Name: Zaliha Arteaeri Atruas (this profile is enormous) I also edited again ^^
Appearance: Dark red hair, green eyes and narrow brows, a light dusting of freckles See Picture. Wears a long sleeved over-shirt in red with a black sleeveless undershirt, a cinched in vest of brown with red accents and green embroidery, her over-shirt has an leaf embroidery design lining the hem of her shirt and sleeves, in green. A wide belt in brown matches her lace-up breeches, and a pair of sturdy lace up ankle boots with a flat heel. Her hair is usually worn loose, unless she is travelling and she wears underclothes with her attire.
Role: Boundary Manipulator and Host Body- Discovered from a very early age that she was able to interact with all types of spirits in everyday life. Realising at age nine that she could assist others through communicating with spirits and allowing them to possess her as a host in order to resolve problems, seek advice from the spiritual plain, sense events or access visions from far away, while connected to them. Using their knowledge, talents, memories and skills to resolve or fix problems within the physical and spiritual plain that she couldn’t otherwise, by channeling them. There are considerable risks involved with doing this.
On occasion a spirit’s traits, memories, knowledge and talents have been known to bleed over into the host body. Remaining vigilant when channeling a particular spirit, she needs to become extremely focused. If this effect occurs, the particular trait or attribute taken on, will override something already existing within her. Therefore gaining something in an unnatural way from a spirit like this, means that you equally lose something valuable in return. There is no way of knowing what this will be, the gained attributes then become fixed to the host body, and once attached permanently they become a part of her identity. Which could create severe identity and personality issues as these lingering spiritual traces can risk overriding her own understanding of who she is. Yet, she is vigilant about spirits and somewhat fatalistic in her acceptance of the risks that come with her gift, if it means being able to help others.
At thirteen her memories of early life and childhood were erased, being replaced by those of a soldier, a spirit she met having been killed in the war he had lingered, wanting to be reunited one final time with his long-lost son before moving on. His family had gotten lost in all the chaos around them so time had passed, yet there he remained looking and waiting. Insistent upon helping, unfortunately the man’s spirit was allowed to reside within her body for a longer period of time than was safe or attempted previously. As a result the bleed over effect occurred by accident, obviously she had some idea that there might be a risk in doing so, but she was determined to help anyway. As a result the only memories of childhood Zaliha retained is being given the medallion pendant to wear by Orin, and why. This is because the pendant was resting against her skin at the time of the bleed over occurring, seeing the pendant is a type of ward connected to what she was doing at that time, she kept the memories with a strong connection to it and helping spirits, but everything outside of spiritual assistance and the medallion she has absolutely no recollection of.
Orin takes Zaliha with him, caring for and tending to her during this time. It is he who began the difficult task of rebuilding her and her capabilities from the base up. Having to relearn all of the self reliance, capability and independence anew, that she once possessed but no longer has. Essentially Zaliha reverts to a child-like state following the memory wipe. It takes an extensive amount of time to relearn it all, years in fact. With that, in time would come relearning how to read and write. It is Orin who teaches her anew, and then Kree later on who takes over her literacy. Which should make for starker scenes between Orin and Zaliha for a long time, before her recovery, while with Kree her scenes should be lighter as time passes. Upon Kree realising that she cannot read or write, though she may recognise basics thanks to Orin, he reacts essentially like ‘we need to fix this’.
While she is like ‘whyyyyy, Orin was always on my case about letters’.
Biography: Wilful, focused and often compelling, Zaliha with her unusual behaviours and strange gift originates from the same story and world as Kree. Discovered from an early age that she was able to interact with all types of spirits in everyday life. Zaliha is not a medium so this was initially very confusing for the spirits and her alike, as it shouldn’t be possible. From the time she learned how to walk, she has experienced strange occurrences and memories, believed to be dreams. Going in search of a specific location for no explainable reason, performing a trick or skill that she couldn’t remember learning, or continuously waking up in the middle of the street as though having sleepwalked or having teleported, to somewhere alone, no matter how many times her parents would securely lock the doors to their house. This was attributed to sleep walking, though it continued to cause endless panic for her parents. Later discovered that she had been entering the spirit world since childhood, by bringing down the barriers between the two realms without knowing it on account of her age at the time. As Zaliha continued growing through childhood these occurrences became more frequent.
