Winner of the 2011 Nexus Design-A-Villain Contest
Name: Cider Tangledroot
Wealth & Social Status: has access to many riches and contacts, although her different identities rarely belong to nobility. Never carries too much money, enough to buy venoms or magic she may need.
Bio: Cinder Tangledroot was born in one of the small communities surrounding Kendermore a few years before the summer of Chaos. She was the only daughter of a female half-kender and a true kender who left her soon to the care of her grandpa when the wanderlust took upon them. However, she didn't resented it, because she loved him and there were many children in the hamlet, so she lived as happy and carefree as only a kender child can do. But, as many other things, her happiness ended with the Age of Despair. She barely escaped from the ogre minions of Malystryx when the overlord began her conquest of Goodlund, only to fall prey of the nightmares and terrors the red brought upon her kith and kin. Nobody knows why she was specially damaged by the draconic magic, maybe her human heritage made her more susceptible than other pure kender, but it was so. When Riverwind sacrificed himself to save as many kender as he could, Cider had already changed beyond the point of recognition. She was eight, but her spirit was older and scarred and her mind forever twisted. Her grandpa had died, she had no family and her friends were either as marked as she was or remain the same happy-go-lucky selves they had always been. She felt detached.
As years passed, she saw the way other races mistreated kender, the mocking and disdain and abuse her kin tolerated because they didn't know better or didn't care. Even worse, she understood that even those who had changed with her, the so-called afflicted, were unable or unwilling to do what needed to be done to protect themselves from a tragedy such as the one they had gone through. She was one of the first voices demanding a change in her new home of Hylo, eventually befriending Belladonna and helping her to seize control of the nation. However, that wasn't enough for her. She wondered time and time again why no one but her could see that, for as long as the kender were not the only inhabitants of Northern Ergoth, surrounded as they were by ambitious warlords, vile goblins and even reptilian monsters of the north, they wouldn't be safe. These outspoken thoughts caused a rift between her and Belladonna, whose only concern was to secure the wellbeing of the nation inside its borders. Alone and friendless; a pariah in Hylo, the only one sensible enough to see the sad truth and brave enough to do the right thing - To save them all.
That was the creature Hiddukel found when he came back. The Prince of Lies had always seen the kender race as a source of amusement but also as a waste of mischievous potential. To find the afflicted ones was a pleasant surprise, one who gave him some to work on after many fiascos in the returned planet. He watched them closely for a time until choose one among them who could be worthy of his favors. Cider was the one. He granted her divine power and wisdom to create a web of lies and influences large enough to engulf the whole Northern Ergoth, and enjoyed seeing the little being corrupt, ensnare and exploit others in many races. She knows the god doesn't care about her or her people, but she will use whatever means available to save them. Even if she has to persuade every Ergothian knight, noble and peasant, every goblin and hobgoblin, every non kender in Northern Ergoth, to kill everyone else each other in turns first.
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