kaylee mistook Cyan for prey ! Cyan avoided getting killed, but was impressed by Kaylee’s skill with her dagger. She suggested they pair up for a while, Cyan learned more of the impressive daggerwork and taught Kaylee some of the gnome stealth traditions. They have gone their separate ways, but do like to get together at least twice a year for old times’ sake. Kaylee is one of the few people Cyan has known the majority of her life. Later, through correspondene with Quidaro, Cyan was able to buy a Duelist’s dagger. He was also able to set her on the trail of her bag of holding and everlasting provisions – objects which have made life a lot easier. Cyan keeps in touch with Quidaro, partly as a source of knowledge for its own sake, and partly in the hope of one day tracking down a set of Feyleather armour.
It was obtaining her first magical blade that ignited Cyan’s interest in magic, she spent some years apprenticed to a mage, but found giving one’s life over to the study of just one subject was too limiting. She likes to keep her hand in, and takes time to learn new magical skills when the opportunity arises.