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Shedara (294 AC - ? AC) was a wiry female Silvanaes Elf who originally hailed from the elven lands of Armach. Following her youth, she spent much of her years using her skills as a Moon-Thief in the service of her people. Since coming of age at 70 years old, Shedara had only spent eight years within Armach-nesti by the time she was 130 years of age. The rest of the time she had spent abroad in the service of her people, using her skills as a Moon-Thief avoiding the minotaurs and their human servants in the Imperial League, spending time in Thenol, the Marak Valleys, and even in the Tamire.
Shedara had short copper colored hair and a wiry build. She was normally garbed in close-fitting clothes, had small throwing daggers attached to each forearm, and fighting daggers kept at her hips for a total of about eight along with a stiletto in her boot. She also usually carried a bag of spell components, a scroll tube, and a set of lock picks on her person at most times. She was attuned more to Lunis but drew magic from all three moons. She also studied in Necromancy, she knew Elvish and the Kothian Language, and owned a Hippogriff named Falasta.
Almost half of Shedara's life was been spent in the shadows of the Human and Minotaur world of the Imperial League. As soon as she came of age at 70, she was sent off into the world outside of Armach. As a moon-thief, she would take a job when a sealed letter arrived. She would not open this letter until she had arrived at her destination. For all her work, she quickly became a favorite among her people. In 384 AC, a job she did was break into the temple in Thenol on Hawkbluff and stole a Hithian Artifact. The artifact was had printed pages of human skin and was sacred to Hith. It was later burned.
In the spring of 424 AC, Shedara was given a job to infiltrate the Blood Eye Tower in the town of Blood Eye. Her assignment was to steal back a portrait of Silvanos Goldeneye that was said to be in there. When she arrived at the tower, she found all the guards and servants there dead. The only one still alive was Ruskal Eight-Fingers, and he never saw who did this to them. He told Shedara that the people that did it was looking for the Hooded One, which he had had purchased that year from treasure seekers that had found it in Old Aurim. He had sent the statue away already. Shedara gave back Ruskal's sword to him before he passed away, so he could hold his blade as he died.
Shedara returned to Armach, and wanted to find out what exactly the Hooded One was. She met with her brother, Quivris, and he brought her to Armach-nesti to meet with the Voice of the Stars Thalaniya. Thalaniya then sent Shedara off to find the Hooded One and protect it from the Shadow-Fiends and the Faceless Brethren. Housed within the Hooded One was one of the most evil people on Taladas, Maladar an-Desh.
She made her way to the Tiderun Strait to meet with the minotaur pirate Harlad the Gray. She met with Harlad on his ship in his quarters, and was able to get the name of whom he sold the Hooded One too. Right behind her, the shadow kender were moving silently on the ship killing the crew. Shedara slit Harlad's throat as a mercy kill, and escaped form the ship before the killers could get her.
Eventually she made her way to Coldhope Keep, and broke into the vaults below. She made her way to it, but triggered a very tricky trap. It was a Gray Lotus, and its pollen dust instantly put her to sleep. She was captured and imprisoned, but she traveled with Barreth while he was attempting to stop the hordes preparing to cross the Run. During this time she found that Barreth had a magic spell on it, and it was holding back his nightmares from the Thenol Campaign. She freed him, and he again remembered what he saw.
When Barreth rode off to meet the Uigan hordes at Lost Road by the Tiderun Strait, she stayed behind to protect his wife. She knew Barreth would lose, and made her way down to the Hooded One. She used the magic to call forth a great tidal wave and destroyed the Uigan hordes. This drew the shadow-fiends to her, and she was attacked. She was able to hold them off until Barreth and Hult returned and assisted her. While she was fighting for her life against the shadow-fiends, others carried off Essana Forlo and the Hooded One. She vowed to follow Barreth to retrieve both.
Tracking the Hooded One
When they left they were attacked by shadow-fiends and were saved by Eldako. Shortly after minotaurs of the Fourth Imperial Legion came to arrest Barreth for leaving his post after the Battle of the Run. Shedara and Eldako managed to escape with magic, but due to Hult's cultural suspicions against magic Barreth and Hult were captured.
