Titles: Warlord of the Thalerith, Kinlessa of House Filinnar
Description: There is confidence in the way Sylindra carries herself. The golden green eyes are narrow, and the fine dark eyebrows that frame them often tilt down in an expression that is serious, but not quite a frown. Her raven ebony hair is long and when it flows freely, goes down to her mid-back. While her facial features could be described as harsh, there is elegance and beauty in them, the kind that is left purposely unembellished. Her skin is a smooth olive tone, and her trim frame shows the muscle definition of a seasoned warrior.
Personality: Sylindra is known for being stubborn, and while she is as passionate as most Thalerith are, she is methodical in how she approaches problems, often considering several angles and outcomes before committing to a decision. This doesn't mean she's slow witted, on the contrary, but she'd rather be right than act too fast and be wrong. She is patient, but when provoked her anger easily bubbles to the surface. She prefers actions to words, but when she speaks is usually with intent and meaning, rather than to try and appease.
Background: It was the perfect night for a hunt, and while Thelindra was close to giving birth at any moment, Aleandra couldn't waste a night like this, and her daughter would not be left behind. And whenever Thelindra went hunting, her husband Norgath followed. So the three of them left for a night hunt with clear skies and a full large moon tinted yellow up in the sky. They rode off into the desert on their battle cats, until they found their prey a herd of sand rhinos. It was a fierce battle, as sand rhinos aren't known for their meek demeanors, Norgath was injured, but not fatally. However, once the battle was over, a crisis of another kind developed. Thelindra went into labor, Aleandra wasted no time in sending Norgath back to Nashari to get a priestess of Brundir, and injured as he was, Norgath rode as swift as the wind. While they waited for the priest, Aleandra helped her daughter deliver the child at a camp they had built inside a cavern. It was like that, in the middle of the desert and her mother covered in the blood of a savage sand rhino that Sylindra entered the world.
Most of her youth was spent training, and most of her training was supervised by her grandmother, but provided by her parents. Norgath taught her how to hold a weapon and use it, and would often spar with her and sometimes her two uncles would join in. Her mother was responsible for teaching her how to survive, and whenever they traveled outside of Nasheri and its desert, Thelindra made sure to teach young Sylindra about those lands, and how to survive in them. The rest of the time she usually spent with Aleandra, or bullying her younger brother, out love of course. Aleandra filled in the blanks between the lessons given to her by her parents.
While many men courted Sylindra, she ended up marrying Aganor Sedriel. It was an odd choice, considering the difference in their temperament, but whenever asked about it, Sylindra would simply shrug in response. Their marriage was blessed with two children, twins, who were born right before the Mortal Strife, which thankfully had little effect on her family. Her parents would live to then die during the Eradication War, right before the Third Migration. They sacrificed themselves to ensure that the Thalerith would live on, they were named heroes by her uncle Gorgath, the Warlord at the time. Losing them was a painful blow, but in her struggle she found strength, and in her strength she found life. After they had established themselves in Nasherat, and encouraged by her grandmother, she challenged her uncle for leadership and won after he yielded. Her marriage to Aganor helped her secure her position, and her husband worked to smooth out relationships with any potential challengers. So far she has proved to be an adept leader, whether that continues or not, only time will tell.
Belstrom - Deanna's older brother and I go a long way back. We have adventured together, fought together, bled together, burned together. During the Eradication War it was his healing arts that would mend my broken body and let me charge again and again into the fires of the Host. We are blood-forged comrades, and yet despite it all we still really don't like each other and have never gotten along. It's like a knife dance between us, cutting and slashing and drawing blood, but never cutting too deeply, and never drawing too close. Yet the dance continues, because on some level we do trust each other, and when enemies are near we never hesitate to go back to back with our knives pointing outward.
Aleandra - Grandmother, mother, teacher, mentor. Aleandra is all these things to me. As far as I can remember, my grandmother has always been there to support me and encourage me. When my mother died, Aleandra became my mother figure and role model to follow. She will never replace my mother, but well, she's a second mother really. I deeply care about the old woman, and while we might not always agree, she will always have my ear.
