Name: Chiedra (pronounced “kee-ra”)
Race: Demon (Shadre)
Languages: English, Shadrese
DOB: Unknown (arrived on Earth in the Fall of 2010); appears to be in her early 20’s
Description: Chiedra is a humanoid-looking demon. Her skin is chocolate brown and her hair is jet black. She wears it long and often pulled back in a severe top knot. She is slim and slinky in appearance and moves with a fluid grace. Chiedra has distinctive aquamarine eyes with no iris that glow bright blue in total darkness. She also has geometric markings on her face and body in a dark teal color. The markings consist of lines and small triangles that start at her cheekbones and move down her face and either side of her body symmetrically.
Attitude: Chiedra is something of a “gray hat” to borrow a phrase. She is neither all good nor all bad. If you were assigning her a classic alignment, she would be neutral. Chiedra is a bit sarcastic, and more than a little dangerous. She has one goal: to get home. Chiedra is currently trapped her on Earth and her ultimate, driving motivation, is to find a way back to her home dimension. She has a very different moral code than what would be considered normal. Chiedra will not betray her word, once given, but she has no qualms about nefarious deeds, even (or especially) if the price is right.
Chiedra has only a handful of true friends, most of which are people she met through her mentor, Niall Tiergnan. Niall is a Wizard, a leader in the supernatural underworld, and a general do-gooder. He and Chiedra are currently estranged as he does not approve of her lifestyle choices.
Trained in Thief skills (ie, picking locks, disarming alarm systems, disguises, etc.)
Trained in simple hand-to-hand combat
Training with a staff
Proficient (but not exceptionally skilled) in the use of small firearms
Suspicious by nature
Smokey jazz clubs
Moonlight and starshine
Cats (especially her Russian Blue, Piwacket)
She was a happy, outgoing Shadrese child. She was the youngest daughter of a prominent Shadow Priestess in the Shadre dimension. She knew nothing of other worlds or other people. Until, one day, while playing amongst the ruins of an ancient temple near her home, she came upon a strange, amber colored rock glowing amidst a small copse of shade trees. She was curious and approached the area for a closer look. She missed the obvious signs of ritual magic, so caught up in the mystery that she failed to notice runes inscribes in the nearby rocks and the soft, muted chant from nearby. When she was close enough, Shan reached out to touch the glowing amber with one fingertip. Suddenly a bright, painful golden light erupted from the strange object. She was blinded and felt herself freefalling.
She awoke in a strange place. The air around her smelled different, fetid and wet. She lay on hard, rough ground and nearby she could hear the strange cries of some unknown animal. As her eyes readjusted after the bright light, she could make out a figure nearby, standing and watching her. She was terrified. She huddled as she glanced about, confused and lost. The world around her seemed strange. The light was different, somehow harsher than that she was used to. The very air felt different as well. And all around there were harsh, alien sounds which abraided her ears. The figure standing a few feet away approached cautiously, shaking his head. He spoke in odd words that she could not begin to understand. She shook her head. Where was this strange place? Who was this strange creature? How had she come to be here?
Again and again, Chiedra relives that fateful night over a decade ago when she arrived on Earth. A mere child, she had no understanding of the powerful forces that had brought her here. Her only friend for many years was the man who was standing by when she literally appeared out of nowhere in that deserted alley, Niall Tiergnan. Niall was a wizard. He had been passing nearby when he felt a strange disturbance and ducked into the alley just in time to witness Chiedra’s unusual introduction to his world. Niall took Chiedra in and raised her. He trained her the best way he knew how. Chiedra’s adolescence was unusual, but Niall did his best to keep her safe and help her grow into a strong, capable woman.
Niall is a “do-gooder” by nature. He has always gone out of his way to help others, especially those who were weaker or who were being preyed on by those in power. He tried to raise Chiedra with his moral code, but she didn’t quite turn out the way he intended. Chiedra, coming from a very different place, had a very different idea about what was right and what was wrong. When she became an adult, she took up her quest in earnest. Chiedra wanted to go home. That was pretty much all that she could focus on. Therefore, she would take any route to try and get home. Niall didn’t approve of her choices, and worried that she would end up hurting herself or someone he was eventually forced to defend. Because of that, Chiedra and Niall have not been close for the last couple of years.
Chiedra has contacted many different magic users and supernatural beings, seeking a way home. Unfortunately, up to this point, no one has been able to open a portal back to Shadre. Chiedra is stuck here on Earth, a fact which does not make her happy. She is still always looking for a way home.
Small, one-bedroom Manhattan apartment in a secure building, all black Kawasaki motorcycle, lockpick tools, assortment of handguns, lightweight staff, Russian Blue cat named Piwacket, high tech black armored bodysuit
Average strength, superhuman agility and dexterity, nightvision, slightly better than human sense of hearing, Darkness Control
Darkness Control: Ability to manipulate darkness in supernatural ways. A character with darkness control can shape objects out of darkness and manipulate them. The character can also generate an area of unnatural darkness. Finally, the character can blend into shadows and shadowwalk. Shadowwalking is a sort of teleportation in which the character can travel across great distances by moving from shadow to shadow. These powers have limits, but Chiedra has not tested them fully yet. She becomes very drained and must rest to restore herself when she uses her powers to the limit she has thus far discovered.
There is a big secret in Chiedra’s origin, but I am not ready to reveal that just yet.