|Full Name:||Erdene Khenbish|
|Date of Birth:||17.XII.470|
|Country of Origin:||Kahlara|
|Arrival on Siveth||Born|
|Aliases:||Dena (Pet name from her mother)|
|Creed:||“Do not attract attention!”|
|Occupation:||Unemployed, looking to be a scholar at the university.|
|Income:||Beg, borrow, hunt for food.|
Erdene Kenbish has a burning desire to belong… somewhere. Though much-beloved by her mother, she has always felt like an outsider among her tribe - in part because of her mother.
Orqina Kenbish was found by the Sherkhen wandering alongside a road a fair distance from Taranor. Though she had no memory of who she was or how she got there, she seemed strong and healthy and the horse trader was in need of a new slave, having sold his previous one in Arangoth. When they arrived back at the tribe’s summer settlement, she drew the attention of a Sherkhen youth who bought her from the trader and made her his bride. Their union led to the birth of Erdene a mere two years later.
Still with no memory of her past, Orqina lavished attention and love on her daughter - and horrified by the treatment of Horse Maidens in her adoptive tribe, she impressed upon her daughter the importance of never drawing attention to herself. She took painstaking measures to ensure her daughter never showed any signs of talent that could be mistaken for magic, and Erdene grew up unaware of her magical abilities - even unconsciously suppressing them.
At the age of 16, her mother was killed during a tribal skirmish with the Khtarpan, and her father - already kept distant from his daughter by her mother’s over-protectiveness - rejected her outright. She looked too much like the beloved wife he’d lost, and with no real talent to speak of, she was worth less than a slave to him.
Orqina’s first owner, the horse trader Nergui, had kept an eye on the girl during her time with the tribe - curious about her strange origins and eager to see if her memory returned. With the birth of Erdene, he’d taken a grandfatherly approach to the child, and filled her head with stories of his travels to Arangoth and the incredible City of Drache, waking in the girl a desire to see this place for herself.
With her father’s rejection firmly cemented, Erdene begged Nergui to take her on to help him on his travels - an arrangement which suited the aging trader well, especially when the girl proved to have a knack for handling the horses. On her first trip to Drache, Erdene met a scholar of the Arcane Studies - literally bumping into him. His magic flared in his surprise and Erdene was smitten. By the magic, not the boy. Upon hearing that he was learning the magic at the Royal University, Erdene determined to learn all she could of the strange building which taught mere men to control the elements.
When Nerqui’s spirit was taken by the Great Mother Athi four years later, Erdene - with no friends or family to speak of - took the sole horse he’d bequeathed to her, and set off to attain entrance to Drache’s Royal University.
Though initially very shy and withdrawn, Erdene has a core strength that shines through in times of difficulty. She finds it hard to make friends, lacking many of the social graces required to do so by her mother’s overbearing conditioning to stay away from potential threats.
With a fierce desire for love and affection, she can sometimes be overly-sensitive to perceived slights, reverting back to withdrawn at these provocations.
At 5’4”, Erdene is an average height for a Sherkhen woman, inheriting her father’s strong bone structure, and her mother’s hazel eyes. Thick black hair, kept covered in the traditional fashion, it flows down her back in silken strands when free.
She is fit and muscular - long trips on horseback over the past four years have toned her beyond the norm and reveal her lower-class status in the tribe.
Abilities & Skills
Aside from an ability to sit on a horse for extended periods of time, Erdene has not exhibited any unusual physical attributes as yet.
- Skilled with a bow and arrows, she is an above-average marksman, able to shoot from horseback or on foot.
- Literate and fluent in Arangothek which Nergui taught her, being a keenly intelligent and curious man himself.
- Camping and survival on the road.
- Arrow crafting. She could if needed, make a rudimentary bow from scratch, but prefers to ensure hers is kept safe.
- Basic hand-to-hand combat with a knife.
- Sewing and mending clothing.
- Tanning leather
- Basic weaving
- She makes a mean slow-cooked lamb stew.
- Unknown as yet.
- Hunting knife
- Bow and between 8 to 10 arrows in a quiver.
- Leather clothing.
- Flint and steel.
- Basic camping supplies in a saddle pack
Erdene wants somewhere to belong, but more than anything she wants to learn magic, something that would have absolutely horrified her mother. For some inexplicable reason, she is drawn to the Arcane. Her immediate goal is to become a scholar at the Royal University in Drache.