Karagoth - My cousin has the temper of a sand tiger in heat. But his skill for war and his loyalty to his people make up for it. Many have come to me, worried that they see a challenge in Korgath but I know better. He may challenge me some day, but only I fail our people first. And if that day comes? Let him challenge me and defeat me, for I will deserve it. He certainly needs some managing, but, what the value he brings to the kinship far makes up for it.
Zenandra - My grand aunt had too many things going on in her life to spend too much time with me. Still, she has my respect as my grandmother's sister and the former High Priestess of Rithor. She has done a lot to make House Aynarr into what it is today.
Rivaron - I am very proud of my brother and admire his stalwart dedication to his chosen path. He carries out his duties as Knight-Commander of the Blood Templars with honour and integrity, and yet he never forgets that he is also a Thalerith and a Filinnar. It is a difficult line to walk, but walk it he does, and I am happy to have the safety of Thelos is in his capable hands.
Trevarius - The former Kinlector of House Egilion, who retired to better pursue his research. I have taken an interest in the matters he is investigating and am providing my support.
Niamh - An ascerbic Faenor beastmaster who very much likes elves better than animals. She calls me 'Foolish Warlord' becuase she thinks I'm ill-training my Malice. It makes me laugh, she's clearly not afraid of anything, not even the mightiest warrior in all the Kinships. Perhaps we might grow to become friends.
Pyrravyn - No one can doubt the bravery and selflessness of this Flame Seer, and he takes his calling as a spiritual guide and counsellor very seriously. I will be keeping my eye on him, and perhaps in time I may come to call upon his counsel.
Kalagos - Kalagos is one of my Blade Sworn. I helped train him. He's become like a little brother to me, even though sometimes he can be just a tad irritating. Still, he is respectful and seems to believe in what I'm trying to accomplish in the kinship. I can appreciate loyalty and the way he's become protective of my family.
Jarlanen - You can never be sure where you stand with Jarlanen Sedriel. He's a desert viper, which makes it very convenient that he is on the side of our people. Jarlanen can keeps his secrets, as long as he continues to serve the interest of the Thalerith. He's wise, and has seen a lot of things during his lifetime, so I find listening to him to be just as wise, and I take his counsel seriously.
Zymandi - The girl was bold when she asked me to become my Blade Sworn, and took my rejection rather well. She made me curious, so I reconsidered and accepted her into the ranks sworn to protect the Warlord. She is not Kalagos, her way is not to face threats head on. But threats do come from the shadows, and that, she knows very well.
Elstrin - Kinlessa Elstrin Naevon possess a sharp mind with keen political and strategic instincts, and she leads what is rapidly becoming the most powerful and influential House of Duindar. She would be a fearsome enemy, but fortunately I find that we see eye to eye on many things, and I believe that we can make our long term goals align. I have very much enjoy my discussions with her, and hope that we can help each other more in he future.
Zedmir - The Guildmaster of the Healer's Guild is a man of great compassion and integrity. We have a good working relationship, he has helped the Thalerith many times, and I will gladly help him in turn. His is the kind of inter-kinship cooperation I can support, one where we treat each other as equals with shared goals rather than having a foreigner rule over us.
Rawlin & Seren - Together they are the heads of the Priesthood of Loran and the March of Rylanth. They are a powerful and influential couple, and we have worked well together in a number of endeavours. They have been been friends to the Thalerith, and so I will be friends to them in turn.
Selandriel & Vindal - The Kinlessa Marindur and her husband the Wave Whisperer. Their help was invaluable in dealing with the Watchers of Sand, and in turn I have tried to help them with their difficulties with the Duindar. We have a good working relationship and that I hope will continue in the future.
