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Well met! I’m Kalista, and I co-admin Istari with my husband, Arius. We've run a few other sites together, from an old west Supernatural roleplay to a Tron Legacy board, but Istari is our first original creation. It was originally adapted as a D&D campaign setting for a group of friends, but I always loved the idea of mixing magic and technology to get both a classic and urban fantasy feel. I still enjoy playing tabletop D&D, but these days I tend to spend more time on writing and online roleplay.

Along with avid writing comes avid reading, and I always have at least one book going. I tend to bounce back and forth between urban or high fantasy and science fiction, but I also enjoy crime novels and a handful of the classics. I also love gaming on the Playstation and Nintendo 3DS. I love a wide variety of games, but the original Mass Effect trilogy is nearest and dearest to my heart.

I tend to be online from midday to late evening, depending on my work schedule, and I usually lurk throughout the day. I love working with coding and graphics, so if you’re having trouble with something or have questions about the setting, feel free to message me or hop into the chat box. I’m always open to feedback, and I hope you enjoy playing in Istari as much as I’ve enjoyed working on it!

Heyla! I'm Arius, one of the admins here on Istari, and Kalista's lucky husband. I love writing (obviously), especially horror, fantasy, and sci fi, though I've been known to dabble in poetry and even fanfiction in the past. Though I don't seem to find the time for them as much as I used to, I enjoy playing games, both video and tabletop, and if I'm not around on the site it's probably because I'm playing my PS4 or 3DS.

I'm a great devourer of all sorts of literature, from high fantasy epics to dry historical tales, from fiction to non-fiction, and even comic books, which I have a huge passion for. I co-own a small comic shop in my hometown, which is something of a dream come true for me, and I've been collecting and reading comics and graphic novels since I was about five years old.

I'm usually around in the evenings to answer questions, play in the cbox, or even just shoot the breeze, so feel free to hit me up if you ever need anything!

Hey there! I’m Kay, Istari's moderator, and it’s nice to meet you! I’ve been roleplaying and writing for more than ten years and have been playing on Istari for about the whole time that it’s been open. I’ve known Kali and Arius for almost ten years now and actually got my online handler name from Arius. I’m a frequent writer and I do get distracted relatively easily as I’m always on social media sites. But currently I’ve been distracted with watching TV shows.

I’m an avid TV watcher ranging from Supernatural all the way to anime and nostalgia TV shows. Currently I’ve gotten myself stuck on Gargoyles. I’m also a classic anime fan, I’ve seen some of the newer animes, but the classics are my favorite. I’m also into a lot of superhero movies and horror movies, but movies in general are the things that I’m doing if I’m not writing.

I used to be a night owl, but given my 4am work schedule, I can be found lurking around here at high noon to about early evening, I’m a lurker so there will always definitely be someone there to answer your questions! Welcome to Istari!


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 Ella Fenel, Swan Maiden
Ella Fenel
 Posted: Nov 19th 2017, 09:58 PM
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Various odd jobs depending on where she's staying at the time
Her "true" name is Fionnuala.
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Nastya Kusakina
Ella Fenel
Now that I'm strong I have figured out
How this world turns cold and it breaks through my soul
And I know I'll find deep inside of me I can be the one
Physical Description
Ella is essentially the personification of a white swan. She's lithe and graceful with perpetually flawless and pale skin that never tans or burns, and her white-blonde hair is impossibly soft. Her large, blue-green eyes are expressive and seem at times to glow with some inner light, and it can make people uncomfortable on occasion to be under their gaze, as if in some way they just instinctively know that eyes like that could never belong to a human being.

She prefers to keep her clothing discreet and simple, hoping that it will somehow take something away from her not-quite-human appearance. On occasion she'll dress up in something fancy, but only if circumstances require her to do so, and thankfully (for her) those sort of situations rarely come up. Ella also likes to keep her fashion choices practical for the most part, in case she needs to run, climb, or simply skulk about on some task or other.

There are no identifying marks--natural or otherwise--marring Ella's inhumanly perfect white skin. Minor wounds heal easily and quickly so as not to leave any scars, and the thought of getting a tattoo or brand horrifies her. Likewise, she has no piercings as the holes would simply heal too fast to make them practical.

In the event that she someday recovers her stolen mantle, Ella will once again be able to return to her natural swan form. There is nothing about this form to distinguish her from any other normal, white swan, other than her size, which is only a little larger than the norm.

