Oct 13 '12 4:53pm
Name: Saphira 'Saf' Poppy Oakstaff
Saphira is slightly smaller than average for her race, standing at only 2 feet and 7 inches. She's rather skinny too, weighing around 28 lb, with not really any visible muscles. She actually has lean, wiry muscles hidden within her small body but these aren't really visible, so most automatically think that she's weak. Saf is slender and lithe, being very agile and flexible. She really quite fast and dextrous, really good at dodging blows were she's not as good at dealing them. She often has a bounce in her step and seems to dart from one place to another, being there one moment then gone the next. She is often mistaken for a young human child, a fact that she quite happily goes along with. Saf has sandy-brown hair falling in curls to her shoulders, rather unruly generally. It frames her face and can only ever be brushed when wet due to how curly it is. She often puts it up in a variety of intricate braids, allowing these to fall around her face along with any loose curls. Her skin is fair and smooth, marred by little scars that are visible. Freckles splash across the bridge of her nose, spreading out along her cheeks. A long thin scar nicks her right eyebrow, clearly visible and seemingly out of place with her cheery face. Saf's eyes are primarily a dark, chocolate brown in colour, with faint swirls of hazel around the pupils. They are rather big and doe-like, adding to the illusion of her being a human child. They seem to shine with emotions, to see what Saphira is think all you need to do is look at her eyes. A smile always seems to be held across Saf's lips, her eyes shining with mischief. She is overall quite a cute looking halfling, also looking very happy. Saphira often wears comfortable clothes, albeit in reasonably bright colours. When not wearing her armour she wears bright, saffron yellow tunic that falls just above knee length, brown breeches and a very dark blue cloak.
Saphira is warm and cheerful in general, always seeming to have a smile for everyone. She's rather down to earth, more concerned with comfort over wealth. She's not really that concerned about money actually... unlike many other halflings. Saf is very brave, willing to sacrifice her life for others and put herself on the line. She rather optimistic, almost annoyingly so. Very curious, this often gets her into trouble as she always seems to stumble upon the wrong things at the wrong time. If anyone's going to accidently set of a trap, its Saphira. She can be rather determined young woman and very stubborn at points, not backing down from her opinion or thoughts. Saf seems to always be smiling, a genuine and warm smile. She acts innocent and like a child but really isn't.... After all she lies quite a lot. Its quite hard to tell whether she's telling the truth or not, much to many peoples chargrin. This is quite a major flaw for her, and often gets her into trouble (just as much as he mischief making). This is one reason why she's not always trusted. Saf seems to talk endless in a bubbly manner, normally getting on others nerves as she blabs on about random topics. But even through this its pretty hard not to like the young, bright halfling as she just seems to infect everyone with her cheerfulness and optimism. She is very occasionally sarcastic but can be quite careless and absentminded, though she does have her moments of intelligence. Quite observative but often chooses to ignore details about other people purposefuly, another annoying thing about her. Her trust is quite easily gained, and she is a steady friend. Even though she constantly lies she will never do something to hurt a friend, well not purposefully anyway... though if she doesn't like you (which is rarely) she will quite pointedly tell you that. Its just about the only time she tells the truth... Saf is generally very mischievous, often playing tricks and pranks on other knights. She likes a good joke and can be rather funny at points, but often gets on the wrong side of her superiors. Some are unsure of exactly how she became a knight and why, because she just doesn't seem like she's the right person for the job. She can be very serious if needed... though this is a rather rare situation for Saf. Overall Saphira is quite a character.
Saphira was born on the island of Maundelay, in a small town in The Flower Hills. The town was almost completely inhabited by halflings, with a few gnomes and even fewer humans in the town. Saf was the sixth child of a halfling couple, with five older siblings and two younger ones she was often overlooked. The bright halfling grew up as a happy child, playing games with all her siblings and constantly getting into tustles with them. The Oakstacks were well known around the town, and most of the townsfolk quite liked all the children; Saf in particular. Saphira grew up friends with just about everyone, especially all the halflings her age. She was well known for her mischief making among her friends, often getting in trouble with just about everyone. No matter how serious the matter she always seemed to wheedle her way out of trouble. Not that her parents cared too much, after all they did have eight children. Her parents always seemed to focus on the eldest and youngest the most. The eldest was a sorcerer prodigy, having incredibly innate magic, whereas the youngest one was just the 'weakest' and the one that needed looking after. Most of her other siblings found their place in life by a young age; some were skilled at cooking, other as rogues and even one went on to be a cleric. But no matter how hard she tried, Saphira couldn't seem to find a skill she had that could please her parents. She only seemed to be good a mischief making and getting into trouble... which was popular with her friends but not with adults.
But Saphira's life took a drastic turn. It began with a simple thievery, nothing much. Saphira was at a loose end, most of her friends were off doing something one day. So the young halfling did a daring thing; she stole from the local smith. Somehow she managed to get away with a shortsword without being caught, and also hid it for weeks afterwards. After this event she snuck out almost every night or day and practised with the stolen sword, honing her skills. Months later a travelling human happened to come across the young halfling practising, and watched her silently. Once she was finished he commended her on her skills, saying she had a natural talent. He offered to take her on as an apprentice and teach her the Sublime Way. He was a wandering Swordsage, travelling the world in search for those with the talent to become his apprentice. Many had tried and failed, yet there was something he saw in Saphira that caused him to choose her. What it was noone but he knows, as she is a rather questionable choice as a Swordsage. Saf accepted the apprenticeship, and took the man who introduced himself as Aron to her parents. The parents also instantly accepted and Saphira left the small town she had spent her first thirteen or so years in. So began her training as a swordsage.
Saphira travelled around with her mentor, eventually bidding her homeland farewell to travel to the larger continent of Ashra. Throughout her travels Saf was put through a reasonably strict discipline to learn the ways of a swordsage. Though throughout this training Saphira always kept her mischievous and troublesome streak, often getting herself (and her mentor) into trouble with the authorities. As Saf gradually learned more about Aron she became closer to him, he was a fatherly figure in her life. She discovered he had once been a member of The Gatekeepers, but had left them for reasons he would not tell her. But he encouraged her to go join them, saying that his past mistakes shouldn't hinder her career as a Swordsage. Having received all the training should could from him, Saf bid Aron fairwell as she headed to the Gatekeepers.
Saphira had a hard time actually getting into the Gatekeepers, but when they realised her talents they allowed her in. She wasn't best suited to the life, being compliant at best. She constantly played tricks on her fellow Gatekeepers, harmless albeit. Though they weren't always harmless. Once while playing a minor trick involving fire Saphira accidently set the whole base on fire, though luckily all within were evacuated. None the less Saphira was very nearly thrown out of the Gatekeepers and now has a rather large black mark on her record. So she was reassigned to the Watch Patrol. But even this massive, well, downfall and disaster has not changed Saphira's ways one bit.
Saphira Poppy Oakstaff
Female Neutral-good Halfling Swordsage,
Base Attack Bonus
+5 (1d4+2, 19-20/x2)
Sling (10 bullets)
+4 (1d4+2, x2)
(+4 Armor, +5 Dex, +1 Size, +4 Misc)
Str 14, Dex 20, Con 13, Int 11, Wis 18, Cha 10
Blistering Flourish, Distracting Ember, Wind Stride, Burning Blade, Clinging Shadow Strike, Shadow Blade Technique, Stone Bones
Child of the Shadow, Stonefoot Stance
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