Reign of Winter
Importer and Guide
Nadya stands 5 1/2 feet tall. Shr wears her vibrant red hair in three braids, two short braids framing her pale face, and a third, longer braid hanging down her back. Her slight build belies get inner strength with which she draws ger favorite long bow and weatger the harsh conditions of Irrisen’s wild. Nadya usually dresses in soft leathers laced tight and and lined with fur to ward off the cold. When traveling she dons armor for protection, along with a white fur cloak and matching hat for camouflage in the snow. Her quiver is always full, and she carries a hand axe and pick to defend herself against the many dangers of the wilderness.
CG female human ranger 3
Only 26 years old, Nadya has already experiences a lifetime’s worth of tragedy and hardship. Widowed 2 years ago when her husband Hjalnek fell to a greedy ice troll in the Hoarwood forest, Nadya harbors a grudge against the White Witches of Irrisen and their monstrous allies. Since her husband’s death, she has struggled to care for her 3 children-a 7 year old daughter, Thora, and twin 5-year old boys, Orm and Mjoli. The task is made even more challenging, however, because Nadya must provide for her family, which forces her to rely on friends to look after her children while she travels. Shortly after her husband’s death, Nadya took up his trade as a food merchant and importer for the eastern reaches of the Hoarwood, including her home village of Waldsby. Hjalnek had taught her many things about survival and travel in the wilds, allowing her to carry on his work and succeed despite the challenges she faces. As a result, many people in Hoarwood rely on her business, including the local Jadwiga aristocracy, who us Nadya’s provisions to supplement the food they import for themselves from Whitethrone and outside Irrisen.
About a year ago, Nadya established peaceful contact with a friendly tribes of Kellids near Irrisen’’s border with the Realm of the Mammoth Lords, trading with them for grain, raw meat, livestock, leather goods, and furs. Nadya’s dog sleds make frequent, multi-week runs through the forest and the tundra of eastern Hoarwood so she can barter with the Kellids and restock the village storehouses. Because of her boldness and the invaluable services she provides, Nadya has become a trusted name in Waldsby. Unfortunately, she struggles to win the influence with the White Witch Nazhena Vasilliovna, who rules the region from her Pale Tower. Nadya supplies the Pale Tower is addition to Waldsby, but the witch’s guard routinely commandeer Nadya’s shipments rather then pay a fair price for them. In exchange, the peasants of Waldsby receive little less harassment when the soldiers visit the village. Although she resents Nazhena’s sense of entitlement, Nadya’s come to view this arrangement as a neccessary food “tax”-one that earns her continues freedom to look after the well-being of her friends and family.
Unfortunately, another tragedy has recently befallen Nadya. While she was away on a trade run, Nazhena and her guards visited Waldsby. Nadya’s daughter, Thora, encountered Nazhena and inadvertently insulted the witch. In a fit of pique, Nazhena had the girl hauled off to the Pale Tower to punish her for her insolence. When Nadya returned and learned of he rdaughter’s capture, she hurried to the tower to plead for the girl’s return. Nazhena agreed to release Thora only if Nadya could provide her with a new shipment of food, larger than ever before. Nadya hastened to fulfill this bargain, trading almost everything she had to secure enough food from the Mammoth Lords to meet Nazhena’s price.
When you first encounter Nadya, she she’s on her way back to negotiate for Thora’s release.