Fierce female fighters who fear nothing. Fabulously feathered and filled with fire and ferocious fancy.
(Photos by Lee Harland)
NAME: Othilia (She who Bites)
LAND OF ORIGIN: Born in Scandanavia and raised in the mediterranean
SEASON: Late Summer
WEAPON: Staff, Wayfinder
Born in the northern wastes of what is now Sweden, Othilia was a wild child, always wandering away from her tribe and following her curiosity into wherever it led. One spring when she was 7 years old she ran off chasing a wounded reindeer and discovered a band of Romans at the northern end of their exploratory journey. The leader had buried his little girl back in Northern Italy the year before, and when he saw the fire in her eyes, he decided he wanted to take her with him to present to his wife as a new daughter. She was kidnapped and brought south on the Roman war ship.
She lived out her childhood and early adulthood as the daughter of the Roman Legionnaire. He and his wife loved her and raised her as their own, but still could not keep her from running wild in the forests. As a teen, she drove her adopted parents so crazy that they apprenticed her out to the warrior priestesses on the island of Mykonos, in hopes they would teach her to obey. She learned a great deal, but even the harsh mistresses on the island couldn’t crush her wild spirit.
Othilia learned everything she could from the Priestesses, but her greatest skills lay in healing and it WayFinding — opening the secret ways below the world, hidden behind barrows and standing stones and gateways.
When she finished her priestess training, she bade goodbye to the lush southern lands and her adopted family and headed north to seek out the tribe of her youth. After a hard journey of several years (and many adventures and mistakes) she found the land of her youth and in her wanderings, encountered a weakened and wounded Aerona. She used her Priestess healing magic to restore Aerona to perfect health, helping her to gain control of the tribe. Eventually she found a home and family with Aerona and is content for the moment to use her Priestess healing magic and WayFinding skills for the good of the tribe.