Berkana LeJardine Faendryl
Superficially seemingly pleasant, Berkana does carry a quiet reputation for having a sharp tongue and being intolerant of fools. Despite her general indifference, she does often travel to the Rift, Old Ta'Faendryl, and Sanctum of Scales to take pity on the dead and animate them. Roses and the hue of nightshade are often two primary themes that identity much of her wardrobe, which she frequently changes.
Born in Eorgaen 4623, Berkana escaped from indentured servitude with an Eorgina caravan, a band of gypsies that had kidnapped her when she was five-years-old. She took up residence in Wehnimer's Landing in 5096, and has been a member of House Brigatta since. She has never been married, and has had a scant handful of long-term relationships, including her two years as shira'qa (pet). She often shied away from centrist politics and shunned some of the zealots, like Chaston Griffin, and other nefarious denizens, save for a moment in 5117 she was a link to the mind of a girl, one of three Ithzir-touched children, the most infamous of whom was named Rodnay. The memory of that incident still lives within her, surfacing at times in restless dreams.
Berkana was high priestess of a cult called the Circle of the Grey Moon, loyal to Eorgina, around 5100. During that tenure, she discovered the writings of High Priestess Moriane saVere, and inspired by them, created three rites she continues to perform, most notably, the annual Rite of Dedication. One day, after a particular egregious acolyte once again disrupted a rite with demands to be elevated, Berkana gathered up her ceremonial items, handed them off to a promising initiate, inducted her as a high priestess, and wandered off for a period of seclusion and worship. During an invasion of vathor in Ta'Illistim, she watched dispassionately as the city burned while she sipped wine, a small smile playing upon her lips, knowing that her Queen would delight in this turn of events.
There are very few men that have kept Berkana interested. She was in the company of Cosgrave Temaraire for about two-and-a-half years, which ended in 5106. There was a very brief fling of a few weeks with Picler Ralduvian before his untimely disappearance in 5112. She engaged in some mild flirtations since that time, until she met Faendryl Aurach Moonshadew in 5114. Their two-year relationship ended in the spring of 5116, and she left his home in Ta'Illistim to return to the Landing, where she met Talinvor Vorrith, a Dhe'nar. After several weeks of trying to tempt him, she asked to become his shira'qa, and spent another two years by his side until he released her in Fashanos 5118. In Koaratos of 5119, Berkana reacquainted socially with Blades Clanners, and they have been keeping company often since.
There is only one man who has ever captured her heart completely, and he's been in and out of her life since late 5097. Beyond that, casual encounters are exceedingly rare, as delight without some lasting affection is unrewarding and unsatisfying.
Few women can get past their envy and jealousy to become friends with Berkana, but those who do find they have a very loyal and trusted friend. Many find her risqué wardrobe, cunning wit, brazen forwardness, and fierce attitude intimidating — though she'll cloak her demeanor in a veil of politeness while assessing weaknesses — much like a cat watching her prey.
Berkana considers herself to be highly intuitive, with a good ability to assess people for their honesty and genuineness. If she finds someone is a liar or insincere, she'll either outwardly continue to be polite, yet keep a safe distance between them, or she'll excise them out of her life without a word. To engage in deception, unless by devious plan, would otherwise be a waste of time.
As of the 16th day of Lumnea in the year 5119: She has very long, luminous frost white hair pulled up into a slick ponytail and spilling from a topknot to cascade down her back. She has a high-cheekboned oval face and delicate upswept pointed ears. She has a curvaceous figure, sultry kohl-lashed silver-limned venom green eyes, and flawless ivory skin. She has full, sensuous lips tinted a pale rose hue and micaceous abyss black patina brushed onto her perfectly manicured fingernails.
She is wearing a long shadow black leather jacket with a carved obsidian wild rose clasp, a flowing sheer black rose-patterned lace chemise cinched with cinereous silk below the deeply cut neckline, a thin black leather thighband, a pair of thigh-high black lace rose-patterned stockings, and a pair of tall night black snakeskin boots with twisted vaalin heels.