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Avanafyl Illareth


Avanafyl Illareth
Demographics:
Age: 23
Sex: Female
SubRace: Shadovar (Netherese Human from Shadow Plane)
Deity: Shar
Profession: Traveler/Adventurer
Class: Sorcerer (source of inherent power, Shade mother)
Alignment: That's her business.

Physical Description:
Height: 5'10''
Weight: 120 lbs
Skin color: Pale, upon close inspection someone might notice a slide grey sheen. Not as pronounced as a classic Shadovar however
Hair color: Deep black, occasional violet highlights in bright light


Hx:
Her mother is a Shade, a member of the Shade Enclave that crossed over from the Shadow Plane in 1372. She had an unsanctioned affair with a human male from Toril which was discovered and she was confined to the Shadow Plane until giving birth. She then fled to find her lover and left her daughter who was kept as a political prisoner, hoping to draw her back. Her mother never returned resulting in her being race amongst Netherese nobles with a formal education including magical theory. She was however barred from magical practice secondary to her captive/hostage state. She was released upon news of her mother's death as her captivity was no longer serving any purpose. Though being a full citizen of the Shadovar Netherese Empire she will unlikely ever be able to rise the ranks or become a shade (position of great power in Shadovar hierarchy) herself due to her mothers actions. (Time passes differently in portions of the shadow plane *liberty* which explains her being 23 in the current year.)

Race:
The Shadovar consist of three races really. Shades, shadar-kai and human shadovar. Shades are imbued with the plane of shadow with extra power, long lives, powerful. Shadar-kai are a feylike race of the Shadowfell (well Shadow Plane, it doesn't become the Shadowfell until the Spellplague). They are inbetween human and shades. Have some extra powers and affintiy for the plane of shadow. And then human shadovar who have minor affinities for the plane of shadow, more likely to have greyish skin. Avanafyl is a human shadovar, but a little closer to shadar-kai than she knows due to her mothers full shade status.

Quotes from campaigns/wikis about the shadovar/shadar-kai:
"This last bastion of ancient Netheril had survived for over a millennium in the depths of the Shadowfell, where the raw essence of shadow has long intertwined with the souls of the Shadovar. Some have become shades; some are born shadar-kai. Most are still human, but with an element of darkness about them. Like all Shadovar, you were raised to believe in Netherese supremacy—bombarded constantly with the knowledge that dominance was your people's birthright, that the other peoples of Toril were weak and inferior, and that Netheril would rule once more."

"Their acclimation to centuries in Shadow caused them to transform into or give birth to shadelike beings. Prince Rivalen declared this to be a miracle sent by Shar. He dubbed the changed people shadar-kai, which has become the common term for the race. Shadovar youths entering adolescence sometimes become shadar-kai, though this phenomenon is waning. Shadar-kai breed true with one another, and their unions with humans also produce shadar-kai.

Rivalen has also devised a ritual to turn any human into a shadar-kai, not unlike that used to create a shade.

Netherese shadar-kai have existed for more than three generations. They are a privileged class, not quite as blessed as shades, but given unique training. Shadar-kai agents work schemes to better Netheril’s hold on Faerûn, and gather resources and information from all over. Most of them long to become true shades.

Not all shadar-kai serve Netheril. Many flee the empire to make their own way in the world. Others are offspring of humans who broke with Shade long ago or who refused to cross out of the Shadowfell. Netheril’s shadar-kai usually worship Shar and tend more toward evil behavior than their non-Netherese counterparts. Those of the Shadowfell are given to macabre and thrill-seeking behavior: Many revere Tempus, though a few follow Shar, Cyric, Beshaba, or even Asmodeus. A rare few hold Tymora in highest esteem."


Magical training:
Though no formal training in practical magical arts - she did receive tutelage to tap into her Shade heritage from her mother. A small shadow was sent to her as a young girl, possibly from her mother to initiate her training. She now learns more and more from exploring her powers and exploring the world. This small shadow is still with her and gives her advice and company when needed. (reskinned familiar)

Illareth ancestry:
Not all Illareth's following the exodus to Andrune after the Fall of Netheril. The family was divided. Some perused the haven of Andrune and others accepted Shar's gift of the Shadow Plane. The Illareths, like the Andrune variety have always specialized in Death magic and shifted from Necromancy to exploring the power of the Shadow Plane, pioneering the process of becoming Shades. Through out time in the Shadow plane the family finally fell into decline as politics and power struggles progressed. Avanafyl's mother was the last notable Illareth. The name in the Netherese Empire is now about as good as mud.

Motivations/Goals:
She felt powerless in Thultanthar, the Shade City. A feeling she never wants ever again. Power and self advancement are her main focuses. She would like to find out more about what happened to her mother but not until she has the power herself to kill her mothers killer - or her mother herself should she be still alive. This means obtaining the power of a shade herself.

Why Aolyth:
Avanafyl discovered in ancient ruins - documentation of the fracturing of the Illareth House right before the fateful events of Karsus Folly. One section led the foray into the Shadow Plane and the other sought another refuge, a place spoken of with reverence, a magical oasis of sorts. This let her to Waterdeep where she recognized the name Illareth on shipping manifest for a place called Avendel. Off she went to learn what she could about the Illareth's and reclaim what magic an power she could from the old days of power.

Server Requests:
-Change type to Outsider? I think that's the classification for the Shadovar, hailing from the plane of Shadow. Other than that, I don't think much needs to change unless you see something you want modified.
-Change skin of imp familiar to Resref and Tag nw_spectre
-Familiar Portrait to: po_spectre_

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Elluir Kal'enel: Nightwing of the Moonmaiden
Cefdnir Hawthorne: Warlock of the Deep Woods
Talia Rowanborne: Owl Daughter of Cerridwen
Aerin Fyrehain: Bronze Sword of Justice
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Re: Avanafyl Illareth


-Also, not applying for her to be nobility persay. I imagine she'd have to prove herself/convince the current Illareths before being considered anything like nobility. I hope a DM might be willing to help explore that a big emoticon

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Elluir Kal'enel: Nightwing of the Moonmaiden
Cefdnir Hawthorne: Warlock of the Deep Woods
Talia Rowanborne: Owl Daughter of Cerridwen
Aerin Fyrehain: Bronze Sword of Justice
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