Until Orin, a wise Shaman who is extremely gifted with the sight of spirits. Seemed able to sense the spirit’s and unusual energy surrounding her, just like it did him. Taking Zaliha aside in attempt to identify what was going on. It was he, who finally put a name to the strange occurrences plaguing her life until then. Identifying them as a side effect of powerful boundary manipulation into the spirit realm, which was quite shocking for a child to achieve. It was at this point that she finally understood all of those unsettling memories and unexplainable situations, were the result of spiritual possession. The Shaman, Orin, became a friend and a confidant who knew of her gift and who also gave to her a medallion to wear at all times, so that she might put a stop to these un-permitted possessions. She still wears it to this day, only taking it off when she needs to call a spirit. Orin is the one who initially takes care of her after the loss of her memories due to the bleed over effect, before he mysteriously disappeared, years later. Although initially freaked out, in time Zaliha came to understand that she had been given the ability to assist the living and the dead alike through communicating with these spirits and perhaps allowing them to use her body as a host.
From this too, she learned that other people found her unsettling. Toward the fears and concerns of anyone she cannot help Zaliha takes an indifferent stance. Viewing the rest of existence in a detached, observational way. Only stepping outside of what she knew, where able to ease the suffering of another person or resolve the business of a spirit. Zaliha since Orin left, spends her time alone or communicating with spirits. Therefore when it comes to anything outside of that particular interest she can appear to be arrogant, possessing a tin ear toward the feelings and worries of others. Zaliha recognises that people find her difficult to get to know, due to her being stubborn and focused on her intended purpose, though she cares little of this. Zaliha is also a wanderer, never staying in one place for long. Upon reaching the Crown City she encounters Kree, the Fae advisor to the Crown. Both individuals sense and interact with spirits just in different ways, and they take a very different stance and approach on whether or not interjecting into the personal life of an individual, spirit, or their family is the right thing to do, or not.
Zaliha with her - this is what I am good at, this is how I can help - view, approaches it with the desire to aid the lives of others. Kree, would like to do the same in a sense, by that I mean aiding in a non-reckless way. Due to the fact he is Fae and his personality is not a fractured combination of parts, forced together in one mind, Kree although he cannot identify the specific parts that have formed to become Zaliha now, he can still sense the unnaturalness in her spirit and recognises what it stems from. Kree sees it as reckless damaging of ones self.
Power: Boundary manipulation - The user can create, shape and manipulate boundaries — physical, material, spiritual, existential, conceptual and metaphysical.
- Boundary Perception - User is able to see any/all boundaries including the metaphysical boundaries and dimensional boundaries between worlds. With sufficient willpower, magic, experimentation or other means, a user can learn to bypass these boundaries, such as picking a flower in a dream and finding it in their hand upon awakening. Zaliha has been able to reach through them for a long time.
- Boundary Removal - User can remove boundaries dissolving/undoing difference/order/structures — material, spiritual, conceptual, metaphysical, etc.
- Boundary Restoration - User can restore boundaries, fixing all that has been crossed. This power is designed solely to counter other boundary manipulators.
Additional information: This bleed over effect had happened on six occasions so far, before the story begins. Four of these occurring, during her childhood before she even knew it was possible. Due to this she has obtained traits and skills from a few of the spirits she has been a host to. She is a decent but flawed person aiming to make a difference, her problem is partly that Zaliha is mortal so she hasn’t got the same perspective as someone long lived like Kree, who see’s the damage being done to herself as reckless and unnecessary. He doesn’t understand why she does this. That too is a flaw of his being long-lived, he can see her flaws as a mortal, and she can see the oversight and plain acceptance in him that comes with living for a long time and being used to the way things are. This is the reason I intended for them to cross paths and interact. Because their perspectives are entirely different and they need to experience viewpoints outside of their own.
Attributes gained from Spirits:
Obtained: Wilful trait (at five years old) — Having or showing a stubborn and determined intention to do as one wants, regardless of the consequences.
Gained from: The ghost of a small boy who sought her out in order to solve a problem for his left behind parents, after his death.
Replaced: Optimistic trait
Obtained: Horse riding ability (at nine years old)
Gained from: Twofold from a girl in her hometown three months before she met Orin, who wanted to ride her beloved horses before moving on, as well as the solder furthering this ability by being able to ride well and being used to horses on a battlefield.
