Marijka ('mŭ-rī-kə'), aka Marijka Sroznaya or Marijka of Mestanir, is a female half-elf hailing from Mestanir in the Turamzzyrian Empire. She is skilled in the use of dual swords, typically being seen with a matched pair of falchions or warblades. She divides her time between Wehnimer's Landing and Solhaven, being a citizen of the former, though occasionally can be found in Icemule Trace. She claims Nicolao Glass as her foster brother.
You see Marijka the Warbringer. She appears to be a Half-Elf. She is moderately tall and has a well-toned frame. She appears to be in the spring of life. She has argent-flecked grey-green eyes and caramel-colored skin. She has waist length, sleek chestnut hair worn in a chignon. She has an angular face and subtly pointed ears. She has a pair of amethyst studs set along the slender tips of her pointed ears. She is wearing an ashen leather cavalier hat adorned with a bold violet feather, a tailored ash grey woolen longcoat lined in plush fox fur, a Brigatta unicorn pin, a silver falchion pin set with amethysts, a slender vaalin-buckled dark leather bandolier, an intricately sculpted suit of ebon-veined mithglin half-plate, a dark leather swordbelt cinched with a vaalin buckle, a scuffed leather kit with a mithril buckle, a silver-traced grey silk gem pouch, a pair of fitted pale ash-hued suede pants, and some thick wool socks with ribbed cuffs under some vaalin-buckled dark doeskin boots lined with soft lambskin.
A slender mail-clad figure, resolutely alone in the center of a desolate battlefield. Swords brandished threateningly, she defies the approach of friend and foe alike.
Marijka was born in Mestanir to a human woman in 5015; she never met her elven father, who her mother refused to discuss, and thus grew up knowing nothing of him. Given a virtually complete lack of supervision from an extremely young age, Marijka roamed the city on her own until finding a place for herself among the ragged orphans on the streets. While she did have a home to return to, she saw little point or benefit, and eventually stopped bothering.
At the age of ten, Mari got into a ferocious brawl with a gang of other street kids; heavily outnumbered, she nonetheless managed to eventually fight her way free. While huddled in an alley nursing her wounds, she was found by an older human man who offered to let her come home and live with him. Bemused by the concept of a safe and orderly life in a proper home, she accepted. This is where she met the young man she now calls her brother, Nicolao.
She was taken on as an apprentice alongside Nicolao to learn basic elemental magic, but by 5028, her lack of both aptitude and focus had led to the dramatic termination of her apprenticeship. Seeing little benefit in remaining as a de facto servant, she struck out on her own once again in 5029. Her once-mentor made no effort to dissuade her.
Marijka next surfaced in 5034 as a junior recruit in a small, largely unsuccessful mercenary band who eventually turned to brigandry to support themselves. Soon enough, they were defeated and scattered by their poor selection of would-be victims. Marijka continued to drift amongst groups ranging from merchant caravans to mercenaries to vigilantes to outright thieves throughout the northern Turamzzyrian Empire for the next several years, periodically abandoning each to return to Mestanir and satisfy herself that Nicolao was still alive and safe. It was during this time that she began learning swordsmanship, beginning first with a rapier and main-gauche, then experimenting with several other styles before finally settling upon her now-signature matched falchions.
In 5038 she returned to Mestanir once again, learning this time that Nicolao had been arrested and imprisoned since her previous visit. She began restricting her ranging to the more immediate area surrounding Mestanir's capital city in order to stay better apprised of his status, all the while continuing to refine her skills with her blades.
In 5103, the neighboring barony of Jantalar invaded and occupied Mestanir in its bid for expansion throughout northern Mestanir. She gained somewhat of a reputation for ferocity in battle against the initial attacks, and was rumoured to be active within resistance movements after the fall of Mestanir's defenders.
In 5114, the dark summoner Elithain Cross attacked and laid waste to two-thirds of Mestanir's capital city, as well as a great portion of its surrounding lands. In the chaos surrounding the war, Marijka took up the signature red cape of the newly forming Red Brigade. However, mere days later, she deserted as abruptly as she had joined.
In 5115, Marijka again surfaced, this time in Solhaven in the barony of Vornavis, searching for her foster brother. Eventually reunited with him, she seems to have settled in the independent city of Wehnimer's Landing and its environs for the time being.
On Fashanos 9, 5118, Marijka was one of three individuals identified as targets by the Landing vigilante killer "Spirit of Rone," due to alleged connections with Mayor Cruxophim Thirteen, previously accused by said killer of being the heart of corruption in the Landing.
Late in the evening of Fashanos 15, 5118, "Rone" made good on his threat. With a dramatic rope-swinging entry through the Mayor's office window in the Moot Hall, he abducted Marijka from amongst a group of witnesses and dragged her back out to the roof, where he killed her by evisceration.
House White Haven (former)
Member of House Brigatta
Reaver of Order of the Shadow
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Speaking to Ceyrin, you remind, "You had just said that you have no context for the meaning of any of the things I'd been saying." Speaking to Ceyrin, you tease, "To which I was going to respond, I'd tell you but then I'd have to kill you." Speaking suspiciously to you, Ceyrin inquires, "Are you flirting with me?"
As Marijka's player tends to play her cards close to her chest about a lot of Marijka's history, affiliations, and involvements, other players/characters should feel welcome to add their own perceptions, experiences, and observations to this section.
- Marijka has been seen upon several occasions wearing a cassock, prayer beads, and other clerical accoutrements, representing herself as a lay sister affiliated with Everwatch Tower.