Shedara and Eldako made it to Armach and there found that the shadow-fiends had torn through the elven capital. The Voice had been killed, along with a great many elves. She was able to convince her brother to spare 33 warriors to journey with them to free Barreth and Hult from Kristophan, but felt a wedge form between her brother where once they had been very close.
They made their way by ship to the city and during Hult and Barreth's fight in the Arena, they attacked. They were able to free the two of them, and during the escaped killed the Emperor. They escaped through the use of magic from the city.
The four of them traveled to the Panak Desert to speak with Wyrm-Namer for clues on the Dragon that took the Hooded One. They were there to witness the last few moments of the Wyrm-Namer, after speaking with him.
The group then journeyed to the Marak Valleys to investigate the shadow-fiends. There they encountered the Teacher who was the person manipulating Chovuk, and Hult beheaded him. They then traveled to Neron and were attacked by Gloomwing. Eldako then appeared to sacrifice himself and killed the dragon. They later were able to save the wounded elf from being captured by Yaggol.
The group, along with some Cha'asii, marched into the jungle of Neron to the Temple of Akh-tazi. There they met the rest of the Faceless Brethren as they were about to fuse Maladar an-Desh's spirit to Barreth's and Essana's new son Azar Forlo. The Faceless Brethren magically accelerated Azar's aging so the boy was already an adult. The group managed to interrupt the ritual but in the end Maladar took over Barreth's body instead. In the struggle the Faceless Brethren were killed and Eldako sacrificed himself to kill The Master. Maladar in Barreth's body escaped leaving Hult, Shedara, Essana, and Azar behind. They buried Eldako and Hult referred to him as his sword-brother and hoped to one day bring word of Eldako back to the Uigan and the Merkitsa so all could sing of his bravery
Hult, Shedara, Essana, and Azar then left Neron and crossed the Blackrain Hills in pursuit of Maladar. On the journey Azar began to use strange magic. Shedara used her magic on Azar and the group learned that Azar was killed by the Faceless Brethren and later brought back to life. As the group traveled through the Dourlands, Shedara cast an invisible spell on Hult, and he managed to kill the Black Tongue chieftain whose tribe was working for Maladar.
The group then traveled to the Suluk of the Rainward Isles and warned them of Maladar and his mounting Hobgoblin army that was moving toward the isles. Together the group fought with the people of Suluk against the hobgoblins, but Maladar used his magic and destroyed much of the city. If it weren't for Azar, the group would have died.
After the destruction, King Nakhil asked Hult and Shedara to go west to see what Maladar had done there. Nakhil and his vizier, Roshambur, also joined the journey. Azar volunteered to come, but first Roshambur and Shedara together used magic to find out that the Faceless Brethern used magic to fuse part of Maladar's spirit to him when they killed him and brought him back to life and this is what gave Azar his powers.
They crossed the Shining Lands and with the help of the Glass Sailors they met up with the Minoi of Ilmachrutandabrunthabram. The Gnomes gave them a fireship, Bandragothashingarthogliduras, to sail the on the Burning Sea to get to the Chaldar. During this part of the journey Shedara and Hult began to have strong feelings for each other, but Shedara wasn't sure with having just thought she was in love with Eldako who had been killed.
At the Chaldar, the group fought Maladar and managed to free Barreth. Hult cut the "cord" that linked the two parts of Maladar's spirit and this vanquished him. Azar gave a lot of himself in the battle and with his last effort he magically sent Barreth, Hult, and Shedara to safety.
Azar teleported them to the Columns of Bilo and from there the three made their way back to the Rainward Isles. Hult and Shedara traveled with Barreth back to the isles so he could rejoin with Essana. The couple then traveled together. First to the Dreaming Green to tell Eldako's father how his son died and after that they were not sure where they would settle and thought they would wander for sometime from the Tamire to perhaps back to Neron among other places. They told Barreth that perhaps in a few years they would return and see Barreth and Essana.
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