» Freedom; years of captivity made her long for it, and now that she has it she jealously guards it

» Water, particularly swimming in it or simply spending time in or around it

» Helping others who, like her, have been captured and/or exploited by human beings

» Music; she's a skilled singer and dancer, and though she'd love to learn an instrument she simply hasn't had the time to

» Meeting and conversing with other non-humans; she often feels alone and afraid surrounded by human beings

» Dreams of flying; she has them frequently and always wakes from them feeling completely crushed

» Not knowing what happened to her family; they could be alive and held captive like she was, or dead, she has no way of knowing

» Bullies, slavers, and basically anyone who takes advantage of those weaker or different than they are

» Touchy/feely people; Ella is a very physical person by nature, but not with strangers, pushy people, or those she dislikes

» When a lead turns into a dead end or just otherwise doesn't pan out the way she hoped it would

» Her fey abilities; they aren't much in the grand scheme of things, but they're better than nothing

» Has spent the past two years learning how to defend herself both bare-handed and with weapons, if the need arises

» Has an ear for languages, and can pick them up quickly; she already speaks English, French, and Spanish, with a smattering of other languages as well

» Is very compassionate and understanding; she'll always provide an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on for anyone in need

» Solving mysteries and putting the pieces of a case or job together; this is a natural talent that has been honed by years of real-world experience

» Silver and iron; simply touching them will cause pain and skin irritation which heals slowly, but weapons made of them can easily kill her

» Alcohol is poisonous to her, and ingesting it in any form has the potential to kill her if not treated quickly enough

» Is bound to obey anyone who possesses her mantle and/or anyone who commands her with her true name "Fionnuala"

» She has little money and an entirely fake background/legal papers; if anyone dug into her past too deeply, she'd be in a lot of trouble

» Tries to see the best in people, but she has a hard time trusting strangers at first; she tends to be suspicious and standoffish until she gets to know someone

» To discover what has become of her family

» Recover her stolen mantle

» Help other non-humans who are exploited and enslaved

» Never recovering her mantle and always being only half of what she was meant to be

» Being captured and enslaved again; she might be lucky enough to break free a second time

» Discovering that her brothers, sisters, and parents are all dead

Ella is often misunderstood as a quiet, sheepish young woman, but those who get to know her quickly realize this simply isn't true. While she may appear that way at first, just beneath that soft-spoken demeanor is a determined, clever, and tenacious person who has weathered the worse life could throw at her and come out stronger for it. A deep sense of caution around strangers had led to many thinking she is weak or a typical "damsel in distress" but when the going gets tough, Ella is able to face down anyone or anything without blinking; there's a steel to her that surprises even her at times.

That steel and tenacity are what make her so good at what she does, namely tracking down "supernatural" slavers and black marketeers who exploit fairies and other magical creatures. Ella is quick and intelligent, her mind piecing odds and ends together in a way that allows her to follow leads that others would deem cold or untraceable. She is fueled by not only compassion for creatures who may be made to suffer like she was, but by a desire to thwart those responsible by any means necessary.

Though sometimes almost single-minded in her quest to recover her mantle and find her family, Ella knows that not taking some time for one's self isn't healthy. On those occasions when she allows herself to take a step back and simply relax, Ella enjoys singing and dancing, or spending as much time in or around water as possible. Life on the road doesn't leave a lot of opportunities for making lasting friendships, but there are a small handful of people Ella keeps in contact with and considers friends, and when she can she tries to drop in for visits or extended stays. As a creature with incredibly strong familial ties, it's important for her to surround herself with a support structure and "family" of kindred spirits.

Intimate relationships are something of an uncomfortable mystery for Ella. She's a very physical person, and craves contact from the people she cares about, but this rarely goes beyond hugging, hand-holding, or the occasional kiss on the cheek or forehead. After years trapped as essentially a slave in a loveless marriage, Ella is gun-shy when it comes to anything more intimate; that isn't to say she wouldn't be open to a physically intimate relationship, it's just that she'll always be incredibly cautious going into one.

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» Fey Physiology: Ella is a Swan Maiden--a type of fey creature--and as such her physiology is drastically different from that of a human being. She will remain eternally young and live practically forever unless killed, she is immune to all human sickness and disease, she neither tans nor burns in the sun, and she heals quickly from all normal wounds and injuries. Alcohol is poisonous to her and can kill her, just as silver and iron are. Her senses are also slightly better than a human being's, though not on par with other non-human creatures like vampires or werewolves.

» Shapechanging: When in possession of her mantle, Ella can change shape easily between a humanoid appearance and her natural form of a large white swan. Without the mantle, though, she has no way of doing so.

» Telepathy: Ella can communicate telepathically with any intelligent creature both in her humanoid form and her natural swan form. She can also "receive" thoughts from intelligent creatures so long as the thought is well-formed and directed specifically at her.

RP Sample
See Lily.

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Arius again!
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