Elder Luthien Reid
The best journeys are filled with new and undiscovered wonders
Description: Luthien is a petite dynamo. Her face is heart-shaped and small, with wide, calm sapphire eyes that regard the world with a gentle curiosity, optimism and hope. Her hair is fiery red and close-cropped, kept in short little curls. A pair of long, graceful ears on either side of her head are pierced with several hoops. She speaks in a quiet, calm tone, as though lulling beasts is her soul and second nature.
(Luthien's curls are tamed with oils and golden barrettes. Her skin is clean and glowing, and she smells like leather and crisp morning air.)
Personality: Luthien radiates a peaceful tranquility when she is with animal companions. In Gala's shrine, she can be most often found tending to wounded animals she brings to the glade from all over, talking to them in sweet, soft tones. Her wolf is her best friend, and she talks with him like she would any family member. With elves she newly meets, she hides her more gentle, sensitive side: she's more boisterous, with ready jokes and a quick wit that make her fun at parties or in the Inn. As she gets to know others, or when she's in her role as an Elder, she is sympathetic, an excellent listener, and gives good advice. She's got a genuine joy for life, as Gala commands, and wants to see all elves enjoying life, too. Her temper can blow in like a summer storm when her buttons are pushed - especially if she sees heresy, cruelty or injustice - but is all sun and smiles when the storm passes, especially if there's repentance from the one who caused the tempest. Mercy is to be given - but should be asked for. She helps elves see the way.
Background: The bond of Honaneo Reid and the once Adhaska Aynarr was a close one and blossomed into a marriage. It ended shortly after Luthien was born, when a battle returned both of her parents to the wheel at the mere age of 20. She was left alone with her brother, Hrafn, and needed to learn on her own what it would take to make her way in the world.
Even from birth, her parents had seen that she took more after her mother and had a natural closeness with the beasts. She nurtured this talent, working closely with the wolves of the military - at first just feeding and caring for them, but learning to train them, and other animals as well. She kept a rookery for owls, trained wolves and companion pets, and set out looking for what she could find. Exploration was a great way for her to find animals she could work with, and she found joy in the tranquility of working with a small group of elves, learning more about the world around them. She became a scout with the military as soon as she turned 50.
Shortly after joining the military, she answered Gala's call and became an initiate in the Galan priesthood. Her talent with animals needed a focus, and she wanted to serve Gala by learning to heal animals and work with elves, listening to them and offering guidance, as young as she was. She found her youth could be to her advantage, as it was easy to make people feel comfortable with her, and she could help ease them through the rites of forgiveness. She became a Priestess shortly before the elves had to flee Larandor.
After the Crossing, she realized the deep need the elves who remained had for Gala and her forgiveness. Her calling was to help the elves of Aarandor, and she became an Elder. Luthien still works with the beasts, but her heart knows where she is needed. Every elf has a tale to tell. Every elf needs someone to listen. Every elf needs forgiveness, or to forgive. Luthien will be there to help.