Talrin - The Lady Heir of Keir and Grandmaster of the Argent Knights is an impressively talented soldier and leader. Her clear and focused purity of purpose is befitting of a Faenor Knight dedicated to Garwen, but I also find her warm and easy to get along with. I have helped her with the quest to find Garwen's Oracle and given her advice on organizing the Faenor defensive posture, so we are growing towards forming a valuable alliance.
Garett - The Lord Heir of Ingith is one of the more dynamic and decisive Faenor leaders. For good or ill, when he sets his mind on something it gets done. He has my respect as a Knight and a future High Lord. He is also a cousin to my children, as Aganor's father Thalos was High Lord Lythene's uncle. I hope that good relations between Filinnar and Ingith shall continue in the future.
Joran - My firstborn and my son. That says it all. He is a warrior and a flame seer, and I couldn't be more proud of him. He has taken it upon himself to take tutelage from my General and Flame Speaker as well as myself as Warlord, and he often reminds me of the importance of our traditions, that we must never forget what it means to be Thalerith. He is my son, and I don't always agree with him, but I learn much from him regardless. I know he is destined for great things.
Lyandra - Lyandra is her father's daughter. I love her, but we rarely see eye to eye on things. I worry sometimes that the distance between us might grow too large, but I only have to remember how I feel about Aganor to know that will never be the case. She is hopeful, sees a future that many believe is not possible, and for that I value her counsel. She's not her father yet, but I am proud of all she has accomplished, and know she will accomplish so much more.
Melindra - My youngest came into a world with a very rough birth in the middle of the great storm during Third Migration, and I think that set the theme for us ever since. She is a fierce warrior, a relentless huntress, and a talented sailor. I respect her fearlessness and refusal to back down against anything, but her stubborness and mine have lead us to clash over and over for the whole of her life. Now she has finally gone away to chart her own paths away from mine, and she will not even talk to me anymore. I mourn the loss and the part I played I driving her away, but I hope she finds happiness out there, between sand and sea.
Aganor - Even to this day, many remain confused about why I chose Aganor as my husband. I've never cared about what others think about it, to be honest and that's not likely to change. Aganor is there for me, he supports me and I support him. The rest of it is for us to know and others not to care about. He is the calm to my storm, the eyes I need when mine are too blinded with rage for me to see. He understands me in ways that many others do not.
Deanna - Deanna is a friend, most of the time. Her House is one of shadows, while I prefer to face my enemies head on. Still, she is important to our people, and so is her house. She ensures the Devrien do not get out of line, and has proved reasonable when dealing with her. Our relationship can be confusing to most, but she and I do understand each other and that's what matters.
Ellyn - High Lord Ellyn Reid and I are very similar, and we often find we are of the same mind in many things. Though she is more of a hunter and I am more of a soldier, we have a shared sense of honour and a willingness to take life by the horns. It's very easy for us both to get along, and I count her as a strong friend and ally among the Faenor.
Gureylain - The Old Ranger and I have formed an unexpected friendship. It was easy to fall into long hours commiserating over common experiences. Our love of hunting, the losses we had in the War, our determination to stand and fight until forced to retreat, the child each of us has driven away. We even Zaltar in common, in that we're both looking out of the kid and helping him grow into his own. I look forward to hunting together.
Elendril - Elendril and Joran met while researching the Crystal of Anu, and they quickly bonded over their shared sense of justice and devotion to Estril. They have grown very close, and I find myself also growing very attached to the girl, almost to the point that she feels like another daughter.
Escanor - Elendril's adoptive father and a collegue of Lyandra's at the Acadeum. The Black Dragon of Serennar is one of the very few warriors in all the Kinships whom I would count as my equal in a duel. I am honoured to call him a friend, and when the Host finally comes to our shores I will be glad to have him fighting by my side.
Yvette - The Grandmaster of the Order Solaris is a soldier very much like myself. She had a good understanding of tactics and strategy, and we have formed an easy camaradership since the first time we met.