Replaced: Lost the ability to dance and be agile - she used to be super quick and flexible
Obtained: Memories of the solider (at thirteen years old) - Memories of battlefields, mud, dirt, the metallic taste of blood, comrades-in-arms, cries of alarm and screams of pain, muddy-earth stained red, horses, armour and the cloying stench of death all around. It’s terrible if focused on for too long. Also has the memories of the soldier’s son (who has grown since) as though he were he own child, although he clearly isn’t and has grown up over time, to her it feels like he is her son.
Gained from: A soldier in his thirty’s she met (at age 13), having been killed in the war he had lingered wanting to be reunited one last time with his long-lost son before moving on, who he had lost track of on account of all the chaotic fighting. Insistent upon helping, the man’s spirit was allowed to reside within her body for a far longer period of time than had been done previously. As a result the bleed over effect occurred by accident, Zaliha knew that there was a risk of this happening but was determined to help regardless.
Replaced: All of her memories apart from receiving the medallion pendant and her ability to help and talk to spirits. Doesn’t recall anything else about her past, not even the city she lived in, it was merely a name given to her by Orin, but she recalls nothing about it.
Obtained: Unflinching trait (at eight years old) — Not showing fear or hesitation in the face of danger or difficulty.
Gained from: The ghost of an elderly matriarch who used her body temporarily to oversee her family during a crisis, following her death.
Replaced: Cautious trait.
Obtained: Memories of the former Crown City, Knight Commander (at twenty)
Received from: Former Knight commander
Replaced: Unknown thus far (it only just happened in the story) however it is likely to have been either memories, or important information about the internal workings of Crown City. Taking on another’s memories as seen in the previous page is problematic. However she was not host to him for very long, therefore she gained a particular set of memories specifically from him, and the rest were avoided so there’s no confusion of thinking of his family as her own, like there was the first time this occurred.
Obtained: One still undiscovered trait adopted in childhood, she’s not sure what it is or which spirit gave her the sixth piece. (occurred at age seven I can tell you)
- Unattached to people in a familial sense - excluding Orin but she never discusses him with anyone in the Crown City, as it is a sensitive topic for her, so outside of inquiring in an evasive way for leads to his possible location and reason for disappearing, she would likely avoid the subject entirely. I guess she may gradually begin to confide in Kree a little, seeing she brings Orin up for the first time, when the subject of teaching her to read and write is mentioned, but it could also have been a slip of the tongue.
- Zaliha is mostly indifferent to what other people might think of her. Because a lot of her personality is makeshift and still being rebuilt, it is her gift being questioned or someone insulting Orin that she would most likely take offence to.
- Possesses little to no familial attachments - this I look at as both a strength and a great weakness depending on how one views it. Also she does have Orin as a connection, and is sort of lying to herself I guess about not needing anyone.
- Becomes defensive if people question her gift.
- Finds it difficult to settle down or stay in one place.
- Orin primarily is her great weakness - she wants to know what happened to him and why did he just disappear like that. Zaliha refuses to believe that he is dead and she is also deeply hurt that he left without a word to her. Seeing he became all that she had known in life after the loss of her memories.
Likes: Winter, spirits, flowers, Orin, Kree (she enjoys annoying him), spirit realm, snow globes (had no idea what they even were before Kree showed her one, she secretly likes them but pretends not use to frustrate him further)
Dislikes: fire, being surrounded by people (hence why she keeps to herself for the most part), not knowing what happened to Orin, dislikes snow globes (supposedly ^^) people dismissing her gift or telling her to quit using it.
This is the complete profile of Zaliha ^^ she may still be subject to minor changes, still this is her character and central components fully fleshed out and as a main POV character I hope you guys enjoyed reading about her. I will likely write up her encounter and interaction with those six spirits at some point. This Character Profile has taken an exhausting amount of time, in fact days and days of constant writing, rewriting, dissecting and editing have gone into this and I’m still not 100% satisfied. However I felt that I wouldn’t upload it at all, if I did not settle on the parts that I am unhappy with. Thus I upload all of this and wash my hands of it.
My next character profile will be on Orin, who is also going to be very detailed seeing how old he is and the life he has lived, so it might take me a while to get it all written up and complete. Especially to the stage that I am happy with it, so what I’m saying is bare with me, I guess ^^ for it is coming.