Being Friday, I thought we would do something a little different for today’s preview. Today, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to our first signature character to grace the cover of one of our adventures. She is as tough as she is graceful and earns her place on this adventure, fighting against a terrifying black dragon. Here is a bit more about her.
Name: Darlanrea Moonbright
Background: Lieutenant in the Elven High Guard
Reason for Becoming an Adventurer: Unknown; Darlanrea refuses to discuss it.
Lieutenant Darlanrea Moonbright was once a fast-rising star in the Elven High Guard. At the Battle of Summer Ridge, she distinguished herself and earned her commission by taking command of her squad after their officer was killed. Despite being outnumbered four to one, her troops held off several orc fangs bearing down on them until reinforcements arrived, at the cost of more than a few lives. She was later awarded the Mithril Leaf for her bravery during a skirmish with a horde of skeletons at Fall’s Reach.
During her impressive military career, Darlanrea learned to fight with many weapons. Unlike other elves who rely on their dexterity in battle, her physical strength is her main asset in combat. Her twin longswords, Fade and Frosteel, have made their way into the legends of local monster tribes as dealers of doom and and retribution, and few have ever stood against her in single combat for more than a handful of seconds. Darlanrea also earned a formidable reputation as an archer that never misses her mark. She has killed many a foe from a great distance with the assistance of her longbow, Eagle’s Eye. The tattoo on her face was originally started to hide a scar she earned in battle with an ettercap. She liked it so much that she had the artist add to it after every major engagement in which she fought. She has a number of other tattoos on her body as well although most are hidden from sight by her armor. Her favorite one is her old unit’s symbol, an arrow and a longsword crossed beneath a magnolia tree, inked on her left forearm. Some of her other tattoos include a pegasus in heavy barding, the draconic symbol for honor and gold, and a faerie dragon sleeping beneath a daisy.
No one knows precisely why Darlanrea chose to end her military career. All that is known is that one morning she approached the company’s commanding officer and informed him that she was resigning her commission and her position in the Elven High Guard. Some say there were tears in her eyes when she resigned, as if she harbored a dark secret or great burden. Witnesses say she was disheveled and bruised when she delivered her resignation, and speculate that she may have been attacked by one of her fellow soldiers shortly beforehand. A few whisper that she decided she could make more coin as an adventurer than as a soldier. But no one really knows for certain why she left the Elven High Guard–and if Darlanrea has confided her reason in anyone, they aren’t talking.