Thorin - At first I did not think much of the Headmaster of the Galithryn Acadeum, nor did he think much of me. However, since he is a friend of Belstrom's and a close collegue of Lyandra's, we've gotten to know each other better over time and found we had a lot of common areas of interest. I respect his knowledge, intelligence, and willingness to delve into the mysteries of the world. Already his research has proven most useful, and our working relationship has grown into a friendship.
Diagones - The Head Scholar of the Ishtari and the capable second of House Egilion. She is a very close friend of Belstrom's and like with Thorin we did not think much of each other at first. However, she has proven to be a very dedicated and capable scholar with a prodigious intellect and a sharply insightful mind. She also very adroitly commands one of the greatest stores of knowledge in all Aarandor, and the two of us have learned much from each other. We have become good friends, and I am glad to see that she is also growing close to Joran.
Alethia - Despite the distrust between Belstrom and I complicating matters, I have found the I get along well with his betrothed. She is a competent and effective second to House Reid and the Priesthood of Brundir, and she will be most welcome among the Thalerith when she marries Belstrom.
Zaltar - Young Zaltar Aynarr is often shy and unsure of himself, but he is a fundamentally good person with a pure heart, one who never hesitates to help others and does not back down from danger. I see a spark of potential to him, which if properly nurtured could one day grow into a great fire. He is rapidly growing into one of the Aynarr's most skilled rangers, and already has attained some impressive accomplishments. With proper guidance, I am certain he could accomplish much more.
She challenged me after I one the Duels at the Grand Tournament of 53. I, predictably, lost. Got to get me a spear.
Not the sort to deal in doubt or pity, nor swerve for fact or jest. Few command as widespread a reputation as she, nor exude as palpable an aura of authority. Her Kin speak of her with awe, and others with fear or incomprehension. To balance that duality is a skill that does not come naturally, nor without a ruthless dedication to her cause.
The Warlord is as boistrous and decisive as ever. I respect her no-nonsense demeanor. I am, however, going to continue standing very, very far away from her bitey pet.
She's quite impressive, particularly when she's riding on the back of her giant murder lizard -- which wears a sweater when it's cold!
It is easy to understand why she is the Warlord of the Thalerith. I see strength and cunning in her words and thoughts. She would make a formidable ally even in the hardest and most lean of times and one I could easily spend time with making quips or discussing military tactics.
The Warlord of Thalerith. It does not seem that her manners improve in person
I was so grateful when she sat in that empty chair. My father's lucky to have friends such as her.
The Thelarith Warlord seems to care for her people and holds on making negotations for them too quickly. She can not be faulted for such things.
Warlord of the Thaerith. An interesting individual, whom somewhat reminds me of my dear Niamh. I look forward to meeting with her again in the future, not only to learn more about her people's culture and herself, but also so that I can get a closer look at her Malice. Quite the fascinating creature that.
Warlord. She is impressive. Much more so when I heard she had a port.
She can seem a little intimidating....ok -really- intimidating, but she was far more pleasant to speak to than I had thought. I guess that is on me for judging someone based on appearance and reputation alone. She is sharp and to the point, but there's a kindness to her that I didn't expect, and her words are wise and well considered.
A wise leader, one who will surely help us grow. I only hope she tends to her own growth as well.
The Warlord is as fierce as stories claim! I look forward to hearing tales of the Thalerith under her command.
It has been a great while since last I spoke to the Warlord. Her view of things has not changed and she spoke with great confidence in regard to military movements and unity among troops. I can appreciate the great depth of knowledge and her view of things.
She reminds me of the desert: dealing with her unprepared leaves one bloodied and exhausted. I have been long removed from the politics of my people, but she is fierce, if nothing else.
I have never met as rude a person in my life. After multiple meetings, she continued to act as if she'd never met me, she often did not regard that I had spoken or was even in a room, and all that I've seen from her shows her to simply be a cold opportunity with no sense of class. I wouldn't waste my time with her.
Animal training through peasant maiming. If that's not the Thalerith for you, I don't know what is!